On This Day

Musicians Born 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
  • 1798 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas)
  • 1801 Adolf Muller, composer
  • 1802 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, German violinist and composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1869)
  • 1835 Felix Draeseke, German composer (Christus. Mysterium in a Prelude and Three Oratorios), born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1913)
  • 1870 "Uncle" Dave Macon, American vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, born in Smartt Station, Tennessee (d. 1952)
  • 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, Polish violinist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1922 Martha Stewart [Haworth], American singer and actress (Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face), born in Bardwell, Kentucky
  • 1926 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, born in Prague (d. 1978)
  • 1926 Marcello Abbado, pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1927 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American singer and actor (Here in My Heart, The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Amiri Baraka, American writer (Black Music), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Charles Dutoit, Swiss conductor, born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1939 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1941 Martin Murray, English rocker (Honeycombs), born in London, England
  • 1941 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • 1941 Enrique Antonio "Tony" Silvester, Panamanian-American R&B singer-songwriter (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), born in Panama (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Judee Sill, American singer-songwriter (Crayon Angels: Jesus Was A Cross Maker), born in Studio City, California (d. 1979) [1]
  • 1945 Kevin Godley, English rock drummer, vocalist, and producer (10cc - "I'm Not On Love"), born in Manchester, England

  • 1946 Bernard Lavilliers, French singer, born in Saint-Étienne, France
  • 1947 Philip Malcolm "Pip" Williams, British record producer and arranger (Status Quo; Moody Blues), born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England
  • 1949 Dave Hope, American rock bassist and retired priest (Kansas - "Dust In The Wind"), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1949 Kieran Kane, American singer (O'Kanes-Daddies Need to Grow Up Too), born in Queens, New York
  • 1949 Gabriel Yared, Lebanese-French film score composer (Betty Blue; The English Patient), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1951 Táta Vega [Carmen Rosa Vega], American vocalist (Color Purple soundtrack), born in Queens, Long Island
  • 1951 John "Cougar" Mellencamp, American musician (Jack & Diane) & actor (Falling From Grace), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • 1953 Tico Torres, American rock drummer (Bon Jovi-Always), born in New York
  • 1954 Kenneth Atchley, American composer
  • 1955 Yo-Yo Ma, Chinese-American cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Paris, France
  • 1956 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer (Paper Airplane), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1960 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer, born in Takasaki, Japan
  • 1960 Viktor Lazlo, Belgian singer, born in Lorient, France
  • 1961 Brian Mannix, Australian rock singer (Uncanny X-men - "How Do You Get Your Kicks?"), and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1964 Sam Brown, English singer & songwriter (Stop!), born in Stratford, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer (3:10 To Yuma; The Hurt Locker; Logan), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1967 Toni Braxton, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Un-Break My Heart"), born in Severn, Maryland
  • 1967 Luke Haines, English musician (The Auteurs; Black Box Recorder), born in Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead (Creep; Paranoid Android), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  • 1969 Javier Álvarez, Spanish singer-songwriter, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1971 Daniel Boucher, Québécois musician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974 Charlotte Nilsson, Swedish singer, born in Hovmantorp, Sweden
  • 1975 Damian Kulash, American musician (OK Go), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 Tim Minchin, Australian comedian and musician, born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Taylor Hicks, American musician, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1978 Alesha Dixon, British pop singer (Mis-Teeq), born in Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Li Yundi, Chinese classical pianist, born in Chongqing, China
  • 1984 Ikuta Toma, Japanese singer & actor, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1988 Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley), born in The Woodlands, Texas
  • 1996 Lewis Capaldi, Scottish singer-songwriter (Someone You Loved), born in Glasgow, Scotland