On This Day

Birthdays in Music on November 12

  • 1676 Giovanni Antonio Pollarolo, composer
  • 1817 Carlo Pedrotti, composer
  • 1817 Martin Gustav Nottebohm, composer, born in Lüdenscheid, Westphalia (d. 1882)
  • 1827 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer (d. 1885)
  • 1833 Aleksandr Porfirievich Borodin, Russian composer (Robert LeDiable)
  • 1844 Octave Fouqué, French pianist and composer, born in Pau (d. 1883)
  • 1858 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1918)
  • 1865 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), (d. 1939)
  • 1897 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor
  • 1905 Evgeny Grigor'yevich Bruslovsky, composer
  • 1905 Solon Michaelides, Cypriot composer, teacher and musicologist, born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Bukka [Booker T. Washington] White, blues guitarist, born in Houston, Mississippi (d. 1977)
  • 1911 [Wilbur] Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1991)
  • 1916 Jean Papineau-Couture, composer
  • 1917 Jo Stafford, Coalinga California, singer (You Belong to me, Never Smile Again)
  • 1921 Robert Fleming, composer

  • 1923 Alirio Díaz, Venezuelan guitarist, composer, and musicologist, born in Caserio La Candelaria, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Sam Jones, American jazz double bassist (Cannonball Adderly), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1981)
  • 1931 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Terry Johnson, US R&B singer (Flamingos-I Know Better), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1938 Mort Shuman, American singer-songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1939 Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Frank Rosenthal, rocker
  • 1941 Jennifer Helen McLeod, composer
  • 1943 Brian Hyland, American rocker (She Wore an Itsy Bitsy ... Bikini), born in Queens, New York
  • 1943 Jimmy "Bro" Hayes, American doo-wop bass singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk), born in Hopewell, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1943 John Maus, American rock vocalist (Walker Brothers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Errol Brown, singer-songwriter vocalist (Hot Chocolate), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Booker T. Jones, US organist (Booker T & MGs - "Green Onions"), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1945 Neil Young, Canadian singer-songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; "The Needle And The Damage Done"; "Harvest Moon"), born in Toronto, Ontario

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  • 1947 Donald Roeser, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult)
  • 1947 J. C. [John Charles] Crowley, American musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949 Arthur "Pooch" Tavares, rocker
  • 1950 James Pugh, American session and touring trombonist, composer, and educator (Thundering Herd; Chick Corea; Steely Dan), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1953 Vasilis Karras [Kesoglidis], Greek folk singer (Tilefonise Mou), born in Kokkinohori, Greece
  • 1953 Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer and guitarist (The Traveller), born in Podor, French West Africa (now Senegal)

  • 1954 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, born in Bombay, India (d. 2018)
  • 1955 Leslie McKeown, Scottish pop vocalist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"),born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1960 Maurane, Belgian singer
  • 1961 Michaela Paetsch, American violinist
  • 1964 Dave Ellefson, Jackson, Minnesota, American heavy metal bassist (Megadeth)
  • 1967 Charlie Pennaelino, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way), born in Queens, New York
  • 1968 Aya Hisakawa, Japanese voice actress/singer, born in Kaizuka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968 Aaron Stainthorpe, British singer (My Dying Bride), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Nick D'Virgilio, American drummer (Spock's Beard), born in Whittier, California
  • 1969 Kathleen Hanna, American singer and songwriter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1975 Tevin Jermod Campbell, American rapper, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1976 Judith Holofernes [Holfelder-Roy], German singer (Wir sind Helden), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1978 Andrew Kinlochan, English singer and musician
  • 1984 Omarion, American R&B musician, born in Inglewood, California
  • 1986 Evan Yo, Taiwanese pop singer, born in Taiwan, Taiwan