On This Day

Birthdays in Music on November 16

  • 1569 Paul Sartorius, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1609)
  • 1615 Guillaume Dumanoir, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1697)
  • 1715 Girolamo Abos, Maltese composer, born in Valetta (d. 1760)
  • 1720 Charles-Antoine Campion, Italian composer, born in Lunéville, Lorraine, France (d. 1788)
  • 1757 Daniel Read, American composer, born in Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 1836)
  • 1766 Rodolphe Kreutzer, French composer (La mort d'Abel) and virtuoso violinist, born in Versailles, France (d. 1831)
  • 1780 Robert Archibald Smith, Scottish composer (d. 1829)
  • 1807 François George-Hainl, French cellist and composer, born in Issoire, France (d. 1873)
  • 1810 Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, German composer, born in Bleckede, Germany (d. 1882)
  • 1840 Frederick Scotson Clark, English organist and composer, born in Southwark, London (d. 1883)
  • 1843 Manuel Gregorio Tavárez, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1883)
  • 1860 Edmund Schücker, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1911)
  • 1861 Václav Suk, Czech-born Russian composer and violinist, born in Kladno, Bohemia (1933)
  • 1870 Alfred Hill, New Zealand Australian composer (Hinemoa), born in Melbourne (d. 1960)

Person of interestW. C. Handy

1873 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), born in Florence, Alabama (d. 1958)

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1883 Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist and composer (In Tempore Belli) (d. 1958)

  • 1888 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, American composer (Laurentia), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1889 Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, Uruguayan composer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1957)
  • 1890 Aloÿs-Henri-Gérard Fornerod, Swiss composer, born in Montet-Cudrefin, Switzerland (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Mathis der Maler) , born in Hanau (d. 1963)
  • 1896 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1960)
  • 1902 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, born in Stalhille, Jabbeke, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Eddie Condon, American jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), born in Goodland, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1919 Udo Kasemets, Etonian-born Canadian composer, born in Talinn, Estonia (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Ton de Leeuw, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Bob Gibson, American folk musician, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Garnet Mimms, American singer (Enchanters-Cry Baby), born in Ashland, West Virginia
  • 1936 Shirvani Chalayev, Daghestanian composer, born in Khosrekh, Daghestan, Russia
  • 1938 Richard Landry, American composer, born in Cecilia, Louisiana
  • 1938 Toni Brown, American guitarist, singer and keyboardist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1941 Dan Penn, American songwriter, producer and gospel singer (Out in Left Field), born in Vernon, Alabama
  • 1942 Donna McKechnie, American actress and dancer (Company), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1943 Winfred "Blue" Lovett, American singer (Manhattans-One Life to Live), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Martine van Hamel, Dutch ballerina (NYC Ballet Co), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1945 Teenie Hodges [Mabon], American rhythm and blues guitarist (Take me to the River), born in Germantown, TN, (d. 2014)

  • 1948 Chi Coltrane, American pianist and singer, born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1949 Pattie Santos, American singer (It's a Beautiful Day), born in San Francisco (d. 1989)
  • 1949 William Ackerman, American guitarist and composer, founder of Windham Hill Records, born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1958 Harry Rushakoff, rocker (Concrete Blonde)
  • 1961 Corinne Hermès [Miller], French pop singer (Si la vie est cadeau), born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France
  • 1962 Josh Silver, American musician (Type O Negative)
  • 1963 Gay "Mani" Mournfield, English pop bassist (Stone Roses)
  • 1964 Diana Krall, Canadian Jazz pianist and singer, born in Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • 1966 Christian Lorenz, German keyboardist (Rammstein), born in East Berlin, East Germany
  • 1969 Bryan Abrams, American singer (Color Me Badd-I Want to Sex You Up), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1974 Eric Judy, American musician (Modest Mouse)
  • 1978 Carolina Parra, Brazilian musician (CSS), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1981 Allison Crowe, Canadian singer, born in Nanaimo, Canada
  • 1983 K [Kang Yoon-sung], South Korean singer, born in Goyang, South Korea