Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Ivor Novello Awards

First posted 5/20/2012. Updated 5/21/2014.

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Named after entertainer Ivor Novello, these awards for songwriting and composing – nicknamed The Ivors – are presented annually by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). Since it was founded in 1956, the organization has given out more than 1000 awards to primarily British and Irish songwriters and composers.

Despite the best efforts of Dave’s Music Database, a source cannot be found for checking out past Ivor winners. This is maddenly common for music awards. One would think the official sites would have all the past winners and nominees available in an easy-to-search database, but more often than not, it isn’t possible to find out winners beyond the most recent year. Here’s what the DMDB has found about past Ivor winners (performer listed first and then writers in parentheses):


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Retrograde” by James Blake (James Blake)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Strong” by London Grammar (Dominic Major, Hannah Reid, Daniel Rothman)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Let Her Go” by Passenger (Mike Rosenberg)


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Pelican” by The Maccabees (Sam Doyle, Rupert Jarvis, Orlando Weeks, Felix White, Hugo White)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Next to Me” by Emeli Sandé (Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul, Emeli Sandé)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Dance with Me Tonight” by Olly Murs (Claude Kelly, Oliver Murs, Steve Robson)


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey (Lana Del Rey & Justin Parker)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele (Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth)

    Lana Del Rey “Video Games”


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Pass Out” by Tinie Tempah (Timothy McKenzie, Patrick Okogwu, & Marc Williams)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Becoming a Jackal” by the Villagers (Conor O’Brien)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “She Said” by Plan B (Eric Appapoulay, Richard Cassell, Benjamin Drew, Tom Wright-Goss)


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Daniel” by Bat for Lashes (Natasha Khan)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “The Fear” by Lily Allen (Lily Allen & Greg Kurstin)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “The Fear”

    Lily Allen “The Fear”


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Grounds for Divorce” by Elbow (Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter, & Peter Turner)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “One Day Like This” by Elbow (Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter, & Peter Turner)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Mercy” by Duffy
  • Best Selling British Single: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

    Coldplay “Viva La Vida”


  • Best Contemporary Song: “People Help the People” by Cherry Ghost (Simon Aldred)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Love Is a Losing Game” by Amy Winehouse (Amy Winehouse)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Shine” by Take That
  • Best Selling British Single: “Beautiful Liar” by Beyonce & Shakira (Amanda Ghost)


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse (Amy Winehouse)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Elusive” by Scott Matthews (Scott Matthews)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” by Scissor Sisters (Elton John, Scott Hoffman, & Jason Sellards)
  • Best Selling British Single: “A Moment Like This” by Leona Lewis
  • International Hit of the Year: “Sorry” by Madonna

    Amy Winehouse “Rehab”


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Athlete” by Wires
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt (Amanda Ghost & Sacha Skarbek)
  • Best Selling British Single: “That’s My Goal” by Shayne Ward
  • International Hit of the Year: “You’re Beautiful”

    James Blunt “You’re Beautiful”


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand (Robert Hardy, Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, & Paul Thomson)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Dry Your Eyes” by The Streets (Mike Skinner)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Toxic” by Britney Spears (Cathy Dennis, Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback, & Avant)
  • Best Selling British Single: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid 20 (Bob Geldof & Midge Ure)
  • International Hit of the Year: “Vertigo” by U2 (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, & Larry Mullen Jr.)

    Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out”


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Stronger Than Me” by Amy Winehouse (Salaam Remi)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Leave Right Now” by Will Young (Francis Eg White)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Superstar” by Jamelia (Mich Hansen, Joseph Belmaati, & Remee)
  • Best Selling British Single: “Mad World” by Michael Andrews & Gary Jules (Roland Orzabal)
  • International Hit of the Year: “White Flag” by Dido (Dido Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong, & Rick Nowels)

    Michael Andrews with Gary Jules “Mad World”


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Weak Become Heroes” by The Streets (Mike Skinner)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “The Other Side” by David Gray (David Gray)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Just a Little” by Liberty X (Michelle Escoffery, John Hammond Hagan, and George Hammond Hagan)
  • International Hit of the Year: “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne (Christy Lauren, David Alspach, Graham Edwards & Avril Lavigne)
  • Best Selling UK Single: “Anything Is Possible” by Will Young (Cathy Dennis and Chris Braide)


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Shining Light” by Ash
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Walk On” by U2 (Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul Hewson, & Larry Mullen)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue (Cathy Dennis & Rob Davis)
  • International Hit of the Year: “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”
  • Best Selling UK Single: “Pure and Simple” by Hear’Say (Pete Kirtley, Tim Hawes, & Alison Clarkson)

    Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Seven Days” by Craig David (Craig David, Mark Hill & Darren Hill)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Babylon” by David Gray (David Gray)
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Pure Shores” by All Saints (Shaznay Lewis & William Orbit)
  • Best Selling British Single: “Can We Fix It” by Bob the Builder (Paul Joyce)
  • International Hit of the Year: “It Feels So Good” by Sonique (Sonique, Linus Burdick, Simon Belofsky, & Graeme Pleeth)

    David Gray “Babylon”


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Why Does It Always Rain on Me” by Travis
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Strong” by Robbie Williams
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Beautiful Stranger” by Madonna
  • International Hit of the Year: “Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera


  • Best Contemporary Song: “Here’s Where the Story Ends” by Tin Tin Out (Harriet Wheeler and David Gavurin)
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: “Believe” by Cher (Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennan, Paul Barry, Steve Torch, Matt Gray & Tim Powell) Cher
  • PRS Most Performed Work: “Angels” by Robbie Williams (Robbie Williams & Guy Chambers)
  • Best Selling British Single: “Believe”
  • International Hit of the Year: “Believe”

    Cher “Believe”

    1995: Best Contemporary Song: “Back for Good” by Take That
    1994: Best Contemporary Song: “Pray” by Take That
    1974 Best Song: “Streets of London” written by Ralph McTell
    1972 International Hit of the Year: “Without You” (Peter Ham and Tom Evans)
    1961 PRS Most Performed Work: “My Kind of Girl” by Leslie Bricusse
    1961 Outstanding Song: “What Kind of Fool Am I?” (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newly)
    1960 Most Performed Work: “As Long As He Needs Me” (Lionel Bart)
    1959 “The Ballad of Bethnal Green” (Paddy Roberts)
    1955 Outstanding Song: “In Love for the Very First Time” (Paddy Roberts & Jack Woodman)

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  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    Ethel Waters charted with “Stormy Weather”: May 20, 1933

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    Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time)”

    Writer(s): Harold Arlen/ Ted Koehler (see lyrics here)

    First charted: 5/20/1933

    Peak: 13 US (Click for codes to singles charts.)

    Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)

    Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --

    Review: In the early 1930s, the famed Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, featured African-American performers on stage although they weren’t allowed to sit in the audience. TM Harold Arlen, a cantor’s son, and Ted Koehler wrote this “bluesy perennial” TM for Cab Calloway to introduce in a Cotton Club revue, but decided it was more fitting for a female singer and gave it to Ethel Waters. TY-70

    Waters established herself as an “incomparable interpreter of the American Songbook,” NRR but began her career as a blues singer before adapting her voice to a more conversational style and reshaping herself as a pioneer jazz singer. NRR When she performed “Stormy Weather” in the show Cotton Club Parade, she sang it “with all her soul…expressing the anguish of people who found nothing but gloom and misery…because of the Depression.” TY-70 “Her career – already in high flight – soared to a still loftier trajectory.” SS-180 Waters called it “a turning point in my life.” SS-180

    Her 1933 recording of the song was a #1 hit (Metronome magazine called it “1933’s biggest hit” SS-180), as was Arlen’s own recording with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra. Guy Lombardo, Duke Ellington, and Ted Lewis also had top ten hits with the song and Lena Horne took it to #21 a decade later PM-585 when she performed in the 1943 film of the same name. She made “Stormy Weather” “her signature song [and] an autobiographical statement” TM as she became “a beacon for black performers.” TM “Her keen beauty, soprano lilt and silky poise would have made her a Hollywood star if the industry hadn’t been so profoundly racist.” TM

    “Summarizing a century of pop music, the song sounds fresh and poignant in this century as well.” TM “It has become a cabaret standard” JA-181 in which the meaning of the song lyrics are conveyed with subtle theatricality.” NRR

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    Note: Footnotes (raised letter codes) refer to sources frequently cited on the blog. Numbers following the letter code indicate page numbers. If the raised letter code is a link, it will go directly to the correct page instead of the home page of a website. You can find the sources and corresponding footnotes on the “Lists” page in the “Song Resources” section.

    Awards for Ethel Waters’ version:

    Awards for Lena Horne’s version:

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

    John Legend’s “All of Me” hits #1 in 30th week on chart

    Updated 11/27/2018.

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    All of Me

    John Legend

    Writer(s): John Stephens/ Toby Gad (see lyrics here)

    Released: 8/12/2013

    First Charted: 9/21/2013

    Peak: 13 US, 110 AC, 13 RB, 2 UK, 15 CN, 13 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

    Sales *: 8.0 US, 2.16 UK, 13.0 world (includes US + UK)

    Radio Airplay *: --

    Video Airplay *: 1387.99

    Streaming *: 842.00

    * in millions


    “All of Me” took 30 weeks to hit the top of the pop charts, the third-longest climb to the top after Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” and Lonestar’s “Amazed.” A major factor was Legend’s performance of the song at the Grammys in January 2014. As Legend told Billboard, “By all rights, I shouldn’t have gotten that slot to perform by myself…but producer Ken Ehrlich believed in the song and thought it was special enough to deserve its own slot.” SF

    The song sent him not only to #1 in the U.S., but in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. Rolling Stone’s Jon Dolan called the song a “mountainous piano crusher” WK and Exclaim!’s Ryan Patrick praised what he called “Legend’s current commercially friendly, sentimental sound.” WK

    Legend premiered the song in June 2013 on Oprah Winfrey’s prime-time television show Oprah’s Next Chapter. It was the third single from his Love in the Future album. Previous singles “Who Do We Think We Are” and “Made to Love” failed to chart. In fact, Legend’s last song to hit the pop charts had been in 2008 with “Green Light,” one of only two Legend songs to hit the top 40. The other was “Ordinary People” in 2005. In fact, in a ten-year career, Legend had only hit the Hot 100 four times, leading to the suspicion that he’d be a respected name in the music industry, but one who never had a major hit.

    Legend co-wrote this piano-driven ballad with songwriter Toby Gad (Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy”). She suggested to Legend that he write a song as a dedication to model Chrissy Teigen, his then-fiancee and later wife, in the vein of Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman.” SF As he told BBC News about Teigen, “She’s definitely affected my songwriting.” SF The two met in 2007 on the set of his video for “Stereo” and married in 2013. The black-and-white video, shot just days before the couple’s wedding in Italy, features the two making love and finishes with footage from their actual wedding. Legend sang the song to her during the wedding.

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    Note: Footnotes (raised letter codes) refer to sources frequently cited on the blog. Numbers following the letter code indicate page numbers. If the raised letter code is a link, it will go directly to the correct page instead of the home page of a website. You can find the sources and corresponding footnotes on the “Lists” page in the “Song Resources” section.


    Thursday, May 15, 2014

    Brian Eno's Top 20 Albums

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    Happy birthday, Brian Eno! Born Brian Peter George Eno on May 15, 1948, this English musician has made a name for himself as a record producer, composer, singer, and one of the principal innovators of ambient music. In celebration of his birthday, the DMDB offers up the top 20 albums of Eno’s career. The majority of the albums on this list feature Eno as a producer. Albums on which he was a performer are noted with an asterisk (*). It should also be pointed out that the top 18 albums on this list are in the DMDB’s Top 1000 Albums of All Time and the top three albums also make the DMDB’s Top 100 Albums of All Time list.

    The Top 20 Brian Eno Albums

    1. U2…The Joshua Tree (1987)
    2. U2…Achtung Baby (1991)
    3. Talking Heads…Remain in Light (1980)
    4. Roxy Music…For Your Pleasure (1973) *
    5. U2…The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
    6. U2…All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
    7. Coldplay…Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
    8. Talking Heads…Fear of Music (1979)
    9. Brian Eno…Another Green World (1975) *
    10. David Byrne/Brian Eno…My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981) *

    11. Roxy Music…Roxy Music (1972) *
    12. Talking Heads…More Songs about Buildings and Food (1978)
    13. Brian Eno…Here Come the Warm Jets (1974) *
    14. U2…No Line on the Horizon (2009)
    15. Devo…Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (1978)
    16. U2…Zooropa (1993)
    17. Roxy Music…Stranded (1973) *
    18. Brian Eno…Before and After Science (1977) *
    19. Coldplay…Mylo Xyloto (2011)
    20. David Bowie…Outside (1995)

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    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Ben E. King charted with “Stand by Me”: May 8, 1961

    Originally posted 7/12/2014.

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    Ben E. King “Stand by Me”

    Writer(s): Ben E. King/Elmo Glick/Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller (see lyrics here)

    First charted: 5/8/1961

    Peak: 4 US, 3 CB, 10 AC, 14 RB, 13 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

    Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)

    Radio Airplay (in millions): 7.0 Video Airplay (in millions): 47.3

    Review: Of this song’s origins, King says he modified it from Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers’ “Lord, I’m Standing By” CR but that his end result was completely different. “All the romantic bits came from me.” KL He wrote “Stand by Me” while he was still the lead singer for the Drifters, but their manager said, “not a bad song, but we don’t need it.” RS500 It didn’t resurface again until King went solo.

    During the recording sessions for “Spanish Harlem,” producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller asked King if he had any more songs since they had some studio time left over. He played a piano version of “Stand by Me.” WK They did an arrangement on the spot, creating the song’s distinctive percussion by turning a snare drum over and stroking the springs against the drum skin. CR

    The way the arrangement builds throughout, with more instruments added at each stage, was “pure Leiber-Stoller.” MA It also offered a glimpse of the kind of work to come from Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland and Phil Spector, a Leiber-Stoller protégé. MA

    Twenty-five years later, the song proved its timelessness. In the mid-‘80s, director Rob Reiner was working on a film and needed a song for the title sequence. He went through his old records and settled on “Stand by Me” not just for the opening, but for the name of his movie. KL

    It didn’t just make for a bit of nostalgia, though; the song re-entered the top 10 on the pop charts and made its first appearance on the adult contemporary charts. It was also used in a Levi Jeans ad, helping it to top the UK singles chart, WK where it originally peaked at #27 in 1961.

    Resources and Related Links:

    • Ben E. King’s DMDB Encyclopedia entry
    • CR Creswell, Toby. (2005). 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time. Thunder’s Mouth Press: New York, NY. Page 367.
    • KL Kutner, Jon, and Spencer Leigh. (2005). 1000 UK Number One Hits: The Stories Behind Every Number One Single Since 1952. London, Great Britain: Omnibus Press. Page 321.
    • MA Marsh, Dave. (1989). The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made. New York, NY; New American Library. Page 51.
    • RS500 “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
    • WK


    Monday, May 5, 2014

    Billy Murray charted with “You’re a Grand Old Flag”" May 5, 1906

    Originally posted 7/13/2014.

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    Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag” (aka “Grand Old Rag”)

    Writer(s): George M. Cohan (see lyrics here)

    First charted: 5/5/1906

    Peak: 110 US (Click for codes to singles charts.)

    Sales (in millions): 1.0 (sheet music) U.S. – UK 1.0 world (includes US and UK)

    Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --

    Review: “Perhaps no other American popular song composer did more to popularize the patriotic song than George M. Cohan.” PS He claimed to be born on the 4th of July, although he was actually born the day before. As part of a vaudeville family, he toured New England and the Midwest during his boyhood. By 1904, he wrote and starred in his first musical, Little Johnny Jones. Two years later, he wrote George Washington, Jr., featuring “Grand Old Flag,” the song which arguably made him a superstar. PS

    It isn’t too surprising it became so popular. It was “a patriotic song in a snappy tempo sung by a vigorous and enthusiastic performer to an audience that loves America.” TR The song also drew on other beloved hits such as “Dixie” and “Auld Lang Syne.” SS When performing it during the musical, Cohan marched and down the stage waving an American flag. PS

    Still, the song wasn’t without controversy. Cohan originally called it “The Grand Old Rag,” inspired by a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. The vet was holding a carefully folded, but ragged flag and said to Cohan, “She’s a grand old rag.” WK Cohan replicated the scene for the musical, but “despite the song’s clear patriotic message, ‘rag’ was considered by many to be an undignified and inappropriate way to refer to the American flag” NRR so Cohan changed the title to “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

    Billy Murray, who has been called “the definitive interpreter of Cohan on record,” SS recorded the song under its original title, despite Cohan’s efforts to pull the version. WK The controversy didn’t hurt the song; it became the first from a musical to sell more than a million copies of sheet music. SB Murray made it the biggest hit of 1906 WHC and the biggest-selling record of the first decade for Victor Records. JA

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    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    May: 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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    MAY 1

  • Keiichiro Koyama (1984). Japanese musician.

  • Jay Reatard (1980). He was an American punk rock musician and solo artist. Bands, The Reatards and Lost Sounds. Born Jimmy Lindsey. Died 1/13/2010.

  • MC Harvey (1979). British musical artist and footballer.

  • Nick Traina (1978). American ska singer with Link 80. Died 9/20/1997.

  • Bernard Butler (1970). English musician and record producer.

  • D’Arcy Wretsky-Brown (1968). Rock bassist with the Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness).

  • Tim McGraw (1967). American country singer (“Indian Outlaw”, “I Like It, I Love It”, “Live Like You Were Dying”).

  • Johnny Colt (1966). American DJ and former rock bassist for The Black Crowes (Shake Your Money Maker).

  • Owen Paul McGee (1962). Scottish singer (“My Favourite Waste of Time”).

  • Nick Feldman (1955). English musician with Wang Chung.

  • Martin “Marty” O'Donnell (1955). American composer of video game music.

  • Fred Chichin (1954). French musician and songwriter. Died 11/28/2007.

  • Ray Parker, Jr. (1954). American singer/songwriter/guitarist (“Ghostbusters”).

  • Glen Ballard (1953). American songwriter and record producer.

  • Tim Hodgkinson (1949). English experimental music composer, performer, and keyboardist. Avant rock group, Henry Cow.

  • Nick Fortuna (1946). American bassist with The Buckinghams.

  • Jerry Weiss (1946). American trumpet and flugel horn player and founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Rita Coolidge (1945). American singer (“We’re All Alone”).

  • Judy Collins (1939). American singer/songwriter (“Send in the Clowns”).

  • Shirley Horn (1934). American jazz singer and pianist. Died 10/20/2005.

  • Little Walter (1930). American blues singer and harmonica player. Died 2/15/1968.

  • Sonny James (1929). American country singer/songwriter.

  • Manna Dey (1919). Bengali playback singer.

  • Danielle Darrieux (1917). French actress and singer.

  • Kate Smith (1907). American singer (“God Bless America”, “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain”). Died 6/17/1986.

  • Heinz Eric Roemheld (1901). He was an American composer. February 11/1985.

  • Charley Patton (1891). American blues singer and guitarist (1969’s Founder of the Delta Blues). Born Charlie Patton. Died 4/28/1934.

    MAY 2

  • Nana Kitade (1987). Japanese singer/songwriter and musician.

  • Lily Allen (1985). English pop singer/songwriter (“Smile”).

  • Lorie (1982). French pop singer/songwriter (“Pres de moi”, “Sur un air latino”, “Week-End”) and actress born Laure Pester.

  • Ben Leach (1969). English keyboard and synthesizer player with The Farm.

  • Ziana Zain (1968). Malaysian singer/songwriter, model, and actress.

  • David McAlmont (1967). British vocalist and songwriter.

  • Ty Herndon (1962). American country music singer.

  • Steven Chesne (1960). American composer for films and TV.

  • Tony Wakeford (1959). English folk and neoclassical musician.

  • Prescott Niles (The Knack) (1954)

  • Mari Natsuki (1952). Japanese singer, dancer, and actress.

  • Jo Callis (1951). English musician with several bands, most notably the Human League (“Don’t You Want Me”). Born John William Calis.

  • John Glascock (1951) English rock bassist with Jethro Tull (1971’s Aqualung). Died 11/17/1979.

  • Lou Gramm (1950). American rock singer/songwriter with Foreigner (“Waiting for a Girl Like You”, “I Want to Know What Love Is”).

  • Prescott Niles (1951). American rock bassist. Group, The Knack. Song, My Sharona.

  • Larry Gatlin (1948). American country music singer with the Gatlin Brothers.

  • Lesley Gore (1946). American singer/songwriter (“It’s My Party”, “You Don’t Own Me”) born Lesley Sue Goldstein.

  • Bob Henrit (1946). English drummer for various groups.

  • Randy Cain (1945). American singer. Died 4/9/2009.

  • Judge Dread {Alexander Hughes} (1945). English reggae and ska artist. Died 3/13/1998.

  • Goldy McJohn (1945). Canadian keyboardist. Group, Steppenwolf.

  • Jimmi Seiter (1945). American musician, percussionist, manager of artists/tours, sound designer, music producer, and architect.

  • Engelbert Humperdinck (1936). Indian-born English singer (“Release Me”).

  • Link Wray (1929). American guitarist, singer, and songwriter (“Rumble”). Died 11/5/2005.

  • Theodore Bikel (1924). Austrian-American actor (played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof) and folk singer.

  • Van Alexander (1915). American bandleader, arranger, and composer.

  • Doris Fisher (1915). She was an American singer and songwriter. Died 1/15/2003.

  • Pinky Lee (1907). He was an American burlesque entertainer and TV host. The Pinky Lee Show. Died 4/3/1993.

  • Henry Hall (1898). He was a British bandleader. Died 10/28/1989.

  • Lorenz Hart (1895). American musical theater composer (“Blue Moon”, “My Funny Valentine”, Babes in Arms, Pal Joey). Died 11/22/1943.

  • Alessandro Scarlatti (1660). Composer.

    MAY 3

  • Greg Raposo (1985). American singer from boy band Dream Street and rock band Stereopath.

  • Myriam Fares (1983). Lebanese musician and entertainer.

  • Farrah Franklin (1981). American R&B/pop singer briefly with Destiny’s Child.

  • Danny Foster (1979). English singer with Hear’say. Also a TV personality.

  • Paul Banks (1978). English-American alt-rock singer and guitarist with Interpol.

  • Eric Church (1977). American country music artist.

  • Maksim Mrvica (1975). Croatian pianist.

  • Rea Garvey (1973). Irish pop-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Reamonn.

  • Mark Morrison (1972). British singer. Song, Return of the Mack.

  • Josey Scott (1972). American vocalist with Saliva.

  • Jay Darlington (1968). Former English keyboardist with Kula Shaker.

  • Shane Minor (1968). American country music artist.

  • David Ball (1959). English producer and electronic musician with Soft Cell and The Grid.

  • Bruce Hall (1953). Bass guitarist with REO Speedwagon.

  • Gary Young (1953). American drummer with Pavement.

  • Christopher Cross (1951). American singer/songwriter (“Sailing”, “Ride Like the Wind”, and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”). Born Christopher Charles Geppert.

  • Mary Hopkin (1950). Welsh folk singer (“Those Were the Days”).

  • Kaoru Abe (1949). He was a Japanese alto saxophonist. Died 9/9/1978.

  • Rusty Wier (1944). He was an American singer/songwriter. Died 10/9/2009.

  • Conny Plank (1940). He was a German record producer and musician. Born Konrad Plank. Died 12/18/1987.

  • Frankie Valli (1934). American singer the 4 Seasons (“Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like a Man”) and also a solo artist (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “My Eyes Adored You”, “Grease”). Born Francis Stephen Castelluccio.

  • James Brown (1933). American R&B/funk singer (“I Got You (I Feel Good)”, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” 1963’s Live at the Apollo) nicknamed “The Godfather of Soul”. Died 12/25/2006.

  • Dave Dudley (1928). He was an American country music singer. Died 12/22/2003.

  • Joe Ames (1921). He was an American singer. Quartet, The Ames Brothers. Died 12/22/2007.

  • John Lewis (1920). American jazz pianist and jazz quartet composer and director. Died 3/29/2001.

  • Pete Seeger (1919). American folk singer (“We Shall Overcome”) and activist who started with the folk quartet the Weavers (“Goodnight, Irene”).

  • Virgil Fox (1912). He was an American organist. Died 10/25/1980.

  • Yank Lawson (1911). He was an American jazz trumpeter. Died 2/18/1995.

  • Norman Corwin (1910). American writer, screenwriter and producer.

  • Bing Crosby (1903). American pop crooner (“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”, “Silent Night”, “Pennies from Heaven”, “White Christmas”, “Sunday, Monday or Always”, “Swinging on a Star”, “Don’t Fence Me In”, “It’s Been a Long, Long Time”, “Sweet Leilani”, 1945’s Merry Christmas). Died 10/14/1977.

    MAY 4

  • Anjeza Shahini (1987). Albanian singer.

  • Anthony Fedorov (1985). Ukrainian-American singer.

  • Will Pugh (1984). American singer with Cartel.

  • Hector King (1982). Mexican recording artist.

  • Lance Bass (1979). American singer in boy band ‘N Sync (“Bye Bye Bye”).

  • Doug Bresler (1979). American producer/director/animator/musician.

  • Spencer Krug (1977). Canadian musician/singer/songwriter with indie rock bands Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown.

  • Pablo Ruiz (1975) Argentinian singer.

  • Mike Dirnt (1972). American rock bassist with Green Day (Dookie, American Idiot). Born Michael Ryan Pritchard.

  • Chris Tomlin (1972). American contemporary Christian musician/songwriter.

  • Gregg Alexander (1970). American singer/songwriter/producer.

  • Julian Barratt (1968). English comedian/musician/music producer/actor.

  • Gary Holt (1964). American guitarist with band Exodus.

  • Jay Aston (1961). English singer from pop group Bucks Fizz.

  • Randy Travis (1959). American country singer/songwriter (“Forever and Ever, Amen”) born Randy Bruce Traywick.

  • Don King (1954). American singer/songwriter/guitarist.

  • Pia Zadora (1954). American actress/singer (“The Clapping Song”).

  • Oleta Adams (1953). American R&B singer/pianist (“Get Here”).

  • Jacob Miller (1952). Jamaican reggae artist. Died 3/23/1980.

  • Colin Bass (1951). English rock musician.

  • Jackie Jackson (1951). American musician. Member of the Jackson 5 (“ABC”, “I Want You Back”, “I’ll Be There”).

  • Mick Mars (1951). American rock guitarist for Mötley Crüe (Dr. Feelgood). Born Robert Alan Deal.

  • Darryl Hunt (1950). English bassist with The Pogues.

  • Zal Cleminson (1949). Scottish rock guitarist in Alex Harvey Band.

  • George Wadenius (1945). Swedish musician (Blood, Sweat & Tears).

  • Peggy Santiglia (1944). American singer with The Angels (“My Boyfriend’s Back”).

  • Nickolas Ashford (1942). American R&B songwriter/producer with Motown. Also in duo with wife Valerie Simpson (“Solid”).

  • David LaFlamme (1941). American virtuoso violinist.

  • Ronnie Bond (1940). English drummer with the Troggs (“Wild Thing”). Born Ronald James Bullis. Died 11/13/1992.

  • Tyrone Davis (1938). American R&B singer (“Are You Serious?”). Died 2/9/2005.

  • Ron Carter (1937). American jazz double-bassist.

  • Dick Dale (1937). American guitarist (“Let’s Go Trippin’”).

  • Hans Ulrich Lehmann (1937). Composer.

  • Ed Cassidy (1931). Drummer for Spirit (“I Got a Line on You”).

  • Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931). Russian conductor.

  • Richard Williams (1931). Americna jazz trumpeter. Died 11/4/1985.

  • Katherine Jackson (1930). Matriarch of the musical Jackson family (Michael, Janet, Jermaine, et al).

  • Roberta Peters (1930). American operatic soprano.

  • Maynard Ferguson (1928). Canadian jazz trumpeter/bandleader. Died 8/23/2006.

  • Tat’yana Petrovna Nikolayeva (1924). Composer.

  • Ed Cassidy (1923). American drummer/co-founder of the group Spirit.

  • John van Kesteren (1921). Dutch tenor.

  • Dimiter Petkov (1919). Composer.

  • Mary Ann McCall (1919). Singer.

  • Edward Toner Cone (1917). Composer.

  • Maurice “Moe” Purtill (1916). Jazz drummer.

  • Pedro Saenz (1915). Spanish classical guitar composer.

  • Jerzy Waldorff (1910). Polish writer/journalist/music critic. Died 12/29/1999.

  • Matyas Seiber (1905). Hungarian composer.

  • Cvjetko Rihtman (1902). Composer.

  • Frederick Jacobi (1891). Composer.

  • Dynam-Victor Fumet (1867). Composer.

  • Emil Nikolaus Von Reznicek (1860). Austrian composer.

  • Edmund Hart Turpin (1835). Composer.

  • Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens (1777). Composer.

  • Charles Hague (1769). Composer.

  • Franz Stanislaus Spindler (1763). Composer.

  • Marianne von Martinez (1744). Composer.

  • Josef Kohaut (1738). Composer.

  • Carlo Rainaldi (1611). Composer.

    MAY 5

  • Chris Brown (1989). American R&B singer/songwriter (“Run It!”, “Kiss Kiss”).

  • Adele (1988). British singer (“Chasing Pavements”) born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.

  • Brooke Hogan (1988). American TV personality/singer. Daughter of wrestler Hulk Hogan.

  • Skye Sweetnam (1988). Canadian singer/songwriter (“Billy S”).

  • Marija Sestic (1987). Bosnian-Serbian singer/musician.

  • Wade MacNeil (1984). Canadian guitarist/singer/founding member of band Alexisonfire.

  • Craig David (1981). British R&B singer/songwriter (“Fill Me In”, “7 Days”).

  • Jeremy Michael Ward (1976). American sound technician/vocal operator/guitarist. Died 5/25/2003.

  • Devin Townshend (1972). Canadian musician/record producer with metal band Strapping Young Lad.

  • David Reilly (1971). American singer/songwriter/producer. Died 10/16/2005.

  • Shawn Drover (1966). Canadian heavy metal drummer (Megadeth, Eidolon).

  • Minami Takayama (1964). Japanese voice actor/singer.

  • James LaBrie (1963). Canadian rock singer for Dream Theater.

  • Kevin Mooney (1962). English rock bassist.

  • Ian McCulloch (1959). English alternative rock singer for Echo & The Bunnymen (1984’s Ocean Rain).

  • Dick Kemper (1956). Born in the Netherlands. Rock bassist for Vandenberg (“Burning Heart”).

  • Rex Goh (1951). Australian rock guitarist (Air Supply, Savage Garden, Tom Jones) born in Singapore.

  • Eddie Amoo (1950). English singer for The Real Thing.

  • Maggie MacNeal (1950). Dutch singer for Mouth & MacNeal born Sjoukje van’t Spijker.

  • Bill Ward (1948). British heavy metal drummer for Black Sabbath (“Paranoid”, 1970’s Black Sabbath, 1970’s Paranoid, 1971’s Master of Reality, 1972’s Vol. 4).

  • Raphael (1945). Spanish singer born Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez.

  • Jim King (1942). English musician from Family.

  • Tammy Wynette (1942). American country singer (“Stand by Your Man”, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”). Was married to country singer George Jones. Died 4/6/1998.

  • Johnnie Taylor (1937). American R&B singer (“Disco Lady”). Died 5/31/2000.

  • Patrick Gowers (1936). English composer for film scores.

  • Kidd Jordan (1935). American jazz saxophonist.

  • Ace Cannon (1934). American saxophonist.

  • Charles Rosen (1927). Pianist/musicologist.

  • Theo Olof (1924). German-born Dutch violinist, prodigy, and concert master.

  • Jay D. Miller (1922). American record producer, musician, and songwriter. Died 3/23/1996.

  • Pio Leyva (1917). Cuban singer/author. Died 3/22/2006.

  • Alice Faye (1915). American actress (State Fair) and singer. Died 5/9/1998.

  • Kurt Bohme (1908). German bassist. Died 12/20/1989.

  • Yoritsune Matsudaira (1907). Japanese composer. Died 10/25/2001.

  • Blind Willie McTell (1898). American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist (“Statesboro Blues”). Died 8/19/1959.

  • Peter Konjović (1883). Serbian composer. Died 10/1/1970.

  • Hans Erich Pfitzner (1869). Russian-born German composer (Palestrina opera). Died 5/22/1949.

  • Thomas Tertius Noble (1867). English-born organist/composer. Died 5/4/1953.

  • Felicjan Szopski (1865). Polish composer/pianist/teacher/music critic. Died 9/28/1939.

  • Antonio Smareglia (1854). Italian opera composer. Died 4/15/1929.

  • Federico Chueca (1846). Spanish composer. Died 7/20/1908.

  • Johann Nepomuk Fuchs (1842). Austrian composer. Died 10/15/1899.

  • Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819). Polish composer known as “the father of Polish national opera.” Died 6/4/1872.

  • Jean- Frédéric Edelmann (1749). French classical composer. Born Johann Friedrich Edelmann. Died 7/17/1794.

  • Daniel Dal Barba (1715). Italian composer/violinist/opera singer.

  • Giuseppe Porsile (1680). Italian composer. Died 5/29/1750.

    MAY 6

  • Matthew Leone (1982). American rock bassist for Madina Lake.

  • Mark O’Connell (1981). American rock musician with Taking Back Sunday.

  • Taebin-Im Tae Bin (1980). Korean hip-hop singer with 1TYM.

  • Kelly van der Veer (1980). Dutch singer/TV personality.

  • Sarah Blackwood (1971). English pop singer with Dubstar.

  • Chris Shiflett (1971). American rock guitarist with the Foo Fighters.

  • Laetitia Sadier (1968). French rock singer from Stereolab.

  • Mark Bryan (1967). American rock guitarist with Hootie & The Blowfish.

  • MC Serch (1967). Rapper.

  • David Narcizo (1966). American rock drummer for Throwing Muses.

  • Tony Scalzo (Fastball) (1964)

  • Adam Yellin (1962). American music engineer/mixer/producer.

  • John Flansburgh (1960). American singer and musician with They Might Be Giants.

  • Larry Steinbachek (1960). English musician from Bronski Beat.

  • Phyllis Treigle (1960). American soprano.

  • Lolita Flores (1958). Spanish actress/singer.

  • Robbie McIntosh (1950). Scottish rock drummer for Average White Band. Died 9/23/1974.

  • Lolita Abrazame (1948). Spanish singer.

  • Mary MacGregor (1948). American singer (“Torn Between Two Lovers”).

  • Dennis Cowan (1947). Bonzo Dog Band.

  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore (1945). American singer/songwriter/actor/musician/producer.

  • Bob Seger (1945). American rock singer (“Night Moves”, “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll”, “Turn the Page”, 1976’s Night Moves).

  • Colin Earl (Foghat) (1942)

  • Murray Sidlin (1940). American conductor of National Symphony.

  • Mimi Benzell (1924). American operatic soprano.

  • Denny Wright (1924). American jazz and skiffle guitarist. Died 2/8/1992.

  • Freddy Randall (1921). Jazz trumpeter.

  • Godfrey Ridout (1918). Composer.

  • Kal Mann (1917). American lyricist. Died 11/28/2001.

  • Carmen Cavallaro (1913). New York jazz/big band leader. Died 10/12/1989.

  • Gyula David (1913). Hungarian composer/violinist/conductor.

  • Necil Kazim Akses (1908). Composer.

  • Walter Bullock (1907). American songwriter/composer/author. Died 8/19/1953.

  • Norman De Tar (1905). Composer.

  • Billy Cotton (1899). British bandleader/entertainer. Died 3/25/1969.

  • Filip Lazar (1894). Composer.

  • Johan H T Norlind (1879). Swedish musicologist.

  • August Reusner (1871). Composer.

  • Georges Adolphe Hue (1858). Composer.

  • Alfred Humphreys Pease (1838). Composer.

  • Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1814). Composer/violinist.

  • William Walker (1809). Composer.

  • Ferdinand Marcucci (1800). Composer.

  • Vaclav Vilem Wurfel (1790). Composer.

    MAY 7

  • Taylor Abrahamse (1991). Canadian actor/musician/songwriter.

  • Master Shortie (1989). British rapper.

  • Natalie Mejia (1988). American singer in girl-group Girlicious (“Baby Doll”, “Still in Love”, “Like Me”).

  • Matt Helders (1986). Rock drummer for Arctic Monkeys.

  • Stian Arnesen (1978). Norwegian musician/multi-instrumentalist.

  • Zee (1975). American artist/songwriter born Abdul Brimah.

  • Kristian Lundin (1973). Swedish songwriter/record producer.

  • Horgh (1971). Norwegian death metal drummer (Hypocrisy, Immortal) born Reidar Horghagen.

  • Scooter Ward (1970). Musician.

  • Eagle-Eye Cherry (1968). American-Swedish musician (“Save Tonight”). Son of jazz artist Don Cherry and half brother of rapper Neneh Cherry.

  • Phil Campbell (1961). British guitarist with Motörhead since 1984.

  • Dean Howard (1961). English guitarist with Deep Purple (“Hush”, “Smoke on the Water”).

  • Marty Willson-Piper (1958). English rock guitarist for The Church (“Under the Milky Way”).

  • Anne Dudley (1956). English composer/member of synth-pop group Art of Noise. Born Anne Jennifer Beckingham.

  • Derek Taylor (1952). Rock musician.

  • Bernie Marsden (1951). English rock guitarist (Wild Turkey, Babe Ruth).

  • Janis Ian (1950). American folk singer (“At Seventeen”).

  • Prairie Prince (1950). American rock drummer for The Tubes (“Talk to Ya Later”, “She’s a Beauty”) and founding member of Journey. Born Charles L’Empereur Prince.

  • Peter Wingfield (1948). English record producer/keyboardist/singer/songwriter.

  • Bill Danoff (1946). American singer for Starland Vocal Band (“Afternoon Delight”).

  • Thelma Houston (1946). American R&B singer/songwriter (“Don’t Leave Me This Way”) and actress.

  • Bill Kreutzmann (1946). American rock drummer with Grateful Dead (“Truckin’”).

  • Jerry Nolan (1946). American punk rock drummer with the New York Dolls (1973’s New York Dolls) and the Heartbreakers.

  • Christy Moore (1945). Irish singer/songwriter/guitarist.

  • Alison Margaret Bauld (1944). Composer.

  • Terry Allen (1943). American country singer/musician/painter.

  • Harvey Andrews (1943). English singer/songwriter/poet.

  • Christopher Taylor White (1943). Rock musician.

  • Rick West (aka Richard Westwood). (1943). Rock musician with Brian Poole and Tremeloes.

  • Armando Krieger (1940). Composer.

  • Jimmy Ruffin (1939). American R&B singer (“What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”).

  • Johnny Maestro (1939). American singer with the Crests (“16 Candles”) and The Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Cornelius Cardew (1936). Composer.

  • Donlad Russell Holler (1934). Composer.

  • Teresa Brewer (1931). American singer (“Music! Music! Music!”, “Dancin’ with Someone”, “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall”, “Ricochet”). Died 10/17/2007.

  • Jim Lowe (1927). American singer/songwriter.

  • Lew Anderson (1922). American actor (Clarabell the Clown on TV show Howdy Doody) and musician. Died 5/14/2006.

  • Gale Robbins (1921). American actress and singer. Died 2/18/1980.

  • Argeliers Leon (1918). Composer.

  • Jef van Durme (1907). Composer.

  • Marcel Poot (1901). Belgian baron/composer.

  • Gino Roncaglia (1883). Composer.

  • Clarence Dickinson (1873). Composer.

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840). Russian composer (“1812 Overture”, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, 1875’s Piano Concerto No. 1, 1893’s Symphony No. 6). Died 11/6/1893.

  • Johannes Brahms (1833). German classical composer (“Brahms’ Lullaby”, 1885’s Symphony No. 4). Died 4/3/1897.

  • Johan Peter Cronhamm (1803). Composer.

  • Giuseppe Farinelli (1769). Composer.

  • Carl Heinrich Graun (1704). Composer.

    MAY 8

  • Matt Willis (1983). English singer/songwriter with Busted.

  • Michelle McManus (1980). Scottish singer/actress/radio DJ/TV presenter/Pop Idol winner.

  • Anastasia Horne (1978). American actress/singer.

  • Ana Maria Lombo (1978). American-Colombian singer/songwriter/dancer with girl group Eden’s Crush.

  • Ian Watkins (1976). Welsh singer/actor with pop group the Steps.

  • Enrique Iglesias (1975). Spanish singer/songwriter (“Por Amarte”, “Trapecista”) who also had hits in English (“Bailomos”, “Be with You”, “Hero”). Born Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler.

  • Darren Hayes (1972). Australian singer/songwriter for pop duo Savage Garden (“I Want You”, “Truly, Madly, Deeply”).

  • Eric Kawai (1965). Japanese singer. Died 8/4/2008.

  • Eric Brittingham (1964). Rock musician for Cinderella (“Heartbreak Station”).

  • Dave Rowntree (1964). English musician with Blur (1994’s Parklife), animator, and political activitist.

  • Anthony Field (1963). American musician/actor with The Wiggles.

  • Keith Harling (1963). American country musician.

  • Marie Myriam (1957). French singer.

  • Billy Burnette (1953). American rock guitarist/singer/songwriter (Fleetwood Mac: 1987-1995).

  • Alex Van Halen (1953). Dutch-born American rock drummer and co-founder of Van Halen (“Jump”, “Runnin’ with the Devil”, 1978’s Van Halen).

  • Chris Frantz (1951). American rock drummer with Talking Heads (1980’s Remain in Light) and Tom Tom Club. Also a producer.

  • Philip Bailey (1951). American R&B singer with Earth, Wind & Fire (“Shining Star”, “After the Love Is Gone”, “Let’s Groove”, 1975’s That’s the Way of the World).

  • David Friedman (1950). American film and theater composer/lyricist/conductor.

  • Felicity Lott (1947). English soprano.

  • Rick Zehringer (1947). Rock musician with the McCoys.

  • Keith Jarrett (1945). American jazz pianist and film composer.

  • Gary Glitter (1944). English rock musician (“Rock and Roll Part II”) born Paul Gadd.

  • Bill Legend (1944). English rock drummer with T-Rex (“Get It On (Bang a Gong)”).

  • Paul Samwell-Smith (1943). English rock musician with the Yardbirds (“For Your Love”).

  • Euclid “Motorhead” Sherwood (1942). Rock musician with Mothers of Invention.

  • John Fred (1941). American musician (“Judy in Disguise with Glasses” – parody of Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”). Died 4/14/2005.

  • Ricky Nelson (1940). American pop singer/songwriter “(Garden Party”, “I’m Walkin’”) born Eric Hilliard Nelson. Son of famous parents Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. Sons formed pop-rock duo Nelson. Died 12/31/1985.

  • Toni Tennille (1940). American singer born Cathryn Antoinette Tennille; half of pop duo Captain & Tennille (“Do That to Me One More Time”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”).

  • Charles M. Wilson (1931). Composer.

  • Heather Harper (1930). Irish operatic soprano.

  • William Jay Sydeman (1928). Composer.

  • Sultan Ismail Hajibeyov (1919). Composer.

  • Robert Johnson (1911). Blues singer/guitarist (“Cross Road Blues”, “Sweet Home Chicago”, “I’m a Steady Rollin’ Man”, 1982’s The Complete Recordings). Died 8/16/1938.

  • Mary Lou Williams (1910). American jazz pianist/composer/arranger. Died 5/28/1981.

  • Tom Cora (1909). American musician.

  • David Van Vactor (1906). American composer.

  • Red Nichols (1905). American jazz cornettist/composer/jazz bandleader (“Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider”, “Embraceable You”, “I Got Rhythm”). Died 6/28/1965.

  • Inglis Gundry (1905). Composer.

  • Fernandel (1903). French actor/singer. Died 2/26/1971.

  • Ezio Pinza (1892). Italian bass singer (South Pacific).

  • Jef van Hoof (1886). Composer.

  • Charles Lee Williams (1853). Composer.

  • Hermann Gradener (1844). Composer.

  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829). American pianist/composer. Died 12/18/1869.

  • Jan Bedrich Kittl (1806). Composer.

  • Jospeph Napoleon Ney Moskova (1803). Composer.

  • Johann Gansbacher (1778). Composer.

  • Elias Mann (1750). Composer.

  • Carl Philipp Stamitz (1745). Composer.

  • Johann Baptist Krumpholtz (1742). Composer.

  • Gottlob Harrer (1703). Composer.

  • Johann Valentin Eckelt (1673). Composer.

  • Johann Walter (1527). Composer.

    MAY 9

  • Andrew W.K. (1979). American singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist.

  • Pierre Bouvier (1979). Canadian rock singer/musician with Simple Plan (“Addicted”, “When I’m Gone”, “Perfect”).

  • Pete Birrell (1975). British bassist with Freddie & the Dreamers.

  • Tamia (1975). Canadian-American recording artist and record producer.

  • Ryan Vikedal (1975). Canadian rock musician with Nickelback.

  • Paul McGuigan (1971). British rock bassist with Oasis (1994’s Definitely Maybe, 1995’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?).

  • Amber (1970). Dutch-German singer/songwriter/label owner/excecutive producer.

  • Ghostface Killah (1970). American rapper with Wu-Tang Clan (1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)) as well as a solo artist. Born Dennis Coles.

  • Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (1965). Rock musician with Curiosity Killed Cat – Keep Distance.

  • Dave Gahan (1962). English singer for Depeche Mode (“Enjoy the Silence”, 1990’s Violator).

  • Paul Heaton (1962). English singer/songwriter with the Beautiful South and the Housemartins.

  • Sean Altman (1961). American singer/songwriter/musician with Rockapella.

  • Jim Reilly (1960). Irish punk-rock drummer for Stiff Little Fingers, Red Rockers, and the Raindogs.

  • John Edwards (1953). English bassist with Status Quo.

  • Tom Petersson (1950). American rock bassist with Cheap Trick (“I Want You to Want Me”, “The Flame”).

  • Billy Joel (1949). American pop/rock singer/songwriter/pianist (“Piano Man”, “Just the Way You Are”, 1977’s The Stranger, 1985’s Greatest Hits Volumes I & II).

  • Steve Katz (1945). American rock guitarist/singer with Blood, Sweat & Tears (“You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, “Spinning Wheel”).

  • Don Dannemann (1944). Rock musician with Cyrkle.

  • Richie Furay (1944). American rock singer/songwriter with Buffalo Springfield and Poco.

  • Bruce Milner (1943). Rock musician with Every Mother’s Son.

  • Tommy Roe (1942). American pop singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Pete Birrell (1941). Rock bassist with Freddie & The Dreamers.

  • Danny Rapp (1941). American musician with Danny & the Juniors (“At the Hop”). Died 4/5/1983.

  • Dick Morrissey (1940). Saxophonist.

  • Bruce Mather (1939). Canadian contemporary classical music composer/pianist.

  • Nokie Edwards (1938). Rock musician with the Ventures.

  • Sonny Curtis (1937). American early rock-n-roll guitarist with the Crickets (“That’ll Be the Day”, “Peggy Sue”).

  • Dave Prater (1937). American R&B singer with Sam & Dave (“Soul Man”, “I Thank You”). Died 4/9/1988.

  • Nokie Edward (1935). American guitarist with the Ventures.

  • Pall Pampichier Palsson (1928). Composer.

  • Bulat Okudzhava (1924). Russian musician/poet/editor. Died 6/12/1997.

  • Connie Russell (1924). American singer.

  • Douglas Guest (1916). Organist.

  • Bernard William George Rose (1916). Composer/organist.

  • Carlo Maria Giulini (1914). Italian conductor/violist. Died 6/14/2005.

  • Hank Snow (1914). Canadian country singer (“I’m Movin’ On”). Died 12/20/1999.

  • Harry Simeone (1911). American choral director (“The Little Drummer Boy”).

  • Don Messer (1909). Canadian folk musician. Died 3/26/1973.

  • Edward Pollock (1899). Saxophonist/clarinetist.

  • Eric Westerberg (1892). Composer.

  • August de Boeck (1865). Composer.

  • Julius Rontgen (1855). Composer.

  • Nikolay Feopemptovich Solov’yov (1846). Composer.

  • Boleslaw Dembinski (1833). Composer.

  • Ciro Pinsuti (1929). Pianist/composer.

  • Adolph von Henselt (1814). Composer.

  • Giovanni Paisiello (1740). Italian composer (“Barber of Seville”). Died 6/5/1816.

    MAY 10

  • Ashley Poole (1985). American singer with Dream.

  • Jason Dalyrimple (1980). American singer with Soul for Real.

  • Keith Murray (1977). American indie rock singer/guitarist with We Are Scientists.

  • Rhona Bennett (1976). American R&B singer with En Vogue.

  • Stuart Braithwaite (1976). Scottish rock singer/songwriter/musician with Mogwai.

  • Craig Mack (1971). American rapper.

  • Jeff Wood (1968). American country music singer/songwriter/bassist.

  • Young M.C. (1967). British-born American rapper (“Bust a Move”) born Marvin Young.

  • Wade Dominguez (1966). American actor/model/singer/dancer. Died 8/26/1998.

  • Philip Harper (1965). American jazz trumpeter.

  • Danny Carey (1961). American metal drummer with Tool.

  • Bono (1960). Irish rock singer for U2.

  • Sid Vicious (1957). English punk-rock bassist for the Sex Pistols. Born John Simon Ritchie. Died 2/2/1979.

  • Steve Thomas (1953). Rock musician with Shooting Star (“Last Chance”).

  • Kikki Danielsson (1952). Swedish country-pop singer.

  • Sly Dunbar (1952). Jamaican reggae drummer with Sly & Robbie.

  • Ron Banks (1951). R&B singer with the Dramatics.

  • Vic Elmes (1947). English musician with Acid Gallery & the Epics and Christie.

  • Jay Ferguson (1947). American rock singer with Spirit (“I Got a Line on You”) and JoJo Gunne. Also a solo artist (“Thunder Island”, “Shakedown Cruise”).

  • Donovan (1946). Scottish folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (“Mellow Yellow”, “Sunshine Superman”).

  • Graham Gouldman (1946). English bassist with 10cc.

  • Dave Mason (1946). English musician with Traffic (“Feelin’ Alright”) and a solo artist (“We Just Disagree”).

  • Jackie Lomax (1944). British rock singer/songwriter/guitarist.

  • Bill Coday (1942). American singer.

  • Ingram Douglas Marshall (1942). Composer.

  • Danny Rapp (1941). Rock musician with Danny & The Juniors.

  • Arthur Alexander (1940). American country singer/songwriter (“Anna (Go to Him)”, “You Better Move On”). Died 6/9/1993.

  • Henry Fambrough (1938). American singer with the Spinners (“The Rubberband Man”, “Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl”).

  • Maxim Shostakovich (1938). Russian conductor.

  • Philip Gordon Winsor (1938). Composer.

  • Charles Wuorinen (1938). Composer.

  • Larry Williams (1935). American R&B singer/pianist (“Dizzy Miss Lizzy”). Died 1/7/1980.

  • Scott Muni (1930). American disc jockey. Died 9/28/2004.

  • Teddy Riley (1924). American jazz trumpeter/bandleader/singer. Died 11/14/1992.

  • Bert Weedon (1920). British musician/guitarist/composer.

  • Milton Babbitt (1916). American electronic music composer.

  • Erik Jorgensen (1912). Composer.

  • Maybelle Carter (1909). Country singer with the Carter Family (“Wildwood Flower”, “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)”). Died 10/23/1978.

  • Masami Akita (1909). Japanese musician.

  • Harilaos Perpessas (1907). Composer.

  • Fred Astaire (1899). American tap dancer, actor (Easter Parade), and singer (“Night and Day”, “Cheek to Cheek”, “The Way You Look Tonight”). Died 6/22/1987.

  • Herbert Elwell (1898). American composer.

  • Dimitri Tiomkin (1894). Russian composer.

  • Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner (1888). Austrian movie composer (Gone with the Wind, King Kong). Died 12/28/1971.

  • Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar (1877). Composer.

  • Upendrakishore Ray (1863). Indian writer/painter/violinist/composer. Died 12/20/1915.

  • Frederick Zech, Jr. (1858). Composer.

  • Anatoli Liadov (1855). Russian composer.

  • Rudolf Viole (1825). Composer.

  • Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov (1800). Composer.

  • Niccola Benvenuti (1783). Composer.

  • Peter Lichtenthal (1780). Composer.

  • George Thomas Smart (1776). Composer.

  • Johann Michael Schmidt (1741). Composer.

  • Gallus Zeiler (1705). Composer.

  • Jean Marie I’aine Leclair (1697). Composer.

    MAY 11

  • Ace Hood (1988). American rapper.

  • Sifow (1985). Japanese singer.

  • Gerald Clayton (1984). American jazz pianist and composer.

  • Holly Valance (1983). New Zealand pop singer (“Kiss Kiss”) born Holly Rachel Vukadinovic.

  • Erin Lang (1979). Canadian musician.

  • Perttu Kivilaakso (1978). Finnish cello player with Apocalyptica.

  • Daniel Ornellas (1972). Zimbabwe-born musician and bassist with Tree63.

  • Christoph “Doom” Schneider (1966). German musician with Rammstein.

  • Greg Dulli (1965). American singer/songwriter and actor.

  • Mike Sifringer (1965). German thrash metal guitarist with Destruction.

  • Martha Quinn (1959). American TV/radio personality; one of the original VJ’s on MTV.

  • Jos Haagmans (1955). Dutch singer with the Frank Boeijen Group.

  • Mark Herndon (1955). American country drummer with Alabama (“Mountain Music”, “Take Me Down”).

  • J.J. Jeczalik (1955). English electronic musician and co-founder of the group Art of Noise. Born Jonathan Edward Stephen Jeczalik.

  • Judith Weir (1954). English composer/professor of music.

  • David Gest (1953). American concert promoter and media personality.

  • Celine Lomez (1953). Canadian actress and singer.

  • “Butch” Trucks (1947). American rock drummer with the Allman Brothers (“Whipping Post”, 1971’s At Fillmore East, 1972’s Eat a Peach). Born Claude Hudson Trucks.

  • Plume Latraverse (1946). Canadian singer, musician, songwriter, and author.

  • Les Chadwick (1943). English bassist with Gerry & the Pacemakers (“Ferry Cross the Mersey”).

  • Eric Burdon (1941). English rock singer for the Animals (“House of the Rising Sun”) and War (“Spill the Wine”).

  • Ronald Anthony Pellegrino (1940). Composer.

  • Carlos Lyra (1939). Brazilian singer and composer.

  • Harvey Sollberger (1938). American flutist/composer.

  • Carla Bley (1936). American jazz composer, pianist, and organist born Carla Borg.

  • Kit Lambert (1935). Music producer and manager with The Who. Died 4/7/1981.

  • Freddie Roach (1931). American soul and jazz organist.

  • Beryl Bryden (1920). Jazz singer.

  • Clare Grundman (1913). Composer.

  • Tutti Camarata (1913). American orchestra leader with the Vic Damone Show.

  • Jorge Croner de Vasconelos (1910). Composer.

  • Johnnie Davis (1910). American actor and singer. Died 11/28/1983.

  • Herbert Murrill (1909). English musician, composer, and organist. Died 7/25/1952.

  • Bidu Sayao (1902). Brazilian opera singer. Died 3/12/1999.

  • Josip Slavenski (1896). Composer.

  • William Grant Still (1895). American composer.

  • Irving Berlin (1888). Russian-American composer (“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “White Christmas”, “Kate Smith’s “God Bless America”). Died 9/22/1989.

  • Joseph Marx (1882). Austrian composer/critic.

  • Jan van Gilse (1881). Composer/resistance fighter.

  • Pascual Rogatis (1881). Composer.

  • Francisco Lacerda (1869). Composer.

  • Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov (1855). Russian composer.

  • Filippo Capocci (1840). Composer.

  • Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek (1791). Composer.

  • Henri-Jean Rigel (1772). Composer.

  • Johann Gottfried Seyfert (1731). Composer.

    MAY 12

  • Luke Benward (1995). American actor and singer.

  • Wilfred Le Bouthillier (1978). French-Canadian singer.

  • Paul D’Amour (1967). American rock bassist with Tool.

  • Dez Fafara (1966). American heavy metal singer with DevilDriver and Coal Chamber.

  • Bebel Gilberto (1966). American-born Brazilian singer.

  • Brett Gurewitz (1962) American guitarist, songwriter, and owner of the Epitaph Records label. Punk rock band, Bad Religion.

  • Billy Duffy (1959). English rock musician with the Cult.

  • Ray Gillen (1959). American rock singer with Black Sabbath, Phenomena, and Badlands. Died 12/1/1993.

  • Eric Singer (1958). American drummer with Kiss and collaborations with Alice Cooper.

  • Kix Brooks (1955). American country singer/songwriter with Brooks & Dunn (“Boot Scootin’ Boogie”).

  • Arwo Mikkonen (1954). Tampere-born American musician. Died 2/24 1986.

  • Jocko Marcellino (1950). American rock drummer with Sha Na Na (performed at Woodstock and on Grease soundtrack). Born John Marcellino.

  • Billy Squier (1950). American rock singer (“The Stroke”).

  • Steve Winwood (1948). English blues-rock singer/musician with Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’”), Traffic (“Dear Mr. Fantasy”, 1967’s Mr. Fantasy), and Blind Faith (“Can’t Find My Way Home”). Also a successful solo singer (“While You See a Chance”, “Higher Love”, “Roll with It”).

  • Catherine Yronwode (1947). American writer, editor, and folk musician.

  • Ian McLagen (1946). English rock keyboardist with the the Small Faces and the Faces.

  • Willie Parnell (1945). American singer with Archie Bell & the Drells.

  • Jayotis Washington (1945). Rock musician.

  • James Purify (1944). American singer (“I’m Your Puppet”).

  • Billy Swan (1943). American rock singer/songwriter (“I Can Help”).

  • David Walker (1943). Rock keyboardist with Gary Lewis & the Playboys (“This Diamond Ring”).

  • Ian Dury (1942). English proto-punk/new wave rock singer (1977’s New Boots and Panties). Died 3/27/2000.

  • Michel Fugain (1942). French singer and composer.

  • Anthony Newman (1941). American harpsichordist/organist.

  • Little Jayotis Washington (1941). R&B singer with the Persuasions.

  • Ruud de Wolff (1941). Singer/guitarist with the Blue Diamonds.

  • Norman Whitfield (1940). American songwriter (Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, Edwin Starr’s “War”, The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”) and producer. Died 9/16/2008.

  • Burt Bacharach (1928). American composer (Carpenters’ “They Long to Be Close to You”, Dionne & Friends’ “That’s What Friends Are For”), producer, and pianist.

  • Henry Cosby (1928). African-American songwriter and record producer. Died 1/22/2002.

  • Ewart G. Abner (1923). Record company executive.

  • Gerald Wiggins (1922) American jazz pianist and organist. Died 7/13/2008.

  • Edvard Mikcaeli Mirzoyan (1921). Composer.

  • Andre A. Rieu (1917). Dutch conductor.

  • Ellis Bonoff Kohs (1916). Composer.

  • Jamelao (1913). Brazilian samba singer. Died 6/14/2008.

  • Marshall Royal (1912). Jazz saxophonist/clarinetist with Count Basie’s band. Died 5/5/1995.

  • Gordon Jenkins (1910). American arranger, composer, and pianist (“I Can Dream, Can’t I?”, “Goodnight, Irene”). Died 5/1/1984.

  • Jack Jenney (1910). American jazz trombonist. December 16/1945.

  • Lennox R.F. Berkeley (1903). British composer.

  • Friedel Schuster (1903). German opera singer and actress. Died 1/20/1983.

  • Hyam Greenbaum (1901). Composer.

  • Nandor Zsolt (1887). Composer.

  • Hermann Grabner (1886). Composer.

  • Charles Bordes (1863). Composer.

  • Ivan Caryll (1861). American composer.

  • Gabriel Urbain Faure (1845). French composer.

  • Jules Emile Fred Massenet (1842). French composer.

  • Paul Karrer (1829). Composer.

  • Johann Hermann Kufferath (1797). Composer.

  • Juan Bros y Bertomel (1776). Composer.

  • Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754). Composer.

  • Gaetano Manna (1751). Composer.

  • Jan Krtitel Vanhal (1739). Composer.

  • Johann Baptist Vanhal (1739). Composer.

  • Giovanni Antonio Ricieri (1679). Composer.

    MAY 13

  • Alexander Rybak (1986). Norwegian singer, composer, violinist, pianist, writer, and actor.

  • Benny Dayal (1984). Indian singer and playback singer.

  • Nathan Leone (1981). American rock singer with Madina Lake.

  • Mau Marcelo (1980). Filipino R&B and soul singer.

  • Michael Madden (1979). American bassist with Maroon 5.

  • Ilse DeLange (1977). Dutch singer.

  • Neil Hopkins (1977). American actor and singer.

  • Buckethead (1969). American rock guitarist with Guns N’ Roses. Born Brian Carroll.

  • Chuck Schuldiner (1967). American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Died 12/13/2001.

  • Melanie Thornton (1967). American singer with La Bouche. Died 11/24/2001.

  • Alison Goldfrapp (1966). English singer and songwriter.

  • Darius Rucker (1966). American rock singer for Hootie & the Blowfish (“Hold My Hand”, “Let Her Cry”, 1994’s Cracked Rear View) who later became a country singer (“Don’t Think I Don’t Think about It”).

  • Tasmin Little (1965). English violinist.

  • Lari White (1965). American singer and actress.

  • Lorraine McIntosh (1964). Scottish singer with pop band Deacon Blue.

  • Garry Bushell (1955). English rock music journalist.

  • Johnny Logan (1954). Irish singer and composer.

  • Paul Thompson (1951). English drummer for Roxy Music (“Love Is the Drug”, 1973’s For Your Pleasure).

  • Danny Kirwan (1950). British rock musician with Fleetwood Mac.

  • Stevie Wonder (1950). American R&B singer (“Superstition”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, “I Just Called to Say I Love You”).

  • Peter Overend Watts (1947). British rock bassist with Mott the Hoople (“All the Young Dudes”).

  • Danny Klein (1946). American rock bassist with J. Geils Band (“Centerfold”, “Freeze Frame”).

  • Magic Dick (1945). American harmonica player for J. Geils Band (“Centerfold”, “Freeze Frame”). Born Richard Salwitz.

  • Lou Marini {Blue Lou}. (1945). American saxophonist, arranger, and composer.

  • Carolyn Franklin (1944). American singer/songwriter (“Baby Baby Baby”, “Angel”).

  • Mary Wells (1943). American R&B singer (“My Guy”). Died 7/26/1992.

  • Jim Douglas (1942). Jazz guitarist.

  • Joe Brown (1941). English singer/guitarist.

  • Imca Marina (1941). Italian singer.

  • Ritchie Valens (1941). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (“La Bamba”). Died 2/3/1959.

  • Richard Brooks (1940). Singer with the Impressions.

  • Trevor Baylis (1937). English inventor of the wind-up radio.

  • Judith Somogi (1937). American conductor.

  • Nigel Butterley (1935). Composer.

  • Dominic Cossa (1935). American baritone.

  • Stig Gustav Schonberg (1933). Composer.

  • Waldick Soriano (1933). Singer and composer. Died 9/4/2008.

  • Red Garland (1923). American hard bop jazz pianist. Died 4/23/1984.

  • Gil Evans (1912). Canadian jazz pianist and composer who worked with Miles Davis (1957’s Miles Ahead, 1958’s Porgy and Bess, 1960’s Sketches of Spain). Died 4/20/1988.

  • Maxine Sullivan (1911). American blues and jazz singer. Died 4/7/1987.

  • Ken Darby (1909). American film composer, vocal arranger, and conductor. Died 1/24/1992.

  • Joseph Achron (1886). Latvian/American violinist/composer.

  • Ilona Durigo (1881). Hungarian singer.

  • Raoul Laparra (1876). Composer.

  • Henry Clough-Leiter (1874). Composer.

  • Paolo Gallico (1868). Composer.

  • Ottokar Eugen Novacek (1866). Composer.

  • Eugust Enna (1859). Composer.

  • Paul Klengel (1854). Composer.

  • Johannes Haarklou (1847). Composer.

  • Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842). English operatic composer (Pirates of Penzance). Died 11/22/1900.

  • Charles Ots (1776). Composer.

  • Rodrigo Ferreira da Costa (1776). Composer.

  • Wojciech Zywny (1756). Composer.

  • Oliver Brownson (1746). Composer.

  • Horace Coignet (1735). Composer.

    MAY 14

  • Miranda Cosgrove (1993). American actress (iCarly) and singer (“Leave It All to Me”).

  • Olly Murs (1984). English singer. X-Factor runner-up.

  • Anahi (1983). Mexican actress and singer.

  • Tom Welham (1983). English singer/guitarist with Thirteen Senses.

  • Dan Auerbach (1979). American blues-rock singer and guitarist for the Black Keys.

  • Ada Nicodemou (1977). Greek Cypriot-born Australian actress.

  • Hunter Burgan (1976). American rock bassist with AFI.

  • Martine McCutcheon (1976). English singer (“Perfect Moment”) and actress.

  • Natalie Appleton (1973). Canadian-English singer from girl group All Saints.

  • Shanice Wilson (1973). American R&B singer (“I Love Your Smile”).

  • Raphael Wiggins (1971). American rapper, Lifelines.

  • Steve Hillier (1969). British keyboardist, songwriter, and record producer.

  • Danny Wood (1969). American singer for boy band New Kids on the Block (“I’ll Be Loving You Forever”, “Hangin’ Tough”).

  • Antony Langdon (1968). English musician with Spacehog.

  • Mike Inez (1966). Rock bassist with Alice in Chains.

  • Fabrice Morvan (1966). French dancer/model/lip syncher from Milli Vanilli (“Girl You Know It’s True”).

  • Raphael Saadiq (1966). American singer, songwriter, and record producer.

  • Shelley Preston (1964). English singer with Bucks Fizz.

  • Ian Astbury (1962). English rock singer for the Cult (“Fire Woman”).

  • C.C. Deville (1962). American rock guitarist for Poison (“Talk Dirty to Me”, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”) born Bruce Anthony Johannensson.

  • Martin Rongen (1962). Dutch pop drummer, Rowwen Heze-Boem.

  • Jean Leloup (1961). Canadian singer/songwriter and author born Jean Leclerc.

  • Ronan Tynan (1960). Irish classical music singer.

  • Patrick Bruel (1959). Algerian-French actor/rock vocalist, Coup of Sirocco.

  • Steve Hogarth (aka “h”) (1959). British rock singer for Marillion (“Hooks in You”, “You’re Gone”, 1989’s Seasons End) born Ronald Stephen Hoggarth.

  • Tom Cochrane (1953). Canadian rock singer/guitarist with Red Rider (“Lunatic Fringe”) and a solo artist (“Life Is a Highway”).

  • David Byrne (1952). Scottish-American singer/songwriter and musician with Talking Heads (“Burning Down the House”, “Once in a Lifetime”, 1980’s Remain in Light).

  • Jay Beckenstein (1951). Saxophonist with Spyro Gyra (Morning Dance).

  • Al Ciner (1947). American rock guitarist with American Breed.

  • Alan David Marks (1946). Pianist/composer.

  • Derek Lek Leckenby (1946). Rock guitarist, Herman’s Hermits (“I’m into Something Good”, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”).

  • Gene Cornish (1944). Canadian rock bassist/vocalist, Fotomaker, Rascals.

  • Troy Shondell (1944). Rock musician, Many Sides of Troy Shondell.

  • Jack Bruce (1943). Scottish rock bassist and singer/songwriter for Cream (“Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, “Badge”, 1967’s Disraeli Gears, 1968’s Wheels of Fire).

  • Derek “Lek” Leckenby (1943). English rock guitarist with Herman’s Hermits (“I’m into Something Good”, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”). Died 6/4/1994.

  • Gerald Mark Shapiro (1942). Composer.

  • Troy Shondell (1940). American vocalist.

  • Michael Preston (1938). English actor and singer.

  • Eric Herfst (1937). Dutch cabaret performer/actor, Floris.

  • Peter Frederic Williams (1937). Composer.

  • Bobby Darin (1936). American pop singer (“Splish Splash”, “Mack the Knife”). Died 12/20/1973.

  • Charlie Gracie (1936). American pioneering rock singer.

  • Frederik von Pallandt (1934). Singer.

  • Alvin Augustus Lucier, Jr. (1931). Composer.

  • Will “Dub” Jones (1928). American singer. Died 1/16/2000.

  • Patrice Munsel (1925). American soprano.

  • Al Porcino (1925). American jazz trumpeter.

  • Lou Harrison (1917). American composer (Rapunzel). Died 2/2/2003.

  • Skip Martin (1916). American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and arranger. Died 2/12/1976.

  • Harry Joseph Chick Daugherty (1915). Trombonist, Spike Jones and City Slickers.

  • Leo Smit (1900). Born in Amsterdam, Holland. Composer, killed in Poland during the Holocaust.

  • Bonifacio Gil Garcia (1898). Composer.

  • Zutty Singleton (1898). American jazz drummer.

  • Sidney Bechet (1897). American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. Died 5/14/1959.

  • Renato Lunelli (1895). Composer.

  • Ivan Alexandrovich Vishnegradsky (1893). Composer.

  • Arthur Vincent Lourie (1892). Composer.

  • Felix Petyrek (1892). Composer.

  • Egon Kornauth (1891). Composer.

  • Otto Klemperer (1885). German conductor/composer (Das Ziel) who directed the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Died 7/6/1973.

  • Zygmunt Denis Antoni Stojowski (1870). Composer.

  • Eleanor Everest Freer (1864). Composer.

  • Gualtiero Sanelli (1816). Composer.

  • Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann (1805). Composer.

  • Antonio Teixeira (1707). Composer.

  • Johann Philipp Fortsch (1652). Composer.

    MAY 15

  • Ksenia Sitnik (1995). Belarusian singer.

  • Sunny (1989). South Korean singer with girl group Girls Generation. Born Lee Soon-Kyuy.

  • Jennylyn Mercado (1987). Filipino actress and singer.

  • Jessica Sutta (1982). American dancer and member of pop-dance group the Pussycat Dolls.

  • Ahmet Rodan Zappa (1974). American rock musician and son of musician Frank Zappa.

  • Prince Be (PM Dawn) (1970)

  • Pete Wiggs (1966). British musician with Saint Etienne.

  • Masha Rasputina (1965). Russian singer.

  • Jonathan Sevink (1965). English violinist for the Levellers.

  • Julian Godfrey Brookhouse (1963). English singer with Curiosity Killed The Cat.

  • Kristen Vigard (1963). American actress and singer.

  • Andrew Eldritch (1959). English singer and songwriter with The Sisters of Mercy.

  • Mike Oldfield (1953). English composer/musician (“Tubular Bells”).

  • Dennis Fredericksen (Toto) (1951)

  • Brian Eno (1948). English musician with Roxy Music (1973’s For Your Pleasure). Also an ambient solo artist (1974’s Here Come the Warm Jets) and music producer (David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2).

  • Gary Thain (1948). British rock bassist for Uriah Heep. Died 12/8/1975.

  • Graham Goble (1947). Australian rock singer/songwriter and founding member of Little River Band (“Lonesome Loser”, “Cool Change”).

  • K.T. Oslin (1942). American country singer/songwriter (“80s Ladies”) born Kay Toinette Oslin.

  • Richard Edward Wilson (1941). Composer.

  • Lenny Welch (1938). American singer (“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”).

  • Trini Lopez (1937). Mexican-American singer and guitarist (“If I Had a Hammer”) born Trinidad Lopez III.

  • Anna Maria Alberghetti (1936). Italian operatic soprano singer.

  • Jean Balissat (1936). Swiss composer, professor of composition and orchestration, University of Geneva.

  • Wavy Gravy (1936). American entertainer and peace activist who did stage announcements at Woodstock.

  • Utah Phillips (1935). American folk singer/songwriter. Died 5/23/2008.

  • Clermont Pepin (1926). Composer.

  • Andrey Yakoulevich Eshpay (1925). Composer.

  • Emmanuel Ghent (1925). Composer.

  • Eddy Arnold (1918). American country singer (“I’ll Hold You in My Heart Till I Can Hold You in My Arms”, “Anytime”, “Bouquet of Roses”, “Make the World Go Away”). Died 5/8/2008.

  • Pierre Froidebise (1914). Composer.

  • Arthur Berger (1912). American Composer.

  • Rodolfo Cornejo (1909). Composer.

  • Clara Solovera (1909). Chilean folk musician. Died 1/27/1992.

  • Josef Alexander (1907). Composer.

  • Pippo Barzizza (1902). Italian Maestro and composer. Died 4/2/1994.

  • Casper Howeler (1897). Dutch music critic.

  • Michel Gusikoff (1893). Composer.

  • Stanley Robert Marchant (1883). Composer.

  • Francisco Pujol (1878). Composer.

  • Nikolay N Tcherepnin (1873). St. Petersburg. Composer of ballets, songs.

  • Giovanni Bolzoni (1841). Composer.

  • Stephen Heller (1813). Composer.

  • Gottfried Herrmann (1808). Composer.

  • Michael William Balfe (1808). Composer.

  • Luigi Ferdinando Casamorata (1807). Composer.

  • Adolf B. Marx (1795). German music theorist.

  • Johann Nepomuk Kalcher (1764). Composer.

  • Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759). Composer.

  • Pierre Dutillieu (1754). Composer.

  • Claudio Monteverdi (1567). Italian classical composer (L’Orfeo). Died 11/29/1643.

    MAY 16

  • Nancy Ajram (1983). Lebanese singer.

  • Billy Crawford (1982). Filipino-American R&B, pop, and soul musician and actor.

  • David Ford (1978). British singer/songwriter with Easyworld.

  • Dolcenera (1977). Italian singer and songwriter.

  • Tony Kakko (1975). Finnish musician, composer, vocalist, and songwriter with Sonata Arctica.

  • Tonex. {Anthony Williams II} (1975). American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, dancer, producer, and arranger.

  • Laura Pausini (1974). Italian singer/songwriter/record producer.

  • Sonny Sandoval (1973). American rock singer and rapper with P.O.D.

  • Special Ed. {Edward Archer} (1973). American hip hop musician.

  • Rachel Goswell (1971). English singer/songwriter.

  • Rick Trevino (1971). American country singer.

  • Danielle Spencer (1969). Australian actress and singer/songwriter.

  • Ralph Tresvant (1968). American R&B singer with New Edition and then a solo artist (“Sensitivity”).

  • Janet Jackson (1966). American R&B/pop singer (“That’s the Way Love Goes”, “Miss You Much”, “All for You”, 1986’s Control) and sister of Michael Jackson.

  • Krist Novoselic (1965). American rock bassist and co-founder of Nirvana (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”, 1991’s Nevermind).

  • Boyd Tinsley (1964). American violinist and mandolinist.

  • Jimmy Osmond (1963). Pop singer with the Osmonds.

  • Andrew Litton (1959). American orchestral conductor.

  • Glenn Gregory (1958). English rock singer with Heaven 17 (“Temptation”).

  • Hazel O’Connor (1955). British singer/songwriter and actress.

  • Richard Page (1953). American rock singer for Mr. Mister (“Broken Wings”, “Kyrie”).

  • Jonathan Richman (1951). American rock guitarist and founder of the Modern Lovers (1976’s The Modern Lovers).

  • Ray Condo (1950). Canadian rockabilly singer, saxophonist, and guitarist. Died 4/15/2004.

  • William Sputnik Spooner (1949). Rock guitarist, Grateful Dead, Tubes.

  • Adrian Legg (1948). English electric and acoustic guitarist.

  • Barbara Lee (1947). American singer, Chiffons, He's So Fine.

  • Darrell Sweet (1947). English drummer with Nazareth. Died 4/30/1999.

  • Roger Earl (1946). English rock drummer with Foghat.

  • Robert Fripp (1946). English guitarist and composer with King Crimson (1969’s In the Court of the Crimson King).

  • Nicky Chinn (1945). English songwriter/producer, Chinn and Chapman.

  • Billy Cobham (1944). Panamanian American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader (“Same Ole Love”).

  • Maurice Henry Weddington (1941). Composer.

  • Isaac "Redd" Holt (1932). American drummer, Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd.

  • Donald James Martino (1931). American composer, Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974.

  • Friedrich Gulda (1930). Austrian pianist/composer, Hangman's Songs.

  • Betty Carter (1929). American jazz singer. Died 9/26/1998.

  • Osmo Uolevi Lindeman (1929). Composer.

  • Jan Zimmer (1926). Composer.

  • Otmar Suitner (1922). Austrian conductor. Died 1/8/2010.

  • Liberace (1919). Hungarian-American pianist. Died 2/4/1987.

  • Geraint Jones (1917). Conductor/organist.

  • Sergey Antonov (1915). Russian-born American cellist.

  • Woody Herman (1913). Jazz clarinetist, bandleader, and composer (“Blues in the Night”). Died 10/29/1987.

  • Jetty Cantor (1903). Jewish-born Dutch violinist, singer, and actress. Died 4/23/1992.

  • Jan Kiepura (1902) Polish vocalist/actor, Her Wonderful Lie.

  • Walther Geiser (1897). Composer.

  • Paul Amadeus Pisk (1893). Composer.

  • Richard Tauber (1892). Austrian/British tenor/conductor.

  • Frank Lynes (1858). Composer.

  • Hanus Trnecek (1858). Composer.

  • Juan Morel Campos (1857). Composer.

  • Arthur Henry Mann (1850). Organist/composer.

  • David E. Hughes (1831). Welsh musician. Died 1/22/1900.

  • Eduard Hille (1822). Dutch composer and conductor.

    MAY 17

  • Daniel Curtis Lee (1991). American actor and rapper.

  • Adil Omar (1991). Pakistani rapper and singer/songwriter.

  • R.J. Helton (1981). American singer. American Idol.

  • Kandi Burruss (1976). American singer/songwriter with Xscape.

  • Andrea Corr (1974). Irish singer from the Corrs (“Runaway”, “Breathless”).

  • Josh Homme (1973). American rock singer in Queens of the Stone Age.

  • Vernie Bennett (1971). English musician. Girl group, Eternal.

  • Jordan Knight (1970). American pop singer with boy band New Kids on the Block (“I’ll Be Loving You Forever”, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, “Hangin’ Tough”).

  • Darnell Van Rensalier (Shai) (1970)

  • Alan Doyle (1969). Canadian musician and actor with Great Big Sea.

  • Dave Abbruzzese (1968). American rock drummer with Pearl Jam.

  • Simon Friend (1967). English multi-instrumentalist with The Levellers.

  • Trent Reznor (1965). American industrial rock singer/songwriter and musician for Nine Inch Nails (1989’s Pretty Hate Machine, 1994’s The Downward Spiral).

  • O'Dell (Mint Condition) (1965)

  • Page McConnell (1963). American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and keyboardist with Phish.

  • Tracey Bryn (1962). Rock musician, Voice of Beehive-Let it Bee.

  • Enya (1961). Irish new age singer (Watermark).

  • Simon Fuller (1960). English TV producer (American Idol) and artist manager.

  • Paul Di’Anno (1959). English rock singer with Iron Maiden from 1978-81.

  • Vincent Henar (1958). Surinam, bassist, Fra Fra Sound.

  • Alan Rankine (1958). Scottish keyboarist and guitarist with The Associates.

  • George Johnson (1953). American R&B guitarist/singer with the Brothers Johnson (“I’ll Be Good to You”, “Strawberry Letter 23”, “Stomp!”).

  • Luca Prodan (1953). Italian–Scottish musician. Died 12/22/1987.

  • Jody Pijper (1952). Dutch, background, singer.

  • Bill Bruford (1949). English progressive rock drummer with Yes (The Yes Album, 1971’s Fragile) and King Crimson.

  • Dick Gaughan (1948). Scottish musician, singer, and songwriter.

  • Udo Lindenberg (1946). German rock musician and composer.

  • Jesse Winchester (1944). American singer and songwriter (Learn to Love It).

  • Paul Crossley (1944). Concert pianist.

  • Taj Mahal (1942). American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • David Howell Cope (1941). Composer.

  • Malcolm Hale (1941). American musician with Spanky and Our Gang. Died 10/30/1968.

  • Pervis Jackson (1938). American R&B singer with the Spinners. Died 8/18/2008.

  • Philippe Boesmans (1936). Composer.

  • Jackie McLean (1931). American jazz alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader. Died 3/31/2006.

  • Dewey Redman (1931). Jazz musician.

  • Ira Tucker (1925). American gospel singer with The Dixie Hummingbirds. Died 6/24/2008.

  • Frantisek Kovaricek (1924). Composer.

  • Peter Mennini (1923). American composer, Moby Dick.

  • Dennis Brain (1921). English french-hornist (Serenade). Died 9/1/1957.

  • Bob Merrill (1921). American musical theater composer. Died 2/17/1998.

  • Birgit Nilsson (1918). Swedish operatic soprano. Died 12/25/2005.

  • Guido Masanetz (1914). Composer.

  • Sandor Vegh (1912). Violinist teacher conductor.

  • Sigismund Toduta (1908). Composer.

  • Zinka Milanov (1908). Zagreb Yugoslavia, soprano, Ljublama Opera 1927.

  • John Vincent (1902). Composer.

  • Werner Egk (1901). German composer, Die Zaubergeige.

  • Nicolai Berezowsky (1900). Composer.

  • Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere (1896). Composer.

  • Philip James (1890). Composer.

  • Marcel Moyse (1889). French flutist, 20 Exercises et etudes.

  • Erik Alfred Satie (1866). French composer (Memoirs d’un Ambesique). Died 7/1/1925.

  • Antonio Scontrino (1850). Composer.

  • Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby (1823). Contralto/composer.

  • Johann Nepomuk Kafka (1819). Composer.

  • Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel (1808). Composer.

  • Carl Friedrich Zollner (1800). Composer.

  • Antonio Salieri (1750). Composer.

  • Francesco Pasquale Ricci (1732). Composer.

  • Christoph Thomas Walliser (1568). Composer.

    MAY 18

  • Spencer Breslin (1992). American actor and musician.

  • Taeyang (1988). South Korean singer.

  • Ali Zafar (1980). Pakistani musician, actor, painter and model.

  • Roc Raida (1972). American DJ and producer. DJ group, The X-Ecutioners. Died 9/19/2009.

  • Billy Howerdel (1970). American guitarist, songwriter, and producer with A Perfect Circle and Ashes Divide.

  • Martika (1969). American pop singer and actress (“Toy Soldiers”) born Marta Marrero.

  • Mike Inez (1966). American rock bassist, Alice in Chains-Facelift.

  • Ingo Schwichtenberg (1965). German musician with power metal band Helloween. Died 3/8/1995.

  • Mike Darnell (1962). American TV executive.

  • Sandra. {Sandra Lauer} (1962). German singer.

  • Russell Senior (1961). English former guitarist and violinist with Pulp.

  • Yannick Noah (1960). French pop and soul singer and former tennis player.

  • Toyah Wilcox (1958). English rock singer (“I Want to Be Free”) and actress.

  • Michael Cretu (aka “Curly M.C.”) (1957). Romanian musician born Mihai Cretu who created Enigma (“Sadeness”).

  • Wreckless Eric (1954). English rock singer/songwriter with Waxworks, Be Stiff.

  • George Strait (1952). American country singer (“All My Exes Live in Texas”, “Amarillo by Morning”, 1996’s Blue Clear Sky).

  • Bill Wallace (1949). Canadian rock bassist with the Guess Who (“Clap for the Wolfman”) from 1972-75.

  • Rick Wakeman (1949). English progressive rock keyboardist with Yes (1971’s Fragile).

  • Joe Bonsall (1948). American country singer with the Oak Ridge Boys (“Elvira”).

  • Feliciano “Butch” Tavares (1947). American musician. Cape Verdean-American brothers.

  • Bruce Gilbert (1946). English musician with Wire.

  • Albert Hammond (1944). English rock musician, musician, songwriter (“The Air That I Breathe”), producer.

  • Rodney Dillard (1942). Rock musician, Glittergrass.

  • Lobby Loyde (1941). Australian rock musician. Died 4/21/2007.

  • Roger Matton (1929). Composer.

  • Kai Winding (1922). Born in Aarhus, Denmark, jazz composer, trombonist, worked with J.J. Johnson, Benny Goodman, Paul Chambers, recorded "More" from "Mondo Cane" movie with Verve records.

  • Boris Christoff (1914). Bulgaria/Italian bass, Boris Godunov.

  • Charles Trenet (1913). French singer/songwriter. Died 2/19/2001.

  • Perry Como (1912). Italian-American traditional pop crooner (“Till the End of Time”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes”). Died 5/12/2001.

  • Big Joe Turner (1911). American blues singer (“Shake, Rattle and Roll”). Died 11/24/1985.

  • Eric Zeisl (1905). Austrian composer. Died 2/18/1959.

  • Meredith Willson (1902). American composer (The Music Man). Died 6/15/1984.

  • Yrjo Ikonen (1902). Finnish opera singer. Died 11/24/1981.

  • Harry Robert Wilson (1901). Composer.

  • Henri-Pierre Sauguet (1901). French composer, La Chotte.

  • Ole Windingstad (1886). Composer.

  • Eduardo Fabini (1882). Composer.

  • Georgi Atanasov (1881). Composer.

  • Guido Alberto Fano (1875). Composer.

  • Bernard Zweers (1854). Dutch composer, To my Fatherland.

  • Isidor Vorobchievici (1836). Composer.

  • Karl Goldmark, Keszthely Hungary (1830). Composer, Sakuhtala.

  • Julius Hopp (1819). Composer.

  • Charles Duquesnoy (1759). Composer.

  • Joseph Beer (1744). Bohemia clarinetist/composer, 5th clarinet flap.

    MAY 19

  • Jordan Pruitt (1991). American singer/songwriter (“Jump to the Rhythm”, “One Love”, “My Shoes”).

  • Shooter Jennings (1979). American country singer.

  • Natalia Oreiro (1977). Uruguayan singer and actress.

  • Jenny Berggren (1972). Swedish musician with Ace of Base (“The Sign”, “All That She Wants”).

  • Stuart Cable (1970). Welsh drummer with Stereophonics. Died 6/7/2010.

  • Kyle Eastwood (1968). American jazz musician and son of actor Clint Eastwood.

  • Paul Hartnoll (1968). English musician. Electronic dance act, Orbital.

  • Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (1965). British singer with Curiosity Killed the Cat.

  • Iain Harvie (1962). Scottish rock guitarist with Del Amitri (“Roll to Me”, “Kiss This Thing Goodbye”).

  • Yazz. {Yasmin Evens} (1960). British singer. Song, The Only Way Is Up.

  • Martyn Ware (1956). British musician and founder of The Human League and Heaven 17.

  • Phillip Rudd (1954). Australian rock drummer with AC/DC from 1974 to 1982 and again from 1995 on (“You Shook Me All Night Long”, 1979’s Highway to Hell, 1980’s Back in Black). Born Phillip Hugh Norman Witschke Rudzevecuis.

  • Victoria Wood (1953). English comedienne, actress, writer, and singer (“The Ballad of Barry and Freda (Let’s Do It)”).

  • Joey Ramone (1951). American punk rock singer/songwriter with the Ramones (“I Wanna Be Sedated”, “Blitzkrieg Bop”, 1976’s Ramones). Born Jeffry Ross Hyman. Died 4/15/2001.

  • Romeo Challenger (1950). Caribbean-born British musician with Black Widow.

  • Mike Wedgwood (1950). English bass guitarist and singer with Arthur's Mother and Curved Air.

  • Dusty Hill (1949). American bassist/singer with ZZ Top (“La Grange”, “Tush”, “Legs”).

  • Grace Jones (1948). Jamaican model, actress, and singer (“Slave to the Rhythm”).

  • Tom Scott (1948). American composer, arranger, producer, musical director, and saxophonist.

  • Paul Brady (1947). Northern Irish singer/songwriter.

  • Steve Currie (1947). English bass player-Band, T. Rex. Died 4/28/1981.

  • Greg Herbert (1947). American jazz saxophonist and flautist. Died 1/31/1978.

  • Jerry Hyman (1947). American rock singer/trombonist, Blood Sweat and Tears.

  • Pete Townshend (1945). English rock singer/songwriter and guitarist from The Who (“My Generation”, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, 1965’s My Generation, 1969’s Tommy, 1971’s Who’s Next).

  • Marc-Antonio Consoli (1941). Composer.

  • Mickey Newbury (1940). American singer, member, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, wrote songs for Acuff-Rose Music.

  • Richard Lowe Teitelbaum (1939). Composer.

  • Tomasz Sikorski (1939). Composer.

  • Herbie Flowers (1938). English studio musician, bass guitar, double-bass and tuba player.

  • Jan Wijn (1934). Born in Amsterdam, Holland, Dutch pianist, piano teacher, played contemporary classical music to national and international audiences.

  • Claude Blanchard (1932). French singer and actor. Died 8/20/2006.

  • Alma Cogan (1932). English singer. Died 10/26/1966.

  • Michael Adamis (1929). Composer.

  • Irving Gertz (1915). American film composer. Died 11/14/2008.

  • Schlomo Joffe (1909). Composer.

  • Albert Hay Malotte (1895). Composer.

  • Cecil Gray (1895). Composer.

  • Pops Foster (1892). American jazz musician born George Murphy Foster. Died 10/29/1969.

  • Arthur Meulemans (1884). Belgian composer, Adriaan Brouwer, or 5/10.

  • Adam von Ahn Carse (1878). Composer.

  • Federico Gerdes (1873). Composer.

  • Nellie Melba (1861). Australian opera soprano born Helen Porter Mitchell. Died 2/23/1931.

  • Alice Mary Smith (1839). Composer.

  • Antoine-Charles Glachant (1770). Composer.

  • Gabriele Prota (1755). Composer.

  • Johann Friedrich Peter (1746). Composer.

  • Johann Jacob Froberger (1616). German singer/organist/composer.

    MAY 20

  • Naturi Naughton (1984). American singer with R&B/pop trio 3LW. Also an actress (Notorious, Fame).

  • Kenny Vasoli (1984). American singer and bassist with The Starting Line.

  • Sean Conlon (1981). English former singer. Boy band, Five.

  • Busta Rhymes (1971). Jamaican-American rapper/songwriter (1996’s The Coming, 1997’s When Disaster Strikes) and actor born Trevor Taheim Smith, Jr.

  • Tom Garman (Belly) (1966)

  • Nasher {Brian Nash} (1963). English guitarist. Pop band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

  • Kit Clarke (1961). Rock musician, Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer.

  • Nick Heyward (1961). English singer/songwriter and guitarist with Haircut 100 (“Love Plus One”).

  • John Cowsill (1960). Rock vocalist, Cowsills-Hair.

  • Susan Cowsill (1959). American singer, songwriter, and musician with the Cowsills (“Hair”).

  • Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (1959). Hawaiian musician. Died 6/26/1997.

  • Jane Wiedlin (1958). American guitarist with the Go-Go’s (“We Got the Beat”, 1981’s Beauty and the Beat).

  • Steve George (1955). American rock keyboardist with Mr Mister (“Broken Wings”, “Kyrie”).

  • James Henderson (1954). Country singer, Black Oak Arkansas.

  • Guy Hoffman (1954). American drummer, vocalist, and film composer.

  • Warren Cann (1950). Canadian drummer with Ultravox.

  • Cher (1946). American pop singer in duo Sonny & Cher (“I Got You Babe”) before a solo career (“Believe”). Born Cherilyn Sarkisian.

  • Joe Cocker (1944). English blue-eyed soul singer (“With a Little Help from My Friends”, “You Are So Beautiful”, “Up Where We Belong”).

  • Boudouin de Groot (1944). Dutch singer, Good night mister president.

  • Cipa Dichter (1944). Brazilian pianist/wife of Misha Dichter.

  • Albano Carrisi (1943). Italian singer and actor.

  • Tison Street (1943). American composer, violinist, contemporary classical music, winner, Guggenheim Fellowship.

  • Jill Jackson (1942). American singer with pop singing duo Paul & Paula.

  • Shorty Long (1940). American soul singer, songwriter (“Here Comes the Judge”), pianist, and record producer. Died 6/29/1969.

  • Marinella (1938). Greek singer.

  • Teddy Randazzo (1937). Song writer, I'm on the Outside Looking In.

  • Rufus Harley (1936). American jazz musician. Died 7/31/2006.

  • Dino Saluzzi (1935). Argentinian musician.

  • Hy Lit (1934). American DJ born Hyman Aaron Li. Died 11/17/2007.

  • Bob Florence (1932). American jazz arranger and pianist.

  • Louis Smith (1931). American jazz trumpeter.

  • David Frederick Barlow (1927). Composer.

  • Walter Aschaffenburg (1927). Composer.

  • Vic Ames (1925). American singer with the Ames Brothers (“Rag Mop”, “You, You, You”). Died 1/23/1978.

  • Jimmy Henderson (1921). American jazz trombonist and bandleader. Died 6/10/1998.

  • Enyss Djemil (1917). Composer.

  • Ion Dumitrescu (1913). Composer.

  • Erich Kunz (1909). Austrian operatic baritone. Died 9/8/1995.

  • Jerzy Fitelberg (1903). Composer.

  • Felix Arndt (1889). Composer.

  • John Owen Jones (1876). Composer.

  • Emile Berliner (1851). German inventor, flat phonograph record.

  • Eaton Faning (1850). Composer.

  • Gustav Adolf Mankell (1812). Composer.

  • Paulo Bellasio (1554). Composer.

  • Melchior Bischoff (1547). Composer.

    MAY 21

  • Olivia Olson (1992). American singer and actress.

  • Alexander Noyes (1986). American drummer with pop group the Jonas Brothers.

  • Mutya Buena (1985). British singer. Girl group, Sugababes.

  • Marco Carta (1985). Italian singer.

  • Kano. {Kane Brett Robinson} (1985). British rapper.

  • Brian Klemm (1982). American ska guitarist with Suburban Legends.

  • Adam Gontier (1978). Canadian rock singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter with Three Days Grace.

  • Kardinal Offishall (1976). Canadian rapper and record producer.

  • Deron Miller (1976). American lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter with Camp Kill Yourself {CKY}.

  • Eduardo Verastegui (1974). Musician.

  • Adriano Cintra (1972). Brazilian multi-instrumentist and music producer.

  • Notorious B.I.G. (aka “Biggie Smalls”) (1972). American rapper (Life after Death, Born Again) born George Latore Wallace. Died 3/9/1997.

  • Julie Vega (1968). Filipina actress and singer born Julie Pearl Apostol Postigo. Died 5/6/1985.

  • Kevin Shields (1963). Irish singer, guitarist, and producer with My Bloody Valentine.

  • Tim Lever (1961). Keyboardist/saxophonist with Dead or Alive (“You Spin Me Round”).

  • Mike Barson (1958). Rock keyboardist, Madness.

  • Joanna MC "Annemarie" Henselmans (1956). Singer/cabaretiere, School Desk.

  • John Glavin (1955). Rock keyboardist, Molly Hatchet.

  • Stan Lynch (1955). American rock drummer for Tommy Petty & the Heartbreakers (“Refugee”, “Don’t Do Me Like That”).

  • Arno Hintjens (1949). Belgian singer, T C Matic.

  • Rosalind Plowright (1949). British soprano, Aida, Senta.

  • Leo Sayer (1948). British singer/songwriter/musician (“You Make Me Feel Like Dancin’”, “More Than I Can Say”). Born Gerard Hugh Sayer.

  • Bill Champlin (1947). American keyboardist with Chicago (“Hard to Say I’m Sorry”).

  • Marcie Blane (1944). American pop singer (“Bobby’s Girl”) born Marcia Blank.

  • Vincent Crane (1943). English pianist. Died 2/14/1989.

  • Hilton Valentine (1943). English rock guitarist with the Animals (“House of the Rising Sun”).

  • Ronald Isley (1941). American R&B singer for the Isley Brothers (“Twist and Shout”, “This Old Heart of Mine”, “Shout”).

  • Heinz Holliger (1939). Swiss oboist, composer, and conductor.

  • Lee “Shot” Williams (1938). American singer.

  • Terry Lightfoot (1935). Clarinetist/bandleader for New Orleans Jazzmen.

  • Robert Sherlaw Johnson (1932). Composer.

  • Charles Wadsworth (1929). American pianist, Lincoln Center.

  • Tom “Big Daddy” Donahue (1928). radio disc jockey. Died 4/28/1975.

  • Joseph Horovitz (1926). Composer.

  • Robert Parris (1924). American composer, Book of Imaginery Beings.

  • Doris Mae Akers (1923). Gospel singer and songwriter.

  • Bill Barber (1920). American jazz musician-tuba player. Died 6/18/2007.

  • Dennis Day (1916). Irish-American singer and radio/TV personality with Jack Benny. Born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty. Died 6/22/1988.

  • Lydia Mendoza (1916). American guitarist and singer. Died 12/20/2007.

  • Lars Lennartsson (1913). American singer and actor. Died 1/15/1992.

  • Lola Lane (1906). American actress and singer. Sister group, the Lane Sisters. Died 6/22/1981.

  • Edward Lockspeiser (1905). Composer.

  • Fats Waller (1904). American jazz singer, composer, and musician (“Ain’t Misbehavin’”). Died 12/15/1943.

  • Horace Heidt (1901). American pianist, big band leader, and radio and TV personality (“I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire”). Died 12/1/1986.

  • Charles Haba (1898). Czechoslovakian violinist and composer.

  • Karel Haba (1898). Composer.

  • Albert van Raalte (1890). Conductor, AVRO-orchestra.

  • May Aufderheide (1888). Composer.

  • Pablo Luna y Carne (1880). Composer.

  • Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque (1867). Composer.

  • Joseph Parry (1841). Composer.

  • Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle (1722). Composer.

  • Antonio Corbisiero (1720). Composer.

  • Frederich Karl Erbach (1680). Composer.

  • Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia (1671). Composer.

  • Joseph de La Barre (1633). Composer.

    MAY 22

  • Su-Elise Nash (1981). English singer with Mis-Teeq.

  • Lyn Z (1976). Bassist.

  • Dan Roberts (1967). Canadian rock bassist with Crash Test Dummies (“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”).

  • John Vanderslice (1967). American musician, songwriter, and solo artist with Mk Ultra.

  • Johnny Gill (1966). American R&B singer/songwriter.

  • Kenny Hickey (1966). American musician.

  • Jesse Valenzuela (1962). American rock singer with Gin Blossoms.

  • Dana Williams (1961). American singer, Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle

  • Morrissey (1959) English alternative-rock singer/songwriter with The Smiths (“How Soon Is Now”, 1984’s The Queen Is Dead) before a successful solo career. Born Steven Patrick Morrissey.

  • Al Corley (1956). American actor, singer, and producer.

  • Chalmers “Spanky” Alford (1955). American jazz guitarist. Died 3/24/2008.

  • Mary Black (1955). Irish singer.

  • Jerry Dammers (1955). Indian keyboard player with The Specials and The Spatial AKA Orchestra.

  • Iva Davies (1955). Australian rock guitarist and vocalist with Icehouse (“Crazy”, “Electric Blue”, “No Promises”).

  • Jimmy Lyon (1955). American rock guitarist.

  • Dale Winton (1955). English radio DJ and TV presenter.

  • Bernie Taupin (1950). English lyricist for most of Elton John’s songs (“Your Song”, “A20FIw">Crocodile Rock”, “Candle in the Wind 1997”).

  • Calvin Simon (1942). American rock vocalist with Parliament and Funkadelic (“One Nation Under a Groove”).

  • Sebastian Forbes (1941). Composer.

  • Jerry Ricks (1940). American blues guitarist. Died 12/10/2007.

  • Ian Underwood (1939). Musician.

  • Peter Nero (1934). American conductor/pianist born Bernard Nierow.

  • John Browning (1933). American pianist, Leventritt Award-1956.

  • Tod Dockstader (1932). American composer, musique concrete, electronic music, principle work, Quartermass.

  • Kenny Ball (1930). English trumpeter with Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen.

  • Asher Ben-Yohanan (1929). Composer.

  • Roscoe Robinson (1928). American gospel singer.

  • James King (1925). American tenor. Died 11/20/2005.

  • Charles Aznavour (1924). French-Armenian singer/songwriter (“Yesterday When I Was Young”, “La Mama”, “She”) and actor. Born Shahnour Varenagh Aznavourian.

  • Claude Andre Francois Ballif (1924). Composer.

  • Eric Delaney (1924). English drummer and bandleader.

  • Gordon Binkerd (1916). Composer.

  • Sun Ra (1914). American jazz bandleader, composer, and multi-instrumentalist (Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1). Died 5/30/1993.

  • Louis van Tulder (1892). Dutch tenor, From Office Stool to High C.

  • Eddie Edwards (1891). American dixieland and jazz trombonist. Died 4/9/1963.

  • Julio Fonseca (1885). Composer.

  • Alceo Toni (1884). Composer.

  • Eastwood Lane (1879). Composer.

  • Jean Emile Paul Cras (1879). Composer.

  • Francesco Paolo Neglia (1874). Composer.

  • Enrique Morera (1865). Composer.

  • Emile Sauret (1852). Composer.

  • Johann Schrammel (1850). Composer.

  • Alexander Ernst Fesca (1820). Composer.

  • Richard Wagner (1813). German composer (Tristan Und Isolde, The Ring Cycle). Died 2/13/1883.

  • Thomas Forbes Walmisley (1783). Composer

  • Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek (1780). Composer.

  • Gervais-Francois Couperin (1759). Composer.

  • Johannes Schmidlin (1722). Composer.

    MAY 23

  • Heidi Range (1983). English singer/songwriter from Sugababes and Atomic Kitten.

  • Scott Raynor (1978). American drummer and guitarist with Blink-182.

  • Katie Reider (1978). American singer/songwriter. Died 7/14/2008.

  • Jewel (1974). American singer/songwriter (“You Were Meant for Me”, 1995’s Pieces of You) born Jewel Kilcher.

  • Richard Jones. (1974). British bassist and backing vocalist-Band, Stereophonics.

  • Charlie Yeung (1974). Chinese actress and singer.

  • Maxwell (1973). American R&B artist born Gerald Maxwell Rivera.

  • Charlie Hunter (1967). American Musician.

  • Phil Selway (1967). English rock drummer with Radiohead (1995’s The Bends, 1997’s OK Computer).

  • Simon Gilbert (1965). English drummer with Suede.

  • Theo Vogelaars (1960). Pop bassist, Trockener Kecks/Paid Love.

  • Shelly West (1958). American country singer.

  • Thereza Bazaar (1957). British-Canadian singer with pop duo Dollar (“Love’s Gotta Hold on Me”).

  • Jimmy McShane (1957). Pop singer, Baltimora-Tarzan Boy.

  • Luka Bloom (1955). Irish folk-rock singer/songwriter.

  • Rick Fenn (1953). English rock guitarist with 10cc.

  • James Mankey (1952). American rock guitarist with Concrete Blonde and Sparks.

  • Judy Rodman (1951). American country singer, Girls Ride Horses Too.

  • Ruth Underwood (1946). Drummer.

  • Misty Morgan (1945). Country keyboardist, duo with Jack Blanchard.

  • General George Norman Johnson (1944). American singer, Down at the Beach Club.

  • Ramon “Tiki” Fulwood (1944). American drummer with Parliament and Funkadelic. Died 10/29/1979.

  • Norman Johnson (1943). Singer and songwriter.

  • Alan Walden (1943). American music manager, publisher, and booking agent.

  • Fred Wedlock (1942). American folk singer. Died 3/4/2010.

  • Jackson Hill (1941). American composer, vocal music, teacher, Ph.D. Musicology, teacher, Duke University, Bucknell University.

  • Robert Moog (1934). American pioneer and inventor of the Moog synthesizer. Died 8/21/2005.

  • Rosemary Clooney (1928). American traditional pop singer (“Hey There”). Died 6/29/2002.

  • Mac Wiseman (1925). American bluegrass singer.

  • Alicia de Larrocha (1923). Copenhagen Denmark, pianist, Orquesta Sinfonica.

  • Humphrey Lyttelton (1921). English jazz musician. Died 4/25/2008.

  • Helen O’Connell (1920). American singer (“Green Eyes”, “All of Me”), actress, and dancer. Died 9/9/1993.

  • Bumps Blackwell (1918). Rock musician.

  • M Jean Francaix (1916). Composer.

  • Jean Francaix (1912). French composer, Naked King.

  • Boris Kremenliev (1911). Composer.

  • Dorothy Lee (1911). American actress and comedian. Died 6/24/1999.

  • Scatman Crothers (1910). American actor, singer, dancer, and musician. Died 11/22/1986.

  • Artie Shaw (1910). American jazz musician/composer/bandleader (“Beguin the Beguine”, “Frenesi”, “Star Dust”, “Dancing in the Dark”) born Arthur Arshawsky. Died 12/30/2004.

  • Hellmuth Christian Wolff (1906). Composer.

  • Mark Lothar (1902). German composer.

  • Sigurd Lie (1871). Composer.

  • Louis Glass (1864). Composer.

  • Antoni Stolpe (1851). Composer.

  • Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia (1843). Composer.

  • Thomas Hood (1799). English poet/composer, Song of the Shirt.

  • Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles (1794). Composer.

  • Antoinio da Silva Leite (1759). Composer.

  • Nicolas-Joseph Hullmandel (1756). Composer.

  • Giovanni Battista Viotti (1753). Violonist/composer.

  • Andrea Lucchesi (1741). Composer.

  • Louis Francois Chambray (1737). Composer.

  • Johann Caspar Vogler (1696). Composer.

  • Thomas Eisenhut (1644). Composer.

    MAY 24

  • Erika Umeda (1991). Japanese singer and dancer.

  • Billy Gilman (1988). American country singer/songwriter (“One Voice”) born William Wendell Gilman III.

  • Mark Ballas (1986). American actor, singer, dancer, and guitarist.

  • Alan Lastufka (1983). American author, musician, and artist.

  • Cecilia Cheung (1980). Hong Kong actress and singer.

  • Maria Lawson (1975). English singer. TV, The X Factor.

  • Tommy Page (1970). American pop singer (“I’ll Be Your Everything”) born Thomas Alden Paige.

  • Rich Robinson (1969). American rock guitarist/songwriter for the Black Crowes (1990’s Shake Your Money Maker).

  • Heavy D (1967). Jamaican-born rapper with Heavy D & the Boyz. Sung theme songs for TV’s In Living Color and MADtv. Born Dwight Myers.

  • Steve McDonald (1967). American bass player with Redd Kross.

  • Guy Fletcher (1960). English rock guitarist with Dire Straits (1985’s Brothers in Arms).

  • Larry Blackmon (1956). American lead singer and frontman for Cameo and formerly Black Ivory.

  • Helen Terry (1956). Rock musician, Now You're Mine.

  • Rosanne Cash (1955). American country singer/songwriter (“Seven Year Ache”). Daughter of legendary country singer Johnny Cash.

  • David Leonard (1955). American guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

  • Richard Wilson (1953). English sculptor, artist, and musician.

  • Albert Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) (1947)

  • Mike Reid (1947). American country singer, Walk on Faith.

  • Steve Upton (1946). English rock drummer with Wishbone Ash.

  • Dave Peacock (1945). English bass guitarist. Musical duo, Chas & Dave.

  • Patti LaBelle (1944). American R&B singer (“Lady Marmalade”, “On My Own”).

  • Derek Quinn (1942). Guitarist, Freddie and Dreamers-I'm Telling You Now.

  • Konrad Boehmer (1941). German composer, writer, Marxist, Ph. D. University of Cologne, professor, Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

  • Tony Valentino (1941). Musician.

  • Bob Dylan (1941). American folk-rock singer/songwriter (“Like a Rolling Stone”, “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “The Times They Are A-Changin’”, 1965’s Highway 61 Revisited, 1966’s Blonde on Blonde) born Robert Allen Zimmerman.

  • Tony Valentino (1941). Rock musician, Standells-Dirty Water.

  • Harold Budd (1936). American avant-garde/ambient music composer (2005’s Mysterious Skin soundtrack, with Robin Guthrie).

  • Barry Rose (1934). English choir trainer and organist.

  • Elaine Malbin (1932). Opera singer.

  • Hans-Martin Linde (1930). German composer, flutist, and recorder player.

  • Sadao Bekku (1922). Japanese classical composer. Wrote symphonies, film scores, sonata for flute, choral works, art songs, piano concerto, opera titled Prince Arima.

  • Joan Hammond (1912). British operatic soprano.

  • Margers Zarins (1910). Composer.

  • Nils-Eric Fougstedt (1910). Composer.

  • Victoria Hopper (1909). Canadian actress and singer. Died 1/22/2007.

  • Kresimir Fribec (1908). Composer.

  • Zdenek Blazek (1905). Composer.

  • George Formby (1904). William Booth, British singer/comic, Let George Do It.

  • Aram Katchaturian (1903). Armenian composer, Earth.

  • Hilding Hallnas (1903). Composer.

  • Paul Paray (1886). French conductor, composer, and organist (Artemis Trouble). Died 10/10/1979.

  • Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky (1881). Composer.

  • Tito Mattei (1841). Pianist/composer.

  • Richard Hoffman (1831). Composer.

  • Louis-Francois Dauprat (1781). Composer/horn player.

  • Joseph Ignaz Schnabel (1767). Composer.

  • Giacomo Conti (1754). Composer.

  • Juan de Sesse y Balaguer (1736). Composer.

  • Alexandre de Villenueve (1677). Composer.

  • Giovanni Battista Chinelli (1610). Composer.

    MAY 25

  • Kostas Martakis (1984). Greek singer.

  • Marion Raven (1984). Norwegian singer/songwriter from duo M2M before becoming a solo artist (“Everything You Do”). Born Marion Elise Ravn.

  • Joe King (1980). American guitarist, backing vocalist, and songwriter. Piano rock band, The Fray.

  • Lauryn Hill (1975). American R&B/rap singer with the Fugees (The Score) and then a solo artist (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill).

  • Frank Klepacki (1974). American musician, video game music composer, and sound director.

  • Daz Dillinger. {Dat Nigga Daz}. (1973). American hip hop producer and rapper. Rap duo, Tha Dogg Pound.

  • Demetri Martin (1973). American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and humorist.

  • Glen Drover (1969). Canadian heavy metal guitarist.

  • Simon Fowler (1965). English Musician.

  • Mark Knight (1965). American rock guitarist, Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals.

  • Remco Prins (1965). Dutch rock guitarist and vocalist, Burma Shave-Stash.

  • Rick Smith (1959). Electronic musician.

  • Carrie Newcomer (1958). American singer and songwriter.

  • Paul Weller (1958). English singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Jam (1978’s All Mod Cons, 1982’s “Town Called Malice”) and Style Council (1984’s “Shout to the Top”) before a solo career (1995’s Stanley Road).

  • Sugar Minott {Lincoln Minott} (1956). Jamaican reggae singer and producer.

  • Rich Alves (1953). American singer, Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake.

  • Clifford Archer (1951). Bassist, Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover.

  • Robby Steinhardt (1950). American violinist and singer with Kansas.

  • Klaus Meine (1948). German rock singer for the Scorpions (“No One Like You”, “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, “Wind of Change”).

  • Jessi Colter (1947). American country singer (“I’m Not Lisa”). Miriam Johnson.

  • Mitch Margo (1947). American rock singer/songwriter with the Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”).

  • Pierre Bachelet (1944). French singer/songwriter. Died 2/15/2005.

  • John “Poli” Palmer (1943). British rock musician with Family.

  • Leslie Uggams (1943). American singer and actress (The Leslie Uggams Show).

  • Brian “Blinky” Davison (1942). British rock drummer with The Nice. Died 4/15/2008.

  • Donnie Elbert (1936). American vocalist. Died 1/26/1989.

  • Tom T. Hall (1936). American country singer/songwriter (Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley PTA”).

  • Beverly Sills (1929). American operatic soprano. Died 7/2/2007.

  • Frigyes Hidas (1928). Composer.

  • Aldo Clementi (1925). Composer.

  • Kitty Kallen (1922). American traditional pop singer (“Besame Mucho”, “Little Things Mean a Lot”).

  • Hal David (1921). American lyricist and songwriter (B.J. Thomas’ “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”, Dionne Warwick’s “Walk on By”, Willie Nelson & Julio Iglesias’ “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”); frequently collaborated with composer Burt Bacharach.

  • Gino Negri (1919). Composer.

  • Jimmy Hamilton (1917) Saxophonist.

  • Virginia Ginny Simms (1916). Actress and singer, Kay Kyser Band.

  • Ginny Simms (1915). American actress and big band singer with the Kay Kyser Band. Died 4/4/1994.

  • Eddie Maxwell (1912). Singer (“Yes We Have No Bananas”).

  • Kurt George Hugo Thomas (1904). Composer.

  • Frankie Carle (1903). American jazz bandleader. Died 3/7/2001.

  • Ralph Reader (1903). English songwriter. Died 5/18/1982.

  • Helvi Lemmikke Leiviska (1902). Composer.

  • Milenko Zivkovic (1901). Composer.

  • Mischa Levitzki (1898). Composer.

  • Gilardo Gilardi (1889). Composer.

  • Sverre Jordan (1889). Composer.

  • Billy Murray (1877). American singer (“Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis”, “Yankee Doodle Boy”, “Give My Regards to Broadway”, “In My Merry Oldsmobile”, “You’re a Grand Old Flag”, “Harrigan”, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”, “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”, 1911’s “Come Josephine, in My Flying Machine” with Ada Jones) nicknamed “The Denver Nightingale.” Died 8/17/1954.

  • Alphonse Goovaerts (1847). Composer.

  • Diederich Krug (1821). Composer.

  • Ferdinand Franzl (1767). Composer.

  • Friedrich Johann Eck (1767). Composer.

  • Giuseppi Paolucci (1726). Composer.

  • Christian August Jacobi (1688). Composer.

    MAY 26

  • Isaac Slade (1981). American vocalist, songwriter and pianist. Piano rock band, The Fray.

  • Phil Elvrum (1978). American indie rock musician with The Microphones and Mount Eerie.

  • Mark Hunter (1977). American lead vocalist and songwriter with Chimaira.

  • Alan White (1972). English drummer with Oasis (1994’s Definitely Maybe, 1995’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?).

  • Keith Gattis (1971). American country artist.

  • Phillip Rhodes (1968). American drummer, member, Gin Blossoms alternative rock band.

  • Kevin Moore (1967). American keyboardist and composer with Dream Theater and O.S.I.

  • Lenny Kravitz (1964). American rock singer/songwriter and musician (“Are You Gonna Go My Way?”).

  • Colin Vearncombe (1962). English rock singer/songwriter with Black.

  • Beverly Lee (1959). American singer and trademark holder for R&B vocal group the Shirelles (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”).

  • Hank Williams, Jr. (1949). American country singer (“All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down”, “Are You Ready for Some Football? (Theme from Monday Night Football)”). Son of country singer Hank Williams.

  • Stevie Nicks (1948). American rock singer/songwriter with Fleetwood Mac (“Dreams”, “Sara”, 1977’s Rumours) and a solo artist (1981’s Bella Donna).

  • Mick Ronson (1946). English rock guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Died 4/29/1993.

  • Garry Peterson (1945). Canadian rock drummer with The Guess Who.

  • Verden "Phally" Allen (1944). Keyboardist, Mott the Hoople.

  • Ray Ennis (1942). English guitarist, Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good.

  • Imants Kalnins (1941). Born in Riga, Latvia. Composer, wrote six symphonies, first composer of intellectual rock music, Latvia's most important composer.

  • Levon Helm (1940). American rock drummer/musician with The Band (“The Weight”, “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down”, “Up on Cripple Creek”, 1968’s Music from Big Pink, 1969’s The Band). Born Mark Lavon Helm. Died 4/19/12.

  • Lew Tabackin (1940). American flutist and tenor saxophonist.

  • Jackie Liebesit (1938). Rock musician, Can.

  • Teresa Stratas (1938). Canadian operatic soprano.

  • William Elden Bolcom (1938). American composer, Oracles.

  • Yehuda Yannay (1937). Romanian composer, film maker, performance artist, international figure in contemporary music.

  • Miles Davis (1926). American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader (1950’s Birth of the Cool, 1959’s Kind of Blue, 1970’s Bitches Brew). Died 9/28/1991.

  • Maria de Lourdes Martins (1926). Composer.

  • Victor Herbert (1924)., Irish/US composer, Kiss in Dark.

  • Frank Guida (1922). Sicilian-American composer and music producer. Died 5/19/2007.

  • Peggy Lee (1920). American traditional pop singer/songwriter (“Manana Is Soon Enough for Me”, “Fever”) born Norma Deloris Egstrom. Died 1/21/2002.

  • Ruben Gonzalez (1919). Cuban pianist. Died 12/8/2003.

  • Louis “Moondog” Hardin (1916). American composer, musician, cosmologist, poet, and musical instruments inventor. Died 9/8/1999.

  • Ziggy Elman (1914). American trumpeter, composer and conductor. Died 6/26/1968.

  • Karin Ekelund (1913). Swedish actress, director and singer. Died 12/21/1976.

  • Malando, Arie Maasland (1908). Composer/orchestra leader, Ole Guapa.

  • George Formby, Jr. (1904). English singer, comedian, and banjolele player born George Hoy Booth. Died 3/6/1961.

  • Ernst Bacon (1898). Composer.

  • Gerard Bertouille (1898). Composer.

  • Eugene Aynsley Goossens (1893). English conductor and composer (Perseus). Died 6/13/1962.

  • Al Jolson (1886), Russian-American jazz singer (“Swanee”, “You Made Me Love You”, “April Showers”). Starred in first talking movie (The Jazz Singer). Died 10/23/1950.

  • Mamie Smith (1883). American vaudeville singer, dancer, pianist and actress. Died 9/16/1946.

  • George Templeton Strong (1856). Composer.

  • Monroe A Althouse (1853). Composer.

  • Arthur Coquard (1846). Composer.

  • Felipe Gutierrez y Espinoza (1825). Composer.

  • Joseph Drechsler (1782). Composer.

  • Hans Georg Nageli (1773). Composer.

  • Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck (1591). Composer.

    MAY 27

  • RJD2 (1976). American hip-hop producer born John Krohn.

  • André 3000 (1975). American rap singer/songwriter and musician from OutKast (“Hey Ya”, “Ms. Jackson”) born André Lauren Benjamin.

  • Jadakiss (1975). American rapper with The Lox. Born Jason Phillips.

  • Coleman Mellett (1974). American jazz guitarist with Chuck Mangione. Died 2/12/2009.

  • Sibyl Buck (1972). American musician and former model.

  • Ivete Sangalo (1972). Brazilian singer, songwriter, actress and TV host.

  • Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (1971). American rapper from R&B group TLC (“Waterfalls”). Died 4/25/2002.

  • Sean Kinney (1966). American rock drummer for Alice in Chains (Dirt).

  • Neil Finn (1958) New Zealand-born rock singer/songwriter from Split Enz (“I Got You”) and Crowded House (“Don’t Dream It’s Over”, 1991’s Woodface).

  • Eddie Harsch (1957). Canadian-American keyboardist with Bulldog, The Black Crowes, James Cotton’s band.

  • Siouxsie Sioux (1957). English rock singer with Siouxsie & The Banshees.

  • Ken Nicol (1951). American guitarist, singer and songwriter.

  • Pete Sears (1948). English rock bassist with Jefferson Starship.

  • Liana Alexandra (1947). Composer.

  • Marty Kristian (1947). German singer with The New Seekers.

  • Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (1946). Danish jazz bassist. Died 4/19/2005.

  • Bruce Cockburn (1945). Canadian rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (“If I Had a Rocket Launcher”).

  • Alain Souchon (1944). French singer/songwriter and actor.

  • Cilla Black (1943). English rock singer (“Anyone Who Had a Heart”, “You’re My World”) and actress born Priscilla Maria Veronica White.

  • Priscilla Anne McLean (1942). Composer.

  • Jerry Mercer (1939). Rock drummer, April Wine Montreal Montreal.

  • Don Williams (1939). American country singer/songwriter (“I Believe in You”).

  • Elias Gistelinck (1935). Flemish composer.

  • Ramsey Lewis (1935). American jazz composer/pianist (“The In-Crowd”).

  • Junior Parker (1932). American blues singer and musician. Died 11/18/1971.

  • Kenny Price (1931). American country singer, Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw.

  • Veroslav Neumann (1931). Composer.

  • Eino Tamberg (1930). Composer born in Estonia. Neoclassical Estonian music, teacher, Estonian Academy of Music, wrote ballet, 'Johanna tentate'.

  • Donald Howard Keats (1929). Composer.

  • Thea Musgrave, Barnton Midlothian Scot (1928). Composer, Mary Queen of Scots.

  • Bud Shank (1926). American alto saxophonist and flautist. Died 4/2/2009.

  • Redd Stewart (1921). American guitarist/pianist, Pee Wee King Show.

  • Mario del Monaco (1915). Italian opera singer, Verdi/Puccini.

  • Hugh Le Caine (1914). Composer.

  • Isador Goodman (1909). Composer.

  • Dolores Hope (1909). American singer and philanthropist. Married to entertainer Bob Hope.

  • Harold Rome (1908). American musical composer, lyricist, and writer. Died 10/26/1993.

  • Felix de Nobel (1907). Dutch orchestra leader.

  • Tarcisio Fusco (1904). Italian film composer.

  • Celius Dougherty (1902). Composer.

  • Marij Kogoj (1895). Composer.

  • Claude Adonai Champagne (1891). Composer.

  • Louis Durey (1888). Composer.

  • “Blind” Tom Bethune (1849). Pianist/composer.

  • Henry Wylde (1822). Composer.

  • Josef Joachim Raff (1822). Composer.

  • Charles-Joseph Tolbecque (1806). Composer.

  • Jacques-Francois-Fromental-Elle Halevy, Elie Levy (1799). Composer.

  • Bonaventura Furlanetto (1738). Composer.

    MAY 28

  • Colbie Caillat (1985)

  • Adam Green (1981). American singer/songwriter.

  • Mark Feehily (1980). Irish singer/songwriter from Westlife. Born Markus Michael Patrick Feehily.

  • Ashley Ryan Ruiz Offord (1977). American singer, Menudo-Cannonball.

  • Jimi Goodwin (1970). Bassist, vocalist and guitarist with Doves.

  • Mark Richardson (1970). English drummer with Skunk Anansie and Feeder.

  • Kylie Minogue (1968). Australian pop singer (“Can’t Get You Out of My Head”).

  • Chris Ballew (1965). American rock musician with the Presidents of the United States of America (“Lump”, “Peaches”).

  • Phil Vassar (1964). American country singer/songwriter.

  • Gavin Harrison (1963). British drummer and percussionist. Rock band, Porcupine Tree.

  • Brandon Cruz (1962). American musician and former child actor.

  • Roland Gift (1962). British singer from Fine Young Cannibals (“She Drives Me Crazy”, “Good Thing”).

  • Leon “The Bop” Klaasse (1959). Rock drummer/singer, The Pilgrims-Red.

  • Steve Strange (1959). British singer with Visage.

  • Arto Lindsay (1953). American guitarist, singer, record producer and composer.

  • Ray Laidlaw (1948). British rock drummer, Jack the Lad.

  • Wendy O. Williams (1949). American punk singer with the Plastmatics. Called “The Queen of Shock Rock.” Born Wendy Orlean Williams. Died 4/6/1998.

  • Leland Sklar (1947). American musician-bassist, singer/songwriter and film score composer.

  • John Fogerty (1945). American rock singer/guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival.

  • Gary Stewart (1944). American country musician/songwriter (“She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)”). Died 12/16/2003.

  • Gladys Knight (1944). American R&B singer with the Pips (“Midnight Train to Georgia”).

  • Sondra Locke (1944). American actress, singer and film director.

  • Rita MacNeil (1944). Canadian country and folk singer.

  • Billy Vera (1944). American singer and musician (“At This Moment”) born William McCord.

  • Elena Souliotis (1943). Greek operatic soprano. Died 12/4/2004.

  • Hans Dulfer (1940). Tenor saxophonist/director, Paradiso.

  • Prince Buster (1938). Jamaican reggae musician/producer, Madness.

  • Maki Ishii (1930). Japanese composer, contemporary classical music.

  • Henning Christiansen (1932). Composer.

  • Peter Talbot Westergaard (1931). Composer.

  • Jacob R Druckman (1928). Composer.

  • Bernhard Lewkovitch (1927). Composer.

  • Gyorgy Ligeti (1927). Composer.

  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925). German baritone, Doktor Faust.

  • Gyorgy Ligeti (1923). Hungarian-Romanian composer. Died 6/12/2006.

  • John Henry “Papa John” Creach (1917). American fiddler with Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane (“White Rabbit”, 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow). Died 2/22/1994.

  • Wolfgang Schneiderhan (1915). Violinist.

  • T-Bone Walker (1910). American blues guitarist, singer, pianist, and songwriter (“Call It Stormy Monday”). Died 3/16/1975.

  • Phil Regan (1906). American singer (“My Wild Irish Rose”) and actor. Died 2/11/1996.

  • Shalva Mikhaylovich Mshvelidze (1904). Composer.

  • Andy Kirk (1898). American jazz/big band leader. Died 1992.

  • Marius Monnikendam (1896). Dutch choir composer.

  • Jose Padilla (1889). Composer.

  • Nicolai Sokoloff (1886). Near Kiev Ukraine, conductor, Seattle Symph.

  • George Dyson (1883). Composer.

  • Luigi Perrachio (1883). Composer.

  • Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur (1844). Composer.

  • Giovanni Sgambati (1841). Composer.

  • Tony Pastor (1837). American impresario, variety and vaudeville performer and theatre owner. Died 8/26/1908.

  • Karoly Filtsch (1830). Composer.

  • Josef Dessauer (1798). Composer.

  • Joseph Frohlich (1780). Composer.

  • Friedrich Westenholz (1778). Composer.

  • Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees (1777). Composer.

  • Jean Baptiste Cartier (1765). Composer.

    MAY 29

  • Valy (1986). Persian singer born Valy Hedjasi.

  • Joanne Borgella (1982). American singer, songwriter, actress and model.

  • Pelle Almqvist (1978). Swedish rock singer with the Hives.

  • Daniel Pearce (1978). English musician.

  • Adam Rickitt (1978). English actor, former singer and model.

  • Danny Gerard (1977). American actor and musician.

  • David Buckner (1976). American rock drummer with Papa Roach.

  • Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown (aka “Mel B”) (1975). English pop singer from Spice Girls (“Wannabe”).

  • Mark Lee (1973). American guitarist with Christian rock band Third Day.

  • Keith Fullerton Whitman (1973). Electronic musician.

  • Kozi (1972). Japanese musician and solo artist with Malice Mizer and Eve of Destiny.

  • Chan Kinchla (1969). Canadian guitarist with Blues Traveler.

  • Noel Gallagher (1967). English rock songwriter and guitarist for Oasis (1994’s Definitely Maybe, 1995’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?).

  • Blaze Bayley (1963). English musician with Blaze Bayley.

  • Melissa Etheridge (1961). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (1993’s Yes I Am).

  • Mel Gaynor (1960). English rock drummer from Simple Minds (“Don’t You Forget about Me”).

  • Jesse Johnson (1960). American funk musician and guitarist with the Time.

  • Larry Blackmon (1959). Rock musician, Cameo-Alligator Woman.

  • Gretchen (1959). Brazilian singer.

  • Steve Hanley (1959). Irish musician-bass guitariast. Punk rock bands, The Fall and The Lovers.

  • Marie Fredriksson (Roxette) (1958)

  • Larry Blackmon (1956). Musician with Cameo.

  • LaToya Jackson (1956). American singer. Sister of singers Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.

  • Jerry Dengler (1955). American singer, Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around.

  • Mike Porcaro (1955). Rock bassist for Toto (“Rosanna”, “Africa”).

  • Danny Elfman (1953). American new wave singer/songwriter with Oingo Boingo. Later a television and film composer (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas).

  • Rick Henderson (1953). American singer, Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around.

  • Hilton Ruiz (1952). Puerto Rican-American pianist. Died 6/6/2006.

  • Rebbie Jackson (1950). American singer (“Centipede”). Sister of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.

  • Francis Rossi (1949). English rock guitarist with Status Quo (“Picture of Matchstick Men”).

  • Gary Brooker (1945). English rock singer/songwriter/keyboardist for Procol Harum (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”).

  • Linda Esther Gray (1948). Opera singer.

  • Michael Berkley (1948). Composer/broadcaster.

  • Mike Rossi (1945). Rock musician with Status Quo.

  • Roy Crewsdon (1941). British guitarist with Freddie & The Dreamers.

  • Irmin Schmidt (1937). German rock keyboardist and composer with Can.

  • Danny Davis (1925). American band leader, vocalist and producer. Nashville Brass. Died 6/12/2008.

  • Harry Everett Smith (1923). American music archivist best known for compiling the Anthology of American Folk Music album. Died 11/27/1991.

  • Iannis Xenakis (1922). Greek-French composer, music theorist and architect. Died 2/4/2001.

  • Igor Buketoff (1915). American conductor, Iceland Symph 1964-65.

  • Karl Munchinger (1915). German conductor. Died 3/13/1990.

  • Armida (1911). Mexican-American actress, singer, dancer, and vaudeville performer born Armida Vendrell. Died 10/23/1989.

  • Dick Stabile (1909). American saxophonist and bandleader. Died 9/18/1980.

  • Hans Joachim Schaeuble (1906). Composer.

  • Fela Sowande (1905). Composer.

  • Bob Hope (1903). English-American entertainer with vaudeville, radio, TV, and movies.

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897). Austrian movie composer, Violanta.

  • Ignace Lilien (1897). Composer.

  • Francis de Bourguignon (1890). Composer.

  • William Beatton Moonie (1883). Composer.

  • Frederik Septimus Kelly (1881). Composer.

  • Frederic baron d'Erlanger (1868). French composer/banker.

  • Isaac [Manuel F] Albeniz (1860). Spanish pianist/composer, Iberia.

  • Jindrich z Albestu Kaan (1852). Composer.

  • Emile Pessard (1843). Composer.

  • Luca Fumagalli (1837). Composer.

  • Pietro Romani (1791). Composer.

  • Johann Gottfried Krebs (1741). Composer.

  • Orazio Mei (1731). Composer.

  • William Jackson (1730). Composer.

    MAY 30

  • Im Yoona (1990). Korean singer, actress, model, and dancer with Girls Generation.

  • Kevin Covais (1989). American singer.

  • Joyce Cheng (1987). Hong Kong musician, writer, actress and performer.

  • Devendra Banhart (1981). Venezuelan-American singer/songwriter.

  • Remy Ma, {Remy Martin} (1981). American rapper. Fat Joe’s rap crew, Terror Squad.

  • Brian Fair (1975). American musician. Heavy metal band, Shadows Fall.

  • Lamont “Big L” Coleman (1974). Rapper with D.I.T.C.

  • Cee-Lo Green (1974). American R&B/rap singer (“F**k You”) with Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley (“Crazy”). Born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway.

  • Patrick Dahlheimer (1971). American rock bassist with Live (“Selling the Drama”, “Lightning Crashes”).

  • Idina Menzel (1971). American actress, singer and songwriter.

  • Eric Kaye (1970). American composer.

  • Tim Burgess (1967). English rock singer/songwriter for The Charlatans.

  • Stephen Malkmus (1966). American indie rock musician with Pavement.

  • Wynonna Judd (1964). American country singer in duo the Judds (“Why Not Me”) with her mother before going solo. Born Christina Claire Ciminella.

  • Tom Morello (1964). American rock guitarist with Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and solo as the Nightwatchman.

  • Trey Parker (1961). Rapper/actor, Newsies, Hull High.

  • Stephen “Tea Tower” Duffy (1960). Rock musician, Lilac Time-Paradise Song.

  • Marie Fredriksson (1958). Ostra-Lj Swed, singer, Roxette-Must Have Been Love.

  • Chris Van Jaarsveld (1957). Guitarist, Sleeze Beez.

  • Nicky “Topper” Headon (1955). English rock drummer with The Clash (“London Calling”, “Rock the Casbah”, 1977’s The Clash, 1979’s London Calling).

  • Zoltan Kocsis (1952). Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, musical director, Hungarian National Philharmonic.

  • Zdravko Colic (1951). Serbian singer.

  • Dann Glenn (1950). American jazz guitarist and composer.

  • Lenny Davidson (1942). English rock guitarist of the Dave Clark Five (“Glad All Over”).

  • Pauline Oliveros (1932). American accordionist and composer (Sound Patterns).

  • Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi (1932). Composer.

  • Dave McKenna (1930). American jazz pianist. Died 10/18/2008.

  • Edouard Van Remoortel (1926). Brussels, conductor, 1958-62 St. Louis Symph.

  • John Heawood (1920). Actor/singer/choreographer, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

  • George London (1920). Canadian operatic bass-baritone born George Burnstein. Died 3/24/1985.

  • Bobby Sherwood (1914). American bandleader (Milton Berle Show, actor and composer. Died 1/23/1981.

  • “Sonny Boy” Williamson #1 (1914). American blues singer (“Good Morning, Little School Girl”) and harmonica player. Died 6/1/1948.

  • Kalman Bloch (1913). American clarinetist. Died 3/12/2009.

  • Cedric Thorpe Davie (1913). Composer.

  • Benny Goodman (1909). American jazz bandleader and clarinetist (“Sing, Sing, Sing”, 1938’s Concert at Carnegie Hall). Known as “The King of Swing”. Died 6/13/1986.

  • Ben Bernie (1891). American jazz violinist and radio personality. Died 10/23/1943.

  • Gino Tagliapietra (1887). Composer.

  • Riccardo Zandonai (1883). Composer.

  • Harry MacDonough (1871). Canadian ballad singer (“Tell Me, Pretty Maiden”, “Hiawatha”, “Shine on, Harvest Moon”, “Down by the Old Mill Stream”, “They Didn’t Believe Me”, “Smiles”). Died 9/26/1931.

  • Karl Fritjof Valentin (1853). Composer.

  • Louis Varney (1844). Composer.

  • Joaquim Casimiro, Jr. (1808). Composer.

  • Johann Christian Lobe (1797). Composer.

  • Valentin Dretzel (1578). Composer.

    MAY 31

  • Hope Partlow (1988). American singer.

  • Sopho Khalvashi (1986). Georgian musician.

  • David Hernandez (1983). American singer on TV’s American Idol.

  • Andy Hurley (1980). American musician with Fall Out Boy & Project Rocket.

  • Joel Ross (1977). British radio disc jockey.

  • Mindi Abair (1969). American contemporary jazz saxophonist.

  • Steve White (Style Council) (1965)

  • Scotti Hill (1964). American rock guitarist with Skid Row (“18 and Life”, “I Remember You”).

  • Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels (1964). American musician with hip hop group Run-D.M.C.

  • Hugh Dillon (1963). Canadian singer (The Headstones) and actor.

  • Wendy Smith (1963). Rock musician with Prefab Sprout (2 Wheels Good).

  • Wesley Willis (1963). American musician and comedian. Died 8/21/2003.

  • Corey Hart (1962). Canadian pop/rock singer/songwriter (“Sunglasses at Night”).

  • Fritz Hilpert (1956). German musician with Kraftwerk.

  • Bart van Poppel (1956). Dutch bassist/guitarist/singer, Tambourine.

  • Tommy Emmanuel (1955). Australian guitarist.

  • Vicki Sue Robinson (1954). American actress and singer. Died 4/27/2000.

  • Karl Bartos (1952). German electronic percussionist with Kraftwerk.

  • Nancy Shade (1949). American spinto soprano.

  • John Henry “Bonzo” Bonham (1948). English rock drummer for Led Zeppelin (“Stairway to Heaven”, “Moby Dick”, 1969’s Led Zeppelin I, 1969’s Led Zeppelin II, 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV). Died 9/25/1980.

  • William “Junior” Campbell (1947). Scottish rock singer/songwriter and musician with Marmalade.

  • Kenneth Cooper (1941). American harpsichordist/professor.

  • Augie Mayer (1940). Rock musician, Sir Douglas Quintet.

  • Johnny Paycheck (1938). American country singer (“Take This Job and Shove It”). Died 2/19/2003.

  • Peter Yarrow (1938). American folk singer with Peter, Paul and Mary trio (“Puff the Magic Dragon”).

  • Karl-Erik Welin (1934). Composer.

  • Ed Lincoln (1932). Brazilian musician, composer and arranger.

  • Shirley Verrett (1931). American operatic mezzo-soprano (Cassandra in Les Troyens).

  • Aladar Zoltan (1929). Composer.

  • Jacob Lateiner (1928). Havana Cuba, pianist/professor, Juiliard.

  • Wolfgang Lesser (1923). Composer.

  • Chet Gierlach (1919). Music publisher/composer.

  • Emmanual Tettey Mensah (1919). Musician.

  • Akira Ifukube (1914). Japanese classical music and film score composer. Died 2/8/2006.

  • Jerzy Wasowski (1913). Polish journalist, composer and acoustic engineer director. Died 9/29/1984.

  • Billy Mayerl (1902). English composer, pianist, master of light music, composed works for piano and orchestra, developed syncopated novelty piano solos, 300 piano pieces, most named after flowers and trees.

  • Ralph Walter Wood (1902). Composer.

  • Alfredo Antonini (1901). Italian-American symphony conductor and composer. Died 11/3/1983.

  • Whispering Jack Smith (1898). American baritone singer. Died 5/13/1950.

  • Louis Fourestier (1892). Composer.

  • Willem Ravelli (1892). Baritone singer.

  • Mark Hambourg (1879). Composer.

  • Italo Montemezzi (1875). Composer.

  • Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov (1866). Composer.

  • Edouard Deldevez (1817). Composer.

  • Franz Joseph Haydn (1809). Austrian composer.

  • Jeanne-Louise Farrenc (1804). Composer.

  • Cesare Pugni (1802). Composer.

  • Friedrich Erhard Niedt (1674). Composer.

  • Marin Marias (1656). Composer.

    This page last updated June 6, 2013.