On This Day

Birthdays in Music on May 9

  • 1740 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville), born in Roccaforzata, Taranto, Italy (d. 1816)
  • 1814 Adolf von Henselt, German composer, born in Schwabach, Bavaria (d. 1889)
  • 1829 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist and composer, born in Sinalunga, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1888)
  • 1833 Boleslaw Dembinski, Polish organist and composer, born in Poznań (d. 1914)
  • 1846 Nicolai Soloviev, Russian music critic and composer, born in Petrozavodsk, Russia (d. 1916)
  • 1855 Julius Röntgen, German-Dutch composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1865 August de Boeck, Flemish composer, born in Merchtem, Belgium (d. 1937)
  • 1892 Eric Westberg, Swedish composer, born in Hudiksvall, Sweden (d. 1944)
  • 1909 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
  • 1914 Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
  • 1914 Frank Chacksfield, arranger/orchestra leader
  • 1914 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, born in Sawbridgeworth, England (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Douglas Guest, British organist (For the Fallen), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Connie Russell, American singer (Club Embassy, Garroway at Large), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Páll Pampichier Pálsson, Austrian-Icelandic composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1966)

  • 1935 Nole "Nokie" Edwards, American surf-rock guitarist (The Ventures) and actor (Deadwood), born in Lahoma, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • 1937 Dave Prater, American singer and musician (Sam & Dave), born in Ocilla, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • 1937 Sonny Curtis, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (the Crickets, I fought the Law), born in Meadow, Texas
  • 1939 Bruce Mather, composer
  • 1940 Dick Morrissey, saxophonist
  • 1941 Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 1942 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Bromborough, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • 1942 Tommy Roe, rocker (Hooray for Hazel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1942 Val Garay, American record producer and engineer (Bette Davis Eyes), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943 Bruce Milner, rocker (Every Mother's Son)
  • 1943 John Hugen, British rock music journalist and record company executive (ZigZag Magazine co-founder), born in England
  • 1944 Richard Furay, Ohio, rock vocalist (Buffalo Springfield, Poco)
  • 1945 Steve Katz, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestBilly Joel

1949 Billy Joel, American rock vocalist (Piano Man, Just the Way You Are), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • 1950 Tom Petersson, rock bassist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1951 Joy Harjo, American poet and musician (first Native American US Poet Laureate 2019-), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1955 Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
  • 1962 Dave Gahan, Essex, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)
  • 1962 John Corbett, actor/singer (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1962 Paul Heaton, rocker (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • 1963 Sanja Doležal, Croatian singer (Novi fosili)
  • 1964 Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and disc jockey
  • 1965 Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Distance)
  • 1969 Amber [Marie-Claire Cremers], Dutch-born German singer-songwriter, born in Ubbergen, the Netherlands
  • 1971 Paul McGuigan, English bassist (Oasis)
  • 1975 Tamia, Canadian singer
  • 1979 Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • 1979 Andrew W.K., American musician
  • 1995 Andrea Motis, Spanish jazz singer and trumpeter (Emotional Dance), born in Barcelona, Spain