Musicians Born on October 18

  • 1611 Valentin Strobel, German lutenist and composer baptized in Halle, Saxony (d. after 1669)
  • 1706 Baldassare Galuppi, Venetian composer (opera buffa), born on Burano (d. 1785)
  • 1789 Giovanni Tadolini, Italian conductor and composer, born in Bologna, Papal States (now Italy) (d. 1872)
  • 1794 Ferdinand Schubert, Austrian organist, composer, and teacher, born in Vienna (d. 1859)
  • 1833 Johannes Habert, Austrian composer, born in Oberplan, Bohemia (now Horní Planá, Czech Republic) (d. 1896)
  • 1844 Émile Mathieu, Belgian composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1932)
  • 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-American singer, muse and wife of Kurt Weill, 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 Vučkovič, Serbian conductor, composer (Vesnik bure (The Harbinger of the Storm)), and musicologist, born in Pirot, Serbia (d. 1942)
  • 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 [Colton], American jazz singer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Camillo Togni, Italian pianist and composer, born in Gussago, Italy (d. 1993)
  • 1924 Allyn Ferguson, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), and TV theme composer (Barney Miller; Charlie's Angels), born in San Jose, California (d. 2010)
  • 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)

Chuck BerryChuck Berry (1926-2017)

American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Roll Over Beethoven"; "Sweet Little Sixteen"), born in St Louis, Missouri

  • 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
  • 1935 Sam Reed, American jazz and session saxophonist, and musical director (Uptown Theater (Philadelphia); Teddy Pendergrass), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 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)
  • 1940 Cynthia Weil, American songwriter ("We Got Get Out Of This Place"; "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 William "Billy" Cox, American bass player (performed with Jimi Hendrix), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1943 Russ Giguere, American pop-rock guitarist and singer (The Association -"Windy"; "Cherish"), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1944 Nelson Freire, Brazilian classical pianist, born in Boa Esperança, Brazil (d. 2021)
  • 1946 Howard Shore, Canadian television and film composer (Lord of the Rings trilogy; 1st music director of Saturday Night Live), 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 9-time Grammy Award-winning jazz and classical trumpeter (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 (17 Again), and singer (High School Musical; The Greatest Showman), born in San Luis Obispo, California,