Birthdays in Music in 1920

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  • Jan 1 Virgilio Savona, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Jan 3 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (d. 2001)
  • Jan 5 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Brescia Italy, pianist
  • Jan 6 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, born in Dinuba, California (d. 1998)
  • Jan 17 Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician
  • Jan 21 Torsten Nilsson, composer
  • Jan 22 William Warfield, singer (Show Boat)
  • Jan 24 Don Saddler, Van Nuys California, dancer (Holiday Hotel)
  • Jan 27 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (d. 2002)
  • Jan 30 George Skibine, Russ/US dancer/choreographer (Tragedy in Verona)
  • Feb 7 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • Feb 13 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • Feb 13 Eileen Farrell, opera soprano (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • Feb 15 Ingmar Milveden, Swedish composer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 Lee Russell, vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 17 Paul Fetler, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Armin Schibler, Dutch Swiss composer (Devil in the Winter Palace)
  • Feb 22 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
  • Feb 22 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • Feb 23 Hall Overton, Bangor Michigan, composer (Enchanted Pear Tree)
  • Feb 27 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Feb 28 Edward Kassner, music publisher
  • Mar 1 Alfred Grant Goodman, composer
  • Mar 2 Enrique Franco, composer
  • Mar 8 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist
  • Mar 10 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, US country singer (Homer & Jethro)
  • Mar 10 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (d. 1959)
  • Mar 16 John Addison, Surrey England, composer (Tom Jones-Acad Award)
  • Mar 17 John La Montaine, Oak Park Ill, composer (Pulitzer 1959), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 21 Bruno Maderna, composer [or Apr 21]
  • Mar 21 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (d. 1975)
  • Mar 21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (d. 1970)
  • Mar 22 Fanny Waterman, concert pianist & teacher
  • Mar 23 Alexander Grigori Harut'unyan, composer
  • Mar 23 Geoffrey Bush, composer
  • Mar 27 Richard Hayman, bandleader/conductor/pianist (Theme of 3 Penny Opera)
  • Apr 3 Stan Freeman, Waterbury Conn, pianist (Melody Tour)

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Apr 7 Ravi Shankar, British musician (the Pandit), born in Varanasi, India (d. 2012)

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  • Apr 8 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • Apr 9 Art Van Damme, Norway Mich, jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz)
  • Apr 12 Robert Fizdale, pianist (Misia), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 13 John LaPorta, American musician (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Ken Nordine, Cherokee Iowa, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz)
  • Apr 14 Eduardo Maturana, composer
  • Apr 21 Bruno Maderna, conductor/composer, Hyperion) [or Mar 21], born in Venice, Italy
  • Apr 23 Louis Barron, composer
  • Apr 26 Juan C Lampe, Aruba, pianist/composer
  • Apr 27 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (d. 1956)
  • Apr 28 Nan Merriman, US/Neth singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orch)
  • Apr 29 Harold Samuel Shapero, Lynn Mass, composer (9 Minute Opera)
  • Apr 30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist/composer
  • May 2 Jacob Gilboa, composer
  • May 2 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (d. 2004)
  • May 10 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Beryl Bryden, jazz singer
  • May 18 Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • May 23 Helen O'Connell, Lima Ohio, singer (Green Eyes, Anapola)
  • May 26 Peggy Lee, American singer (d. 2002)
  • May 30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • May 30 John Heawood, actor/singer/choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
  • Jun 5 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist (Klimbim)
  • Jun 10 Zbynek Vostrak, composer
  • Jun 11 Hazel Scott, Trinidad, singer/pianist (Hazel Scott)
  • Jun 14 Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo, composer
  • Jun 23 Paul Des Marais, composer
  • Jun 24 Bernhard Krol, composer
  • Jul 3 John Ayers Lessard, composer
  • Jul 5 Issachar Miron, composer
  • Jul 12 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), born in Grand Cane, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • Jul 19 Robert Mann, composer/violinist (String Quartet 1952), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 21 Isaac Stern, Kreminiecz Russia, violinist (debut SF Symph)
  • Jul 21 Manuel Valls Gorina, composer
  • Jul 23 Amalia Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer (d. 1999)
  • Jul 31 Rudolf Halaczinsky, composer
  • Aug 1 Maria Cole, American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Aug 8 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (d. 2006)
  • Aug 8 Jimmy Witherspoon, American singer (d. 1997)
  • Aug 11 William Masselos, pianist/prof (Juilliard 1976), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Aug 12 Percy Mayfield, US singer (Please Send Me Someone to Love)
  • Aug 13 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist
  • Aug 13 George Shearing, blind pianist/composer (Lullabye of Byrdland), born in London, England
  • Aug 17 Georgia Gibbs, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 19 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • Aug 23 Aart Verstegen, ballet dancers/choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke)
  • Aug 29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, Kansas City Kansas, American jazz saxophonist
  • Sep 4 Teddy Johnson, British singer
  • Sep 5 Peter Racine Fricker, British composer
  • Sep 7 Al Caiola, American guitarist (Bonzanza theme), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • Sep 19 Karen Khachiturian, composer
  • Sep 23 Alexander Arutiunian, composer, (d. 2012)
  • Sep 23 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, born in Smilkov (d. 1986)
  • Sep 29 Vaclav Neummann, conductor
  • Sep 30 Ghazar Saryan, composer
  • Sep 30 Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American musician and cellist
  • Oct 9 Yusef Lateef, American Jazz Saxophonist and Flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Oct 31 Joseph Gelineau French composer (d. 2008)
  • Nov 2 Fabio Gonzalez-Zuleta, Colombian composer, born in Bogota (d. 2011)
  • Nov 14 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 17 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer (d. 2005)
  • Nov 18 Louis Alfred Mennini, composer
  • Nov 20 Armin Schibler, composer
  • Nov 23 Herman Nieland, Dutch organist/pianist/composer (Te Deum Laudamus)
  • Nov 26 Istvan Sarkozy, composer
  • Dec 2 Robert Moevs, composer
  • Dec 6 Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist/composer (Gates of Justice), born in Concord, California (d. 2012)
  • Dec 13 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified)
  • Dec 14 Clark Terry, American trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 17 Armin Mueller-Stahl, Tilsit East Prussia, actor (Kafka, Music Box)
  • Dec 18 Rita Streich, German singer
  • Dec 19 [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Bolt, West Virginia
  • Dec 24 Dave Bartholomew, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana
  • Dec 26 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, born in Hogbo near Sandviken (d. 1953)
  • Dec 31 Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)