On This Day

Musicians Born in 1898

  • Jan 1 Viktor Ullmann, Austrian pianist, conductor, and composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), born in Teschen, Silesia (now Poland) (d. 1944)
  • Jan 4 Roger Vuataz, composer
  • Jan 7 Gerónimo Baqueiro Foster, Mexican woodwind player, composer and music teacher, born in Hopelchén, Campeche (d. 1967)
  • Jan 7 Al Bowlly, South African-British dance band vocalist ("Midnight, The Stars, And You"), and bandleader, born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique (now Maputo, Mozambique) (d. 1941)
  • Jan 9 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), born in Rochdale, England (d. 1979)
  • Jan 12 Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer
  • Jan 13 Carlo Tagliabue, Italian baritone (d. 1978)
  • Jan 21 Avery Claflin, composer
  • Jan 22 Alexander Abramsky, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Lutsk, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1985)
  • Jan 22 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), born in Hälsingborg, Sweden (d. 1966)
  • Jan 28 Vittorio Rieti, composer
  • Jan 29 Fernand Quinet, Belgian cellist/composer/conductor (La Guerre)
  • Feb 7 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • Feb 12 Roy Harris, American composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home: An American Overture), born near Chandler, Oklahoma (d. 1979)
  • Feb 21 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer (Gayaneh)
  • Feb 27 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer
  • Mar 6 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Mattheus Passion)
  • Mar 11 (Irving Milford) "Miff" Mole, American jazz trombonist, and composer (Red Nichols and His Five Pennies - "Slippin' Around"; Sophie Tucker), born in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York (d. 1961)
  • Mar 18 Otto Jochum, German composer, born in Babenhausen (d. 1969)
  • Mar 26 Renzo Massarani, Italian-Brazilian composer and music critic, born in Mantova, Italy (d. 1975)
  • Mar 26 Charles Shadwell, British conductor, bandleader, and founder of the Cambridge Concert Orchestra, born in Pershore, Worcestershire (d. 1979)
  • Apr 5 Herb Flemming [Nicolaiih El-Michelle], American jazz trombonist and vocalist, born in Butte, Montana (d. 1976)
  • Apr 9 Julius Patzak, Austrian tenor singer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • Apr 9 Paul Robeson, American bass-baritone singer ("Old Man River"), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • Apr 12 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • Apr 15 Nini de Boël, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • May 2 Henry Hall, British bandleader (BBC Dance Orchestra), born in Peckham, South London, England (d. 1989)
  • May 6 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1973)
  • May 10 Herbert Elwell, composer (Happy Hypocrite), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 14 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, composer
  • May 14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), born in Bunkie, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • May 21 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, born in Vizovice, Moravia (d. 1972)
  • May 22 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), born in Denmark (d. 1977)
  • May 25 Mischa Levitzki, Russian-born American pianist and composer (The Enchanted Nymph), born in Kremenchuk, Russian Empire (d. 1941)
  • May 26 Ernst Bacon, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • May 26 Gérard Bertouille, Belgian composer, born in Tournai, Belgium (d. 1981)
  • May 28 Andy Kirk, American jazz saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Clouds Of Joy - "I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)"), born in Newport, Kentucky (d. 1992)
  • May 31 Johan Brouwer, Dutch pianist/writer/resistance fighter
  • Jun 1 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • Jun 1 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1964)
  • Jun 6 Ninette de Valois [Edris Stannus], British ballerina (Royal Ballet), born in Blessington, Ireland (d. 2001)
  • Jun 15 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist and composer, born in Peterborough, England (d. 1994)
  • Jun 19 Paul Muller-Zurich, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1993)
  • Jun 27 Tibor Harsányi, Hungarian composer, born in Magyarkanizsa, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1954)

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

Jul 4 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, born in London (d. 1952)

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • Jul 6 Hanns Eisler, Austrian composer (East German National Anthem), born in Leipzig, German Empire (d. 1962)
  • Jul 9 Marcel Delannoy, French composer, born in La Ferté-Alais, Essonne, France (d. 1962)
  • Jul 15 Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's Been Polishing The Sun), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 1954)
  • Jul 15 Norman Demuth, British composer and musicologist specializing in French works, born in Croyden, Surrey, England (d. 1968)
  • Jul 19 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1965)
  • Jul 21 Ernest Willem Mulder, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1959)
  • Jul 21 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), born in Cooper Creek, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • Jul 24 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • Aug 1 Morris Stoloff, American violinist, Academy Award-winning composer, music director (Columbia Pictures, 1938-62), and orchestra leader (Moonglow/Theme from Picnic), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • Sep 5 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1951)
  • Sep 8 Queenie Smith, American actress and dancer (Funny Side), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • Sep 12 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1963)

Person of interestGeorge Gershwin

Sep 26 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershvin], American composer (Rhapsody in Blue), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1937)

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • Sep 27 Vincent Youmans, American composer and songwriter (Tea for Two), born in NYC, New York (d. 1946)
  • Sep 30 [Julius] Johannes Rontgen, German Dutch composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1932)
  • Oct 1 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Gaaden (d. 1968)
  • Oct 7 Alfred Wallenstein, conductor (Chic Symph 1922-29), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 8 Clarence Williams, American composer, born in Plaquemine, Louisiana (d. 1965)
  • Oct 10 Conrad Leonard, British composer and pianist, born in South Norwood, England (d. 2003)
  • Oct 14 Maurice Martenot, French cellist, WWI radio telegrapher, and instrument inventor (ondes Martenot), born in Paris, France (d. 1980)
  • Oct 15 Gunther Ramin, German organist and composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1956)
  • Oct 17 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), born in Nagoya, Japan (d. 1998)
  • Oct 18 Lotte Lenya [Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer], Austrian singer and actress (The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, From Russia with Love), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • Oct 22 Marcel Mihalovici, composer
  • Oct 26 Beryl Rubinstein, American pianist and composer, born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1952)
  • Oct 29 Emmanuel Bondeville, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1987)
  • Nov 1 Sippie Wallace [Beulah Belle Thomas], American blues singer, (Women Be Wise), born in Plumb Bayou, Arkansas (d. 1986)
  • Nov 18 Erich Sehlbach, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1985)
  • Nov 27 Nelly Wagenaar, Dutch pianist, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • Dec 3 Lev Knipper, Soviet composer, born in Tiflis, Russian Empire [now Tbilisi, Georgia] (d. 1974)
  • Dec 5 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), born in Slabtown, Tennessee (d. 1947)
  • Dec 13 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1964)
  • Dec 14 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1982)
  • Dec 15 Fernando Remacha, Spanish composer, born in Tudela, Navarre, Spain (d. 1984)
  • Dec 24 Warren "Baby" Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • Dec 29 Jeanne Leleu, French pianist & composer, Saint-Mihiel, France (d. 1979)
  • Dec 30 Vincent Lopez, American jazz pianist and big-band leader ("Nola"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975) [1]