On This Day

Birthdays in Music on May 13

  • 1735 Horace Coignet, composer
  • 1746 Oliver Brownson, composer
  • 1756 Wojciech Żywny, Polish pianist, composer, and Chopin's first piano teacher, born in Mšeno, Bohemia (d. 1842)
  • 1776 Charles Ots, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1845)
  • 1776 Rodrigo Ferreira da Costa, composer
  • 1842 Arthur Sullivan, English operatic composer (Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S Pinafore), born in London (d. 1900)
  • 1847 Johannes Haarklou, composer
  • 1854 Paul Klengel, German pianist, violinist, composer and educator, born in Leipzig (d. 1935)
  • 1859 August Enna, Danish composer (The Witch), (d. 1939)
  • 1866 Ottokar Eugen Novacek, composer
  • 1868 Paolo Gallico, Italian-American pianist and composer (The Apocalypse), born in Trieste (d. 1955)
  • 1874 Henry Clough-Leiter, American composer, born in Washington D.C. (d. 1956)
  • 1876 Raoul Laparra, composer
  • 1881 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer
  • 1886 Joseph Achron, Latvia/US violinist/composer (Golem suite)
  • 1911 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

  • 1912 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1988)
  • 1918 T. Balasaraswati, Bharatanatyam dancer (d. 1984)
  • 1922 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude, The Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1925 Anthony Milner, British composer, born in Bristol, England (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Alden Ashforth, composer
  • 1933 Stig Gustav Schonberg, composer
  • 1935 Nigel Butterley, Australian pianist and composer (The True Samaritan), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1935 Yizhak Sadai, composer
  • 1935 Dominic Cossa, American baritone
  • 1937 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Richard Brooks, singer (Impressions)
  • 1941 Joe Brown, English musician (A Picture of You), born in Swarby, England
  • 1941 Ritchie Valens, American singer (Donna, La Bamba), born in Pacoima, California (d. 1959)
  • 1942 Jim Douglas, Scottish jazz guitarist, born in Gifford, East Lothian
  • 1943 Mary Wells, American singer (My Guy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1992)
  • 1944 Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter (Angel), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1945 Magic Dick [Richard Salwitz], American harmonicaist and musician (J Geils Band- "Centerfold"), born in New London, Connecticut
  • 1945 Louis "Blue Lou" Marini, American saxophonist, arranger, and composer (Blues Brothers), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1947 Pete "Overend" Watts, English rock bassist (Mott The Hoople-All Young Dudes), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom

  • 1947 Robert "Rab" Noakes, Scottish singer-songwriter, born in St Andrews, Fife
  • 1949 Jane Glover, British conductor (London, Mozart Players, Music of the Baroque), born in Helmsley, England
  • 1950 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac- "Albatross"), born in London, England (d. 2018)

Person of interestStevie Wonder

1950 Stevie Wonder [Stevland Hardaway Morris], American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Life), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1951 Paul Thompson, rock drummer (Roxy Music)
  • 1954 Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter
  • 1959 Paul Pesco, Eurasian American session guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer, born in Canandaigua, New York
  • 1963 Julian Brookhouse, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Your Distance)
  • 1965 Tasmin Little, English classical violinist, born in London, England
  • 1965 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), born in Dunedin, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1966 Darius Rucker, American singer (Hootie & the Blowfish), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1966 Alison Goldfrapp, English musician (Goldfrapp), born in London
  • 1967 Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death, Control Denied) (d. 2001)
  • 1967 Melanie Thornton, African American German pop singer, former member of La Bouche. (d. 2001)
  • 1968 PMD [Parrish J. Smith], American rapper (EPMD), from Brentwood, New York
  • 1969 Buckethead [Brian Carroll], American underground guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 André Schmechta, German musician (X Marks the Pedwalk, Scarecrow), born in Germany
  • 1974 Tim McMahon, American hardcore singer (Mouthpiece, Hands Tied, Triple Threat)
  • 1977 Ilse DeLange, Dutch singer
  • 1979 Michael Madden, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • 1980 Mau Marcelo, Filipino singer
  • 1983 Casey Donovan, Australian singer
  • 1983 Grégory Lemarchal, French singer, born in La Tronche, France (d. 2007)