Musicians Born on May 12

  • 1679 Giovanni Antonio Ricieri, Italian composer and castrato (d. 1746)
  • 1739 Johann Baptist Wanhal [Jan Křtitel Vaňhal], Czech organist, cellist, composer, and teacher, born in Nechanice, Bohemia (now Czech Republic) (d. 1813)
  • 1751 Gaetano Manna, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1804)
  • 1753 Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violonist and composer, born in Fontanetto Po, Savoia, Kingdom of Sardinia (d. 1824)
  • 1754 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, German composer, born in Rottenburg am Neckar, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1812)
  • 1797 Johann Hermann Kufferath, German composer, born in Mülheim an der Ruhr (d. 1864)
  • 1829 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (Isabella d'Aspeno), born in Zakynthos (d. 1896)

Jules MassenetJules Massenet (1842-1912)

French opera composer (Werther; Manon), born in Montaud, France

  • 1845 Gabriel Fauré, French organist, composer (Requiem; Ballade), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1905-20), born in Pamiers, France (d. 1924)
  • 1848 Cyrill Kistler, German composer, educator, and music theorist, born in Großaitingen, Swabia, Germany (d. 1907)
  • 1855 Anatoly Lyadov, Russian composer (From the Apocalypse; Bewitched Lake), conductor, and pedagogue (St. Petersburg Conservatory, 1878-1914), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1914)
  • 1861 Ivan Caryll [Félix Tilkin], Belgian composer of operetta and musical comedy (The Shop Girl; The Spring Chicken; The Pink Lady), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • 1863 Charles Bordes, French composer, born in La Roche-Corbon, France (d. 1909)
  • 1882 Kyrylo Stetsenko, Ukrainian composer (Burlaka), choral conductor, music critic, teacher, and later, Ukrainian Orthodox priest, born in Kvitkiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1922)
  • 1886 Hermann Grabner, Austrian composer (Die Richterin), born in Graz, Austria (d. 1969)
  • 1887 Nandor Zsolt, Hungarian composer, born in Esztergom, Hungary (d. 1936)
  • 1901 Hyam Greenbaum, British violinist, composer and conductor of the 1st TV orchestra (BBC), born in England (d. 1942)
  • 1903 Lennox R. F. Berkeley, British composer and pedagogue (Castaway), born in Boars Hill, England (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), born in Webster Groves, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Ellis Kohs, American composer (Lohiau and Hiiaka), educator, and musicologist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Andries Antonie Rieu, Dutch conductor (Maastricht Symphony Orchestra, 1949-80), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1921 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Edvard Mirzoyan, Armenian composer, born in Gori, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Philip Springer, American composer (“Santa Baby”; "The Next Time"; "The Bells Of Notre Dame"), born in New York City [1]

Burt BacharachBurt Bacharach (94 years old)

1928 American Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer ("I'll Never Fall in Love Again"; "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"; "Promises, Promises"), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1928 Henry Cosby, American songwriter, musician and producer for Motown ("Tears of a Clown"; "For Once In My Life"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Ivan Král, Czech-American bass player, songwriter, record producer (Patti Smith; Iggy Pop; John Waite), in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) (d. 2020)
  • 1933 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), born in Burley, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • 1936 David Snell, British jazz harpist and conductor, born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
  • 1936 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1940 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown ("I Heard It Through the Grapevine"; "Just My Imagination"; "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), born in New York City (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Anthony Newman, American harpsichordist and organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Ruud de Wolff, Dutch Indonesian singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), born in Batavia
  • 1942 Billy Swan, American country-rock singer-songwriter ("I Can Help"), born in Cape Giradeau, Louisiana
  • 1942 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
  • 1943 David Walker, American rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Montgomery Alabama
  • 1944 James Purify, American R&B singer ("I'm Your Puppet"), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2021)
  • 1944 Orestes Vilató, Cuban-American percussionist and timbalero, born in Camagüey, Cuba
  • 1945 "Little" Jayotis Washington, American cappella singer (The Persuasions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Ian McLagan, English rock keyboardist (Small Face; Faces), born in Hounslow, Middlesex, (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Keith Olsen, American rock record producer and sound engineer (Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac; Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station; Joe Walsh - The Confessor), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Steve Winwood, English singer, songwriter and musician (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"; Traffic - "Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys"; solo - 'Higher Love"; "While You See A Chance"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1950 (John) "Jocko" Marcellino, American rock singer (Sha Na Na, 1969-present), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Billy Squier, American rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("The Stroke"; "My Kind Of Lover"), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Ronnie Foster, American soul, funk, and acid jazz Hammond B-3 organist, keyboard player, and record producer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1953 Phil Beer, English multi-instrumentalist and composer (Show of Hands), born in Exminster, Devon
  • 1955 Bashiri Johnson, American session and touring percussionist (Whitney Houston; Michael Jackson), and educator, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Kix Brooks, American country music singer (Brooks & Dunn - "Brand New Man"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1956 Greg Phillinganes, American session and touring keyboardist, and musical director (Stevie Wonder, Toto, Michael Jackson, David Gilmour), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1958 Eric Singer [Mensinger], American hard rock drummer (KISS, 1991-present), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1961 Billy Duffy, British rock musician (The Cult), born in Manchester, England
  • 1962 Brett Gurewitz, American guitarist and songwriter (Bad Religion), record label owner, and producer (Epitaph), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Charles Pettigrew, American soul singer (Charles & Eddie - "Would I Lie To You?"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1966 Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian-American pop and bossa nova singer, born in New York City
  • 1976 Matt Mangano, American country-rock bass player (Zac Brown Band), born in Visalia, CA
  • 1978 Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume), born in Sopporo, Japan
  • 1978 Wilfred [Le Bouthillier], Acadian singer, born in Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick
  • 1981 Asmik Grigorian, Lithuanian operatic soprano, in born Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1981 Kentaro Sato, Japanese television, video game, classical, and choral composer (Requiem Pacis - Requiem of Peace), and conductor, born in Hamamatsu, Japan

Rami MalekRami Malek (41 years old)

1981 American actor (Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1989 Megan Lovell, American singer and guitarist (Larkin Poe), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1992 Malcolm David Kelley, American actor and rapper (Lost), born in Bellflower, California