On This Day

Birthdays in Music on May 8

  • 1527 Johann Walter, German composer, born in Kahla (d. 1570)
  • 1673 Johann Valentin Eckelt, German composer, born in Werningshausen, Germany (d. 1732)
  • 1703 Gottlob Harrer, German composer, born in Görlitz (d. 1755)
  • 1742 Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz, Czech composer, born in Budenice, Zlonice, Czech Republic (d. 1790)
  • 1745 Carl Philipp Stamitz, German composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1801)
  • 1750 Elias Mann, American composer, born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • 1778 Johann Baptist Gansbacher, Austrian composer, born in Sterzing, Tyrol, Italy (d. 1844)
  • 1806 Johann Friedrich Kittl, Czech composer, born in Orlík, Bohemia (d. 1868)
  • 1815 Jean-Delphin Alard, French violinist and composer, born in Bayonne, France (d. 1888)
  • 1829 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1869)
  • 1839 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French-Canadian lyricist ("O! Canada"), born in Saint-Placide, Quebec (d. 1920)
  • 1844 Hermann Gradener, German composer, born in Kiel, Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1846 Oscar Hammerstein, German opera and playwright (Kohinoor), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1919)
  • 1886 Jef van Hoof, Flemish composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Inglis Gundry, British composer, musicologist and novelist, born in Wimbledon, London (d. 2000)
  • 1905 Ernest "Red" Nichols, American jazz cornetist, composer and jazz bandleader (His Five Pennies - "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider"; "Bugler's Lament"), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1965)

  • 1906 David Van Vactor, American classical composer (Chaconne), born in Plymouth, Indiana (1994)
  • 1910 Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1981)

Person of interestRobert Johnson

1911 Robert Johnson, American blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1919 Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR, born in Shusha, Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (d. 1974)
  • 1928 William Jay Sydeman, American avant-garde composer, born in New York City
  • 1930 Heather Harper, Northern Irish operatic soprano (Britten's War Requiem), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2019)
  • 1931 Charles M.Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1933 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 2015)

Person of interestRicky Nelson

1940 (Eric) "Ricky" Nelson, American pop-Rock Star ("Hello Mary Lou"; "It's Late"; "Garden Party") and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d.1985)

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • 1940 (Cathryn) "Toni" Tennille, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together") and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1941 Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [some sources cite May 18]
  • 1942 (Euclid) Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood, American rock saxophonist and vocalist (Mothers Of Invention), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Paul Samwell-Smith, British blues-rock bassist, and record producer (The Yardbirds, 1963-66 "For Your Love"), born in Richmond, Surrey, England
  • 1943 Danny Whitten, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Crazy Horse; Rod Stewart - "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1972)
  • 1944 Bill Legend [Fifield], British musician and rock drummer (T. Rex), born in Barking, Essex
  • 1944 Dorothy Combs (Morrison), American gospel, session and touring singer (Edwin Hawkins Singers - "Oh Happy Day"; The Combs Sisters; Blues Broads), born in Longview, Texas
  • 1945 Keith Jarrett, American jazz and classical pianist and composer (The Köln Concert), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Felicity Lott, British lyric and operatic soprano (We Come To The River), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1948 Don "Red" Young, American session, touring keyboard and piano player, band leader, and jazz Hammond B3 organist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1951 Chris Frantz, American rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky

  • 1951 Philip Bailey, American R&B and pop singer (Earth Wind & Fire - "Shining Star"; solo - "Easy Lover"), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1953 Billy Burnette, American rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac, 1987-95), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953 Alex Van Halen, Dutch-American rock drummer (Van Halen - "Hot For Teacher"), born in Amsterdam The Netherlands,
  • 1960 Eric Brittingham, American rock bassist (Cinderella - "Heartbreak Station"; "Nobody's Fool"), born in Salisbury, Maryland
  • 1964 Dave Rowntree, British drummer (Blur - "Country House"; Coffee &TV"), and politician, born in Colchester, Essex, England
  • 1966 Marta Sánchez, Spanish singer (De Mujer a Mujer), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1967 James Hurt, American jazz pianist, and composer (Dark Grooves – Mystical Rhythms), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1968 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), born in The Bronx New York (d. 2012)
  • 1971 Chris Wolf, American actor and musician (Guys Next Door - "I've Been Waiting for You")

Person of interestEnrique Iglesias

1975 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop ("Bailamos"; "Hero"), born in Madrid, Spain

King of Latin Pop Enrique Iglesias
King of Latin Pop
Enrique Iglesias
  • 1976 Martha Wainwright, Canadian-American musician and songwriter, born in Montréal, Quebec
  • 1976 Ian "H" Watkins, Welsh pop singer (Steps - "Heartbeat"; "Stomp"), actor, and television personality, born in Llwynypia, Wales
  • 1977 Joe Bonnamassa, American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Dust Bowl"; "Redemption"), born in New Hartford, New York
  • 1978 Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer, rapper, and dancer (HOT; JTL), and actor, born in Daegu, South Korea
  • 1980 Michelle McManus, Scottish pop singer ("All This Time"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1981 Björn Dixgård, Swedish rock guitarist and singer (Mando Daio), born in Falun, Sweden
  • 1983 Matt Willis, British pop singer, bassist (Busted), and television personality. born in Tooting, London, England
  • 1996 6ix9ine [Daniel Hernandez], American rapper and songwriter ("Trollz"), born in Brooklyn, New York (born May 8, 1996)