. 1787 ~ Franz Gruber, composer of Silent Night
1896 ~ Virgil Thomson, American composer, conductor and music critic Read quotes by and about Thomson
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. 1924 ~ Paul Desmond, American jazz also saxophonist and composer
. 1925 ~ Derroll Adams, Country singer, played with Jack Elliott
. 1931 ~ Nat Adderley, Musician, cornet, mellophone, French horn, trumpet, brother of Cannonball Adderley
. 1941 ~ Percy Sledge, Singer
. 1949 ~ Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, by Johnnie Marks, appeared on the music charts and became THE musical hit of the Christmas season. Although Gene Autry’s rendition is the most popular, 80 different versions of the song have been recorded, with nearly 20,000,000 copies sold.
. 1955 ~ Following a summer at the top of the American pop charts, Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets became the #1 song in Great Britain.
. 1959 ~ Steve Rothery, Guitarist with Marillion
. 1960 ~ Amy Grant, Singer
. 1966 ~ Stacey Lattisaw, Singer