Musicians Born on November 17

  • 1771 Jonathan Huntington, Early American composer, born in Windham, Connecticut (d. 1838)
  • 1787 Michele Carafa, Italian opera composer (Le nozze di Lammermoor), born in Naples, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1872)
  • 1808 Alberich Zwyssig, Swiss monk and composer (Swiss psalm - Swiss National Anthem), born in Bauen, Switzerland (d. 1854)
  • 1816 August Wilhelm Ambros, Austrian Czech musicologist (History of Music), born in Vysoké Mýto, Bohemia
  • 1837 Willem Coenen, Dutch composer and pianist, born in Rotterdam (d. 1918)
  • 1859 Gerhard Schjelderup, Norwegian opera composer and musicologist, born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1933)
  • 1891 Guido Pannain Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1977)
  • 1892 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, born in Vienna (d. 1982)
  • 1901 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, born in Turgi (d. 1972)
  • 1903 Joseph Kaminski, Russian born Israeli composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1972)
  • 1904 L.F. "Jack" Owen, American blues singer and guitarist ("It Must've Been The Devil"), born in Bentonia, Mississippi (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Jimmy DeBerry, American blues guitarist, banjo player, and singer, born in Gumwood, Arkansas (d. 1985)
  • 1915 (Clarence) "Shorty" Cherock, American swing jazz and big band trumpeter (Jimmy Dorsey; Gene Krupa; Nelson Riddle), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1980)
  • 1919 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • 1920 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish baritone pop and schlager singer ("Bonjour les amies" / "Hello Friends"), lyricist, translator ("I Want to Hold Your Hand" / ""Komm, gib mir deine Hand"'; She Loves You" / "Sie liebt dich"), and broadcaster, born in Tétange, Luxembourg (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Sir Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1927 Robert Drasnin, American clarinetist, composer, and film and television music supervisor (CBS, 1977-91), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1928 John Sangster, Australian jazz composer (The Hobbit Suite), born in Sandringham, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1930 David Werner Amram, composer ("Splendor in the Grass"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Wayne Andre, American jazz and session trombonist, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Alan Curtis, American harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor, born in Mason, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Marion Montgomery [Marian Runnells], American-British jazz singer ("Maybe the Morning"), born in Natchez, Mississippi, (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Imrat Khan, Indian sitar and surbahar player and composer, born in Calcutta, British India (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Roswell Rudd ,American free-jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), and avant-garde composer. (New York Art Quartet), born in Sharon, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Alvaro Leon Cassuto, composer

Gordon Lightfoot

1938 Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian folksinger ("Sundown"; "The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald"), born in Orillia, Ontario

  • 1940 Luke Kelly, Irish folk music singer and banjo player
  • 1942 Bob Gaudio, American pop-rock musician and songwriter (Four Seasons - "Sherry"; "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1943 Richard Anthony Hewson, British musician, poducer, arranger, and conductor (RAH Band - "The Crunch"), born in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, England
  • 1944 (Harold Eugene) Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds - "Eight Miles High"), born in Tipton, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1946 Lawrence "Black" Ardoin, American zydeco accordionist and drummer, born in Duralde, Louisiana
  • 1946 Martin Barre, British rock guitarist (Jethro Tull - "Aqualung"), born in Kings Heath, Birmingham, England
  • 1947 (Robert) "Stewkey" Antoni, American power pop vocalist and keyboard player (The Nazz - "Hello It's Me"), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1948 Iain Sutherland, Scottish folk-soft rock vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - "Arms of Mary"; "(I Don't Want to Love You But) You Got Me Anyway"), born in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (d. 2019)
  • 1951 Dean Paul Martin, Jr, American pop singer (Dino, Desi & Billy), and actor (Misfits of Science), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1987)
  • 1953 Jilly Johnson, British model and pop vocalist (Blonde on Blonde), born in England
  • 1955 Peter Cox, British pop-rock singer-songwriter (Go West - "Call Me"; "King of Wishful Thinking"), born in Kingston upon Thames, England
  • 1956 Enzo Favata, Italian jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
  • 1957 Jim Babjak, American guitarist and songwriter (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), born in Salzburg, Austria

RuPaul

1960 RuPaul [Andre Charles], American drag queen, actor, singer and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in San Diego, California

  • 1962 Dédé Fortin, Canadian rock and ska singer (Les Colocs), born in Saint-Thomas-Didyme, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • 1962 Torleif Thedéen, Swedish concert cellist, born in Sweden
  • 1965 Amanda Brown, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) and composer
  • 1966 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ("Hallelujah"), Anaheim, California (d. 1997)
  • 1966 Kate Ceberano, Australian singer
  • 1966 Richard Fortus, American guitarist (The Psychedelic Furs; Guns N' Roses, since 2002), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1970 Paul Allender, British guitarist (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1972 Kimya Dawson, American singer
  • 1975 Lord Infamous [Ricky T Dunigan], American rapper (Three 6 Mafia), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1980 [Clarke] Isaac Hanson, American pop singer and guitarist (Hanson - "MMMbop"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1981 Sarah Harding, British pop singer (Girls Aloud - “Sound of the Underground,” “Love Machine), born in Ascot, England (d. 2021)