On This Day

Birthdays in Music on May 6

  • 1790 Wilhelm Würfel, Bohemian pianist and composer, born in Plaňány, Kolín (d. 1832)
  • 1797 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader (Shakers) and composer (Simple Gifts), born in Cumberland, Maine (d. 1882)
  • 1800 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, born in Florence (d. 1871)
  • 1809 William Walker, American composer (The Southern Harmony), born in Martin's Mills, Cross Keys, South Carolina (d. 1875)
  • 1838 Alfred Pease, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • 1858 Georges Hüe, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1948)
  • 1868 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), born in Paris (d. 1927)
  • 1871 August Reusner, German composer, born in Löwenberg, Silesia (d. 1935)
  • 1879 Tobias Norlind, Swedish musicologist, born in Vellinge, Sweden (d. 1947)
  • 1882 Georgi Atanasov, Bulgarian composer (Gergana), born in Plovdiv (d. 1931)
  • 1894 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, born in Craiova (d. 1936)
  • 1898 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Billy Cotton, British bandleader and entertainer, born in Smith Square, London (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), born in Taylorsville, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1908 Necil Kazım Akses, Turkish classical composer, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen; Diamond Horseshoe), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)

  • 1913 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, born in Budapest (d. 1977)
  • 1915 George Perle, American composer (12 Tone Tonality; Pulitzer Prize, 1986), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Kal Mann, American lyricist ("Let's Twist Again"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Godfrey Ridout, Canadian composer, conductor, educator, and musicologist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • 1924 Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist, born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • 1926 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters - "Young Blood"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1931 Hasaan Ibn Ali [William Henry Langford, Jr], American jazz pianist and composer (Max Roach Trio), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1932 Günther Hauk, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1932 Konrad Ragossnig, Austrian classical guitarist and lutenist, born in Klagenfurt, Austria. (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Herbie Cox, American pop vocalist (Cleftones - "Heart And Soul"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1940 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony, 1973-77), and arranger (Defiant Requiem), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1941 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, born in Pleven, Kingdom of Bulgaria (d. 2005)
  • 1945 Bob Seger, American singer and songwriter ("Old Time Rock and Roll"; "Hollywood Nights"; "Against The Wind"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Victoria Bond, American conductor and composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Mary MacGregor, American pop singer ("Torn Between Two Lovers"), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1948 Jacques Israelievitch, French-Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director ( Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), born in Cannes, France (d. 2015) Born in Cannes, Fra
  • 1948 Shaun Murphy, American session and touring rock, blues, and R&B singer (Little Feat, 1993-2009; Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Omaha, Nebraska

  • 1950 Robbie McIntosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band - "Pick Up The Pieces"), born in Dundee (d. 1974)
  • 1951 Davey Johnstone, Scottish guitarist, and musical director (Elton John's band, 1971–1977, 1982–present), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1956 Brad Felt, American jazz tuba and euphonium player, composer, and bandleader, born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1958 (María) "Lolita" Flores, Spanish-Gypsy singer ("Sarandonga"). and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960 Bart de Boer, Dutch guitarist (Ivy Green)
  • 1960 John Flansburgh, American alt-rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (They Might Be Giants - "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"; "Birdhouse Of Your Soul"), born in Lincoln, Massachusetts
  • 1960 Phyllis Treigle, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962 Stan Cullimore, British guitarist (Housemartins, "Happy Hour"; "Caravan Of Love"), journalist, and music educator, born in Kingston upon Hull, Englan
  • 1962 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • 1963 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1965 Nathalie Stutzmann (née Dupuy), French concert contralto and conductor (Orfeo 55, 2009-19), born in Suresnes, France
  • 1967 Mark Bryan, American songwriter, and lead guitarist (Hootie & the Blowfish - "Only Wanna Be With You", born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1968 Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab), born in Vincennes, France
  • 1971 Chris Shiflett, American guitarist (Foo Fighters), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1980 Taebin, Korean singer (1TYM)
  • 1981 Matthew Leone, bassist of Madina Lake
  • 1981 Nathan Leone, lead singer of Madina Lake
  • 1981 Mark O'Connell, American drummer (Taking Back Sunday)
  • 1986 Cindy Daniel, Québécois singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1987 Meek Mill [Rihmeek Williams], American rapper, singer, and songwriter ("Amen";" All Eyes On You"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania