On This Day

Musicians Born on May 26

  • 1591 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1652) baptism date
  • 1731 Orazio Mei, Italian organist, and composer, born in Pisa, The Papal States (now Italy) (d. 1788)
  • 1773 Hans Georg Nägeli, Swiss composer, born in Wetzikon, Switzerland (d. 1836)
  • 1782 Joseph Drechsler, Czech composer, born in Vlachovo Březí, Czech Republic (d. 1852)
  • 1825 Felipe Gutiérrez Y Espinosa, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1899)
  • 1846 Arthur Coquard, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • 1853 Monroe Althouse, American composer, born in Centre Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • 1856 George Templeton Strong, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)

Isadora Duncan

1877 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)

  • 1883 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)

Al Jolson

1886 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), born in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1950)

  • 1893 Eugene Goossens, British conductor and composer (Perseus), born in London, England (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Ernst Bacon, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1898 Gérard Bertouille, Belgian composer, born in Tournai, Belgium (d. 1981)
  • 1904 George Formby, British singer and comedian, born in Wigan, Lancashire, England (d. 1961)
  • 1904 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, born in Kaunas, Lithuania (d. 2002)
  • 1905 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, born in Vienna (d. 1991)
  • 1916 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet, born in Marysville, Kansas (d. 1999)

Peggy Lee

1920 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer ("Fever"; "Is That All There Is?"), songwriter ("Mañana"), and actress (Pete Kelly's Blues; Lady and the Tramp), born in Jamestown, North Dakota (d. 2002)

  • 1926 Joseph Horovitz, British composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1926 Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2009)

Miles Davis

1926 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer (Kinda Blue; Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet; Sketches of Spain), born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

  • 1932 Alvin Ing, American stage and screen singer and actor (Flower Drum Song), born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaiʻi (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Yehuda Yannay, Romanian composer, born in Timișoara, Romania
  • 1938 Jaki Liebesit, German rocker (Can), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Teresa Stratas [Anastasia Stratakis], Canadian operatic soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938 William Bolcom, American composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1940 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - "Up On Cripple Creek"; "The Weight"), and actor (Coal Miner's Daughter; The Right Stuff), born in Elaine, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Imants Kalniņš, Latvian classical, choral and rock composer ("Hey, You There!"), born in Riga, Latvian SSR
  • 1941 Art Sharp, British rock singer (Nashville Teens - "Tobacco Road"), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • 1942 Ray Ennis, British rock guitarist (Swinging Blue Jeans - "You're No Good"), born in Huyton, England
  • 1943 John "Poli" Palmer, British Progressive rock keyboardist, and vibraphone player (Family -"In My Own Time"), born in Worcester, England
  • 1944 (Terence) Verden Allen, Welsh rock keyboardist (Mott the Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), born in Crynant, Neath, Wales
  • 1945 Garry Peterson, Canadian drummer (Guess Who - "American Woman"; "No Sugar Tonight"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1946 Mick Ronson, English rock guitarist and producer (Mott the Hoople; The Spiders From Mars), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1993)
  • 1948 (Stephanie) "Stevie"Nicks, American rock singer-songwriter (Fleetwood Mac - "Rhiannon"; "Landslide"; Bella Donna - "Edge Of Seventeen"), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Hank Williams Jr

1949 Hank Williams, Jr, American country singer-songwriter ("All My Rowdy Friends"; "Honky Tonkin'": "There's A Tear In My Beer"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

  • 1952 David Meece, American contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, and piano player, born in Humble, Texas
  • 1957 Kristina Olsen, American folk singer-songwriter ("I'm Keeping This Life of Mine"), and session musician, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1959 Wayne Hussey, English musician (Mission - "Lover for Life"), born in Bristol, England
  • 1959 Steve Hanley, English rock bassist (The Fall; Tom Hingley and the Lovers; Brix & the Extricated), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1962 Colin Vearncombe, British singer-songwriter (Black - "Wonderful Life"), born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England (d. 2016)

Lenny Kravitz

1964 Lenny Kravitz, American musician who holds the record for most Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1999-2002), born in Manhattan, New York

  • 1967 Kristen Pfaff, American rock bassist (Hole, 1993-94), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1972 Alan Victor White, British rock drummer (Oasis, 1995-2004 - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?), born in Lewisham, London, England

Lauryn Hill

1975 Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

  • 1976 Justin Pierre, American punk-pop singer and guitarist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Mahtomedi, Minnesota
  • 1977 Mark Hunter, American musician (Chimaira)
  • 1978 Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
  • 1978 Jaheim [Hoagland], American R&B singer ("Put That Woman First"), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1981 Eda-Ines Etti, Estonian singer
  • 1981 Irini Merkouri, Greek singer
  • 1981 Isaac Sladen, American vocalist, pianist, and songwriter (The Fray - "How To Save A Life"; "You Found Me"), born in Boulder, Colorado