On This Day

Birthdays in Music on September 5

  • 1600 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, born in Spoleto (d. 1670) baptismal date
  • 1666 Gottfried Arnold, German theologist, historian and songwriter, born in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany (d. 1714)
  • 1694 František Václav Míča, Czech conductor and composer, born in Třebíč, Czech Republic (d. 1744)
  • 1734 Jean-Benjamin de La Borde, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1794)
  • 1735 Johann Christian Bach (English Bach), German composer, 11th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1782)
  • 1737 Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Beckmann, German composer, born in Celle, Germany (d. 1792)
  • 1791 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Golt Und Die Natur), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1864)
  • 1792 Alexis-Charles-Maximilien Thibault, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1853)
  • 1815 Karl Wilhelm, German composer, born in Schmalkalden, Germany (d. 1873)
  • 1848 Manuel Giro, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1916)
  • 1867 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist, born in Henniker, New Hampshire (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Otto Erich Deutsch, Austrian musicologist (Schubert-Brevier), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1967)
  • 1892 Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (Violinist Notebook 1933), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1898 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1951)
  • 1901 Mieczyslaw Kolinski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1906 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, born in Lenzburg (d. 1990)

  • 1907 Sunnyland Slim [Albert Luandrew], American blues pianist, born in Vance, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Joaquin Maria Nin-Culmell, Cuban-Spanish composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1912 John Cage, American composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1992)
  • 1914 Gail Kubik, American composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), born in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma (d. 1984)
  • 1920 Peter Racine Fricker, British composer, born in London (d. 1990)
  • 1924 Krystyna Moszumanska-Nazar, Polish composer, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2009)
  • 1933 Vincent McDermott, American composer, born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Carol Lawrence, American actress (West Side Story), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • 1935 Helen Gifford, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1936 Cornelius Boyson, American bassist, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1939 John Stewart, American rocker (Kingston Trio-Fire in the Wind), born in San Diego, California
  • 1940 Lewis Spratlan, American composer, born in Miami, Florida

Person of interestRaquel Welch

1940 Raquel Welch, American actress and singer (Myra Breckenridge, 1,000,000 BC, 100 Rifles), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
  • 1942 Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor (Improvisaciones), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American rocker (Impalas), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Al Stewart, Scottish rocker (Year of the Cat), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestFreddie Mercury

1946 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen), born in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (d. 1991)

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury
  • 1946 Loudon Wainwright III, American vocalist (April Fool's Day Morn), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1947 Buddy Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1949 David "Clem" Clempson, English rocker (Humble Pie), born in Tamworth, Staffordshire
  • 1951 Jamie Oldaker, American musician (461 Oceans Boulevard), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1953 Paulie Carmen, American rock vocalist (Champaign), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1956 Roine Stolt, Swedish guitarist (The Flower Kings), born in Uppsala, Sweden
  • 1958 Lars Danielsson, Swedish musician (Summerwind), born in Gothenburg
  • 1961 Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian pianist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1968 Brad Wilk, American musician (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1969 Dweezil Zappa, American rock guitarist and son of Frank Zappa, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1970 Liam Lynch, American musician (Sifl and Olly), born in Petersburg, Virginia
  • 1973 Paddy Considine, English actor and musician, born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • 1975 Jamie Spaniolo, American horrorcore rapper, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1977 Alexey Harkov, Russian bassist (Kipelov, Sergey Mavrin), born in Khimki, Moscow
  • 1982 Sondre Lerche, Norwegian musician, born in Bergen, Norway