Birthdays in Music on May 17

  • 1568 Christoph Thomas Walliser, composer
  • 1732 Francesco Pasquale Ricci, composer
  • 1800 Carl Friedrich Zollner, composer
  • 1808 Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel, French composer (Les trois couleurs), (d.1892)
  • 1819 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, composer
  • 1823 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, Englidh contralto and composer, born in London (d. 1885)
  • 1850 Antonio Scontrino, composer
  • 1866 Erik Satie, French composer (Gymnopédies), born in Honfleur, Normandy (d. 1925)
  • 1890 Philip James, composer
  • 1896 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer
  • 1900 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer
  • 1901 Werner Egk, Auchsesheim Germany, composer (Die Zaubergeige)
  • 1902 John Vincent, composer
  • 1906 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Sigismund Toduta, composer
  • 1912 Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher conductor
  • 1914 Guido Masanetz, composer
  • 1918 Birgit Nilsson, Karup Sweden, operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome)
  • 1919 Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Peter Mennin[i], Erie Pennsylvania, composer (Moby Dick)
  • 1924 Frantisek Kovaricek, composer
  • 1931 Dewey Redman, jazz musician
  • 1936 Philippe Boesmans, composer
  • 1938 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • 1941 David Howell Cope, composer
  • 1941 Malcolm Hale, musician (Spanky and Our Gang), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1968)
  • 1942 Taj Mahal, American singer/songwriter (Real Thing), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (d. 2005)
  • 1944 Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Paul Crossley, concert pianist
  • 1946 Udo Lindenberg, German musician
  • 1949 Bill Bruford, English drummer (Yes, King Crimson-Red, Genesis)
  • 1949 Andrew Latimer, English musician (Camel), born in Guilford
  • 1950 Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
  • 1952 Jody Pijper, Dutch (background) singer
  • 1953 George Johnson, rocker (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Vincent Henar, Surinam, bassist (Fra Fra Sound)
  • 1959 Paul Di'anno, rocker (Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist

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1961 Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Enya
Singer-Songwriter
Enya
  • 1962 Tracey Bryn, rocker (Voice of Beehive-Let it Bee)
  • 1963 Page McConnell, American songwriter and keyboardist (Phish), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1965 Trent Reznor, American musician (9 Inch Nails) and film score composer, born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

Musician Trent Reznor
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Trent Reznor
  • 1969 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea)
  • 1970 Jordan Nathaniel M Knight, Mass, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough)
  • 1973 Josh Homme, American musician and songwriter
  • 1973 Steve Barakatt, Canadian composer
  • 1975 Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
  • 1976 Lee-Hom Wang, American-born Taiwanese musician and composer
  • 1980 Dallas Taylor, American singer (Underoath)
  • 1981 Shiri Maimon, Israeli singer
  • 1985 Derek Hough, American dancer and singer