On This Day

Birthdays in Music on September 17

  • 1605 Francesco Sacrati, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1650)
  • 1711 Ignaz Jakob Holzbauer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1783)
  • 1748 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d.1782)
  • 1767 Henri-Montan Berton, French composer (d. 1844)
  • 1795 Saverio Mercadante, Italian composer, born in Altamura, Bari, Italy (d. 1870)
  • 1814 Stefano Ronchetti-Molnteviti, Italian composer, born in Asti, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1882)
  • 1815 Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian composer (Brudefaerden i Hardanger), born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1868)
  • 1821 Arthur Saint-Leon, French composer and dancer, born in Paris (d. 1870)
  • 1849 Vaclav Juda Novotny, Czech composer and music critic, born in Vesce (d. 1922)
  • 1854 Hans Müller, German music historian and writer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1897)
  • 1859 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, born in Albany, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1875 Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Karatigin, composer (d. 1925)
  • 1877 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, born in Gien, Loire (d. 1930)
  • 1878 Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (Le donne de buon umore), born in Rome (d. 1950)
  • 1883 Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Bernes, British composer and novelist, born in Apley Hall, Shropshire (d. 1950)
  • 1884 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (White Peacock), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1920)

  • 1885 Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Soviet composer who composed the anthem used by Azerbaijan during the Soviet period, born in Agjabadi, Russian Empire (d. 1948)
  • 1890 Lubov Tchernicheva, Russian-British ballerina, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1976)
  • 1892 Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Ballade of Merel), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Jorge Urrutia Blondel, Chilean composer, born in La Serena, Chile (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Franz Grothe, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Jørgen Jersild, Danish composer (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Isang Yun, Korean-born German composer, born in Sancheong, Korea (d. 1995)

Person of interestHank Williams

1923 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin'), born in Mount Olive, Alabama (d. 1953)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1925 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Bill Black, band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1926 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Lalgudi Jayaraman, Indian Carnatic violinist and composer, born in Chennai, India (d. 2013)

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

1931 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress, director, screenwriter and singer (Graduate, Miracle Worker), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)

Actress Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
  • 1939 Joseph Mosikili, American-born South African broadway actor and singer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1939 Lamonte McLemore, American rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1939 Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter (Angel on My Shoulder, Cast Your Fate to the Wind), born in North Hollywood, California
  • 1950 Fee Waybill, Ohaha Neb, rocker (Tubes)
  • 1952 Steve Sanders, Richland Ga, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)
  • 1954 Joël-François Durand, French composer
  • 1958 Manfred Honeck, Austrian conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), born in Nenzing, Austria
  • 1961 Ty Tabor, American guitarist and singer (King's X), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • 1963 Steven Dye, English musician (Scarlet Party), (The Alan Parsons Project)
  • 1965 Guy Picciotto, American musician (Rites of Spring, Fugazi)
  • 1965 Bryan Singer, American director
  • 1968 Lord Jammer, rocker (Brand Nubian)
  • 1968 Anastacia, American singer

Person of interestKeith Flint

1969 Keith Flint, English singer, musician and dancer (Prodigy), born in London, England (d. 2019)

Singer and Dancer Keith Flint
Singer and Dancer
Keith Flint
  • 1974 Mirah, American musician
  • 1975 Constantine Maroulis, American singer
  • 1979 Chuck Comeau, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • 1981 Jonathan Radtke, American musician (Kill Hannah)
  • 1983 Jennifer Peña, American singer
  • 1985 Jon Walker, American musician (Panic at the Disco)