On This Day

Musicians Born on May 7

  • 1704 Carl Heinrich Graun, German composer, born in Wahrenbrück, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1759)
  • 1769 Giuseppe Farinelli, Italian composer, born in Este, Veneto, Italy (d. 1836)
  • 1803 Johan Peter Cronhamm, Swedish composer, born in Östra Karup, Skåne, Sweden (d. 1875)

Johannes Brahms

1833 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hungarian Dances: A German Requiem), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1897)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1840 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture; The Nutcracker; Swan Lake), born in Votkinsk, Russia (d. 1893)

  • 1873 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1883 Gino Roncaglia, Italian composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, born in Vilvoorde, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, born in Kemzeke-Waas, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • 1908 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1918 Argeliers León, Cuban composer, born in Pinar del Río, Cuba (d. 1991)
  • 1919 La Esterella [Ester Lambrechts], Flemish pop singer ("Oh Lieve Vrouwetoren"), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2011)
  • 1921 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl; Mr Hex), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1922 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Anne Baxter, American actress, (The Razor's Edge; All About Eve), and singer, born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 1985)
  • 1931 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer ("Put Another Nickel In"), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Derek Taylor, English publicist for the Beatles, born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 1997)
  • 1933 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer ‘the Nightingale of Kosovo’ and actress, born near Malishevë, Kosovo (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Heinz Marti, Swiss composer, born in Bern
  • 1936 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), born in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire (d. 1981)
  • 1936 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer ("What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"), born in Collinsville, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests - "16 Candles"; Brooklyn Bridge), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1939 José Antonio Abreu, Venezuelan conductor, pianist and teacher (El Sistema), born in Valera, Venezuela (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Armando Krieger, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1943 Rick West [Westwood], British rock guitarist (Brian Poole & Tremeloes, 1961-2012 & 2019-21), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1944 Alison Bauld, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1945 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers; Steely Dan), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1945 Christy Moore, Irish folk singer and songwriter, born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  • 1946 Bill Danoff, American vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1946 Bill Kreutzmann, American rock drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1950 (Charles) "Prairie" Prince, American rocker (The Tubes; Chris Isaak; Jefferson Starship, 1992-2008), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1951 Carlos Alomar, Puerto Rican-American guitarist, composer, and arranger (David Bowie), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1951 Mic Gillette, American trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • 1956 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1957 Paul Leary, American rock guitarist (Butthole Surfers), and music producer, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1960 Adam Bernstein, American music video and television director, born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1961 Phil "Wizzö" Campbell, Welsh rock musician (Motörhead), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • 1963 Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1968 Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish pop rock singer-songwriter ("Save Tonight"), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1971 Horgh [Reidar Horghagen] Norwegian heavy metal drummer (Immortal; Hypocrisy), born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1978 Nagash [Stian Arnesen], Norwegian black metal musician (Dimmu Borgir; Troll), born ion Norway
  • 1981 Maria Radner, German operatic contralto, specializing in Wagner, born in Düsseldorf, West Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1985 J Balvin [José Álvaro Osorio Balvín], Colombian reggaeton singer ("I Like It"), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • 1986 Matt Helders, English musician and drummer (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1986 Frances Quinlan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hop Along; Likewise), born in New Jersey
  • 1988 Natalie Mejia, member of the American R&B/Pop group Girlicious, born in West Covina, California