On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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)
  • 1937 Teddy Randazzo, song writer (I'm on the Outside Looking In)
  • 1938 Marinella, Greek singer and actress
  • 1938 Astrid Kirchherr, German photographer, helped establish The Beatles image, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Shorty Long [Frederick Earl Long], American soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • 1942 Paula, [Jill Jackson], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • 1943 Tison Street, American violinist and composer (Jewel Tree), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943 Al Bano, Italian singer
  • 1944 Boudouin de Groot, Dutch singer (Good night mister president)
  • 1944 Cipa Dichter, pianist/wife of Misha Dichter, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Person of interestJoe Cocker

1944 Joe Cocker, English rock vocalist (With a Little Help from My Friends), born in Sheffield England, (d. 2014)

Rocker Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker

Person of interest Cher

1946 Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask), born in El Centro, California

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
  • 1952 Warren Cann, Canadian rock drummer (Ultravox), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1954 James Henderson, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • 1954 Guy Hoffman, American musician (Violent Femmes)
  • 1955 Steve George, rock keyboardist (Mr Mister)
  • 1955 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer (Three Colors film trilogy), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland
  • 1958 Jane Wiedlin, Wisc, singer, guitarist (GoGos, Fur, Rush Hour)
  • 1959 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian musician, entertainer and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate (Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1997)
  • 1960 Susan Cowsill, rock vocalist (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1961 Kit Clarke, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer)
  • 1961 Nick Heyward, guitar/vocals (Haircut 100-Favourite Shirts)
  • 1972 Busta Rhymes [Trevor George Smith Jr.], American rapper (The Coming), born in New York City
  • 1973 Elsa Lunghini, French singer and actress
  • 1984 Kenny Vasoli, American singer
  • 1986 LaLa Brown, American singer (d. 2007)