Composers Galore

We haven’t done a birthday tribute for a while so we decided to have a look at today. What we found was that the majority of musicians born this day were composers or songwriters.

1560 – Hieronymus Praetorius, German composer and organist
1740 – Samuel Arnold, English composer and organist
1845 – Abai Qunanbaiuli, Kazakh composer, poet, and philosopher
1865 – Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer, conductor, and educator
1922 – Al Alberts, American composer and pop singer (The Four Aces)
1932 – Alexander Goehr, English composer and academic
1940 – Bobby Hatfield, American singer-songwriter
1943 – Louise Forestier, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress
1943 – Jimmy Griffin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1943 – Michael Mantler, American composer and trumpet player
1943 – Ronnie Spector, American singer-songwriter
1947 – Ian Anderson, Scottish-English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1950 – Patti Austin, American singer-songwriter
1956 – Charlie Peacock, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
1957 – Fred Ho, American composer, saxophonist, and playwright
1959 – Florent Vollant, Canadian singer-songwriter
1961 – Jon Farriss, Australian songwriter, drummer, and producer
1962 – Julia Fordham, English singer-songwriter
1964 – Aaron Hall, American singer-songwriter
1964 – Kåre Kolve, Norwegian composer and saxophonist
1964 – Hiro Takahashi, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist
1966 – Hansi Kürsch, German singer-songwriter and bass player
1967 – Todd Nichols, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1971 – Stephan Groth, Danish singer-songwriter
1972 – Dilana, South African-American singer-songwriter and actress
1972 – Christofer Johnsson, Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1984 – Ryan Eggold, American composer and actor

And those that didn’t compose were:
1860 – Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian singer and musicologist
1872 – William Manuel Johnson, American bassist
1927 – Jimmy Martin, American singer and guitarist
1959 – Mark Price, English drummer