On This Day

Birthdays in Music on May 25

  • 1688 Christian August Jacobi, German composer, born in Grimma, Leipzig (d. 1725)
  • 1726 Giuseppi Paolucci, Italian composer, born in Siena, Italy (d. 1776)
  • 1767 Friedrich Johann Eck, German violinist and composer (Concertos pour violon), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1838)
  • 1821 Diederich Krug, German pianist and composer (Le petit Chevalier), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1821)
  • 1847 Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and musicologist (Histoire et Bibliographie de la Typographie Musicale dans les Pays-Bas), born in Antwerp, Belgian (d. 1922)
  • 1877 Billy Murray, American singer (Denver Nightengale), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

Person of interestBill Robinson

1878 Bill Robinson "Bojangles", American actor and tap dancer (Stormy Weather, The Little Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1949)

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
  • 1882 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), born in Pomona, California (d. 1959)
  • 1888 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of the Opera, Postman's Knock), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1969)
  • 1889 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1963)
  • 1889 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Mischa Levitzki, Russian-born American pianist and composer (The Enchanted Nymph), born in Kremenchuk, Russian Empire (d. 1941)
  • 1899 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher, born in Asansol, Burdwan, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1976)
  • 1901 Milenko Živković, Yugoslavian composer, born in Beograd (d. 1964)
  • 1902 Helvi Leiviskä, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Kurt Thomas, German composer, born in Tönning, Germany (d. 1973)

  • 1912 Eddie Maxwell, singer (Yes We Have No Bananas)
  • 1914 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American actress and singer (Night and Day, Kay Kyser Band), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Gino Negri, Italian composer, born in Perledo (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Hal David, American lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Aldo Clementi, Italian composer, born in Catania, Sicily (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Tom T. Hall, American country singer and writer (Harper Valley PTA), born in Olive Hill, Kentucky
  • 1941 Bill Young, rocker, born in Daingerfield, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1942 Brian "Blinky" Davison, British rocker (The Nice), born in Leicester, England (d. 2008)
  • 1943 John "Poli" Palmer, British rocker (Family), born in Evesham, Worcestershire
  • 1943 Leslie Uggams, American singer and actress (Leslie Uggams Show, Roots), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Jessi Colter [Miriam Johnson], American country singer (I'm Not Lisa), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1946 Timothy "Tim" Hinkley, British singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Jody Grind), born in London
  • 1948 Klaus Meine, German musician (Scorpions), born in Hannover, Germany
  • 1950 Robert "Robby" Steinhardt, American rock violinist and singer (Kansas), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1951 Clifford Archer, American bassist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1951 Chuck Ruff, American rock drummer (Frankenstein), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Rich Alves, American singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in Pleasanton, California
  • 1956 Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott , Jamaican singer (The African Brothers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2010)
  • 1956 David P. Sartor, American music composer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958 Paul Weller, English guitarist (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • 1965 Mark Knight, American rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals), born in California
  • 1965 Remco Prins, Dutch rock guitarist and vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash)
  • 1974 Frank Klepacki, American video game composer (Command & Conquer: Red Alert), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1976 Sandra Nasić, German singer (Guano Apes), born in Göttingen, Germany
  • 1978 Adam Gontier, Canadian singer (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • 1984 Marion Raven, Norwegian singer and songwriter (M2M), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • 1984 Kostas Martakis, Greek singer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1985 Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress (Floribella), born in Massarelos, Porto, Portugal