Musicians Born on September 23

  • 1591 Michael Lohr, German composer, born in Marienberg, Saxony (now Germany) (d. 1654)
  • 1642 Giovanni Maria Bononcini, Italian composer and violinist, born in Modena, Duchy of Modena and Reggio (now Italy) (d. 1678)
  • 1684 Johann Theodor Römhild, German organist and composer, born in Salzungen, Thuringia, Saxony (now Germany) (d. 1756)
  • 1703 Jean-Marie Leclair le cadet (the younger), French composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1777)
  • 1782 Jacques-Fereol Mazas, French violinist, composer, and conductor, born in Lavaur, France (d. 1849)
  • 1817 Léon Kreutzer, French composer and music critic, born in Paris France (d. 1868)
  • 1842 Karl Munzinger, composer
  • 1849 Mikhail Ivanov, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1927)
  • 1866 Edouard Combe, composer
  • 1870 John Lomax, American folk song collector and ethnomusicologist (American Folklore Society), and educator, born in Goodman, Mississippi (d. 1948)
  • 1890 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1899 William Levi Dawson, composer
  • 1905 Jeno Kenessey, composer
  • 1906 Willard F McMurry, musician
  • 1907 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/President of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • 1910 Soulima Stravinsky, Swiss-American pianist, composer, and son of Igor Stravinsky, born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Alexey Davidovich Machavariani, composer
  • 1914 Norman Cazden, American composer, educator, and music theorist, born in New York City (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Finn Arnestad, composer
  • 1920 Alexander Arutiunian, composer, (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, born in Smilkov (d. 1986)

John Coltrane

1926 John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer (Blue Train), born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 1967)

  • 1928 Robert Helps, composer
  • 1929 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster
  • 1930 Irene Reid, American jazz singer ("I Must Be Doing Something Right"), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2008)

Ray Charles

1930 Ray Charles [Robinson], American singer and pianist who pioneered soul music ("Georgia On My Mind"; "Mess Around"; "Hit The Road, Jack"), born in Albany, Georgia (d. 2004)

  • 1935 Pierre Marietan, composer
  • 1939 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, born in Ozark, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • 1940 Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iranian classical singer, born in Mashhad, Iran (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington D. C. (d. 2002)
  • 1942 Daniel Perlongo, American classical music composer, and educator, born in Gaastra, Michigan
  • 1942 Jeremy Steig, American jazz flutist ("Howlin' for Judy"; "Wayfaring Stranger"), born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer (Of All the Girls I Loved Before)
  • 1943 Steve Boone, American rock bassist and vocalist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe In Magic"), born in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
  • 1943 Wallace "Scotty" Scott, American R&B singer (The Whispers - "And the Beat Goes On"; "Rock Steady"), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1943 Walter Scott, American R&B singer (The Whispers - "And the Beat Goes On"; "Rock Steady"), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1946 Aubrey "Po" Powell, British co-founder of album cover design company "Hipgnosis" (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Yes), born in Sussex, England
  • 1947 Christian Escoudé, French Gypsy jazz guitarist, born in Angoulême, France
  • 1947 Don Grolnick, American jazz pianist, composer and session musician (Brecker Brothers; Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Mary Kay Place, American actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Loretta"), and country singer ("Baby Boy"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1947 Neal Smith, American musician and drummer for rock group "Alice Cooper", born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1948 "Dangerous" Dan Toler, American rock guitarist (Dickey Betts; Allman Brothers), born in Connersville, Indiana (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Tomas Ulrich, American classical, jazz and rock cellist and composer (Diller-Quaile String Quartet), born in Columbus, Ohio

Bruce Springsteen

1949 Bruce Springsteen, American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter and rock musician, known as "The Boss" (Born to Run; Born in the USA), born in Long Branch, New Jersey

  • 1952 Rolf Smedvig, American classical trumpet player (Boston Symphony, 1971-81; Empire Brass, 1972-2015), and educator (Boston University), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2015)
  • 1956 June Forester, American country singer (Forester Sister - "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes"; "Men"), born in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
  • 1957 Kumar Sanu, Indian playback singer
  • 1958 Danielle Dax, British avant-garde rock musician, producer and album art designer, born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1959 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), born in the US (d. 2004)
  • 1960 John Rocca, English funk singer (Southern Freeze), born in London
  • 1964 Koshi Inaba, Japanese singer (B'z)
  • 1969 Patrick Fiori [Patrick Jean-François Chouchayan] French pop-rock singer-songwriter of Armenian descent, born in Marseille
  • 1970 Ani DiFranco, American alt-folk-pop singer songwriter and founder of Righteous Babe Records, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1972 Jermaine Dupri, record producer & rapper (Grammy - We Belong Together), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1973 Ingrid Fliter, Argentinian concert pianist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1975 Layzie Bone [Steven Howse], American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1977 Rachael Yamagata, American singer-songwriter and piano player, born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1977 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (Studio El Fan), born in Beirut, Lebanon (d. 2008)
  • 1979 Red, rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Natalie Horler, English-German singer (Cascada - "Evacute The Dancefloor"), born in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
  • 1984 Louie Stephens, American rock keyboard player and singer (Rooney)
  • 1985 Maki Goto, Japanese pop singer, born in Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1995 Aimi Kobayashi, Japanese concert pianist, born in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan