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Birthdays in Music on October 5

  • 1590 Johann Schop, German composer and violinist, born in Niedersachsen, Germany (d. 1667) (dates disputed)
  • 1684 Johann Jacob de Neufville, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1712)
  • 1722 Gregorio Sciroli, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1781)
  • 1743 Giuseppe Gazzaniga, Italian composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1818)
  • 1758 Thomas Greatorex, English composer, born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (d. 1831)
  • 1817 Eduard Franck, German composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1893)
  • 1822 Hans Hampel, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1884)
  • 1840 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer and tenor, born in Cerknica (d. 1917)
  • 1875 Cyril Rootham, English composer, born in Redland, Bristol (d. 1938)
  • 1879 Halfdan Cleve [née Klewe], Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1951)
  • 1883 Charles Maduro, Antillean composer, born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Bolesław Woytowicz, Polish pianist and composer, born in Dunaivtsi, Ukraine (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Mrs. Miller [Elva Ruby Connes], American singer (A Lover's Concerto), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Glynis Johns, British actress (Mary Poppins, A Little Night Music, The Sundowners), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1926 Gottfried Michael Koenig, German-Dutch composer, born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1927 John W. Downey, American composer, born in Chicago (d. 2004)

  • 1935 Arlene Saunders, American soprano, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1936 Annerose Schmidt, East German pianist, born in Wittenberg, Germany
  • 1938 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress, born in Soulac-sur-Mer, Gironde France
  • 1942 Richard Street, American R&B musician (The Temptations), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Steve Miller, American rocker (Abracadabra, Space Cowboy), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1945 Brian Connolly, Scottish singer (Sweet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1945 Geoff Leigh, English musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1946 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), born in Wyoming (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Brian Johnson, English singer-songwriter (AC/DC), born in Dunston, Gateshead
  • 1948 Delroy Wilson, Jamaican singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1948 Lucius "Tawl" Ross, American pop guitarist (Funkadelic-One Nation Under a Groove), born in Wagram, North Carolina
  • 1948 Russell Mael, American singer, engineer and director (Sparks), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1949 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1950 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), born in Twickenham, London (d. 2018)

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1951 Bob Geldof, Irish singer (The Boomtown Rats) and activist (Live Aid), born in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • 1953 Sandra "Puma" Jones, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1955 Leo Barnes, Irish saxophonist (Hothouse Flowers-I'm Sorry, Don't Go)
  • 1957 Lee "Kix" Thompson, saxophonist (Madness-Baggy Trousers)
  • 1959 Troy Luccketta, American rock drummer (Tesla-Psychotic Supper), born in Lodi, California
  • 1961 Sharon Cheslow, American musician, composer and artist
  • 1962 Ken Noda, American pianist (Rivalry), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Audie Pitre, bass guitarist (d. 1996)
  • 1970 South Park Mexican, American rapper
  • 1970 Tord Gustavsen, Norwegian jazz pianist and composer (Tord Gustavsen Trio), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1974 Heather Headley, Trinidadian singer
  • 1974 Colin Meloy, American singer (The Decemberists)
  • 1978 James Valentine, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • 1980 Paul Thomas, American bassist (Good Charlotte)
  • 1981 Kelvin Tan Wei Lian, Singaporean singer
  • 1985 Nicola Roberts, English singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 1988 Bahar Kızıl, German Singer (Monrose)