What day is this?

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”~Aldous Huxley, English writer

Today is my friend’s birthday.  Happy Birthday, Cher!  No, not the singer Cher, but my Cher. I may be the only one who calls her that.  She’s not a musician, but a lot of composers were born on this day: Johann Neukrantz (1602); Anne Danican Philidor (1681); Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682); John Alcock (1715); and Joseph Leopold Rockel (1838), to name just a few.

After 1900, many more musicians share this birthdate, especially guitarists: William Stuart Adamson (1958–Big Country); Oliver Riedel (1971–Rammstein); and Tom Thacker (1978–Gob and Sum 41).

A few other notables from this day in births:

• Richard Berry (1935), originally wrote and sang “Louie, Louie.”

• Pierre Kartner (1935), the Dutch singer known as Father Abraham, who wrote “The Smurf Song.” (There appears to be some discrepencies about his birthdate, but I just had to include this.)

• Joss Stone (1987), Bristish pop singer and actress in the 2006 movie Eragon.

Apparently, no one born on this date after 1987 has made any significant musical contribution.  Perhaps that’s why today’s Bizarre Holiday is Eight-Track Tape Day.


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