On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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)
  • 1842 Jules Massenet, French composer (Manon, Le Cid), born in Montaud, France (d. 1912)
  • 1845 Gabriel Urbain Fauré, French composer (Requiem, Ballade), born in Pamiers, France (d. 1924)
  • 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, English composer and conductor of the 1st TV orchestra (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, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
  • 1921 Edvard Mirzoyan, Armenian composer, born in Gori, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 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, musician and producer for Motown (Tears of a Clown), born in Detroit, Michigan (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 (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Anthony Newman, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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, American singer (I'm Your Puppet)
  • 1945 "Little" Jayotis Washington, American cappella singer (The Persuasions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Ian McLagan, English rocker (Faces), born in Hounslow, Middlesex, (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Steve Winwood, English singer and musician (Higher Love, Roll With It), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1950 Billy Squier, American rocker (Don't Say No), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Jocko Marcellino, American rocker (Sha Na Na), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Phil Beer is an English multi-instrumentalist and composer (Show of Hands), born in Exminster, Devon
  • 1955 Kix Brooks, singer (Brooks & Dunn-Brand New Man), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958 Eric Singer [Mensinger], American hard rock drummer (Kiss), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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-American pop and bossa nova singer, born in New York City
  • 1978 Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Acadian singer
  • 1978 Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume)
  • 1981 Kentaro Sato, Japanese composerand conductor, born in Hamamatsu, Japan

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

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  • 1992 Malcolm David Kelley, American actor and rapper (Lost), born in Bellflower, California