On This Day

Composers in History (Part 72)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 7101 - 7,200 of 7,656

  • 1948-07-28 Eric Sweeney, Irish contemporary composer (The Green One), born in Dublin (d. 2020)
  • 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
  • 1948-09-28 Steven Gerber, American classical composer (Music in Dark Times), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2015)
  • 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
  • 1948-11-02 Dmitri Smirnov, Russian-British classical composer (Solo for Harp; The; Red Bells), and teacher, born in Minsk, USSR (now Belarus) (d. 2020)
  • 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 Grammy Award-winning composer (Trombone Concerto - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1993), and educator (Eastman School, 1981-2002; Juilliard, 1997-2017), 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; Sound And Simplicity), 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)
  • 1949-05-13 Piotr Moss, Polish-French contemporary classical composer, born in Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • 1949-05-18 Rick Wakeman, British session pianist (Cat Stevens; David Bowie), progressive rock keyboardist (Yes), and composer, born in London
  • 1949-05-18 Jim McNeely, American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger (Mel Lewis; Stan Getz; Phil Woods), and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949-05-28 Joseph Alfidi, American classical prodigy pianist, composer and conductor, born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1949-06-03 Stephen Ruppenthal, American trumpet player and composer (Kakao-Poetic Lippudenies of the Ungumptious), born
  • 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
  • 1949-07-11 Liona Boyd, Canadian classical and new-age guitarist, and composer of Spanish and English heritage, born in London, England
  • 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 8-time Academy Award-winning composer (Disney's Aladdin; Disney's Beauty and the Beast), born in New Rochelle, New York

Disney Composer Alan Menken
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Alan Menken
  • 1949-08-12 Mark Knopfler, British singer-songwriter, guitarist (Dire Straits - "Walk Of Life"; "Sultans Of Swing"), and film score composer (Local Hero; Princess Bride), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1949-08-20 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1988)
  • 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
  • 1949-10-13 Robert Sirota, American classical composer, born in New York, New York
  • 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
  • 1949-10-31 Odaline de la Martinez, Cuban-American composer, born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1949-11-01 David Foster, Canadian musician, composer, and record producer (Chicago, Celene Dion, Andrea Bocelli; "The Prayer"), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1949-11-05 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), born in Vlissingen, The Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 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, 1988-2009), 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
  • 1949-11-21 Judith Shatin, American contemporary classical and electronic composer (Hark My Love; Ice Becomes Water), and educator (University of Virginia)
  • 1949-11-28 Alexander Godunov, Russian composer/dancer (Bolshoi) defected 1979
  • 1949-12-05 Enrico Pieranunzi, Italian classically trained jazz pianist, and composer, born in Rome, Italy
  • 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)
  • 1949-12-26 George Winston, American pop-instrumental pianist and composer (Autumn; December; Winter Into Spring), born in Hart, Michigan
  • 1950-01-03 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1950-01-03 Olivier Greif, French classical composer (Lettres de Westerbork), born in Paris (d. 2000)
  • 1950-02-12 Steve Hackett, British progressive rock guitarist, and composer (Genesis, 1971-77; GTR), born in Pimilco, London, England
  • 1950-02-28 Stephen Chatman, American-Canadian composer (Choir Practice), and educator (University of British Columbia, 1976-present), born in Faribault, Minnesota
  • 1950-03-25 Chuck Greenberg, American jazz and new age saxophonist, composer, and producer (Shadowfax), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1950-03-26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future; Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950-03-27 Tony Banks, British progressive rock keyboardist (Genesis - "Supper's Ready"), and film score and classical composer, born in East Hoathly, Sussex, England
  • 1950-03-30 Eugene Bowen, composer (Wonder's Edge)
  • 1950-04-26 (Lakshminarayana) "L." Shankar, Indian rock, jazz and Indian classical violinist, singer and composer (Shakti; Frank Zappa; Peter Gabriel), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1950-07-26 Duncan Mackay, British composer and keyboard player, born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England
  • 1950-07-30 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1990)
  • 1950-09-18 Carl Verbraeken, Belgian composer, born in Wilrijk, Belgium
  • 1950-10-20 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • 1950-10-24 Steven Greenberg, American composer and musician (Lipps Inc.), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1950-11-12 James Pugh, American session and touring trombonist, composer, and educator (Thundering Herd; Chick Corea; Steely Dan), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1950-11-19 James Adler, American concert pianist and composer (Memento mori - An AIDS Requiem), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950-12-05 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine composer (Oceana), born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1950-12-06 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer and music director, born in Nakano, Nagano, Japan
  • 1950-12-10 Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Irish pianist, composer and educator (University of Limerick), born in Clonmel, Ireland (d. 2018)
  • 1950-12-24 (Elizabeth) "Libby" Larsen, American classical composer, and co-founder of the American Composers Forum, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1951-01-04 Pete Haycock, British blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, and composer (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England (d. 2013)
  • 1951-01-08 Paul Dresher, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-01-20 Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1951-02-05 Elizabeth Swados, American composer and playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1951-02-09 David Pomeranz, American singer, composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater ("On This Day"), born in New York City
  • 1951-03-03 Lindsay Cooper, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, News from Babel)
  • 1951-03-09 Zakir Hussain, Punjabi tabla virtuoso, composer, producer (Global Drum Project), and film actor, born in Mahim, India
  • 1951-03-18 Bill Frisell, American jazz guitarist, composer, and band leader, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1951-04-09 Andrzej Krzanowski, Polish classical composer and accordionist (The Wind Carries the Echo Across a Wood Clearing), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland (d. 1990)
  • 1951-05-07 Carlos Alomar, Puerto Rican-American guitarist, composer, and arranger (David Bowie), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1951-05-21 Arthur Russell, American experimental classical-pop fusion cellist, and composer, born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • 1951-05-29 Ron Levy [Reuvin Levi], American blues Hammond organist, and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 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
  • 1951-07-09 Eugeniusz Knapik, Polish pianist and classical music composer (Islands; Up Into The Silence), born in Ruda Śląska, Poland
  • 1951-08-01 Robin Heifetz, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-08-19 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine Academy Award-winning film composer (Brokeback Mountain), born in El Palomar, Argentina
  • 1951-08-24 Mona Lyn Reese, American contemporary classical, opera and choral music composer (The Three Fat Women of Antibes; Prince), born in Morris, Minnesota
  • 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), born in Montreal, Quebec

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