On This Day

Musicians Born on May 16

  • 1822 Eduard Hille, Dutch composer/conductor
  • 1850 Arthur Henry Mann, organist/composer
  • 1857 Juan Morel Campos, composer
  • 1858 Frank Lynes, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1913)
  • 1858 Hanus Trnecek, Czech composer and conductor, born in Prague (d. 1914)
  • 1891 Richard Tauber [Denemy], Austrian-British operatic tenor and film actor, born in Linz, Austria (d. 1948)
  • 1893 Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer
  • 1897 Walther Geiser, composer
  • 1902 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie; Give Us This Night), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1966)
  • 1913 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herds), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1917 Geraint Jones, Welsh conductor and organist, born in Porth, Wales (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Aubrey Bowman, British pianist, composer, and conductor (Workman's Music Association), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 2009)


1919 (Wladziu) Liberace, American Emmy Award-winning pianist, showman (The Liberace Show), and actor (Batman -"Evil Chandell"), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

  • 1926 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, born in Ružomberok, North Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Paul Angerer, Austrian violist, violinist, conductor (Concilium Musicum Wien), harpsichordist, composer and radio host, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Osmo Lindeman, Finnish composer (d. 1987)
  • 1930 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian classical and jazz pianist and composer (Ineffable; Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Donald James Martino, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1932 (Isaac) "Redd" Holt, American jazz and soul drummer (Ramsey Lewis Trio, 1956-66 - "The In Crowd"; Young-Holt Unlimited - "Soulful Strut"), born in Rosedale, Mississippi
  • 1941 Maurice Henry Weddington, composer
  • 1944 Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American jazz drummer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), born in Colón, Panama
  • 1945 Nicky Chinn, English songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
  • 1946 Robert Fripp, British progressive rock guitarist, composer (King Crimson - "21st Century Schizoid Man"; Fripp & Eno; Bowie - "Heroes"), record producer (Roches; Peter Gabriel; Darryl Hall), and Mr. Toyah Wilcox, born in Wimborne Minster, Dorset
  • 1946 Roger Earl, British drummer (Foghat - "Slow Ride"), born in Hampton Court Palace, London, England
  • 1947 Ewald Krolis, Suriname Dutch percussionist and kaseko singer (Caribbean Combo - Mi Kanto Ma Mi De Ete (Fallen But Not Defeated), born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Barbara Lee, American singer (Chiffons - "He's So Fine"), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1992)
  • 1947 Darrell Sweet, British hard rock drummer (Nazareth - "Love Hurts"), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1999)
  • 1948 Alto Reed [Thomas Cartmell], American saxophonist (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Jock Bartley, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Firefall - "Just Remember I Love You"), born in Hutchinson, Kansas
  • 1950 Ray Condo [Tremblay], Canadian rockabilly guitarist and sax player, born in Hull, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • 1951 Jonathan Richman, American rock singer-songwriter (Modern Lovers - "Road Runner"), born in Natick, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Richard Page, American singer and bassist (Mr Mister- "Broken Wings"; "Kyrie"), born in Keokuk, Iowa
  • 1955 Hazel O'Connor, British singer-songwriter ("Eighth Day"; "Will You?"),and actress (Breaking Glass), born in Coventry, England
  • 1958 Glenn Gregory, English rock vocalist (Heaven 17), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1964 Boyd Tinsley, American violinist and mandolin player (Dave Matthews Band, 1992-2018; Crystal Garden, 2015-), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1965 Krist Novoselic, American rock bassist, and accordion player (Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; Giants In The Trees), born in Compton, California

Janet Jackson

1966 Janet Jackson, American pop singer (Control, "Nasty"), sister of Michael, born in Gary, Indiana

  • 1967 Kirmo Lintinen, Finnish jazz and contemporary classical pianist, conductor, and composer (Cantata Proverbiorum), born in Saarijärvi, Finland
  • 1968 Ralph Tresvant, American singer (New Edition), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Patrick Waite, British reggae-rock bassist (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1993)
  • 1968 Andrew Nethsingha, British organist, choral conductor, and music director (St John's College, Cambridge, 2007-), born in Exeter, England
  • 1971 Rachel Goswell, English singer and songwriter (Slowdive, Mojave 3)
  • 1974 Laura Pausini, Italian pop singer
  • 1974 Sonny Sandoval, American singer (P.O.D.)
  • 1975 Tony Kakko, Finnish singer (Sonata Arctica)
  • 1975 Tonéx, American singer
  • 1977 Dolcenera [Emanuela Trane], Italian singer-songwriter, born in Galatina, Italy
  • 1977 Emilíana Torrini, Icelandic singer and songwriter ("Jungle Drum"; "Gollum's Song"), born in Kópavogur, Iceland
  • 1978 David Ford, English singer-songwriter (Songs for the Road), born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • 1978 Jim Sturgess, British actor ("Across the Universe"; "The Way Back"), and singer-songwriter, born in Wandsworth, London, England
  • 1983 Mince Fratelli [Gordon McRory], Scottish drummer (The Fratellis - Costello Music; Here We Stand), born in Glasgow, Scotland)
  • 1983 Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer