On This Day

Musicians Born on October 23

  • 1654 Johann Bernhard Staudt, Austrian Jesuit composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1712)
  • 1773 Pietro Generali, Italian composer, born in Masserano, Kingdom of Sardinia (d. 1832)
  • 1794 Joseph Panny, Austrian violinist and composer, born in Kollmitzberg, Austria (d. 1838)
  • 1801 (Gustav) Albert Lortzing, German Spieloper composer and actor (Zar und Zimmerman), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1851)
  • 1819 Isac Baker Woodbury, American composer, and musicologist (The Dulcimer: Or the New York Collection of Sacred Music), born in Beverly, Massachusetts, (d. 1858)
  • 1846 Alexander Arkhangelsky, Russian composer, born in Penza, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1851 Guillaume Couture, Canadian choir conductor, composer, and teacher, born In Montreal, Quebec (d. 1915)
  • 1869 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, born in Kralingen, Holland (d. 1945)
  • 1893 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Benedictions; Peau d'Ane), born in Bonsecours; (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Otmar Nussio, Swiss conductor and composer (Boccaccio Suite), born in Grossetto, Italy; (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Otto J. Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1955)
  • 1903 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Alexander Shamil'yevich Melik-Pashayev, Georgian conductor and composer (Bol’shoy Theatre, 1931-62), born in Tblisi (d. 1964)
  • 1906 Miriam Gideon, American composer, born in Greeley, Colorado (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), born in Aledo, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1921 Denise Duval, French soprano (music of Francis Poulenc), born in Paris (d. 2016)

  • 1923 Ned Rorem, composer and author (Sky Music), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1925 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer and conductor (Never on Sunday), born in Xanthi, Greece (d. 1994)
  • 1927 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1928 Alexander Tanev, Bulgarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Patrick Peter Sacco, American composer, born in Albion, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), born in Swindon, Wiltshire (d. 1984)
  • 1935 Jimmy Dale, British-Canadian pianist and orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Zbigniew Rudzinski, Polish composer (Mannequins), born in Czechowice, Poland
  • 1937 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Singers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Charlie Foxx, American soul songwriter, guitarist, and singer (Mockingbird), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1940 Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter (Da Doo Ron Ron, Leader of the Pack), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Kim Larsen, Danish rock singer (In the Middle of the Night), born in Copenhagen (d. 2018)
  • 1946 Gerda Lenten-Havertong, Surinam, Dutch singer/actress (Sesame St)
  • 1947 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Würzel [Michael Burston], British musician (Motörhead), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1950 Harry Sacksioni, Dutch guitarist (Around the Corner)
  • 1951 Charly García, Argentine singer
  • 1952 Pierre Moerlen, French rock-jazz fusion drummer and percussionist (Gong: Mike Oldfield), born in Colmar, France (d. 2005)
  • 1953 Pauline Black [Belinda Magnus], English ska singer (Selecter -"On My Radio"), born in Romford, East London
  • 1955 Toshio Hosokawa, Japanese composer (Circulating Ocean), born in Hiroshima
  • 1956 Dwight Yoakam, American country singer (Honky Tonk Man), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • 1958 Jonathan Wolff, American musician and TV theme composer (Seinfeld, Will & Grace), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestWeird Al Yankovic

1959 Weird Al Yankovic [Alfred Matthew], American parody singer (Eat It, UHF, Naked Gun), born in Downey, California

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1967 Dale Crover, American musician (Melvins, The Men of Porn, Altamont)
  • 1972 Richard McNamara, British guitarist, songwriter and producer (Embrace), born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1975 Jessicka [Jessica Fodera], American goth-rock, alt-pop singer-songwriter and artist, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1985 Miguel [Pimentel], American R&B singer (Kaleidoscope Dream), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1987 Faye [Hamlin], Swedish pop singer (Play), born in Stockholm
  • 1990 Stevie Brock, American pop singer, born in Dayton, Ohio