Birthdays in Music on May 12

  • 1679 Giovanni Antonio Ricieri, composer
  • 1739 Johann Baptist (Jan Krtitel) Vanhal, composer
  • 1751 Gaetano Manna, composer
  • 1754 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer
  • 1776 Juan Bros y Bertomel, composer
  • 1797 Johann Hermann Kufferath, composer
  • 1829 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (d. 1896)
  • 1842 Jules Massenet, French composer (Manon, Le Cid), born in Montaud, France (d. 1912)
  • 1845 Gabriel Urbain Faure, Pamiers France, composer (Requiem, Ballade)
  • 1863 Charles Bordes, composer
  • 1886 Hermann Grabner, composer
  • 1887 Nandor Zsolt, composer
  • 1901 Hyam Greenbaum, composer
  • 1903 Lennox R F Berkeley, British composer (Castaway)
  • 1910 Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1912 Marshall Royal, jazz sax/clarinet

  • 1916 Ellis Bonoff Kohs, composer
  • 1917 Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
  • 1921 Edvard Mikcaeli Mirzoyan, composer
  • 1921 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • 1928 Burt Bacharach, composer (I'll Never Fall in Love Again), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1928 Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1936 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin
  • 1940 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), born in New York City
  • 1941 Anthony Newman, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
  • 1941 Ruud de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • 1942 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
  • 1942 Billy Swan, Cape Giradeau La, rocker (I Can Help)
  • 1943 David Walker, rock keyboardist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-Diamond Ring)
  • 1944 James Purify, US singer (I'm Your Puppet)
  • 1945 Jayotis Washington, rocker
  • 1945 Ian McLagan, English rocker (Faces), born in Hounslow, Middlesex, (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Steve Winwood, England, musician (A Higher Love, Roll with it)
  • 1950 Billy Squier, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don't Say No)
  • 1950 Jocko Marcellino, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • 1955 Kix Brooks, singer (Brooks & Dunn-Brand New Man), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958 Eric Singer, American drummer
  • 1961 Billy Duffy, rocker (Cult-Hell's Kitchen)
  • 1962 Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter and record producer (Bad Religion) (Epitaph)
  • 1963 Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
  • 1966 Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian singer
  • 1978 Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Acadian singer
  • 1978 Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume)
  • 1981 Kentaro Sato, Japanese composer