Birthdays in Music on May 26

  • 1591 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1652) baptism date
  • 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)
  • 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, 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, 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

Person of interestMiles Davis

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], Canadian operatic 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
  • 1942 Ray Ennis, England, guitar (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
  • 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

Person of interestHank Williams Jr

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)

Person of interestLenny 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

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz

Person of interestLauryn Hill

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

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
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