Today in Orchestra Leader History

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 123

  • 1815-04-11 Klara Fey, German orchestra leader (Deutscher Arbeiterverein)
  • 1886-11-25 Rex Maupin, orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1890-03-28 Paul Whiteman, orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1890-08-12 Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1892-07-02 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader/impresario (Crazy Passage Show)
  • 1894-06-26 Bill Wirges, orchestra leader (Growing Paynes), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1894-07-31 Roy Bargy, Mich, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show)
  • 1896-01-17 Harry Reser, Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
  • 1898-12-30 Vincent Lopez, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1900-07-29 Don Redman, Piedmont WV, orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times)
  • 1900-08-08 Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show, In Old California), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1901-03-15 Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader
  • 1901-05-21 Horace Heidt, Alameda California, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon)
  • 1901-06-18 Jimmy Dale, Bronx orchestra leader (Sonny & Cher), born in NYC, New York
  • 1902-06-19 Guy Lombardo, London Ontario Canada, orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne)
  • 1902-08-03 Ray Block, France, orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason)
  • 1902-12-19 Leonard Hirsch, British violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symph Orch)
  • 1903-03-11 Lawrence Welk, Strasburg ND, orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • 1903-03-25 Frankie Carle, Providence RI, orchestra leader (Golden Touch)
  • 1904-02-29 Jimmy Dorsey, Shenandoah Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show)
  • 1904-04-03 Peter Van Steeden, Amsterdam Neth, orchestra leader (Break the Bank)
  • 1904-04-29 Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1905-06-06 John Gart, Russia, orchestra leader (Paul Winchell Show)
  • 1905-11-15 Annunzio Mantovani, Venice Italy, orchestra leader (Mantovani)
  • 1905-11-19 Tommy Dorsey, Mahanoy Plane Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show, Mahogany)
  • 1906-06-18 Kay Kyser, Rocky Mount NC, orchestra leader (Kay Kyser's Kollege)
  • 1906-07-13 Harry Sosnik, orchestra leader (Jack Carter Show, Your Hit Parade), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1906-12-09 Freddy Martin, orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1907-01-26 Eddie Ballantine, orchestra leader (Don McNeill TV Club), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1907-05-27 Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader
  • 1907-08-18 Enoch Light, Canton Ohio, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith)
  • 1908-03-26 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1908-04-20 Lionel Hampton, orchestra leader/vibraphone improviser (Depths Below)
  • 1908-06-14 John Scott Trotter, Charlotte NC, orchestra leader (George Gobel Show)
  • 1908-09-14 Bernie Green, orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-11-24 Ray Carter, orchestra leader (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1909-06-12 Archie Bleyer, Corona NY, orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey)
  • 1910-03-13 Sammy Kaye, Rocky River Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
  • 1910-05-12 Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1910-06-15 David Rose, orchestra leader (Red Skelton Show, Stripper), born in London, England
  • 1910-06-18 Ray McKinley, orchestra leader/drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1910-12-07 Edmundo Ros, English orchestra leader
  • 1910-12-24 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1911-07-01 Alvino Rey, orchestra leader (King Family), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1911-08-26 Lester Lanin, orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits)
  • 1911-09-20 Frank Devol, Moundsville WV, orchestra leader (I'm Dickens He's Fenster)
  • 1911-10-01 Irwin Kostal, orchestra leader (Garry Moore Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1911-10-07 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1911-10-19 George Cates, orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912-03-12 Paul Weston, orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1912-03-19 Russ Case, Hamburg Iowa, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show)
  • 1912-05-04 Lou Brown, Bkln, orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show)
  • 1913-05-11 Tutti Camarata, Glen Ridge NJ, orchestra leader (Vic Damone Show)
  • 1913-06-02 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Gudfrey, Vic Damone), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1913-08-08 Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1913-08-23 Bob Crosby, Bing's brother, orchestra leader (Bob Crosby Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1913-09-22 Leroy Holmes, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1914-02-09 Ralph Herman, orchestra leader (Circus Time), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1914-05-09 Frank Chacksfield, arranger/orchestra leader
  • 1914-05-30 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1914-06-26 Richard Maltby, orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show)
  • 1914-08-28 Glenn Osser, Munising Mich, orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue)
  • 1915-01-19 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915-01-31 Bobby Hackett, Providence RI, trumpeteer/orchestra leader (Air Time '57)
  • 1915-05-02 Van Alexander, composer and orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1915-09-11 Jack Fascinato, Bevier Mo, pianist/orchestra leader (Kukla Fran & Ollie)
  • 1916-01-09 Vic Mizzy, American orchestra leader (Don Rickles Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-01-17 Joel Herron, orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1916-03-22 George Wyle, orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show, Flip Wilson Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-03-26 Vic Schoen, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916-11-10 Billy May, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1916-12-19 Hal Hastings, orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917-03-13 Ina Ray Hutton, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1917-07-09 Ted Steele, orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1918-01-27 Skitch Henderson, orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1918-09-04 Gerald Wilson, Shelby Miss, orchestra leader (Redd Foxx)
  • 1918-09-13 Ray Charles, orchestra leader (Perry Como), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918-10-10 Bobby Byrne, orchestra leader (Club Seven), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1918-12-02 Milton Delugg, orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1918-12-25 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1919-01-01 Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist/pianist/orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
  • 1919-01-16 Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
  • 1919-02-08 Buddy Morrow, orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
  • 1919-03-14 Luther Henderson Jr, orchestra leader (Polly Bergen Show), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1919-04-07 Ralph Flanagan, Loraine Ohio, orchestra leader (Let's Dance)
  • 1920-02-27 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1921-01-30 Bernie Leighton, West Haven Ct, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime)
  • 1921-07-04 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist/orchestra leader (Ripley's Game)
  • 1921-07-21 Billy Taylor, Greenville NC, orchestra leader (David Frost Show)
  • 1921-10-13 Harper MacKay, orchestra leader (NBC Follies), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1922-01-20 Ray Anthony, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show, Peter Gunn Theme)
  • 1922-03-14 Les Baxter, US, singer/orchestra leader/composer (Born Again)
  • 1922-09-20 Frank Comstock, SD California, orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
  • 1922-10-29 Neal Hefti, Hastings Neb, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show)
  • 1923-03-21 Mort Lindsey, orchestra leader (Merv Griffin Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1923-08-06 Jack Parnell, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show), born in London, England
  • 1923-10-16 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, born in Hamburg (d. 1980)
  • 1923-12-23 Milt Okun, American orchestra leader (Starland Vocal Band Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1924-04-07 Nick Perito, orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1924-07-26 Louis Bellson, Rock Falls Ill, orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show)

Famous Deaths

  • 1944-12-16 Glenn Miller, US jazz composer/orchestra leader (Danny boy), dies at 40
  • 1956-02-27 Frank Dailey, orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • 1956-11-11 Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • 1957-06-12 James F "Jimmy" Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53
  • 1961-03-27 Jack Kane, orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie, Andy Williams Show), dies at 37
  • 1963-08-30 Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50
  • 1964-10-10 Russ Case, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), dies at 52
  • 1964-11-30 Don Redman, orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 64
  • 1965-01-27 Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader, dies at 63
  • 1965-09-27 Harry Reser, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
  • 1965-10-15 Carl Hoff, orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
  • 1967-12-29 Paul Whiteman, US orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • 1968-05-23 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • 1969-08-07 Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • 1969-09-05 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), dies at 58
  • 1972-01-10 Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • 1972-10-30 Alan Roth, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 68
  • 1973-05-21 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • 1973-05-30 Hal Hastings, orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
  • 1974-01-05 Roy Bargy, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • 1975-03-11 Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65
  • 1975-10-29 John Scott Trotter, orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
  • 1975-12-20 Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76
  • 1976-06-07 Bobby Hackett, jazz cornetist/orchestra leader (Air time '57), dies at 61
  • 1977-04-22 Charles Sanford, orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
  • 1977-07-10 Norman Paris, orchestra leader (For Your Pleasure), dies at 41
  • 1977-11-05 Guy Lombardo, orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75
  • 1978-07-31 Enoch Light, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • 1979-01-05 Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • 1979-07-10 Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
  • 1980-03-29 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74
  • 1980-06-21 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1981-01-23 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66
  • 1983-09-30 Freddy Martin, orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin), dies at 76
  • 1984-02-19 Ina Ray Hutton, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • 1984-03-05 Harry Salter, orchestra leader (Stop the Music), dies at 85
  • 1984-05-01 Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
  • 1984-07-29 Fred Waring, orchestra leader (Fred Waring Show), dies at 84
  • 1985-03-18 Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • 1985-07-16 Wayne King, orchestra leader (Wayne King Show), dies at 84
  • 1985-12-25 George Rhodes, orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66
  • 1986-07-27 Leroy Holmes, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
  • 1986-12-01 Horace Heidt, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85

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1987-04-02 Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
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Buddy Rich
  • 1987-06-02 Sammy Kaye, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 77
  • 1988-05-27 Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • 1991-09-08 Jo Budie, Dutch orchestra leader (KRO), dies
  • 1991-12-08 Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
  • 1992-12-13 Bernard Drukker, Dutch pianist/orchestra leader (duivelswiel), dies
  • 1993-05-30 Sun Ra, blues pianist/orchestra leader, dies of strokes at 79
  • 1994-05-24 Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
  • 1996-01-15 Les Baxter, singer/orchestra leader/composer (Born Again), dies at 73
  • 2000-11-12 Franck Pourcel, French popular orchestra leader (b. 1913)