On This Day

Musicians Born in 1894

  • Jan 4 Wesley La Violette, composer
  • Jan 7 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer (d. 1976)
  • Jan 11 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor (d. 1970)
  • Jan 16 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1985)
  • Jan 20 Walter Hamor Piston, Jr., American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1876)
  • Jan 31 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader ("Star Dust") and songwriter ("It Had To Be You", "I'll See You in My Dreams"), born in Coalton, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • Feb 1 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer ("The Charleston": "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)"), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1955)
  • Feb 22 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer
  • Feb 27 Robert-Lucien Siohan, composer
  • Mar 2 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), born in Lierre, Belgium (d. 1969)
  • Mar 14 Josef Schelb, German composer, born in Bad Krozingen, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Mar 15 Slava Vorlova, composer
  • Mar 25 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, Swedish American composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1962)
  • Mar 26 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
  • Apr 9 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1978)
  • Apr 9 Edmund Jenkins, American clarinetist and composer (Charlestonia; Afram), born Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1926) [1]
  • Apr 13 Ludvig Irgens-Jensen, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • Apr 15 Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the "Empress of the Blues" (recorded over 200 songs), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1937)
  • Apr 23 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 1955)
  • Apr 27 Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-American, pianist, conductor, musicologist (Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians), and composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1995)
  • May 6 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, born in Craiova (d. 1936)
  • May 10 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), born in Kremenchuk, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • May 18 Lou Hooper, Canadian jazz pianist, and educator, born in North Buxton, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • Jun 6 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, born in Seliște, Romania (d. 1968)
  • Jun 8 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech-Russian composer and pianist (Ogelala) who died in a German concentration camp, born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942) [1]
  • Jun 10 Pavel Bořkovec, Czech composer (Suite for Piano), born in Prague, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1972)
  • Jun 15 Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and arranger (Oklahoma!), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1981)
  • Jun 16 Norman Kerry, American actor (Phantom of the Opera), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1956)
  • Jun 26 Bill Wirges, American orchestra leader (Growing Paynes), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1971)
  • Jul 10 Jimmy McHugh, American composer ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love"; "On the Sunny Side of the Street"; "I'm In The Mood For Love"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1969)
  • Jul 18 Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch-American composer (3 Songs for Chinese), born in Arnherm, Netherlands (d. 1971)
  • Jul 24 Walter Schulthess, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1971)
  • Jul 31 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), born in Newaygo, Michigan (d. 1974)
  • Aug 11 Wilhelm Grosz, composer
  • Aug 13 Leonid Polovinkin, Russian conductor, and composer (Night Dreams), born in Kurgan, Russian Empire (d. 1949)
  • Aug 28 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1981)
  • Sep 8 Willem Pijper, Dutch composer and music critic, born in Zeist, Netherlands (d. 1947)
  • Sep 9 Arthur Freed, American songwriter and film producer (MGM musicals), born in Charlestown, South Carolina (d. 1973)
  • Sep 13 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet and lyricist, born in Łódź, Congress Poland (d. 1953)
  • Sep 22 Hieronim Feicht, Polish composer, born in Mogilno, Poland (d. 1967)
  • Sep 29 Franco Capuana, Italian composer, born in Fano, Italy (d. 1969)
  • Oct 1 Ricardo Castillo, Guatemalan composer, born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (d. 1966)
  • Oct 11 Albert Stoessel, American violinist, conductor, composer, and educator, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • Oct 22 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (d. 1961)
  • Oct 30 Peter Warlock [Philip Heseltine], British composer, born in London (d. 1930)
  • Nov 5 (Jacob) "Jan" Garber, American violinist and sweet jazz bandleader, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1977)
  • Nov 11 Aaron Avshalomov, Russian-born Jewish composer, born in Nikolayevsk-on-Amur, Russia (d. 1965)
  • Nov 29 Lucille Hegamin, American singer and entertainer (d. 1970)
  • Dec 14 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, Chilean-Spanish composer, born in Santiago de Chile, Chile (d. 1976)
  • Dec 17 Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (Boston Pops), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • Dec 19 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Never Trust a Woman), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1979)
  • Dec 26 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), born in Quiapo, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1980)
  • Dec 31 Ernest John Moeran, English composer, born in London Borough of Hounslow, United Kingdom (d. 1950)