On This Day

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)

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1932 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Ace Cannon, American 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 film scores composer (Hamlet), 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)

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), 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
  • 1951 Rex Goh, Singaporean-Australian rock guitarist (Air Supply), born in Singapore
  • 1952 Louis Cortelezzi, rock saxophonist (Mink DeVille)
  • 1954 Angelo Kimball, American rock guitarist (Face To Face), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 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
  • 1962 Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter (Mine, Mine, Mine), born in Defiance, Ohio
  • 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, Canada
  • 1971 David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater) (d. 2005)
  • 1978 Ola Gjeilo, Norwegian composer (Dreamweaver), born in Skui, Norway

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
  • 1984 Eve Torres, American actress and professional wrestler (3 times WWE Divas Champion), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 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], English singer (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