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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 ("I Could Write A Book"; "My Funny Valentine") and half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hart, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)
  • 1897 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"; "Love Letters In The Sand"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1898 Henry Hall, British bandleader (BBC Dance Orchestra), born in Peckham, South London, England (d. 1989)

  • 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)
  • 1915 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Van Alexander [Alexander Van Vliet Feldman], American composer, arranger ("A-Tisket, A-Tasket"), and orchestra leader (Dean Martin Show), born in Harlem, New York City(d. 2015)
  • 1915 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter ("Tutti Frutti"; "You Always Hurt the One You Love": "Tampico"), 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 stage and screen singer and actor (The Sound of Music; Fiddler On The Roof; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; 200 Motels), folk singer (co-founder Newport Folk Festival), and political activist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Lynn Evans [Carolyn Hargate], American pop vocalist (The Chordettes - "Mr. Sandman"; "Lollipop"), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 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 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist ("Misty"), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • 1932 Malcolm Lipkin, English composer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Bunk Gardner [John Guarnera], American saxophone and woodwind player (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 pop singer ("Release Me"; "After The Loving"), born in Madras, British India
  • 1937 Torbjörn Hultcrantzn, Swedish jazz double player, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1994)
  • 1939 Tony Asher, English-American lyricist ("God Only Knows"; "Wouldn't It Be Nice"; "That's Life"), born in London, England
  • 1944 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Argent - "Hold Your Head Up"; The Kinks), born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1945 Goldy McJohn [John Goadsby], Canadian rock keyboard and Hammond B3 organ player (Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet ride"; 'Born To Be Wild"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents; Delfonics - "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1945 Judge Dread [Alexander Hughes] English reggae musician, born in Kent, England (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Lesley Gore [Goldstein], American pop singer ("It's My Party"; "You Don't Own Me"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Larry Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Brothers - "Broken Lady"), born in Seminole, Texas
  • 1949 Joey Phillips, percussionist (Atlantic Starr - "Touch a Four-Leaf Clover")
  • 1950 Lou Gramm [Grammatico], American rock singer-songwriter (Foreigner - "Hot Blooded"; "Cold As Ice"), 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
  • 1953 Valery Gergiev, Russian conductor (Mariinsky Orchestra, 1988 -present; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, 1995-2008), born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1956 David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold), born in London
  • 1961 Doctor Robert [Bruce Robert Howard], Scottish singer-songwriter (The Blow Monkeys - "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way"), born in Haddington, Scotland
  • 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 rock musician (Hot Hot Heat - "In The Middle Of Nowhere"), and record producer
  • 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