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, 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)
  • 1816 Anton de Kontski [Antoni Kątski], Polish-American pianist and composer (Awakening Of The Lion), born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1899) [some sources cite birth as 1817-10-27]
  • 1830 Karl Klindworth, German pianist and conductor, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1862 Léon Boëllmann, French organist and composer (Variations Symphoniques; Suite Gothique), born in Ensisheim, Alsace, France (d. 1897)
  • 1879 Luiz Costa, Portuguese pianist, and composer, born in Monte de Fralães, Barcelos, Portugal (d. 1960)
  • 1886 Jesús Guridi, Spanish composer, born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer (the Plague), born in Valls, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Jeno Takacs, Austrian composer, born in Cinfalva, Hungary (d. 2005)

Dmitri ShostakovichDmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Russian composer (The Gadfly; The Nose), born in St Petersburg, Russia

  • 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 organist and composer (Krútňava (The Whirlpool); Psalm of the Carpathian Lands; Kaleidoscope), and music educator, born in Pezinok, d Austro-Hungarian Empire (now 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, Russian-French composer, ethno-musicologist and broadcaster, born in Feodosia, Crimea, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1919 (Rossiere) "Shadow" Wilson, American jazz drummer (Thelonious Monk), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1923 Sam Rivers, American jazz and avant garde saxophonist, flutist, composer, and bandleader, born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Norman Ayrton, British actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Academy, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Pete Murray [James], British pop music BBC radio dj and television presenter, born in London, England
  • 1927 Sir Colin Davis, British conductor (Covent Garden, 1970-85; Bavarian Radio Symphony, 1983-93; London Symphony, 1995-2006), 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 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, born in Longwood, Washington County, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Juliet Prowse, South African-American actress and dancer (Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Michael Gibbs, British jazz composer, arranger, and band leader (Mike Gibbs + 12 play Gil Evans), born in Harare, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
  • 1937 Thomas Kessler, Swiss composer, and electronic music pioneer, 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 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)
  • 1942 John Taylor, British jazz pianist, born in Manchester, England (d. 2015)
  • 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, British rock vocalist and guitarist (British Lions), born in Darlaston, Wednesbury, England
  • 1947 Zekkariyas [Cecil Womack], American soul songwriter, singer, and record producer (Womack & Womack - "Teardrops"), Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1948 (Kathryn) "Kathi" McDonald, American blues and rock singer (Ike & Tina Turner Revue; Big Brother & The Holding Company), and songwriter, born in Anacortes, Washington (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Burleigh Drummond, American drummer and songwriter (Ambrosia -"Biggest Part of Me"; Tin Drum), born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1953 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon), born in London, England
  • 1955 Steven Severin {Bailey], British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees), born in Highgate, London, England
  • 1955 Zucchero [Adelmo Fornaciari], Italian blues and rock singer-songwriter ("Senza una Donna" - Without a Woman), born in Roncocesi, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • 1962 Chris Sheldon, British record producer (Foo Fighters; Pixies; Garbage), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1964 Maria Doyle Kennedy, Irish folk and rock singer (Mütter), and actress (The Tudors; Outlander), born in Clontarf, County Dublin, Ireland

Will SmithWill Smith (54 years old)

1968 American Grammy Award-winning rapper (DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Parents Just Don't Understand"), and actor (Men in Black, Independence Day; Hitch; Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 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

Donald GloverDonald Glover (39 years old)

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

  • 1985 Lucky Daye [David Brown], American singer-songwriter (Table for Two), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1992 Rosalía [Vila Tobella] Spanish flamenco-pop singer-songwriter (Con Altura), born in Barcelona, Spain