On This Day

Musicians Born on May 21

  • 1633 Joseph de La Barre, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1678)
  • 1671 Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, Italian organist and composer, born in Siena (d. 1755)
  • 1680 Frederich Karl Erbach, German composer, born in Odenwald (d. 1731)
  • 1720 Antonio Corbisiero, Italian composer (d. 1790)
  • 1722 Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, German composer and violinist, born in Bayreuth (d. 1790)
  • 1841 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1903)
  • 1867 Désiré Pâque, Belgium composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1939)
  • 1880 Pablo Luna, Spanish composer (De España vengo), born in Alhama de Aragón, Spain (d. 1942)
  • 1888 May Aufderheide, American ragtime composer (Dusty Rag), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Albert van Raalte, Dutch conductor (AVRO-orchestra), (d. 1952)
  • 1898 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, born in Vizovice, Moravia (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Horace Heidt, American orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), born in Alameda, California (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Sam Jaffe, American music and film producer (Born Free, The Fighting Sullivans), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2000)

Person of interestFats Waller

1904 Thomas "Fats" Waller, American jazz organist, piano player, singer and composer ("Ain't Misbehavin'"; "Honeysuckle Rose";"Hot Chocolate"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1943)

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1905 Edward Lockspeiser, British composer and musicologist (Debussy: His Life and Mind), born in London (d. 1973)
  • 1913 Gina Bachauer, Greek classical pianist of Austrian heritage, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1976)

  • 1916 Dennis Day [Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty], Irish-American tenor and comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1920 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1923 Doris Mae Akers, American gospel singer-songwriter (Sky Pilot Choir - Sweet, Sweet Spirit), born in Brookfield, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Robert Parris, American composer (Book of Imaginary Beings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Larance Marable, American jazz drummer (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Stan Getz; Groove Holmes), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Charles Wadsworth, American pianist (Lincoln Center), born in Barnesville, Georgia
  • 1932 Robert Sherlaw Johnson, British composer and music scholar, born in Sunderland
  • 1933 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, born in Alès, France (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Gene “Joe” Byrd, American jazz bassist (Charlie Byrd Trio), born in Chuckatuck, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1934 (Elbert) "Sonny" Forriest, American guitarist (The Coasters; Ray Charles; Hank Crawford), born in Pendleton, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1935 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), born in Potters Bar, England (d. 2013)
  • 1938 (Henry) Lee "Shot" Williams, American blues singer ("I Like Your Style"), born in Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Heinz Holliger, Swiss composer, oboist and conductor, born in Langenthal, Switzerland

Person of interestTony Sheridan

1940 Tony Sheridan, British singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with The Beatles ("My Bonnie"), born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1941 Ronald Isley, American singer (Isley Brothers - "Twist and Shout"; "This Old Heart Of Mine"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1941 Martin Carthy, English folk musician, born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire
  • 1943 John Dalton, British rock bass player (The Kinks, 1969-76 -"Lola"; "Celluloid Heroes"), born in Enfield, Middlesex, England
  • 1943 Hilton Valentine, British rock guitarist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), born in North Shields, Northumberland, England (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Vincent Crane [Cheesman], British rock Hammond organist, and songwriter (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire"), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 1989)

  • 1944 Marcie Blane [Blank], American pop singer (Bobby's Girl), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Bill Champlin, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer (Chicago, 1981-2009; Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California
  • 1948 (Gerard) "Leo" Sayer, British songwriter and singer ("You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"; "When I Need Love"), born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
  • 1949 Arno Hintjens, Belgian singer (T C Matic)
  • 1949 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)
  • 1951 Arthur Russell, American experimental classical-pop fusion cellist, and composer, born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • 1954 Marc Ribot, American guitarist (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1955 John Galvin, American rock keyboardist (Molly Hatchet), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1955 Stan Lynch, American rock drummer (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 1976-94), producer, and songwriter, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1961 Tim Lever, British musician (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)
  • 1963 Dave Specter, American Chicago blues and jazz guitarist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Greg Smith, American session and touring rock bassist (Rainbow; Alice Cooper; Wendy O. Williams, Ted Nugent), born
  • 1963 Kevin Shields, American born Irish musician (My Bloody Valentine), born in Queens, New York
  • 1968 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, born in Quezon City, Philippines (d. 1985)
  • 1972 Adriano Cintra, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • 1972 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper (Life After Death), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1974 Havoc [Kejuan Muchita], American rapper (Mobb Deep), born in Queensbridge, Queens, New York
  • 1975 Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist (No Devotion), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • 1976 Deron Miller, American rock musician (CKY), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Kardinal Offishall [Jason Drew Harrow], Canadian rapper, born in Scarsborough, Ontario
  • 1979 Fayçal Salhi, French-Algerian jazz guitarist and oud player, born in Khenchela, Algeria
  • 1979 Gaspard Augé, French musician (Justice)
  • 1980 Gotye [Wouter De Backer], Belgian-Australian rock singer-songwriter ("Someone That I Used to Know"), born in Bruges, Belgium
  • 1981 Maximilian [Max] Mutzke, German singer, born in Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany
  • 1985 Kano [Robinson], English rapper and actor, born in London, England
  • 1985 Mutya Buena, British pop singer (Sugababes - "Push the Button"), born in London, England
  • 1985 Marco Carta, Italian pop singer, born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
  • 1986 Myra [Quintana], Mexican-American pop singer ("Miracles Happen (When You Believe)") , born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1992 Olivia Olson, American singer and actress (Love Actually - "Joanna"), born in Los Angeles, California