On This Day

Birthdays in Music on September 2

  • 1661 Georg Bohm, German organist/composer
  • 1716 Johann Trier, German composer, born in Themar, Thuringia
  • 1750 Pehr Frigel, Swedish composer, born in Kalmar (d. 1842)
  • 1862 Franjo Krežma, Croatian violinist (d. 1881)
  • 1892 Felix Wolfes, composer
  • 1910 Bruce Boyce, singer/teacher
  • 1911 René Amengual, Chilean pianist, composer and educator, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1954)
  • 1914 Lawrence "Booker T." Laury, American boogie-woogie and blues pianist and singer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Dai-Keong Lee, composer
  • 1915 Hans Joachim Koellreutter, composer
  • 1917 Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian classical, jazz and Latin guitarist and composer (developed bossa nova), born in Prainha, São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), born in Haskell County, Teaxs (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Marge Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1925 Hugo Montenegro, American composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
  • 1927 Tzvi Avni, Israeli classical composer (Meditations On A Drama), born in Saarbrücken, Germany

  • 1928 Miloslav Istvan, composer
  • 1930 Andrey Pavlovich Petrov, composer
  • 1932 Walter Davis Jr., American hard bop pianist (Davis Cup, Illumination), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1934 Michael Sahl, composer
  • 1936 David Leonard Blake, composer
  • 1939 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1940 Jimmy Clanton, Baton Rogue, La, rock vocalist (Just a Dream)
  • 1940 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist
  • 1943 Joe Simon, American singer (Power of Love)
  • 1943 Rosalind Ashford, American rock vocalist (Martha Reeve & Vandellas - "Heat Wave"; "Dancing In The Street"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Richard Coughlan, English drummer and percussionist (Caravan), (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Linda "Tui" Tillery, American singer-songwriter (The Loading Zone), born in San Francisco
  • 1949 Albert West[laken], Dutch singer (Dumb Willie)
  • 1950 Michael Rother, German musician (Neu!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster), born in Hamburg, West Germany
  • 1951 Mike Kaminski, English musician (ELO), born in Harrogate
  • 1953 John Zorn, American jazz and avant garde musician and composer, born in New York City
  • 1957 Steve Porcaro, rock keyboards/vocalist (Toto-Roseanna, Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Esther Oosterbeek, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)

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1964 Keanu Reeves, Canadian actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Matrix), born in Beirut, Lebanon

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  • 1966 Dino Cazares, American heavy metal guitarist (FearFactor), born in El Centro, California
  • 1969 Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey, American singer
  • 1971 Katt [Micah Sierra] Williams, American comedian, actor, rapper, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1976 Phil Lipscomb, American musician (Taproot)
  • 1977 Ramiro Muñoz, Colombian musician
  • 1977 Sam Rivers, American rock bassist (Limp Bizkit), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1984 Jack Peñate, English singer and musician (Matinée), born in London, England
  • 1987 Spencer Smith, American rock drummer (Panic! at the Disco), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1989 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (d. 2008)