On This Day

Musicians Born on May 20

  • 1547 Melchior Bischoff, German composer, born in Pößneck, Germany (d. 1614)
  • 1554 Paolo Bellasio, Italian composer, born in Verona (d. 1594)
  • 1754 Hans Gram, Danish-born American composer (d. 1804)
  • 1812 Gustav Adolf Mankell, composer
  • 1843 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, Spanish violinist and composer, born in Palma, Majorca (d. 1918)
  • 1850 Eaton Faning, composer
  • 1876 John Owen Jones, composer
  • 1889 Felix Arndt, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1918)
  • 1890 Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor (Enzo-La Gioconde)
  • 1903 Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1913 Ion Dumitrescu, composer
  • 1917 Enyss Djemil, composer
  • 1920 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), born in Leicester, England (d. 2011)
  • 1925 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Vic Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1927 David Frederick Barlow, composer

  • 1927 Walter Aschaffenburg, German-American composer, born in Essen, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Marinella, Greek singer and actress
  • 1938 Astrid Kirchherr, German photographer, helped establish The Beatles image, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1939 María Luisa Ozaita, Spanish pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist, conductor, and composer (Pelleas y Melisanda), born in Baracaldo, Spain (d. 2017)
  • 1940 (Frederick) "Shorty" Long, American soul singer, and pianist ( "Devil with the Blue Dress On"; "Here Comes The Judge"), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • 1942 Paula [Jill Jackson], American pop singer ("Hey Paula"), born in McCamey, Texas
  • 1943 Tison Street, American violinist and composer (Jewel Tree), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943 Al Bano [Albano Carrisi], Italian-Albanian pop singer, actor, and winemaker, born in Cellino San Marco Italy
  • 1944 Boudewijn de Groot, Dutch folk singer ("Sleep Well, Mr. President"), born in a Japanese concentration camp, near Batavia, occupied Dutch East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • 1944 Cipa Dichter, pianist/wife of Misha Dichter, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Person of interestJoe Cocker

1944 (John) "Joe" Cocker, English rock vocalist ("With A Little Help From My Friends"; "Cry Me A River"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Sheffield, England, (d. 2014)

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker

Person of interest Cher

1946 Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], American singer ("I Got You Babe"; "If I Could Turn Back Time"), and actress (Mask; Moonstruck), born in El Centro, California

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1950 Andy Johns, British sound engineer and record producer (Humble Pie; Free; Joe Satriani), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 2013)
  • 1952 Warren Cann, Canadian rock drummer (Ultravox), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1954 James Henderson, American southern rock guitarist (Black Oak Arkansas, 1975-79 - Ain't Life Grand), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Guy Hoffman, American drummer (BoDeans, 1984-87; Violent Femmes, 1993-2002), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1955 Steve George, American rock keyboardist (Mr Mister - "Broken Wings"; "Kyrie"), born in, Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1955 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer (Three Colors film trilogy), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland
  • 1958 Jane Wiedlin, American pop-rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter (The Go-Gos - "Vacation"; "We Got The Beat"; solo - Fur), born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • 1959 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian singer, songwriter ("Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"), and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate, born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1997)
  • 1960 Susan Cowsill, rock vocalist (The Cowsills - "We Can Fly"), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1961 Kit Clarke, Scottish rocker (Danny Wilson - "Mary's Prayer"), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1961 Nick Heyward, British rock guitarist and vocalist (Haircut 100 - "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)"), born in Becjenham, Kent, England
  • 1962 Ralph Peterson Jr., American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers; Fo'tet), and educator (Berklee), born in Pleasantville, New Jersey (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1972 Busta Rhymes [Trevor George Smith Jr.], American rapper (The Coming), born in New York City
  • 1973 Elsa [Lunghini], French singer ("T'en va pas" - "Don't Go Away") and actress, born in Paris, France
  • 1981 Rachel Platten, American singer-songwriter (“Fight Song”), born in New York City
  • 1984 Kenny Vasoli, American rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Vacationer), born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • 1986 Yolanda "LaLa" Brown, American R&B singer ("S.E.X"), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2007)