On This Day

Birthdays in Music on September 18

  • 1587 Francesca Caccini, Italian composer and singer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1641)
  • 1636 Pietro Sanmartini, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1701)
  • 1684 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer and musicologist, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1748)
  • 1752 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, born in Rheinfelden, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1828)
  • 1765 Oliver Holden, American composer, born in Shirley, Massachusetts (d. 1844)
  • 1772 Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, French musician and composer, born in Dreux, France (d. 1839)
  • 1860 Alberto Franchetti, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1942)
  • 1877 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest and songwriter (Under the Snow), born in Broechem, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Lord Berners [Gerald Tyrwhitt], English composer (1st Childhood), born in Apley Hall, Shropshire (d. 1950)
  • 1884 Ludomir Różycki, Polish composer and conductor (Eros i Psyche; Pan Twardowski), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1953)
  • 1885 Muslim Magomayev, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer, born in Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia (d. 1937)
  • 1890 Vladimír Ambros, Czech composer, born in Prostějov, Czech Republic (d. 1956)
  • 1893 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Jamaican Rumba), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1960)
  • 1897 Pablo Sorozábal, Spanish composer, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1988)
  • 1904 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Carmen), born in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1989) [N.S. Oct 1]
  • 1905 Agnes De Mille, American dancer and choreographer (Oklahoma), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)

  • 1910 Josef Tal, Israeli composer (Israeli art music), born in Pinne, German Poland (d. 2008)
  • 1910 Leon Stein, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Ande Anderson, English opera director, born in South Shields (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Ray Steadman-Allen, British choral and brass band composer, born in Salvation Army 'Mother's Hospital', Clapton, England (d. 2014)
  • 1922 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Louis Myers, American blues guitarist and harmonica player, born in Byhalia, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1933 (James Frederick) "Jimmie" Rodgers, American pop singer and guitarist ("Honey Comb" ; “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again”), born in Camas, Washington (d. 2021)
  • 1933 Manfred Niehaus, German composer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Norman Dinerstein, American composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1939 Naresh Sohal, Indian composer, born in Punjab, India
  • 1940 Frankie Avalon [Francis Avallone], American actor and singer (Beach Party, Venus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Hafliði Hallgrímsson, Icelandic composer, born in Akureyri, Iceland
  • 1943 Michael Vetter, German composer, born in Oberstdorf, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Michael Franks, American jazz singer and songwriter, born in La Jolla, California
  • 1944 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress, born in Chipiona, Spain (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Hans Vermeulen, Dutch singer and guitarist (Sandy Coast), born in Voorburg, Netherlands (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Kerry Livgren, American rock guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1950 Carl Verbraeken, Belgian composer, born in Wilrijk, Belgium
  • 1951 Dee Dee Ramone [Douglas Colvin], rock bassist (Ramones), born in Fort Lee, Virginia (d. 2002)

  • 1953 Gerald Custer, American choral conductor and composer (I Kiss My Hand to the Stars), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1961 Martin "Frosty" Beedle, British session and touring drummer (Cutting Crew -"(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight"), born in North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, England
  • 1962 Joanne Catherall, English rock vocalist (Human League), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1963 John Powell, British film score composer, based in America (Happy Feet; Bourne films), born in London
  • 1964 Marco Masini, Italian singer and songwriter, born in Florence, Italy
  • 1964 Luca Belcastro, Italian classical music composer, born in Como, Italy
  • 1966 Ian "Spike" Spice, English guitarist (IBreathe, Flash Cadillac) (d. 2000)
  • 1967 Ricky Bell, American rock vocalist (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Cappadonna [Darryl Hill], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1969 Johanna Doderer, Austrian composer, born in Bregenz, Austria
  • 1971 Anna Netrebko, Russian opera singer, born in Krasnodar, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1973 Ami Onuki, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1974 Xzibit [Alvin Nathaniel Joiner], American rapper and actor (At the Speed of Life, Pimp My Ride), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1977 Barrett Foa, American actor and singer (NCIS LA), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1980 Charles Hedger, British musician (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1984 Dizzee Rascal [Dylan Kwabena Mills], English rapper (Boy in da Corner), born in London, England
  • 1987 Jinkx Monsoon [Jerick Hoffer], American drag queen, actor and singer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 winner), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1988 Lukas Forchhammer, Danish singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Lukas Graham - "7 Years"), born in Freetown Christiania, Denmark