Musicians Born on October 21

  • 1570 Wolfgang Schonsleder, composer
  • 1574 Nicolò Rubini, Italian composer and cornettist, born in Crevalcore (d. 1625)
  • 1680 Francisco Jose Coutinho, Portuguese composer
  • 1751 David Moritz Michael, composer
  • 1767 Francesco Ruggi, composer
  • 1775 Guiseppi Baini, composer
  • 1807 Miguel Hilarion Eslava y Elizondo, composer
  • 1807 Napoléon Henri Reber, French composer, born in Mulhouse, Alsace (d. 1880)
  • 1823 Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer
  • 1847 Giuseppe Giacosa, Italian playwright, poet, and librettist (Puccini's "La bohème", "Tosca", and "Madama Butterfly"), born in Colleretto Parella, Kingdom of Sardinia (now Italy) (d. 1906)
  • 1879 Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, composer
  • 1885 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian-English composer, teacher, and musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • 1891 Ted Shawn, US dancer/choreographer (Dance We Must)
  • 1895 J Delos Jewkes, American light opera, vaudeville, choral (Mormon Tabernacle), film and television bass singer, and actor (Stars And Stripes Forever; The Music Man; The Andy Griffith Show), born in Orangeville, Utah (d. 1984)
  • 1895 Shukichi Mitsukuri, Japanese composer (10 Haikai de Basho), born in Tokyo (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Hilarion Rubio, Filipino composer, born in Bacoor, Cavite (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Alexander Schneider, Vilna Lith, violinist (Budapest String Quartet)
  • 1908 Howard Ferguson, composer
  • 1912 (Carlos) "Don" Byas, American swing and be-bop jazz saxophonist, and bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • 1912 Sir Georg Solti [György Stern], Hungarian-British conductor, winner of 31 Grammy awards (Chicago Symphony, 1969-91), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1997)
  • 1916 Tomojirō Ikenouchi, Japanese composer and educator, born in Tokyo (d. 1991)
  • 1917 John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter, a creator of bebop & modern jazz (A Night In Tunisia), born in Cheraw, South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1921 Jarmil Burghauser, composer
  • 1921 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), born in Northampton, England (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Celia Cruz, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning guaracha, salsa, and bolero singer (La Sonora Matancera, 1950-65), known as 'the Queen of Salsa', born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Charles "Doctor" Ross, American blues singer and guitarist (The Harmonica Boss), born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1993)
  • 1925 Norman Paris, American pianist, arranger, accordion player, orchestra leader (For Your Pleasure), and composer ("Big Blue Marble"; "I've Got A Secret"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1926 Don Elliott [Helfman], American jazz trumpeter, vibraphonist, mellophone player, and vocalist, born in Somerville, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1926 Marga Richter, American classical pianist and composer (Landscapes of the Mind; Out of Shadows and Solitude), born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • 1927 Nadine Judd [Nadia Moore/Nerina], South African/British ballerina
  • 1933 Georgia Brown [Lilian Klot], British cabaret stage, and screen singer and actress (Oliver!; Shoulder To Shoulder), born in East End of London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1935 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Bobby Few, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1935 Don Rader, American big band jazz trumpeter and arranger (Woody Herman; Maynard Ferguson; Count Basie; Les Brown), born in Rochester, Pennsylvania
  • 1937 Norman Wright, American doo-wop tenor vocalist (Del-Vikings - “Come Go With Me”) (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Manfred Mann [Michael Lubowitz], British, rocker ("Mighty Quinn"; "Blinded By The Light"), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa
  • 1941 Steve Cropper, American rock and soul guitarist (Booker T & MGs; The Blues Brothers), songwriter ("Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"), and producer (Otis Redding), born in Willow Springs, Missouri
  • 1942 Elvin Bishop, American blues-rock guitarist and songwriter ("Fooled Around and Fell in Love"), born in Glendale, California,
  • 1943 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Night Court - "Liz"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943 Ron Elliott, American guitarist and songwriter (The Beau Brummels - "Just A Little"), born in Healdsburg, California
  • 1945 Kathy Young, rocker (Thousand Stars in the Sky)
  • 1946 Lee Loughnane, American horn player and songwriter (Chicago), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois
  • 1946 Lux Interior [Erick Lee Purkhiser], American punk rock singer (The Cramps), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1946 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Tetsu Yamauchi, Japanese rock bass guitarist (Free; The Faces), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1949 Shulamit Ran, composer
  • 1951 Thom Panunzio, American audio engineer (Bruce Springsteen; The Roches; No Doubt), and record producer (Alice Cooper; Joan Jett; Iggy Pop)
  • 1952 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead, 1979-90), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Patti Davis [Patricia Ann Reagan], singer/actress/writer, Ronald and Nancy's daughter
  • 1953 Charlotte Caffey, American rock guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist (The Go-Go's - "We Got The Beat"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1953 Keith Green, American musician (d. 1982)
  • 1955 Eric Faulkner [Falconer], Scottish rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1955 Fred Hersch, American jazz pianist, composer, educator (New England Conservatory), and HIV/AIDS activist, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1955 Rich Mullins, American musician (d. 1997)
  • 1957 Julian Cope [Kevin Stapleton], British pop musician (Eve's Volcano), born in Deri, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1957 Steve Lukather, American rock singer, guitarist, arranger, producer (Toto - "Africa"; Ringo's All-Starr Band, 2012-21), born in San Fernando Valley, California
  • 1961 Dimitri Vassilakis, Greek jazz saxophonist, composer (Labyrinth), and educator, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1964 Jon Carin, American musician (Pink Floyd; The Who), born in New York, New York
  • 1970 Tony Mortimer, British pop singer and songwriter (East 17 - "Stay Another Dy"), born in Stepney, London
  • 1971 Astrella Leitch, Celeste rocker, Donovan's daughter
  • 1971 Nick Oliveri, American rock bassist and singer (Queens Of The Stone Age, 1998-2004), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Matthew Friedberger, American musician (The Fiery Furnaces)
  • 1973 Charlie Lowell, American Musician
  • 1973 Lera Auerbach, Russian-American pianist, composer, and poet, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1976 Josh Ritter, American singer-songwriter (Sermon On The Rocks), born in Moscow, Idaho
  • 1977 Matthew Ramsey, American country music songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist (Old Dominion -"Break Up With Him"; "Snapback"), born in Buchanan, Virginia
  • 1980 Brian Pittman, American Christian rock bassist (Relient K), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1983 Ninette Tayeb, Israeli singer
  • 1986 Christopher Uckermann, Mexican-Swedish actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1992 21 Savage [Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph], rapper, born in London, England
  • 1993 Kane Brown, American country music singer-songwriter (Experiment), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1995 Doja Cat [Amala Dlamini], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Hot Pink), born in Los Angeles, California