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 (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)
  • 1892 Ezio Pinza, bass singer (South Pacific, RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1905 Inglis Gundry, Wimbledon, British composer
  • 1905 Red Nichols, American musician (d. 1965)
  • 1906 David Van Vactor, Plymouth Indiana, composer (Chaconne)
  • 1910 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist/composer (Zodiac Suite)

Person of interestRobert Johnson

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

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1919 Sultan Ismail Hajibeyov, composer
  • 1928 William Jay Sydeman, composer
  • 1930 Gary Snyder, [Japhy Ryder], beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)
  • 1930 Heather Harper, soprano
  • 1931 Charles M Wilson, composer
  • 1940 Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
  • 1940 Cathryn "Toni" Tennille, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Captain & Tennille) and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1941 Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer
  • 1942 Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood [Euclid James Sherwood], American rock musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Paul Samwell-Smith, Richmond, Surrey, English bassist (The Yardbirds-For Your Love)
  • 1943 Daniel Ray "Danny" Whitten, American musician and songwriter (Crazy Horse, Rod Stewart- "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1972)
  • 1944 Bill Legend [William Fifield], British musician and rock drummer (T. Rex), born in Barking, Essex
  • 1945 Keith Jarrett, jazz musician/film composer (Nachtfahrer)
  • 1947 Felicity Lott, English soprano (We come to the river)
  • 1951 Chris Frantz, American rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • 1951 Philip Bailey, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • 1953 Billy Burnette, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953 Alex Van Halen, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Dutch drummer (Van Halen)
  • 1960 Eric Brittingham, American rock bassist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station), born in Salisbury, Maryland
  • 1964 Dave Rowntree, British musician (Blur)
  • 1966 Marta Sánchez, Spanish singer
  • 1971 Chris Wolf, actor/musician (Guys Next Door)

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
  • 1976 Ian "H" Watkins, pop singer (Steps)
  • 1977 Joe Bonnamassa, American singer-songwriter (SeeSaw), born in New Hartford, New York
  • 1978 Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer
  • 1980 Michelle McManus, Scottish singer
  • 1981 Björn Dixgård, Swedish guitarist
  • 1983 Matt Willis, British singer