Most famous musician born the same year as you
It’s always fun to have something in common with a celebrity. Zac Efron dated your cousin? Your Facebook friends will definitely like that. Beyoncé was in your kindergarten class? That’s instant cocktail party fodder. Even knowing you’re the same age as a celebrity gives you a special bond, no matter how small that bond may be. That’s why we compiled this list of the most famous musician born the same year as you.
Stacker identified musicians born in every year from 1920 to 2000 and then selected the top three musicians in each year using page view analysis from Wikipedia while ignoring data spikes that may have been caused by big news stories or other anomalies. The result is a full list of the most famous musician born the same year as you, including some of the biggest names in pop, rock, rap, and jazz. Who was born in your birth year? You’ll have to click through to find out.
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1920: Charlie Parker
Date of birth: Aug. 29 (Died: March 12, 1955)
Charlie “Yardbird” Parker set the jazz world on fire with his progressive saxophone style. Parker was born in Kansas City, Kan., and moved to New York in his early 20s. There, he found kindred spirits in other future legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis. Parker changed the face of jazz forever with his inventive time signatures and solos, but passed away prematurely at 34 due to several health issues.
Other notable artists: Dave Brubeck, Peggy Lee
1921: Johnny Otis
Date of birth: Dec. 28 (Died: Jan. 17, 2012)
“Godfather of rhythm and blues” Johnny Otis was born in Vallejo, Calif., but grew up in a predominantly black area of Berkeley that greatly shaped his worldview and musical development. Otis was a hit DJ and TV star in the ‘50s and found great acclaim with hits like “Willie and the Hand Jive.” The R&B innovator passed away at the age of 90 in Altadena.
Other notable artists: Charles Mingus, Yma Sumac
1922: Charles Mingus
Date of birth: April 22 (Died: Jan. 5, 1979)
Charles Mingus was a bass player and bandleader who grew up in Watts, Calif., before becoming one of the most influential American jazz musicians of all time. Playing alongside Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, Mingus carved out a place for himself as a musician and composer. He recorded over 100 albums and 300 scores.
Other notable artists: Yma Sumac, Illinois Jacquet
1923: Hank Williams Sr.
Date of birth: Sept. 17 (Died: Jan. 1, 1953)
One pioneer of country music, Alabama-born Hank Williams Sr. lived a short but prolific life. He hit the Grand Ole Opry with songs like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” and won fans all over America. While he only recorded 66 songs under his name, an astonishing 37 of them became hits.
Other notable artists: Maria Callas, Jim Reeves
1924: Charles Aznavour
Date of birth: May 22 (Died: Oct. 1, 2018)
Armenian-French singer Charles Aznavour sold more than 180 million records over his storied, 70-year career. He continued touring up until he was 93, and shared the stage over the years with musical luminaries including Placido Domingo, Elton John, and Liza Minnelli.
Other notable artists: Henry Mancini, Chet Atkins
1925: Sammy Davis Jr.
Date of birth: Dec. 8 (Died: May 16, 1990)
Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr. was a singer, actor, and dancer. Born in New York City, Davis overcame rampant racism to become one of America’s favorite entertainers with hits like “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Gotta Be Me.”
Other notable artists: BB King, Celia Cruz
1926: Miles Davis
Date of birth: May 26 (Died: Sept. 28, 1991)
It’s hard to understate the cultural impact of iconic jazz musician Miles Davis, whom Rolling Stone called the “most revered jazz trumpeter of all time.” Born in St. Louis and educated at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School of Music, Davis solidified his place in history with “Kind of Blue,” the best-selling jazz record of all time.
Other notable artists: Chuck Berry, Tony Bennett
1927: Harry Belafonte
Date of birth: March 1
Harry Belafonte crossed racial barriers as a singer and actor and became the first African-American to win an Emmy. Born in New York City to Jamaican parents, Belafonte’s first hit was “Matilda,” followed by “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song).” He has spent his career making an impact on the world as both an entertainer and an outspoken civil rights activist.
Other notable artists: Eartha Kitt, Andy Williams
1928: Fats Domino
Date of birth: Feb. 26 (Died: Oct. 24, 2017)
New Orleans-born Fats Domino tore up the charts with his rock and roll piano-playing, which led to 25 gold records and 65 million albums sold. In some circles, Domino’s first single “The Fat Man” is considered the first rock-and-roll record.
Other notable artists: Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Fisher
1929: June Carter Cash
Date of birth: June 23 (Died: May 15, 2003)
June Carter Cash was country music royalty two times over as part of the Carter family and as the wife of Johnny Cash. Her prolific career included noteworthy credits such as co-wring "Ring of Fire,” one of Johnny Cash's biggest hits.
Other notable artists: Lata Mangeshkar, Link Wray