Birthdays in Music in 1921

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  • Jan 7 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • Jan 9 Seymour Barab, composer
  • Jan 12 Leo Smit, pianist/composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 14 Mark Lawrence, American pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 21 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, born in Dryanovo (d. 2000)
  • Jan 22 Andre Hodeir, composer
  • Jan 25 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • Jan 26 Frantisek Chaun, composer
  • Jan 26 Johannes Driessler, composer
  • Jan 30 Bernie Leighton, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime), born in West Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 31 Mario Lanza, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 5 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • Feb 10 Adrian Cruft, composer
  • Feb 14 Jeanne Demessieux, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress/dancer (Wonder Man), born in Norwood, Ohio

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • Feb 19 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • Feb 20 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Ruth Gipps, British(?) conductor/composer
  • Feb 24 Ingvar Lidholm, composer
  • Feb 27 Andras Szollosy, composer
  • Feb 28 Vladimir Sommer, composer
  • Mar 2 Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson, composer
  • Mar 4 Halim El-Dabh, composer
  • Mar 6 Julius Rudel, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 8 Cyd Charisse, [Tula Finklea], Amarillo Tx, dancer/actress (Singing in the Rain)
  • Mar 8 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • Mar 11 Astor Piazzolla, Argentina composer (Tango Nuevo)
  • Mar 12 Gordon MacRae, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Mar 12 Ralph Shapey, composer (Fantasy, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 20 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • Mar 21 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • Mar 21 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • Mar 26 Joe Loco, [Jose Esteves, Jr], musician
  • Mar 27 Harold Nicholas, American dancer (d. 2000)
  • Mar 30 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • Mar 30 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • Apr 1 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • Apr 1 William L Bergsma, composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 6 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • Apr 8 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • Apr 8 Virginia O'Brien, actress and singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 10 Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)
  • Apr 13 Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • Apr 15 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • Apr 19 Will Ogdon, American composer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 24 Laci Boldemann, composer
  • Apr 26 Jimmy Giuffre, jazz musician
  • May 3 Joe Ames, American singer (d. 2007)
  • May 4 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin)
  • May 5 Sonja Oosterman, Dutch singer (Marketensters)
  • May 6 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • May 12 Edvard Mikcaeli Mirzoyan, composer
  • May 12 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • May 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
  • May 21 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 23 Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician/actor (It's Great to Be Young)
  • May 25 Hal David, New York, lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), (d. 2012)
  • May 25 Kitty Kallen, singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • May 27 Redd Stewart, Ashland City Tn, guitarist/pianist (Pee Wee King Show)
  • Jun 1 Nelson Riddle, Oradell NJ, musical conductor (Batman, Frank Sinatra)
  • Jun 7 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (d. 1998)
  • Jun 21 Frank Scott, Fargo ND, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • Jun 25 Peter Charles Arthur Wishart, composer
  • Jun 25 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Gordon Reynolds, musician
  • Jul 4 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist/orchestra leader (Ripley's Game)
  • Jul 7 Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor of classical music, born in Rzeszów, Poland (d. 1998)
  • Jul 10 Revaz Il'yich Lagidze, composer
  • Jul 13 Charles Scribner Jr, music publisher (Scribner)
  • Jul 13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • Jul 13 Git Gay, Swedish actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • Jul 15 Jack Hamilton Beeson, composer
  • Jul 17 George Barnes, Chicago Hgts, guitarist (Skip Farrell Show)
  • Jul 21 Billy Taylor, orchestra leader (David Frost Show), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • Jul 23 Jerome Rosen, composer
  • Jul 24 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor (d. 2008)
  • Jul 30 Grant Johannesen, American pianist (d. 2005)
  • Aug 3 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • Aug 3 Richard Adler, NYC composer (Pajama Game, Damn Yankees)
  • Aug 7 Karel Husa, composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 7 Manitas de Plata, Gypsy guitarist
  • Aug 8 Roger Nixon, American composer, born in Tulare, California (d. 2009)
  • Aug 8 Webb Pierce, American singer (d. 1991)
  • Aug 13 Jimmy McCracklin, blues musician, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Aug 17 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • Sep 1 Matt Higgins Doran, composer
  • Sep 3 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor (d. 1971)
  • Sep 7 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist/composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus)
  • Sep 8 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia)
  • Sep 8 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, singer and goon (Down Among the "Z" Men), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Sep 9 Andrzej Dobrowolski, composer
  • Sep 15 Jan Frank Fischer, composer
  • Sep 16 Fritz Geissler, composer
  • Sep 16 John Hendricks, lyricist singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)
  • Sep 19 Billy Ward, US songwriter/singer/pianist/arranger (Dominoes)
  • Sep 24 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer, born in London, England
  • Sep 28 Ilhan Usmanbas, composer
  • Oct 13 Harper MacKay, orchestra leader (NBC Follies), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 21 Jarmil Burghauser, composer
  • Oct 21 Malcolm Arnold, Northampton England, composer (Bridge over River Kwai)
  • Oct 27 Anestis Logothetis, composer
  • Nov 1 Jan Tausinger, composer
  • Nov 1 John Willard Peterson, composer
  • Nov 2 Fernando Correia de Oliveira, composer
  • Nov 4 Antonio Ruiz Soler, spanish dancer
  • Nov 5 Gyorgy Cziffra, Hungarian/French pianist (Chopin/Liszt)
  • Nov 8 Douglas Townsend, composer
  • Nov 9 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian soprano
  • Nov 12 Robert Fleming, composer
  • Nov 13 Eddie Calhoun, jazz bassist
  • Nov 13 Joonas Kokkonen, composer
  • Nov 13 Yoshiro Irino, composer
  • Nov 21 Geza Anda, Hungarian/Swiss pianist (Mozart/Bartok)
  • Dec 3 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Dec 4 Deanna Durbin, Winnipeg Manitoba, actress/vocalist (100 Men & a Girl), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 6 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician and composer (d. 2004)
  • Dec 7 Arne Dorumsgaard, composer
  • Dec 8 Terence Weil, cellist/teacher
  • Dec 19 Ludvik Podest, composer
  • Dec 21 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh (d. 1994)
  • Dec 22 Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Dec 22 Robert Frank Kurka, composer
  • Dec 24 Gerard Thomas Victory, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 26 Steve Allen, American comedian/TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Dec 28 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • Dec 28 Johnny Otis [Alexandres Veliotes], American R&B musician, producer and talent scout, born in Vallejo California