On This Day

Musicians Born on October 18

  • 1611 Valentin Strobel, composer
  • 1706 Baldassare Galuppi, Venetian composer (opera buffa), born on Burano (d. 1785)
  • 1789 Giovanni Tadolini, composer
  • 1794 Ferdinand Lukas Schubert, composer
  • 1833 Johannes Habert, composer
  • 1844 Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer
  • 1850 Francis Thome, French composer, born in Port Louis, Mauritius (d. 1909)
  • 1879 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish violinist/conductor/composer, born in Daugavpils, Russian Empire (now Latvia); (d. 1953)
  • 1891 Václav Kálik, Czech composer, born in Opava; (d. 1951)
  • 1898 Lotte Lenya [Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer], Austrian singer and actress (The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, From Russia with Love), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, Soviet-Russian composer, born in Bogodukhov, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1903 Ambrose Thibodeaux, American Cajun accordionist, also known as Ambrose Sam (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Emile Enthoven, Dutch composer and lawyer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1950)
  • 1910 Vojislav Vuckovic, composer
  • 1915 Thomas Round, British tenor (Gilbert and Sullivan For All), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, Engaland (d. 2016)
  • 1918 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

  • 1919 Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton), American jazz singer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, Danville, Virginia,(d. 2012)
  • 1922 Camillo Togni, Italian pianist and composer, born in Gussago, Italy (d. 1993)
  • 1924 Allyn Ferguson, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in San Jose, California
  • 1924 Egil Hovland, Norwegian composer, born in Råde, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Hugh Allan "Buddy" MacMaster, Canadian musician
  • 1925 Wim van Gennep, Dutch singer/keyboardist (Heikrekels)

Person of interestChuck Berry

1926 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll Over Beethoven), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 1926 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Barry McDaniel, American lyric baritone (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1962-99), born in Lyndon, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Jacques Charpentier, French organist and composer (72 études karnatiques), born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Jorge "Jordi" Cervelló, Catalan composer and musicologist, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1938 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal's "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1939 William "Billy" Cox, American bass player (performed with Jimi Hendrix), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1940 Cynthia Weil, American songwriter ("We Got Get Out Of This Place"; "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Russ Giguere, rock guitarist/vocalist (Association), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1946 Howard Shore, Canadian film composer (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1947 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter ("Wedding Bell Blues"; "Stoned Soul Picnic"; "And When I Die"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1949 Gary Richrath, guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), born in Peoria Illinois, (d. 2015)
  • 1949 Joe Egan, Scottish singer-songwriter (Stealers Wheel - "Stuck In The Middle With You"), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1961 Wynton Marsalis, American jazz and classical trumpeter (9 Grammy Awards; Pulitzer Prize for "Blood on the Fields"; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1965 Curtis Stigers, American jazz vocalist and saxophonist (I Wonder Why), born in Bloise, Idaho
  • 1974 Peter Svensson, Swedish musician and songwriter (The Cardigans - "Lovefool"), born in Huskvarna, Sweden
  • 1974 Zhou Xun, Quzhou, Zhejiang, Chinese actress and singer (Suzhou River, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress)
  • 1977 Simon Rix, British rock bassist (Kaiser Chiefs - "Ruby") born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1979 Ne-Yo [Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr], American pop and R&B singer and songwriter, born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1984 Esperanza Spalding, American jazz bassist, singer and songwriter (Radio Music Society; 12 Little Spells), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1987 Zac Efron, American actor (High School Musical, 17 Again), born in San Luis Obispo, California,