On This Day

Musicians Born on May 4

  • 1611 Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect and composer, born in Rome (d. 1691)
  • 1655 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker - considered the inventor of the piano, born in Padua (d. 1731)
  • 1738 Josef Kohaut, Czech composer, born in Žatec, Czech Republic (d. 1777)
  • 1744 Marianne Martinez, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1812)
  • 1763 Franz Stanislaus Spindler, German composer, born in Steingaden, Germany (d. 1819)
  • 1767 Tyagaraja, Indian classical Carnatic music composer, born in Tiruvarur, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu (d. 1847)
  • 1769 Charles Hague, English composer, born in Tadcaster, Yorkshire (d. 1821)
  • 1777 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1852)
  • 1835 Edmund Hart Turpin, English composer, born in Nottingham, England (d. 1907)
  • 1860 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, Austrian composer (Donna Diana), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1945)
  • 1867 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer and organist, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1949)
  • 1891 Frederick Jacobi, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1952)
  • 1902 Cvjetko Rihtman, Bosnian composer, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1904 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, born in Tummāy al-Zahāyrah, Egypt (d. 1975)
  • 1905 Mátyás Seiber, Hungarian-British classical and jazz composer (Scherzando), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 1912 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)

  • 1915 Pedro Saenz, Argentine and Spanish composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, born in Huntington, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Mary Ann McCall, American big band singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1921 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer (Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), and actress (Nanny & the Professor), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Edward "Ed" Cassidy, American musician (Spirit), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese musical theater composer, with his lyricist brother, Mansour (Biya el-Khawatim - The Ring Seller), born in Antelias, Lebanon (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Tatiana Nikolayeva, Russian pianist and composer, born in Bezhitsa, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1928 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (Roulette), born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-85), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1951-61; USSR State Radio, 1961-74; USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, 1983-91), born in Moscow, Russia, USSR (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Fausto Razzi, Italian composer, born in Rome
  • 1937 Ron Carter, American jazz double bassist and cellist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • 1937 Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Swiss composer, born in Biel, Switzerland (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Dick Dale [Mansour], American surf guitarist ("Let's Go Tripping"; "Misirlou"; "Pipeline"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer ("Can I Change My Mind"; "Turn Back The Hands Of Time"), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1941 David LaFlamme [Gary Posie], American electric rock violinist (It's A Beautiful Day - "White Bird"), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • 1941 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), born in Fairfield, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1942 Ronnie Bond, British drummer (Troggs - "Wild Thing"; "Love Is All Around"), born in Andover, Hampshire, England

  • 1943 Stella Parton, American singer ("A Woman's Touch"), sister of Dolly Parton, born in Sevierville, Tennessee
  • 1944 Peggy Santiglia, American singer-songwriter (Angels), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • 1945 Georg Wadenius, Swedish rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1949 Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow
  • 1950 Darryl Hunt, British celtic-rock bassist (Pogues - "Fairytale of New York",), born in orn in Christchurch, Hampshire, England
  • 1951 (Sigmund) "Jackie" Jackson, American pop singer and songwriter (Jackson 5 - "ABC"; "I Want You Back"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1951 Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel), born in London
  • 1951 Mick Mars [Robert Alan Deal], guitarist (Mötley Crüe), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (alternative date 4 April 1955)
  • 1954 Julie Budd, American singer ("Child of Plenty"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Marilyn Martin, American singer-songwriter ("Separate Lives"), born in Tennessee
  • 1954 Pia Zadora [Schipani], American actress (Hairspray), and singer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1955 Robert Ellis Orrall, American singer and songwriter, born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1957 Soozie Tyrell, American session and touring violinist and vocalist (E-Street Band; Seeger Sessions Band; Buster Poindexter; Southside Johnny), born in Pisa, Italy

Person of interestRandy Travis

1959 Randy Travis [Traywick], American country and gospel music singer ("Diggin' Up Bones"; "Forever and Ever, Amen"), and actor, born in Marshville, North Carolina

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • 1961 Jay Aston, English singer (Bucks Fizz), born in Purley, Surrey
  • 1962 Oleta Adams, American soul singer and pianist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh, born in Leeds, England
  • 1970 Gregg Alexander, American pop-rock musician, songwriter, and producer (New Radicals- "You Get What You Give"), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Person of interestMike Dirnt

1972 Mike Dirnt [Pritchard], American rock bassist (Green Day - "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"), born in Berkeley, California

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • 1973 Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Lithuanian composer (In Search Of Lost Beauty...), born in Leningrad, Russia
  • 1975 Pablo Ruiz, Spanish singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1979 Lance Bass, American pop singer (NSYNC - "Bye, Bye, Bye"), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1982 Hector King, Mexican singer and songwriter, born in Culiacán, Mexico
  • 1985 Anthony Fedorov, Ukranian-American singer (7th Heaven), born in Yalta, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1987 Anjeza Shahini, Albanian singer ("The Image of You"), born in Tirana, Albania