Birthdays in Music on May 25

  • May
  • 1688 Christian August Jacobi, composer
  • 1726 Giuseppi Paolucci, composer
  • 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, singer (Denver Nightengale)

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
  • 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 (d. 1976)
  • 1901 Milenko Zivkovic, composer
  • 1902 Helvi Lemmikke Leiviska, composer
  • 1904 Kurt George Hugo Thomas, composer

  • 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, saxophonist
  • 1919 Gino Negri, Italian composer, born in Perledo (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Hal David, New York, lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Kitty Kallen, 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, composer
  • 1929 Beverly Sills, [Belle "Bubbles" Miriam Silverman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936 Tom T Hall, Olive Hill Ky, country singer/writer (Harper Valley PTA)
  • 1941 Bill Young, rocker, born in Daingerfield, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1942 Brian "Blinky" Davison, rocker
  • 1943 John "Poli" Palmer, British rocker (Family), born in Evesham, Worcestershire
  • 1943 Leslie Uggams, American singer/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, born in London, England
  • 1948 Klaus Meine, German musician (Scorpions)
  • 1950 Robert "Robby" Steinhardt, American rock violinist and singer (Kansas), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1951 Clifford Archer, bassist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1951 Chuck Ruff, American rock drummer (Frankenstein), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Rich Alves, Pleasanton California, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake)
  • 1956 Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer
  • 1956 David P. Sartor, American music composer
  • 1958 Paul Weller, guitar (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council)
  • 1965 Mark Knight, California, rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals)
  • 1965 Remco Prins, Dutch rock guitarist/vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash)
  • 1974 Frank Klepacki, American musician
  • 1976 Sandra Nasic, German singer (Guano Apes)
  • 1978 Adam Gontier, Canadian singer (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • 1984 Marion Raven, Norwegian singer-songwriter (M2M)
  • 1984 Kostas Martakis, Greek singer
  • 1985 Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress