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Birthdays in Music on May 30

  • 1578 Valentin Dretzel, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1658)
  • 1797 Johann Christian Lobe, German composer, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1881)
  • 1808 Joaquim Casimiro Jr., Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon (d. 1862)
  • 1844 Louis Varney, French composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1908)
  • 1853 Karl Valentin, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1918)
  • 1883 Riccardo Zandonai, Italian composer, born in Borgo Sacco, Rovereto, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1887 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1954)
  • 1909 Benny Goodman, clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1920 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • 1920 John Heawood, Canadian actor, singer and choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), born in Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Claude Prey, French composer, born in Fleury sur Andelle (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1928 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, born in 's-Graveland, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1930 David Evatt Tunley, Australian composer, born in Australia

  • 1932 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, born in Oulu, Finland (d. 1981)
  • 1945 Steve Smith, American singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1951 Zdravko Čolić, Yugoslav-Bosnian singer, born in Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia
  • 1952 Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian pianist and conductor, born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Nicky "Topper" Headon, English drummer (Clash-Complete Control)
  • 1957 Chris Van Jaarsveld, guitarist (Sleeze Beez)
  • 1958 Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer (Roxette - Must Have Been Love), born in Össjö, Sweden (d. 2019)
  • 1960 Stephen "Tea Tower" Duffy, rocker (Lilac Time-Paradise Song)
  • 1964 Wynonna Judd [Christina Ciminella], American country singer (The Judds), born in Ashland, Kentucky

Person of interestTom Morello

1964 Tom Morello, American guitarist (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in NYC, New York

Guitarist Tom Morello
Guitarist
Tom Morello
  • 1966 Stephen Malkmus, American musician (Pavement)
  • 1968 Tim Burgess, English rock vocalist (Charlatans-Only One I Know)

Person of interestIdina Menzel

1971 Idina Menzel, American actress and singer born in Queens, New York

Actress and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 1974 Cee-Lo Green [Thomas Callaway], American Grammy winning singer-songwriter (Crazy, F*** You), reality TV judge (The Voice), record producer, and actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1974 Big L [Lamont Coleman], American rapper (Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1981 Devendra Banhart, Venezulan-American singer-songwriter (Cripple Crow), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1989 Kevin Covais, American singer (American Idol) and actor, born in Levittown, New York