Birthdays in Music on May 26

  • 1591 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, composer
  • 1773 Hans Georg Nageli, composer
  • 1782 Joseph Drechsler, composer
  • 1825 Felipe Gutierrez y Espinoza, composer
  • 1846 Arthur Coquard, composer
  • 1853 Monroe A Althouse, composer
  • 1856 George Templeton Strong, composer
  • 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)
  • 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, conductor/composer (Perseus), born in London, England
  • 1898 Ernst Bacon, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1898 Gerard Bertouille, composer
  • 1904 George Formby, [William Booth], British singer/comic (Let George Do It)
  • 1904 Vlado Perlemuter, Polish pianist (d. 2002)
  • 1905 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, born in Vienna (d. 1991)
  • 1916 Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Peggy Lee, American singer (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Maria de Lourdes Martins, composer

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1926 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1937 Yehuda Yannay, composer
  • 1938 Jackie Liebesit, rocker (Can)
  • 1938 Teresa Stratas, [Anastasia Stratakis], soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938 William Elden Bolcom, composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1940 Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Imants Kalnins, composer
  • 1944 Verden "Phally" Allen, keyboardist (Mott the Hoople)
  • 1945 Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1946 Mick Ronson, English musician (d. 1993)
  • 1948 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona

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1949 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1952 David Meece, Christian musician
  • 1957 Kristina Olsen, American musician
  • 1959 Wayne Hussey, rocker (Mission-Lover for Life)
  • 1959 Steve Hanley, English musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • 1962 Colin Vearncombe, singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2016)

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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

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz

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

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
  • 1976 Justin Pierre, American singer (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • 1977 Mark Hunter, American musician (Chimaira)
  • 1978 Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
  • 1981 Eda-Ines Etti, Estonian singer
  • 1981 Irini Merkouri, Greek singer