On This Day

Musicians Born on May 14

  • 1652 Johann Philipp Fortsch, German composer, statesman and physician, born in Wertheim am Main (d. 1732)
  • 1707 Antonio Teixeira, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. after 1769)
  • 1805 Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer
  • 1812 Emilie Mayer, German composer of Romantic music, born in Friedland, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (d. 1883)
  • 1816 Gualtiero Sanelli, Italian composer, born in Parma (d. 1861)
  • 1864 Eleanor Everest Freer, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • 1870 Zygmunt Stojowski, Polish-American concert pianist, composer, and pedagogue, born near Kielce, Russian Empire (now Poland) (d. 1946)
  • 1885 Otto Klemperer, German-American conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1933-39), and composer (Das Ziel), born in Breslau, Prussia (now Wrocław, Poland) (d. 1973)
  • 1891 Egon Kornauth, Austrian composer, born in Olmütz, Moravia (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Arthur Vincent Lourie, Russian composer, born in Propoysk, Russia (d. 1966)
  • 1892 Felix Petyrek, Austrian composer, born in Brno, Austria (d. 1951)
  • 1893 Ivan Alexandrovich Vishnegradsky, composer
  • 1895 Renato Lunelli, composer
  • 1897 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, band leader, and composer ("Petite Fleur"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1898 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, composer
  • 1898 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), born in Bunkie, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 1899 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Tinos
  • 1900 Leo Smit, Dutch composer who died in a Nazi extermination camp, born in Amsterdam (d. 1943)
  • 1911 Hans Vogt, German composer, born in Danzig (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Lance Dossor, British-born concert pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Joly Braga Santos, Portuguese composer and conductor, born in Lisbon (d. 1988)
  • 1925 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1925 Tristram Ogilvie Cary, composer
  • 1925 Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
  • 1926 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, born in Brno (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Will "Dub" Jones, American bass singer (The Coasters - "Charlie Brown"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Alvin Lucier, American composer of experimental music (I Am Sitting In A Room; Music On A Long Thin Wire), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1932 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Frank Harte, Irish singer and song collector
  • 1934 Frederik von Pallandt, singer
  • 1934 Grady Gaines, American jazz, blues, and R&B tenor saxophonist (Little Richard; Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson), born in Waskom, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer ("Mack the Knife"; "Splish-Splash"; "Beyond The Sea"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1936 Charlie Gracie [Graci], American rock pioneer, rhythm and blues singer, and guitarist ("Butterfly"; "Fabulous"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1937 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Vic Flick, British studio guitarist ("James Bond Theme"; George Martin Orchestra; John Barry Seven), film score composer and arranger, born in Worcester Park, Surrey, England
  • 1939 Troy Shondell, American singer ("This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)"), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Gerald Shapiro, American classical and electro-acoustic composer (The Voice of the Dharma; In Time's Sahdow), and educator (Brown university), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), born in Leeds, England (d. 1994)
  • 1943 (John) "Jack" Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love"; "White Room"), born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Tania León, Cuban-born American composer (Drummin'), conductor, and educator, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1944 Gene Cornish, Canadian rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals - "Good Lovin'"), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1945 Grigori Zhislin, Russian concert violinist, and viola player, born in Leningrad, USSR (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Alan David Marks, American concert pianist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1947 Al Ciner, American rock guitarist (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"; Three Dog Night - "Joy To The World"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Jon Landau, American music writer, artist manager, and record producer (Bruce Springsteen; Train; Shania Twain), born in New York City
  • 1951 Jay Beckenstein, American saxophonist (Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1952 David Byrne, Scottish-American rock singer-songwriter (Talking Heads - "Burning Down the House"; "Psycho Killer"), born in Dumbarton Scotland
  • 1953 Tom Cochrane, Canadian rock vocalist and guitarist (Red Rider - "Lunatic Fringe"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959 Patrick Bruel [Benguigui], Algerian-French actor (Coup of Sirocco), rock vocalist ("Marre de cette nana-là" - "Fed Up With That Chick"), and world class poker player, born in Tlemcen, Algeria
  • 1960 Anne Clark, British poet and avant garde recording artist, born in Croydon, Surrey, England
  • 1962 C. C. DeVille, American rocker (Poison - "Talk Dirty to Me"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962 Ian Astbury, British-Canadian rock singer and songwriter (The Cult - "Fire Woman"), born in Heswall, Cheshire, England
  • 1966 Fab Morvan, French singer-songwriter, dancer, and de-frocked Grammy Award winner (Milli Vanilli with Rob Pilatus), born in Paris, France
  • 1966 Mike Inez, American rock bassist (Alice in Chains - "Facelift"; Ozzy Osbourne), born in San Fernando, California
  • 1966 Raphael Saadiq, American musician (Tony! Toni! Toné!), born in Oakland California
  • 1967 Deirdre Gribbin, Northern Ireland classical composer (Hey Persephone!, Unity of Being), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1969 Danny Wood, American singer, guitarist, and choreographer (New Kids On The Block), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Greg Kurstin, American record producer, and songwriter (Lily Allen; Sia; P!nk; Foo Fighters; Adele; Paul McCartney; Bird and The Bee), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Raphael Wiggins, American rapper (Lifelines), born in Oakland, California
  • 1973 Shanice [Wilson], American R&B and soul vocalist ("I Love Your Smile"; "Saving Forever For You"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Natalie Appleton, Canadian pop singer (All Saints -"Never Ever"), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1976 Hunter Burgan, American musician (AFI)
  • 1981 Sarbel [Michael Maronitis], British-Cypriot pop singer ("Se Pira Sovara"), born in London, England
  • 1983 Anahí, Mexican actress and singer (RBD)
  • 1983 Tom Welham, British musician (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1988 Nadine Sierra, American opera singer (Lucia di Lammermoor), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1993 Miranda Cosgrove, American actress and singer (iCarly), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1994 Veronica Swift [O'Brien], American jazz vocalist (This Bitter Earth; Lonely Woman), born in Charlottesville, Virginia