On This Day

Musicians Born on May 17

  • 1732 Francesco Pasquale Ricci, Italian composer, born in Como, Italy (d. 1817)
  • 1800 Carl Friedrich Zöllner, German composer, born in Mittelhausen, Germany (d. 1860)
  • 1808 Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel, French composer (Les trois couleurs), born in Lille, France (d. 1892)
  • 1819 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, Bohemian pianist and composer, born in Neustadt an der Mettau (d. 1886)
  • 1823 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, born in London (d. 1885)
  • 1850 Antonio Scontrino, Italian composer, born in Trapani, Italy (d. 1922)
  • 1866 Erik Satie, French composer (Gymnopédies), born in Honfleur, Normandy (d. 1925)
  • 1890 Philip James, American composer, and conductor (New Jersey Symphony, 1922-29; Bamberger Little Symphony, 1929-36), and educator (NYU, 1934-56), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1896 Brasílio Itiberê da Cunha Luz, Brazilian composer, born in Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Nicolai Berezowsky, Russian-American composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1953)
  • 1901 Werner Egk, German composer (Die Zaubergeige), born in Donauwörth, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1902 John Vincent, American composer, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera, 1927; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1937-66), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Sigismund Toduţă, Romanian composer, born in Simeria, Romania (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Sándor Végh, Hungarian-French violinist teacher and conductor, born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Guido Masanetz, German composer (In Frisco ist der Teufel Los), born in Friedeck, Austria-Hungary (d. 2015)
  • 1918 (Märta) Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (Elektra; Salome), born in Västra Karup, Skåne, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Dennis Brain, British classical horn player (Serenade), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1921 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (People; Mambo Italiano), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Peter Mennin [Mennini], American composer (Moby Dick; The Cycle), and educator (Juilliard, 1962-83), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1924 Frantisek Kovaricek, Czech composer (Ukradeny mesic (The Stolen Moon)), born in Liteniny, Czechoslovakia (d. 2003)
  • 1931 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Philippe Boesmans, Belgian pianist, and composer (Upon La-Mi; Reigen), born in Tongeren, Belgium
  • 1938 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (The Spinners - Games People Play), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • 1941 David Cope, American composer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1941 Malcolm Hale, American pop musician (Spanky and Our Gang), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1968)
  • 1942 Taj Mahal [Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr.], American singer-songwriter (Real Thing), born in Harlem, New York
  • 1944 Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1946 Udo Lindenberg, German musician, born in Gronau, Westphalia
  • 1949 Bill Bruford, PhD, British rock and jazz drummer (Yes; King Crimson; Genesis (touring only); Earthworks), born in Sevenoaks, Kent, England
  • 1949 Andrew Latimer, English musician (Camel), born in Guildford, England
  • 1950 Howard Ashman, American playwright and lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors: The Little Mermaid), born in Baltimore, Maryland (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), born in Surinam
  • 1959 Paul Di'anno [Andrews], Brazilian-British rock singer (Iron Maiden, 1981-84), born in Chingford, London, England

Enya

1961 Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter ("Orinoco Flow"; "Carribbean Blue"; "Only Time"), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

  • 1962 Tracey Bryn, American alt-rock vocalist (Voice of the Beehive - "Don't Call Me Baby; "I Think I Love You"), born in Encino, California
  • 1963 Page McConnell, American songwriter and keyboardist (Phish), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Trent Reznor

1965 Trent Reznor, American rock singer-songwriter (Nine Inch Nails - Hurt; The Downward Spiral), Grammy and Academy Award-winning film score composer (The Social Network), born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

  • 1968 Dave Abbruzzese, American drummer (Pearl Jam), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1969 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea), and actor, born in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
  • 1969 Ryan Anthony, American trumpet player (Canadian Brass, 2000-03; Dallas Symphony, 2006-20), born in Whittier, California (d. 2020)
  • 1970 Jordan Knight, American singer-songwriter (New Kids on the Block), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Josh Homme, American musician and songwriter
  • 1973 Steve Barakatt, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1973 Jenny Scheinman, American jazz and session violinist (Bill Frisell; Allison Miller), and singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1975 Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
  • 1976 Lee-Hom Wang, American-born Taiwanese musician and composer
  • 1980 Dallas Taylor, American Christian metal singer (Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Underoath), born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1981 Shiri Maimon, Israeli singer
  • 1985 Derek Hough, American dancer and singer