On This Day

Musicians Born on May 19

  • 1616 Johann Jakob Froberger, German singer, organist, and composer,baptized in Stuttgart, Duchy of Württemberg (now Germany) (d. 1667)
  • 1740 Joseph Franz Weigl, German cellist and early proponent of the 'thumb technique', born in Bavaria (d. 1820)
  • 1746 Johann Friedrich Peter, composer
  • 1755 Gabriele Prota, composer
  • 1770 Antoine-Charles Glachant, composer
  • 1839 Alice Mary Smith, British composer, born in London (d. 1884)

Nellie Melba

1861 Nellie Melba [Helen Mitchell], Australian operatic soprano, and face of the Australian 100 dollar note, born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia (d. 1931)

  • 1873 Federico Gerdes, Peruvian pianist, composer, and educator (founder and first director of the National Conservatory of Music, 1909-26), born in Tacna, Peru (d. 1953)
  • 1878 Adam von Ahn Carse, British composer and instrument collector, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1958)
  • 1884 Arthur Meulemans, Flemish composer, conductor, and music teacher (Adriaen Brouwer), born in Aarschot, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1892 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, born in Macoll, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Albert Hay Malotte, American pianist, organist, composer (Disney staff, 1930's; The Lord's Prayer), and educator, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic (d. 1959)
  • 1901 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, born in Corumbá, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Schlomo Joffe, Polish-Israeli folk and classical musician and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1995)
  • 1924 (Alexander) "Sandy" Wilson, British theatrical composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend; Divorce Me, Darling!), born in Sale, Cheshire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Paul Cooper, American classical music composer, and educator, born in Victoria, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Michael Adamis, Greek electroacoustic music composer, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Hans Kox, Dutch composer (Dorian Gray; Symphony No. 4 - "Tasmanian"), and educator, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 2019)
  • 1931 Ruben Radica, composer
  • 1931 Eric Tappy, Swiss tenor
  • 1931 Trevor Peacock, British stage and screen actor (The Vicar of Dibley - "Jim Trott"), screenwriter, and songwriter ("Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), born in Edmonton, Middlesex, England (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Alma Cogan, British pop singer ("Dreamboat"; "I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango"), born in Whitechapel, London, England (d. 1966)
  • 1932 Claude Blanchard, French Canadian singer, comedian and actor, born in Joliette, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Jan Wijn, Dutch pianist
  • 1938 [Brian Keith] Herbie Flowers, English bassist and session musician (Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson, T-Rex), born in Isleworth, England
  • 1939 Richard Lowe Teitelbaum, American composer, born in New York City
  • 1939 Tomasz Sikorski, Polish minimalist composer (Solitude of Sounds), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1988)
  • 1939 (Cornelius) "Sonny" Fortune, American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Mickey Newbury, rocker
  • 1941 Marc-Antonio Consoli, composer

Pete Townshend

1945 Peter Townshend, British rock guitarist, composer, and vocalist (The Who - Tommy; "My Generation": "Won't Get Fooled Again"; solo - "Let My Love Open the Door"), born in Chiswick, Middlesex, England

  • 1946 Trevor Veitch, Canadian-American folk-rock musician (3's a Crowd, Tom Rush), and pop record producer (Toni Basil's "Mickey"), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1947 Jerry Hyman, American rock trombonist (Blood Sweat & Tears, 1968-70), and chiropractor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Steve Currie, British rock bassist (T. Rex; Marc Bolan), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1981)
  • 1948 Grace Jones, Jamaican-American disco singer ("Slave to the Rhythm"), and actress (A View To A Kill), born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica
  • 1948 Tom Scott, American saxophonist and composer (L.A. Express; The Blues Brothers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Joseph "Dusty" Hill, American rock bassist and songwriter (ZZ Top - "Cheap Sunglasses"; "Legs"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1951 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World") (d. 2001)
  • 1951 James Boyer, American audio engineer and record producer (Peter Cetera; Billy Joel; George Benson), born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Barbara Joyce Lomas, American funk and disco vocalist (B.T. Express - "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)"), born in Brooklyn, NYC
  • 1953 Roddy Lorimer, Scottish session and touring trumpeter and flugelhorn player (Waterboys; Blur; Pete Townshend; Spiritualized; Dr. John), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1954 Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC - Rock 'n Roll Damnation), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1956 Martyn Ware, rocker (Heaven 17 - Electric Dreams)
  • 1960 Yazz [Yasmin Evans], singer (Fine Time), born in London, England
  • 1960 Shujaat Khan, Indian sitar player, singer, and composer, born in Calcutta, India
  • 1961 Ronan Hardiman, Irish composer (Michael Flatley soundtracks), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1962 Iain Harvie, Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens)
  • 1965 Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, British pop singer (Curiosity Killed Cat - Keep Your Distance), born in Earls Court, London, England
  • 1972 Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)
  • 1972 Roberto Carcassés, Cuban jazz pianist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1981 Nate Cole, American singer-songwriter (Plus One; Castledoor), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1991 Jordan Pruitt, American singer (The Voice), born in Loganville, Georgia
  • 1991 Moses Sumney, American singer-songwriter (Græ), born in San Bernadino, California
  • 1992 Sam Smith, British singer-songwriter ("Stay With Me"), born in London, England
  • 2003 JoJo Siwa, American dancer, singer and YouTube personality, born in Omaha, Nebraska