On This Day

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)

Person of interestJohannes Brahms

1833 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hung Dances), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1897)

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

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, (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)
  • 1940 Armando Krieger, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1943 Rick West [Westwood], rocker (Brian Poole & Tremeloes), 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 drummer (Immortal/Hypocrisy)
  • 1978 Stian Arnesen (Nagash/Lex Icon), Norwegian Black Metal musician
  • 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