On This Day

Musicians Born on May 27

  • 1738 Bonaventura Furlanetto, Italian composer, born in Venice (d. 1817)
  • 1799 Fromental Halévy, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1862)
  • 1806 Charles-Joseph Tolbecque, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1835)
  • 1822 Henry Wylde, English composer and conductor, born in Bushey, Hertfordshire (d. 1890)
  • 1822 Joachim Raff, German-Swiss composer, born in Lachen, Switzerland (d. 1882)
  • 1884 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer, and biographer of Kafka, born in Prague (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1891 Claude Champagne, Canadian composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, born in Trieste (d. 1956)
  • 1900 Chester Zardis, American jazz 'slap-style' double-bassist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, born in Glenwood, Minnesota (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader and pianist, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Harold Rome, American composer (Fanny; Pins & Needles), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian pianist and composer (New Guinea Fantasy), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • 1910 (Earl) "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), born in Monroe, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1914 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, born in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1920 Gwyneth George, Welsh cellist and teacher, born on the Mumbles, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1926 (Clifford) “Bud” Shank, American jazz saxophonist and flute player, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Thea Musgrave, Scottish composer (Mary Queen of Scots; Pontalba), born in Barnton, Edinburgh
  • 1930 Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer (Joanna tentata), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Kenny Price, American country singer ("Walking on New Grass"; "Happy Tracks"), born in Florence, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • 1931 Věroslav Neumann, Czech composer and music educator, born in Citoliby, Czechoslovakia (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Elias Gistelinck, Flemish composer born in Beveren Leie, Belgium
  • 1935 Ramsey Lewis, American Grammy Award-winning jazz-pop pianist ("The In Crowd"; "Wade in the Water"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935 Mal Evans, British Beatles roadie and assistant, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1976)
  • 1939 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer ("I Believe in You"), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1940 René Koering, French composer, film producer. theater director, and music promoter (Festival de Radio France et Montpellier), born in Andlau, France
  • 1942 Priscilla McLean (née Taylor), American composer, performer, and music critic, born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • 1943 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], British pop singer ("Anyone Who Had a Heart"), and TV personality (Blind Date), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Billy Adamson, Scottish drummer (The Searchers, 1969-98), born in Peebles, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Bruce Cockburn, Canadian folk rock singer-songwriter ("Wondering Where the Lions Are"; "If I Had a Rocket Launcher"), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1946 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz double bassist, born in Osted, Zealand, Denmark (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Liana Alexandra, Romanian pianist and composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2011)
  • 1947 Marty Kristian [Vernang] British pop singer, guitarist, and banjo player (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"; Peter, Paul & Marty), born in Leipzig, Germany
  • 1947 Peter Knight, British folk musician, fiddler, and mandolin player (Steeleye Span; The Wombles), born in London, England
  • 1948 Pete Sears, British session and touring bassist (Jefferson Starship; Rod Stewart), born in Bromley, Kent, England
  • 1950 Dee Dee Bridgewater (née Garrett), American Grammy Award-winning jazz singer-songwriter, Tony Award-winning stage actress (The Wiz), and radio host (NPR's "JazzSet"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1957 Siouxsie Sioux [Susan Ballion], British rock musician, singer and songwriter (Siouxsie & the Banshees - "Peek-a-Boo'; "Kiss Them For Me"), born n Southwark, England
  • 1957 Eddie Harsch [Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog; The Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1958 Neil Finn, New Zealand musician (Split Enz; Crowded House - "Don't Dream It's Over"), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1963 Calliope Tsoupaki, Greek classical pianist and composer (Sappho's Tears), born in Piraeus, Greece
  • 1963 Gonzalo Rubalcabo [González], Cuban jazz pianist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1966 Sean Kinney, American rock drummer (Alice in Chains - "Check My Brain"; "Hollow"), born in Renton, Washington
  • 1971 Left Eye [Lisa Lopes], American singer (TLC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1972 Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian pop-reggae-Axé singer, musician, and songwriter, born in Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1975 ZP Theart, British heavy metal rock singer and musician (DragonForce; Skid Row), born in Clanwilliam, South Africa
  • 1975 André 3000 [Benjamin], American rapper (Outkast), and actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1975 Jadakiss [Jason Phillips], American rapper (The Lox), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1981 Özgür Çevik, Turkish pop singer (Star Academy), and actor, born in Ankara, Turkey
  • 1999 Lily-Rose Depp, French-American singer and actress (The Dancer), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France