On This Day

Birthdays in Music on October 4

  • 1528 Francisco Guerrero, Spanish composer, born in Seville [exact day of birth unconfirmed] (d. 1599)
  • 1744 Domenico Corri, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1825)
  • 1749 Jean-Louis Duport, French cellist and composer, born in France (d. 1819)
  • 1762 Tommaso Sogner, Italian composer, born in Villa S Pedro Pescador, Gerona (d. 1821)
  • 1772 François-Louis Perne, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1832)
  • 1840 Charles Lenepveu, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1910)
  • 1841 Stephen Albert Emery, American composer and pianist, born in Paris, Maine (d. 1891)
  • 1857 Henry Schoenfeld, American composer, born in Milwaukee (d. 1936)
  • 1861 João Marcellino Arroyo, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1930)
  • 1905 Leon Orthel, Dutch composer, born in Roosendaal (d. 1985)
  • 1905 René Defossez, Belgian composer, born in Spa, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, born in Thorigny-sur-Marne, France (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Alfonso Letelier (-Llona), Chilean composer and educator (El Hombre ante la Ciencia - (Man Before Science)), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Albert de Klerk, Dutch organist, composer, and conductor, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • 1928 Torben Ulrich, Danish tennis player, musician, writer, filmmaker and father of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1929 Leroy Van Dyke, American country singer (Walk on By), born in Mora, Missouri

  • 1930 József Soproni, Hungarian composer and educator, born in Sopron
  • 1944 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Marlena Davis, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"; "South Street"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1945 Clifton Davis, American actor (That's My Mama; Amen) and singer-songwriter ("Never Can Say Goodbye"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Julien Clerc, French singer
  • 1947 Frank "Skip" Konte, American rock keyboardist (Blues Image - "Ride Captain Ride"; Three Dog Night, 1973-76), born in Canon City, Oklahoma
  • 1947 Jim Fielder, American bassist, (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1952 Jody Stephens, American rock drummer (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennesee
  • 1953 Gil "The Bird" Moore, Canadian rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953 Andreas Vollenweider, Swiss new-age harpist (Down to the Moon), born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1957 Russell Simmons, American Music magnate (Def Jam), born in Queens, New York
  • 1958 Barbara K [Kooyman-MacDonald], American singer-songwriter (Timbuk 3 - "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1959 Chris Lowe, English rock keyboardist (One Under The Eight, Pet Shop Boys), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1960 Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, American country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1960 Malcolm Burn, Canadian musician and record producer (Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl), born in Cornwall, Ontario
  • 1961 John Secada, Cuban American singer-songwriter, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1962 Aldo Sprenger, Dutch pop guitarist (Kong-Phlegm)
  • 1965 [Fred] "Skip" Heller, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1971 Friderika Bayer, Hungarian singer
  • 1981 Juka, Japanese singer
  • 1984 Lena Katina, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)
  • 1986 Yuridia, Mexican singer
  • 1988 Melissa Benoist, American actress and singer (Glee, Supergirl), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • 1989 Lil Mama [Niatia Jessica Kirkland], American rapper (VYP: Voice of the Young People), born in NYC, New York