Birthdays in Music on May 3

  • 1649 Johann Valentin Meder, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1719)
  • 1708 Johann Adolph Scheibe, German music theorist and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1776)
  • 1729 Florian Leopold Gassmann, Bohemian composer, born in Brüx, Bohemia (d. 1774)
  • 1737 Friedrich Schwindl, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1786)
  • 1744 Friedrich Wilhelm Weis, German physician and composer, born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 1826)
  • 1752 Braz Francisco de Lima, Portuguese composer (d. 1813)
  • 1819 Nicola De Giosa, Italian composer, born in Bari, Italy (d. 1885)
  • 1844 Richard D'Oyly Carte, English opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), born in London (d. 1901)
  • 1886 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Hugo Friedhofer, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)

Person of interestBing Crosby

1903 Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis Crosby], American actor and singer (White Christmas, Going My Way), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1910 Alceo Galliera, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1996)
  • 1911 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), born in Trenton, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Virgil Fox, American organist, born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, born in Cúa, Miranda state, Venezuela (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Léopold Simoneau, French-Canadian tenor, born in Saint-Flavien, Quebec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1917 James Penberthy, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1917 George Gaynes, Dutch-American singer, actor and voice artist (Tootsie, Police Academy, General Hospital), born in Helsinki Finland (d. 2016)
  • 1917 Betty Comden, American lyricist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (The Weavers - Goodnight Irene) and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Marina Svetlova, American ballerina and choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • 1923 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor, born in Volos, Greece (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), born in Spencer, Wisconsin (d. 2003)

Person of interestJames Brown

1933 James Brown, American soul singer (Hot Pants, Living in America) and originator of funk music, born in Barnwell, South Carolina (d. 2006)

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • 1934 Georg Kröll, German composer, born in Linz
  • 1934 Frankie Valli [Francesco Stephen Castelluccio], American singer (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1939 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, born in Hütschenhausen, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1950 Mary Hopkin, Welsh folk singer (Those Were the Days), born in Pontardawe, Wales
  • 1951 Christopher Cross [Geppert], American singer-songwriter (Arthur's Theme, Sailing), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1953 Bruce Hall, American rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1953 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1954 Gary Young, American drummer (Pavement), born in Mamaroneck, New York
  • 1955 Timmy Cappello, American rock & sax player (played with Tina Turner, Ringo Starr & The Lost Boys), born in Silver Lake, New York
  • 1957 [Michael] Cactus Moser, American country singer (Highway 101), born in Montrose, Colorado
  • 1959 David Ball, English rock keyboardist (Soft Cell), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1968 Jay Darlington, English keyboardist (Kula Shaker), born in London
  • 1968 Shane Minor, American country music singer, born in Modesto, California
  • 1971 Josey Scott, American singer (Saliva), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1975 Maksim Mrvica, Croatian pianist, born in Šibenik, Croatia
  • 1978 Paul Banks, English-American vocalist (Interpol), born in Clacton-on-Sea, England
  • 1981 Farrah Franklin, American singer (former member of Destiny's Child), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Myriam Fares, Lebanese singer, the only Arab female artists who performs choreographed dance routines while singing, born in Kfar Chellal, Lebanon
  • 1984 Cheryl Burke, American professional dancer (Dancing with the Stars), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1985 Greg Raposo, American singer and actor, born in New York