On This Day

Birthdays in Music on May 31

  • 1656 Marin Marais, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1728)
  • 1674 Friedrich Erhard Niedt, German composer, born in Jena, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1708)
  • 1802 Cesare Pugni, Italian composer, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1870)
  • 1804 Louise Farrenc, French pianist, composer and only female professor at the Paris Conservatory during the 19th century, born in Paris (d. 1875)
  • 1817 Édouard Deldevez, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1897)
  • 1866 Vladimir Rebikov, Russian pianist and composer, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1875 Italo Montemezzi, Italian composer (L'amore dei tre re), born in Vigasio, Italy (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Mark Hambourg, Russian-British composer, born in Boguchar, Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1892 Louis Fourestier, composer
  • 1892 Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
  • 1898 Johan Brouwer, Dutch pianist/writer/resistance fighter
  • 1901 Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1902 Billy Mayerl, composer
  • 1902 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), born in Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Ralph Walter Wood, composer
  • 1906 Hans Schaeuble, Swiss composer, born in Arosa, Switzerland (d. 1988)

  • 1912 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
  • 1914 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, born in Kushiro Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer
  • 1919 Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician
  • 1927 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Jacob Lateiner, pianist/professor (Juiliard), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1929 Zoltán Aladár, Transylvanian composer, music critic and teacher (The Goat and the Three Goons), born in Homorodszentmárton, Romania (d. 1978)
  • 1931 Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931 Huby Heard, singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Karl-Erik Welin, composer
  • 1938 Peter Yarrow, American singer-songwriter (Peter, Paul & Mary), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Johnny Paycheck [Donald Lytle], American country singer (Take This Job and Shove It), born in Greenfield, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1939 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1940 August "Augie" Meyers, American singer-songwriter, producer, and record label owner (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados) born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1941 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist/professor (Barnard, Bkln), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Wayne Carson, country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Debbie Moore, founder/CEO (Pineapple Dance Studios)
  • 1947 Junior [William] Campbell, Scottish singer and guitarist (Marmalade), born in Glasgow, Scotland

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1948 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), born in Redditch, England (d. 1980)

Drummer John Bonham
John Bonham
  • 1948 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada ], musician (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)

  • 1948 Paulinho da Costa, Brazilian percussionist (Thriller, Saturday Night Fever), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1952 Karl Bartos, German musician (Kraftwerk, Electronic)
  • 1954 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)
  • 1955 Tommy Emmanuel, Australian-American acoustic guitarist (Stevie's Blues), born in Muswellbrook, New South Wales
  • 1956 Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist/guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • 1956 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)
  • 1962 Corey Hart, Canadian vocalist (Sunglasses at Night), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Wendy Smith, English rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good), born in Middlesborough, England
  • 1963 Wesley Willis, American musician (d. 2003)
  • 1964 Darryl "DMC" Matthews McDaniels, American Hip Hop musician (Run-DMC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Scotti Hill, rock guitarist (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Manhasset, New York
  • 1977 Scott Klopfenstein, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • 1980 Andy Hurley, American musician (Fall Out Boy)
  • 1983 David Hernandez, American singer
  • 1986 Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musical artist
  • 1988 Hope Partlow, American Singer
  • 1996 Normani [Hamilton], American singer and dancer (Dancing with a Stranger), born in Atlanta, Georgia