Musicians Born 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, Polish composer and flautist, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1811)
  • 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. 1872)
  • 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)
  • 1869 August Halm, German composer, born in Vellberg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • 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)

Mahalia JacksonMahalia Jackson (1911-1972)

American gospel singer ("Whole World In His Hands"), born in New Orleans, Louisianal;

  • 1914 Alexander "Sasha" Argov [Abramovich], Israeli composer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Claude Jeter, American gospel music singer (The Swan Silvertones), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 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
  • 1934 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, born in Angers, France (d. 2019)
  • 1936 Al Casey, American rock and session guitarist (Duane Eddy; The Wrecking Crew), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Bruce Belland, American singer (Tim Conway Hour), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942 Colin Loughnan, Australian rock and jazz saxophonist, vocalist, arranger, composer, and teacher (,Sydney Conservatorium of Music), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1942 Dietmar Polaczek, Austrian composer and writer, born in Bendsburg, Upper Silesia (now Będzin, Poland)
  • 1944 Kenneth Lee Ascher, American jazz pianist, composer ("Rainbow Connection"), and arranger (John Lennon), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944 Mike Piano, American rocker (Sandpipers), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1946 Keith Hopwood, British rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits - "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), born in Davyhulme, Manchester, England
  • 1947 Marilyn Middleton Pollock, American jazz and blues singer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (The Roches - "Hammond Song"), born in Park Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • 1951 [William] Bootsy Collins, American guitarist and singer (James Brown; Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1952 Andy Richards, British-Australian session and touring keyboard player ("Relax"; "Careless Whisper"), and producer, born in London, England
  • 1952 David Was [Weiss], American rock musician and producer (Was (Not Was) - "Walk The Dinosaur"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Julian Keith Strickland, American drummer (B-52's - "Rock Lobster"), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1955 Christine Brewer, American operatic soprano, born in Grand Tower, Illinois
  • 1956 Mike LeDonne, American jazz Hammond organist, pianist, and composer (Benny Golson; The Groover Quartet), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1956 Rita Wilson, American actress, singer, and film producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Bassam Saba, Lebanese violinist, oud, and nay player (New York Arabic Orchestra; Silk Road Ensemble), born in Tripoli, Lebanon (d. 2020)
  • 1962 Steve Wren, British pop-rock drummer (Then Jericho - "The Motive"), born in Lambeth, London, England
  • 1963 Natalie Merchant, American singer and songwriter (10,000 Maniacs - "These Are Days"; "Trouble Me"), born in Jamestown, New York
  • 1965 Aaron Kwok Fu-Shing, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1965 Sakari Oramo, Finnish conductor (City of Birmingham Symphony, 1998-2008; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, 2008-21; BBC Symphony, 2013-23), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1966 Masaharu Iwata, Japanese video game composer, born in Tokyo

Keith UrbanKeith Urban (55 years old)

1967 New Zealand-Australian Grammy, CMA, and ARIA Award-winning country music singer-songwriter ("Somebody Like You"; "The Fighter"), and television personality (American Idol; The Voice Australia), born in Whangarei, New Zealand

  • 1971 Anthony Rapp, American singer and actor, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1974 Lisa [Elizabeth Sakura Narita], Japanese musician (M-Flo), born in Tokyo
  • 1978 Mark Barry, British pop musician (BBMak - "Back Here"), born in Manchester, England

Guy SebastianGuy Sebastian (41 years old)

1981 Malaysian-born Australian pop and soul singer ("Angels Brought Me Here"'; "Battle Scars"), and television personality (The Voice Australia, 2019-), born in Klang, Malaysia

  • 1984 Amanda Overmyer, American singer (American Idol season 7 finalist), born in Mulberry, Indiana
  • 1986 Schoolboy Q [Quincy Hanley), American rap artist (Oxymoron), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany
  • 1996 Onutė Gražinytė, Lithuanian classical pianist, born in Vilnus, Lithuania