On This Day

Musicians Born on May 23

  • 1644 Thomas Eisenhut, German composer, born in Aursburg, Germany (d. 1702)
  • 1696 Johann Caspar Vogler, German composer and organist, born in Hausen, Schwarzburg-Arnstadt (d. 1763)
  • 1737 Louis François Chambray, French composer, born in Château de Chambray, Evreux, France (d. 1807)
  • 1741 Andrea Lucchesi, Italian composer, born in Motta di Livenza, Italy (d. 1801)
  • 1756 Nicolas-Joseph Hüllmandel, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)
  • 1759 António da Silva Leite, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1833)
  • 1794 (Isaac) Ignaz Moscheles, Bohemian piano virtuoso, student of Beethoven, teacher of Mendelssohn, and composer, born in Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic) (d. 1870)
  • 1799 Thomas Hood, English poet and composer (The Song of the Shirt), born in London (d. 1845)
  • 1837 Józef Wieniawski, Polish pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, born in Lublin, Poland (d. 1912)
  • 1851 Antoni Stolpe, Polish pianist and composer, born in Pulawy, Poland (d. 1872)
  • 1871 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, born in Drammen (d. 1904)
  • 1897 Fred Guy, American jazz banjo player and guitarist (Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra; Duke Ellington's Washingtonians), born in Burkeville, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Edmund Rubbra, English composer (Morning Watch), born in Semilong, Northampton, England (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1906 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, German composer, teacher, musicologist and painter, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d, 1988)
  • 1910 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American gig 0bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor ("Begin the Beguine"), and actor. born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1910 (Benjamin) "Scatman" Crothers, American singer, musician ("Television Blues"), and actor (Chico and the Man; The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • 1911 Boris Kremenliev, Bulgarian-American composer (The Tell-Tale Heart), educator (UCLA, 1947-78), and ethno-musicologist (Bulgarian-Macedonian Folk Music), born in Razlog, Bulgaria (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Travis Kemp, British ballet dancer and teacher, born in Nottingham, England (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Jean Françaix, French classical pianist, and composer, born in Le Mans, France (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, American band leader, songwriter, and record producer (Little Richard; Sam Cooke), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)
  • 1919 Betty Garrett, American stage and screen comedian, singer, dancer, and actress (All In The Family - "Irene"; Laverne & Shirley - "Edna"), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Ruth Fernández, Puerto Rican singer ("Cuando Vuelvas" - "When You Return"), and politician (Senate-at-large, 1973-81), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Helen O'Connell, American big-band singer (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra - "Green Eyes"; "Anapola"), and TV host (Today Show, 1956-58), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 1993) [1]
  • 1921 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), born in Bromley (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, born in Crimora, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1928 Rosemary Clooney, American singer ("Come On-a My House"), and actress (White Christmas), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Jeannie Carson [Shufflebottom], British-born comedian, actress, singer and dancer (As Long as They're Happy; An Alligator Named Daisy), born in Yorkshire, England
  • 1928 Pauline Julien, Canadian singer-songwriter, social and political activist, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 1998)
  • 1933 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award, 1956), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2003)
  • 1933 Gary Burden, American artist and pioneer of album cover art (Neil Young; Graham Nash; The Doors), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Robert Moog, American engineer (Moog synthesizer, Moog Music), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1936 Ingeborg Hallstein, German soprano opera singer (Bavarian State Opera, 1961-73), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1939 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Marvin Stamm, American jazz and session trumpeter, and flugelhorn player (Stan Kenton; Woody Herman; Thad Jones/Mel Lewis; Paul McCartney - "Uncle Albert"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1941 Jackson Hill, American composer and educator (Voices of Autumn), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1941 General Norman Johnson, American soul singer (Chairmen of the Board - "Give Me Just a Little More Time"), and songwriter ("Patches"; "Want Ads"), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2010)
  • 1943 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek pop singer (Hathike to feggari - The Moon is Lost; Ximeromata - Daybreaks), born in Metaxourgeio, Athens, Greece (d. 2005)
  • 1944 Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood, American funk drummer (Parliament-Funkadelic; Miles Davis), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1979)
  • 1945 Misty Morgan, American country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard - "Tennessee Bird Walk"), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1946 Danny Klein, American rock bassist (J Geils Band - "Centerfold"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Famoudou Don Moye, American jazz percussionist and drummer (Art Ensemble of Chicago), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1951 Judy Rodman, American country singer ("Girls Ride Horses Too"), born in Riverside, California
  • 1952 James Mankey, American rock guitarist (Sparks, 1972-73; Concrete Blonde - "Joey"), born in Washington
  • 1952 Anne-Marie David, French singer
  • 1953 Rick Fenn, British rock guitarist (10cc - "I'm Not In Love"; "The Things We Do for Love"), born in Oxford, England
  • 1955 Dean Friedman, American singer-songwriter (Ariel), born in Paramus, New Jersey
  • 1955 Luka Bloom [Kevin Moore], Irish contemporary folk singer-songwriter and guitarist ("I Need Love"), born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  • 1957 Thereza Bazar, British-Canadian singer (Dollar - "Love's Gotta Hold on Me"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 Jimmy McShane, Irish singer (Baltimora - "Tarzan Boy"), born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1958 Shelly West, Ameican country singer ("Red Hot"; "West by West"), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1958 François Feldman, French pop singer and songwriter (Petit Frank), born in Paris, France
  • 1959 Ken Peplowski, American swing jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1962 Franca Masu, Italian jazz and world music singer-songwriter, born in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
  • 1967 Philip Selway, British alternative-rock drummer (Radiohead - "Creep"; "Lucky"), and singer-songwriter, born in Oxfordshire, England
  • 1967 Freddie "Junior" Waite, British reggae-rock drummer (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1970 Matt Flynn, American drummer (Maroon 5, since 2006 - "Moves Like Jagger"), born in Woodstock, New York
  • 1973 (Gerald) Maxwell [Rivera], American Grammy Award-winning neo-soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer ("Fortunate"; "Pretty Wings"), born in Brooklyn New York City

Jewel Kilcher

1974 Jewel [Kilcher], American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Pieces Of You"; "You Were Meant For Me"; "Standing Still"), born in Payson, Utah

  • 1974 Mónica Naranjo, Spanish singer, born in Figueres, Spain
  • 1974 Charlie Yeung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Seven Swords), born in Hong Kong
  • 1978 Scott Raynor, American drummer (Blink-182, 1992-1998), born in Poway, California
  • 1981 Gwenno Saunders, Welsh dancer and singer (The Pipettes)
  • 1982 Malene Mortensen, Danish jazz and pop singer
  • 1982 Tristan Prettyman, American singer-songwriter, born in Del Mar, California
  • 1983 Cristiano Bilanzola, Canadian musician and filmmaker, born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1983 Heidi Range, British pop singer (Atomic Kittens; Sugababes - "Angels with Dirty Faces"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1983 Jennifer Bellor, American orchestral and jazz composer (Reflections at Dusk), born in northern New York State
  • 1991 Sarah Jarosz, American singer-songwriter (World on the Ground), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1998 Steve Lacy [Lacy-Moya], American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and record producer (The Internet), born in Compton, California