On This Day

Musicians Born on November 17

  • 1771 Jonathan Huntington, composer
  • 1787 Michele Carafa, Italian opera composer (Le nozze di Lammermoor) , born in Naples, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1872)
  • 1808 Alberich Zwyssig, composer
  • 1816 August W Ambros, Austria musicologist (History of Music)
  • 1837 Willem Coenen, composer
  • 1859 Gerhard Schjelderup, Norwegian opera composer and musicologist, born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1933)
  • 1891 Guido Pannain, composer
  • 1892 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, born in Vienna (d. 1982)
  • 1901 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, born in Turgi (d. 1972)
  • 1903 Joseph Kaminski, composer
  • 1919 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • 1920 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Sir Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2010)
  • 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)

  • 1935 Imrat Khan, Indian sitar and surbahar player and composer, born in Calcutta, British India (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Alvaro Leon Cassuto, composer

Person of interestGordon Lightfoot

1938 Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian folksinger (Sundown), born in Orillia, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot
  • 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 Martin Barre, British rock guitarist (Jethro Tull)
  • 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, England, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde)
  • 1955 Peter Cox, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)

Person of interestRuPaul

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

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen
  • 1962 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer (Les Colocs) (d. 2000)
  • 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
  • 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 (Hanson-MMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1981 Sarah Harding, English singer (Girls Aloud)