On This Day

Birthdays in Music on May 21

  • 1633 Joseph de La Barre, composer
  • 1671 Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, composer
  • 1680 Frederich Karl Erbach, composer
  • 1720 Antonio Corbisiero, composer
  • 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 Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer
  • 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, conductor (AVRO-orchestra)
  • 1898 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, born in Vizovice, Moravia (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Horace Heidt, Alameda California, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon)

Person of interestFats Waller

1904 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin', 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)
  • 1926 Joseph Horovitz, composer
  • 1929 Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)
  • 1932 Robert Sherlaw Johnson, composer
  • 1933 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, born in Alès, France (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), born in Potters Bar, England (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Heinz Holliger, Swiss composer, oboist and conductor, born in Langenthal, Switzerland

Person of interestTony Sheridan

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

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1941 Ronald Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1941 Martin Carthy, English folk musician, born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire
  • 1943 Hilton Valentine, British rock guitarist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun) born in North Shields, Northumberland, England
  • 1944 Marcie Blane [Blank], American pop singer (Bobby's Girl), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 William "Bill" Champlin, American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and producer (Chicago, Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California
  • 1948 Leo Sayer, British 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)
  • 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, rock drummer (Tommy Petty & Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1961 Tim Lever, keyboard/sax (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)
  • 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 NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1974 Havoc [Kejuan Muchita], American rapper (Mobb Deep), born in Queensbridge, Queens, New York
  • 1975 Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist
  • 1976 Deron Miller, American rock musician
  • 1976 Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper
  • 1979 Gaspard Augé, French musician
  • 1981 Maximilian [Max] Mutzke, German singer
  • 1985 Kano [Robinson], English rapper and actor, born in London
  • 1985 Mutya Buena, English singer (ex-Sugababes)
  • 1985 Marco Carta, Italian singer
  • 1986 Myra, Mexican-American singer
  • 1992 Olivia Olson, American singer and actress