Birthdays in Music on May 2

  • 1660 Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian baroque composer (Tigrane), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1725)
  • 1729 Florian Johann Deller, Austrian composer, baptized in Drosendorf, Austria (d. 1773)
  • 1752 Ludwig August Lebrun, German composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1790)
  • 1754 Vicente Martín y Soler, Valencian composer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1806)
  • 1810 Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1874)
  • 1817 Zikmund Kolešovský, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1868)
  • 1843 Karl Michael Ziehrer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1922)
  • 1846 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1909)
  • 1855 Theodore Moses Tobani, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1933)
  • 1857 Frederic Cliffe, English composer, born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1931)
  • 1859 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1918)
  • 1862 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer and musicologist (Salamine), born in Bar-sur-Aube, France (d. 1938)
  • 1887 Vernon Castle, English-American dancer, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1918)
  • 1895 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)
  • 1897 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1900 Helen Morgan, American singer and actress (Applause, Frankie & Johnny), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1903 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgarian composer, born in Belogradchik, Bulgaria (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Maurice Thiriet, French composer, born in Meulan, Yvelines, France (d. 1972)
  • 1911 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist
  • 1915 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Van Alexander, American composer and orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1915 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Jacob Gilboa [Erwin Goldberg], Israeli composer, born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, born in Chavornay, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1924 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), born in Krommenie, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), born in Vienna (d.2015)
  • 1925 Svatopluk Havelka, Czech composer, born in Vrbice, Karviná, Czech Republic (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Edward Levy, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Link Wray, American rock guitarist, born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz musician (Misty), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • 1932 Malcolm Lipkin, English composer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Bunk Gardner, American musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Cleveland Ohio
  • 1936 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1936 Engelbert Humperdinck [Arnold George Dorsey], British singer, born in Madras, India
  • 1944 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Argent - Hold Your Head Up; Kinks), born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1945 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1945 Judge Dread, English reggae musician, born in Kent, England (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Larry Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Seminole, Texas
  • 1950 Lou Gramm, American rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1951 John "Jo" Callis, British punk-rock songwriter and musician (The Rezillos, The Human League), born in Rotherham, England
  • 1952 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress, born in Tokyo
  • 1956 David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold), born in London
  • 1961 Doctor Robert, [Bruce R Howard], rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 1968 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress, born in Merlimau, Malacca, Malaysia
  • 1974 Garðar Thór Cortes, Icelandic tenor, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1978 Steve Bays, Canadian musician (Hot Hot Heat)
  • 1982 Lorie [Laure Pester], French singer, born in Le Plessis-Bouchard, Île-de-France

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1985 Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter (It's Not Me, It's You) and TV presenter (Lily Allen and Friends), born in London

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  • 1987 Nana Kitade, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1988 Lara Liang, Russian-Taiwanese-American singer (Nan Quan Mama), born in California