On This Day

Musicians Born on September 25

  • 1683 Jean-Philippe Rameau, French composer (Traite), baptized in Dijon, France (d. 1764)
  • 1741 Vaclav Pichl, Czech composer, born in Bechyně, Czech Republic (d. 1805)
  • 1765 Michał Ogiński, Polish politician, violinist, the balalaika player, and composer (Farewell to My Homeland), born in Guzów, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1833)
  • 1785 George Pinto [Sanders], British violin prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer,, born in Lambeth, South London (d. 1806)
  • 1830 Karl Klindworth, German pianist and conductor, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1862 Leon Boellmann, French organist and composer (Variations Symphoniques), born in Ensisheim, France (d. 1897)
  • 1879 Luís Costa, Portuguese composer, born in Monte de Fralães, Barcelos (d. 1960)
  • 1886 Jesús Guridi, Sapnish composer, born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer, born in Valls, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Jeno Takacs, Austrian composer, born in Cinfalva, Hungary (d. 2005)

Person of interestDmitri Shostakovich

1906 Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer (The Gadfly), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1975)

  • 1906 Jaroslav Ježek, Czechoslovakian composer, born in Prague (d. 1942)
  • 1907 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, born in Busum, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1908 Eugen Suchoň, Slovak composer, born in Pezinok, Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Lionel Henry Nowak, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Frederick Wilhelm Sternfeld, Austrian musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1994)

  • 1916 Tolia Nikiprowetzky, French composer, ethno-musicologist and broadcaster of Russian heritage, born in Feodosia, Crimea, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Colin Davis, English conductor (NY Met 1967-71), born in Weybridge, Surrey (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter (A Boy Named Sue; The Cover Of The Rolling Stone), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1932 Glenn Gould, Canadian classical pianist (Bach's Goldberg Variations) and broadcaster (Solitude Trilogy), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1982)
  • 1933 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Ian Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter (Ian & Sylvia), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1936 Juliet Prowse, actress and dancer (Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Booba [Roosevelt Melvin] Barnes, American blues guitarist, born in Longwood, Washington County, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Michael Gibbs, jazz composer (Mike Gibbs + 12 play Gil Evans), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1937 Thomas Kessler, Swiss composer, born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1939 "Sweet Joe" Russell, American a cappella singer (The Persuasions - Slip Sliding Away, born in Henderson, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1942 John Taylor, British jazz pianist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1942 Billy Mundi [also Tony Schnasse, born Antonio Salas], American session musician and drummer (The Mothers of Invention, Rhinoceros), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Jules [Gary] Alexander, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Association - "Cherish"), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1943 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit - "I Got A Line On You"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Eugenia Zukerman, American flutist and novelist (Deceptive Cadence), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1945 Onnie McIntyre, Scottish guitarist (Average White Band - "Pick Up The Pieces"), born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • 1945 Reynold Henry Weidenaar, American video artist and composer, born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 1947 John Fiddler, English rock vocalist and guitarist (British Lions), born in Darlaston, Wednesbury, England
  • 1951 Burleigh Drummond, American rocker (Ambrosia), born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1953 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon), born in London, England
  • 1955 Zucchero [Adelmo Fornaciari], Italian blues and rock singer-songwriter (Senza una Donna - Without a Woman), born in Roncocesi, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • 1955 Steven Severin {Bailey], British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees), born in Highgate, London, England
  • 1962 Chris Sheldon, British record producer (Foo Fighters, Pixies, Garbage), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1964 Maria Doyle Kennedy, Irish actress and singer, born in Clontarf, Ireland

Person of interestWill Smith

1968 Will Smith, American rapper ("Parents Just Don't Understand") and actor (Men in Black, Independence Day, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith
  • 1970 Dean Ween [Michael Melchiondo, Jr.], American guitarist (Ween; Moistboyz), born in New Hope, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Daniel Kessler, American musician (Interpol), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1975 Mariusz Duda, Polish rock bassist and singer (Riverside), born in Wegorzewo, Poland
  • 1980 T.I. [Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.], American rapper and actor (Bring Em Out, Dead and Gone), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 Shane Tutmarc, American songwriter and musician, born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestDonald Glover

1983 Donald Glover, American actor, singer and writer (Atlanta, Childish Gambino), born in Edwards Air Force Base, California

Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover