Birthdays in Music on October 7

  • 1698 Henri Madin, French composer, born in Verdun (d. 1748)
  • 1746 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1758 Paul Anton Wineberger, composer
  • 1774 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer
  • 1801 Adolf Muller, composer
  • 1802 Bernhard Molique, German violinist and composer
  • 1835 Felix Draeseke, composer
  • 1879 Joe Hill, Jevla Sweden, organizer (IWW)/songwriter (Union Scab)/martyr
  • 1879 Joseph Bovet, composer
  • 1880 Jaime Pahissa, composer
  • 1898 Alfred Wallenstein, conductor (Chic Symph 1922-29), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1901 Ralph Rainger, composer
  • 1902 Willemina J H "Mascha" ter Weene, dancer/ballerina
  • 1909 Shura Cherkassky, pianist
  • 1911 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • 1911 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1911 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer
  • 1914 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915 Roman Padlewski, composer
  • 1922 Martha Stewart, Bardwell Ky, singer/actress (Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face)
  • 1926 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, born in Prague (d. 1978)
  • 1926 Marcello Abbado, composer
  • 1927 Al Martino, singer (Here in My Heart)/actor (The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Charles Dutoit, Swiss conductor
  • 1939 Colin Cooper, rocker (Climax Blues Band)
  • 1940 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1941 Martin Murray, rocker (Honeycombs), born in London, England
  • 1941 Tony Sylvester, rocker (Main Ingredient)
  • 1941 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • 1944 Judee Sill, American musician (d. 1979)
  • 1945 Kevin Godley, rock vocalist (10cc), born in Manchester, England
  • 1946 Bernard Lavilliers, French singer
  • 1949 Dave Hope, rock bassist (Kansas)
  • 1949 Kieran Kane, singer (O'Kanes-Daddies Need to Grow Up Too), born in Queens, New York
  • 1951 Carmen R "Tata" Vega, US soul singer (Color Purple soundtrack)
  • 1951 John Cougar Mellencamp, American musician, actor (Jack & Diane), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • 1953 Tico Torres, rock drummer (Bon Jovi-Always)
  • 1954 Kenneth Atchley, American composer
  • 1955 Yo-Yo Ma, world famous cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Paris, France
  • 1957 Jayne Torvill, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean, Olympic gold 84), born in Nottingham
  • 1960 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer
  • 1960 Viktor Lazlo, Belgian singer
  • 1961 Brian Mannix, Australian singer and actor
  • 1964 Sam Brown, English singer/songwriter (Stop!)
  • 1966 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer
  • 1967 Toni Braxton, American singer
  • 1967 Luke Haines, English musician (The Auteurs, Black Box Recorder)
  • 1968 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead (Creep, Paranoid Android), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire,
  • 1969 Javier Álvarez, Spanish singer-songwriter
  • 1971 Daniel Boucher, Québécois musician
  • 1974 Charlotte Nilsson, Swedish singer
  • 1975 Damian Kulash, American musician (OK Go)
  • 1975 Tim Minchin, Australian comedian and musician
  • 1976 Taylor Hicks, American musician
  • 1978 Alesha Dixon, British pop singer (Mis-Teeq)
  • 1982 Li Yundi, Chinese classical pianist
  • 1984 Ikuta Toma, Japanese Singer/Actor
  • 1988 Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley)