Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Book from Dave's Music Database!

The Top 100 Albums of All Time

is now available at Amazon.com for $13.95!

Ah, the music list. Music journalists love to create them and fans love to shred them. However, by aggregating hundreds of best-of lists, Dave’s Music Database has stripped away subjectivity in favor of cold, hard numbers. Commentaries about the albums consolidate the views of multiple experts instead of serving up single opinions. It all makes for one definitive, inarguable best-of-all-time list. Okay, maybe not – but here’s hoping you’ll find value in this list, even if that’s in dissecting, disagreeing, debating, or debunking it. Rock on and read on.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

“Tiger Rag" charts for the first time: August 17, 1918

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Original Dixieland Jazz Band “Tiger Rag”


Writer(s): Harry DeCosta/ Original Dixieland Jazz Band (see lyrics here)

First charted: 8/17/1918

Peak: 12 US, -- UK (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: “Tiger Rag” has been called “the very first jazz standard” LW-43 and “the most famous Dixieland jazz standard” JA-196 with hundreds of versions being played and recorded over the years. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band wrote the song and introduced it in vaudeville and on record, JA-196 although Jelly Roll Morton has claimed he originated the piece. JA-196

The band’s leader, cornetist Nick LaRocca, claimed the group invented Dixieland jazz. While most historians disagree, the group did stir interest in the new art form of jazz. NRR Also, it is possible LaRocca was the first to pair the words “Dixieland” and “jazz” together to describe jazz played in a southern style. LW-43

They were the first jazz band to be recorded. The common belief is that it was because they were white. LW-43 They lacked an outstanding player for solos LW-43 and were “not the best ensemble of its day,” NRR but they displayed enthusiasm and a sense of fun. LW-43

As was common in the first half of the 20th century, the song had multiple chart versions. Eight versions charted from 1918 to 1952. Notable renditions included Ted Lewis (#8, 1923), Ray Noble (#6, 1934), and Les Paul with Mary Ford (#2, 1952). In 1931, the Mills Brothers charted the most successful version with a four week stay at #1. PM-596 Still, the legendary Louis Armstrong regarded the Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s version as the best. LW-43


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Louis Armstrong released “West End Blues” on this day in 1928

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Louis Armstrong “West End Blues”


Writer(s): Clarence Williams/ Joe “King” Oliver

Released: 8/15/1928, First charted: 9/15/1928

Peak: 8 US (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): --

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


Review: Dan Morgenstern called “West End Blues” “one of the handful of unsurpassed artistic achievements of the 20th century.” SS-31 Music historian Steve Sullivan said it was “the most important jazz recording ever made” SS-28 by the musician who “casts a shadow upon every other jazz musician…in the same way that Babe Ruth looms over baseball history.” SS-28 Jonathan Bogart, from the music-focused Don’t Stay Up Too Late website, goes a step farther, calling Armstrong “the most important figure in twentieth-century music.” DS

Joseph “King” Oliver, Armstrong’s mentor, composed “West End Blues” and recorded a version of it on June 11, 1928, for Vocalion. SS-28 The song has typically been performed as an instrumental, but did have lyrics added by Clarence Williams. WK The song was named for the West End of New Orleans’ Lake Pontchartrain, where many jazz musicians were employed in the summer months. DS

Less than three weeks after Oliver recorded the song, WK Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (which included pianist Earl Hines) did their take, slowing down the tempo of the original. DS Armstrong plays trumpet – including a multi-layered, complex solo which set the standard for jazz musicians AMG – and scats. It was this version which became a New Orleans jazz favorite JA-208 and “helped define what jazz could be.” AMG

“West End Blues” was one of the eight original songs selected to the Grammy Hall of Fame in its beginning year of 1974. The song is one of only two jazz recordings selected for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. SS-31


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Friday, August 8, 2014

World’s Best-Selling Compilations

The August 2, 2014 issue of Billboard magazine published an article on the “Best of Best-Sellers” (page 74) which presented the top 10 best-selling compilations of the SoundScan era (1991 to present). Here’s the list:

The Top 10 Best-Selling Compilations of the SoundScan Era (1991-present)
  1. 12.4 million: The Beatles 1 (2000)
  2. 11.6 m: Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (1984)
  3. 9.4 m: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Greatest Hits (1994)
  4. 8.6 m: Journey Greatest Hits (1988)
  5. 8.2 m: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits (1993)
  6. 8.0 m: Celine Dion All the Way: A Decade of Song (1999)
  7. 7.8 m: Garth Brooks The Hits (1994)
  8. 7.2 m: James Taylor Greatest Hits (1976)
  9. 7.2 m: Queen Greatest Hits (1981)
  10. 6.7 m: Jimmy Buffett Songs You Know by Heart
The World’s All-Time Best-Selling Compilations

In response, here is the DMDB’s list of the world’s best-selling compilations of all-time. The list is comprised of all compilations selling ten million or more worldwide.

  1. 42.9 m: Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1976)
  2. 34.4 m: Abba Gold: Greatest Hits (1993)
  3. 31.5 m: Madonna The Immaculate Collection – Madonna (1990)
  4. 31.5 m: The Beatles 1 (2000)
  5. 31.3 m: Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (1984)
  6. 30.0 m: The Beatles 1962-1966 (1973)
  7. 29.8 m: The Beatles 1967-1970 (1973)
  8. 27.6 m: Queen Greatest Hits (1981)
  9. 27.0 m: Elton John Greatest Hits (1974)
  10. 25.1 m: Simon & Garfunkel Greatest Hits (1972)

  11. 22.3 m: Queen Greatest Hits 2 (1991)
  12. 21.7 m: Celine Dion All the Way…A Decade of Song (1999)
  13. 21.5 m: Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present, and Future Book 1 (2 discs – 1 compilation, 1 disc of new studio material; 1995)
  14. 21.4 m: Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II (1985)
  15. 21.0 m: Bon Jovi Cross Road (1994)
  16. 19.0 m: Garth Brooks The Hits (1994)
  17. 18.5 m: U2 Best of 1980-1990 (1998)
  18. 18.0 m: Elton John Very Best of (1990)
  19. 18.0 m: James Taylor Greatest Hits (1976)
  20. 16.5 m: Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits (1988)

  21. 16.5 m: Journey Greatest Hits (1988)
  22. 15.9 m: Bryan Adams So Far So Good (1993)
  23. 15.9 m: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits (1993)
  24. 15.8 m: Mariah Carey #1’s (1998)
  25. 15.6 m: Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (1980)
  26. 15.4 m: Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-1978) (1978)
  27. 15.0 m: Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II (1982)
  28. 15.0 m: Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits (1995)
  29. 14.9 m: The Doobie Brothers Best of the Doobies (1976)
  30. 14.9 m: The Doors Best of the Doors 1987)

  31. 14.0 m: Aerosmith Greatest Hits (1980)
  32. 13.7 m: The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (1971)
  33. 13.6 m: The Police Every Breath You Take: The Singles (1986)
  34. 13.5 m: Eric Clapton Time Pieces – The Best of (1982)
  35. 13.1 m: Phil Collins Hits (1998)
  36. 13.1 m: Enya Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of (1997)
  37. 12.7 m: Sade Best of (1994)
  38. 12.5 m: Janis Joplin Greatest Hits (1973)
  39. 12.1 m: Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle (1976)
  40. 12.1 m: Elton John Love Songs (1996)

  41. 12.1 m: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Greatest Hits (1994)
  42. 12.1 m: Barbra Streisand Memories (1981)
  43. 11.8 m: George Michael Ladies and Gentlemen – Best of (1998)
  44. 11.7 m: Bob Dylan Greatest Hits (1967)
  45. 11.6 m: Lionel Richie Back to Front (1992)
  46. 11.4 m: Dire Straits Money for Nothing (1988)
  47. 11.4 m: Foreigner Records (1982)
  48. 11.3 m: The Carpenters The Singles 1969-1973 (1973)
  49. 11.3 m: Tina Turner Simply the Best (1991)
  50. 11.2 m: John Denver Greatest Hits (1973)

  51. 11.2 m: Elvis Presley 30 #1 Hits (2002)
  52. 11.2 m: Robbie Wiliams Greatest Hits (2004)
  53. 11.0 m: Abba Greatest Hits (1976)
  54. 11.0 m: Michael Jackson Number Ones (2003)
  55. 10.9 m: Patsy Cline 12 Greatest Hits (1973)
  56. 10.8 m: Eagles Very Best of (2003)
  57. 10.7 m: Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits (2004)
  58. 10.4 m: Lenny Kravitz Greatest Hits (2000)
  59. 10.3 m: Madonna Something to Remember (1995)
  60. 10.2 m: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young So Far (1974)

  61. 10.2 m: Whitney Houston Greatest Hits (2000)
  62. 10.2 m: ZZ Top Greatest Hits (1992)
  63. 10.1 m: The Rolling Stones Forty Licks (2002)
  64. 10.0 m: Elvis Presley Golden Records (1958)
  65. 10.0 m: R.E.M. In Time: The Best of, 1988-2003 (2003)
  66. 10.0 m: Rod Stewart Greatest Hits (1979)
  67. 10.0 m: Sting Fields of Gold: The Best of 1984-1994 (1994)

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Top Songs by Decade, 1900-present

Dave’s Music Database has compiled the best songs of all-time into a variety of lists over the years. Check out the full array of DMDB best-of lists here. Click on a badge to see the full top 100 list for that decade. Letter codes following a song indicate a publication or organization which acknowledged the title as song of the year. See the key at the bottom of the page.


1. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003) DM, VF, Q, RS
2. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002) DM, VF, SS
3. Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010) BB, DM, G-R, G-S, RS, SS
4. Crazy in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003) PC, SS
5. Crazy…Gnarls Barkley (2006) DM, Q, RS, SS
6. Umbrella…Rihanna with Jay-Z (2007) DM, VF
7. Love the Way You Lie…Eminem with Rihanna (2010) VF
8. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004) BB, DM, VF, PC
9. Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2011) BB, DM, G-R, VF
10. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005) BB, DM

Hey Ya!


1. I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston (1992) BB, DM, G-R, VF, SS, JW
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit…Nirvana (1991) DM, MJ, NME, SS
3. Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)…Elton John (1997) BB, DM, VF, JW
4. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You…Bryan Adams (1991) BB, CB, VF, JW
5. My Heart Will Go On…Celine Dion (1997) G-R, G-S, VF
6. Losing My Religion…R.E.M. (1991) RS
7. Nothing Compares 2 U…Sinead O’Connor (1990) DM, MJ, VF, RS
8. Gangsta’s Paradise…Coolio with L.V. (1995) BB, DM, VF, RS, SS
9. One…U2 (1992) Q
10. I’ll Make Love to You…Boyz II Men (1994) CB, DM, JW

I Will Always Love You


1. Every Breath You Take…The Police (1983) BB, DM, G-S, RS, SS, JW
2. Billie Jean…Michael Jackson (1982) DM, SS
3. Sweet Child O’ Mine…Guns N’ Roses (1987) CB, DM, Q
4. We Are the World…U.S.A. for Africa (1985) DM, G-R, G-S, VF, SS
5. When Doves Cry…Prince (1984) BB, DM
6. With or Without You…U2 (1987) Q, SS
7. I Love Rock and Roll…Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981) DM, JW
8. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981) BB, G-R, G-S, VF, SS
9. Endless Love…Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981) CB
10. Beat It…Michael Jackson (1983) G-R

Every Breath You Take


1. Imagine…John Lennon (1971) DM, Q, RS
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water…Simon & Garfunkel (1970) BB, DM, G-R, G-S, MJ, SS, JW
3. Bohemian Rhapsody…Queen (1975) CB, DM, Q
4. Hotel California…Eagles (1977) DM, G-R, VF RS, SS
5. Stairway to Heaven…Led Zeppelin (1971)
6. American Pie…Don McLean (1971) VF
7. Let It Be…The Beatles (1970) VF
8. Layla…Derek & the Dominos (1971)
9. Stayin’ Alive…Bee Gees (1977) DM, VF, RS
10. What’s Going On…Marvin Gaye (1971) MJ, NME, SS

Imagine


1. Hey Jude…The Beatles (1968) BB, CB, DM, VF, Q, JW
2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction…The Rolling Stones (1965) CB, DM, VF, JW
3. I Heard It Through the Grapevine…Marvin Gaye (1968) MJ, SS
4. Good Vibrations…The Beach Boys (1966) DM, NME, Q, RS, SS
5. I Want to Hold Your Hand…The Beatles (1963) BB, CB, DM, RS, JW
6. Respect…Aretha Franklin (1967) DM, MJ, RS, SS
7. Yesterday…The Beatles (1965)
8. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay…Otis Redding (1968) PC, RS
9. Like a Rolling Stone…Bob Dylan (1965) NME, Q
10. (Oh) Pretty Woman…Roy Orbison (1964) DM, VF, RS

Like a Rolling Stone


1. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock…Bill Haley & His Comets (1954) DM, HP, PC, VF
2. Heartbreak Hotel…Elvis Presley (1956) DM, MJ, NME, RS
3. Don’t Be Cruel…Elvis Presley (1956) PC, JW
4. Mack the Knife…Bobby Darin (1959) CB, DM, G-R, VF, PC, JW
5. Jailhouse Rock…Elvis Presley (1957) DM, VF, PC
6. Johnny B. Goode…Chuck Berry (1958) DM, MJ, NME, RS
7. Hound Dog…Elvis Presley (1956) PC, JW
8. Tennessee Waltz…Patti Page (1950) DM, JW
9. Goodnight Irene…The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (1950) SS
10. That’ll Be the Day…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957) MJ, NME, RS

Rock Around the Clock


1. White Christmas...Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1942) DM, PC, SS, TS, JW
2. Star Dust...Artie Shaw (1941) DM, HP, PC
3. Paper Doll...The Mills Brothers (1943) EG, TS
4. Sentimental Journey...Les Brown with Doris Day (1945) DM, EG, PC, SS
5. I’ll Never Smile Again...Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1940) DM
6. As Time Goes By…Dooley Wilson (1942) DM, SS
7. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer...Gene Autry (1949) DM
8. Body and Soul...Coleman Hawkins (1940) SS
9. Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)...Vaughn Monroe (1949) VF, PC, TS, JW
10. Near You...Francis Craig with Bob Lamm (1947) DM, VF, JW

White Christmas


1. Over the Rainbow...Judy Garland (1939) DM, PC, TS
2. In the Mood...Glenn Miller (1939) VF, SS, TS, JW
3. Night and Day...Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman (1932) DM, PC, TS, JW
4. Cheek to Cheek...Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman (1935) DM, HP, VF, SS, TS, JW
5. Begin the Beguine...Artie Shaw (1938) DM, HP, SS, TS
6. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)...Ethel Waters (1933) DM, SS, TS
7. The Way You Look Tonight...Fred Astaire with Johnny Green (1936) DM, TS
8. Pennies from Heaven...Bing Crosby with George Stoll (1936) HP, PC, VF, JW
9. Mood Indigo...Duke Ellington (1931) DM, SS
10. A-Tisket, A-Tasket...Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb (1938) VF, JW

Over the Rainbow


1. My Blue Heaven...Gene Austin (1927) DM, VF, SS, JW
2. Whispering...Paul Whiteman (1920) DM, EG, VF, SS, TS
3. April Showers...Al Jolson (1922) DM, VF, PC, SS, JW
4. St. Louis Blues...Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong (1925) DM, SS
5. Swanee...Al Jolson (1920) PC
6. The Prisoner’s Song...Vernon Dalhart (1925) JW
7. Dardanella...Ben Selvin (1920) JW
8. Ain’t Misbehavin’...Thomas “Fats” Waller (1929) DM, SS
9. Ol’ Man River...Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1928) DM, SS
10. It Had to Be You...Isham Jones (1924) DM, JW

My Blue Heaven


1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band...Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1911) DM, EG, VF, SS, JW
2. Over There...American Quartet (1917) DM, EG, VF, SS, TS, JW
3. Let Me Call You Sweetheart...Peerless Quartet (1911) TS
4. By the Light of the Silvery Moon...Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet (1910) DM, EG, VF
5. You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)...Al Jolson (1913) DM, EG, SS
6. Tiger Rag...Original Dixieland Jazz Band (1918) DM, SS, TS
7. Moonlight Bay...American Quartet (1912) DM, VF, JW
8. Casey Jones...American Quartet with Billy Murray (1910) SS, JW
9. After You’ve Gone...Marion Harris (1919) DM, SS
10. Some of These Days…Sophie Tucker (1911)

Alexander’s Ragtime Band


1. You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)…Billy Murray (1906) DM, VF, PC, SS, JW
2. Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)…Haydn Quartet (1904) DM, VF, SS, JW
3. Take Me Out to the Ball Game…Haydn Quartet (1908) DM, PC, SS, JW
4. Give My Regards to Broadway…Billy Murray (1905) DM, TS
5. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)…Byron Harlan (1907) DM, EG, VF, JW
6. Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis…Billy Murray (1904) PC
7. Yankee Doodle Boy…Billy Murray (1905) PC, SS
8. In the Good Old Summertime…Haydn Quartet (1903) DM, SS, TS, JW
9. Shine on, Harvest Moon…Harry MacDonough with Miss Walton (1909) DM, SS
10. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home…Arthur Collins (1902) DM, SS

You’re a Grand Old Flag


Key to the Codes:
  • BB: Billboard magazine song of the year
  • CB: Cashbox song of the year, 1950-1996
  • DM: Dave’s Music Database
  • EG: Gardner, Edward Foote. Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century (book)
  • G-R: Grammy for Record of the Year
  • G-S: Grammy for Song of the Year
  • MJ: Mojo magazine song of the year, 1955-2005. Based on aggregated Mojo lists.
  • VF: MusicFV.com
  • NME: NME magazine song of the year, 1953-2008. Based on aggregation of NME lists and year-end lists.
  • PC: PopCultureMadness.com
  • Q: Q magazine, 1954-2013. Determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of Q lists.
  • RS: Rolling Stone magazine, determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of RS lists.
  • SS: Sullivan, Steve. Top 100 Songs from 1897-1956
  • TS: TSORT Song of the Year, 1900-1949
  • JW: Whitburn, Joel. A Century of Pop Music, 1900-1999 (book)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted on the DMDB website on 1/21/11, updated 8/2/14.

These are the top 100 songs from 1980-1989 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. Every Breath You Take…The Police (1983) BB, DM, G-S, RS, SS, JW
2. Billie Jean…Michael Jackson (1982) DM, SS
3. Sweet Child O’ Mine…Guns N’ Roses (1987) CB, DM, Q
4. We Are the World…U.S.A. for Africa (1985) DM, G-R, G-S, VF, SS
5. When Doves Cry…Prince (1984) BB, DM
6. With or Without You…U2 (1987) Q, SS
7. I Love Rock and Roll…Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981) DM, JW
8. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981) BB, G-R, G-S, VF, SS
9. Endless Love…Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981) CB
10. Beat It…Michael Jackson (1983) G-R

11. Lady…Kenny Rogers (1980) DM, JW
12. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982) MJ, RS
13. Love Will Tear Us Apart…Joy Division (1980) NME, Q, RS
14. Don’t You Want Me?...The Human League (1981)
15. Like a Prayer…Madonna (1989) DM, VF
16. Careless Whisper…George Michael (1984) BB, VF
17. Eye of the Tiger…Survivor (1982) VF
18. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982) G-S
19. Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go…Soft Cell (1981) NME
20. Flashdance…What a Feelin’…Irene Cara (1983) CB, VF

21. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986) DM, MJ, Q
22. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)
23. Jump…Van Halen (1984) Q
24. Do They Know It’s Christmas?…Band Aid (1984)
25. What’s Love Got to Do with It?...Tina Turner (1984) G-R, G-S, RS
26. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
27. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984) SS
28. That’s What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985) BB, G-S, PC, JW
29. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989) G-R, G-S
30. Physical…Olivia Newton-John (1981) BB, JW

31. I Want to Know What Love Is…Foreigner (1984)
32. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984) CB, JW
33. Call Me…Blondie (1980) BB
34. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980) CB
35. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)
36. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988) DM, RS, SS
37. Blue Monday…New Order (1983) Q
38. You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980) PC
39. Back in Black…AC/DC (1980)
40. Sexual Healing…Marvin Gaye (1982)

41. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989) RS
42. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981) PC
43. He Stopped Loving Her Today…George Jones (1980)
44. Theme from ‘New York New York’…Frank Sinatra (1980) SS
45. Take on Me…Aha (1984)
46. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989) CB, G-R, JW
47. Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
48. Little Red Corvette…Prince (1983)
49. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987) VF
50. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)

51. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
52. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
53. Hello…Lionel Richie (1984)
54. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…Eurythmics (1983)
55. Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi (1986) CB, PC
56. Up Where We Belong…Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
57. Everybody Wants to Rule the World…Tears for Fears (1985)
58. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
59. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?...Culture Club (1982)
60. Girls Just Want to Have Fun…Cyndi Lauper (1983)

61. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
62. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
63. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)
64. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)
65. All Night Long (All Night)…Lionel Richie (1983)
66. Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1986) VF
67. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
68. In the Air Tonight…Phil Collins (1981)
69. Down Under…Men at Work (1982)
70. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)

71. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985) CB, JW
72. How Soon Is Now?...The Smiths (1985) NME, Q
73. Once in a Lifetime…Talking Heads (1981)
74. Faith…George Michael (1987) <BB, CB, JW
75. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)
76. Welcome to the Jungle…Guns N’ Roses (1987)
77. Celebration…Kool & the Gang (1980)
78. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)
79. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
80. Woman in Love…Barbra Streisand (1980)

81. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
82. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981) RS
83. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
84. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
85. Centerfold…J. Geils Band (1981)
86. Don’t Dream It’s Over…Crowded House (1986)
87. Funkytown…Lipps Inc. (1980)
88. A Groovy Kind of Love…Phil Collins (1988) VF
89. Kiss…Prince (1986) RS
90. Love Shack…The B-52’s (1989) PC

91. Abracadabra…The Steve Miller Band (1982) CB
92. The Boys of Summer…Don Henley (1984)
93. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)…Christopher Cross (1981)
94. Uptown Girl…Billy Joel (1983)
95. You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party (1986)
96. Wild Thing…Tone Loc (1988)
97. Footloose…Kenny Loggins (1984)
98. Say, Say, Say…Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (1983)
99. Jack and Diane…John Cougar (Mellencamp) (1982)
100. Don’t Worry Be Happy…Bobby McFerrin (1988) G-R, G-S


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Acid Tracks…Phuture (1987) MJ
  • Apache…Sugarhill Gang (1982) PC
  • Echo Beach…Martha & the Muffins (1980) MJ
  • Electric Boogie (aka “The Electric Slide”)…Marcia Griffiths (1990) PC
  • The End of the Innocence…Don Henley (1989) SS
  • Fools Gold…The Stone Roses (1989) NME, Q
  • Ghost Town…The Specials (1981) Q
  • Gigantic…The Pixies (1988) NME
  • Graceland…Paul Simon (1986) G-R
  • Higher Love…Steve Winwood (1986) G-R
  • It’s Raining Men…The Weather Girls (1982) PC
  • Look Away…Chicago (1988) BB
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me…Def Leppard (1987) PC
  • Roll with It…Steve Winwood (1988) JW
  • Rosanna…Toto (1982) G-R
  • Running Up That Hill…Kate Bush (1985) NME
  • Sailing…Christopher Cross (1980) G-R, G-S
  • Smoking Gun…Rober t Cray (1986) SS
  • Somewhere Out There…Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram (1986) G-S
  • Song to the Siren…This Mortal Coil (1982) NME
  • Sun City…Artists United Against Apartheid (1985) RS
  • There Is a Light That Never Goes Out…The Smiths (1986) NME
  • There She Goes…The La’s (1989) MJ, Q
  • This Charming Man…The Smiths (1983) MJ, NME
  • Thriller…Michael Jackson (1982) PC
  • A Town Called Malice…The Jam (1982) Q
  • Tunnel of Love…Bruce Springsteen (1987) RS
  • Two Tribes…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984) MJ
  • Vienna…Ultravox (1981) MJ
  • Voodoo Ray…A Guy Called Gerald (1988) MJ
  • Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles (1986) BB
  • We Built This City…Starship (1985) PC
  • You Made Me Realise…My Bloody Valentine (1988) NME

Key to the Codes:
  • BB: Billboard magazine song of the year
  • CB: Cashbox song of the year, 1950-1996
  • DM: Dave’s Music Database
  • G-R: Grammy for Record of the Year
  • G-S: Grammy for Song of the Year
  • MJ: Mojo magazine song of the year, 1955-2005. Based on aggregated Mojo lists.
  • VF: MusicFV.com
  • NME: NME magazine song of the year, 1953-2008. Based on aggregation of NME lists and year-end lists.
  • Q: Q magazine, 1954-2013. Determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of Q lists.
  • RS: Rolling Stone magazine, determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of RS lists.
  • SS: Sullivan, Steve. Top 100 Songs from 1897-1956
  • JW: Whitburn, Joel. A Century of Pop Music, 1900-1999 (book)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Variety Magazine: Golden 100 Songs

Originally posted 8/1/14.

image from barryrothbart.com

Variety Magazine came up with a listing of what it called the “Golden 100.” The songs were listed in alphabetical order by title and no specific artist was noted. For this DMDB version of the list, the artist with the highest-ranked version of each song is noted and the songs have been ranked in order by their DMDB rating. There’s no indication when this list was done, but it covers songs from 1906-1959.

1. White Christmas… Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1942)
2. Over the Rainbow… Judy Garland (1939)
3. Alexander’s Ragtime Band…Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan (1911)
4. Night and Day…Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra (1932)
5. My Blue Heaven…Gene Austin (1927)
6. Star Dust…Artie Shaw (1941)
7. Begin the Beguine…Artie Shaw (1938)
8. April Showers…Al Jolson (1922)
9. St. Louis Blues…Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong (1925)
10. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time)…Ethel Waters (1933)

11. Swanee…Al Jolson (1920)
12. As Time Goes By…Dooley Wilson (1943)
13. Let Me Call You Sweetheart…Peerless Quartet (1911)
14. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer…Gene Autry with the Pinafores (1949)
15. Body and Soul…Coleman Hawkins (1940)
16. Pennies from Heaven…Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra (1936)
17. Take Me Out to the Ball Game…Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet (1908)
18. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…Paul Whiteman with Bob Lawrence (1933)
19. Peg O’ My Heart…The Harmonicats (1947)
20. All the Things You Are…Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1939)

21. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)…Byron Harlan (1907)
22. You Made Me Love You, I Didn’t Want to Do It…Al Jolson (1913)
23. Tiger Rag…Original Dixieland Jazz Band (1918)
24. Ol’ Man River…Paul Robeson (1928)
25. Happy Days Are Here Again…Ben Selvin (1930)
26. I’ll Be Seeing You…Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra (1944)
27. After You’ve Gone…Marion Harris (1919)
28. How High the Moon…Les Paul with Mary Ford (1951)
29. God Bless America…Kate Smith (1939)
30. Shine on, Harvest Moon…Harry MacDonough with Elise Stevenson (as Miss Walton) (1909)

31. Some of These Days…Sophie Tucker (1911)
32. Tea for Two…Marion Harris (1925)
33. The Man I Love...Marion Harris (1928)
34. For Me and My Gal…Judy Garland with Gene Kelly (1942)
35. Summertime…Billie Holiday (1936)
36. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love…Cliff Edwards (1928)
37. Always…George Olsen with Fran Frey, Bob Rice, & Edward Joyce (1926)
38. Waiting for the Robert E. Lee…Heidelberg Quintet (1912)
39. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie…Byron Harlan (1906)
40. April in Paris…Count Basie (1956)

41. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me…Woody Herman (1941)
42. Heartaches…Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner (1947)
43. I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now…Henry Burr (1909)
44. Darktown Strutters’ Ball…Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan (1918)
45. Blue Moon…Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent (1935)
46. I Got Rhythm…Red Nichols (1930)
47. Tenderly…Rosemary Clooney (1952)
48. Some Enchanted Evening…Perry Como (1949)
49. I’m in the Mood for Love…Little Jack Little (1935)
50. September Song…Walter Huston (1939)

51. On the Sunny Side of the Street…Ted Lewis (1930)
52. That Old Black Magic…Glenn Miller with Skip Nelson (1943)
53. My Melancholy Baby…Gene Austin (1928)
54. I’ve Got You Nder My Skin…Ray Noble (1936)
55. Love Me Or Leave Me…Ruth Etting (1929)
56. Dinah…Bing Crosby with the Mills Brothers (1932)
57. Lover…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1933)
58. Goodnight Sweetheart…Wayne King with Ernie Birchill (1931)
59. Poor Butterfly…The Victory Military Band (1917)
60. Ballin’ the Jack…Prince’s Orchestra (1914)

61. What a Diff’rence a Day Makes…Dinah Washington (1959)
62. A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody…John Steel (1919)
63. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered…Bill Snyder (1950)
64. Dancing in the Dark…Artie Shaw (1941)
65. Somebody Loves Me…Paul Whiteman (1924)
66. The Birth of the Blues…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1926)
67. It Might As Well Be Spring…Dick Haymes (1945)
68. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You…Benny Goodman with Helen Ward (1936)
69. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life…Fred & Tom Waring (1928)
70. What Is This Thing Called Love?...Leo Reisman (1930)

71. All Alone…Al Jolson (1925)
72. Who?...George Olsen (1926)
73. I Get a Kick Out of You…Ethel Merman (1935)
74. How Deep Is the Ocean?...Guy & Carmen Lombardo (1932)
75. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)…Ben Selvin (1922)
76. I’ll See You in My Dreams…Isham Jones with Ray Miller & Frank Bessinger (1925)
77. Marie…Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1937)
78. Sweet Sue, Just You…Ben Pollack with Franklyn Baur (1928)
79. Lover Come Back to Me…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1929)
80. Exactly Like You…Ruth Etting (1930)

81. Just One of Those Things…Richard Himber with Stuart Allen (1935)
82. La Vie En Rose…Edith Piaf (1950)
83. You’ll Never Walk Alone…Frank Sinatra (1945)
84. My Funny Valentine…Hal McIntyre (1945)
85. Come Rain or Come Shine…Margaret Whiting (1946)
86. Easter Parade…Leo Reisman with Clifton Webb (1933)
87. Sometimes I’m Happy…Roger Wolfe Kahn (1927)
88. You Go to My Head…Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1938)
89. My Heart Stood Still…Paul Whiteman with Al Rinker, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1928)
90. I’ve Got the World on a String…Cab Calloway (1932)

91. I Believe…Frankie Laine (1953)
92. Without a Song…Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1929)
93. Great Day…Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1929)
94. With a Song in My Heart…Leo Reisman with Ran Weeks (1929)
95. The Nearness of You..Glenn Miller (1940)
96. S’ Wonderful…Sarah Vaughn (1927)
97. I Could Have Danced All Night…Julie Andrews (1956)
98. Kiss Me Again…Olive Kline (1916)
99. Get Happy…Nat Shilkret with Phil Dewey, Frank Luter, & Leo O’Rourke (1930)
100. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart…Judy Garland (1943)


Resources and Related Links:
  • Mattfeld, Julius (1971). Variety Music Cavalcade. Prentice-Hall, Inc: Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

August: 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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AUG. 1

  • Ashley Parker Angel (1981). American singer with O-Town. Discovered on TV’s Making the Band. Born Ashley Ward Parker.

  • MTV (1981). The music television station signed on the air today.

  • Damien Saez (1977). French singer/songwriter.

  • Nicke Royale (1972). Swedish musician (The Hellacopters).

  • Dan Donegan (1968). American musician with Disturbed.

  • Adam Duritz (1964). American rock singer/songwriter with the Counting Crows (1993’s August and Everything After).

  • Nick Christian Sayer (1964). Rock musician (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen).

  • Coolio (1963). American rapper (“Gangsta’s Paradise”). Born Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.

  • Dean Wareham (1963). American musician with Galaxie 500.

  • Chuck D (1960). American rapper with Public Enemy (1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 1990’s Fear of a Black Planet). Born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour.

  • Suzi Gardner (1960). American grunge guitarist and singer with L7.

  • Joe Elliot (1959). English rock singer with Def Leppard (1983’s Pyromania, 1987’s Hysteria).

  • Otomo Yoshihide (1959). Japanese composer and multi-instrumentalist.

  • Rob Buck (1958). American guitarist with 10,000 Maniacs. Died 12/19/2000.

  • Michael Penn (1958). American singer/songwriter (“No Myth”).

  • Tom Leykis (1956). American radio personality.

  • Robert Cray (1953). American blues singer and guitarist (1986’s Strong Persuader).

  • Tim Bachman (1951). Canadian rock guitarist with Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

  • Tommy Bolin (1951). American guitarist for various bands. Died 12/4/1976.

  • Robin Heifetz (1951). Composer.

  • Primous, III Fountain (1949). Composer.

  • Rick Anderson (1947). American rock bassist with the Tubes (“Talk to Ya Later”, “She’s a Beauty”).

  • Ricky Coonce (1947). American rock drummer with Grass Roots.

  • Raymond “Boz” Burrell (1946). English rock bassist with King Crimson and Bad Company. Died 9/21/2006.

  • Rick Coonce (1946). American drummer with The Grass Roots.

  • Sandi Griffiths (1946). American singer and performer (The Lawrence Welk Show).

  • Dennis Paxton (1943). Rock musician with the Dave Clark Five (“Glad All Over”).

  • André Gagnon (1942). French Canadian pianist and composer.

  • Jerry Garcia (1942). American psychedelic rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Grateful Dead (“Truckin’”, 1969’s Live/Dead, 1970’s American Beauty). Died 8/9/1995.

  • Étienne Roda-Gil (1941). French songwriter and screenwriter. Died 5/31/2004.

  • Lionel Bart (1934). Musical theater composer (Oliver). Died 4/3/1999.

  • Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (1931). American folk musician.

  • Sean O’Riada (1931). Composer.

  • Theo Adam (1926). German classical bass baritone.

  • Karl Kohn (1926). Composer.

  • Yoshinao Nakada (1923). Composer.

  • Jack Delano (1914). Composer.

  • Jerome Moross (1913). American composer (Frankie & Johnny), conductor and orchestrator. Died 7/27/1983.

  • Walter Scharf (1910). American film composer. Died 2/24/2003.

  • Miloslav Kabelac (1908). Composer.

  • William Steinberg (1899). Cologne, conductor with the Boston Symphony, 1969-71.

  • Morris Stoloff (1898). Violinist (Picnic, Pal Joey).

  • Vito Frazzi (1888). Composer.

  • Vaclav Klicka (1882). Composer.

  • Oskar Fried (1871). Composer.

  • Hans Rott (1858). Composer.

  • František Kmoch (1848). Czech composer and conductor.

  • Guido Papini (1847). Violinist/composer.

  • Aldine Sillman Kieffer (1840). Composer.

  • Edward Francis Fitzwilliam (1824). Composer.

  • Francis Scott Key (1779). American lawyer and poet who composed “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the war of 1812. Died 1/11/1843.

  • Ignaz Anton Franz Xavier Ladurner (1766). Pianist/composer.

  • Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi (1755). Composer.

  • Benedetto Marcello (1686). Italian author/composer (Lettera Famigliare). Died 7/24/1739.

  • Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni (1685). Composer.

  • Antoine Mouque (1659). Composer.


    AUG. 2

  • Brittany Hargest (1988). American singer with Jump 5.

  • Britt Nicole (1985). American Christian musician.

  • Nadia Bjorlin (1980). American actress and singer.

  • Jeremy Castle (1974). American country singer and songwriter.

  • Jimmy Pop (1972). American musician (The Bloodhound Gang).

  • Justyna Steczkowska (1972). Polish singer/songwriter and actress.

  • Zelma Davis (C+C Music Factory) (1970)

  • Jan Axel Blomberg (1969). Norwegian heavy metal drummer and songwriter (Dimmu Borgir, Winds, Mayhem).

  • Richard Hallebeek (1969). Dutch guitarist.

  • John Stanier (1968). American drummer.

  • Lee Mavers (1962). English songwriter, singer and guitarist.

  • Apollonia (1961). American singer born Patty Kotero.

  • Cold 187um (1961). American rapper with Above the Law. Born Gregory Fernan Hutchinson.

  • Pete de Freitas (1961). Trinidad, rock drummer with Echo & the Bunnyman.

  • Neal Morse (1960). American multi-instrumentalist and rock composer (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic).

  • David Yow (1960). American singer (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard).

  • Mojo Nixon (1957). American singer/songwriter.

  • Isabel Pantoja (1956). Spanish singer (Genio y Figura).

  • Jimmy Lowe (1955). American country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake).

  • Bryan David “Butch” Vig (1955). American alternative-rock drummer with Garbage and a producer (Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream, Nirvana’s 1991 Nevermind).

  • Marjo (1953). Canadian singer/songwriter born Marjolene Morin.

  • Donnie Munro (1953). Scottish musician & singer.

  • Andrew Gold (1951). American rock singer, musician and songwriter.

  • Joe Lynn Turner (1951). American rock singer with Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, and Deep Purple.

  • “Fat” Larry James (1949). American drummer and vocalist.

  • Andy Fairweather-Low (1948). Welsh guitarist, songwriter and vocalist.

  • Massiel (1947). Spanish singer.

  • Nicola James “Jim” Capaldi (1944). English drummer and songwriter with Traffic (1967’s Mr. Fantasy, 1970’s John Barleycorn Must Die). Died 1/28/2005.

  • Nana Vasconcelos (1944). Brazilian Latin jazz drummer.

  • Kathy Lennon (1943). Singer (Lennon Sisters).

  • Homer Banks (1941). American singer/songwriter (Be What You Are) and record producer.

  • Doris Coley (1941). Rock singer.

  • Doris Kenner (1940). American singer with the Shirelles (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Soldier Boy”).

  • Edward Pattern (1939). American singer with Gladys Knight & the Pips.

  • Garth Hudson (1937). Canadian rock keyboardist with The Band (“The Weight”, “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down”, 1968’s Music from Big Pink, 1969’s The Band).

  • Anthony Edward Payne (1936). Composer.

  • Hank Cochran (1935). American country music singer and songwriter.

  • John MacIvor Perkins (1935). Composer.

  • Marvin David Levy (1932). Composer.

  • Henryck Schiller (1931). Composer.

  • Philippa Duke Schuyler (1931). Composer.

  • Joe Harnell (1924). American musician, composer and arranger. Died 2005.

  • Felix Leclerc (1914). French-Canadian singer/songwriter, poet, writer,and actor.

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905). Composer.

  • Helen Morgan [Riggins] (1900). American singer/actress (Applause).

  • Marinus Adam (1900). Dutch conductor/composer.

  • Lorenzo Herrera (1896). Venezuelan singer and composer. Died 1960.

  • Mihail Jora (1891). Composer.

  • Pauline Hall (1890). Composer.

  • Oscar Rasbach (1888). Composer.

  • Nanny I Larsen-Todsen (1882). Swedish opera singer.

  • Stanislaw Kazuro (1881). Composer.

  • Catherina van Rennes (1858). Composer.

  • Jose Angel Lamas (1775). Composer.


    AUG. 3

  • Yurina Kumai (1993). Japanese pop singer.

  • Holly Artnstein (Dream) (1985)

  • Whitney Duncan (1984). American country musician.

  • Brandan Schieppati (1980). American singer (Bleeding Through).

  • DJ Spinderella (1971). American DJ with hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa.

  • Stephen Carpenter (1970). American guitarist with the Deftones.

  • Skin (1967). British singer and model with Skunk Anansie. Born Deborah Anne Dyer.

  • Dean Sams (Lonestar) (1966)

  • Lucky Dube (1964). South African reggae singer. Died 10/18/2007.

  • Kyoko Chan Cox (1963). American musician, daughter of Yoko Ono.

  • James Hetfield (1963). American heavy metal rock singer and rhythm guitarist with Metallica (1983’s Kill ‘Em All, 1984’s Ride the Lightning, 1986’s Master of Puppets, 1988’s …And Justice for All, 1991’s Metallica, 1996’s Load).

  • Ed Roland (1963). American rock musician with Collective Soul.

  • Art Porter, Jr. (1961). American jazz saxophonist. Died 11/23/1996.

  • Lee Rocker (1961). American rockabilly double bass player with the Stray Cats (“Rock This Town”, “Stray Cat Strut”). Born Leon Drucker.

  • Martin Atkins (1959). English rock drummer and musician.

  • Cindy Nixon (1958). American singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel).

  • Kirk Brandon (1956). English musician.

  • Johnny Graham (1951). American R&B guitarist with Earth, Wind & Fire (1975’s That’s the Way of the World).

  • Morris “B.B.” Dickerson (1949). American bassist with War (“Low Rider”).

  • Ray Reach (1948). American pianist and vocalist.

  • John Klemmer (1946). Rock musician.

  • Syreeta Wright (1946). American soul and R&B singer/songwriter. Died 7/6/2004.

  • Nino Bravo (1944). Spanish singer. Died 4/16/1973.

  • Beverly Lee (1941). American singer with the Shirelles (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Soldier Boy”, “Mama Said”).

  • Wayne Hussey (1941). Rock musician.

  • Joseph Dorfman (1940). Composer.

  • Jimmie Nicol (1939). British drummer.

  • Vice Vukov (1936). Croatian singer and politician. Died 9/24/2008.

  • Vic Vogel (1935). Canadian jazz pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger and conductor.

  • Michael Chapman (1934). British bassoonist. Died 7/21/2005.

  • Enrique Pinella (1927). Composer.

  • Tony Bennett (1926). American traditional pop singer (“I Left My Heart in San Francisco”) born Anthony Dominick Benedetto.

  • Alec Wyton (1921). Composer.

  • Richard Adler (1921). American musical theater lyricist, composer (Pajama Game, Damn Yankees), and producer.

  • Charlie Shavers (1920). American swing-jazz trumpet player. Died 7/8/1971.

  • Les Elgart (1917). American swing jazz bandleader and trumpeter. Died 7/29/1995.

  • Milton Drake (1912). American composer and songwriter. Died 11/3/2006.

  • Lawrence Brown (1907). US trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra).

  • Robert E. Dolan (1906). Musical conductor, composer and arranger. Died 9/26/1972.

  • David Buttolph (1902). American film composer. Died 1/1/1983.

  • Bernard Reichel (1901). Composer.

  • Oscar van Hemel (1892). Composer.

  • Naphtali Siegfried Salomon (1885). Composer.

  • Louis Gruenberg (1884). Polish composer (Daniel Jazz).

  • Charles O'Neill (1882). Composer.

  • Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade (1882). Composer.

  • Constantino Gaito (1878). Composer.

  • Fernand de La Tombelle (1854). Composer.

  • Ivan Zajc (1832). Composer.

  • Luther Orlando Emerson (1820). Composer.

  • Carl Ludwig Junker (1748). Composer.

  • August Kuhnel (1645). Composer.


    AUG. 4

  • Josh Golden (1994). American singer/songwriter and guitarist. Disney’s Next Big Thing.

  • Tiffany Evans (1992). American singer.

  • Jessica Mauboy (1989). Australian singer with Young Divas.

  • Crystal Bowersox (1985). American singer/songwriter.

  • Kina Grannis (1985). American guitarist and singer/songwriter.

  • Marques Houston (1981). American R&B singer with Immature. Also a solo artist.

  • Andy Hallett (1975). American singer and actor. Died 3/29/2009.

  • Eva Amaral (1973). Spanish singer/songwriter with Amaral.

  • Josh Woodward (1972). American singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Yo-Yo (1971)

  • Max Cavalera (1969). Brazilian rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Sepultura.

  • Terri Lyne Carrington (1965). American drummer, singer/songwriter and record producer.

  • Paul Reynolds (1962). British guitarist with A Flock of Seagulls.

  • Graham Massey (1960). British musician and producer with 808 State.

  • Robbin Crosby (1959). American rock guitarist with Ratt (“Round and Round”). Died 6/6/2002.

  • Ian Broudie (1958). English musician and producer with the Lightning Seeds.

  • Professor X (1956). Rapper.

  • Moya Brennan (1952). Irish singer/songwriter and harpist with Clannad. Born Máire Philomena Ní Bhraonáin.

  • Paul Leyton (1947). Rock musician with the Seekers.

  • Klaus Schultze (1947). German composer and producer with Tangerine Dream.

  • David Carr (1943). Rock keyboardist (Fortunes Leyton, London.

  • Tina Cole (1943). American singer (King Cousins).

  • Larry Knechtel (1940). American keyboard player and bassist.

  • Rosemarie “Timi” Yuro (1940). American R&B singer. Died 3/30/2004.

  • Frankie Ford (1939). American rock/blues singer (Sea Cruise) born Frank Guzzo.

  • David Vickerman Bedford (1937). British composer and musician.

  • Elsberry Hobbs (1936). Rock musician with the Drifters.

  • Kishore Kumar (1929). Indian film playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, and director. Died 10/13/1987.

  • Jess Thomas (1927). American tenor. Died 1993.

  • Arthur Butterworth (1923). Composer.

  • Herb Ellis (1921). American jazz guitarist. Died 3/28/2010.

  • David Raksin (1912). American composer of film music (Modern Times). Died 8/9/2004.

  • Bernardo Segall (1911). American pianist and composer. Died 11/26/1993.

  • William Schuman (1910). American composer (Amer Festival Overture, Juilliard). Died 2/15/1992.

  • Kurt Eichhorn (1908). Conductor.

  • Helen Kane (1904). American singer. Died 9/26/1966.

  • Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (1901). American jazz singer and trumpeter (“West End Blues”, “All of Me”, “When the Saints Go Marching In”, “Hello, Dolly”, “What a Wonderful World”, The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings). Died 7/6/1971.

  • Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman (1892). Composer.

  • Carson Robison (1890). American country singer/songwriter. Died 3/24/1957.

  • Philip Greeley Clapp (1888). Composer.

  • Silas Gamaliel Pratt (1846). Composer.

  • Henri Berger (1844). German composer and royal bandmaster. Died 10/14/1929.

  • Flor van Duyse (1843). Composer.

  • Olof Wilhelm Udden (1799). Composer.

  • Wenzel Sedlak (1776). Composer.

  • Maximilian Stadler (1748). Composer.

  • Giuseppe Colla (1731). Composer.

  • Vaclav Matyas Gurecky (1705). Composer.

  • Louis Lully (1664). Composer.


    AUG. 5

  • Maya Bond (2000). Japanese-born American indie and avant-garde music singer/songwriter and drummer.

  • Devo Keenan (1995). American cellist.

  • Camilla Kerslake (1988). English classical singer.

  • Dawn Richard (1983). American singer/songwriter and dancer with Danity Kane.

  • Tobias Regner (1982). German rock singer/songwriter and musician.

  • Ko Shibasaki (1981). Japanese singer.

  • Nektaria Karantzi (1978). Greek singer.

  • Dan Hipgrave (1975). English indie-rock musician with Toploader.

  • Eicca Toppinen (1975). Finnish cellist with Apocalyptica.

  • Simon Dawbarn (1974). British dancer and singer with boy band 911.

  • Christian Olde Wolbers (1972). Belgian musician with Fear Factory.

  • Evil Jared Hasselhoff (1971). American bassist with The Bloodhound Gang.

  • Terri Clark (1968). Canadian country singer.

  • Funkmaster Flex (1968). American hip hop DJ, rapper, musician and producer.

  • Thomas Lang (1967). Austrian drummer and producer.

  • Jennifer Finch (1966). American musician with L7.

  • Motoi Sakuraba (1965). Japanese composer.

  • Adam “MCA” Yauch (1964). American rapper, bassist, and songwriter with the Beastie Boys (1986’s Licensed to Ill, 1989’s Paul’s Boutique, 1992’s Check Your Head, 1994’s Ill Communication).

  • Mike Nocito (1963). German bassist. Pop band, Johnny Hates Jazz.

  • Patrick Giraudi (1961). French musician.

  • Mark O’Connor (1961). American violinist, fiddler and composer.

  • Calvin Hayes (1960). Rock musician.

  • Stuart Croxford Neale (1960). English singer, pianist, guitarist, keyboardist and cellist with Kajagoogoo.

  • Mike Nocito (1960). Rock musician with Johnny Hates Jazz (“Shattered Dreams”).

  • Seth Swirsky (1960). American songwriter.

  • Pete Burns (1959). English singer/songwriter with Dead or Alive (“You Spin Me Round”).

  • Pat Smear (1959). American rock guitarist with the Foo Fighters.

  • Ferdi Bolland (1956). Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland).

  • Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda (1954). American rock musician with Twisted Sister (“We’re Not Gonna Take It”).

  • Samantha Sang (1953). singer (Emotion).

  • Louis Walsh (1952). Irish music manager who created boy bands Boyzone and Westlife. Also judge on singing talent search shows Popstars and The X Factor.

  • Jemeel Moondoc (1951). American jazz and alto saxophonist.

  • Angry Anderson (1947). Australian rock singer with Rose Tattoo.

  • Rick Derringer (1947). American rock singer and guitarist.

  • Greg Leskiw (1947). Rock musician with the Guess Who.

  • Rick van der Linden (1946). Dutch keyboardist (Ekseption).

  • Sammi Smith (1943). American country singer/songwriter (“Help Me Make It Through the Night”). Died 2/12/2005.

  • Charles Wayne “Chuck” Day (1942). guitarist and blues baritonist. Died 3/10/2008.

  • Rick Huxley (1942). English pop-rock bassist with Dave Clark 5 (“Glad All Over”).

  • Airto Moreira (1941). Brazilian jazz drummer and percussionist.

  • Vern Gosdin (1934). American country singer (“Set ‘Em Up Joe”). Died 4/28/2009.

  • Tera de Marez Oyens (1932). Composer.

  • Gunnar Bucht (1927). Composer.

  • Betsy Jolas (1926). Composer.

  • Stjepan Sulek (1914). Croatian violinist/composer (Coriolan).

  • Ernestine “Tiny” Davis (1907). Jazz vocalist/trumpeter.

  • Juan Carlos Paz (1901). Composer.

  • Bodi Rapp [Johanna PAC Goetmakers] (1900). Dutch mezzo-soprano/teacher.

  • Hans Gal (1890). Composer.

  • Erich Kleiber (1890). Austrian conductor. Died 1/27/1956.

  • Oscar Espla (1886). Composer.

  • Gertrude E Durden Rush (1880). US composer/playwright (Black Girls Burden).

  • Oskar Merikanto (1868). Composer.

  • Alfred Holy (1866). Composer.

  • Resurreccion Maria de Azkue (1864). Composer.

  • Anton Simon (1850). Composer.

  • James Scott Skinner (1843). Composer.

  • Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl (1829). Composer.

  • Giovanni Rossi (1828). Composer.

  • Johann Georg Herzog (1822). Composer.

  • Ambroise Thomas (1811). French opera composer. Died 1896.

  • Friedrich August Kummer (1797). Composer.

  • Leonardo Ortensio Salvatore de Leo (1694). Composer.

  • Antonio Cesti (1623). Composer.

  • Philipp Friedrich Boddecker (1607). Composer.

  • Guillaume Dufay (1397). Franco-Flemish composer and theorist. Died 1474.


    AUG. 6

  • Jared Murillo (1988). Singer.

  • Eric Roberts (Gym Class Heroes) (1984)

  • Travis McCoy (1981). American alternative hip-hop artist with Gym Class Heroes.

  • Wilber Pan (1980). American/Taiwanese singer.

  • David Campbell (1973). South Australian singer and stage performer.

  • Geri Halliwell (aka “Ginger Spice”) (1972). English pop singer/songwriter with the Spice Girls ("Wannabe"). Born Geraldine Estelle Halliwell.

  • Elliott Smith (1969). American alternative-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist. Died 10/21/2003.

  • Yuki Kajiura (1965). Japanese composer.

  • Jamie Kensit (1963). English pop keyboardist with Eighth Wonder.

  • Joyce Sims (1959). Rock musician (All & All).

  • Randy DeBarge (1958). American R&B singer and bassist with DeBarge.

  • Simon Francken (1958). Dutch bassist (Ivy Green).

  • Rusty Magee (1955). Composer and lyricist for theatre, TV and film and commercials. Died 2/16/2003.

  • Pat MacDonald (1952). American singer/songwriter and guitarist for Timbuk 3 (“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”).

  • Ton Scherpenzeel (1952). Dutch rock keyboardist (Earth & Fire).

  • Vinnie Vincent (1952). American rock guitarist and songwriter who was in Kiss briefly. Born Vincent John Cusano.

  • Carol Pope (1950). Rock singer/songwriter.

  • Allan Holdsworth (1946). British guitarist and composer.

  • Doris Ernestine Hays (1941). Composer.

  • William “Sonny” Sanders (1939). American singer (Rayber Voices).

  • Baden Powell de Aquino (1937). Brazilian guitarist. Died 9/26/2000.

  • Abbey Lincoln (1930). American jazz singer/songwriter and actress. Died 8/14/2010.

  • Mike Elliot (1929). Jamaican saxophonist.

  • Leland Smith (1925). Composer.

  • Hugh Mendl (1919). British record producer. Died 7/7/2008.

  • Norman Granz (1918). American jazz music impresario and producer. Died 11/22/2001.

  • Adoniran Barbosa (1910). Brazilian samba singer and composer. Died 11/23/1982.

  • Friedrich Schroder (1910). Composer.

  • George Singer (1908). Composer.

  • Svend Erik Tarp (1908). Composer.

  • Vic Dickenson (1906). American jazz trombonist. Died 11/16/1984.

  • Michal Vilec (1902). Composer.

  • Cyril Mockridge (1896). Composer.

  • Ernesto Lecuona (1895). Cuban composer and pianist. Died 11/29/1963.

  • Edward Ballantine (1886). Composer.

  • Francesco Santoliquido (1883). Composer.

  • Marcel Labey (1875). Composer.

  • John Wesley Work (1873). Composer.

  • Mary Carr Moore (1873). Composer.

  • Albert Fuchs (1858). Composer.

  • Bernhard Haltenberger (1748). Composer.

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully (1665). Composer.

  • Johann Christoph Schmidt (1664). Composer.

  • Johann Michael Zacher (1651). Composer.

  • Barbara Strozzi (1619). Italian Baroque singer and composer. Born Barbara Valle. Died 11/11/1677.


    AUG. 7

  • Christian Chavez (1983). Mexican singer and actor.

  • Jamey Jasta (1978). American singer (Hatebreed).

  • Vanness Wu (1978). Taiwanese singer.

  • Jamey Jasta (1977). American musician.

  • Samantha Ronson (1977). English singer/songwriter and disc jockey.

  • Gaahl (Kristian Eivind Espedal) (1975). Norwegian musician.

  • Koray Candemir (1975). Turkish singer.

  • Zane Lowe (1973). New Zealand radio DJ and TV presenter.

  • Francesca Gregorini (1968). Italian-born singer/songwriter.

  • James Lynn Strait (1968). American rock singer/songwriter with Snot. Died 12/11/1998.

  • Kristin Hersch (1966). American singer/songwriter with Throwing Muses. Also a solo artist.

  • Raul Malo (1965). American singer/songwriter, guitarist and record producer.

  • Ian Dench (1964). British songwriter and musician with EMF.

  • Marcus Lewis (1963). American singer (Sing Me a Song).

  • Bruno Pelletier (1962). Québécois singer.

  • Jacquie O’Sullivan (1960). English singer/songwriter with Shillelagh Sisters and Bananarama (“Venus”).

  • Bruce Dickinson (1958). English heavy metal singer/songwriter with Iron Maiden (“Run to the Hills”, 1982’s The Number of the Beast).

  • Andy Fraser (1952). Rock bassist (Free London).

  • Richard Joswick (1952). Rock musician (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods).

  • Rodney Crowell (1950). American country singer/songwriter (“She’s Crazy for Leavin’”).

  • Carlo Novi (1949). Rock musician.

  • Gail Robinson (1946). American operatic soprano. Died 10/19/2008.

  • Kerry Chater (1945). Rock musician with Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (“Young Girl”).

  • Patrice Mestral (1945). Composer.

  • Lana Cantrell (1943). Australian singer (Those Were the Days).

  • B.J. Thomas (1942). American country/pop singer (“Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”). Born Billy Joe Thomas.

  • Caetano Veloso (1942). Brazilian singer/songwriter, guitarist, writer and polital activist.

  • Ron Holden (1939). American singer. Died 1/22/1997.

  • Charles Pope (1936). American soul singer with the Tams (“Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me”).

  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935). American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and bandleader. Died 12/5/1977.

  • Velio Tormis (1930). Composer.

  • Felice Bryant (1925). American songwriter with husband Boudleaux Bryant (the Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, and “Wake Up Little Susie”). Died 4/22/2003.

  • Julian Orbon De Soto (1925). Composer.

  • Idrees Sulieman (1923). American hard bop trumpeter. Died 7/23/2002.

  • Warren Covington (1921). American jazz trombonist, Musician, arranger and bandleader. Died 8/24/1999.

  • Karel Husa (1921). Czechoslovakian composer (Trojan Women).

  • Manitas de Plata (1921). French flamenco guitarist.

  • George Van Eps (1913). American swing and jazz guitarist. Died 11/29/1998.

  • Freddie Slack (1910). American pianist and bandleader. Died 8/10/1965.

  • Gerhard Frommel (1906). Composer.

  • Saburo Moroi (1903). Composer.

  • Luckey Roberts (1887). American jazz and blues composer and pianist. Died 2/5/1968.

  • Granville Bantock (1868). English composer/conductor (Hebridean Symphony).

  • Faustina Hasse Hodges (1823). Composer.

  • Henry Charles Litolff (1818). French composer/pianist.


    AUG. 8

  • Malin Reitan (1995). Norwegian singer.

  • Vanessa Amorosi (1981). Australian singer/songwriter (“Absolutely Everybody”, “Kiss Your Mama!”, “Perfect”, “The Simple Things (Something Emotional)”).

  • Kaori Iida (1981). Japanese singer and actress.

  • Bradley McIntosh (1981). British pop singer and rapper with S Club 7.

  • Harel Skaat (1981). Israeli singer/songwriter.

  • Denisse Guerrero (1980). Mexican electropop singer/songwriter with Belanova.

  • Mike Hindert (1980). American bass guitarist with The Bravery.

  • Richard Harwood (1979). British cellist.

  • Sam Totman (1979). English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter with Dragonforce.

  • J.C. Chasez (1976). American pop singer with *NSYNC.

  • Drew Lachey (1976). American pop singer with boy band 98 Degrees. Won TV’s talent show Dancing with the Stars.

  • Brian Harvey (1974). English pop singer with East 17.

  • Toby Allen (1973). Indonesian musician with Human Nature.

  • Scott Stapp (1973). American rock singer/songwriter with Creed (“With Arms Wide Open”, “Higher”).

  • Mark Wills (1973). American country musician.

  • Lüpüs Thünder (1972). American musician (The Bloodhound Gang).

  • Faye Wong (1969). Chinese singer/songwriter, actress and model.

  • Huey Morgan (1968). British guitarist. Group, Fun Lovin' Criminals.

  • Lorraine Pearson (1967). Essex rock vocalist with 5 Star (“Silk & Steel”).

  • Aaron Abeyta (1965). American musician.

  • El Hefe (1965). American punk guitarist, trumpet player, and singer with NOFX.

  • Kool Moe Dee (1962). American hip-hop MC.

  • The Edge (1961). English-born Irish rock guitarist with U2. Born David Howell Evans.

  • Paul Jackson (1961). Rock musician.

  • Rikki Rockett (1961). American rock drummer with Poison (“Every Rose Has Its Thorn”).

  • Dennis Drew (1957). American keyboardist with 10,000 Maniacs.

  • Chris Foreman (1956). English ska guitarist with Madness.

  • David Grant (1956). Jamaican-English singer/songwriter (Stop & Go, Heaven Knows).

  • Diddú (1955). Icelandic soprano and songwriter born Sigrun Hjalmtysdottir.

  • Alister “Ali” Score (1955). English rock drummer with the Flock Of Seagulls (“I Ran”).

  • Anton Fig (1952). South African session drummer.

  • Willie Hall (1950). American rock drummer.

  • Airrion Love (1949). American singer with the Stylistics.

  • Michael Johnson (1944). American pop, country and folk singer/songwriter.

  • John Renbourn (1944). English guitarist and songwriter.

  • Hans van Eijk (1944). Dutch rock guitarist (Jumping Jewels).

  • Denis Payton (1943). Rock musician.

  • Sandy Pearlman (1943). American music producer, artist manager, poet and songwriter.

  • Jay David (1942). Rock musician with Dr Hook & Medicine Show.

  • Philip E Baisley (1939). American singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57).

  • William Alden Hibbard (1939). Composer.

  • Jacques Hetu (1938). Composer.

  • Louis Neefs (1937). Belgian singer.

  • Joe Tex (1933). American singer/songwriter (“Hold What You’ve Got”). Died 8/13/1982.

  • Mel Tillis (1932). American country singer/songwriter (“Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town”, “Don’t Tell Me What to Do”). Father of singer Pam Tillis.

  • Jonathan Elkus (1931). Composer.

  • Josef Suk (1929). Czechoslovakian violinist (Artist of Merit-1977).

  • Don Burrows (1928). Australian musician.

  • Frank Traynor (1927). Australian jazz musician and trombonist. Died 1985.

  • Thomas Beversdorf (1924). Composer.

  • Jimmy Witherspoon (1923). American R&B singer. Died 1997.

  • Roger Nixon (1921). Composer.

  • Webb Pierce (1921). American country singer/songwriter and guitarist (“In the Jailhouse Now”). Died 2/24/1991.

  • Leo Chiosso (1920). Italian lyricist. Died 2006.

  • Jimmy Witherspoon (1920). American blues singer. Died 9/18/1997.

  • Axel Stordahl (1913). American musical arranger and (Frank Sinatra Show). Died 8/30/1963.

  • Benny Carter (1907). American jazz bandleader, composer, and musical arranger. Died 7/12/2003.

  • Andre Jolivet (1905). French composer (L’Eunuque).

  • Nino Martini (1905). Italian operatic tenor and actor. Died 12/9/1976.

  • Istvan Szelenyi (1904). Composer.

  • Lucky Millinder (1900). American jazz bandleader. Died 9/28/1966.

  • Victor Young (1900). American composer, arranger, violinist, and conductor. Died 11/10/1956.

  • Adolf Busch (1891). German violinist. Died 1952.

  • Daniel Ruyneman (1886). Composer.

  • Pietro Alessandro Yon (1886). Composer.

  • Sara Teasdale (1884). American lyrical poet. Died 1/29/1933.

  • William Henry Squire (1871). Composer.

  • Cecile Chaminade (1857). French composer and pianist. Died 4/13/1944.

  • Luigi Marchesi (1755). Composer.

  • Laurent Belissen (1693). Composer.

  • John Ward (1571). Composer.


    AUG. 9

  • A-Mei (1972). Taiwanese singer/songwriter.

  • Juanes (1972). Colombian rock/pop singer/songwriter with Ekhymosis. Also a solo artist (“A Dios le Pido”, “Mala Gente”). Born Juan Esteban Aristizabal Vasquez.

  • Mack 10 (1971). American rapper with Westside Connection. Born Dedrick Rolison.

  • Arion Salazar (1970). American rock bassist, singer, and arranger with Third Eye Blind.

  • Sam Fogarino (1968). American drummer with Interpol and The Holy Terrors.

  • Kyle Kyle (1965). American rock bassist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals).

  • Whitney Houston (1963). American pop/R&B singer (“I Will Always Love You”, “Greatest Love of All”).

  • Michael Colnroy (1962). Modern English, rock musician.

  • Aimee Mann (1960)

  • Kurtis Blow (1959). American rapper.

  • Diane Williams (1959). German singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel).

  • Greg Chaisson (1958). Heavy metal rock musician (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark).

  • Pete Thomas (1954). English drummer for Elvis Costello.

  • Barbara Mason (1947). American R&B singer (“Yes, I’m Ready”).

  • Maarnus Rinus Gerritsen (1946). Dutch rock bassist and keyboardist with Golden Earring.

  • Viv Prince (1944). Rock musician with The Pretty Things.

  • Billy Henderson (1939). American R&B singer with The Spinners. Died 2/2/2007.

  • Max Neuhaus (1939). Composer.

  • George S Leotsakos (1935). Composer.

  • Merle Kilgore (1934). American singer/songwriter and manager. Died 2/6/2005.

  • Michiel de Ruyter (1926). Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz).

  • Robert Heppener (1925). Composer (Hymns & Conversations, Movie Music).

  • Edmund Hockridge (1919). Canadian singer and actor. Died 3/15/2009.

  • Haim Alexander (1915). Composer.

  • Ferenc Fricsay (1914). Hungarian conductor.

  • Harry Mills (1913). Singer (Mills Brothers-Paper Moon).

  • Bojan Adamic (1912). Slovenian composer of film scores. Died 11/3/1995.

  • Zino Francescatti (1902). French violinist. Died 9/17/1991.

  • Cesar Cortinas (1890). Composer.

  • Sandor Jemnitz (1890). Composer.

  • Reynaldo Hahn (1875). French composer, conductor, music critic and diarist.

  • Albert William Ketelbey (1875). English composer (Wonder Worker).

  • Wilhelm Berger (1861). Composer.

  • Elias Alvares Lobo (1834). Composer.

  • Michael Umlauf (1781). Composer.

  • Placidus Cajetan von Camerloher (1718). Composer.

  • Lorenzo Gaetano Zavateri (1690). Composer.

  • Benedetto Marcello (1686). Italian composer (Lettera Famigliare).

  • Johann Michael Bach (1648). German composer. Died 1694).


    AUG. 10

  • Yuto Nakajima (1993). Japanese actor, dancer and singer. Group, Hey! Say! JUMP.

  • Natsumi Abe (1981). Japanese singer with girl group Morning Musume.

  • Aaron Kamin (1977). American guitarist and songwriter with The Calling.

  • David Thomas (1976). Musician.

  • Jennifer Hanson (1973). American country musician and former beauty queen.

  • Christofer Johnsson (1972). Swedish musician.

  • Stephan Groth (1971). Norwegian musician.

  • Jeff Mangum (1970). American musician.

  • Michael Bivins (1968). American R&B singer with New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe. Also a manager and producer of various acts.

  • Leigh Marklew (1968). British rock musician with Terrorvision.

  • Todd Nichols (1967). Musician with Toad The Wet Sprocket.

  • Lorraine Pearson (1967). British pop singer with Five Star.

  • Mart Sander (1967). Estonian singer, actor, author and TV host.

  • Hansi Kürsch (1966). German metal singer with Blind Guardian.

  • Lorella Cuccarini (1965). Italian dancer, singer, actress and TV host.

  • Aaron Hall (1964). American R&B singer/songwriter with Guy.

  • Dan Donovan (1962). Rock musician (Bad).

  • Julia Fordham (1962). British singer/songwriter.

  • Jon Farriss (1961). Australian rock drummer with INXS (“Need You Tonight”).

  • Mark Price (1959). Bass/vocals (All About Eve, Tin Huey-Contents Dislodged).

  • Florent Vollant (1959). Innu-Canadian singer/songwriter (Kashtin).

  • Charlie Peacock (1956). American singer/songwriter, pianist, record producer, session musician, and author.

  • Ashley Putnam (1952). American soprano (New York City Opera 1978).

  • Eric Braunn (1950). Rock musician (Iron Butterfly).

  • Gene Johnson (1949). American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle).

  • Patti Austin (1948). American R&B singer (“Baby Come to Me” with James Ingram).

  • Ian Anderson (1947). Scottish rock singer/songwriter and flautist with Jethro Tull (1971’s Aqualung, 1972’s Thick As a Brick).

  • Larry Larden (1945). Rock musician (Every Mother's Son).

  • Louise Forestier (1943). Canadian singer, songwriter and actress.

  • Jimmy Griffin (1943). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Bread. Died 1/11/2005.

  • Michael Mantler (1943). Austrian jazz trumpeter and composer.

  • Ronnie Spector (1943). American R&B/pop singer with the Ronettes (“Be My Baby”). Born Veronica Bennett.

  • Bobby Hatfield (1940). American singer. Half of pop/blue-eyed soul duo the Righteous Brothers (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”, “Unchained Melody”). Died 11/5/2003.

  • Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli (1935). Georgian composer (Night Prayers).

  • James Carl Tenney (1934). Composer.

  • Alexander Goehr (1932). Composer.

  • John Alldis (1929). Composer/conductor.

  • Jimmy Dean (1928). American country singer (“Big Bad John”). Died 6/13/2010.

  • Eddie Fisher (1928). American actor and singer (“I’m Walking Behind You”, “Oh My Papa”, “Lady of Spain”) born Edwin Jack Fisher. Died 9/22/2010.

  • Marie-Claire Alain (1926). French organist/composer.

  • Edwin James Nairn Carr (1926). Composer.

  • Al Alberts (1922). American singer and composer.

  • Herman Strategier (1912). Dutch organist/composer/conductor.

  • Brian Easdale (1909). Composer.

  • Leo Fender (1909). American rock musician (Fender guitars).

  • Claude Thornhill (1909). American jazz pianist, arranger, composer, and bandleader. Died 7/1/1965.

  • Douglas Stuart Moore (1893). American composer (Good Night Harvard).

  • Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889). Composer.

  • Carlos Lavin (1883). Composer.

  • Max Kowalski (1882). Composer.

  • Clarence Cameron White (1880). Composer.

  • William Manuel Johnson (1872). American jazz musician. Died 12/3/1972.

  • Alexander K Glazunov (1865). Russian composer (Chopiniana).

  • Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande (1860). Indian musicologist of classical music. Died 9/19/1936.

  • Paul Geisler (1856). Composer.

  • Jose Teodor Vilar (1836). Composer.

  • Gyula Beliczay (1835). Composer.

  • Jacob Edvard Gille (1814). Composer.

  • Carl Friedrich Weitzmann (1808). Composer.

  • Heinrich August Neithardt (1793). Composer.

  • Santiago Ferrer (1762). Composer.

  • Daniel Gottlob Turk (1750). Composer.

  • Samuel Arnold (1740). Composer.

  • Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer von Schavensee (1720). Composer.

  • Christoph Gottlieb Schroter (1699). Composer.

  • Pietro Antonio Tamburini (1589). Composer.

  • Girolamo Giacobbi (1567). Composer.

  • Hieronymus Praetorius (1560). Composer.


    AUG. 11

  • Asher Roth (1985). American rapper.

  • J-Boog (1985). American singer and rapper with B2K.

  • Fiona Sit (1981). Hong Kong singer and actress.

  • Sandi Thom (1981). Scottish singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (“I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker”).

  • Chris “Mack Daddy” Kelly (1978). American rapper with Kris Kross (“Jump”).

  • Gemma Hayes (1977). Irish singer/songwriter.

  • Ben Gibbard (1976). American musician with Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service.

  • Davey von Bohlen (1975). musician, (The Promise Ring, Maritime).

  • Ronald Clarke (1975). musician and founder of aliennetwork Records.

  • Hadiqa Kiyani (1974). Pakistani pop star.

  • Andy Bell (1970). British musician, songwriter, singer, guitarist, producer and DJ with Hurricane and Oasis.

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad (1970). American hip hop DJ with A Tribe Called Quest.

  • Jonah Matranga (1969). Singer.

  • Veda Hille (1968). Singer.

  • Charlie Sexton (1968). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (“Beat’s So Lonely”).

  • Enrique Bunbury (1967). Spanish rock singer/songwriter.

  • Hamish Seelochan (1964). Musician. Pop group, Pasadenas.

  • Bragi Ólafsson (1962). Icelandic musician with the Sugarcubes.

  • Gustavo Cerati (1959). Argentinian musician (Soda Stereo).

  • Ian Stuart Donaldson (1957). British singer, musician and songwriter. Died 9/24/1993.

  • Richie Ramone (1957). Rock drummer with the Ramones. Born Richie Beau.

  • Joe Jackson (1954). English-born American singer/songwriter and pianist (“Steppin’ Out”, “Is She Really Going Out with Him?”).

  • Juan Maria Solare (1954). Argentine composer.

  • Bob “Bob 1” Mothersbaugh (1952). Musician, Devo.

  • Erik Brann (1950). American rock guitarist with Iron Butterfly. Died 7/25/2003.

  • Eric Carmen (1949). American singer/songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist with the Raspberries (“Go All the Way”) and a solo act (“All by Myself”, “Hungry Eyes”).

  • Catherine Collard (1947). Pianist (Schumann/Brahms).

  • Jeff Hanna (1947). Singer/guitarist (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band).

  • John Conlee (1946). American country singer (“Common Man”).

  • Kenneth Gamble (1943). American R&B songwriter and producer with Leon Huff (Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones”, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”, the O’Jays’ “Love Train”).

  • Jim Kale (1943). Canadian rock bassist with the Guess Who.

  • Krzysztof Meyer (1943). Composer.

  • Dennis Payton (1943). English rock musician with the Dave Clark Five (“Glad All Over”). Died 12/17/2006.

  • Mike Huggs (1942). English drummer, vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter with Manfred Mann.

  • Peter King (1940). English jazz saxophonist, composer, and clarinettist.

  • Attila Bozay (1939). Composer.

  • Ronnie Dawson (1939). American rockabilly musician. Died 9/23/2003.

  • Rainer Boesch (1938). Composer.

  • Justin Connolly (1933). Composer.

  • Tamas Vasary (1933). Pianist/conductor.

  • Heinz Werner Zimmermann (1930). Composer.

  • Alun Hoddinott (1929). Composer (Floriture).

  • Cora de Man-Canne Meyer (1929). Mezzo-soprano (Figaro, Carmen).

  • Raymond Leppard (1927). London England, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orchestra).

  • Johnny Van Derrick (1926). Jazz violinist.

  • Robert Linn (1925). Composer.

  • William Masselos (1920). Niagara Falls NY, pianist/prof (Juilliard 1976).

  • Ginette Neveu (1919). French violinist. Died 10/28/1949.

  • Kunio Toda (1915). Composer.

  • Hugh Martin (1914). American musical theater and film composer (Meet Me in St. Louis, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “The Trolley Song”). Died 3/11/2011.

  • Gaston Gilbert Litaize (1909). Composer.

  • Jess Stacy (1904). Pianist.

  • Alexander Mosolov (1900). Composer (Zavod).

  • Wilhelm Grosz (1894). Composer.

  • Frederick Jerome Work (1880). Composer.

  • John Rosamond Johnson (1873). American co-composer (Lift Every Voice & Sing).

  • Joseph M Weber (1867). Comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields).

  • Arpad Szendy (1863). Composer.

  • Carrie Jacobs Bond (1862). American composer (“I Love You Truly”, “A Perfect Day”). Died 1946.

  • Joseph Schuster (1748). Composer.

  • Johann Gottlieb Schwencke (1744). Composer.

  • Martin Gerbert (1720). Composer.

  • Cristoph Kaldenbach (1613). Composer.


    AUG. 12

  • Matt Thiessen (1980). Canadian-born American Christian rock musician with Relient K.

  • Jade Valerie (1980). American pop singer, songwriter and actress. Music project, Sweetbox.

  • Jade Villalon (1980). American singer/songwriter.

  • Mikko Viljami “Linde” Lindström (1976). Finnish rock guitarist with HIM.

  • Wednesday 13 (1976). American rock musician with the Murderdolls. Born Joseph Poole

  • Robert Buras (1975). Norwegian guitarist and songwriter with My Midnight Creeps and Madrugada. Died 7/12/2007.

  • Roman Sokal (1974). Canadian musician.

  • Del the Funky Homosapien (1972). American rapper born Teren Delvon Jones.

  • Sharam (1970). Iranian-American house DJ and producer.

  • Tanita Tikaram (1969). British singer/songwriter.

  • Paul Tucker (1968). English record producer and songwriter. Duo, Lighthouse Family.

  • Tom Holkenborg (1967). drummer (Weekend at Waikiki).

  • Andy Hui (1967). Hong Kong singer and actor.

  • Seth Gertsacov (1965). American music, video, dance, theater and animation producer and director.

  • Bon Harris (1965). English singer/songwriter, musician, and producer with Nitzer Ebb.

  • Sir Mix-A-Lot (1963). American rapper (“Baby Got Back”).

  • Franc D’Ambrosio (1962). American singer and actor.

  • Pete De Freitas (1961). rock musician (Echo & the Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here).

  • Roy Hay (1961). English guitarist and keyboardist with Culture Club (“Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”).

  • Lawrence Hayward (1961). English musician (Felt, Denim, Go Kart Mozart).

  • Morty Black (1960). Norwegian heavy metal bassist (TNT-7 Seas).

  • Jurgen Dehmel (1958). German bass player and songwriter.

  • Heintje (1955). Dutch singer (Mama). Born Hendrik Simons.

  • Pat Metheny (1954). American jazz guitarist and composer (As Wichita Falls).

  • Jerry Speiser (1953). Australian rock drummer with Men at Work.

  • Kid Creole (1950). American singer and bassist with Kid Creole & the Coconuts. Born August Darnell Browder.

  • Mark Knopfler (1949) British singer/songwriter and guitarist with Dire Straits (“Sultans of Swing”, “Money for Nothing”, 1985’s Brothers in Arms).

  • Cliff Fish (1948). rock musician (Paper Lace).

  • Liam Genockey (1948). Irish drummer.

  • Ron Mael (1945). American rock keyboardist and songwriter with the Sparks. Born J. Ronald Day.

  • Peter Hofmann (1944). German tenor.

  • William Mac Lance “Tiny” McCloud (1943). musician/songwriter.

  • Sam Andrew (1941). rock musician (Big Brother & The Holding Co).

  • Craig Douglas (1941). English singer.

  • Tony Allen (1940). Nigerian drummer, composer, and songwriter.

  • Alexander Yossifov (1940). Composer.

  • Gerard Masson (1936). Composer.

  • Sergey Mikhaylovich Slonimsky (1932). Composer.

  • Porter Wagoner (1932). country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come).

  • Peter Greenwell (1929). English film composer and actor. Died 6/4/2006.

  • Buck Owens (1929). American country singer and guitarist (“Act Naturally”) born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. Died 3/25/2006.

  • Joji Yuasa (1929). Composer.

  • Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich (1927). cellist/conductor.

  • Porter Wagoner (1927). American country singer. Died 10/28/2007.

  • Joe Jones (1926). American R&B singer, songwriter and arranger. Died 11/27/2005.

  • Earl Coleman (1925). Singer.

  • Percy Mayfield (1920). US singer (Please Send Me Someone to Love).

  • Ruth Lowe (1914). Canadian pianist and songwriter (“I’ll Never Smile Again”). Died 1/4/1981.

  • Heinrich Sutermeister (1910). Swiss composer (Romeo & Juliet).

  • Jose Ignacio Prieto Arrizubieta (1900). Composer.

  • Ramon Gonzalez Barron (1897). Composer.

  • Manuel Blancafort (1897). Composer.

  • Al Goodman (1890). Russian-born American conductor, songwriter, composer, musical director, pianist and arranger with NBC Comedy Hour. Died 1/10/1972.

  • Alexander Albrecht (1885). Composer.

  • Vaclav Vackar (1881). Composer.

  • Mezio Agostini (1875). Composer.

  • Ettore Panizza (1875). Composer.

  • Katharine Lee Bates (1859). American songwriter and author of the words of the anthem “America the Beautiful”. Died 3/28/1929.

  • Jean Louis Nicode (1853). Composer.

  • Joseph Barnby (1838). conductor/academic principal.

  • Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley (1825). Composer.

  • Johann Baptist Lasser (1751). Composer.

  • Maurice Greene (1696). English composer and organist. Died 12/1/1755.

  • Georg Christoph Leuttner (1644). Composer.

  • Giovanni Legrenzi (1626). Composer.

  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644). Composer.


    AUG. 13

  • Baby Blue (1984). American rapper (Pretty Ricky).

  • James Morrison (1984). English singer–songwriter and guitarist.

  • Sam Endicott (1974). American singer with the Bravery.

  • Mike Marsh (1974). American drummer with Dashboard Confessional.

  • Andy Griggs (1973). American country artist.

  • Ryoko Shinohara (1973). Japanese singer and actress.

  • Hayato Matsuo (1965). Japanese composer.

  • Ian Haughland (1964). heavy metal rock musician (Europe-The Final Countdown).

  • Tigg Ketler (1963). Chula Vista Ca, drummer (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals).

  • Dawnn Lewis (1961). American actress and singer.

  • Koji Kondo (1960). Japanese composer.

  • Michael Bradley (1959). Northern Irish musician and radio producer with the Undertones.

  • Mark Nevin (1959). rock musician (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love).

  • Feargal Sharkey (1958). Northern Irish rock singer with the Undertones (“Never Never”, “Good Heart”).

  • Nico Assumpção (1954). Brazilian bass player. Died 2001.

  • Jimmy McCulloch (1953). Rock musician with the Wings.

  • Hughie Thomasson (1952). American guitarist and singer. Died 9/9/2007.

  • Dan Fogelberg (1951). American pop/folk singer/songwriter (“Longer”, “Leader of the Band”). Died 12/16/2007.

  • Pluto Shervington (1950). Jamaican reggae musician, engineer and producer.

  • Sheralee (1949). Ft Lauderdale Fla, vocalist (Your Hit Parade).

  • Kathleen Battle (1948). American operatic soprano (Shephard-Tannhäuser).

  • Tony Santini (1948). rock musician (Sha Na Na).

  • David Mahler (1944). Composer.

  • Sheila Armstrong (1942). soprano.

  • Son Seals (1942). American blues guitarist and singer. Died 12/20/2004.

  • Dave “Baby” Cortez (1938). American pop and R&B keyboardist.

  • Michael Joseph Smith (1938). American jazz composer and pianist.

  • Leifur Thorarinsson (1934). Composer.

  • Don Ho (1930). Hawaiian singer and ukulele player (“Tiny Bubbles”). Died 4/14/2007.

  • Heino Jurisalu (1930). Composer.

  • Augustyn Bloch (1929). Polish composer and organist. Died 4/6/2006.

  • Joe Puma (1927). American jazz guitarist. Died 5/31/2000.

  • Benny Bailey (1925). American jazz trumpeter. Died 4/14/2005.

  • Elizabeth Fretwel (1920). Australian soprano. Died 6/5/2006.

  • Charlie Alfred Galbraith (1920). jazz trombonist.

  • George Shearing (1919). English jazz pianist and composer (“Lullaby of Birdland”).

  • Luis Mariano (1914). Spanish tenor operetta singer. Died 7/14/1970.

  • Anatoly Vasilyevich Bogatiryov (1913). Composer.

  • Francisco Escudero (1913). Composer.

  • Jack Fina (1913). Bandleader, songwriter, and pianist. Died 5/14/1970.

  • Skinnay Ennis (1909). American bandleader and singer. Died 6/3/1963.

  • Tau Moe (1908). Guitarist, bassist and vocalist with the Tau Moe Family. Died 6/24/2004.

  • Bartoes (1902). Cabaret performer and comic. Born Albertus J. Wijstma.

  • Ian Whyte (1901). Composer.

  • Leo[nhard] Pappenheim (1896). conductor.

  • Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin (1894). Composer.

  • John N. Ireland (1879). English composer and pianist (“Mai-Dun”). Died 6/12/1962.

  • Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolayev (1878). Composer.

  • Rudolf Georg Binding (1867). German songwriter/writer (Legenden Der Zeit).

  • John Lincoln Clem (1851). Drummer (Union volunteers), died in 1937.

  • Salomon Jaoassohn (1831). Composer.

  • William Thomas Best (1826). Composer.

  • Karoly Thern (1817). Composer.

  • Adrien-Joseph van Helmont (1747). Composer.

  • Francis Ireland (1721). Composer.

  • Christoph Nichelsmann (1717). German composer.

  • Lorenzo Fago (1704). Composer.

  • Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer (1692). Composer.


    AUG. 14

  • Jaydee Bixby (1990). Canadian country musician. Canadian Idol.

  • Shahd Barmada (1988). Syrian singer.

  • Chrystina Sayers (1987). American singer and dancer with Girlicious.

  • Estrella Morente (1980). Spanish flamenco singer.

  • Martin Bulloch (1974). Scottish musician (Mogwai).

    Ana Matronic (1974). American singer with Scissor Sisters.

  • Walter Blanding (1971). Soprano saxophone player.

  • Kevin Cadogan (1970). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Third Eye Blind.

  • DJ Uncle Al (1969). American hip-hop DJ. Died 2001.

  • Mark Collins (1965). English guitarist with the Charlatans.

  • Sarah Brightman (1960). English musical theater actress and singer (Cats, The Phantom of the Opera). Was married to musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

  • Cecilia Gasdia (1960). Italian soprano.

  • Sharon Bryant (1956). American R&B singer with Atlantic Starr (“Touch a Four-Leaf Clover”).

  • James Horner (1953). American composer, orchestrator and conductor for orchestras, films and music.

  • Peter Blegvad (1951). American singer/songwriter and cartoonist.

  • Bob “Slim” Dunlap (1951). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Replacements.

  • Terry Adams (1948). American pianist/composer and a founding member of NRBQ.

  • George Newsome (1947). Rock musician.

  • Maddy Prior (1947). English folk singer.

  • Larry Graham (1946). American baritone singer/songwriter (“One in a Million You”), record producer and bassist with Sly & the Family Stone and Graham Central Station.

  • Tim Bogert (1944). American rock bassist (Vanilla Fudge).

  • Lionel Morton (1942). English former musician & TV presenter.

  • David Crosby (1941). American folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

  • Connie Smith (1941). American country singer (“Once a Day”, “Then and Only Then”) born Constance June Meador.

  • Dash Crofts (1940). American soft-rock singer with Seals & Crofts (“Summer Breeze”).

  • Brian Fenelly (1937). Composer.

  • Eddie Costa (1930). American jazz pianist and vibraphonist. Died 7/28/1962.

  • Armando “Buddy” Greco (1926). American jazz singer and pianist (“I Ran All the Way Home”, “Away We Go”).

  • Georges Prêtre (1924). French conductor.

  • William Flanagan (1923). Composer.

  • Ferruccio Tagliavini (1913). Italian operatic tenor. Died 1/29/1995.

  • Jan Koetsier (1911). Composer.

  • Pierre Schaeffer (1910). French composer, writer, broadcaster, engineer, musicologist and acoustician. Died 8/19/1995.

  • Stanley Adams (1907). Songwriter.

  • Lauri Pulkkila (1902). Finnish musician.

  • Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili (1900). Composer.

  • Jaroslav Jeremias (1899). Composer.

  • Alfred Alessandrescu (1893). Composer.

  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892). English composer, music journalist and pianist. Died 10/15/1988.

  • Marinus de Jong (1891). Composer.

  • Edvard Armas Jornefelt (1869). Finnish composer (Berceuse).

  • Leone Sinigaglia (1868). Composer.

  • Karel Miry (1823). Composer.

  • Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810). Composer.

  • Friedrich Ludwig Dulon (1769). Flautist/composer.

  • Johann Georg Christian Storl (1675). Composer.


    AUG. 15

  • Belinda (1989). Spanish-born Mexican singer/songwriter & actress.

  • Joe Jonas (1989). American singer with the Jonas Brothers.

  • Tiffanie Anderson (1988). American singer with Girlicious and later a solo artist.

  • Tim Foreman (1978). American bassist (Switchfoot).

  • Adnan Sami (1973). British singer, pianist, composer and actor.

  • Michael “Mikey” Graham (1972). Irish pop singer with Boyzone.

  • Kevin Cheng (1969). Hong Kong singer and actor.

  • Shirley Kwan (1966). Hong Kong singer.

  • MCA [Adam Yauch] (1964). rock vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight).

  • Paul Jefferson (1961). American country musician.

  • Matt Johnson (1961). English rock musician with The The (Infected).

  • Tommy Aldridge (1960). heavy metal rock musician (Ozzy-Diary of a Mad Man).

  • Vinny Denunzio (1956). rock musician.

  • Lorraine Desmarais (1956). French-Canadian jazz pianist and composer.

  • Amy Holland (1953). American pop and rock singer.

  • Ger Hoeymakers (1952). Dutch rock guitarist (Franc Boeijen Group).

  • Bobby Caldwell (1951). American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

  • Thomas Aldrich (1950). American country drummer with Black Oak Arkansas.

  • William "Bill" Griffin (1950). US singer (Miracles-Love Machine).

  • Tommy Aldridge (1950). American musician.

  • Kate Taylor (1949). rock musician.

  • Patsy Gallant (1948). Canadian pop singer and actress.

  • Geraldo Velez (1947). jazz congas (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance).

  • Jimmy Webb (1946). Songwriter (“Wichita Lineman”, “MacArthur Park”).

  • Charlemagne Palestine (1945). Composer.

  • Frederick Knight (1944). US singer (“I’ve Been Lonely So Long”).

  • Sylvie Vartan (1944). Bulgarian/French pop singer.

  • Eddie Phillips (1942). British guitarist.

  • Peter York (1942). Rock drummer with the Spencer Davis Group.

  • Don Rich (1941). American guitarist/country singer (Hee Haw).

  • Rita Shane (1940). American soprano.

  • Herman van Keeken (1939). Dutch singer (“Daddy Don’t Run So Fast”).

  • Stix Hooper (1938). American drummer with the Jazz Crusaders/The Swingsters.

  • Shirley “Shan” Palmer (1938). British singer. The Kaye Sisters.

  • Jim Dale (1935). English actor, lyricist, voice actor, and singer. Born James Smith.

  • Bobby Byrd (1934). American gospel musician, songwriter & record producer. Died 9/12/2007.

  • Nino Ferrer (1934). French-Italian singer, actor and jazz musician. Died 8/13/1998.

  • Bobby Helms (1933). American country singer (“Fraulein”, “My Special Angel”, “Jingle Bell Rock”). Died 6/19/1997.

  • Floyd Ashton (1933). US singer (Tams-What Child of Fool).

  • Mario Kuri-Aldana (1931). Composer.

  • Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn (1926). Composer.

  • Rose Maddox (1925). American country singer, songwriter & fiddle player. Died 4/15/1998.

  • Oscar Peterson (1925). Canadian jazz pianist and composer. Died 12/23/2007.

  • Billy Pinkney (1925). American R&B bassist and singer with the Drifters. Died 7/4/2007.

  • Lukas Foss [Fuchs] (1922). Berlin Germany, composer (Prairie).

  • Florian Zabach (1918). Chicago, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy).

  • Raymond Gallois-Montbrun (1918). Composer.

  • Hugo Winterhalter (1909). American composer. Died 9/17/1973.

  • Finn Videro (1906). Composer.

  • Byron Arnold (1901). Composer.

  • Sulho Ranta (1901). Composer.

  • Marion Eugene Bauer (1897). Composer.

  • Alexander Vasil'yevich Gauk (1893). Composer.

  • Knud Christian Jeppesen (1892). Composer.

  • Jacques Ibert (1890). Paris France, composer (Escales).

  • Albert Spalding (1888). Composer.

  • Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko (1885). Composer.

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875). English composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast). Died 9/1/1912.

  • Harold Fraser-Simson (1872). Composer.

  • Rubin Goldmark (1872). Composer.

  • Hugh Archibald Clarke (1839). Composer.

  • Eduard de Hartog (1829). Composer.

  • Wilhelm Rust (1822). Composer.

  • Alexander Aliabiev (1787). Composer.

  • Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried (1776). Composer.

  • Thomas Norris (1741). Composer.

  • Johann Christoph Kellner (1736). Composer.

  • Johann Georg Holzbogen (1727). Composer.

  • Ferdinando Bertoni (1725). Composer.


    AUG. 16

  • G.E.M (1991). Hong Kong singer/songwriter. Born Gloria Tang Zhi-Kei.

  • Ashton Shepherd (1986). American country music singer/songwriter.

  • Vanessa Carlton (1980). American pop singer/songwriter and pianist (“A Thousand Miles”).

  • Robert Hardy (1980). English bassist with Franz Ferdinand.

  • Tamer Hosny (1977). Egyptian singer/actor.

  • Dave Ockun (1976). American concert producer.

  • Charlie Baltimore (1974). Rapper.

  • Emily Erwin Robison (1972). American country singer/songwriter and banjo player with Dixie Chicks (1998’s Wide Open Spaces, 1999’s Fly, 2002’s Home, 2006’s Taking the Long Way).

  • Killah Priest (1970). American rapper.

  • Matt Lukin (1964). American bassist. Bands, the Melvins and Mudhoney.

  • Chris Pedersen (Camper Van Beethoven) (1960)

  • Madonna (1958). American pop singer (“Like a Virgin”, “Like a Prayer”, 1984’s Like a Virgin) and actress (Evita) born Madonna Louise Ciccone.

  • Tim Farriss (1957). Australian rock guitarist with INXS (“Need You Tonight”, “What You Need”).

  • Michael Lovesmith (1953). Songwriter (Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin).

  • James “J.T.” Taylor (1953). American R&B singer with Kool & the Gang (“Celebration”, “Ladies Night”, “Joanna”).

  • Bill Spooner (1949). American guitarist and songwriter with The Tubes.

  • Scott Asheton (1949). American drummer with The Stooges.

  • Barry Hay (1948). Indian rock singer and multi-instrumentalist with Golden Earring.

  • Kevin Ayers (1945). English progressive-rock singer/songwriter (Joy of a Toy).

  • Gary Loizzo (1945). American guitarist, singer and record producer with American Breed.

  • Gordon “Snowy” Fleet (1945). Merseyside, rock drummer (Easybeats).

  • Robert “Squirrel” Lester (1942). American tenor with the Chi-Lites. Died 1/21/2010.

  • Billy Joe Shaver (1939). American country music singer.

  • David Behrman (1937). Composer.

  • Ketty Lester (1934). American singer and actress (“Love Letters”). Born Revoyda Frierson.

  • Eydie Gormé (1931). American traditional pop singer who dueted with husband Steve Lawrence. Born Edith Gormezano.

  • Bill Evans (1929). American jazz pianist. Died 9/15/1980.

  • Eddie Kirkland (1928). Jamaican/US blues guitarist (Have Mercy).

  • Ernie Freeman (1922). American pianist and arranger. Died 5/16/1981.

  • Roque Cordero (1917). Panama, composer (Sonata Breve).

  • Al Hibbler (1915). American R&B singer (“Unchained Melody”). Died 4/24/2001.

  • Melvin “Lil’ Son” Jackson (1915). American blues guitarist. Died 5/30/1976.

  • Murray McEachern (1915). Canadian jazz trombonist and alto saxophonist. Died 4/28/1982.

  • Paul Smith Callaway (1909). Composer.

  • Alexander Uriah Boskovich (1907). Composer.

  • Robert Dorsay (1904). German singer, dancer and actor. Died 10/29/1943.

  • Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski (1902). Composer.

  • Vicente Ascone (1897). Composer.

  • Jacinto Guerrero (1895). Composer.

  • Armand J. Piron (1888). American musician. Died 1943).

  • Nadia Boulanger (1887). conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony).

  • Karl L Hoschna (1877). Composer.

  • Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili (1871). Composer.

  • Charles Sanford Skilton (1868). Composer.

  • John Farmer (1836). Composer.

  • Joseph Robinson (1816). Composer.

  • Heinrich August Marschner (1795). Composer.

  • Philipp Jakob Riotte (1776). Composer.

  • Jean Aime Vernier (1769). Composer.

  • Yevstigney Fomin (1761). Russian composer. Died 1800.


    AUG. 17

  • Nichole Cordova (1988). American singer and dancer with group Girlicious.

  • Lene Marlin (1980). Norwegian singer.

  • Vibeke Stene (1978). Norwegian singer (Tristania).

  • Claire Richards (1977). English singer/songwriter. Pop group, Steps.

  • Tarja Turunen (1977). Finnish singer.

  • Tony Hajjar (1974). Lebanese-born American drummer with At the Drive-In and Sparta.

  • Steve Cole (1971). American tenor saxophonist.

  • Uhm Jung-hwa (1971). South Korean singer and actress.

  • Kelvin Mercer (1969). American rapper and producer with De La Soul.

  • Donnie Wahlberg (1969). American pop singer with New Kids on the Block (“I’ll Be Loving You Forever”, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, “Hangin’ Tough”).

  • Kevin Max (1967). American singer/songwriter, and poet with DC Talk.

  • Jill Cunniff (Luscious Jackson) (1966)

  • Maysa Leak (1966). American jazz singer.

  • Glen Goldsmith (1965). rock musician (What You See is What You Get).

  • Steve Gorman (1965). American rock drummer with the Black Crowes and Stereophonics.

  • Colin James (1964). Canadian singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Maria McKee (1964). American singer with Lone Justice (“Ways to Be Wicked”).

  • Gilby Clarke (1962). American guitarist and record producer with Guns N’ Roses.

  • Lisa Coleman (1960). American musician, pianist and keyboard player.

  • Stephan Eicher (1960). Swiss singer.

  • Belinda Carlisle (1958). American new wave/pop singer with the Go-Go’s (“We Got the Beat”, 1981’s Beauty and the Beat) and later a solo artist (“Heaven Is a Place on Earth”).

  • Colin Moulding (1955). English new wave bassist and songwriter with XTC.

  • Kevin Welch (1955). American country songwriter (Thing Called Love).

  • Eric Johnson (1954). American guitarist.

  • Kevin Rowland (1953). English rock singer/songwriter with Dexy’s Midnight Runners (“Come on Eileen”).

  • Elba Ramalho (1951). Brazilian singer/songwriter.

  • Sib Hashian (1949). American rock drummer with Boston.

  • Rod MacDonald (1948). American folk singer/songwriter.

  • Gary Talley (1947). American rock guitarist and singer with the Box Tops.

  • Drake Levin (1946). American musician and guitarist-Rock band, Paul Revere & the Raiders. Died 7/4/2009.

  • Hans Vandenburg (1946). Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo).

  • John Seiter (1944). American drummer, keyboardist and vocalist.

  • Edward Cowie (1943). Composer.

  • Dave “Snaker” Ray (1943). American singer/songwriter and guitarist. Died 11/28/2002.

  • Muslim Magomayev (1942). Russian baritone operatic and pop singer. Died 10/25/2008.

  • Luther Allison (1939). American blues guitarist. Died 8/12/1997.

  • Ivan Parik (1936). Composer.

  • Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman (1936). Native American musician, activist and actor. Died 12/13/2007.

  • Mark Dinning (1933). American singer. Died 3/22/1986.

  • Derek Smith (1931). English jazz pianist.

  • Thomas Jefferson Anderson (1928). Composer.

  • Sam Butera (1927). tenor saxophone player. Died 6/3/2009.

  • George Melly (1926). English jazz and blues singer and writer. Died 7/5/2007.

  • Laurence Richard Deniz (1924). jazz guitarist.

  • Anton Kersjes (1923). violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orch).

  • Jack Sperling (1922). American drummer, recording artist, and Dixieland musician. Died 2/26/2004.

  • Betty Cody (1921). American country musician.

  • Wayne Raney (1921). American country music singer and harmonica player. Died 1/23/1993.

  • George Duvivier (1920). American jazz bass player. Died 7/11/1985.

  • Georgia Gibbs (1919). American singer (“Ballin’ the Jack”, “Kiss of Fire”). Died 12/9/2006.

  • Ike Quebec (1918). jazz tenor saxophonist. Died 1/16/1963.

  • Eleanor Steber (1916). opera singer.

  • Erkki Aaltonen (1910). Finnish composer. Died 3/8/1990.

  • Larry Clinton (1909). American jazz bandleader and trumpeter (“Deep Purple”). Died 5/2/1985.

  • Kurt Hessenberg (1908). Composer.

  • Marian Viktorovich Koval (1907). Composer.

  • Leopold Nowak (1904). Austrian musicologist. Died 1991.

  • Abram Chasins (1903). American composer and pianist. Died 6/21/1987.

  • Leo Ascher (1880). Composer.

  • Hubert Platt Main (1839). Composer.

  • Peter Benoit (1834). Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata).

  • George William Warren (1828). Composer.

  • Franz de Paula Roser (1779). Composer.

  • Philippe Libon (1775). Composer.

  • Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686). Composer.


    AUG. 18

  • G-Dragon (1988). South Korean singer and songwriter born Kwon Ji-Yong.

  • Danny! (aka “D. Swain”) (1983). American rapper, record producer and recording artist. Born Daniel Swain.

  • Mika (1983). Lebanese-born British pop singer/songwriter (“Grace Kelly”). Born Michael Penniman.

  • Daniel Keith Swain (Danny!) (1983). American record producer/hip-hop artist.

  • Jonathan Schneck (1981). American musician (Relient K).

  • Régine Chassagne (1977). Canadian indie-rock multi-instrumentalist and singer with Arcade Fire.

  • Leo Ku (1972). Hong Kong singer.

  • Masahiro Nakai (1972). Japanese pop singer with SMAP.

  • Keiko Yamada (1972). Japanese singer.

  • Aphex Twin (1971). Irish-born American electronica musician (1992’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92) and founder of the Rephlex Records label. Born Richard David James.

  • Everlast (1969). Irish-American rap singer/songwriter. Born Erik Schrody.

  • Masta Killa (1969). American rapper with the Wu-Tang Clan.

  • Blas Elias Gomez (1967). Kennedy TX, rock drummer (Slaughter-Stick it Live).

  • Daler Mehndi (1967). Indian bhangra/pop singer.

  • Dan Peters (1967). American grunge-rock drummer with Mudhoney.

  • Tracy Tracy (1967). British singer rock singer with the Primitives (Lovely, Lump of Coal).

  • Koji Kikkawa (1965). Japanese singer.

  • Edith Frost (1964). American singer/songwriter.

  • Ron Strykert (1957). Australian rock guitarist with Men at Work (“Who Can It Be Now?”, “Down Under”, 1982’s Business As Usual).

  • John Debney (1956). American film composer.

  • Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz (1956). American drummer.

  • Dennis Elliot (1950). English rock drummer with Foreigner.

  • Nigel Griggs (1949). English bass guitarist with Split Enz.

  • Barbara Harris (1945). American R&B singer with the Toys (“A Lover’s Concerto”).

  • Vince Melouney (1945). Australian guitarist. with Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs.

  • Sarah Dash (1943). American singer with Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles.

  • Carl Wayne (1943). English rock singer with the Move. Died 8/31/2004.

  • Johnny Preston (1939). American singer (Running Bear, Cradle of Love).

  • Lajos Papp (1935). Composer.

  • Ronnie Carroll (1934). Northern Irish singer and entertainer.

  • Johnny Preston (1930). American rock musician (Feel So Fine).

  • Hugues Aufray (1929). French singer.

  • Tonny Til (1925). rock musician.

  • Cisco Houston (1918). American folk singer and songwriter. Died 4/29/1961.

  • Moura Lympany (1916). English concert pianist. Died 3/28/2005.

  • Herman Berlinski (1910). Composer.

  • Miliza Korjus (1909). Soprano opera singer and actor. Died 8/26/1980.

  • Milan Ristic (1908). Composer.

  • Curtis Jones (1906). German-born American blues pianist. Died 9/11/1971.

  • Enoch Light (1905). American classical orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith) and violinist. Died 7/31/1978.

  • Howard Swanson (1907). Composer.

  • Otto Mortensen (1907). Composer.

  • Peter Paul Kreuder (1905). Composer.

  • Emil Kolisch (1904). Musician. Died Feb. 1972.

  • Ake Olof Sebastian Udden (1903). Composer.

  • Lucienne Boyer (1903). French singer. Died 12/6/1983.

  • Julius Kalas (1902). Composer.

  • Walter O’Keefe (1900). Hartford Ct, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood).

  • Ernest MacMillan (1893). Canadian orchestral conductor and composer. Died 5/6/1973.

  • Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau (1882). Composer.

  • Hermann Karl Josef Zilcher (1881). Composer.

  • Fritz Brun (1878). Composer.

  • Leo Slezak (1873). Austria tenor/actor (Othello).

  • Otto Harbach (1873). songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes).

  • Charles Hutchison Gabriel (1856). Composer.

  • Jan Karol Gali (1856). Composer.

  • Benjamin Louis Paul Godard (1849). Composer.

  • Alexandre Stievenard (1769). Composer.

  • Antonio Salieri (1750). Italian classical composer (Tatare), conductor and teacher. Died 5/7/1825.

  • Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner (1745). Composer.


    AUG. 19

  • Lil’ Romeo (1989). American rap singer and son of rapper Master P.

  • Anaïs Lameche (1987). Swedish singer (Play).

  • Megan Rochell (1985). American singer.

  • Missy Higgins (1983). Australian singer/songwriter.

  • Jun Jin (1980). Korean rapper (Shinhwa).

  • Darius Danesh (1980). Scottish singer/songwriter & actor.

  • Michael Todd (1980). American musician (Coheed and Cambria).

  • Dave Douglas (1979). American musician (Relient K).

  • Elizabeth Wolfgramm (1972). Musician with The Jets.

  • Sammi Cheng Sau Man (1972). Hong Kong singer and actress.

  • Chihiro Yonekura (1972). Japanese singer.

  • Fat Joe (1970). American rapper.

  • Nate Dogg (1969). American rapper.

  • Clay Walker (1969). American singer.

  • MC Eric (Technotronic) (1968)

  • Mark McGuinn (1968). country music singer.

  • Lee Ann Womack (1966). American country singer (“I Hope You Dance”).

  • Joey Tempest (1963). Rock musician (Europe-The Final Countdown).

  • Dan "Woody" Woodgate (1960). Rock musician.

  • Steve Grimmett (1959). heavy metal rock musician.

  • John Deacon (1951). English rock bassist and songwriter for Queen (“Another One Bites the Dust”, “I Want It All”, 1975’s A Night at the Opera).

  • Gustavo Santaolalla (1951). Argentine film composer.

  • Beat Raaflaub (1946). Swiss conductor.

  • Ian Gillan (1945). English rock singer with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath (1983).

  • Eddy Raven (1944). Lafayette La, country singer (Right Hand Man).

  • Billy J Kramer (1943). Liverpool, rock vocalist (The Dakotas-Bad to Me).

  • Johnny Nash (1940). American singer/songwriter (“I Can See Clearly Now”).

  • Ginger Baker (1939). English rock drummer with Cream (1967’s Disraeli Gears, Wheels of Fire) and Blind Faith.

  • Paul Kont (1920). Composer.

  • James George “Jimmy” Rowles (1918). jazz pianist.

  • Fumio Hayasaka (1914). Composer.

  • Harry Mills (1913). American singer with the Mills Brothers. Died 1982.

  • Zygmunt Mycielsky (1907). Composer.

  • Jacques de Menasce (1905). Composer.

  • Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala (1896). Composer.

  • Walter Lang (1896). Composer.

  • Robert Heger (1886). Composer.

  • Georges Enesco [or Enescu] (1881). Romania, composer (Romanian Dances).

  • James M. Black (1856). American composer (“When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder”). Died 1938.

  • Georg Goltermann (1824). Composer.

  • William Henry Fry (1813). Composer.

  • Johann Georg Christoph Schetky (1737). Composer.

  • Antonio Tonelli (1686). Composer.

    AUG. 20

  • Demi Lovato (1992). Singer who gained fame from Disney’s TV movie Camp Rock.

  • Maxim Vengerov (1974). Russian violinist.

  • Big Moe (1974). American rapper. Died 2007).

  • Andy Strachan (1974). Australian musician (The Living End).

  • Brad Avery (1971). American musician (former guitarist for Third Day).

  • Fred Durst (1970). American rap/rock singer with Limp Bizkit.

  • Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott (1966). Heavy metal guitarist with Pantera and Damageplan. Murdered by a fan while on stage.

  • KRS-One (1965). American rapper.

  • Rick Rael (1961). heavy metal rock musician.

  • Doug Fleger (1957). rock musician.

  • Rick Olsen (1956). rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away).

  • Rob Wiedijk (1955). Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color).

  • Rudy Gatlin (1952). Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady).

  • John Hiatt (1952). American rock singer/songwriter (“Have a Little Faith in Me”).

  • Nikolas Asimos (1949). Greek composer and singer. Died 1988).

  • Phil Lynott (1949). Irish rock singer and bassist with Thin Lizzy. Died 1/4/1986.

  • Robert Plant (1948) English rock singer in Led Zeppelin (“Stairway to Heaven”, 1969’s Led Zeppelin I, 1969’s Led Zeppelin II, 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV).

  • James Pankow (1947). American rock musician with Chicago.

  • Ralf Hütter (1946). German musician with Kraftwerk.

  • John Povey (1944). rock musician.

  • Isaac Hayes (1942). American soul singer/songwriter (“Theme from ‘Shaft’”, 1969’s Hot Buttered Soul). Died 8/10/2008.

  • Dave Brock (1941). British musician and founder of Hawkwind.

  • John Lantree (1940). rock musician.

  • El Fary (1937). Spanish singer and actor. Died 2007.

  • Charles Shere (1935). Composer.

  • J.J. Malone (1935). US soul singer (It's a shame).

  • Justin Tubb (1935). American country singer (Grand Ole Opry).

  • Mario Bernardi (1930). Canadian conductor.

  • Jim Reeves (1923). American country singer (“Mexican Joe”, “He’ll Have to Go”). Died 7/31/1964.

  • Conrad Hermann Hubertius Maria Apollinaris Josten (1913). jazz guitarist.

  • Anatole Fistoulari (1907). conductor.

  • Jack Teagarden (1905). US trombonist/actor (Meet Band Leaders).

  • Witold Friemann (1889). Composer.

  • George Sklavos (1888). Composer.

  • Nikolay Yakovlevich Myaskovsky (1881). Composer.

  • William Henry Bell (1873). Composer.

  • Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis (1820). Composer.

  • Jose Bernardo Alcedo (1788). Composer.

  • Bernardo Bittoni (1756). Composer.

  • Bernard de Bury (1720). Composer.

  • Alphonse d’Eve (1666). Composer.

  • Jacopo Peri (1561). Composer.


    AUG. 21

  • Jamia Simone Nash (1996). American singer and actress.

  • Brad Kavanagh (1992). English songwriter and actor.

  • Louise Setara (1988). English singer/songwriter.

  • Paris Bennett (1988). American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5).

  • Kim Kibum (1987). Musician with Korean boy band Super junior. actor and singer.

  • Alizée Jacotey (1984). French singer.

  • Melissa Schuman (Dream) (1984)

  • Collie Buddz (Colin Harper) (1981). Reggae & Dancehall artist.

  • Kelis Rogers-Jones (1979). American singer.

  • Liam Howlett (1971). English DJ and electronica musician with the Prodigy (1994’s Music for the Jilted Generation, 1997’s The Fat of the Land).

  • Serj Tankian (1967). Armenian-American rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with System of a Down (2001’s Toxicity).

  • Wei Wei (1963). Mongolian-Chinese Mandopop singer. Born Zhang Ju Xia Wei.

  • Budgie (1957). Rock drummer (Slits, Siouxsie & the Banshees-Wild Thing).

  • Kim Sledge (1957). American singer with Sister Sledge ("We are Family").

  • Steve Smith (1954). American rock drummer (Journey).

  • Glenn Hughes (1952). British rock singer and bassist with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.

  • Joe Strummer (1952). Turkish-born British punk-rock singer/songwriter with The Clash (“London Calling”, “Rock the Casbah”, 1977’s The Clash, 1979’s London Calling). Born John Graham Mellor. Died 12/22/2002.

  • Patrick Juvet (1950). Swiss singer.

  • Carl Giammarese (1947). American rock guitarist with the Buckinghams.

  • Basil Poledouris (1945). American film score composer. Died 2006.

  • Jackie DeShannon (1944). American singer/songwriter (“What the World Needs Now”, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”, Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes”).

  • Harold W Reid (1939). American singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57).

  • James Burton (1939). American guitarist.

  • Kenny Rogers (1938). Country singer (“The Gambler”, “Coward of the County”, “Lady”, “Islands in the Stream”)

  • Paul Panhuysen (1934). Dutch composer, visual and sound artist.

  • Janet Baker (1933). English mezzo-soprano (Owen Wingrave).

  • Gregg Smith (1931). Composer.

  • Zdenek Lukas (1928). Composer.

  • Wilhelm Jr Killmayer (1927). Composer.

  • Ben-Zion Orgad (1926). Composer.

  • Raquel Rastenni (1915). Danish singer. Died 1998).

  • Bruce Trent (1912). Singer.

  • Jon William Jr Haussermann (1909). Composer.

  • Joachim Homs (1906). Composer.

  • Count Basie (1904). American jazz pianist and bandleader (“One O’ Clock Jump”, “April in Paris”, “Swingin’ the Blues”, “Tickle Toe”). Died 4/26/1984.

  • Yannis Constantinidis (1903). Composer.

  • Renato Fasano (1902). Composer.

  • Juliette Marie Olga Lili Boulanger (1893). Composer.

  • Lili Boulanger (1893). Composer.

  • Vess Ossman (1868). American ragtime banjoist (“Honolulu Cakewalk”). Died 12/7/1923.

  • Benedetto Junck (1852). Composer.

  • Otto Goldschmidt (1829). Composer.

  • Kate Fanny Loder (1825). Composer.

  • Francesco Schira (1809). Composer.

  • Johannes Frederick Frohlich (1806). Composer.

  • Johann Georg Witthauer (1751). Composer.

  • Jose Pradas Gallen (1689). Composer.

  • Johann Friedrich Treiber (1642). Composer.


    AUG. 22

  • Jeff Stinco (1978). Canadian alternative-rock musician with Simple Plan.

  • Stefano Verderi (1974). Italian guitarist.

  • Howie Dorough (1973). American pop singer with the Backstreet Boys.

  • Paul Douchette (Matchbox 20) (1972)

  • Paul Colman (1968). Australian guitarist (Newsboys).

  • Layne Staley (1967). American grunge-rock singer and guitarist with Alice in Chains (Dirt). Died 4/5/2002.

  • Yukiko Okada (1967). Japanese singer. Died 1986).

  • Mark Michaels (1966). Heavy metal guitarist (Teach Yourself Rhythm Guitar).

  • GZA (1966). American rapper.

  • Tori Amos (1963). American alternative-rock singer/songwriter and pianist (Little Earthquakes). Born Myra Ellen Amos.

  • James Debarge (1962). American R&B singer and keyboardist with DeBarge.

  • Jay Ashton (1961). Rock musician (Gene Loves Jezebel).

  • Roland Orzabal (1961). English new wave/rock singer/songwriter and musician with Tears For Fears (“Shout”, 1985’s Songs from the Big Chair).

  • Debi Peterson (1961). American rock drummer with the Bangles (“Hero Takes a Fall”, “Manic Monday”, “Walk Like an Egyptian”, “Eternal Flame”).

  • Juan Croucier (1959). Heavy metal rock musician (Ratt-Round & Round).

  • Collin Raye (1959). American country singer.

  • Ian Mitchell (1958). Edinburgh, rock musician (Bay City Rollers).

  • Vernon Reid (1958). American musician (Living Colour).

  • Holly Dunn (1957). American country singer (Daddy's Hands).

  • Frank Marino (1954). Rock musician.

  • Peter Laughner (1952). American musician (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu). Died 1977).

  • Teresa Davis (1950). Rock musician.

  • Donna Godchaux (1947). Rock musician (Grateful Dead.

  • Ron Dante (1945). American pop/rock singer for the Archies (“Sugar Sugar”). Born Carmine Granito.

  • Kathy Lennon (1942). American singer with the Lennon Sisters.

  • Candido Lima (1939). Composer.

  • Fred Milano (1939). American rock musician (Dion & The Belmonts).

  • Dale Hawkins (1938). Songwriter (Suzy Q).

  • Lex P Humphries (1936). Drummer.

  • John M Chowning (1934). Composer.

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928). Composer.

  • Aleksandar Obradovic (1927). Composer.

  • Bob Flannigan (1926). Rock musician (Four Freshmen).

  • Andrzej Markowski (1924). Composer.

  • John Lee Hooker (1917). American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist (“Boogie Chillen”, “Boom Boom”). Died 6/21/2001.

  • Robert Schollum (1913). Composer.

  • Sergius Kagen (1909). Composer.

  • Paul White (1895). Americna composer (Adante & Rondo for Cello).

  • Edward Cuthbert Bairstow (1874). Composer.

  • Karl Nef (1873). Swiss musicologist.

  • Claude Debussy (1862). French composer (“Clair de Lune”, 1905’s La Mer). Died 3/25/1918.

  • Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847). Composer.

  • Edouard Silas (1827). Composer.

  • Josef Strauss (1827). Austrian composer (Dorfschwalben aus Austria).

  • Jan Joseph Rosler (1771). Composer.

  • Joseph-Denis Doche (1766). Composer.

  • Christian Friedrich Ruppe (1753). Composer.

  • Pierre Danican Philidor (1681). Composer.

  • Christopher Gibbons (1615). Composer.

  • Bartolomeo Spontone (1530). Composer.


    AUG. 23

  • Neil Cicierega (1986). American cartoonist and musician.

  • YTCracker (1982). American musician.

  • Ritchie Neville (1979). British musician.

  • Julian Casablancas (1978). American musician.

  • Eliza Carthy (1975). English singer and fiddler.

  • Shifty (1974). American musician (Crazy Town).

  • Brad Mehldau (1970). American pianist.

  • Shaun Ryder (1962) English Britpop singer/songwriter with Happy Mondays (1990’s Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches) and Black Grape.

  • Dean DeLeo (1961). American rock musician with Stone Temple Pilots (1992’s Core, 1994’s Purple).

  • Bobby Gubby (1953). Rock musician (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies).

  • Dalton Reed (1952). Singer.

  • Jimi Jamison (1951). Rock musician (Survivor).

  • John Bauldie (1949). music journalist/dylanologist.

  • Katiana Balanika (1949). Greek actress and singer.

  • Vicky Leandros (1949). Greek pop singer born Vassiliki Papathanasiou.

  • Woody Paul [Paul Chrisman] (1949). American singer (Riders in the Sky).

  • Rick Springfield (1949). Australian pop/rock singer (“Jessie’s Girl”).

  • Ernst Jansz (1948). Dutch keyboardist/singer (Doe Maar).

  • Rex Allen Jr (1947). American country singer (Nashville on the Road).

  • Terje Rypdal (1947). Composer.

  • Keith Moon (1946). English rock drummer with The Who (the song “My Generation”, 1965’s album My Generation, 1969’s Tommy, 1971’s Who’s Next). Died 9/7/1978.

  • Roger Greenaway (1938). Composer.

  • Rudy Lewis (1936). Rock musician (Drifters).

  • Loren Rush (1935). Composer.

  • Lojze Lebic (1934). Composer.

  • Mark Russell (1932). American political satirist/pianist (Real People).

  • Gerd Natschinski (1928). Composer.

  • Martial Solal (1927). Composer.

  • Sulkhan Fyodorovich Tsintsadze (1925). Composer.

  • Wlodzimierz Kotonski (1925). Composer.

  • Edvard Fliflet Braein (1924). Composer.

  • Richard Adler (1923). Composer/songwriter (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game).

  • Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923). German conductor (Vienna Symph 1960-70).

  • Sol “Tex” Williams (1917). American country singer (“Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette”). Died 10/11/1985.

  • Bob Crosby (1913). American jazz bandleader and singer (“Lullaby of Broadway”). Brother of singer Bing Crosby. Died 3/9/1993.

  • Luis-Felipe Ramon y Rivera (1913). Composer.

  • Gene Kelly (1912). American dancer, actor, and singer (“Singin’ in the Rain”). Died 2/2/1996.

  • Leonard Constant Lambert (1905). English composer (King Pest).

  • William Primrose (1903). Scottish violist (Method for Violin & Viola).

  • Ernst Krenek (1900). Austrian composer (Johnny Spielt Auf).

  • Malvina Reynolds (1900). American folk singer/songwriter. Died 1978.

  • Roy Agnew (1893). Composer.

  • Gottfried Rudinger (1886). Composer.

  • Alfreds Kalnins (1879). Composer.

  • Moritz Moszkowski (1854). Composer.

  • Friedrich Hartmann Graf (1727). Composer.


    AUG. 24

  • Jiro Wang Dong Cheng (1981). Taiwanese singer and actor.

  • Elva Hsiao (1979). Taiwanese singer.

  • Orla Fallon (1974). Irish singer with Celtic Woman.

  • Andreas Kisser (1968). Brazilian heavy metal guitarist with Sepultura.

  • Pebbles (1964). R&B/pop singer (“Girlfriend”).

  • John Bush (1963). US heavy metal singer with Anthrax (Armed and Dangerous).

  • Colin Angus (1961). Scottish pop musician with the Shamen (“Ebeneezer Goode”).

  • Mark “Bedders” Bedford (1961). English rock bassist with Madness.

  • Jeffrey Daniels (1957). American R&B singer with Shalamar.

  • Ron Holloway (1953). American tenor saxophonist.

  • Mike Derosier (Heart) (1951)

  • Jimmy Farrar (1951). American rock singer with Molly Hatchet.

  • Stephen Harrison Paulus (1949). Composer.

  • Jean-Michel Jarre (1948). French musician.

  • Malcolm “Mollie” Duncan (1945). Scottish saxophonist with the Average White Band.

  • Ken Hensley (1945). rock keyboardist with Blackfoot and Uriah Heep.

  • Jim Capaldi (1944). English rock drummer and songwriter with Traffic (1967’s Mr. Fantasy, 1970’s John Barleycorn Must Die) and later a solo artist.

  • John Cipollina (1943). American rock guitarist with Quicksilver Messenger Service.

  • Joe Chambers (1942). American rock guitarist and singer with the Chambers Brothers.

  • Ernest Wright Jr (1941). American rock singer with the Imperials (“So Much”).

  • Tony Secunda (1940). rock band manager.

  • David Freiberg (1938). American rock bassist with Quicksilver Messenger.

  • Mason Williams (1938). American composer.

  • Roger Donald Dickerson (1934). Composer.

  • Richard Graham Meale (1932). Composer.

  • William Winfield (1929). rock musician with the Harptones.

  • Roger Danneels (1927). Flemish accordionist.

  • Louis Teicher (1924). pianist with Ferante & Teicher (“Exodus”).

  • Nils Viggo Bentzon (1919). Composer.

  • “Drs P” (1919). Swiss/Dutch songwriter/singer. Born Heinz H. Polzer.

  • Léo Ferré (1916). French composer and singer. Died 1993.

  • Bernhard Heiden (1910). Composer.

  • Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (1905). American blues singer and guitarist (1946’s “That’s All Right, Mama”). Died 3/28/1974.

  • Claude Hopkins (1903). American jazz bandleader.

  • Fred Rose (1897). American songwriter and publishing executive. Died 1954.

  • Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok (1891). Composer.

  • Franz Philipp (1890). Composer.

  • Rentaro Taki (1879). Composer.

  • Felix Mottl (1856). Composer.

  • Nikolay Vladimirovich Scherbachov (1854). Composer.

  • Eduard Napravnik (1839). Composer.

  • Theodore Dubois (1837). Composer.

  • Emmanuele Muzio (1821). Composer.

  • Jacopo Tomadini (1820). Composer.

  • David Traugott Nicolai (1733). Composer.

  • Johann Balthasar Kehl (1725). Composer.

  • Meinrad Spiess (1683). Composer.

  • Alessandro Marcello (1669). Composer.

  • John Amner (1579). Composer.

  • Ercole Bottrigari (1531). Composer.


    AUG. 25

  • Miyabi Natsuyaki (1992). Japanese singer.

  • Raymond Quinn (1988). English singer.

  • James Righton (1983). English musician with the Klaxons.

  • Jo Dee Messina (1969). American country music singer.

  • Stuart Murdoch (1968). Scottish musician with Belle & Sebastian.

  • Rafet El Roman (1968). Turkish singer and composer.

  • Spider One (1968). American musician with Powerman 5000.

  • Takeshi Ueda (1968). Japanese singer and composer.

  • Jeff Tweedy (1967). American singer/songwriter with Wilco.

  • Derek Sherinian (1966). American keyboardist.

  • DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy) (1966)

  • Mia Zapata (1965). American singer with the Gits. Died 1993.

  • Shock G (1963). Rapper.

  • Vivian Campbell (1962). Heavy metal rock musician with Whitesnake and Def Leppard.

  • Mazzi Rawd (1962). heavy metal rock musician.

  • Billy Ray Cyrus (1961). American country singer (“Achy Breaky Heart”).

  • Saskia van Orly (1958). Dutch singer (Tambourine).

  • Matt Aitken (1956). Rock musician (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block).

  • Elvis Costello (1954). English new-wave/punk-rock singer/songwriter (“Alison”, “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding?”, 1977’s My Aim Is True, 1978’s This Year’s Model). Born Declan Patrick MacManus.

  • Martin Jourard (1954). keyboardist/vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely).

  • Geoff Downes (1952). English rock keyboardist for the Buggles (“Video Killed the Radio Star”) and Asia (“Heat of the Moment”, 1982’s Asia).

  • Rob Halford (1951). English heavy metal singer with Judas Priest (“You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”).

  • Willy “Mink” DeVille (1950). American blues/rock singer and guitarist (“Hey! Joe”). Born William Paul Borsey, Jr. Died 8/6/2009.

  • Charles Fambrough (1950). American jazz musician.

  • Fariborz Lachini (1949). Canadian-Iranian composer.

  • Gene Simmons (1949). Israeli-American rock bassist with Kiss (“Rock and Roll All Nite”, “Beth”, 1976’s Destroyer). Born Chaim Witz.

  • David Russell (1942). Scottish guitarist.

  • Walter Williams (1942). American rock singer with the O’Jays (“Use to Be My Girl”).

  • Jose Van Dam (1940). Brussels Belgium, bass-baritone (Francois d’Assisif).

  • Eddie Ilarde (1934). Filipino disk jockey, television host, and Senator.

  • Wayne Shorter (1933). American jazz saxophonist and composer with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, and Weather Report.

  • Karl Korte (1928). Composer.

  • Ronnie Potsdammer (1922). Dutch singer/song writer/programmer.

  • Leonard Bernstein (1918). American musical theater composer (1957’s West Side Story) and conductor. Died 10/14/1990.

  • Richard Greene (1918). English composer.

  • Walter Trampler (1915). Munich Germany, violist (Beaux Arts Trio).

  • Alexei Haieff (1914). Siberian composer (Princess Zondilda).

  • Jacopo Napoli (1911). Composer.

  • Arwel Hughes (1909). Composer.

  • Undine Smith Moore (1905). Composer.

  • Stefan Wolpe (1902). German composer (Zeus & Elidco).

  • Jaroslav Ridky (1897). Composer.

  • Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre (1891). Composer.

  • Samuel Gardner (1891). Composer.

  • Alberto Savinio (1891). Italian writer/composer. Born Andrea de Chirico.

  • Olav Fartein Valen (1887). Composer.

  • Robert E. Stolz (1880). Austrian composer and conductor.

  • Franz Teyber (1758). Composer.

  • Johann Jacob Rowalt (1718). Composer.


    AUG. 26

  • Lil’ Chris (1990). British singer.

  • Cassie Ventura (1986). American R&B singer (“Me & U”).

  • Allison Robertson (1979). Musician.

  • Raja Kashif (1978). Pakistani singer.

  • Amaia Montero (1976). Spanish singer (La Oreja de Van Gogh).

  • Zemfira (1976). Russian singer.

  • Thalía (1971). Mexican singer.

  • Adrian Young (No Doubt) (1969)

  • Shirley Manson (1966). Scottish alternative-rock singer with Garbage.

  • Dan Vickrey (Counting Crows) (1966)

  • Jimmy Olander (1961). American singer with Diamond Rio (Meet in Middle).

  • Branford Marsalis (1960). Jazz saxophonist and bandleader for TV’s The Tonight Show. Brother Wynton Marsalis is also a jazz musician.

  • Nancy Martinez (1960). Rock musician.

  • Dr. Alban (1957). Nigerian-Swedish singer.

  • Michael Chetwood (1954). Rock musician.

  • Wally Murphy (1954). Rock musician.

  • Willie Rush (1952). Rock musician with the Asbury Jukes.

  • Richard Cowsill (1950). American rock musician with the Cowsills (“Hair”, “We Can Fly”).

  • Bob Cowsill (1949). American singer with the Cowsills (“Hair”, “We Can Fly”), who were the basis of TV’s The Partridge Family.

  • Leon Redbone (1949)

  • Chantal Renaud (1946). Quebec singer and actress.

  • Valerie Simpson (1946). American R&B singer/songwriter with husband Nickolas Ashford.

  • Mark Snow (1946). American composer.

  • Maureen “Moe” Tucker (1944). American experimental-rock drummer with the Velvet Underground (1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1968’s White Light/White Heat, 1969’s The Velvet Underground).

  • Vic Dana (1942). American singer and dancer (Talent Scouts).

  • Chris Curtis (1941). Rock drummer and vocalist with Deep Purple. Born Chris Crummy.

  • Jet Black (1938). English rock drummer with the Stranglers.

  • Maurice Williams (1938). Rock musician.

  • Dane Skerl (1931). Composer.

  • Peter Appleyard (1928). Canadian jazz vibraphonist.

  • Lazar Nikolov (1922). Composer.

  • Louis W. Stotijn (1918). bassoonist/conductor (Residence Orchestra).

  • William Bardwell (1915). Composer.

  • Lester Lanin (1911). orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits).

  • Jimmy Rushing (1903). American jazz/blues singer. Died 6/8/1972.

  • Richard Hammond (1896). Composer.

  • Luis Abraham Delgadillo (1887). Composer.

  • George August Lumbye (1843). Composer.

  • Erik Anthon Valdemar Siboni (1828). Composer.

  • Wilhelm Troszel (1823). Composer.

  • Aloys Schmitt (1788). German music theory/composer/royal pianist.

  • Johann Ernst Rembt (1749). Composer.

  • Francois Guichard (1745). Composer.

  • Karl Kohaut (1726). Composer.

  • Willem the Fesch (1687). Dutch violinist/composer (Joseph).

  • Thomas Bullis (1627). Composer.


    AUG. 27

  • Spencer Garuk (1991)

  • Mario (1986). American R&B singer.

  • Stephanie Michelle Steele (1980). American country singer.

  • Sarah Neufeld (1979). Canadian musician with Arcade Fire.

  • Jon Siebles (Eve 6)

    (1979)

  • Mase (1975). American rap singer/songwriter born Mason Derelle Betha.

  • Tony Kanal (1970). English-born musician with No Doubt.

  • Yolanda Adams (1962)

  • Glen Matlock (1956). Punk-rock bassist with the Sex Pistols (1977’s Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols).

  • Laura Fygi (1955). Dutch singer.

  • Alex Lifeson (1953). Canadian rock guitarist with Rush (1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures).

  • Jeff Cook (1949). American country guitarist and singer with Alabama (“Mountain Music”).

  • Edith Valckaert (1949). Belgian violinist.

  • Pavlos Sidiropoulos (1948). Greek musician. Died 1990.

  • Tim Bogert (1944). Rock musician.

  • Barry Conyngham (1944). Composer.

  • Daryl Dragon (1942). American keyboardist in pop duo Captain & Tennille (“Love Will Keep Us Together”, “Do That to Me One More Time”).

  • Warren Harding “Sonny” Sharrock (1940). Jazz guitarist.

  • Alice Coltrane (1937). Jazz musician.

  • Tommy Sands (1937). American singer (“Teen-Age Crush”, “Dream with Me”) and actor.

  • Phil Shulmon (1937). Rock musician with Gentle Giant.

  • Francois Glorieux (1932). Composer.

  • Peter Richard Tahourdin (1928). Composer.

  • Tony Crombie (1925). Drummer/bandleader.

  • Lester Young (1909). American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist with Count Basie. Died 3/15/1959.

  • Herbert Menges (1902). Composer.

  • Rebecca Clarke (1886). Composer.

  • Eric Coates (1886). English viola player/composer.

  • Jaroslav Kricka (1882). Composer.

  • Joseph John Richards (1878). Composer.

  • Umberto Giordano (1867). Composer.

  • Heinrich Urban (1837). Composer.

  • Hermann Kipper (1826). Music teacher/critic/composer.

  • Michel Delalande (1739). Composer.

  • Johann Samuel Welter (1650). Composer.

  • Simon Besler (1583). Composer.

  • Hans Leo Hassler (1562). Composer.


    AUG. 28

  • Sarah Jane Santos (1991). Filipino singer.

  • Florence Welch (1987). British singer with Florence and the Machine (2009’s Lungs).
  • Alfonso Herrera (1983). Singer in the Latin pop group RBD.

  • LeAnn Rimes (1982). Country singer (“Blue”, “How Do I Live”).

  • Shaila Durcal (1979). Spanish singer.

  • Jess Margera (1978). American drummer with CKY.

  • Takahito Eguchi (1974). Japanese composer.

  • DJ Assault (1973). American musician.

  • Rick Recht (1970). Jewish singer.

  • Jack Black (1969). Musician with Tenacious D and actor in music-related movies (High Fidelity, School of Rock). Born Thomas Jacob Black.

  • Jerry Fehily (1966). Rock musician with Hothouse Flowers (“Don’t Go”).

  • Shania Twain (1965). Canadian country singer (“You’re Still the One”, 1995’s The Woman in Me, 1997’s Come on Over).

  • Kim Appleby (1961). English singer.

  • Dave Hlubek (1951). Rock guitarist with Molly Hatchet.

  • Wayne Osmond (1951). American singer with the Osmonds (“One Bad Apple”).

  • Keiichi Suzuki (1951). Japanese composer.

  • Hugh Cornwell (1949). Rock musician with the Stranglers (“Dreamtime”).

  • Daniel Seraphine (1948). American rock drummer with Chicago (“If You Leave Me Now”).

  • Bob Segarini (1945). Musician and radio personality.

  • Anne “Honey” Lantree (1943). Rock musician.

  • Sterling Morrison (1942). American experimental-rock guitarist and bassist with the Velvet Underground (1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1968’s White Light/White Heat, 1969’s The Velvet Underground). Died 8/30/1995.

  • Paul Peter Plishka (1941). American bass (Bronx Botanical Gardens).

  • Nik Turner (1940). English musician with Hawkwind.

  • Clem Cattini (1939). Rock musician.

  • Edward Patten (1939). American soul singer with Gladys Knight & the Pips.

  • John Perkins (1931). Rock musician with the Crew Cuts.

  • John Shirley-Quirk (1931). English baritone (Death in Venice).

  • James Wild (1928). Music teacher.

  • Billy Grammer (1925). American country music singer and guitarist.

  • Vilayat Khan (1924). Composer.

  • Hélène Baillargeon (1916). Canadian singer and folklorist. Died 1997.

  • Glenn Osser (1914). American orchestra leader with the Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue.

  • Rudolph Wagner-Regeny (1903). Composer.

  • Paul Henry Lang (1901). Budapest, critic/musicologist with the New York Herald Tribune.

  • Karl Böhm (1894). Austrian conductor. Died 1981.

  • Ivor Gurney (1890). Composer.

  • Daniel Zamudio (1887). Composer.

  • Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo (1885). Composer.

  • Arne Eggen (1881). Composer.

  • Alfred Baldwin Sloan (1872). Composer.

  • Ira D. Sankey (1840). American evangelist/composer/singer of gospel hymns.

  • Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman (1831). Composer.

  • Albert Dietrich (1829). Composer.

  • Teresa Milanollo (1827). Composer.

  • Walter Cecil Macfarren (1826). Composer.

  • Sophie Gail (1775). Composer.

  • Peter Winter (1754). Composer.

  • Carolomannus Pachschmidt (1700). Composer.

  • Conrad Michael Schneider (1673). Composer.


    AUG. 29

  • Mallu Magalhães (1992). Brazilian singer/songwriter.

  • Lea Michele (1986). Star of TV’s Glee.

  • A+ (1982). American rapper.

  • David Desrosiers (1980). Canadian musician with Simple Plan.

  • Nicholas Tse (1980). Hong Kong singer and actor.

  • Dante Basco (1975). Filipino actor and rapper.

  • Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20) (1975)

  • Kumi Tanioka (1974). Japanese composer.

  • Carl Martin (Shai) (1970)

  • Me’Shell NdegéOcello (1969). American singer.

  • Anton Newcombe (1967). American musician with the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

  • Dan Truman (1966). American singer with Diamond Rio (“Meet in the Middle”).

  • Elizabeth Fraser (1963). Scottish singer.

  • Greg Steele (1963). Rock musician with Faster Pussycat (“Wake Me When It's Over”).

  • Hiroki Kikuta (1962). Japanese composer.

  • Tony MacAlpine (1961). Heavy metal rock musician (Solo-Edge of Insanity).

  • Eddi Reader (1959). Rock musician with Fairground Attraction (“Find My Love”).

  • Ernesto Rodrigues (1959). Portuguese composer.

  • Michael Jackson (1958). American pop/R&B singer/songwriter and dancer (1979’s Off the Wall with “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Rock with You”, 1982’s Thriller with “Billie Jean” and “Beat It”, 1983’s “Say, Say, Say” with Paul McCartney, 1987’s Bad, 1991’s Dangerous, 1995’s HIStory, 2003’s Number Ones). Died 6/25/2009.

  • Pim Kops (1957). Rock musician (Dike, Bloedend Heart).

  • GG Allin (1956). American rock singer. Died 1993.

  • Diamanda Galas (1955). Composer.

  • Chet Catallo (1954). guitarist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance).

  • Julio Fernandez (1954). jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance).

  • Rick Downey (1953). rock musician drummer/vocalist with Blue Oyster Cult.

  • Hugh Cornwell (1949). English guitarist with the Stranglers.

  • Peter John Wiegold (1949). Composer.

  • Chris Copping (1945). English rock bassist with Procol Harum.

  • Richard Halligan (1943). American rock vocalist with Blood Sweat & Tears.

  • Gene Allison (1934). American R&B singer (You Can Make It If You Try).

  • Jean-Pierre Guezek (1934). Composer.

  • Stelios Kazantzidis (1931). Greek singer. Died 2001.

  • Thomas Stewart (1928). American baritone (La Roche Capriccio).

  • Marion Williams (1927). American gospel singer (Stars of Faith).

  • María Dolores Pradera (1926). Spanish melodic singer.

  • Consuelo Velázquez (1924). Mexican songwriter. Died 2005.

  • Dinah Washington (1924). Blues, R&B, and jazz singer (“What a Difference a Day Makes”). Died 12/14/1963.

  • Lester Albert Trimble (1923). Composer.

  • Yorgos Sicilianos (1922). Composer.

  • Charlie “Bird” Parker (1920). American jazz saxophonist and composer (“1945’s KoKo”, box set: The Complete Savoy & Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948). Died 3/12/1955.

  • Robert Pineda-Duque (1910). Composer.

  • Lan Adomian (1905). Composer.

  • Edvin Kallstenius (1881). Composer.

  • Byron G. Harlan (1861). American singer (“Hello Central, Give Me Heaven”, “Down Where the Wurzburger Flows”, “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie”, “My Gal Sal”, “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “The Aba Daba Honeymoon”). Died 9/11/1936.

  • Emil Pauer (1855). Composer.

  • Raphael G Kiesewetter (1773). Austrian musicologist (Arab Music).

  • Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel (1686). Composer.


    AUG. 30

  • Ryan Ross (1986). American guitarist and lyricist with Panic at the Disco.

  • Jonne Aaron (1983). Vocalist of the Finnish Band Negative.

  • Jun Matsumoto (1983). Japanese singer and actor.

  • Swizz Beatz (1978). American rapper/producer.

  • Jens Ludwig (1977). German guitarist.

  • Aaron Barrett (1974). Lead singer/guitarist of Reel Big Fish.

  • Matt Bongiovi (1974). Heavy metal rock musician (cousin of Jon Bon Jovi).

  • Rich Cronan (1974). Pop musician with boy band LFO (“Summer Girls”).

  • Lars Frederiksen (1971). American guitarist (Rancid and UK Subs).

  • Michael Wong Guang Liang (1970). Chinese Malaysian singer.

  • Dimitris Sgouros (1969). Greek pianist.

  • Paul Oakenfold (1963). British disc jockey.

  • Chalino Sanchez (1960). Mexican singer. Died 1992.

  • Martin Jackson (Swing Out Sister) (1958)

  • Martin Jackson (1955). Rock musician (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out).

  • Horace Panter (General Public) (1953)

  • Dana (1951). Singer/actress (Flight of the Doves).

  • Micky Moody (Whitesnake) (1950)

  • Peter Maffay (1949). German musician.

  • David Schiff (1945). Composer.

  • Charles Colbert (1944). American rock musician with American Breed.

  • John Surman (1944). Jazz musician.

  • David Henry Maslanka (1943). Composer.

  • John McNally (1941). English rock guitarist/vocalist (Searchers).

  • John Phillips (1935). American folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Mamas & Papas (1966’s “California Dreamin’”, “Monday, Monday”). Died 3/18/2001.

  • Arne Mellnas (1933). Composer.

  • Johnny Mann (1928). American music director (Johnny Mann Stand Up & Cheer).

  • Pieter Willem Kee (1927). Composer.

  • Olgerts Gravitis (1926). Composer.

  • Gerhard Wimberger (1923). Austria composer (Glove).

  • Regina Resnik (1922). American mezzo-soprano (Sieglinde-Bayreuth).

  • Kitty Wells (1919). American country singer (1952’s “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”) born Ellen Muriel Deason.

  • Robert Strassburg (1915). American composer. Died 2003.

  • Willie Bryant (1908). American singer (Sugar Hill Times).

  • Arnold Maria Walter (1902). Composer.

  • Victor Alphonse Duvernoy (1842). Composer.

  • George Frederick Root (1820). Composer.

  • Adolf Friedrich Hesse (1809). Composer.

  • Bonifacio Asioli (1769). composer/music writer.

  • Christian Frederich Gottlieb Schwencke (1767). Composer.

  • Jacobus Nozeman (1693). Dutch composer/organist.

  • Francesco Maria Vallara (1687). Composer.


    AUG. 31

  • Patrick Nuo (1982). Swiss singer.

  • 40 Cal (1981). American rapper.

  • Joe Budden (1980). American rapper.

  • Simon Neil (1979). Scottish musician (Biffy Clyro).

  • Craig Nicholls (1977). Australian musician with the Vines.

  • Vincent Delerm (1976). French singer/songwriter, pianist and composer.

  • Daniel Harding (1975). British conductor.

  • Debbie Gibson (1970). American pop singer (“Only in My Dreams”).

  • Jeff Russo (Tonic) (1969)

  • Reb Beach (1963). Heavy metal rock musician with Winger.

  • Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) (1963)

  • David Chastain (1961). Heavy metal rock musician (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland).

  • Chris Whitley (1960). American musician. Died 2005.

  • Tony DeFranco (1959). Rock musician with the DeFranco Family.

  • Gina Schock (1957). American rock drummer with the Go-Go’s Go-Go’s (“We Got the Beat”, 1981’s Beauty and the Beat).

  • Glenn Tilbrook (1957). British new wave singer/songwriter with Squeeze (“Tempted”, “Up the Junction”, 1985’s Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti).

  • Anthony Thistlethwaite (The Waterboys) (1955)

  • Bruce Soboroff (1952). American rock musician with the Buckinghams).

  • Rick Roberts (1949). Rock musician (Firefall).

  • Rudolf Schenker (1948). German rock guitarist with the Scorpions.

  • Van Morrison (1945). Irish singer/songwriter with Them (“Gloria”) and a solo artist (“Brown-Eyed Girl”, 1968’s Astral Weeks, 1971’s Moondance).

  • Itzhak Perlman (1945). Israeli violinist.

  • Emanuel Nunes (1941). Composer.

  • Jerry Allison (1939). Hillsboro Tx, rock drummer (Buddy Holly & the Crickets).

  • Tiny Little Jr (1930). Worthington Minn, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show).

  • Klaus Hashagen (1924). Composer.

  • Lucrecia Roces Kasilag (1918). Composer.

  • Alan Jay Lerner (1918). American musical theater lyricist; often teamed with composer Frederick Loewe (1956’s My Fair Lady, 1958’s Gigi, 1960’s Camelot). Died 6/14/1986.

  • Ramon Vinay (1912). operatic tenor/baritone.

  • Peter Conrad Baden (1909). Composer.

  • Arthur Godfrey (1903). American radio personality. Died 3/16/1983.

  • Walter Muller von Kulm (1899). Composer.

  • Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger (1895). Composer.

  • Lily Laskine (1893). French harpist. Died 1988.

  • Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky (1879). Composer.

  • Albert Riemenschneider (1878). Composer.

  • Max Wilhelm Zach (1864). Composer.

  • Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan (1856). Composer.

  • Stefan Surzynski (1855). Composer.

  • Amilcare Ponchielli (1834). Italian composer (I Lituani).

  • Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal (1821). Composer.

  • Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa (1775). Composer.

  • Johann Ignaz Walter (1755). Composer.

  • Jean-Etienne Despreaux (1748). Composer.

  • Johann Paul Aegidius Martini (1741). Composer.

  • Johann Paul Kunzen (1696). Composer.


    This page last updated August 1, 2013.