On This Day

Birthdays in Music on May 18

  • 1744 Joseph Beer, Bohemia clarinetist/composer (5th clarinet flap)
  • 1759 Charles Duquesnoy, South Netherlands composer and singer, born in Beuzet (d. 1822)
  • 1819 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1885)
  • 1830 Karl Goldmark, Austro-Hungarian composer (Sakuhtala), born in Keszthely, Hungary (d. 1915)
  • 1836 Isidor Vorobchievici, Urainian composer, born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine (d. 1903)
  • 1854 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (Gisbertus of Aemstel, To My Fatherland), born in Amsterdam (d. 1924)
  • 1875 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, born in Padua (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Eduardo Fabini, Uruguayan composer, born in Solís de Mataojo, Uruguay (d. 1950)
  • 1886 Ole Windingstad, Norwegian composer (The Tide), born in Sandefjord, Norway (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific, RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1957)
  • 1901 Harry Robert Wilson, American composer, born in Salina, Kansas (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Henri-Pierre Sauguet, composer (La Chotte), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1902 [Robert] Meredith Willson, American composer (Music Man), born in Mason City, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Eric Zeisl, Austrian-American composer (Requiem Ebraico), born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • 1907 Clifford Curzon, pianist (MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England
  • 1911 Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)

  • 1912 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer (Catch A Falling Star) and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1913 Charles Trenet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), born in Reigate, England (1991)
  • 1920 Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1922 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1983)
  • 1923 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Roger Matton, Canadian composer, born in Granby, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Robert Morse, American singer and actor (Mad Men, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1939 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Rodney Dillard, rocker (Glittergrass)
  • 1944 Albert Hammond, rocker (It Never Rains In Southern California ), born in London
  • 1948 Joe Bonsall, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • 1949 William Wallace, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1952 George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • 1953 [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)
  • 1954 Wreckless Eric, rocker (Waxworks, Be Stiff)
  • 1954 Reinhold Heil, German composer
  • 1957 Michael Cretu, rocker (Enigma)
  • 1958 Toyah Wilcox, rocker (I Want to Be Free), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer
  • 1962 Sandra Cretu, German singer
  • 1965 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (d. 1995)
  • 1966 Michael Tait, American musician (dc Talk, Tait)
  • 1967 Rob Base [Ginyard], American rapper (Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock - "It Takes Two"), born in Harlem, New York
  • 1969 Martika [Marta Marrero], Cuban-American singer (Toy Soldiers), born in Whittier, California
  • 1975 Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter (In Between Dreams), born in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 1975 Peter Iwers, Swedish bass player (In Flames)
  • 1980 Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model
  • 1982 Eric West, American singer and actor