On This Day

Musicians Born on October 20

  • 1788 Philip Knapton, composer
  • 1792 Anton Bernhard Furstenau, composer
  • 1819 Karol Mikuli, composer
  • 1867 Fini Henriques, Danish composer & violinist (Vølund Smed), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1940)
  • 1874 Charles Ives, American composer (Holiday Quick Step), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1954)
  • 1877 Josephine McGill, composer
  • 1884 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton [LeMothe], American jazz pioneer pianist and composer (King Porter Stomp), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1941)
  • 1900 Rodolfo Halffter, composer
  • 1901 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer
  • 1908 Stuart Hamblen, American singer and composer (This Ole House), born in Kellyville, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Monique Hare, French pianist
  • 1913 Angelo Ephrikian, composer
  • 1913 Grandpa [Louis M] Jones, Niagra KY, country musician (Hee-Haw)
  • 1914 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Giora Schuster, composer

  • 1923 Robert Craft, American conductor, writer and friend of Stravinsky, born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Herman Roelstraete, composer
  • 1925 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Jules Eskin, American cellist (Boston Symphony, 1964-2016), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer
  • 1937 Wanda Jackson, Maud Oklahoma, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
  • 1939 Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • 1940 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • 1942 Joe Bourne, American jazz singer (Upbeat and Sweet), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1943 Dunja Vejzovic, Croatian soprano
  • 1944 William Hugh Albright, composer
  • 1945 Ric Lee, rock drummer (Ten Years After-Cannock, Staffs)
  • 1945 Thomas Pasatieri, composer
  • 1950 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1950 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • 1951 Al Greenwood, keyboardist (Foreigner-Feels Like the First Time)
  • 1954 Steve Orich, orchestrator
  • 1954 Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist
  • 1955 Thomas Newman, American composer

  • 1957 Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer
  • 1958 Ivo Pogorelić, Croatian pianist (1978 Casagrande winner), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1958 Mark King, bass/vocalist (Level 42-Standing in the Light, Love Games)
  • 1958 Ricky Byrd, rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts)
  • 1960 Lepa Brena, famous Yugoslav singer
  • 1962 Steven R "Randy" Jackson, US percussionist/singer (Enjoy Yourself)
  • 1965 Norman Blake, Scottish musician (Teenage Fanclub), born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire
  • 1966 Fred Coury, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station), born in Johnston, New York
  • 1967 Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1971 Dannii Minogue, Australian singer, sister of Kylie Minogue, born in Melbourne, Victoria

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1971 Snoop Dogg [Calvin Broadus], rapper (What's My Name, Gin & Juice), born in Long Beach, California

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  • 1974 SubtractiveLAD [Stephen Hummel] Canadian electronic music composer and performer, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976 Tom Wisniewski, American guitarist (MxPx)
  • 1977 Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • 1978 Paul Wilson, Irish bass player (Snow Patrol)
  • 1980 Gary Jarman, English musician
  • 1983 Alex Nackman, musician
  • 1988 Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)