On This Day

Birthdays in Music on November 18

  • 1680 Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, Flemish composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1730)
  • 1736 Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, German composer, born in Zerbst, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (d. 1800)
  • 1742 Félix Máximo López, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1821)
  • 1772 Louis Ferdinand, Prussian prince and a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, born in Friedrichsfelde Palace, Berlin (d. 1806)
  • 1781 Felice Blangini, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1841)
  • 1786 Henry Bishop, British composer and conductor, born in London (d. 1855)
  • 1786 Carl Maria von Weber, German romantic composer (Der Freischutz), born in Eutin, Bishopric of Lübeck, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1826)
  • 1808 Antoine-Amable-Elie Elwart, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1877)

Person of interestIgnacy Jan Paderewski

1860 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish composer and 1st premier of Poland (1919), born in Kuryłówka, Russian Empire (d. 1941)

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 1871 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, born in Collbató, Spain (d. 1932)
  • 1874 Riccardo Martin, American tenor and composer, born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1963)
  • 1895 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, born in Basel (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Jules Buffano, American composer and pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1960)
  • 1898 Erich Sehlbach, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1899 Eugene Ormandy [Jenő Blau], Hungarian-American conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra 1936-80), born in Budapest (d. 1985)

  • 1902 Barbara Giuranna, Italian pianist and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1903 Lillian Fuchs, American violist and composer, born in New York (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Guido Santórsola, Brazilian-Uruguayan composer and violinist, born in Canosa di Puglia, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Siboney, Cuba (d. 2003)

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

1909 Johnny Mercer, American lyricist (Moon River, Old Black Magic), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1976)

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
  • 1916 James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival) (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Louis Alfred Mennini, American composer, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1925 William Mayer, American composer (A Death in the Family, Brief Candle), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Lawrence Moss, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1933 Jacques Charpentier, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Tom Johnson, American composer (Nine Bells), born in Greeley, Colorado
  • 1942 Jeffrey Siegel, pianist (Chicago Symphony), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Amanda Lear, French singer (or 1939, possible date only)
  • 1949 Bonnie St Claire, [Cornelia Swart], Dutch singer (Tame me Tiger)
  • 1950 Graham Parker, British musician (Squeezing Out Sparks - Mercury Poisoning) born in London, England
  • 1950 Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-American bass guitarist (Quiet Riot; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Havana, Cuba

  • 1954 John Parr, British pop singer (St. Elmo's Fire), born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire
  • 1954 Carter Burwell, American film composer (Coen Brothers films, Twilight Saga), born in New York City
  • 1955 Jake Brockman, British musician (Echo and the Bunnymen), born in Borneo (d. 2009)
  • 1957 Jenny Burton, American rocker (Nobody Loves Me Like You Do), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Kim Wilde, English pop singer (Kids in America, You Keep Me Hanging On), born in London
  • 1961 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1962 Kirk Hammett, US heavy-metal guitarist (Metallica-Master of Puppets)
  • 1968 Romany Malco, American actor and music producer (Weeds, No Ordinary Family), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Duncan Sheik, American singer (Barely Breathing), born in Monclair, New Jersey
  • 1970 Johan Liiva, Sweden vocalist (Arch Enemy)
  • 1972 Jessi Alexander, American country music singer/songwriter
  • 1973 Steve Christopher Petree, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
  • 1976 Shagrath [Stian Tomt Thoresen], Norwegian heavy metal singer (Dimmu Borgir), born in Jessheim, Akershus
  • 1977 Fabolous [John David Jackson], American rapper (From Nothin' to Somethin'), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1980 Junichi Okada, Japanese singer (V6)
  • 1980 Dustin Kensrue, American Singer/Songwriter (Thrice)
  • 1981 Gian Magdangal, Filipino singer and actor
  • 1984 Johnny Christ, American musician (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • 1984 Ryohei Chiba, Japanese singer