On This Day

Musicians Born on October 12

  • 1490 Bernardo Pisano, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1548)
  • 1686 Silvius Leopold Weiss, German composer and lutenist, born in Grodków, Poland (d. 1750)
  • 1763 John Ross, English composer and organist, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1837)
  • 1808 John Liptrot Hatton, English composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1886)
  • 1845 Amintore Galli, Italian composer, born in Perticara, Italy (d. 1919)
  • 1855 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Mosonszentmiklós, Hungary (d. 1922)
  • 1872 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (Hugh the Drover), born in Down Ampney, England (d. 1958)
  • 1880 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, born in Balham, London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1881 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1948)
  • 1882 Hermann Wolfgang Sartorius Waltershausen, German musicologist and composer, born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1890 Luis de Freitas Branco, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • 1892 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1975)
  • 1893 Páll Ísólfsson, Icelandic organist and composer, born in Stokkseyri, Iceland (d. 1974)
  • 1895 Alfred "Tubby" Hall, American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Louis Armstrong), born in Sellers, Louisiana (d. 1945)
  • 1906 Willy Hess, Swiss musicologist, composer and famous Beethoven scholar, born in Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Wolfgang Fortner, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1987)

  • 1908 Harmonica Frank [Floyd], American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, born in Toccopola, Mississippi (d. 1984)
  • 1918 Emil Cossetto, Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Andre Casanova, composer, born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • 1925 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Jerzy Semkow, Polish-French conductor and educator, born in Radomsko (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Raoul Pleskow, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1932 Joel Mandelbaum, American composer, born in New York

Person of interestLuciano Pavarotti

1935 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio, The Three Tenors), born in Modena, Italy (d. 2007)

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1935 Sam Moore, American R&B and soul vocalist (Sam & Dave - Soul Man), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1942 Melvin Franklin, American musician (The Temptations), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Daryl Runswick, British composer, arranger, musician, producer and educator, born in Leicester, England
  • 1947 George Lam, Hong Kong veteran Cantopop singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1948 Rick Parfitt, English pop guitarist and singer (Status Quo-Wanderer), born in Surrey, England
  • 1954 Ed Cherry, American jazz and session guitarist (Dizzy Gillespie, 1978-92), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1955 Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • 1955 Jane Siberry, Canadian singer-songwriter (Calling All Angels), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 David Vanian, British singer (The Damned), born in Hemel Hempstead, England
  • 1958 Jeff Keith, American rock vocalist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 1958 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1962 Chris Botti, American jazz musician (Impressions), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966 Brian Kennedy, Northern Irish musician and author, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Person of interestHugh Jackman

1968 Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-Men -"Wolverine"; The Greatest Showman; Kate And Leopold), born in Sydney, Australia

  • 1969 Martie Maguire, American country musician (The Chicks, formerly known as Dixie Chicks), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Ahn Jae Wook, South Korean actor, composer and singer, born in Donam-dong, Seongbuk District, Seoul, South Korea (d. 1971)
  • 1976 Sarah Lane, American television personality and ballet dancer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1977 Jay Jenkins, American rapper also known as "Young Jeezy", born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1979 Jordan Pundik, American singer (New Found Glory), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1982 Émile Parisien, French jazz soprano and alto saxophonist, and composer, born in Cahors, France
  • 1992 Taylor Horn, American singer and actress, born in Redlands, California