On This Day

Musicians Born 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 folk fiddler, and television host (Jubilee, 1959-73), born in Tweedside, New Brunswick (d. 1973)
  • 1914 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor, born in Barletta, Italy (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Frank Chacksfield, English pianist, arranger and orchestra leader, born in Battle, England (d. 1995)
  • 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 (d. 1990)
  • 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 soul singer (Sam & Dave - "Soul Man"), born in Ocilla, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • 1937 Sonny Curtis, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Crickets - " I Fought The Law"; solo - "Love Is All Around"), born in Meadow, Texas
  • 1939 Bruce Mather, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1940 Dick Morrissey, British jazz saxophonist, born in Horley, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • 1941 Pete Birrell, British rock bassist (Freddie and The Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now") born in Wythenshawe, Cheshire, England
  • 1942 Mike Millward, English guitarist (The Fourmost - "A Little Loving"), born in Bromborough, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • 1942 Tommy Roe, American pop-rock singer ("Sheila"; "Dizzy"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1942 Val Garay, American record producer and engineer (Bette Davis Eyes), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943 Bruce Milner, American pop-rock pianist and organ player (Every Mother's Son "Come On Down to My Boat"), and dentist, born in New York
  • 1943 John Hugen Tobler, British rock music journalist and record company executive (ZigZag Magazine co-founder), born in England
  • 1944 Richard Furay, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Buffalo Springfield; Poco), born in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • 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 singer-songwriter, and piano player ("Piano Man"; "Just the Way You Are"; "Captain Jack"), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • 1950 Tom Petersson, American rock bassist (Cheap Trick - "I Want You to Want Me"), 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 opera, lieder, and rock mezzo-soprano (For The Stars, with Elvis Costello), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1960 Jim Reilly, Northern Irish drummer (Red Rockers), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1962 Dave Gahan, British new wave rock vocalist (Depeche Mode - "Dreaming of Me"), born in Essex, England
  • 1962 John Corbett, American actor (Northern Exposure - "Chris Stevens"; Sex and the City - Aidan; My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and country music singer, born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1962 Paul Heaton, English singer-songwriter (Housemartins), born in Bromborough, England
  • 1963 Sanja Doležal, Croatian pop singer (Novi fosili), and television personality, born in Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
  • 1965 Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, English musician and actor (Curiosity Killed Cat - Keep Your Distance), born in London, England
  • 1969 Amber [Marie-Claire Cremers], Dutch-born German singer-songwriter, born in Ubbergen, the Netherlands
  • 1971 Paul McGuigan, English rock bassist (Oasis, 1991-99 - "Wonderwall")
  • 1975 Tamia [Washington], Canadian R&B, hiphop, and pop singer, born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1979 Pierre Bouvier, Canadian singer and bass player (Simple Plan - "Perfect"; "Welcome To My Life"), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1979 Andrew W.K. [Wilkes-Krier], American rock singer, musician, songwriter ("Party Hard"), motivational speaker, and advice columnist, born in Stanford, California
  • 1995 Andrea Motis, Spanish jazz singer and trumpeter (Emotional Dance), born in Barcelona, Spain