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Birthday Tribute

Over the years we’ve found days of the year that are filled with the birthdays of certain types of musicians; today is one of them. However, today is slightly different in that the individuals are all composers, musicologists, and educators.

1870 – Joseph Carl Breil; composer
1881 – Curt Sachs; composer and musicologist
1893 – Aarre Merikanto; composer and educator
1898 – Yvonne Lefébure; pianist and educator
1908 – Leroy Anderson; composer and conductor
1910 – Frank Loesser; composer and conductor
1911 – Bernard Herrmann; composer and conductor
1912 – José Pablo Moncayo; pianist, composer, and conductor
1914 – Rafael Kubelík; conductor and composer
1922 – Ralph Burns; composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist
1923 – Chou Wen-chung; composer and educator
1924 – Ezra Laderman; composer and educator
1940 – Vyacheslav Artyomov; composer

Today is even more interesting as, once you get past 1940, there are plenty of other musicians but no musicologists, educators, or composers (but quite a few songwriters though). The “youngsters” include

1948 – Sean Bergin; saxophonist and flute player
1948 – Ian Paice; drummer, songwriter, and producer
1953 – Don Dokken; singer-songwriter and guitarist
1953 – Colin Hay; singer and guitarist
1957 – Robert Forster; singer-songwriter and guitarist
1963 – Anne-Sophie Mutter; violinist
1964 – Stedman Pearson; singer-songwriter and dancer
1965 – Tripp Eisen; guitarist
1971 – Matthew Good; singer-songwriter and guitarist
1978 – Nicole Scherzinger; singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
1983 – Aundrea Fimbres; singer-songwriter and dancer
1986 – Edward Maya; singer-songwriter and producer
1987 – Ana Free; singer-songwriter

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Birthday Tributes

September is obviously a good month if you have ambitions to be a composer or singer-songwriter as we have another long list of them, together with a few musicians who aren’t, who have birthdays today.

We don’t know what it is about September that leads to this inclination but we’d certainly suggest that if you have a child with a September birthday maybe you should nudge them in the direction of music composition….

• 1768 – Benjamin Carr, English-American singer-songwriter, educator, and publisher
• 1818 – Theodor Kullak, German pianist, composer, and educator
• 1856 – Johann Heinrich Beck (Бек И. Г.), American composer and conductor
• 1898 – Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer
• 1922 – Jackson Mac Low, American poet, playwright, and composer
• 1929 – Harvey Schmidt, American composer and illustrator
• 1930 – Larry Austin, American composer and educator
• 1931 – George Jones, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
• 1939 – Phillip Ramey, American pianist and composer
• 1942 – Tomás Marco, Spanish composer
• 1944 – Barry White, American singer-songwriter
• 1946 – Tony Bellamy, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
• 1951 – Ali Ollie Woodson, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
• 1952 – Gerry Beckley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
• 1952 – Neil Peart, Canadian drummer, songwriter, and producer
• 1954 – Peeter Volkonski, Estonian singer-songwriter and actor
• 1956 – Barry Andrews, English singer and keyboard player
• 1956 – Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actor
• 1957 – Hans Zimmer, German composer and producer
• 1960 – Stefanos Korkolis, Greek pianist and composer
• 1961 – Mylène Farmer, Canadian-French singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
• 1966 – Ben Folds, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
• 1968 – Larry LaLonde, American guitarist and songwriter
• 1970 – Nathan Larson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
• 1974 – Jennifer Nettles, American singer-songwriter
• 1974 – Kenichi Suzumura, Japanese voice actor and singer-songwriter
• 1977 – Jeff Irwin, American singer-songwriter and producer
• 1977 – James McCartney, English singer-songwriter
• 1983 – Carly Smithson, Irish singer-songwriter
• 1988 – Amanda Jenssen, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist
• 1992 – Kelsea Ballerini, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

And the musicians are:
1898 – Alma Moodie, Australian violinist and educator
1944 – Vladimir Spivakov, Russian violinist and conductor
1948 – Steve Turre, American trombonist and educator
1954 – Scott Hamilton, American saxophonist

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Birthday Tributes

07 - composersToday is one of those rare days when there is simply too much choice when it comes to deciding to whom to pay tribute.

There are a mere 26 composers and singer-songwriters from whom to choose plus an additional 7 musicians.  Okay, not all of them are in our usual genres, but the sheer number makes this noteworthy.

The composers/singer-songwriters are as follows:
1726 – François-André Danican Philidor, French composer and chess player
1777 – Heinrich Stölzel, German composer and horn player
1883 – Theophrastos Sakellaridis, Greek composer and conductor
1892 – Oscar O’Brien, Canadian composer, pianist, and priest
1907 – Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Turkish composer and musicologist
1914 – Graeme Bell, Australian composer and pianist
1920 – Al Caiola, American guitarist and composer
1924 – Leonard Rosenman, American composer and conductor
1926 – Ronnie Gilbert, American singer-songwriter
1930 – Sonny Rollins, American saxophonist and composer
1931 – Charles Camilleri, Maltese composer and conductor
1934 – Waldo de los Ríos, Argentinian composer and conductor
1935 – Ronnie Dove, American singer-songwriter
1936 – Buddy Holly, American guitarists and singer-songwriter
1937 – Olly Wilson, American pianist, bassist, and composer
1939 – Latimore, American pianist and singer-songwriter
1949 – Gloria Gaynor, American singer-songwriter
1951 – Chrissie Hynde, American guitarist and singer-songwriter
1951 – Mark Isham, American trumpet player and composer
1953 – Michael Byron, American composer
1953 – Marc Hunter, New Zealand singer-songwriter
1956 – Diane Warren, American songwriter
1957 – Jermaine Stewart, American singer-songwriter and dancer
1961 – LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist and songwriter
1973 – Thomas T Dahl, Norwegian guitarist and composer
1979 – Owen Pallett, Canadian keyboard player and singer-songwriter

With additional musicians:
1908 – Max Kaminsky, American trumpet player and bandleader
1934 – Little Milton, American guitarist and singer
1953 – Benmont Tench, American keyboard player
1960 – Brad Houser, American bass player
1961 – Jean-Yves Thibaudet, French pianist
1963 – Brent Liles, American bass player
1966 – Chris Acland, English drummer

Given September is #PianoMonth, it’s interesting to see how many pianists there are in the lists.  If it’s your, or your childs’, birthday today it may be worth exploring composition as an option.  Who knows, you may be as successful as some of those listed above.