Composers in History (Part 68)

Events in Music

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 6701 - 6,800 of 7,000

  • 1948-08-14 Terry Adams, American piano player and composer (NRBQ - Me And The Boys), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948-09-24 Heinz Chur, German composer
  • 1948-10-06 Glenn Branca, avant-garde composer and guitarist, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-10-19 Chester Biscardi, composer
  • 1948-10-24 Paul and Barry Ryan, British composers and singers, born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • 1948-12-11 Stamatis Spanoudakis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1948-12-18 Laurent Voulzy, French singer and composer
  • 1949-01-01 Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer
  • 1949-01-12 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1949-02-06 Mike Batt, British director, actor, composer, and former Deputy Chairman (British Phonographic Industry), born in Southampton, England
  • 1949-02-15 Christopher Rouse, American composer (1993 Pulitzer Prize for Music), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1949-03-09 Kalevi Aho, Finnish composer, born in Forssa, Finland
  • 1949-04-02 Joseph "Joe" Vitale, American singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist (Roller Coaster Weekend), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1949-04-18 Andrew Powell, British composer, performer, and music producer (Donovan, Kate Bush- "The Kick Inside"), born in Surrey, England
  • 1949-05-01 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1949-06-03 Stephen Ruppenthal, composer
  • 1949-06-06 Edgar Warren Williams, American composer, born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1949-06-09 Francis Monkman, British film composer, musician and songwriter (Curved Air, Sky) born in Hampstead, North London
  • 1949-07-06 Michael Shrieve, American drummer, percussionist, and composer (Santana), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949-07-15 John Arthur Casken, composer

Person of interestAlan Menken

1949-07-22 Alan Menken, American Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars), born in New Rochelle, New York

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • 1949-08-20 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1988)
  • 1949-08-24 Stephen Harrison Paulus, American composer, born in Summit, New Jersey
  • 1949-08-25 Fariborz Lachini, Iranian-Canadian composer, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1949-08-29 Peter John Wiegold, English composer, born in Ilford, Essex
  • 1949-10-17 Maurice Willis Wright, composer
  • 1949-10-21 Shulamit Ran, composer
  • 1949-10-31 Odaline de la Martinez, Cuban-American composer, born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1949-11-06 Arturo Sandoval, Cuban-American jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Artemisa, Cuba
  • 1949-11-07 Steven Stucky, American composer (Los Angeles Philharmonic), born in Hutchinson, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • 1949-11-16 William Ackerman, American guitarist and composer, founder of Windham Hill Records, born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1949-11-28 Alexander Godunov, Russian composer/dancer (Bolshoi) defected 1979
  • 1949-12-19 Sebastian [Knud Torben Christensen], Danish musician and composer, born in Sønderborg, Denmark
  • 1949-12-24 Ray Colcord III, American film & television composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1950-01-03 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1950-02-28 Stephen Chatman, composer
  • 1950-03-26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future, Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950-03-30 Eugene Bowen, composer (Wonder's Edge)
  • 1950-04-26 L. Shankar [Lakshminarayana Shankar], Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer, born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1950-07-30 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1990)
  • 1950-10-24 Steven Greenberg, American composer and musician (Lipps Inc.), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1950-12-05 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine composer, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1950-12-06 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer and music director, born in Nakano, Nagano, Japan
  • 1950-12-24 Libbi Larsen, American composer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1951-01-08 Paul Dresher, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-01-20 Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor & composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1951-02-05 Elizabeth Swados, American composer & playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1951-03-03 Lindsay Cooper, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, News from Babel)
  • 1951-05-07 Carlos Alomar, Puerto Rican-American guitarist, composer, and arranger (David Bowie), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1951-06-09 James Newton Howard, American film composer (The Hunger Games; M. Night Shyamalan films), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-06-13 Liz Phillips, American composer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1951-06-20 Peter Gordon, composer
  • 1951-07-08 Pleas Ned Sublette, composer
  • 1951-08-01 Robin Heifetz, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-08-19 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine film composer
  • 1951-09-07 Mark Isham, American musician and film composer (The Hitcher), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-09-08 Nikos Karvelas, Greek composer and songwriter, born in Piraeus, Attica, Greece
  • 1951-09-27 Michel Rivard, Québécois singer and composer (Beau Dommage)
  • 1952-01-17 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and film composer (Academy Award 1988 for score to The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1952-01-27 Peter Garland, composer
  • 1952-02-28 William Finn, American composer
  • 1952-03-13 Wolfgang Rihm, German composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1952-03-17 Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • 1952-04-09 Magnar Åm, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim, Norway
  • 1952-05-05 Louis Cortelezzi, American rock and jazz saxophonist (Mink DeVille) and film composer (Pokemon), born in New Galilee, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-05-11 Renaud Séchan, French composer
  • 1952-06-12 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1952-07-01 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1952-07-05 Michael Don McNabb, composer
  • 1952-07-14 George Louis Francis Lewis, composer
  • 1952-07-19 Dominic Muldowney, English composer, born in Southampton, England
  • 1952-07-26 Jan Randall, Canadian film and TV composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-09-08 Andy M. Stewart, Scottish musician and composer (Silly Wizard), born in Alyth, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1952-09-19 Rhys Chatham, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1952-10-26 Andy Richards, British-Australian pianist and composer (Relax, Careless Whisper), born in London, England
  • 1952-12-23 Hans Abrahamsen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1952-12-30 Somtow Sucharitkul [S. P. Somtow], Thai composer and sci-fi author (Utopia Hunters), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1953-01-01 Kevin Hangon, composer
  • 1953-02-04 Kitarō, Japanese New Age composer (Thinking of You), born in Toyohashi, Japan
  • 1953-02-10 Carl Stone, American electronic composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953-02-14 Wayne Siegel, composer
  • 1953-02-14 Carmine Rojas, American composer, musical director and bass guitarist (David Bowie, Joe Bonamassa), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1953-04-06 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer
  • 1953-04-06 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1953-04-22 Juhani Komulainen, Finnish composer, mostly of choral music, born in Jämsänkoski, Finland
  • 1953-05-12 Phil Beer is an English multi-instrumentalist and composer (Show of Hands), born in Exminster, Devon
  • 1953-05-15 Mike Oldfield, British musician and composer (Tubular Bells) born in Reading, Berkshire

Person of interestDanny Elfman

1953-05-29 Danny Elfman, American composer (The Simspons Theme), born in Los Angeles, California

Composer Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman
  • 1953-08-14 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1953-09-07 Michael Byron, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953-09-14 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, born in Yancey Mills, Virginia (d. 1998)
  • 1953-09-25 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon), born in London, England
  • 1953-11-24 Tod Machover, composer
  • 1953-12-14 René Eespere, Soviet-born Estonian composer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1953-12-17 Ikue Mori, Japanese experimental drummer and composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1953-12-22 David Leisner, American composer
  • 1953-12-31 Michael Hedges, American new age guitarist and composer, born in Sacrament, California (d. 1997)
  • 1954-01-04 Eugene Chadbourne, American composer and musician
  • 1954-01-23 Richard Finch, American composer and musician (KC and the Sunshine Band-Give It), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1954-02-07 Dieter Bohlen German composer

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