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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

Music Birthdays

We haven’t done one of these for a while and, with all the gloom and doom around at the moment, we thought this was a good time to celebrate all the musicians, past and present, whose birthday it is today.

1818 – Charles Gounod, French composer and academic
1882 – Igor Stravinsky, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor
1902 – Sammy Fain, American pianist and composer
1910 – Red Foley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1915 – David “Stringbean” Akeman, American singer and banjo player
1916 – Terry Gilkyson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1927 – Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor
1930 – Cliff Gallup, American rock & roll guitarist
1933 – Christian Ferras, French violinist
1940 – Chuck Rainey, American bassist
1943 – Barry Manilow, American singer-songwriter and producer
1944 – Chris Spedding, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1947 – Timothy Wright, American gospel singer, pastor
1947 – George S. Clinton, American composer and songwriter
1947 – Gregg Rolie, American rock singer-songwriter and keyboard player
1947 – Paul Young, English singer-songwriter
1949 – Snakefinger, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1949 – Russell Smith, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
1957 – Philip Chevron, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1957 – Martin Dillon, American tenor and educator
1957 – Uģis Prauliņš, Latvian composer
1958 – Jello Biafra, American singer-songwriter and producer
1961 – Kōichi Yamadera, Japanese singer and actor
1962 – Michael Monroe, Finnish singer-songwriter and saxophonist
1967 – Dorothea Röschmann, German soprano and actress
1967 – Eric Stefani, American keyboard player and composer
1971 – Paulina Rubio, Mexican pop singer
1979 – Young Maylay, American rapper, producer, and voice actor
1983 – Lee Ryan, English singer/actor
1987 – Kendrick Lamar, American rapper
1987 – Nozomi Tsuji, Japanese singer and actress
1989 – Simone Battle, American singer and actress

Happy Birthday Django

It will come as no surprise that we’re postponing today’s #WednesdayWisdom post to pay a birthday tribute to the legendary Django Reinhardt.

Born this day in 1910, Reinhardt is generally regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time and is acknowledged as the first important European Jazz musician who made major contributions to the development of the genre.

After his fourth and fifth fingers were burned, effectively paralysing them, following the fire in his caravan, Reinhardt used only the index and middle finger of his left hand on his solos. This led to the creation of a new style of jazz guitar technique (often referred to as hot jazz guitar), which has since become a vibrant and active musical tradition within the French Gypsy culture.

Together with Stephane Grappelli, Reinhardt co-founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France; which was described by critic Thom Jurek as “one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz”.

Over the years we’ve featured many of Reinhardt’s most popular compositions, which have become jazz standards, as #ThrowbackThursday posts. It’s also been our pleasure and privilege to hear many musicians play these pieces on our Dupont guitars either on stand or in our showroom. These pieces have included favourites such as “Minor Swing”, “Daphne”, “Belleville”, “Djangology”, “Swing ’42”, and “Nuages”.

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