On This Day

Musicians Born on May 12

  • 1679 Giovanni Antonio Ricieri, Italian composer and castrato (d. 1746)
  • 1739 Johann Baptist Wanhal [Jan Krtitel], Czech composer (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)

Person of interestJules Massenet

1842 Jules Massenet, French composer (Manon, Le Cid), born in Montaud, France (d. 1912)

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet
  • 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)
  • 1863 Charles Bordes, French composer, born in La Roche-Corbon, France (d. 1909)
  • 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 Edvard Mirzoyan, Armenian composer, born in Gori, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1921 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • 1926 Philip Springer, American composer (“Santa Baby”; "The Next Time";"The Bells Of Notre Dame"), born in New York City [1]
  • 1928 Burt Bacharach, 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 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1936 David Snell, British jazz harpist and conductor, born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
  • 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 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
  • 1942 Billy Swan, American country-rock singer-songwriter ("I Can Help"), born in Cape Giradeau, Louisiana
  • 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 Billy Squier, American rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("The Stroke"; "My Kind Of Lover"), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Jocko Marcellino, American rocker (Sha Na Na), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Phil Beer, English multi-instrumentalist and composer (Show of Hands), born in Exminster, Devon
  • 1955 Kix Brooks, American country music singer (Brooks & Dunn - "Brand New Man"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1955 Bashiri Johnson, American session and touring percussionist (Whitney Houston; Micheal Jackson), and educator, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Greg Phillinganes, American session and touring keyboardist, and musical director (Stevie Wonder, Toto, Micheal 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 Wilfred [Le Bouthillier], Acadian singer, born in Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick
  • 1978 Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume), born in Sopporo, Japan
  • 1981 Kentaro Sato, Japanese television, video game, classical, and choral composer (Requiem Pacis - Requiem of Peace), and conductor, born in Hamamatsu, Japan

Person of interestRami Malek

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

Actor Rami Malek
Actor
Rami Malek
  • 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