Birthdays in Music in 1912

  • Jan 2 Andre Ameller, composer
  • Jan 2 Barbara Pentland, Winnipeg Canada, composer
  • Jan 7 Günter Wand, German conductor, composer (d. 2002)
  • Jan 8 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)
  • Jan 17 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • Feb 2 Burton Lane, Broadway composer (Finian's Rainbow)
  • Feb 4 Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-born American conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1993)
  • Feb 5 Zoltan Pongracz, composer
  • Feb 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer
  • Feb 11 Rudolf Firkusny, Napajedla Czechoslovakia, pianist (Julliard)
  • Feb 16 Machito "Frank Grillo", Florida, bandleader (created salsa music)
  • Feb 19 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 21 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • Feb 24 Julius Kowalski, composer
  • Mar 11 Xavier Montsalvatge, Spanish composer (El gato con botas)
  • Mar 12 Paul Weston, orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Mar 13 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, born in Schaffhausen (d. 1968)
  • Mar 13 Igor Youskevitch, dancer
  • Mar 14 Les Brown, Reinerton Pa, American bandleader (d. 2001)

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Mar 15 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

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  • Mar 19 Russ Case, Hamburg Iowa, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show)
  • Mar 27 Reuel Lahmer, composer
  • Mar 27 Robert Watson Hughes, composer
  • Apr 2 Herbert Mills, American singer, (The Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • Apr 6 Endre Szekely, composer
  • Apr 14 Belinda Quirey, dance historian/teacher
  • Apr 14 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist/conductor (Neth Chamber Orch)
  • Apr 21 Feike P Asma, Dutch organist
  • Apr 22 Gavalda Miguel Querol, composer
  • Apr 22 Kathleen Mary Ferrier, England, contralto (Orfeo Ed Evridice)
  • May 1 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano
  • May 1 Felipe Padilla de Leon, composer
  • May 3 Virgil Fox, American organist (d. 1980)
  • May 4 Lou Brown, Bkln, orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show)
  • May 10 Erik Jorgensen, composer
  • May 12 Marshall Royal, jazz sax/clarinet
  • May 13 Gil Evans, Canadian musician (d. 1988)
  • May 15 Arthur Victor Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), born in NYC, New York
  • May 17 Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher conductor
  • May 18 Perry Como, [Pierino], Canonsburg Pa, singer/TV (Perry Como Show)
  • May 24 Joan Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • May 25 Eddie Maxwell, singer (Yes We Have No Bananas)
  • May 31 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
  • Jun 9 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Cardiganshire (d. 2007)
  • Jun 9 Ingolf Dahl, composer (Andante & Arioso), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jun 11 Mukhtar Ashrafi, composer
  • Jun 12 Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist
  • Jun 19 Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 19 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005)
  • Jun 22 Vit Nejedly, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1945)
  • Jun 28 Sergiu Celibidache, conductor
  • Jun 29 Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia, composer (Huapango), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Jun 30 [J] Tibor de Machula, Hungarian/Dutch cellist
  • Jul 7 Tiny Alma, [Catharina E J Stam], operetta singer (Vienna Blood)
  • Jul 8 Jacques Stehman, composer
  • Jul 14 Woodrow Wilson "Woodie" Guthrie, folk singer (This Land Is Your Land)
  • Jul 16 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 27 Igor Markevitch, conductor (Le Paradis Perdu), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Jul 27 Vernon Elliott, British bassoonist and composer (d. 1996)
  • Aug 4 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Aug 10 Herman Strategier, Dutch organist/composer/conductor
  • Aug 21 Bruce Trent, British singer and actor, born in St. Helier, Channel Islands (d. 1995)
  • Aug 23 Gene Kelly, Pitts, dancer/actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way)
  • Aug 31 Ramon Vinay, operatic tenor/baritone
  • Sep 5 John Cage, composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 6 Wayne Barlow, composer
  • Sep 15 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer
  • Sep 19 Kurt Sanderling, Arys Germany, conductor (E Berlin Symph 1960-77)
  • Sep 21 György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (d. 2005)
  • Sep 22 Alfred G Vanderbilt, thoroughbred horse owner (Native Dancer)
  • Sep 27 Tauno Marttinen, composer
  • Oct 3 Gabriel Julian, original pianist of Bobby Byrne Orchestra, arranger for Glenn Miller and founder Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ens
  • Oct 4 Alfonso Letelier-Llonas, composer
  • Oct 13 Hugo David Weisgall, Ivancice Moravia, composer (4 Impressions)
  • Oct 21 Carlos Don Byas, US jazz saxophonist
  • Oct 21 Georg Solti, conductor (Fidelio), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Oct 27 Conlon Nancarrow, Texarkana Arkansas, composer (Soundings 4)
  • Nov 2 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, composer
  • Nov 4 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer
  • Nov 8 Jean-Louis Martinet, composer
  • Nov 10 Salvador Contreras, Mexican composer ( Grupo de los cuatro), born in Cuerámaro, Guanajuato (d. 1982)
  • Nov 21 Eleanor Powell, actress/tap dancer (Bdwy Melody), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Nov 24 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger
  • Nov 26 Gunnar Johannes Sonstevold, composer
  • Nov 29 Viola Smith, American drummer (one of the first professional female drummers)
  • Nov 30 Constant Stotijn, Dutch oboist (Residence Orchestra)
  • Dec 1 Terence Beckles, pianist/teacher
  • Dec 7 Daniel Jones, composer
  • Dec 25 Leighton Noble, singer/bandleader
  • Dec 25 Werner Fussan, composer
  • Dec 29 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), born in Melbourne, Victoria