On This Day

Birthdays in Music 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)
  • 1849 "Blind" Tom Wiggins, African-American pianist and composer, born in Harris County, Georgia (d. 1908)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1914 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, born in Thunder Bay, Canada (d. 1977)
  • 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 Veroslav Neumann, composer
  • 1932 Jeffrey Bernard, British writer (Spectator Magazine - Low Life), born in Hampstead, london (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Elias Gistelinck, Flemish composer
  • 1935 Ramsey Lewis, American jazz-pop pianist (Hang on Sloopy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935 Mal Evans [Malcolm Frederick 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 Rene Koering, composer
  • 1942 Priscilla Anne McLean, composer
  • 1943 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], pop singer and TV personality (Blind Date), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Bruce Cockburn, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1946 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish musician (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Liana Alexandra, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2011)
  • 1948 Pete Sears, bassist (Jefferson Starship)
  • 1957 Eddie Harsch [Edward Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog, The Black Crowes), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1958 Neil Finn, New Zealand musician (Split Enz, Crowded House), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1966 Sean Kinney, US rock drummer (Alice in Chains-We Die Young)
  • 1971 Left Eye [Lisa Lopes], American singer (TLC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1972 Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian singer
  • 1975 André 3000 [Benjamin], American rapper and actor (OutKast), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1975 Jadakiss [Jason Phillips], American rapper (The Lox), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1981 Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor