Birthdays in Music in 1927

  • Jan 1 Juliusz Luciuk, composer
  • Jan 10 Gisele MacKenzie, Winnipeg Manitoba, singer/actress (Your Hit Parade)
  • Jan 10 Johnnie Ray, American pop singer (Cry), born in Dallas, Oregon (d. 1990)
  • Jan 11 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist
  • Jan 12 Salvatore Martirano, composer
  • Jan 14 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist
  • Jan 15 Francis Routh, composer
  • Jan 17 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Jan 25 Antonio Carlos Jobim, composer
  • Jan 28 Ronnie Scott, jazz musician/club-owner
  • Feb 2 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer
  • Feb 2 Stan Getz, jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 3 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, born in Waterford (d. 2015)
  • Feb 7 John Buller, British composer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • Feb 8 Zdenek Zouhar, composer

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Feb 10 Leontyne Price, American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess), born in Laurel, Mississippi

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • Feb 15 Gottfrid Grasbeck, composer
  • Feb 18 Tabe Bas, actor/opera vocalist (Leiser Wolf in Anatevka)
  • Feb 21 Pierre Mercure, composer
  • Feb 22 David Ahlstrom, composer
  • Feb 23 Ivan Hrusovsky, composer
  • Feb 25 Jacques Monod, composer
  • Feb 25 Ralph Stanley, Amerian bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 26 Donald Gramm, bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 27 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Mar 1 Harry Belafonte, American calypso singer (Buck & the Preacher), born in Harlem, New York
  • Mar 1 Lusine Amara, opera/concert singer
  • Mar 2 Siegfried Kohler, composer
  • Mar 2 Witold Szalonec, composer
  • Mar 4 Robert Di Domenica, composer
  • Mar 6 Norman Treigle, bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 8 Jaromir Podesva, composer
  • Mar 8 Josef Berg, Czech composer (d. 1971)
  • Mar 9 Hans Ludwig Schilling, composer
  • Mar 9 John Beckwith, composer
  • Mar 10 Donn Trenner, orchestra leader (ABC's Nightlife), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Mar 15 Carl Smith, Maynardville Tn, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
  • Mar 17 Kenneth S Goldstein, folklorist/enthomusicologist
  • Mar 17 Maurice Ingvar Karkoff, composer
  • Mar 17 Sulkhan Ivanovich Nasidze, composer
  • Mar 18 John Kander, composer (Cabaret, Funny Lady, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mar 20 John Pierre Herman Joubert, composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet)
  • Mar 23 Osvaldo Lacerda, composer
  • Mar 24 Janos Decsenyi, composer
  • Mar 27 Mstislav Leopold Rostropovich, Baku USSR, cellist/conductor
  • Apr 1 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • Apr 6 Gerry Mulligan, British saxophonist/orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day)
  • Apr 7 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (d. 2003)
  • Apr 11 Domenico Guaccero, composer
  • Apr 17 Christopher Whelen, composer
  • Apr 19 Don Barbour, Greencastle Ind, singer (4 Freshmen)
  • Apr 22 Pascal Bentoiu, composer
  • Apr 22 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (d. 2005)
  • Apr 23 Russell Smith, composer
  • Apr 25 Ernst Widmer, composer
  • Apr 27 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1994)
  • May 1 William Mitchell Byers, musician
  • May 5 Charles Rosen, American pianist/musicologist (Sonata Forms), born in NYC, New York
  • May 7 Jim Lowe, American singer
  • May 20 David Frederick Barlow, composer
  • May 20 Walter Aschaffenburg, composer
  • May 28 Bernhard Lewkovitch, composer
  • May 31 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish conductor (Royal Flemish Opera)
  • Jun 3 Boots Randolph, saxophonist (Yakety Sax), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Jun 9 Franco Donatoni, composer
  • Jun 11 Josef Anton Reidl, composer
  • Jun 13 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, born in Buvika (d. 2016)
  • Jun 13 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, born in Kempsey, New South Wales (d. 2003)
  • Jun 17 Martin Böttcher, German conductor
  • Jun 18 Simeon Pironkov, composer
  • Jun 19 Karel Kupka, Czech composer, born in Rychvald
  • Jun 20 John M Dengler, jazz bass sax/trumpet/trombone
  • Jul 1 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, born in Sandviken (d. 1999)
  • Jul 2 Brock Peters, actor/singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), born in NYC, New York

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Jul 4 Neil Simon, playwright (Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Biloxi Blues), born in The Bronx, New York

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Jul 6 Charles Whittenberg, composer
  • Jul 6 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (d. 2004)
  • Jul 7 Charlie Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer (Louvin Brothers)
  • Jul 7 Doc Severinson, [Carl], bandleader/trumpeter on the Tonight Show, born in Arlington, Oregon
  • Jul 11 Herbert Blomstedt, American conductor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Jul 12 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Trieste (d. 2014)
  • Jul 18 Carlo Franci, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jul 18 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), born in Breig (d. 2015)
  • Jul 20 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor/composer
  • Jul 21 Stefan Niculescu, composer
  • Jul 24 Wilfred Josephs, composer
  • Jul 25 Stanley Dancer, harness racer (4 Hambletonians, 3 Trot Triple Crown)
  • Jul 27 Guy Carawan, folk singer and folklorist (popularized "We shall Overcome"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Aug 3 Enrique Pinella, composer
  • Aug 4 Jess Thomas, American tenor, born in Hot Springs, South Dakota (d. 1993)
  • Aug 5 Gunnar Bucht, composer
  • Aug 11 Raymond Leppard, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orch), born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Porter Wagoner, country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come), (d. 2007)
  • Aug 21 Wilhelm Jr Killmayer, composer
  • Aug 22 Aleksandar Obradovic, composer
  • Aug 23 Martial Solal, composer
  • Aug 29 Marion Williams, US gospel singers (Stars of Faith)
  • Aug 30 Pieter Willem Kee, composer
  • Sep 1 Tommy Evans, R&B singer (Drifters)
  • Sep 2 Tzvi Avni, Israeli composer, born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Sep 6 Keith Humble, composer
  • Sep 7 Graham Dudley Whettam, British composer, born in Swinden
  • Sep 8 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter (d. 2002)
  • Sep 9 Elvin Jones, Pontiac Michigan, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's A Love Supreme')
  • Sep 20 Johnny Dankworth, English musician and composer
  • Sep 24 Richard Swift, composer
  • Sep 25 Sir Colin Davis, Weybridge England, conductor (NY Met 1967-71)
  • Sep 27 Boris Porena, composer
  • Sep 27 Red Robert Chudnick Rodney, jazz trumpeter
  • Oct 5 John W. Downey, American composer, born in Chicago (d. 2004)
  • Oct 6 Paul Badura-Skoda, pianist (Mozart Interpretation), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Oct 7 Al Martino, singer (Here in My Heart)/actor (The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 8 Al Duncan, blues drummer, born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Oct 8 Gigi Durston, Balt Md, singer (Sonny Kendis Show)
  • Oct 10 Thomas Brendon Wilson, composer
  • Oct 16 Peter Brinson, dance educationalist
  • Oct 24 Renato de Grandis, composer
  • Oct 24 Gilbert Bécaud, French composer and actor (d. 2001)
  • Oct 25 Barbara Cook, stage singer/actress (Music Man), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 27 Dominick Argento, York Penn, composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint)
  • Oct 28 Cleo Laine, actress/singer (Flesh to a Tiger), born in Middlesex, England
  • Oct 31 Anita Kerr, singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 4 Vittorio Fellegara, composer
  • Nov 7 Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (d. 2007)

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Nov 8 Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American singer (Tennessee Waltz), born in Claremore, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • Nov 11 Mose Allison, jazz artist (Black Country Suite), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • Nov 14 Narciso Yepes, Lorca Spain, guitarist (Orquesta Nacionale 1947)
  • Nov 18 Lawrence Kenneth Moss, composer
  • Nov 18 Hank Ballard, American musician (d. 2003)
  • Nov 22 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor sax player
  • Nov 24 Alfred Kraus, Las Palmas Canary Islands, tenor (La Scala)
  • Nov 24 Emma Lou Diemer, composer
  • Dec 1 Grant Beglarian, composer
  • Dec 3 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, actress/singer (Outland, Comics)
  • Dec 3 Andy Williams, Wall Lake Iowa, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show) (d. 2012)
  • Dec 6 Jacques Bondon, composer
  • Dec 7 Vlastimir Pericic, composer
  • Dec 7 Helen Watts, British contralto
  • Dec 9 Pierre Henry, composer
  • Dec 14 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (d. 1998)
  • Dec 23 Joseph Castaldo, composer
  • Dec 24 Teresa Stich-Randall, US soprano (Vienna State Opera)