Birthdays in Music on October 26

  • 1483 Hans Buchner, German composer, born in Ravensburg (d. 1538)
  • 1685 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1757)
  • 1694 Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1758)
  • 1719 Joaquín Martínez de Oxinagas, composer, born in Bilbao, Basque Country (d. 1789)
  • 1740 Ernest Louis Muller, composer
  • 1758 Louis-Charles-Joseph Rey, French classical cellist and composer, born in Lauzerte, France (d. 1811)
  • 1789 Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1863)
  • 1795 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Italian-Greek composer, born in Corfu Island, Greece (d. 1972)
  • 1813 Henry Smart, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1879)
  • 1818 Stefano Golinelli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1891)
  • 1830 Polibo Fumagalli, Italian composer, born in Inzago, Italy (d. 1900)
  • 1845 Hendrik Waelput, Flemish composer and conductor (Forest, Stella), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1885)
  • 1859 Arthur Friedheim, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1932)
  • 1864 Joseph Moorat, British composer (Prunella); (d. 1938)
  • 1871 Hermann Löhr, British composer, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1943)
  • 1886 Gustav Hermann Unger, German composer, born in Kamenz, Germany (d. 1958)

  • 1898 Beryl Rubinstein, American pianist and composer, born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1952)
  • 1907 Giovanni Salviucci, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1937)

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1911 Mahalia Jackson, American gospel singer (Whole World in his Hands), born in New Orleans, Louisianal; (d. 1972)

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  • 1915 Golfredo Corradetti, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Calgary, Alberta; (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Hans Peter Haller, German composer, born in Radolfzell, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1934 Hans-Joachim Rödelius, German composer and musician (Cluster, Harmonia), born in Berlin
  • 1936 Bruce Belland, singer (Tim Conway Hour), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942 Dietmar Polaczek, Austrian composer and writer, born in Bendsburg, Upper Silesia (now Będzin, Poland)
  • 1944 Mike Piano, American rocker (Sandpipers), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1946 Keith Hopwood, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), born in Davyhulme, Manchester, England
  • 1951 [William] Bootsy Collins, guitarist and singer (Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1951 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (Roches), born in Park Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • 1952 Andy Richards, British-Australian pianist and composer (Relax, Careless Whisper), born in London, England
  • 1953 Julian Keith Strickland, drummer (B-52's-Rock Lobster), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1956 Rita Wilson, American actress and singer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Natalie Merchant, American singer and songwriter (10,000 Maniacs), born in Jamestown, New York
  • 1965 Aaron Kwok Fu-Shing, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1966 Masaharu Iwata, Japanese composer
  • 1967 Keith Urban, New Zealand singer
  • 1971 Anthony Rapp, American singer and actor, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1974 LISA, Japanese musician
  • 1978 Mark Barry, English musician (BBMak)
  • 1981 Guy Sebastian, Australian singer
  • 1984 Amanda Overmyer, American Singer, American Idol (season 7)