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Birthdays in Music on May 5

  • 1657 Jacques Danican Philidor, French composer (d. 1708)
  • 1680 Giuseppe Porsile, Neapolitan composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1715 Daniel Dal Barba, Italian composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1801)
  • 1749 Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1794)
  • 1819 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish composer, born in Ubiel, Belarus (d. 1872)
  • 1842 Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, Austrian composer, born in Frauental, Styria, Austria (d. 1899)
  • 1846 Federico Chueca, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1908)
  • 1848 Adalbert von Goldschmidt, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1906)
  • 1854 Antonio Smareglia, Italian composer, born in Pula, Austria-Hungary (d. 1929)
  • 1865 Felicjan Szopski, Polish composer, born in Krzeszowice, Poland (d. 1939)
  • 1867 T. Tertius Noble, English composer, born in Bath, England (d. 1953)
  • 1869 Hans Pfitzner, German composer (Palestrina), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1949)
  • 1871 Alberto Cametti, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1935)
  • 1883 Léopold Samuel, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1883 Petar Konjović, Serbian composer, born in Čurug, Serbia (d. 1970)
  • 1886 Manuel Borguno, Spanish composer and pedagogue, born in Rubí (d. 1973)

  • 1899 (Adolphe) Paul Barbarinan American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Red Allen Sextet; Onward Brass Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1900 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan gewinnt), born in Berlin (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist, born in Thomson, Georgia (d. 1959)
  • 1907 Yoritsune Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2001)
  • 1911 (Thaman) "Pete" Daily, American swing and dixieland jazz cornetist and valve trombonist (The Chicagoans), born in Portland, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Frank Carlson, American jazz and session drummer (Woody Herman, 1937-42 - "The Golden Wedding"), born in New York City
  • 1915 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress and singer (Hello, Frisco, Hello; Fallen Angel; Stowaway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Sonja Oosterman, Dutch singer (Marketensters) (d. 2008)
  • 1922 J. D. "Jay" Miller, American record producer, born in Iota, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Theo Olof, German-Dutch violinist and concert master, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), born in Bryson City, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Joyce Collins, American jazz and film and television session pianist, singer, and educator, born in Battle Mountain, Nevada (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest (d. 2008)
  • 1934 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Edward "Kidd" Jordan, American jazz saxophonist and music educator, born in Crowley, New Orleans
  • 1936 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), born in Islington, England (d. 2014)
  • 1937 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme; White Noise), born in Coventry, England (d. 2001)

  • 1938 Johnnie Taylor, American R&B and multi-genre singer ("Disco Lady"; "I Believe In You"), born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas (d. 2000)
  • 1941 Stanley Cowell American jazz pianist (Heath Brothers), record label co-founder (Strata-East), and educator, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2020)

Person of interestTammy Wynette

1942 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer ("Stand By Your Man"), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1943 Raphael [Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez], Spanish singer, born in Linares
  • 1948 Bill Ward, English heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1948 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply - "All Out Of Love"), born in London (d. 1991)
  • 1950 Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal - "I See A Star"), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1950 Googoosh [Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین)], Persian singer and actress, born in Sarcheshmeh Street, Tehran
  • 1950 Galen Fous, American acoustic jazz-fusion guitarist (Sacred Ground), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1951 Rex Goh, Singaporean-Australian rock guitarist (Air Supply -"The One That You Love"), born in Singapore
  • 1952 Louis Cortelezzi, American rock and jazz saxophonist (Mink DeVille) and film composer (Pokemon), born in New Galilee, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Angelo Kimball, American rock guitarist (Face To Face), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Roddy Radiation [Byers], British ska and rockabilly guitarist, singer, and songwriter (The Specials - "Hey' Little Rich Girl"; The Skabillys), born in Keresley, Coventry, England
  • 1956 Dick Kemper, Dutch rock vocalist and bassist (Vandenberg), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1959 Ian McCulloch English rock vocalist (Echo & Bunnymen - "Heaven Up Here"), born in Liverpool
  • 1959 Steve Stevens [Schneider], American rock guitarist and songwriter (Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell"; Bozzio Levin Stevens), born in New York City
  • 1962 Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter ("Mine, Mine, Mine"), born in Defiance, Ohio
  • 1962 Gary Daly, British new wave rock keyboardist, singer, and songwriter (China Crisis - "Wishful Thinking"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1962 Kevin Mooney, British rock bassist (Adam & The Ants - "Ant Music"; "Goody Two Shoes"), born in Greenwich, London, England
  • 1963 James LaBrie, Canadian singer (Dream Theater), born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada
  • 1964 Lorraine McIntosh, Scottish pop singer (Deacon Blues) and actress, born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1966 Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater) (d. 2005)
  • 1978 Ola Gjeilo, Norwegian composer (Dreamweaver), born in Skui, Norway
  • 1978 Marcus Lewis, American jazz trombonist, composer, arranger, and band leader, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1979 Bodek Janke, Polish jazz drummers, percussionist, and tabla player, born in Warsaw Poland

Person of interestCraig David

1981 Craig David, English singer (7 Days, Insomnia), born in Southampton, Hampshire

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Singer-songwriter
Craig David
  • 1984 Wade MacNeil, Canadian guitarist (Alexisonfire), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 1986 Théo Ceccaldi, French jazz violinist, viola player, and composer, (Tricollectif), born in Pithiviers, France
  • 1987 Marija Šestić, Bosnian singer (Rijeka bez imena), born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
  • 1988 Brooke Hogan, American singer (Undiscovered), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1988 Skye Sweetnam, Canadian singer and songwriter (Sumo Cyco), born in Bolton, Ontario, Canada

Person of interestAdele

1988 Adele [Adele Laurie Blue Adkins], Briish pop-rock singer-songwriter ("Rolling In The Deep"; "Someone Like You"), born in Tottenham, London

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

Person of interestChris Brown

1989 Chris Brown, American R&B singer, born in Tappahannock, Virginia

Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
  • 1994 Celeste [Epiphany Waite], British singer (Not Your Muse), born in Culver City, California