On This Day

Musicians Born on May 18

  • 1744 Joseph Beer, Bohemian clarinetist, and composer (5th clarinet flap), born in Grünwald, Bohemia (d. 1812)
  • 1759 Charles Duquesnoy, South Netherlands composer and singer, born in Beuzet (d. 1822)
  • 1819 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1885)
  • 1830 (Károly) "Karl" Goldmark, Hungarian-Viennese violinist and composer (Rustic Wedding Symphony; The Queen of Sheba; Sakuhtala), born in Keszthely, KIngdom of Hungary (d. 1915)
  • 1836 Sydir Vorobkevych, Ukrainian composer, poet, newspaper editor, and Orthodox priest, 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)
  • 1894 Lou Hooper, Canadian jazz pianist, and educator, born in North Buxton, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1901 Harry Robert Wilson, American composer, born in Salina, Kansas (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Henri Sauguet [Poupard], French organist and composer (Symphonie Expiatoire; La Chotta), born in Bordeaux (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Meredith Willson, American composer for stage (The Music Man), and screen (The Great Dictator; Little Foxes), born in Mason City, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Eric Zeisl, Austrian-American composer (Requiem Ebraico), born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Theodor Berger, Austrian composer (Sinfonia Parabolica), born in Traismauer an der Donau, Austria (d. 1992)
  • 1905 Dick McPartland, American jazz guitarist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • 1907 Clifford Curzon, British classical pianist (Royal Academy of Music MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England
  • 1911 "Big" Joe Turner, American blues singer ("Corrine Corrina"; "Shake Rattle & Roll"), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 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 pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), born in Narbonne, France (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria Italian bass opera singer (Boris Godunov), born in Plovdiv,, Bulgaria (1993)
  • 1919 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), born in Reigate, England (d. 1991)
  • 1920 Lucia Mannucci, Italian jazz singer (Quartetto Cetra, 1947-88), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 2012)
  • 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)
  • 1926 Lou Bennett, American bebop pianist, and jazz organist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Roger Matton, Canadian composer, born in Granby, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Robert Morse, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen singer and actor (Mad Men; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 2022)
  • 1939 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash; Alley Oop), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Lobby Loyde [John Lyde], Australian rock guitarist and songwriter (The Purple Heart; Wild Cherries; Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs), born in Longreach, Queensland (d. 2007)
  • 1942 Rodney Dillard, American musician (Glittergrass), born in Salem, Missouri
  • 1944 Albert Hammond, British singer-songwriter ("It Never Rains In Southern California"), born in London, England
  • 1948 Joe Bonsall, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys - "Elvira"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Rick Wakeman, British session pianist (Cat Stevens; David Bowie), progressive rock keyboardist (Yes), and composer, born in London
  • 1949 William Wallace, Canadian musician (The Guess Who - "American Woman"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1949 Jim McNeely, American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger (Mel Lewis; Stan Getz; Phil Woods), and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Mark Mothersbaugh, American new wave rock singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Devo - "Whip It"), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1951 Mike Baird, American session drummer (Donna Summer; Rick Springfiel; Eddie Money; Richard Marx; Kenny Rogers), born in South Gate, California
  • 1952 George Strait, American country singer ("All My Exes Live in Texas"), born in Pearsall, Texas
  • 1953 (Feliciano) "Butch" Tavares, American R&B singer (Tavares - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1954 Wreckless Eric [Eric Goulden], British new wave rock singer-songwriter ("Whole Wide World"), born in Newhaven, England
  • 1954 Reinhold Heil, German composer, born in Schlüchtern, Germany
  • 1954 Jaques Morelenbaum, Brazilian cellist, arranger, conductor, and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1955 Peeter Vähi, Estonian contemporary classical, choral, and electro-acoustic composer (Between Heaven and Earth), born in Tartu, Estonia [1]
  • 1956 James Moginie, Australian rock musician, and songwriter (Midnight Oil - "Beds Are Burning"; "Blue Sky Mine"), born 64) Kalamunda, Western Australia, Australia
  • 1957 Michael Cretu, Romanian-German rocker (Enigma - "Sadeness, Part 1"), born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1958 Toyah Wilcox, English singer ("I Want to Be Free"), actress, and Mrs. Robert Fripp, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1961 Hugh Whitaker, British rock drummer (The Housemartins), born in England
  • 1962 (Marianne) "Nanne" Grönvall (nee Nordqvist), Swedish pop singer and songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1962 Sandra Cretu, German singer (Close to Seven), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 1965 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German heavy metal drummer (Helloween), born in Hamburg, West Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1965 Christopher Hall, American rock vocalist (Stabbing Westward; The Dreaming), born in Illinois
  • 1966 Michael Tait, American Christian musician (dc Talk, Tait), born in Washington D.C.
  • 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
  • 1969 Ettore Carucci, Italian jazz pianist and composer, born in Taranto, Italy
  • 1975 Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter (In Between Dreams, "Upside Down"), born in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 1975 Peter Iwers, Swedish heavy metal bass player (In Flames, 1999-2018)
  • 1975 Jem [Jemma Griffiths], Welsh pop-rock and "folktronica" singer-songwriter, and keyboard player, born in Penarth, Wales
  • 1975 Zach Gill, American singer-songwriter, pianist, accordion player and banjo picker (Animal Liberation Orchestra; Jack Johnson), born in Santa Clara County, California
  • 1980 Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model (Channo), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1981 Vincent Houdijk, Dutch jazz vibraphonist and bandleader (VinnieVibes), born in The Netherlands
  • 1986 Adam Bałdych, Polish jazz violinist, contemporary classical composer, and music producer, born in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland
  • 1987 Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and model and singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1988 Ksenija Sidorova, Latvian classical accordionist, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1988 Taeyang [Dong Young-bae], Korean singer (Big Bang), born in Uijeongbu, South Korea