Composers in History (Part 70)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 6901 - 7,000 of 7,403

  • 1946-10-03 Tristan Keuris, Dutch composer (Sinfonia), born in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1946-10-12 Daryl Runswick, British composer, arranger, musician, producer and educator, born in Leicester, England
  • 1946-10-18 Howard Shore, Canadian film composer (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1946-10-21 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1946-10-25 Peter Lieberson, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1946-11-02 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (Sunnyata; Lou Salomé), born in Venice, Italy (d. 2001)
  • 1946-11-13 Martin Bresnick, American composer, The Bronx, New York
  • 1946-11-21 Jónas Tómasson, Icelandic composer, teacher, and conductor, born in Ísafjörður, Westfjords, Iceland
  • 1946-12-08 John Rubinstein, American stage and screen actor, and singer (Pippin; Family: Grumpy Old Men (The Musical)), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946-12-16 Benny Andersson, Swedish pop composer and musician (ABBA), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1946-12-24 Jan Akkerman, Dutch guitarist and composer (Focus-Can't Stand Noise), born in Amsterdam
  • 1947-01-04 Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • 1947-01-07 David Porcelijn, Dutch composer & conductor, born in Achtkarspelen, Netherlands
  • 1947-01-21 Michel Jonasz, French pop and jazz singer-songwriter, and composer, born in Drancy, France
  • 1947-01-30 Martin Christoph Redel, German composer, born in Detmold, Germany
  • 1947-01-31 Jim Nollman, American theatre composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1947-02-10 Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
  • 1947-02-15 John Adams, American composer (Nixon In China), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1947-02-25 Ryo Kawasaki, Japanese jazz fusion guitarist, composer, band leader, and synthesizer software programmer, born in Kōenji, Tokyo, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1947-02-26 Guy Klucevsek, American jazz and free-improv accordionist and composer, born in New York City
  • 1947-03-01 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor (Thicke of the Night; Growing Pains), and TV theme song composer (Doff'rent Strokes; The Facts Of Life), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1947-03-15 Stomu Yamash'ta, Japanese percussionist, keyboard player and traditional Japanese-progressive rock fusion composer (Go), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1947-03-17 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • 1947-03-22 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1989)
  • 1947-03-30 Marilyn Crispell, American jazz pianist and composer (Anthony Braxton Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947-04-04 Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1947-04-13 Thanos Mikroutsikos, Greek composer and politician, born in Patras, Greece
  • 1947-04-22 Barry Guy, English composer and double bass player, born in London
  • 1947-04-25 Bill Fontana, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1947-05-10 Jay Ferguson, American rocker (Spirit-"Thunder Island," "I Got A Line on You") and composer (theme for The Office), born in Burbank, California
  • 1947-05-24 Robert "Waddy" Wachtel, American session musician, composer and record producer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1947-05-27 Liana Alexandra, Romanian pianist and composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2011)
  • 1947-06-08 Joan La Barbara, American vocalist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947-06-15 Paul Patterson, British classical composer (Spiders), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
  • 1947-06-17 George S. Clinton, American composer and musician, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1947-06-17 Vlastimir Trajković, Serbian avant-garde composer, and educator, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (d. 2017)
  • 1947-06-18 Douglas Young, British composer, born in London, England
  • 1947-08-04 Klaus Schulze, German electronic music composer (Audentity), born in Berlin
  • 1947-08-20 James Pankow, American trombonist, arranger and composer (Chicago - "Make Me Smile"; "Colour My World"), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1947-08-23 Terje Rypdal, Norwegian jazz guitarist and composer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1947-08-23 Willy Russell, English playwright and composer (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita), born in Whiston, England
  • 1947-09-09 David Rosenboom, American composer and educator, born in Fairfield, Iowa
  • 1947-09-23 Don Grolnick, American jazz pianist, composer and session musician (Brecker Brothers; Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1947-10-22 Neil Burton Rolnick, composer
  • 1947-11-02 David Anthony Ahern, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • 1947-11-02 Hilary Tann, Welsh composer (Shakkei), and educator (Union College, 1980-present), born in Llwynypia, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1947-11-10 Glen Buxton, American guitarist (Alice Cooper) and composer, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1947-12-21 Paco de Lucía, Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer, born in Algeciras, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1947-12-27 Alan Bruce "Albhy" Galuten, American Grammy Award-winning record producer, composer, and arranger (Bee Gees), born in Hartsdale, New York
  • 1948-01-07 Rick Marotta, American session drummer (Carly Simon; Steely Dan; Warren Zevon), and composer, born in New York City
  • 1948-02-07 David Campbell, Canadian composer (worked with Adele, Justin Timberlake), born in Toronto
  • 1948-02-10 Conrad Cummings, American classical composer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1948-02-11 Vangelis Kordompoulis, Greek jazz pianist, composer, and music educator, born in Patras, Greece
  • 1948-03-01 Richard Festinger, American guitarist, pianist, and classical music composer (Between Thought and Thing; Le Pianiste), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1948-03-02 Larry Carlton, American jazz and rock session and touring guitarist (Crusaders; Joni Mitchell; Steely Dan), born in Torrance, California

Person of interestAndrew Lloyd Webber

1948-03-22 Andrew Lloyd Webber, British theatrical composer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Phantom of the Opera; Cats), born in London, England

  • 1948-04-15 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1948-04-15 Jan Krzywicki, American classical music composer, conductor, and educator born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-04-17 Jan Hammer, Czech-American composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1948-05-19 Tom Scott, American saxophonist and composer (L.A. Express, The Blues Brothers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948-05-29 Michael Berkeley, English composer, broadcaster and House of Lords member (Jayne Eyre opera), born in London, England
  • 1948-06-23 Nigel Osborne, British composer, teacher and music therapist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1948-07-03 Peter Ruzicka, German composer and conductor, born in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1948-07-14 Akua Dixon, American jazz cellist, arranger, composer, and educator, (Quartette Indigo), born in New York City
  • 1948-08-14 Terry Adams, American piano player and composer (NRBQ - Me And The Boys), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948-09-23 Tomas Ulrich, American classical, jazz and rock cellist and composer (Diller-Quaile String Quartet), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1948-09-24 Heinz Chur, German composer, born in Essen, Germany
  • 1948-10-06 Glenn Branca, avant-garde composer and guitarist, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-10-19 Chester "Chet" Biscardi, Italian-American composer, born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 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)
  • 1949-02-23 Barbara York, Canadian composer (A Butterfly in Time), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2020) 
  • 1949-02-24 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, born in Rome (d. 2014)
  • 1949-03-09 Kalevi Aho, Finnish composer, born in Forssa, Finland
  • 1949-03-27 Poul Ruders, Danish organist and composer (Four Compositions; Manhattan Abstraction), born in Ringsted, Denmark
  • 1949-04-02 Joseph "Joe" Vitale, American singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist (Roller Coaster Weekend), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1949-04-03 Daniel Catán, Mexican composer (Rappaccini's Daughter; Florencia en el Amazonas), born in Mexico City (d. 2011)
  • 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, British composer (The Dream of the Rood), born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England

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
  • 1949-08-24 Stephen Paulus, American composer (To Be Certain of the Dawn) and co-founder of the American Composer's Forum, born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1949-08-25 Fariborz Lachini, Iranian-Canadian composer, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1949-08-29 Peter Wiegold, British composer (Earth & Stars; Kafka's Wound), born in Ilford, Essex, England
  • 1949-09-21 Raimo Kangro, Estonian composer (Butterflies in the Stone), born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 2001)
  • 1949-09-30 Eleanor Alberga, Jamaican contemporary music composer, based in London (Arise, Athena!), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1949-10-07 Gabriel Yared, Lebanese-French film score composer (Betty Blue; The English Patient), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1949-10-17 Maurice Willis Wright, American classical composer (The Trojan Conflict) and educator (Temple University, 1980-present), born in Front Royal, Virginia
  • 1949-10-21 Shulamit Ran, composer

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