On This Day

Musicians Born on October 16

  • 1605 Charles Coypeau Dassoucy, French poet and singer, born in Paris (d. 1677)
  • 1679 Jan Dismas Zelenka, Bohemian composer born at Louňovice, Lands of the Bohemian Crown (d. 1745)
  • 1729 (Pieter) Pierre van Maldere, Flemish violinist and composer, born in Brussels, Southern Low Countries (now Belgium), (d. 1768)
  • 1765 Fédéric-Nicolas Duvernoy, French horn player and composer, born in Montbéliard, County of Montbéliard (d. 1838)
  • 1809 Francesco Schira, composer, born in Island of Malta (d. 1883)
  • 1811 Gaetano Capocci, Italian organist and composer (Responsori), born in Rome (d. 1898)
  • 1821 Albert Franz Doppler, Austrian flautist and composer, born in Lemberg, Austrian Empire (now Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1883)
  • 1826 Piotr Studzinski, Polish conductor and composer, born in the Free City of Cracow (d. 1869)
  • 1837 John Francis Barnett, British composer, born in London (d. 1916)
  • 1849 Arnold Krug, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1904)
  • 1849 Charles Harford Lloyd, British organist and composer, born in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1919)
  • 1859 Henryk Pachulski, Polish pianist, composer, and educator (Moscow Conservatory, 1886-1917) born in Łazy, Poland (d. 1921)
  • 1878 Carlos Pedrell, Uruguayan guitarist and composer, born in Minas, Uraguay (d. 1941)
  • 1897 Harrison Kerr, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, born in Sheffield, Britain, (d. 1985)
  • 1910 William Leonard "Will" Reed, British pianist and composer, born in South London (d. 2002)

  • 1913 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian organist and composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1918 Géori Boué, French soprano, born in Toulouse, France (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, born in Hamburg (d. 1980)
  • 1926 Hansheinz Schneeberger, Swiss violinist (Duo Paganini), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Carmen Sevilla, Spanish actress, singer and TV presenter (Vengeance, Searching for Monica, Don Juan), born in Seville, Spain
  • 1932 Henry Jay Lewis, American double-bassist and conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic 1948-65), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1935 Sugar Pie DeSanto [Peylia Marsema Balinton], American R&B singer (Soulful Dress), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936 Gerardo Gandini, Argentinian pianist and composer (Laberynthus Johannes), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Emile Ford, St. Lucian pop singer (first Black male singer to top UK charts - "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?"), and sound engineer, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), fashion model, and actress, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1941 Derek David Bourgeois, British composer, conductor and educator (National Youth Chamber Orchestra) born in Kingston upon Thames, England (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Erkki Jokinen, Finnish classical composer, noted for his embrace of the accordion, born in Tervakoski, Finland
  • 1942 Dave Lovelady, English drummer (The Fourmost - "A Little Loving"), born in Litherland, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Charles Frederick "C.F." Turner, Canadian rock bassist and songwriter (Bachman-Turner Overdrive - "Let It Ride"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1945 Roger Hawkins, American session drummer (the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section - Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin), born in Mishawaka, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1945 Allan Zavod, Australian classical and jazz pianist and composer, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Bob Weir, American guitarist and singer (Grateful Dead - "I Need A Miracle", "Sugar Magnolia"; RatDog; Dead & Company), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1948 Jim Ed Norman [Edward James Norman], American musician and record producer, born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1952 Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, American funk-rock bassist (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • 1953 Tony Carey, American rock keyboardist, and singer-songwriter (Rainbow; Planet P Project), born in Watsonville, California

  • 1956 Marin Alsop, American conductor and 1st woman to head a major American orchestra (Baltimore Symphony, 2007-present), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Greek folk and jazz singer, born on Icaria, Greece
  • 1959 Gary Kemp, British rock guitarist and lyricist (Spandau Ballet - "True"), born in Smithfield, London
  • 1959 Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian composer (Architectonics; Magma) born in Kärdla, Hiiumaa, Estonia
  • 1960 Bob Mould, American rock guitarist, songwriter and vocalist (Hüsker Dü; Sugar), born in Malone, New York
  • 1962 Flea [Michael Balzary], Australian-American bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers), actor, and educator (Silverlake Conservatory of Music), 1962 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1962 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (d. 2017)
  • 1962 Durga McBroom, American singer-songwriter (Blue Pearl -"Naked In The Rain"; Pink Floyd; Steve Hackett), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Wendy Wilson, American popvocalist (Wilson Phillips - 'Hold On"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter, born in Waco, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1971 Chad Gray, American heavy metal singer (Hellyeah; Mudvayne), born in Latham, Illinois
  • 1974 Deo Grech, Maltese television presenter and songwriter, born in Kalkara, Malta
  • 1977 John Mayer, American guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Your Body Is A Wonderland"; "Waiting For The World To Change'), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1978 Abel Talamántez, American LAtin, pop, and Tex-Max singer (Menudo; Los Super Reyes), born in Pecos, Texas
  • 1978 Ethan Luck, American rock musician (The O.C. Supertones; Demon Hunter; Relient K), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1982 Vincy Chan, a Hong Kong-Singaporean Canto-pop singer ("My Memories are Not My Own"), born in Hong Kong
  • 1984 Shayne Ward, British singer (UK X Factor - "That's My Goal"), and actor (Coronation Street), born in Tameside, Greater Manchester, England