Birthdays in Music 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)
  • 1833 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1897)

Person of interestPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1840 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture, 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)
  • 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, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), 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 and actress, born in Malishevë, Kosovo
  • 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)
  • 1940 Armando Krieger, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1943 Christopher Taylor White, English rocker, born in Barnet, Hertfordshire
  • 1943 Rick West [Richard Westwood], rocker (Brian Poole & Tremeloes), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1944 Alison Bauld, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 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 Prairie Prince, American rocker (Tubes), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1951 Carlos Alomar, Puerto Rican-American guitarist, composer, and arranger (David Bowie), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1956 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 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 musician (Save Tonight), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1971 Horgh, (Reidar Horghagen) Norwegian drummer (Immortal/Hypocrisy)
  • 1973 Kristian Lundin, record producer
  • 1978 Stian Arnesen (Nagash/Lex Icon), Norwegian Black Metal musician
  • 1986 Matt Helders, English musician, drummer for Arctic Monkeys
  • 1988 Natalie Mejia, member of the American R&B/Pop group Girlicious