On This Day

Musicians Born in 1895

  • Jan 1 Nathaniel Shilkret, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 Borys Lyatoshynsky, Ukrainian composer, conductor, teacher, known as the father of modern Ukrainian music, born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1968)
  • Jan 5 Elizabeth Cotten, American folk and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Freight Train"), born in Carrboro, North Carolina (d. 1987)
  • Jan 7 Clara Haskil, Romanian pianist, born in Bucharest (d. 1960)
  • Jan 11 Laurens Hammond, American engineer and musical instrument inventor (Hammond organ), born in Evanston, Illinois (d.1973)
  • Jan 13 Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer
  • Jan 20 Eva Jessye, American singer, actress, songwriter (Hallelujah) and 1st black woman to receive international distinction as a choral conductor, born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 1992)
  • Jan 27 Cláudio Carneyro, Portuguese violinist, composer, and educator, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1963)
  • Jan 27 Joseph Rosenstock, conductor (Nippon Phil Orch 1936-41), born in Kraków, Poland
  • Jan 27 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • Feb 3 Nick Kenny, Astoria columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 7 Irving Aaronson, American jazz pianist and big band leader, born in New York City (d. 1963)
  • Feb 11 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Yancey, American boogie-woogie jazz and blues pianist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1951) [birth year disputed - documentation ranges from 1894-1903]
  • Feb 25 Henri Martelli, French composer, born in Bastia, Corsica, France (d. 1980)
  • Feb 28 Guiomar Novaes, Brazilian concert pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), born in São João da Boa Vista, Brazil (d. 1979)
  • Mar 3 Alexander Nicolaas Voormolen, Dutch composer (d. 1980)
  • Mar 4 Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1978)
  • Mar 7 Juan Jose Castro, Argentine composer, born in Avellaneda, Argentina (d. 1968)
  • Mar 21 Zlatko Baloković, Croatian violinist (d. 1955)
  • Mar 23 Dane Rudhyar [Daniel Chennevière] French-American composer (Tetragram; Granite), philosopher (The Astrology of Personality), and transcendental painter, born in Paris, France (d. 1985)
  • Mar 31 Lizzie Miles [Elizabeth Landreaux], Creole American jazz, blues and gospel singer ("Man O'War"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • Apr 1 Alberta Hunter, American blues singer, and composer ("Downhearted Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1984)
  • Apr 3 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1968)
  • Apr 4 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Apr 7 Eduardo Toldrà, Spanish Catalan composer and conductor, born in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain (d. 1962)
  • Apr 8 Sigurdur Thordarson, Icelandic composer (d. 1968)
  • Apr 9 Beau De Glen "Mance" Lipscomb, American blues singer and guitarist ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1976)
  • Apr 9 Rudolf Kattnigg, Austrian composer, born in Carinthia, Austria (d. 1955)
  • Apr 13 Olga Rudge, American concert violinist, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Apr 14 Wiktor Labunski, Polish-American composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1974)
  • Apr 20 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • Apr 29 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Promenade Concerts), born in Bath Villas, Ashford, Kent (d. 1967)
  • May 1 Leo Sowerby, American organist and composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1968)

Lorenz Hart

May 2 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist ("I Could Write A Book"; "My Funny Valentine") and half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hart, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)

  • May 11 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1978)
  • May 14 Renato Lunelli, composer
  • May 19 Albert Hay Malotte, American pianist, organist, composer (Disney staff, 1930's; The Lord's Prayer), and educator, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • May 19 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic (d. 1959)
  • May 27 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, born in Trieste (d. 1956)
  • Jun 5 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Coriolanus), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • Jun 14 Cliff Edwards, American singer, aka "Ukulele Ike" (Walt Disney's Pinocchio - "Jiminy Cricket"; "When You Wish Upon a Star"), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • Jun 17 Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer, born in Veržej, Slovenia (d. 1941)
  • Jun 17 Sam Wooding, American jazz pianist, bandleader, one of the 1st to tour Europe (Chocolate Kiddies), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Jun 28 Kazimierz Sikorski, Polish composer, born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1986)
  • Jul 3 Oles' Semyonovich Chishko, Russian-Ukrainian composer, born in Dvorichnyi Kut, Ukraine (d. 1976)
  • Jul 4 Irving Caesar, American songwriter (Sometimes I'm Happy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Jul 5 Gordon Jacob, English composer, born in London (d. 1984)
  • Jul 10 Carl Orff, German composer (Carmina Burana; Mozart Prize 1969), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1982)
  • Jul 12 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), born in Hamar, Norway (d. 1962)
  • Jul 12 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma!"; "South Pacific"; "The King And I"; " The Sound Of Music"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • Jul 22 Hans Rosbaud, Austrian conductor (South West German Radio Orchestra, 1948-62), born in Graz, Austria (d. 1962)
  • Jul 25 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz; Voyage to America), born in Ermont, France (d. 1977)
  • Aug 16 Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, born in Ajofrín, Toledo (d. 1951)
  • Aug 22 Paul Taylor White, composer (Adante & Rondo for Cello), born in Bangor, Maine (d. 1973)
  • Aug 31 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer
  • Sep 1 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, Indian musician (d. 1974)
  • Sep 11 Harry Tobias, American song lyricist (“Sweet and Lovely”, “It’s a Lonesome Old Town”, “Sail Along, Silv’ry Moon”), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Sep 16 Karol Rathaus, German-Austrian composer, born in Ternopil, Austria-Hungary (d. 1954)
  • Sep 28 Dave Franklin, American composer (The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down), born in New York City (d. 1970)
  • Sep 28 Wallace Harrison, American architect (Metropolitan Opera House, United Nations complex), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1981)
  • Oct 11 Jakov Gotovac, Croatian conductor and composer (Ero the Joker), born in Split, Austria-Hungary (now Croatia) (d. 1982)
  • Oct 12 Alfred "Tubby" Hall, American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Louis Armstrong), born in Sellers, Louisiana (d. 1945)
  • Oct 21 Shukichi Mitsukuri, Japanese composer (10 Haikai de Basho), born in Tokyo (d. 1971)
  • Oct 21 J Delos Jewkes, American light opera, vaudeville, choral (Mormon Tabernacle), film and television bass singer, and actor (Stars And Stripes Forever; The Music Man; The Andy Griffith Show), born in Orangeville, Utah (d. 1984)
  • Oct 28 John Boles, American singer and actor (Babes in Baghdad), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 1969)
  • Nov 5 Walter Gieseking, French-German pianist, composer, and lepidopterist, born in Lyon, France (d. 1956)
  • Nov 8 Hermann Schey, German-Dutch singer, born in Bunzlau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Nov 8 Euphemia Giannini Gregory, Italian-American opera singer and educator (Curtis Institute), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1979)
  • Nov 11 Jakov Gotovac, Croatian composer, born in Split, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)

Paul Hindemith

Nov 16 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Mathis der Maler), born in Hanau (d. 1963)

  • Nov 18 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, born in Basel (d. 1981)
  • Nov 25 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), born in Jüterbog, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Nov 28 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1980)
  • Nov 29 Lodovico Rocca, Italian composer, born in Turin (d. 1986)
  • Nov 30 Johann Nepomuk David, composer
  • Dec 2 Harriet Cohen, British pianist, born in London (d. 1967)
  • Dec 2 Jesse Crawford, American pianist, theatre organist for silent films, and recording artist, born in Woodland, California (d. 1962)
  • Dec 6 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1952)
  • Dec 9 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, born in Barcelona (d. 1936)
  • Dec 21 Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1949)