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Monday, October 1, 2012

October: Music Makers' Birthdays

Click on any date below to see music makers’ birthdays on that day. Click here to return to the main music makers’ birthday page. Note: Names listed in bold have had dates verified with at least two sources to (hopefully) ensure accuracy. Please email Dave’s Music Database with any corrections.

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OCT. 1

  • Shawnna (1979). Musician.

  • Blu Cantrell (1976). Songwriter.

  • Keith Duffy (1974). Irish singer with Boyzone.

  • LaTocha Scott (1973). Musician with Xscape.

  • Kevin Griffin (1968). Musician with Better Than Ezra.

  • Youssou N’Dour (1959) Senegalese singer.

  • Howard Hewett (1955). Ohio R&B singer with Shalamar.

  • Brian Greenway (1951). Canadian rock guitarist and singer with April Wine.

  • Mariska Veres (1949). Dutch singer with Shocking Blue (“Venus”). Died 12/2/2006.

  • Cub Koda (1948). American rock singer with Brownsville Station (“Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room”). Died 7/1/2000.

  • Ellen McIlwaine (1948). Tennessee blues singer (Honky Tonk Angel).

  • Rob Davis (1947). English rock guitarist and singer with Mud.

  • Martin Turner (1947). English rock bassist and singer with Wishbone Ash.

  • Mariska Veres (1947). Dutch singer with Shocking Blue.

  • Donny Hathaway (1945). American singer and producer. Died 1/13/1979.

  • Scott McKenzie (1944). Singer (“San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”).

  • Barbara Parritt (1944). American soul singer with The Toys (“Lover’s Concerto”).

  • Herbert “Tubo” Rhoad (1944). American singer with The Persuasions (“Spread the Word”).

  • Jerry Martini (1943). American R&B saxophonist with Sly & the Family Stone (1969’s Stand!).

  • Jim Martini (1943). R&B musician with Sly & the Family Stone (“Everyday People”).

  • Julie Andrews (1935). English actress and singer best known for movie musicals (1956’s My Fair Lady, 1964, Mary Poppins, 1965’s The Sound of Music). Born Julia Elizabeth Wells.

  • Olga Pozzi Escot (1933). Composer.

  • Albert Collins (1932). Texas blues guitarist (1978’s Ice Pickin’). Died 11/24/1993.

  • Richard Harris (1930). Irish actor and one-hit wonder (“MacArthur Park”). Died 10/25/2002.

  • Roger Williams (1924). American pop pianist (“Autumn Leaves”) born Louis Weertz.

  • Hector Campos-Parsi (1922). Composer.

  • Antonio Iglesias Alvares (1918). Composer.

  • Irwin Kostal (1911). Illinois orchestra leader (Garry Moore Show).

  • Herman David Koppel (1908). Composer.

  • Oedoen Partos (1907). Composer.

  • Vladimir Horowitz (1903). Ukrainian classical pianist (Carmen). Died 11/5/1989.

  • Lajos Bardos (1899). Composer.

  • Karl Ranki (1898). Composer.

  • Ricardo Castillo (1894). Composer.

  • Constantin Nottara (1890). Composer.

  • Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev (1881). Composer.

  • Paul Abraham Dukas (1865). French composer.

  • Anatol' Vakhnyanyn (1841). Composer.

  • Henry Clay Work (1832). Composer.

  • Gustav Adolf Heinze (1820). Composer.

  • Fryderyk Edward Sobolewski (1808). Composer.

  • Pierre MF de Sales Baillot (1771). French violinist/composer.

  • Johann Baptist Christoph Toeschi (1735). Composer.

  • Giovanni Battista Cirri (1724). Composer.

  • Alessandro Stradella (1644). Italian violinist/composer.

  • Jean Rousseau (1644). Composer.


    OCT. 2

  • Beau Grayson (1991). Son of country singer Tanya Tucker.

  • Ayumi Hamasaki (1978). Japanese singer known as “The Empress of Pop”.

  • Lene Grawford Nystrom (Aqua) (1973)

  • Tiffany (1971). California pop singer (“I Think We’re Alone Now”, “Could’ve Been”). Born Tiffany Renee Darwish.

  • Dion Allen (1970). Musician with Az Yet.

  • Bud Graugh (1967). Musician with Sublime.

  • Sigtryggur Baldursson (1962). Musician with The Sugarcubes.

  • Django Bates (1960). Jazz musician.

  • Robbie Nevil (1958). Pop singer (“C’est La Vie”).

  • Freddie Jackson (1956). American R&B singer (“Hey Lover”).

  • Philip Oakey (1955). English singer with Human League (“Don’t You Want Me”).

  • Greg Jennings (1954). Oklahoma country singer with Restless Heart (“Wheels”).

  • John Otway (1952). Rock musician.

  • Sting (1951). British rock singer/songwriter and musician with the new wave/rock group The Police (“Roxanne”, “Every Breath You Take”, 1983’s Synchronicity) and then later a solo artist (“If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”, 1985’s The Dream of the Blue Turtles). Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner.

  • Mike Rutherford (1950). English prog-rock bassist with Genesis (1972’s Foxtrot, 1973’s Selling England by the Pound, 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, 1986’s Invisible Touch, 1991’s We Can’t Dance) who also fronted his own band, Mike + the Mechanics (“The Living Years”).

  • Richard Hell (1949). Punk-rock singer/songwriter and bassist with Television, the Heartbreakers, and the Voidoids (1977’s Blank Generation). Born Richard Meyers.

  • Chris LeDoux (1948). Mississippi country singer. Died 3/9/2005.

  • Jo-el Sonnier (1946). Louisiana country singer (Louisiana).

  • Don McLean (1945). American pop/folk singer/songwriter (“American Pie”).

  • Ron Meagher (1941). Rock musician.

  • Lol Vegas (1939). American guitarist and singer with Redbone.

  • Peter Frankl (1935). Pianist.

  • Dimiter Khristov (1933). Composer.

  • Phill Niblock (1933). Composer.

  • Gunter Kochan (1930). Composer.

  • Kenneth Leighton (1929). Composer.

  • Alois Pinos (1925). Composer.

  • Otmar Macha (1922). Composer.

  • Robert Russell “Chubby” Wise (1915). Musician.

  • Albe Vidakovic (1914). Composer.

  • Bengt Viktor Johansson (1914). Composer.

  • Godfrey Baseley (1904). Radio executive.

  • Fred Barlow (1881). Composer.

  • George Alexander Russell (1880). Composer.

  • Henry Fevrier (1875). Composer.

  • Gunnar Wennerberg (1817). Composer.

  • Anton Emil Titl (1809). Composer.

  • Philip Cipriani Hambley Potter (1792). Pianist and composer.

  • Josef Jawurek (1756). Composer.

  • Franz Schneider (1737). Composer.

  • Frantisek Ignac Antonin Tuma (1704). Composer.

  • Guillaume Poitevin (1646). Composer.


    OCT. 3

  • Kaci (1987). Pop singer.

  • Ashlee Simpson (1984). Pop singer. Sister of singer Jessica Simpson.

  • Nate Wood (1979). Musician with The Calling.

  • Jake Shears (1978). Singer.

  • India.Arie (1975). Singer.

  • Denny Vaughn (1972). Orchestra leader (Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour).

  • Kevin Richardson (1971). Singer with the Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way”).

  • Gwen Stefani (1969). Pop/ska singer with No Doubt (“Just a Girl”, “Don’t Speak”, 1995’s Tragic Kingdom) and a solo artist (“Hollaback Girl”).

  • Frank Hannon (1966). Rock guitarist with Tesla (Psychotic Supper).

  • Tommy Lee (1962). Greek-born American rock drummer with Mötley Crüe (Dr. Feelgood).

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954). Texas blues-rock guitarist (1983’s Texas Flood). Brother of musician Jimmie Vaughan. Died 8/27/1990.

  • Jack Grondin (1951). Rock drummer with .38 Special.

  • Ronnie Laws (1950). American saxophonist and guitarist with Earth, Wind & Fire.

  • Lindsey Buckingham (1949). Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Fleetwood Mac (“Go Your Own Way”, 1977’s Rumours).

  • John Perry Barlow (1947). American lyricist.

  • Tristan Keuris (1946). Composer.

  • Rik Kenton (1945). Rock musician.

  • Chubby Checker (1941). Philadelphia R&B singer and early rock ‘n’ roller (“The Twist”) born Ernest Evans.

  • Alan O’Day (1940). California rock musician.

  • Eddie Cochran (1938). Oklahoma early-rock singer and guitarist (“Summertime Blues”). Died 4/17/1960.

  • Boldizsar Csiky (1937). Composer.

  • Ton de Kruyf (1937). Composer.

  • Steve Reich (1936). New York composer (My Name is).

  • Benjamin Boretz (1934). Composer.

  • David Mayer Epstein (1930). Composer.

  • Marcel van Thienen (1922). Composer.

  • Walter Gieseler (1919). Composer.

  • Gabriel Julian (1912). Original pianist of Bobby Byrne Orchestra, arranger for Glenn Miller, and founder Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ensemble.

  • Johnny Burke (1908). American songwriter. Died 2/25/1964.

  • Masao Oki (1901). Composer.

  • Frantisek Picha (1893). Composer.

  • Roy Webb (1888). Composer.

  • Ludomir Michal Rogowski (1881). Composer.

  • Edward Faber Schneider (1872). Composer.

  • Learmont Drysdale (1866). Composer.

  • Vilem Blodek (1834). Composer.

  • Woldemar Bargiel (1828). Composer.

  • Heinrich Panofka (1807). Composer.

  • Cipriani Potter (1792). Composer.

  • Fran‡ois Krafft (1733). Composer.

  • Antoine Dauvergne (1713). Composer.

  • Sebastian Anton Scherer (1631). Composer.


    OCT. 4

  • Lena Katina (t.A.T.u.) (1984)

  • Brooke Valentine (1984). Singer/songwriter.

  • Leo Barnes (1965). Musician with Hothouse Flowers.

  • Aldo Sprenger (1962). Dutch pop guitarist (Kong-Phlegm).

  • Jon Secada (1961). Singer.

  • Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard (1960). Florida country singer (“Betty’s Bein’ Bad”).

  • Chris Lowe (1959). English keyboardist with the Pet Shop Boys (“West End Girls”, “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”, 1991’s Discography).

  • Barbara K. MacDonald (1958). Rock musician with Timbuk 3 (“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”).

  • Nina Carter (1952). English singer (Blonde on Blonde).

  • Jody Stephens (1952). Rock drummer with Big Star.

  • Jim Fielder (1947). Texas rock bassist with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Bernice Johnson Reagon (1942). American historian and musician with Sweet Honey in the Rock.

  • Dottie West (1932). Country singer.

  • Jozsef Soproni (1930). Composer.

  • Leroy Van Dyke (1929). Missouri country singer (“Walk on By”).

  • Albert de Klerk (1917). Dutch composer/conductor.

  • Alfonso Letelier-Llonas (1912). Composer.

  • Noel Chiboust (1909). Trumpeter and saxophonist.

  • Leon Orthel (1905). Composer.

  • Rene Defossez (1905). Composer.

  • Harris Rhoad (1904). Rock musician.

  • Mikolajus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (1875). Composer.

  • Joao Marcellino Arroyo (1861). Composer.

  • Henryk Pachulski (1859). Composer.

  • Henry Schoenfeld (1857). Composer.

  • Stephen Albert Emery (1841). Composer.

  • Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu (1840). Composer.

  • Fran‡ois-Louis Perne (1772). Composer.

  • Tommaso Sogner (1762). Composer.

  • Jean-Louis Duport (1749). Composer.

  • Domenico Corri (1744). Composer.

  • Franz Weichlein (1659). Composer.


    OCT. 5

  • Paul Thomas (1980). American rock bassist with Good Charlotte.

  • Heather Headley (1974)

  • Ken Noda (1962). New York pianist (Rivalry).

  • Troy Luccketta (1959). Rock drummer with Tesla.

  • Lee “Kix” Thompson (1957). Saxophonist with Madness (“Baggy Trousers”).

  • Leo Barnes (1955). Irish saxophonist (Hothouse Flowers-I'm Sorry, Don't Go).

  • Sandra “Puma” Jones (1953). Jamaican rock musician with Black Uhuru.

  • Russell Mael (1953). California rock singer with The Sparks. Born Dwight Russell Day.

  • Bob Geldof (1951). English rock singer with the Boomtown Rats (“I Don’t Like Mondays”) and star of 1982 movie Pink Floyd: The Wall. Also organizer of Band Aid and Live Aid.

  • Brian Connolly (1948). Scottish rock singer with Sweet.

  • Lucius Ross (1948). American funk guitarist with Funkadelic (“One Nation Under a Groove”).

  • Delroy George Wilson (1948). Singer.

  • Brian Johnson (1947). English rock singer with AC/DC from 1980 to present (“You Shook Me All Night Long”, 1980’s Back in Black).

  • Richard Kermode (1946). Rock musician.

  • Steve Miller (1943). American rock singer who fronted Steve Miller Band (“Fly Like an Eagle”, “Abracadabra”).

  • Richard Street (1942). Michigan R&B musician with (The Temptations).

  • Carlo Mastrangelo (1938). New York rock musician with Dion & The Belmonts.

  • Annerose Schmidt (1936). East German pianist.

  • John Downey (1927). Composer.

  • Gottfried Michael Koenig (1926). Composer.

  • Michael Kondracki (1902). Composer.

  • Boleslaw Woytowicz (1899). Composer.

  • Charles Maduro (1883). Antillean composer.

  • Halfdan Cleve (1879). Composer.

  • Cyril Rootham (1875). Composer.

  • Fran Gerbic (1840). Composer.

  • Feliks Jaronski (1823). Composer.

  • Hans Hampel (1822). Composer.

  • Eduard Franck (1817). Composer.

  • Thomas Greatorex (1758). Composer.

  • Giuseppi Gazzaniga (1743). Composer.

  • Gregorio Sciroli (1722). Composer.

  • Johann Jacob de Neufville (1684). Composer.

  • Johann Schop (1626). Composer.


    OCT. 6

  • Tommy Stinson (1966). Minnesota rock bassist with the Replacements.

  • Matthew Sweet (1964). Alternative-rock singer.

  • Tim Burgess (1961). Rock musician.

  • Richard Jobson (1960). British TV personality and rock musician (Skids-Scared to Dance).

  • Tim Mooney (1958). American drummer with American Music Club.

  • David Hidalgo (1954). Musician with Los Lobos.

  • Kevin Cronin (1951). Illinois rock singer and rhythm guitarist for REO Speedwagon (1980’s Hi Infidelity).

  • Thomas McClary (1950). American R&B guitarist with The Commodores (“Still”).

  • Bobby Farrell (1949). West Indies-born singer with Boney M.

  • Millie (1947). Jamaican musician (“My Boy Lollipop”). Born Millencent Small or Smith.

  • Udo Zimmermann (1943). Composer.

  • Cees Veerman (1943). Pop guitarist/singer (Cats-Sure He's a Cat).

  • Paul Badura-Skoda (1927). Austrian pianist (Mozart Interpretation).

  • Alan Copeland (1926). California orchestra leader/singer (Your Hit Parade).

  • Cyril Reuben (1926). Violinist.

  • Edgardo Martin (1915). Composer.

  • Mihovil Logar (1902). Composer.

  • Otto Siegl (1896). Composer.

  • Milton Ager (1893). American composer (“Ain’t She Sweet”, “Happy Days Are Here Again”). Died 1979.

  • Max Butting (1888). Composer.

  • Maria Jeritza (1887). Austrian singer with the Vienna opera..

  • Karol Maciej Szymanowski (1882). Ukrainian composer (Stabatmater).

  • Julia Culp (1880). Mezzo-soprano.

  • Oscar George Theodore Sonneck (1873). Composer.

  • Cark Reidel (1827). Composer.

  • Jenny Lind (1820). Swedish soprano singer known as “The Swedish Nightingale”.

  • Joseph Rummel (1818). Composer.

  • William Batchelder Bradbury (1816). Composer.

  • Andreas Randel (1806). Composer.

  • William Russell (1777). Composer.

  • Miguel Gomez Camargo (1618). Composer.


    OCT. 7

  • Taylor Hicks (1976). Season 5 American Idol winner.

  • Leeroy Thornhill (1969). Musician with Prodigy.

  • Toni Braxton (1968). American R&B singer/songwriter (“Un-Break My Heart”, 1993’s Toni Braxton, 1996’s Secrets).

  • Thom Yorke (1968). English rock singer with Radiohead (“Creep”, 1995’s The Bends, 1997’s OK Computer).

  • Luke Haines (1967). English guitarist, pianist, and singer with the Servants and Auteurs.

  • Sam Brown (1964). English singer (“Stop!”).

  • Ann Curless (1964). Singer with Expose (“Seasons Change”).

  • Simon Cowell (1959). Judge on TV’s American Idol and creator of the similar TV show The X Factor.

  • Michael W. Smith (1957). Christian-rock singer.

  • Yo-Yo Ma (1955). French-born Chinese-American Grammy-winning cellist

  • Tico Torres (1953). American rock drummer with Bon Jovi (“Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”). Born Hector Torres.

  • John Mellencamp (1951). Indiana rock singer (“Jack and Diane”, “Hurts So Good”, 1982’s American Fool, 1985’s Scarecrow) once known as John Cougar.

  • Carmen R. “Tata” Vega (1951). American soul singer (The Color Purple soundtrack).

  • Dave Hope (1949). Rock bassist with Kansas.

  • Kieran Kane (1949). New York singer with the O'Kanes.

  • Kevin Godley (1945). English rock singer with 10cc.

  • Martin Murray (1941). English rock musician with the Honeycombs.

  • Tony Sylvester (1941). Rock musician with Main Ingredient.

  • Dino Valenti (1940). Rock guitarist and vocalist with Quicksilver Messenger Service.

  • Colin Cooper (1939). Rock musician with Climax Blues Band.

  • Al Martino (1927). American singer (“Here in My Heart”, “Spanish Eyes”, “Volare”) and actor born Alfred Cini. Died 10/13/2009.

  • Ivan Jirko (1926). Composer.

  • Marcello Abbado (1926). Composer.

  • Roman Padlewski (1915). Composer.

  • Joe Jones (1911). Illinois drummer.

  • Vaughn Monroe (1911). Ohio baritone singer, trumpeter, and big band leader (“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, “There! I’ve Said It Again”, “Ballerina”, “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)”). Died 5/21/1973.

  • Shura Cherkassky (1909). Pianist.

  • Ralph Rainger (1901). Composer.

  • Jaime Pahissa (1880). Composer.

  • Joseph Bovet (1879). Composer.

  • Felix Draeseke (1835). Composer.

  • Bernhard Molique (1802). Composer.

  • Wilhelm Bernard Molique (1802). Composer.

  • Adolf Muller (1801). Composer.

  • Jean B Vuillaume (1798). French violin maker (octobas).

  • Ferdinando Orlandi (1774). Composer.

  • Paul Anton Wineberger (1758). Composer.

  • William Billings (1746). Massachussetts hymn composer (Rose of Sharon).

  • Henri Madin (1698). Composer.


    OCT. 8

  • Nick Cannon (1980). Singer.

  • [Gregory] Chad Petree (1979). Oklahoma rock musician with PC Quest.

  • C.J. Ramone (1965). American bassist with the Ramones. Born Christopher Joseph Ward.

  • Steve Perry (1963). Musician with Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.

  • Gavin Friday (1959). Irish singer with the Virgin Prunes.

  • Ricky Lee Phelps (1953). American country singer with the Kentucky Headhunters.

  • Cliff Adams (1952). R&B musician with Kool & The Gang.

  • Robert “Kool” Bell (1950). Ohio R&B singer with Kool & the Gang (“Ladies’ Night”, “Celebration”).

  • Hamish Stuart (1949). Scottish guitarist and singer with Average White Band.

  • Johnny Ramone (1948). American punk-rock guitarist with the Ramones (1976’s Ramones). Born John Cummings. Died 9/15/2004.

  • Tony Wilson (1947). Trinidad-born bassist and singer with Hot Chocolate (“You Sexy Thing”).

  • Ray Royer (1945). Rock guitarist with Procol Harum.

  • James Edward Sellars (1943). Composer.

  • George Bellamy (1941). Rock musician with The Tornados.

  • Fred Cash (1940). Tennessee musician with The Impressions.

  • Armando Gentilucci (1939). Composer.

  • Carman Moore (1936). Composer.

  • Doc Green (1934). American singer with the Drifters. Died 3/10/1989.

  • Steve Drake (1932). American session guitarist. Died 7/29/1988.

  • Toru Takemitsu (1930). Japanese composer (Ki No Kyoko).

  • Gigi Durston (1927). Maryland singer (Sonny Kendis Show).

  • Al Duncan (1927). Drummer.

  • Svend Westergaard (1922). Composer.

  • Hans Poser (1917). Composer.

  • Paul Van Buskirk Yoder (1908). Composer.

  • Eivind Groven (1901). Composer.

  • Zeno Octavian Vancea (1900). Composer.

  • Clarence Williams (1898). Composer.

  • William Henry Bennett Vodery (1885). Composer.

  • Nora Bayes (1880). American singer (“How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm?”, “Shine on, Harvest Moon”) born Eleanor “Dora” Goldberg. Died 3/19/1928.

  • Louis Vierne (1870). Composer.

  • Felix Woyrsch (1860). Composer.

  • Otto Winter-Hjelm (1837). Composer.

  • Michal Jelski (1831). Composer.

  • Stanislaw Katski (1820). Composer.

  • Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold (1813). Composer.

  • Waldemar Thrane (1790). Composer.

  • Franz Seydelmann (1748). Composer.

  • Johann Wilhelm Stadler (1747). Composer.

  • Michel-Julien Mathieu (1740). Composer.

  • Antonio Palella (1692). Composer.

  • Jaime de Casellas (1690). Composer.

  • Heinrich Schutz (1585). German composer. Called “The Father of German music”. Died 1672.


    OCT. 9

  • Sean Ono Lennon (1975). Son of musicians John Lennon and Yoko Ono and a musician himself.

  • PJ Harvey (1969). English alternative-rock singer/songwriter (1992’s Dry born Polly Jean Harvey.

  • Kurt Neumann (The BoDeans) (1961)

  • Thomas Wylder (1959). Swiss drummer with Die Haut.

  • Sharon Osbourne (1952). Wife and manager of singer Ozzy Osbourne.

  • Jackson Browne (1948). German-American rock singer (1977’s Running on Empty).

  • Jeannie C. Riley (1945). Texas singer (“Harper Valley P.T.A.”).

  • John Entwistle (1944). English rock bassist and singer/songwriter with The Who (“My Generation”, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, “Pinball Wizard”, 1965’s My Generation, 1969’s Tommy, 1971’s Who’s Next). Died 6/27/2002.

  • Nona Hendryx (1944). New Jersey R&B singer with LaBelle (“Lady Marmalade”).

  • Peter Tosh (1944). Jamaican reggae musician (Mystic Man, Mama Africa).

  • Hans Ulrich Humpert (1940). Composer.

  • John Lennon (1940). British singer/songwriter and musician famous with the Beatles (“Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Come Together”, 1966’s Revolver, 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band). Later a solo artist (“Imagine”, “Just Like Starting Over”, 1971’s Imagine) and peace activist. Died 12/8/1980.

  • O.V. Wright (1939). Rock singer.

  • Pat Burke (1937). Rock musician with The Foundations.

  • Fjolnir Stefansson (1930). Composer.

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928). Finnish composer (Kaivos).

  • Ronald Tremain (1923). Composer.

  • Raymond Wilding-White (1922). Composer.

  • Yusef Lateef (1920). Composer.

  • Rezso Sugar (1919). Composer.

  • Roger Goeb (1914). Composer.

  • Phil Hanna (1910). Illinois singer (Once Upon a Time).

  • Janis Ivanovs (1906). Composer.

  • Carl Parrish (1904). Composer.

  • Alfred Julius Swan (1890). Composer.

  • Janis Medins (1890). Composer.

  • Reynaldo Hahn (1875). Composer.

  • Harry Lawrence Freeman (1869). Composer.

  • Alexander Siloti (1863). Russian pianist and professor (Moscow Cons 1888-91).

  • Camille Saint-Saens (1835). French composer.

  • Giuseppe Fortunio Francesco Verdi (1813). Italian composer.

  • Bedrich Divis Weber (1766). Composer.

  • Pierre Gaveaux (1760). Composer.

  • Johann Wilhelm Hertel (1727). Composer.

  • John Ferrabosco (1626). Composer.


    OCT. 10

  • Mya (1979). Singer.

  • Vinnie Tattanelli (1972). Rock musician with Nine Days.

  • Michael Bivens (1968). R&B musician with Bell Biv Devoe.

  • Mike Malinin (1967) Rock drummer with the Goo Goo Dolls (“Iris”).

  • Kevin Paige (1966). Singer (“Don’t Shut Me Out”).

  • Martin Kemp (1961). British bassist with Spandau Ballet.

  • Eric Martin (1960). Rock musician with Mr. Big.

  • Kirsty MacColl (1959). English singer. Died 12/18/2000.

  • Tanya Tucker (1958). American country singer (“Just Another Love”, “Strong Enough to Bend”).

  • David Lee Roth (1955). Indiana rock singer with Van Halen (“Jump”, 1978’s Van Halen) and also a solo act.

  • Midge Ure (1953). Scottish rock musician with Ultravox.

  • Greg Douglas (1949). Rock musician with the Steve Miller Band (“Abracadabra”).

  • John Prine (1946). Illinois folk singer (1971’s John Prine).

  • Keith Reid (1946). English lyricist with Procol Harum (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”).

  • Ben Vereen (1946). Florida actor and dancer (Pippin, Roots).

  • Alan Cartwright (1945). Rock musician with Procol Harum.

  • Stephen Scott (1944). Composer.

  • Denis D’Ell (1943). Rock musician.

  • Jerry LaCroix (1943). American singer with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Paolo Renosto (1935). Composer.

  • Ed Blackwell (1929). American jazz drummer. Died 1992.

  • Thomas Brendon Wilson (1927). Composer.

  • Huey “Piano” Smith (1924). Rock musician (“Rockin’ Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu”).

  • Louis Gottlieb (1923). Musician.

  • Bobby Byrne (1918). Ohio orchestra leader (Club Seven).

  • Thelonious Monk (1917). American jazz pianist and composer (1947’s Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1). Died 2/17/1982.

  • Scott Huston (1916). Composer.

  • Ivory Joe Hunter (1914). American R&B musician. Died 11/8/1974.

  • Johnny Green (1908). New York Oscar-winning songwriter (“Coquette”, “Body and Soul”, 1961’s West Side Story, 1963’s Bye Bye Birdie, 1968’s Oliver!). Also Guy Lombardo’s arranger.

  • Paul Creston (1906). New York composer (Creative Harmony).

  • Vernon Duke (1903). Composer.

  • Lamar Stringfield (1897). Composer.

  • Walter Niemann (1876). Composer.

  • Guillermo M Tomas (1868). Composer.

  • Arthur De Greef (1862). Composer.

  • Jeronimo Gimenez y Bellido (1854). Composer.

  • Gheorghe Dima (1847). Composer.

  • Theodore Furchtegott Kirchner (1823). Composer.

  • Giuseppe Verdi (1813). Italian classical composer. Died 6/27/1901.

  • Albin Masek (1804). Composer.

  • George Gerson (1790). Composer.

  • Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713). Composer.


    OCT. 11

  • MC Lyte (1971)

  • Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) (1962)

  • Blair Cunningham (1957). Tennessee rock drummer with Haircut 100.

  • Jon Moss (1957). Pop drummer with Culture Club.

  • Wesley Magoogan (1951). Rock musician.

  • Andrew Woolfolk (1950). American R&B reeds player with Earth, Wind & Fire (“Shining Star”, “Best of My Love”, “After the Love Has Gone”, 1975’s That’s the Way of the World).

  • Greg Douglas (1949). Rock guitarist with the Steve Miller Band (“Abracadabra”).

  • Daryl Hall (1948). Half of pop-rock duo Hall & Oates (“I Can’t Go for That”, “Maneater”).

  • Gary Mallaber (1946). New York rock musician with the Steve Miller Band.

  • Per-Gunnar Alldahl (1943). Composer.

  • Frank Muyser (1943). Dutch guitarist/saxophonist (Les Baroques).

  • Gene Watson (1943). Texas country singer (“Heartaches”, “Love and Stuff”).

  • Jan van Vlijmen (1935). Composer.

  • Dottie West (1932). Tennessee country singer/songwriter (“What Are We Doin’ in Love”). Born Dorothy Marie Marsh. Died 9/4/1991.

  • Art Blakey (1919). Pennsylvania jazz drummer and bandleader (“Moanin’”, A Night at Birdland). Worked with the Jazz Messengers. Died 10/16/1990.

  • Jerome Robbins (1918). Dancer/choreographer (West Side Story).

  • Franz Alphons Wolpert (1917). Composer.

  • Eugene John Weigel (1910). Composer.

  • Armen Carapetyan (1908). Composer.

  • Emil Hlobil (1901). Composer.

  • Arvo Hannikainen (1897). Composer.

  • Leo Reisman (1897). American violinist and bandleader (“What Is This Thing Called Love?”, “Night and Day”, “Easter Parade”, “Cheek to Cheek”). Died 12/18/1961.

  • Albert Stoessel (1894). Composer.

  • Piero Coppola (1888). Composer.

  • Robert Muller-Hartmann (1884). Composer.

  • Archibald T Davison (1883). Composer.

  • Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882). Composer.

  • John Parsons Beach (1877). Composer.

  • Gordon Frederic Norton (1869). Composer.

  • Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux (1863). Composer.

  • Freidrich Hegar (1841). Composer.

  • Angelo Maurizio Gaspare Mariani (1821). Composer.

  • Simon Sechter (1788). Composer.

  • Marian Paradeiser (1747). Composer.


    OCT. 12

  • Courtney Taylor (1976). Musician.

  • Martie Maguire (1969). Country singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with the Dixie Chicks (1998’s Wide Open Spaces, 1999’s Fly, 2002’s Home, 2006’s Taking the Long Way) and Court Yard Hounds. Born Martha Elenor Erwin.

  • Garfield Bright (1969). Musician with Shai.

  • Jeff Keith (1958). Rock singer with Tesla.

  • Pat DiNizio (1955). Rock singer with The Smithereens.

  • Rick Parfitt (1948). English guitarist with Status Quo. Born Richard Harrison.

  • Melvin Franklin (1942). Alabama R&B singer with The Temptations. Born David English. Died 2/23/1995.

  • Luciano Pavarotti (1935). Italian operatic tenor. Died 9/6/2007.

  • Sam Moore (1935). Florida R&B singer with duo Sam & Dave (“Soul Man”). Born Samuel David Hicks.

  • Mayer Joel Mandelbaum (1932). Composer.

  • Raoul Pleskow (1931). Composer.

  • Jack S Gottlieb (1930). Composer.

  • Guitar Gabriel Robert Lewis Jones (1925). Singer/guitarist.

  • Andre Casanova (1919). Composer.

  • Emil Cossetto (1918). Composer.

  • Wolfgang Fortner (1907). Composer.

  • Willy Hess (1906). Composer.

  • Pall Isolfsson (1893). Composer.

  • Luis de Freitas Branco (1890). Composer.

  • Hermann Wolfgang Sartorius Waltershausen (1882). German musicologist/composer.

  • Carlos Lopez Buchardo (1881). Composer.

  • Healey Willan (1880). Composer.

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872). English composer (Hugh the Drover). Died 8/26/1958.

  • Amintore Galli (1845). Composer.

  • John Liptrot Hatton (1808). Composer.

  • John Ross (1763). Composer.

  • Frantisek Vaclav Tomes (1759). Composer.

  • Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713). Composer.

  • Silvius Leopold Weiss (1686). Composer.

  • Bernardo Pisano (1490). Composer.


    OCT. 13

  • Ashanti (1980). American R&B/pop singer/songwriter (“Foolish”).

  • Cherelle (1965). Rock musician (Affair-First Bite).

  • Joey Belladonna (1960). New York heavy metal singer with Anthrax.

  • Marie Osmond (1959). American singer (“Paper Roses”) from famous Osmond singing family.

  • Joseph Richard Sylvers (1958). Rock musician.

  • John Ford Coley (1951). Rock musician in duo with England Dan.

  • Olympia-Ann Sylvers (1951). Rock musician.

  • Craig McGregor (1949). Rock musician with Foghat.

  • Lacy J Dalton (1948). Pennyslvania country singer (Crazy Blue Eyes).

  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948). Pakistani Qawwali singer. Died 8/16/1997.

  • Leona Mitchell (1948). Oklahoma soprano (Musetta-La Boheme).

  • Sammy Hagar (1947). California rock singer (“I Can’t Drive 55”) who joined Van Halen (“Why Can’t This Be Love”) in 1986.

  • Bram Vermeulen (1946). Dutch singer (Neerlands Hoop).

  • Karen Akers (1945). New York Singer (On Stage at Wolf Trap).

  • Robert Lamm (1944). New York singer/songwriter, keyboardist, and founding member of jazz-rock group Chicago (“If You Leave Me Now”).

  • Paul Simon (1941). American pop/folk singer. Half of duo Simon & Garfunkel (“The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”) and a successful solo artist (“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”, Graceland).

  • Chris Farlowe (1940). English rock musician (“Out of Time”).

  • Nana Mouskouri (1934). Greek singer (“Try to Remember”) who has sold 200-300 million records worldwide. Born Ioánna Moúschouri.

  • Adam Kaczynski (1933). Composer.

  • Anita Kerr (1927). Tennessee singer (Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour).

  • Ray Brown (1926). American jazz string bassist and bandleader. Performed with Dizzy Gillespie in the late 1940s. Died 2002.

  • Terry Gibbs (1924). New York orchestra leader (Steve Allen Comedy Hour).

  • Gilberto Mendes (1922). Composer.

  • Harper MacKay (1921). Massachussets orchestra leader (NBC Follies).

  • Yves Montand (1921). Italian-born French singer and actor.

  • Hugo David Weisgall (1912). Composer (4 Impressions).

  • Ticker Freeman (1911). New Jersey pianist (Dinah Shore Show).

  • Otto Joachim (1910). Composer.

  • Art Tatum (1909). American jazz pianist and composer (“Tea for Two”, “Sweet Lorraine”). Died 11/5/1956.

  • Jens Bjerre (1903). Composer.

  • Marius-Fran‡ois Gaillard (1900). Composer.

  • Marcelle de Manziarly (1899). Composer.

  • Ludwig Weber (1891). Composer.

  • Gosta Nystroem (1890). Composer.

  • Peter Van Anrooy (1879). Dutch conductor and composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie).

  • Henry Stephen Cutler (1824). Composer.

  • Immanuel Faisst (1823). Composer.

  • Karl Reinthaler (1822). Composer.

  • Anselm Huttenbrenner (1794). Composer.

  • Moritz Hauptmann (1792). Composer.

  • Frantiszek Soltyk (1783). Composer.

  • Johann Heinrich Kittel (1652). Composer.


    OCT. 14

  • Akon (1981). Missouri R&B singer.

  • Usher (1978). R&B singer (“U Got It Bad”, “Yeah!”, “Burn”, “My Boo”). Born Usher Raymond III.

  • Shaznay Lewis (All Saints) (1975)

  • Natalie Maines (1974). Country singer with Dixie Chicks (1998’s Wide Open Spaces, 1999’s Fly, 2002’s Home, 2006’s Taking the Long Way).

  • Karyn White (1965). R&B singer (“Romantic”).

  • Mike Tramp (1961). Denmark heavy metal rock musician with White Lion.

  • A.J. Pero (1959). New York rock drummer with Twisted Sister (“We’re Not Gonna Take It”).

  • Thomas Dolby (1958). Egyptian-born British singer (“She Blinded Me with Science”). Born Thomas Morgan Robertson.

  • Daisy Eshuijs (1952). Dutch singer, pianist, and composer (Eye to Eye).

  • Marcia Barrett (1948). Jamaican singer with Boney M.

  • Justin Hayward (1946). English progressive-rock singer and guitarist with the Moody Blues (1967’s Days of Future Passed). Born David Justin Hayward.

  • Dan McCafferty (1946). English rock singer with Nazareth.

  • Colin Hodgkinson (1945). Rock musician with Whitesnake.

  • Anthony Iannaccone (1943). Composer.

  • Billy Harrison (1942). Irish rock guitarist with Them.

  • Cliff Richard (1940). Indian-born British pop singer who has been called “The English Elvis”. Born Harry Rodger Webb.

  • LaMonte Young (1935). Idaho composer (Composition in 1990).

  • Robert Parker (1930). American saxophonist and soul singer (“Barefootin’”).

  • Alfredo Santos Buenaventura (1929). Composer.

  • Gary Graffman (1928). New York pianist (Leventritt Award).

  • Bill Justis (1926). Rock musician.

  • Kalervo Tuukkanen (1909). Composer.

  • Karel Srom (1904). Composer.

  • Ernest Pingoud (1888). Composer.

  • Jose Serrano Simeon (1873). Composer.

  • Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871). Austrian composer (Schneeman).

  • Bjarni Thorsteinsson (1861). Composer.

  • Camille Chevillard (1859). Composer.

  • George Edwardes (1855). British composer (Gaiety Girl).

  • Ciprian Porumbescu (1853). Composer.

  • Adolf Ganz (1796). Composer.

  • Charles-Henri Plantade (1764). Composer.

  • Franz Anton Dimmler (1753). Composer.

  • Giovanni Calisto Andrea Zanotti (1738). Composer.

  • Jean Joseph Rodolphe (1730). Composer.

  • Heinrich Schütz (1585). German royal chaplain master/composer (Daphne).


    OCT. 15

  • Ginuwine (1970)

  • Brenda K. Starr (1966). Singer.

  • Douglas Vipond (1966). British pop drummer (Deacon Blue-Raintown).

  • David Stead (1962). English drummer with the Beautiful South.

  • Tito Jackson (1953). American musician with the Jackson 5 (“ABC”, “I Want You Back”, “I’ll Be There”). Born Toriano Adaryll Jackson.

  • Frank Dimino (1951). Washington DC rock singer with Angel.

  • Chris DeBurgh (1948). Argentian singer (“The Lady in Red”). Born Christopher John Davidson.

  • Richard Carpenter (1946). Connecticut musician in pop duo The Carpenters (“They Long to Be Close to You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”) with sister Karen.

  • Don Stevenson (1942). Washington rock drummer with Moby Grape.

  • Rafael Aponte-Ledee (1938). Composer.

  • Fela Kuti (1938). Nigerian afrobeat musician and composer. Died 8/2/1997.

  • Marv Johnson (1938). American R&B and gospel singer (Move 2 mountains).

  • Kari Rydman (1936). Composer.

  • Barry McGuire (1935). Oklahoma singer (“Eve of Destruction”).

  • Jaan Raats (1932). Composer.

  • Karl Richter (1926). Composer.

  • Mickey Baker (1925). Rock musician.

  • Colin Romoff (1924). New York orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show).

  • Alexey Kozlovsky (1905). Composer.

  • Dag Ivar Wiren (1905). Composer.

  • William Edmundson (1902). Washington singer with the Southernaires.

  • Andrey Yakolevich Shtogarenko (1902). Composer.

  • Gunther Ramin (1898). Composer.

  • Arcady Dubensky (1890). Composer.

  • Otallo Morales (1874). Composer.

  • Frank Valentine Van der Stucken (1858). Composer.

  • Wilhelm Posse (1852). Composer.

  • August Ferdinand Haeser (1799). Composer.

  • Thomas Hastings (1784). Composer.

  • Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775). Composer.

  • Samuel Adams Holyoke (1762). Composer.

  • Peter Gronland (1761). Composer.


    OCT. 16

  • Abel Talamantez (1978). Texas singer with Menudo.

  • John Mayer (1977). American pop-rock singer/songwriter (“No Such Thing”, “Daughters”).

  • Wendy Wilson (1969). California pop singer with Wilson Phillips (“Hold On”). Daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

  • Flea (1962). Australian-born, American-raised rock bassist with Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik). Born Michael Peter Balzary.

  • Bob Mould (1960). American alternative-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Hüsker Dü (1984’s 1991’s Zen Arcade) and Sugar.

  • Gary Kemp (1959). British rock guitarist with Spandau Ballet (“True”).

  • Tony Carey (1953). California rock musician.

  • Bob Weir (1947). California rock guitarist and singer/songwriter with the Grateful Dead.

  • Charles Frederick “C. Fred” Turner (1943). Canadian rock singer/songwriter and bassist with Bachman-Turner Overdrive (“Takin’ Care of Business”, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet”).

  • Dave Lovelady (1942). Rock musician.

  • Derek David Bourgeois (1941). Composer.

  • Erkki Jokinen (1941). Composer.

  • Nico (1938). German model and experimental-rock singer with the Velvet Underground (1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico). Born Christa Päffgen. Died 7/18/1988.

  • Emile Ford (1937). Rock musician.

  • Gerardo Gandini (1936). Composer.

  • Sugar Pie DeSanto (1935). American singer (Soulful Dress).

  • Bert Kaempfert (1923). Rock musician.

  • Cesar Bresgen (1913). Austrian composer and organist.

  • William Leonard Reed (1910). Composer.

  • Big Joe Williams (1903). American blues singer. Died 12/17/1982.

  • Mario Pilati (1903). Composer.

  • Harrison Kerr (1897). Composer.

  • Carlos Pedrell (1878). Composer.

  • Arnold Krug (1849). Composer.

  • Charles Harford Lloyd (1849). Composer.

  • John Francis Barnett (1837). Composer.

  • Piotr Studzinski (1826). Composer.

  • Albert Franz Doppler (1821). Composer.

  • Gaetano Capocci (1811). Composer.

  • Frederic Nicolas Duvernoy (1765). Composer.

  • Pierre van Maldere (1729). Composer.

  • Johann Andreas Joseph Giulini (1723). Composer.

  • Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679). Composer.


    OCT. 17

  • Eminem (1972). American rapper (“Lose Yourself”) born Marshall Bruce Mathers III.

  • Wyclef Jean (1972). Rap artist with the Fugees and a solo star and producer.

  • Christopher Kirkpatrick (1971). Member of the boy band ‘N Sync.

  • Ziggy Marley (1968)

  • Rene Dif (1967). Pop musician with Aqua.

  • Allen West (1967). American metal guitarist with Obituary and Cause of Death.

  • Ang‚la Kramers (1960). Dutch singer (Dolly Dots).

  • Alan Jackson (1958). Georgia country singer (“Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning”).

  • Sandra Reemer (1950). Dutch singer (As Love Goes).

  • Maurice Willis Wright (1949). Composer.

  • Jim Tucker (1946). California rock guitarist with the Turtles.

  • Susan Davenny Wyner (1943). Connecticut soprano (Walter Naumberg Prize).

  • Gary Puckett (1942). American rock singer with Union Gap (“Young Girl”).

  • Earl Thomas Conley (1941). Ohio country singer/songwriter (“Too Many Times”).

  • Jim Seals (1941). Texas pop-rock singer with Seals & Croft (“Summer Breeze”).

  • Alan Howard (1941). Rock bassist (Brian Poole and The Tremeloes).

  • Gundaris Pone (1932). Composer.

  • Angelo Paccignini (1930). Composer.

  • Ram Da-Oz (1929). Composer.

  • Ivan Marinov (1928). Composer.

  • Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz (1916). Composer.

  • Albert Markos (1914). Composer.

  • Crozy [William] Cole (1909). US jazz drummer.

  • Shinichi Suzuki (1898). Japanese violinist and teacher. Died 1/26/1998.

  • Jean Binet (1893). Composer.

  • Otakar Jeremias (1892). Composer.

  • Herbert Norman Howells (1892). Composer.

  • Henri Mulet (1878). Composer.

  • Dionyssios Lavrangas (1860). Composer.

  • Miguel Nieto (1844). Composer.

  • Ernestus Weinrauch (1730). Composer.

  • Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (1729). Composer.

  • Maria Teresa Agnesi (1720). Composer.

  • Domenico Zipoli (1688). Composer.


    OCT. 18

  • Zac Efron (1987). Star of High School Musical.

  • Esperanza Spalding (1984). Jazz bassist and singer. Took home the Best New Artist Grammy in 2011.

  • Ne-Yo (1982)

  • Baby Bash (1975)

  • Peter Svensson (Cardigans) (1974)

  • Dan Lilker (1964). American bassist with Anthrax.

  • Wynton Marsalis (1961). Louisiana jazz trumpeter and composer.

  • Ketih Knudsen (1952). Iowa rock musician with the Doobie Brothers.

  • Gary Richrath (1949). Illinois rock guitarist with REO Speedwagon (“Keep on Lovin’ You”, “Ridin’ the Storm Out”).

  • Laura Nyro (1947). American singer/songwriter (Blood, Sweat & Tear’s “And When I Die”). Born Laura Nigro. Died 4/8/1997.

  • Russ Giguere (1943). New Hampshire guitarist and singer with the Association.

  • Cynthia Weil (1940). American rock songwriter, most famously with partner Barry Mann (the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”, the Drifters’ “On Broadway”).

  • Ronnie Bright (1938). R&B musician with The Coasters.

  • Jorge Cervello (1935). Composer.

  • Chuck Berry (1926). Missouri early rock ‘n’ roll singer and guitarist (“Johnny B. Goode”, “Roll Over Beethoven”). Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry.

  • Wim van Gennep (1925). Dutch singer/keyboardist (Heikrekels).

  • Allyn Ferguson (1924). California orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show).

  • Egil Hovland (1924). Composer.

  • Camillo Togni (1922). Composer.

  • Anita O’Day (1919). Scat singer who appeared in Jazz on a Summer’s Day.

  • Vojislav Vuckovic (1910). Composer.

  • Emile Enthoven (1903). Composer.

  • Vladimir Grigor’yevich Zakharov (1901). Composer.

  • Lotte Lenya (1900). Starred in The Threepenny Opera by husband Kurt Weill.

  • Shin’ichi Suzuki (1898). Composer.

  • Vaclav Kalik (1891). Composer.

  • Grzlegorz Fitelberg (1879). Composer.

  • Francis Thome (1850). Composer.

  • Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu (1844). Composer.

  • Johannes Habert (1833). Composer.

  • Ferdinand Lukas Schubert (1794). Composer.

  • Giovanni Tadolini (1789). Composer.

  • Baldassare Galuppi (1706). Italian composer (opera’s buffa).

  • Valentin Strobel (1611). Composer.


    OCT. 19

  • Sinitta (1966). Rock musician (Omn Sinitta).

  • Pras Michel (1972). Musician with rap group The Fugees.

  • Jennifer Holliday (1960)

  • Dan “Woody” Woodgate (1960). British rock drummer with Madness.

  • Michael Steele (1958). Bassist.

  • Antoine Trousers (1958). Rock drummer/singer (Dike-Bleeding Heart).

  • Karl Wallinger (1957). Welsh rock musician with World Party.

  • Nino DeFranco (1956). Rock musician (DeFranco Family).

  • Chester Biscardi (1948). Composer.

  • Patrick Simmons (1948). Rock singer and guitarist with the Doobie Brothers.

  • Wilbert Hart (1947). American singer (Four Gents, Delfonics).

  • Divine (1945). American female impersonator, singer, and actor. Born Harris Glenn Milstead.

  • Keith Reid (1945). Rock musician with Procol Harum.

  • Jeannie C. Riley (1945). Country singer (“Harper Valley P.T.A.”).

  • George McCrae (1944). American singer (“Rock Your Baby”).

  • Peter Tosh (1944). Jamaican reggae musician with Bob Marley & the Wailers before becoming a solo act. Born Winston Hubert MacIntosh. Died 9/11/1987.

  • Robert Morris (1943). Composer.

  • Robin Greville Holloway (1943). Composer.

  • Benita Valente (1939). California soprano (Pamina-Die Zauberfl"te).

  • Jim Reeves (1935). Rock musician.

  • David Guard (1934). Musician with the Kingston Trio.

  • Laszlo Kalmar (1931). Composer.

  • Dumitru Capoianu (1929). Composer.

  • Karl-Birger Blomdahl (1916). Swedish opera composer (Herr von Hancken).

  • Emil Gilels (1916). Russian pianist (Brussels Competition-1938).

  • George Cates (1911). New York orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show).

  • Nils Geirr Tveitt (1908). Composer.

  • Patrick Cairns “Spike” Hughes (1908). British jazz musician/composer (Elegy).

  • Vittorio Giannini (1903). Composer.

  • Theodoro Valcarcel (1900). Composer.

  • Ilmari Hannikainen (1892). Composer.

  • Clarence Lucas (1866). Composer.

  • Adolfo Fumagalli (1828). Composer.

  • Frantisek Pivoda (1824). Composer.

  • Giuseppi Maria Carretti (1690). Composer.

  • Johann Christoph Fravenholtz (1684). Composer.

  • Louis Le Quointe (1652). Composer.

  • Giovanale Ancina (1545). Composer.


    OCT. 20

  • Snoop Dogg (1971). American rapper (on Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang”, 1993’s Doggystyle).

  • Dannii Minogue (1971). Australian singer. Sister of Kylie Minogue.

  • Fred Coury (1966). New York rock musician with Cinderella.

  • Jim Sonefeld (1964). Rock musician with Hootie & The Blowfish (“Hold My Hand”, “Only Wanna Be with You”).

  • Nelis G’bel (1963). Pop guitarist (Burma Shave-Hippies).

  • Steven R. “Randy” Jackson (1962). American percussionist/singer (Enjoy Yourself).

  • Ricky Byrd (1958). Rock musician with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (“I Love Rock and Roll”).

  • Mark King (1958). Bassist and singer with Level 42 (“Something about You”, “Lessons in Love”).

  • Ivo Pogorelich (1958). Yugoslavian pianist (1978 Casagrande winner).

  • Al Greenwood (1951). Rock keyboardist with Foreigner (“Feels Like the First Time”).

  • Thomas Pasatieri (1945). Composer.

  • Tom Petty (1950). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (“Refugee”, “Don’t Do Me Like That”, 1979’s Damn the Torpedoes).

  • Ric Lee (1945). English rock drummer with Ten Years After.

  • William Hugh Albright (1944). Composer.

  • Jay Siegel (1939). New York bassist and singer with the Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”).

  • Raymond Jones (1939). Rock musician.

  • Wanda Jackson (1937). Oklahoma rockabilly singer and guitarist (“Let’s Have a Party”).

  • Bill Chase (1934). American trumpeter and composer with the Chase. Died 8/12/1974.

  • Eddie Harris (1934). saxophonist/composer.

  • Tom Dowd (1925). American record producer. Died 10/27/2002.

  • Herman Roelstraete (1925). Composer.

  • Giora Schuster (1915). Composer.

  • Grandpa Jones (1913). Kentucky country musician (TV’s Hee Haw). Born Louis Marshall Jones.

  • Angelo Ephrikian (1913). Composer.

  • Monique Hare (1909). French pianist.

  • Hans-Otto Borgmann (1901). Composer.

  • Rodolfo Halffter (1900). Composer.

  • Josephine McGill (1877). Composer.

  • Charles Ives (1874). Connecticut classical/experimental composer (Holiday Quick Step). Died 5/19/1954.

  • Karol Mikuli (1819). Composer.

  • Anton Bernhard Furstenau (1792). Composer.

  • Philip Knapton (1788). Composer.


    OCT. 21

  • Astrella Leitch (1971). Celeste rock musician and Donovan's daughter.

  • Julian Cope (1957). Welsh rock singer and bassist with the Teardrop Explodes.

  • Steve Lukather (1957). American rock guitarist with Toto (“Hold the Line”, “Rosanna”, “Africa”).

  • Eric Faulkner (1955). Scottish pop-rock guitarist with the Bay City Rollers (“Saturday Night”).

  • Charlotte Caffey (1953). American new wave guitarist and keyboardist with the Go-Go’s (“We Got the Beat”, 1981’s Beauty and the Beat).

  • Brent Mydland (1952). German keyboardist and singer with Grass Roots.

  • Shulamit Ran (1949). Composer.

  • Tetsu Yamauchi (1947). Japanese bassist with Free (“All Right Now”).

  • Lux Interior (1946). American singer with the Cramps. Died 2/4/2009.

  • Lee Loughnane (1946). Rock musician with Chicago.

  • Kathy Young (1945). Rock musician (Thousand Stars in the Sky).

  • Ron Elliott (1943). Rock musician.

  • Elvin Bishop (1942). American blues-rock guitarist with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Also a solo act (“Fooled Around and Fell in Love”).

  • Steve Cropper (1941). American blues guitarist with Booker T. & the MG’s.

  • Manfred Mann (1940). South African-born British rock keyboardist best known for namesake rock band Manfred Mann (“Do Wah Diddy Diddy”) and later Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (“Blinded by the Light”). Born Michael Lubowitz.

  • Norman Wright (1937). Rock musician with the Del-Vikings.

  • Georgia Brown (1933). Singer and actress (Nancy in Oliver!). Born Georgia Klot. Died 1992.

  • Marga Richter (1926). Composer.

  • Celia Cruz (1925). Cuban salsa singer known as “The Queen of Salsa”. Born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso. Died 7/16/2003.

  • Malcolm Arnold (1921). Composer (Bridge over River Kwai).

  • Jarmil Burghauser (1921). Composer.

  • Dizzy Gillespie (1917). American jazz trumpet player, bandleader, singer, and composer (“Night in Tunisia”). Died 1/6/1993.

  • Tomojiro Ikenouchi (1916). Composer.

  • Carlos Don Byas (1912). US jazz saxophonist.

  • Georg Solti (1912). Hungarian conductor. Died 9/5/1997.

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911). Manchurian/American composer (Creation).

  • Alexander Schneider (1908). Violinist (Budapest String Quartet).

  • Howard Ferguson (1908). Composer.

  • Hilarion Rubio (1902). Composer.

  • Shukichi Mitsukuri (1895). Composer.

  • Egon Joseph Wellesz (1885). Austrian composer/musicologist.

  • Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret (1879). Composer.

  • Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera (1823). Composer.

  • Hanri Reber (1807). Composer.

  • Miguel Hilarion Eslava y Elizondo (1807). Composer.

  • Guiseppi Baini (1775). Composer.

  • Francesco Ruggi (1767). Composer.

  • David Moritz Michael (1751). Composer.

  • Francisco Jose Coutinho (1680). Composer.

  • Nicolo Rubini (1574). Composer.

  • Wolfgang Schonsleder (1570). Composer.


    OCT. 22

  • Zac Hanson (1985). Oklahoma pop singer and drummer with his brothers in Hanson (“Mmmbop”).

  • Plan B (1983). English rapper and actor born Benjamin Ballance-Drew.

  • Jon Foreman (1976). American singer/songwriter and guitarist with Switchfoot.

  • Tim Kinsella (1974). American musician.

  • Helmut Lotti (1969). Belgian tenor and singer/songwriter.

  • Shelby Lynne (1968). Virginia country singer (If I Could Bottle This Up).

  • Shaggy (1968). Jamaican-American reggae singer (“It Wasn’t Me”, “Angel”) born Orville Richard Burrell.

  • Rita Guerra (1967). Portuguese singer.

  • John Wesley Harding (1965). American folk singer/songwriter.

  • Toby Mac (1964). American Christian singer/songwriter.

  • Darryl Jenifer (1960). American bassist with Bad Brains.

  • Cris Kirkwood (1960). American musician with the Meat Puppets.

  • Marc Shaiman (1959). American composer for film, television, and theater.

  • Bobby Blotzner (1958). Rock drummer with Ratt (“Round and Round”).

  • Stiv Bators (1949). American punk rock singer and guitarist with the Dead Boys. Died 1990.

  • Neil Burton Rolnick (1947). Composer.

  • Eddie Brigati (1945). New Jersey rock singer/songwriter and percussionist with the Rascals.

  • Leslie West (1945). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Mountain (“Mississippi Queen”). Born Leslie Weinstein.

  • Paul Zukofsky (1943). New York violinist (Cappricio).

  • Bobby Fuller (1942). Texas rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Bobby Fuller Four (“I Fought the Law”). Died 7/18/1966.
  • Annette Funicello (1942). American Mouseketeer, singer, and actress in beach party movies.

  • Robin John Maconie (1942). Composer.

  • Ray Jones (1939). Rock bassist with Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas.

  • Manos Loïzos (1937). Greek composer. Died 1982.

  • Tadeas Salva (1937). Composer.

  • Donald McIntyre (1934). Welsh operatic bass-baritone.

  • Hikaru Hayashi (1931). Composer.

  • Dory Previn (1929). New Jersey pop singer/songwriter (Love Be My Cover) and poet.

  • Giorgio Gaslini (1929). Composer.

  • Georges Brassens (1921). French singer/songwriter. Died 1981.

  • Cornelis L. “Kees” van Baaren (1906). Dutch composer (Willem Pijper).

  • Joseph Kosma (1905). Hungarian-French composer.

  • Paul Arma (1904). Composer.

  • Marcel Mihalovici (1898). Composer.

  • Fidelio Friedrich Finke (1891). Composer.

  • Giovanni Martinelli (1885). Italian opera singer (NY Met).

  • Lothar Windsperger (1885). Composer.

  • Viktor Jacobi (1883). Composer.

  • Carl Fuchs (1838). Composer.

  • Leopold Damrosch (1832). Composer.

  • August Labitzky (1832). Composer.

  • Guglielmo Quarenghi (1826). Composer.

  • Franz Liszt (1811). Hungarian classical composer (Piano Sonata in B Minor), pianist, and teacher known for his rhapsodies. Died 7/31/1886.

  • Federico Ricci (1809). Composer.

  • Daniel Steibelt (1765). Composer.

  • Johann Christian Gottlob Eidenbenz (1761). Composer.

  • Ambrogio Minoja (1752). Composer.

  • Vincenzo Manfredini (1737). Composer.

  • Nicola Bonifacio Logroscino (1698). Composer.

  • Georg Balthasar Schott (1686). Composer.


    OCT. 23

  • Stevie Brock (1990). American singer.

  • Faye Hamlin (1987). Swedish singer with Play.

  • Josh Strickland (1983). American singer and actor.

  • Shoo (1981). South Korean singer and actress born Yoo Soo-Young.

  • Jessicka Addams (1976). American singer and artist.

  • Jimmy Wayne (1972). American country singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Carlo Forlivesi (1971). Italian composer.

  • Shelby Lynne (1968)

  • Dale Crover (1967). American rock musician with the Melvins, the Men of Porn, and Altamont.

  • David Thomas (Take 6)

    (1966)

  • Jacqueline M. Stone (1964). American musician and producer.

  • Robert Trujillo (1964). American bassist with Metallica.

  • Weird Al Yankovic (1959). American parody singer (“Eat It”, “Fat”, “Smells Like Nirvana”) born Alfred Matthew Yankovic.

  • Rose Nabinger (1958). German singer.

  • Dwight Yoakam (1956). Kentucky country singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Pierre Moerlen (1952). French drummer and percussionist. Died 2005.

  • Charly Garcia (1951). Argentinian singer.

  • Harry Sacksioni (1950). Dutch guitarist (Around the Corner).

  • Michael “Wurzel” Burston (1949). English rock guitarist with Motörhead.

  • Greg Ridley (1947). English rock bassist with Spooky Tooth and Humble Pie. Died 11/19/2003.

  • Kim Larsen (1945). Danish rock singer.

  • Mike Harding (1944). English singer/songwriter, comedian, author, and poet.

  • Greg Ridley (1941). Rock bassist (Spooky Tooth-It's All About).

  • Ellie Greenwich (1940). American singer/songwriter and record producer. Part of famed rock songwriting team with husband Jeff Barry (the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby”, Dixie Cups’ “Chapel of Love”, Manfred Mann’s “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”, Shangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack”, the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron”, Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High”). Died 8/26/2009.

  • Freddie Marsden (1940). Liverpool, rock drummer (Gerry and The Pacemakers).

  • Charlie Foxx (1939). American musician.

  • Yvonne Staples (1938). American singer with the Staple Singers.

  • Zbigniew Rudzinski (1935). Composer.

  • Patrick Peter Sacco (1928). Composer.

  • Alexander Tanev (1928). Composer.

  • Sonny Criss (1927). American jazz musician

  • Fats Sadi (1927). Belgian jazz singer, composer, and percussionist.

  • Manos Hadjidakis (1925). Greek composer and conductor (Never on Sunday). Died 1994.

  • Ned Rorem (1923). American composer and diarist.

  • Miriam Gideon (1906). Composer.

  • Alexander Shamil’yevich Melik-Pashayev (1905). Composer.

  • Milford Dolliole (1903). Pioneer jazz drummer.

  • Otmar Nussio (1902). Composer.

  • Jean Absil (1893). Belgian composer (Peau d’Ane).

  • Jacobus H “Koos” Speenhoff (1869). Dutch singer.

  • Guillaume Couture (1851). Composer.

  • Alexander Andreyevich Archangel’sky (1846). Composer.

  • Isac Baker Woodbury (1819). Composer.

  • Gustav Albert Lortzing (1801). German composer, singer, and actor. Died 1851.

  • Joseph Panny (1794). Composer.

  • Pietro Generali (1773). Composer.

  • Johann Bernard Staudt (1654). Composer.


    OCT. 24

  • Krystal Jung (1994). American-born Korean pop singer and actress.

  • Drake (1986). Canadian rapper and actor born Aubrey Drake Graham.

  • Kaela Kimura (1984). Japanese model and pop-punk singer/songwriter.

  • Adrienne Bailon (1983). American actress and singer with 3LW and the Cheetah Girls.

  • VV Brown (1983). English singer/songwriter, model, and TV producer born Vanessa Brown.

  • Tila Tequila (1981). Singapore-born American singer, model, and TV personality.

  • Monica (1980). American R&B singer/songwriter (“The Boy Is Mine”) and actress born Monica Denise Arnold.

  • Ben Gillies (1979). Australian rock drummer with Silverchair.

  • Justin Lee Brannan (1978). American musician.

  • Madlib (1973). American DJ, rapper, and music producer born Otis Jackson, Jr.

  • Louis Michael Anthony Sassin (1972). Boston rock musician (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun).

  • Alonza Bevan (1970). English bassist with Kula Shaker.

  • Carolien de Windt (1960). Suriname/Dutch singer (Mai Tai).

  • Rowland S. Howard (1959). Australian guitarist with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

  • Mathilde Santing (1958). Dutch rock singer with Breast and Brow.

  • Jozef Ráž (1954). Slovak musician.

  • Billy Thomas (1953). Florida singer with McBride & The Ride.

  • Terry Buffin (1950). Rock drummer with the British Lions.

  • Steven Greenberg (1950). American musician (Lipps Inc.), record producer, and record label owner.

  • Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares (1949). American musician.

  • Dale “Buffin” Griffin (1948). English rock drummer with Mott the Hoople.

  • Barry Ryan (1948). English singer (“Eloise”). Born Barry Sapherson.

  • Edgar Broughton (1947). English rock guitarist and singer.

  • Jerry Edmonton (1946). Canadian rock drummer with Steppenwolf. Died 1993.

  • Alan Titus (1945). American baritone.

  • Ray Downs (1944). American author and musician.

  • Ted Templeman (1944). American record producer.

  • Uri Sharvit (1939). Composer.

  • Fred E Finn (1938). California pianist (Mickie Finn's).

  • Miguel Angel Coria (1937). Composer.

  • Santo Farina (1937). American musician and composer with Santo & Johnny.

  • Rainer Kunad (1936). Composer.

  • Bill Wyman (1936). English rock bassist with The Rolling Stones (“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off of My Cloud”, “Paint It, Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar”, 1968’s Beggars Banquet, 1969’s Let It Bleed, 1971’s Sticky Fingers, 1972’s Exile on Main Street). Born William Perks.

  • Malcolm Bilson (1935). American pianist and music professor.

  • Sofia Gubaidulina (1931). Russian composer.

  • The Big Bopper (1930). Texas early rock ‘n’ roll singer (“Chantilly Lace”). Born Jiles Perry Richardson. Died 2/3/1959.

  • George Crumb (1929). West Virginian avant-garde composer. Won the Pulitizer for 1968’s Echoes of Time.

  • Gilbert Bécaud (1927). French singer, composer, and actor. Died 2001.

  • Renato de Grandis (1927). composer.

  • Jean-Claude Pascal (1927). French singer, designer, and actor. Died 1992.

  • Bob Azzam (1925). Egyptian-born Palestinian singer. Died 2004.

  • Luciano Berio (1925). Italian composer (Chemins). Died 2003.

  • Jose Casanovas (1924). Composer.

  • Jean Vallerand (1915). Composer.

  • Tito Gobbi (1913). Italian baritone. Died 1984.

  • Sonny Terry (1911). American blues harmonica player. Died 3/12/1986.

  • Elizabeth Poston (1905). Composer.

  • Moss Hart (1904). Broadway playwright and director of My Fair Lady.

  • Karl Otto Runolfsson (1900). Composer.

  • Lazar Weiner (1897). Composer.

  • Kathleen Lockhart Manning (1890). Composer.

  • Imre Emmerich K lm n (1882). Hungarian composer.

  • Pavel Grigor’yevich (1877). Composer.

  • Franco Leoni (1867). Composer.

  • Manuel Manrique de Lara y Berry (1863). Composer.

  • Josef Nesvera (1842). Composer.

  • Ferdinand Hiller (1811). German composer, pianist, and conductor. Died 1885.

  • Ernst Friedrich Richter (1808). Composer.

  • Ramon Carnicer y Batlle (1789). Composer.


    OCT. 25

  • DJ Webstar (1986). American DJ, producer, and rap singer born Troy Ryan.

  • Ciara (1985). American singer (“Goodies”), dancer, and model born Ciara Princess Harris.

  • Sara Lumholdt (1984). Swedish singer with the A-Teens.

  • Katy Perry (1984). American pop singer (“I Kissed a Girl”, “Hot N Cold”, “California Gurls”).

  • Eman Lam (1982). Hong Kong singer.

  • Jerome Isaac Jones (1981). American singer with Immature.

  • Hannah Tan (1981). Malaysian singer/songwriter and TV personality.

  • Austin Winkler (1981). American rock singer with Hinder.

  • Natasha Khan (1979). British singer with Bat for Lashes.

  • Yehonathan Gatro (1977). Israeli singer and actor.

  • Eirik Glambek Bøe (1975). Norwegian musician, writer, and singer.

  • Carmen Perez (1973). American recording artist, songwriter, and actress.

  • Neil Fallon (1971). American singer with Clutch.

  • Midori Goto (1971). Japanese violinist.

  • Ed Robertson (1970). Canadian alternative rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Barenaked Ladies (“One Week”).

  • Chely Wright (1970). American country singer.

  • Speech (1968). American rapper with Arrested Development. Born Todd Thomas.

  • Nicole (1964). German singer born Nicole Seibert.

  • Nick Thorpe (1964). British rock musician with Curosity Killed the Cat.

  • John Leven (1963). Swedish rock bassist with Europe.

  • Chad Smith (1961). American rock drummer with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot.

  • Christina Amphlett (1959). Australian singer with the Divinyls.

  • Robbie McIntosh (1957). English rock guitarist and vocalist with The Pretenders. Also a session musician.

  • Robin Eubanks (1955). American jazz trombonist.

  • Matthias Jabs (1955). German rock guitarist and songwriter with the Scorpions (“Wind of Change”).

  • Richard Lloyd (1951). American guitarist and singer/songwriter with Television.

  • Albert Jarvinen (1950). Finnish guitarist with the Hurriganes. Born Pekka Järvinen. Died 5/24/1991.

  • Chris Norman (1950). English singer.

  • Walter Hyatt (1949). Musician.

  • John Hall (1947). Rock musician with Orleans (“Still the One”, “Love Takes Time”).

  • Glenn Tipton (1947). English heavy metal guitarist and keyboardist with Judas Priest (“Breaking the Law”).

  • Peter Lieberson (1946). Composer.

  • Jon Anderson (1944). English prog-rock singer/songwriter with Yes (1971’s Fragile).

  • Kathy “Taffy” Danoff (1944). Washington D.C. singer with Starland Vocal Band (“Afternoon Delight”).

  • Kati Kovács (1944). Hungarian singer.

  • Taffy Nivert (1944). American folk musician.

  • Helen Reddy (1941). Australian-born American singer/songwriter (“I Am Woman”, “Delta Dawn”) and actress.

  • Jeanne Black (1937). American country singer.

  • Zdenek Pololanik (1935). Composer.

  • Sam Taylor (1934). American blues musician.

  • Barbara Cook (1927). American singer and actress.

  • Jimmy Heath (1926). American jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger.

  • Galina Vishnevskaya (1926). Russian soprano opera singer (Madama Butterfly).

  • Zoot Sims (1925). American saxophonist. Died 3/23/1985.

  • Earl Palmer (1924). American R&B session drummer.

  • Horace Grant Fletcher (1913). Composer.

  • Minnie Pearl (1912). American comedian and country singer (radio’s Grand Ole Opry, 1940-91, TV’s Hee Haw, 1969-91). Born Sarah Ophelia Colley. Died 3/4/1996.

  • Eddie Lang (1902). American jazz guitarist. Died 1933.

  • Willem CN Andriessen (1887). Dutch composer/pianist (Beethoven).

  • Heinrich Max Ludwig (1882). Composer.

  • Jean Rogister (1879). Composer.

  • Mayhew Lake (1879). Composer.

  • August Otto Halm (1869). Composer.

  • Georg Alfred Schumann (1866). Composer.

  • Alexander Tikhonovich Gretsjaninow (1864). Russian-American composer (Snow White).

  • Georges Bizet (1838). French composer and pianist (the opera Carmen). Died 6/3/1875.

  • Johann Strauss II (1825). Austrian composer known as “The Waltz King”. Died 1899.

  • Ernesto Camillo Sivori (1815). Composer.

  • Philipp Fahrbach (1815). Composer.

  • Corneille Vander Planken (1772). Composer.

  • Pierre Talon (1721). Composer.

  • Petronio Maria Pio Sgabazzi (1716). Composer.

  • Georg Gebel (1709). Composer.

  • Thomas Weelkes (1576). Composer.


    OCT. 26

  • Amanda Overmyer (1984). American singer.

  • Girl Talk (1981). American electronic and dance musician born Gregg Gillis.

  • Guy Sebastian (1981). Malaysian-born Australian singer/songwriter.

  • Mark Barry (1978). English musician with BBMak.

  • Lisa (1974). Japanese musician.

  • Anthony Rapp (1971). American singer and actor.

  • Keith Urban (1967). Australian country singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Masaharu Iwata (1966). Japanese composer.

  • Judge Jules (1966). British dance music DJ.

  • Aaron Kwok Fu-Shing (1965). Hong Kong singer and actor.

  • Natalie Merchant (1963). American alternative-rock singer/songwriter and pianist with 10,000 Maniacs (“Like the Weather”) and then a solo artist.

  • Keith Strickland (1953). Georgia new wave drummer and songwriter with the B-52’s (“Rock Lobster”).

  • David Was (1952). American musician with Was (Not Was).

  • Bootsy Collins (1951). Ohio funk bassist and singer/songwriter with Parliament/Funkadelic.

  • Tommy Mars (1951). American keyboardist with Frank Zappa.

  • Maggie Roche (1951). American rock singer with The Roches.

  • Keith Hopwood (1946). English rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, and singer with Herman’s Hermits (“I’m into Something Good”, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”, “I’m Henry VII, I Am”).

  • Leslie West (1945). Musician with Mountain.

  • Mike Piano (1944). Rock musician with The Sandpipers.

  • Milton Nascimento (1942). Brazilian singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Dietmar Polaczek (1942). Composer.

  • Zdenko Runjić (1942). Croatian composer. Died 2004.

  • Charlie Landsborough (1941). British country and folk singer/songwriter.

  • Bruce Belland (1936). Illinois singer (Tim Conway Hour).

  • Al Casey (1936). American guitarist and session musician.

  • Hans-Joachim Rödelius (1934). German composer, musician, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

  • Hans Peter Haller (1929). Composer.

  • Neal Matthews, Jr. (1929). American singer with The Jordanaires. Died 2000.

  • Warne Marsh (1927). American tenor saxophonist.

  • Panos Gavalas (1926). Greek singer. Died 1988.

  • James E. Myers (1919). American songwriter, actor, and producer.

  • Charlie Barnet (1913). American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (“Cherokee”). Died 1991.

  • Mahalia Jackson (1911). New Orleans gospel singer (“Move on Up a Little Higher”, “Whole World in His Hands”). Considered one of the greatest of all time. Died 1/27/1972.

  • Tony Pastor (1907). Italian American singer and tenor saxophonist.

  • Giovanni Salviucci (1907). Composer.

  • Charles Igor Gorin (1904). Ukraine composer, singer, and actor.

  • Giuditta Pasta (1797). Italian soprano. Died 1865.

  • Beryl Rubinstein (1898). Composer.

  • Gustav Hermann Unger (1886). Composer.

  • Hermann Lohr (1871). Composer.

  • Joseph Moorat (1864). Composer.

  • Arthur Friedheim (1859). Composer.

  • Hendrick Waelput (1845). Flemish composer/conductor.

  • Polibo Fumagalli (1830). Composer.

  • Stefano Golinelli (1818). Composer.

  • Henry Thomas Smart (1813). Composer.

  • Nikolaos Mantzaros (1795). Greek composer. Died 1872.

  • Joseph Mayseder (1789). Composer.

  • Louis-Charles-Joseph Rey (1758). Composer.

  • Ernest Louis Muller (1740). Composer.

  • Joaquin de Oxinaga (1719). Composer.

  • Johan Helmich Roman (1694). Finnish/Swedish composer, conductor, and violinist. Died 1758.

  • Domenico Scarlatti (1685). Italian composer and harpsichordist. Died 1757.

  • Hans Buchner (1483). Composer.


    OCT. 27

  • Thelma Aoyama (1987). Japanese singer.

  • Kelly Osbourne (1984). English singer, actress, TV personality, radio presenter and fashion designer. Daughter of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne.

  • Salem Al Fakir (1981). Swedish musican and singer.

  • Tanel Padar (1980). Estonian singer.

  • Vanessa-Mae (1978). Singapore classical and pop musician.

  • Sabrina Washington (1978). British singer and dancer.

  • Elissa (1972). Lebanese singer born Elissar Khoury.

  • Marika Krook (1972). Swedish-born Finnish soprano singer with Edea.

  • Adrian Erlandsson (1970). Swedish drummer with Cradle of Filth.

  • Annie Patterson (1969). Composer.

  • Scott Weiland (1967). American rock singer/songwriter with Stone Temple Pilots (1992’s Core, 1994’s Purple) and Velvet Revolver.

  • Farin Urlaub (1963). German punk-rock singer and guitarist with Die Ärzte.

  • Simon Le Bon (1958). English new wave singer with Duran Duran (“Hungry Like the Wolf”, 1982’s Rio).

  • Hazell Dean (1956). English singer/songwriter and producer.

  • Felix Wurman (1958). American cellist and composer. Died 2009.

  • Jeff East (1957). Rock musician.

  • Babis Tsertos (1956). Greek singer and musician.

  • Topi Sorsakoski (1952). Finnish singer.

  • K.K. Downing (1951). English rock guitarist and songwriter with Judas Priest (“Breaking the Law”).

  • Éric Morena (1951). French singer.

  • Jack Daniels (1949). Oklahoma country singer with Highway 101 (“Cry Cry Cry”).

  • Garry Tallent (1949). American rock bassist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

  • Byron Allred (1948). Utah rock musician with the Steve Miller Band.

  • Phillip Catherine (1942). rock musician.

  • Lee Greenwood (1942). American country singer (“God Bless the U.S.A.”).

  • Don Partridge (1941). English busker and singer/songwriter.

  • Floyd Cramer (1933). Louisiana country singer and pianist (“Last Date”, “On the Rebound”). Died 12/31/1997.

  • Dominick Argento (1927). Composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint).

  • Anestis Logothetis (1921). Composer.

  • Conlon Nancarrow (1912). Arkansas composer (Soundings 4).

  • Antonius “Toon” Verhey (1894). Violin cellist and conductor (Residence-orchestra).

  • Henry Tate (1873). Composer.

  • Antoni Katski (1817). Composer.

  • Niccolò Paganini (1782). Italian violinist and composer. Considered the greatest violinist of all time. Died 1840.

  • Traugott Maximilian Eberwein (1775). Composer.

  • Nancy Storace (1766). Soprano operatic singer. First to sing Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Died 1817.

  • Georg Anton Kreusser (1746). Composer.

  • Franz Ignaz Kaa (1739). Composer.


    OCT. 28

  • Devon Murray (1988). Irish singer and actor.

  • Mai Kuraki (1982). Japanese singer/songwriter, producer and composer.

  • Aki Hakala (1979). Finnish drummer with The Rasmus.

  • Justin Guarini (1978). American singer.

  • Brad Paisley (1972). American country singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Roxanna Briban (1971). Romanian soprano.

  • Ben Harper (1969). American singer/songwriter, guitarist and activist.

  • Richard Bona (1967). Cameroon jazz bassist and musician.

  • Eros Ramazzotti (1963). Italian singer/songwriter.

  • Neville Henry (1959). Rock musician with the Blow Monkeys.

  • William Reid (1958). Scottish alternative rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Jesus and Mary Chain (1985’s Psychocandy).

  • Stephen Morris (1957). English alternative-rock keyboardist and drummer with Joy Division and New Order.

  • Dave Wyndorf (1956). American singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Desmond Child (1953). American songwriter and producer.

  • Tommy Dobeck (1952). Rock drummer with the Michael Stanley Band.

  • Thelma Hopkins (1948). Kentucky singer with Tony Orlando & Dawn (“Knock Three Times”, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree”).

  • Ricki Lee Reynolds (1948). American country singer and guitarist with Black Oak Arkansas.

  • Elton Dean (1945). English saxophonist and keyboardist with Soft Machine. Died 2006.

  • Wayne Fontana (1945). British singer with The Mindbenders (“Groovy Kind of Love”).

  • Conny Froboess (1943). German singer.

  • Curtis Lee (1941). American rock singer.

  • Hank B. Marvin (1941). English rock guitarist with the Shadows. Born Brian Rankin.

  • Glenn Moore (1941). Rock musician.

  • Graham Bond (1937). English R&B singer with the Graham Bond Organization. Died 5/8/1974.

  • Charlie Daniels (1936). North Carolina country singer and fiddler (“The Devil Went Down to Georgia”).

  • Carl Davis (1936). American-born British conductor and composer.

  • Ted Hawkins (1936). Singer and guitarist.

  • Folke Rabe (1935). Composer.

  • Harold Battiste (1931). American music composer, arranger, performer and teacher.

  • John Henry Mayer (1930). Composer.

  • Harry Gilbert Trythall (1930). Composer.

  • Iry LeJeune (1928). American Cajun musician. Died 1955.

  • Cleo Laine (1927). English jazz singer and actress. Born Clementina Dinah Campbell.

  • Alfonso Montalva Montecino (1924). Composer.

  • Gershon Kingsley (1922). German composer.

  • Adolfs Skulte (1909). Composer.

  • Jaime Silva Filho (1908). Portuguese composer of music for films.

  • Louis de Meester (1904). Composer.

  • Elsa Lanchester (1902). English singer and actress born Elizabeth Sullivan. Died 1986.

  • Howard Hanson (1896). Nebraska classical composer, conductor (Nordic), educator, and music theorist. Died 1981.

  • Dink Johnson (1892). Dixieland musician born Ollie Johnson. Died 1954.

  • Andres Isasi (1890). Composer.

  • Miloje Milojevic (1884). Composer.

  • Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta (1879). Composer.

  • Franz Xavier Arens (1856). Composer.

  • John Thomson (1805). Composer.

  • Karl Georg Lickl (1801). Composer.

  • Henri-Jerome Bertini (1798). Composer.

  • Johann Schneider (1789). Composer.

  • Ignaz Franz von Beecke (1733). Composer.

  • Michel Mathieu (1689). Composer.


    OCT. 29

  • Eric Saade (1990). Swedish singer.

  • Makoto Ogawa (1987). Japanese singer and actress.

  • Amit Paul (1983). Indian singer with the Swedish pop group the A*Teens.

  • Toby Smith (1970). British keyboardist and songwriter with Jamiroquai.

  • Douglas “SA” Vincent Martinez (1970). American alternative-rock/ska singer with 311.

  • Roni Size (1969). British music producer and DJ.

  • Tsunku (1968). Japanese musician, talent manager, actor and TV presenter born Terada Mitsuo.

  • Pete Timmins (1965). Canadian drummer with the Cowboy Junkies.

  • Einar Örn Benediktsson (1962). Icelandic singer and trumpet player with The Sugarcubes.

  • Randy Jackson (1961). Indiana R&B singer with the Jackson 5 (“I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save”, “I’ll Be There”). Born Stephen Randall Jackson.

  • Toni Childs (1957). American alternative-rock singer/songwriter (“Don’t’ Walk Away”).

  • Roger O’Donnell (1955). English alternative-rock keyboardist with The Cure.

  • Kevin DuBrow (1955). American rock singer with Quiet Riot (“Cum on Feel the Noize”). Died 2007.

  • Stephen Luscombe (1954). English instrumentalist.

  • Anita Meijer (1954). Dutch singer (Just a Disillusion).

  • Arnell Carmichael (1952). Rock keyboardist with Raydio.

  • Rick Bordia (1951). Rock guitarist with Mink Deville.

  • Guy Gelso (1951). Rock drummer with Zebra (“Tell Me What You Want”).

  • David Paton (1949). Scottish singer, bassist, and guitarist with Pilot (“It’s Magic”), The Alan Parsons Project, and Camel.

  • James Williamson (1949). American guitarist.

  • Ricky “Ricochet” Reynolds (1948). American singer and guitarist.

  • Lynn Carey (1946). American singer/songwriter, model and actress.

  • Peter Green (1946). English blues/rock guitarist and singer with Fleetwood Mac (“Black Magic Woman”, “Albatross”, “Oh Well”). Born Peter Greenbaum.

  • Melba Moore (1945). American R&B singer and actress.

  • Denny Laine (1944). English rock guitarist with the Moody Blues (1964-66), Ginger Baker’s Air Force, and Wings. Born Brian Arthur Hines.

  • Robbie van Leeuwen (1944). Dutch guitarist and songwriter with Shocking Blue.

  • Frida Boccara (1940). French singer. Died 1996.

  • Michael Ponti (1937). German pianist (Boston Competition 1964).

  • Robert E. Hughes (1934). New York orchestra leader (Rich Little Show).

  • Ramon Sender (1934). Composer.

  • Omara Portuondo (1930). Cuban singer.

  • Natalie Sleeth (1930). American composer. Died 1992.

  • Peter Stampfel (1930). Rock musician.

  • Jon Vickers (1926). Canadian tenor.

  • Zoot Sims (1925). Rock musician.

  • Dietrich Manicke (1923). Composer.

  • Neal Hefti (1922). Nebraska bandleader, composer, arranger, and trumpeter (Kate Smith Show). Scored film themes for 1967’s Barefoot in the Park and 1968’s The Odd Couple. Died 2008.

  • Hadda Brooks (1916). American pianist, vocalist and composer.

  • Ben Gage (1914). Radio & film singer & announcer.

  • Vivian Ellis (1903). Composer.

  • Daniele Amfiteatrov (1901). Composer.

  • Emmanuel Bondeville (1898). Composer.

  • Fanny Brice (1891). American singer. Died 1951.

  • Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815). American composer. Popularized “Dixie” (1859), which became the unofficial anthem of the Confederacy. Died 1904.


    OCT. 30

  • Jay Asforis (1989). American singer.

  • Vanessa White (1989). British singer/songwriter with The Saturdays.

  • Yukie Nakama (1979). Japanese singer.

  • Matthew Morrison (1978). Singer and actor on TV’s Glee.

  • Kassidy Osborn (1976). American country music singer.

  • Ian D’Sa (1975). Canadian musician with Billy Talent.

  • Maja Tatić (1970). Serbian singer.

  • Masanori Hikichi (1969). Japanese composer.

  • Snow (1969). Canadian reggae musician born Darrin O’Brien.

  • Ken Stringfellow (1968). American singer and guitarist with the Posies and Big Star.

  • Gavin Rossdale (1965). Rock singer/songwriter with Bush. Married to singer Gwen Stefani.

  • Jerry de Borg (1963). English pop guitarist with Jesus Jones (“Right Here Right Now”).

  • Joey BellaDonna (1960). American rock singer with Anthrax.

  • Jerry DeBorg (1960). British guitarist.

  • T. Graham Brown (1954). Georgia country singer (“Come As You Were”).

  • Michael Wilson (1952). Jamaican Christian and gospel musician.

  • David Green (1949). Australian bassist with Air Supply.

  • Timothy B. Schmidt (1947). California rock bassist and singer with Poco and the Eagles.

  • Chris Slade (1946). Welsh rock drummer with Uriah Heep, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (1971-78), The Firm (1984-86), AC/DC (1989-95), and Asia (2001-04).

  • Sven-David Sandstrom (1942). Composer.

  • Otis Williams (1941). Texas R&B baritone singer. The last surviving original member of The Temptations.

  • Eddie Holland (1939). American songwriter with Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team (the Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, and “You Can’t Hurry Love”; the Four Tops’ “Baby, I Need Your Loving”, “I Can’t Help Myself”, and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”).

  • Grace Slick (1939). Illinois rock singer with Jefferson Airplane (“Somebody to Love”, “White Rabbit”, 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow). Born Grace Barnett Wing.

  • Norman West (1939). American singer (Soul Children, Hearsay, Give 'Em Love).

  • Frans Brüggen (1934). Dutch musician.

  • Clifford Brown (1930). American jazz trumpeter and composer. Died 6/26/1956.

  • Teo Macero (1925). Composer.

  • Jane Randolph (1919). Backup singer for Tony Orlando & Dawn.

  • Pierre Wissmer (1915). Swiss composer (Capitaine Bruno).

  • Vadim Gomolyaka (1914). Russian composer for films.

  • Richard E. Holz (1914). American composer. Died 1986.

  • Luciano Sgrizzi (1910). Italian harpsichordist and composer. Died 1994.

  • Stuart Hamblen (1908). Texas singer/composer (This Old House).

  • Franco Margola (1908). Composer.

  • Patsy Montana (1908). American country singer/songwriter. Died 1996.

  • Gy’rgy R nki (1907). Hungarian composer (H¢emberek).

  • Paul Smith (1906). American music composer of film scores.

  • Christian Darnton (1905). Composer.

  • Alfred Gradstein (1904). Composer.

  • Konrad Friedrich Noetel (1903). Composer.

  • Armin Kaufmann (1902). Composer.

  • Agustin Lara (1897). Mexican composer. Died 11/6/1970.

  • Anatoly Grigor’yevich Novikov (1896). Composer.

  • Antonino Votto (1896). Italian opera conductor. Died 1985.

  • Peter Warlock (1894). Composer.

  • Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge (1864). Composer.

  • Gustav Weber (1845). Composer.

  • Carlotta Patti (1840). Italian soprano.

  • Cenobio Paniagua y Vasques (1821). Composer.

  • Karol Joseph Lipinski (1790). Composer.

  • Karl Guhr (1787). Composer.

  • Edward Miller (1735). Composer.

  • Michael de Ronghe (1620). Composer.


    OCT. 31

  • Willow Smith (2000). American singer (“Whip My Hair”) and daughter of rapper/actor Will Smith.

  • Frank Iero (1981). American rock guitarist and vocalist with My Chemical Romance.

  • Selina (Chia-Hsüan) Jen (1981). Taiwanese singer with S.H.E.

  • Alondra de la Parra (1980). Mexican-born American conductor.

  • Séverine Ferrer (1977). French singer.

  • Roger Manganelli (1974). Brazlian musician with Less Than Jake.

  • Natasja Saad (1974). Danish hip hop and reggae artist. Died 2007.

  • Ai Iijima (1972). Japanese media personality and singer.

  • Linn Berggren (1970). Swedish singer with Ace of Base (“The Sign”). Born Malin Berggren.

  • Mitch Harris (1970). American guitarist with Napalm Death.

  • Johnny Moeller (1970). American blues guitarist.

  • Rogers Stevens (1970). American guitarist with Blind Melon (“No Rain”).

  • Vanilla Ice (1967). American rapper (“Ice Ice Baby”) born Robert Van Winkle.

  • King Ad-Rock (1966). American rapper and guitarist with the Beastie Boys (“You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party”). Born Adam Keefe Horowitz.

  • Annabella Lwin (1966). Anglo-Burmese singer/songwriter with Bow Wow Wow (“I Want Candy”).

  • Colm Ó Cíosóig (1964). Irish drummer.

  • Darryl Worley (1964). American country singer.

  • Mikkey Dee (1963). Swedish rock drummer with Motörhead.

  • Johnny Marr (1963). English alternative-rock guitarist and songwriter with The Smiths (1984’s The Smiths, 1986’s The Queen Is Dead). Born John Maher.

  • Kate Campbell (1961). American musician.

  • Larry Mullen (1961). Irish rock drummer with U2.

  • Debbie McGee (1958). British TV, radio, and stage performer and former dancer.

  • Brian Stokes Mitchell (1957). American singer and actor.

  • Robert Pollard (1957). American rock musician.

  • Johnny Clegg (1953).

  • Bernard Edwards (1952). American R&B bassist and producer with Chic (“Le Freak”, “Good Times”). Died 4/18/1996.

  • Doug Bennett (1951). Canadian singer, producer and music video director for various bands.

  • Moon Martin (1950). American singer (“Rolene”). Born John Martin.

  • Bob Siebenberg (1949). American rock drummer and percussionist with Supertramp.

  • Russ Ballard (1945). English rock guitarist and singer with Argent.

  • Kinky Friedman (1944). American musician and novelist.

  • Eric Griffiths (1940). English guitarist with The Quarrymen..

  • Ali Farka Touré (1939). Malian singer and guitarist.

  • Tom Paxton (1937). American singer/songwriter.

  • Walter Steffens (1934). Composer.

  • David Lumsdaine (1931). Composer.

  • Ray Crane (1930). trumpeter.

  • Illinois Jacquet (1922). American jazz saxophonist and bandleader born Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet. Died 7/22/2004.

  • Joseph Gelineau (1920). French composer. Died 2008.

  • Erik Routley (1917). Composer.

  • Jane Jarvis (1915). American jazz pianist. Died 2010.

  • Dale Evans (1912). Country musician and actor; frequently starred with husband Roy Rogers. Died 2/7/2001.

  • Louise Talma (1906). French composer (Summer Sounds).

  • Ethel Waters (1896). American blues and jazz singer (“Dinah”, “Am I Blue?”, “Stormy Weather”). Died 9/1/1977.

  • Charlotte "Lotte" Bartschart (1891). German/Dutch operetta singer.

  • Harold Vincent Milligan (1888). Composer.

  • Ferdinand Huber (1791). Composer.

  • Ignaz Spangler (1757). Composer.

  • Philippe de Vitry (1291). French composer. Died 1361.


    This page last updated June 7, 2013.

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