On This Day

Birthdays in Music on November 20

  • 1652 Romanus Weichlein, Austrian composer, born in Linz, Austria (d. 1706)
  • 1757 Giovanni Battista Gaiani, Italian organist and composer, born in Bologna (d. 1819)
  • 1759 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, Hungarian cellist and composer, baptized in Leštiny (d. 1833)
  • 1765 Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, German composer, born in Treuenbrietzen, Brandenburg, Prussia (d. 1814)
  • 1766 John Wall Calcott, English composer, born in Kensington, London (d. 1821)
  • 1834 Franjo Ksaver Kuhač, Croatian composer who collected and published 1,600 folk songs, born in Osijek, Croatia (d. 1911)
  • 1850 Arthur Goring Thomas, English composer
  • 1867 Vicente Ripollés, Spanish composer, born in Castellón de la Plana, Spain (d. 1943)
  • 1873 Daniel Gregory Mason, American composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1897 Margaret Sutherland, Australian composer (Haunted Hills; The Young Kabbarli), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 1899 Juan Vicente Lecuna, Venezuelan diplomat and composer, born in Valencia, Venezuela (d. 1954)
  • 1904 Alexandra Danilova, Russian-American ballerina (The Turning Point), born in Petergof, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Max Georg Baumann, German composer (Libertas Cruciata), born in Kronbacher, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 2008)
  • 1917 Ram Gopal, Indian-English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain), born in Bangalore, India (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (d. 2011)

  • 1919 John McCarthy, English conductor, born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Armin Schibler, Swiss composer (Devil in the Winter Palace), born in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland (d. 1986)
  • 1925 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Kenneth Schermerhorn, American conductor (Amer Ballet), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1932 John Barnes Chance, American composer, born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1937 René Kollo, German tenor, born in Berlin
  • 1939 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Dr. John [Malcolm John Rebennack], American musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Gary Karr, American double-bassist (Oslo Philharmonic), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Meredith Monk, American choreographer, composer (Atlas) and performing artist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Norman Greenbaum, American folk singer (Spirit in the Sky), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1945 Danny McBride, American musician (Sha Na Na), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (2009)
  • 1945 Nanette Workman, American-Canadian singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Duane Allman, American rock guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1946 J. Blackfoot [Colbert], American soul singer (Soul Children, Taxi), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Ray Stiles, English musician (Mud, The Hollies), born in Guildford
  • 1947 Joe Walsh, American guitarist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1950 Gary Green, British guitarist (Gentle Giant), born in London, England
  • 1954 Frank Marino, Canadian rock guitarist (Mahogany Rush), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1956 Dan Powers, rock guitarist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1962 Steve Alexander, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • 1965 Mike D[iamond], American rap vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Sen Dog, Cuban rapper (Cypress Hill)
  • 1965 Yoshiki Hayashi, Japanese musician (X Japan), born in Tateyama
  • 1966 Kevin Gilbert, American musician (d. 1996)
  • 1967 Teoman [Yakupoğlu], Turkish rock singer, born in Alucra
  • 1970 Geoffrey Keezer, American jazz pianist, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 1970 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor], American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), born in Queens, New York (d. 2016
  • 1975 Dierks Bentley, American singer, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1975 Davey Havok [David Paden Marchand], American singer (AFI), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1977 Josh Turner, American singer (Long Black Train), born in Hannah, South Carolina
  • 1978 Ryan Leslie, American singer/songwriter, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1978 Freya Lin, Taiwanese singer, born in Taiwan
  • 1979 Ericson Alexander Molano, Colombian gospel singer, born in Pereira, Colombia
  • 1981 Kimberley Walsh, English singer (Girls Aloud), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1981 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), born in Selkirk, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1986 Aaron Yan, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1986 Oli Sykes, English musician, born in Ashford, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Jared Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1992 Ishimura Maiha, Japanese pop singer (Berryz Kobo), born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 2000 Connie Talbot, English singer (Britain's Got Talent), born in Walsall, United Kingdom