Birthdays in Music in 1925

  • Jan 2 Andry Maryanovich Nikodemovich, composer
  • Jan 12 Laurentiu Profeta, composer
  • Jan 13 Gwen Verdon, LA, actress/singer/dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity)
  • Jan 14 Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (d. 2000)
  • Jan 15 Ruth Slenczynska, pianist, born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 17 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
  • Jan 23 Marty Paich, orchestra leader (Sonny & Cher, Glenn Campbell), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 25 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician and songwriter (d. 1992)
  • Feb 2 Michel Paul Philippot, composer
  • Feb 2 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Feb 7 Marius Constant, Rumania, Dutch composer/conductor (Paradise Lost)
  • Feb 8 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • Feb 13 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • Feb 14 Elliot Lawrence, orchestra leader (Guide Right, Howard Cosell), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 17 Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor (d. 2003)
  • Feb 19 Jindrich Feld, composer
  • Mar 3 Enzo Stuarti, Italian singer (Yesterday)
  • Mar 4 Paul Mauriat, French musician (d. 2006)
  • Mar 6 Wes Montgomery, American jazz guitarist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • Mar 8 Darwin Horacio Vargas-Wallis, composer
  • Mar 12 Georges Delerue, composer
  • Mar 13 Anthony Milner, composer
  • Mar 13 Roy Haynes, US jazz drummer (Trio Music with Chick Corea)
  • Mar 22 Gerard Hoffnung, British artist/humorist/musician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Mar 25 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist/flutist/orchestra leader
  • Mar 26 Claudio Spies, composer
  • Mar 26 Pierre Boulez, composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), born in Montbrison, France (d. 2016)
  • Mar 27 Robert Cohan, artistic director (Contemporary Dance Trust)
  • Mar 30 Ivo Malec, composer (Zagreb, Croatia), born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Apr 4 Erna Spoorenberg, Dutch singer
  • Apr 5 Oldrich Flosman, composer
  • Apr 13 Hilda Dianda, composer
  • Apr 14 Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Good Lovin')
  • Apr 18 Lionel Edmund "Sonny" Taylor, musician
  • Apr 18 Robert Caldwell Crawford, composer
  • Apr 20 Richard Hoffmann, Austrian composer, born in Vienna
  • Apr 26 Jørgen Ingmann, Danish musician
  • Apr 29 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • Apr 30 Johnny Horton, country music and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • May 2 Svatopluk Havelka, composer
  • May 14 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • May 14 Tristram Ogilvie Cary, composer
  • May 14 Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
  • May 15 Andrey Yakoulevich Eshpay, composer
  • May 15 Emmanuel Ghent, composer
  • May 20 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • May 22 James King, American tenor (d. 2005)
  • May 23 Mac Wiseman, American musician
  • May 25 Aldo Clementi, composer
  • May 28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Zehlendorf Germany, baritone (Doktor Faust), (d. 2012)
  • May 30 Claude Prey, French composer, born in Fleury sur Andelle (d. 1998)

  • Jun 5 Dorothy Claire, LaPorte Ind, singer (Winchell & Mahoney)
  • Jun 18 Herman "Ace" Wallace, blues guitarist/singer
  • Jun 23 Amada Galvez Santos Ocampo, composer
  • Jun 25 Clifton Chenier, blues singer (Bayou Blues), born in Opelousas, Louisiana
  • Jun 25 Ziggy Talent, singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Jun 27 Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter ("Save the Last Dance for Me", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jun 29 Hale Smith, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Jun 30 Will Gay Bottje, composer
  • Jul 2 Marvin Rainwater, Wichita Ks, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 2 Yasushi Akutagawa, composer
  • Jul 6 Bill Haley, rock vocalist (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Jul 9 Alan Dale, American singer (Alan Dale Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 11 Mattiwilda Dobbs, soprano, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • Jul 11 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), born in Stockholm (d. 2017)
  • Jul 14 Luis Antonio Escobar, composer
  • Jul 16 Cal Tjader, American musician (d. 1982)
  • Jul 19 Sue Thompson, [Eva Sue Mckee], pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry"), born in Nevada, Missouri
  • Jul 21 Lovro Zupanovic, composer
  • Jul 23 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jul 28 Larry Pruden, composer
  • Jul 29 Mikis Michael George Theodorakis, Chios Greece, composer (Raven)
  • Jul 30 Antoine Duhamel, composer
  • Aug 6 Leland Smith, composer
  • Aug 7 Felice Bryant, rock writer (Bye Bye Love), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 7 Julian Orbon De Soto, composer
  • Aug 9 Robert Heppener, composer (Hymns & Conversations, Movie Music)
  • Aug 11 Robert Linn, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1999)
  • Aug 12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Aug 13 Benny Bailey, jazz trumpeter
  • Aug 15 Billy Pinkney, American rock bassist and vocalist (Drifters), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)

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Aug 15 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • Aug 18 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1981)
  • Aug 23 Sulkhan Fyodorovich Tsintsadze, composer
  • Aug 23 Wlodzimierz Kotonski, composer
  • Aug 27 Tony Crombie, drummer/bandleader
  • Aug 28 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Aug 28 Billy Grammer, American country music singer and guitarist
  • Sep 1 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Gardena, California (d. 1982)
  • Sep 1 Ruth S White, composer
  • Sep 2 Hugo Montenegro, American composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
  • Sep 3 Shoista Mullodzhanova, Shashmakom singer
  • Sep 3 Hank Thompson, American singer (d. 2007)
  • Sep 6 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man), born in Dunleith, Mississippi (d. 1976)
  • Sep 8 Alexander Nikolayevich Kholminov, composer
  • Sep 8 Heinz Lau, German composer, born in Stettin, German Empire (d. 1975)
  • Sep 8 Magnus Blondal Johansson, composer
  • Sep 10 Roy James Brown, boxer/soul singer (Good Rockin' Tonight), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sep 11 Ashley Heenan, composer
  • Sep 11 Harry Stuart Somers, composer
  • Sep 13 Gabriel Charpentier, composer
  • Sep 13 Mel Tormé, American singer (d. 1999)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 16 B.B. King, blues guitarist and singer (Thrill is Gone), born in Itta Bena Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • Sep 16 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Sep 17 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 20 Bobby Nunn [Ulysses B. Nunn Sr.], American singer (The Robins, The Coasters) born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1986)
  • Sep 26 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), born in Glendale, Arizona (d. 1982)
  • Sep 30 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, born in La Rioja Province, Argentina (d. 2009)
  • Oct 2 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, born in Vyskov (d. 2008)
  • Oct 12 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 1996)
  • Oct 13 Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (d. 1979)
  • Oct 15 Mickey Baker, guitar player ("Love is strange"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • Oct 18 Wim van Gennep, Dutch singer/keyboardist (Heikrekels)
  • Oct 20 Herman Roelstraete, composer
  • Oct 22 Dory Previn [Dorothy Veronica Langan], singer-songwriter (Mythical Kings and Iguanas), born in Woodbridge, New Jersey, (d. 2012)
  • Oct 23 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer/conductor (Never on Sunday)
  • Oct 24 Luciano Berio, Oneglia Italy, composer (Chemins)
  • Oct 29 Zoot Sims, jazz saxophonist, born in Inglewood, California
  • Oct 30 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American composer, born in Glens Falls, New York
  • Nov 15 Jurriaan Andriessen, [Leslie Cool], Dutch pianist/composer
  • Nov 17 Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, born in Schenectady, New York
  • Nov 18 William Robert Mayer, composer
  • Nov 20 June [Shirley L] Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico)
  • Nov 22 Gunther Schuller, hornist/ jazz composer (Visitation), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Nov 23 Johnny Mandel, American songwriter
  • Nov 26 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1943), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 28 Aurelio de la Vega, composer
  • Nov 30 Maxwell Street Jimmy Charles Davis Thomas, blues musician
  • Dec 1 Jaime Mendoza-Nava, composer
  • Dec 3 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose, Gone)
  • Dec 8 James E "Jimmy" Smith, US jazz/organist (Walk on the Wild Side)
  • Dec 8 Samuel "Sammy" Davis Jr., American singer/dancer/actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • Dec 12 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer
  • Dec 17 Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor, comedian and singer (Black Rider, Rififi in Amsterdam), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Dec 19 Robert Sherman, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 20 Vlastimir Nikolovski, composer
  • Dec 22 Thomas Christian David, composer
  • Dec 24 Mohd. Rafi, Indian actor and playback singer (d. 1980)
  • Dec 24 Yafa Yarkoni, Israel, singer (Road to Jerusalem, Don't Say Goodbye, Say I will see You) (d.2012)
  • Dec 27 Allan Blank, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)