On This Day

Musicians Born in 1896

  • Jan 1 Maurice Jacobson, composer
  • Jan 1 Yitzhak Edel, composer
  • Jan 2 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer
  • Jan 8 Jaromir Weinberger, composer (Bird's Opera), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 9 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-born British conductor (d. 1971)
  • Jan 15 Jacobo Ficher, Argentine composer, born in Odesa, Ukraine (d. 1978)
  • Jan 17 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • Jan 20 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)
  • Jan 20 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor, comedian and singer (Oh God, Burns and Allen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 16 Alexander Brailowsky, Russian pianist (Chopin)
  • Feb 22 Nacio Herb Brown, American composer (Singin' In The Rain), born in Deming, New Mexico (d. 1964)
  • Feb 26 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer
  • Feb 29 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, Swiss composer, born in Zurich (d. 1984)
  • Mar 1 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Athens Greece, conductor/composer
  • Mar 7 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, born in Ragnit, East Prussia (d. 1958)
  • Mar 12 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great

  • Mar 26 Richard Flury, Swiss composer, born in Biberist, Switzerland (d. 1967)
  • Apr 8 Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
  • Apr 8 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), born in NYC, New York; (d. 1981)
  • Apr 29 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, born in Botoşani, Romania (d. 1973)
  • Apr 30 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina (d. 1972)
  • May 11 Josip Slavenski, Croatian composer and pedagogue, born in Čakovec, Croatia-Slavonia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1955)
  • May 17 Brasílio Itiberê da Cunha Luz, Brazilian composer, born in Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil (d. 1967)
  • May 28 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • Jun 20 Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • Jul 4 Adolph Hallis, South African pianist and composer, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • Aug 2 Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1960)
  • Aug 6 Cyril Mockridge, British composer for film and television (Miracle On 34th Street; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), born in London (d. 1979)
  • Aug 9 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • Aug 13 Leo Pappenheim, Dutch conductor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1982)
  • Aug 19 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer
  • Aug 19 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1966)
  • Aug 26 Richard Pindle Hammond, American composer, born in Kent, England (d. 1980)
  • Aug 27 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instruments inventor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1993)
  • Sep 4 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), born in Marseille, France (d. 1948)
  • Sep 8 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist ("Dancing In The Dark"; "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)

  • Sep 9 Fritz Reutter, German composer (d. 1963)
  • Sep 10 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1981)
  • Sep 13 Tadeusz Szeligowski, Polish composer (The Peacock and the Girl), born in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Galicia (now L'vov, Ukraine) (d. 1963)
  • Sep 25 Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer, born in Valls, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1970)
  • Sep 29 Štefan Németh-Šamorínsky, Slovak organist, choirmaster, composer and pedagogue (Birch Trees), born in Šamorín, Slovakia, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1975)
  • Oct 6 Frutuoso de Lima Viana, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in Itajubá, Brazil (d. 1976)
  • Oct 6 Otto Siegl, Austrian composer, born in Graz (d. 1978)

Person of interestHoward Hanson

Oct 28 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1981)

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Oct 30 Anatoly Novikov, Soviet composer (d. 1984)
  • Oct 31 Ethel Waters, American actress (Beulah), singer (Stormy Weather), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • Nov 9 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, Ukrainian composer, born in Kremenets, Ukraine (d. 1962)
  • Nov 16 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1960)
  • Nov 22 Mario Labroca, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1973)
  • Nov 23 Joris Vriamont, Flemish author/music publisher
  • Nov 23 Ruth Etting, American dancer, singer and actress (Roman scandals), born in David City, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • Nov 25 Rex Maupin, American orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 1966)
  • Nov 25 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1989)
  • Nov 28 Lilia Skala, Austrian actress (House of Games, Flashdance, Charly), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)
  • Dec 1 Petko Staynov, composer
  • Dec 3 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, born in Radoryż (d. 1979)
  • Dec 4 Larry Stock, American singer-songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • Dec 6 Arnold Foster, English composer, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1963)
  • Dec 6 Ira Gershwin, American lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • Dec 7 Juan María Thomas Sabater, Spanish composer, born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (d. 1966)
  • Dec 21 Leroy Robertson, American composer & music educator, born in Fountain Green, Utah (d. 1971)
  • Dec 23 Alberto Hemsi, composer
  • Dec 28 Roger Huntington Sessions, composer (Black Masks), born in Brooklyn, New York