Birthdays in Music on May 30

  • 1578 Valentin Dretzel, composer
  • 1797 Johann Christian Lobe, composer
  • 1808 Joaquim Casimiro Jr, composer
  • 1844 Louis Varney, composer
  • 1853 Karl Fritjof Valentin, composer
  • 1883 Riccardo Zandonai, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 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, conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symph), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1928 Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch Harpsichordist, organist and conductor
  • 1930 David Evatt Tunley, Australian composer, born in Australia

  • 1932 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi, composer
  • 1936 Galina Shostakovich, daughter of Russian composer Dmitri
  • 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, Ostra-Lj Swed, singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love)
  • 1960 Stephen "Tea Tower" Duffy, rocker (Lilac Time-Paradise Song)
  • 1961 Trey Parker, rapper/actor (Newsies, Hull High)
  • 1964 Wynonna, [Christina Judd], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)

Person of interestTom Morello

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

Guitarist Tom Morello
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/Singer Idina Menzel
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, American rapper (d. 1999)
  • 1981 Devendra Banhart, American singer and songwriter
  • 1989 Kevin Covais, American singer