On This Day

Musicians Born in 1903

  • Jan 5 Leighton Lucas, English composer & conductor, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1982)
  • Jan 6 Boris Blacher, German composer (Orchester-Ornament), born in Yingkou, China (d. 1975)
  • Jan 6 Maurice Abravanel, American classical music conductor, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1993)
  • Jan 6 Stanley Smith, American actor and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • Jan 7 Shalva Azmayparashvili, Georgian composer and conductor, born in Tbilisi (d. 1957)
  • Jan 7 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, Russian composer and conductor, born in Moscow (d. 1986)
  • Jan 10 Jean Morel, French-born American conductor, born in Abbeville, France (d. 1975)
  • Jan 18 Berthold Goldschmidt, German-British opera composer (Beatrice Cenci), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Jan 18 (Wilford) "Min" Leibrook, American jazz tuba player and bassist (Paul Whiteman Orchestra), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 1943)
  • Jan 22 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer
  • Feb 3 (Ivy) Priaulx Rainier, South African-British composer (Ploërmel), born in Howick, Colony of Natali (now South Africa) (d. 1986)
  • Feb 4 Edwin Denby, Tientsin China, US dance critic/poet (Snoring in N)
  • Feb 5 Ivan Galamian, American violinist and violin teacher, born in Tabriz, Persia (d. 1981)
  • Feb 6 Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), born in Chillán, Chile (d. 1991)
  • Feb 8 Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)
  • Feb 9 Georg Trexler, German composer, choirmaster, and organist (St. Trinitatis, Leipzig, 1930-70), born in Pirna, Germany (d. 1979)
  • Feb 10 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), born in Pochep, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • Feb 10 Abel Meeropol, American songwriter ("Strange Fruit"; "The House I Live In'), and librettist ("The Good Soldier Schweick"), born in the Bronx, New York City (d. 1986)
  • Feb 11 Hans Redlich, Austrian-English composer & musicologist (Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), born in Vienna (d. 1968)
  • Feb 20 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, born in Czestochowa (d. 1974)
  • Feb 21 Eric Fogg, English composer, born in Manchester (d. 1939)
  • Feb 22 Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972)
  • Mar 10 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, American jazz cornetist, considered one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s, born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1931)
  • Mar 11 Lawrence Welk, American accordionist and orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Strasburg, North Dakota (d. 1992)
  • Mar 16 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Estonian-American composer (Variazioni Concertanti), born in Reval, Russian Empire (now Tallinn, Estonia) (d. 1976)
  • Mar 25 Frankie Carle, American orchestra leader (Golden Touch), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 28 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian-American pianist (Marlboro School of Music), born in Eger, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 James "Bubber" Miley, American jazz trumpet and cornet player (Duke Ellington, 1923-29 - "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo"; "Black And Tan Fantasy"), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 1932)
  • Apr 5 Thomas Pitfield, British composer, born in Bolton, England (d. 1999)
  • Apr 17 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, born in Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine (d. 1976)
  • Apr 17 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), born in Lubcza, Minsk, Belarus (d. 1978)
  • Apr 18 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1968)
  • Apr 25 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, Norwegian composer, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1984)
  • Apr 29 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show; Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • Apr 30 Günter Raphael, German composer (Symphony Breve), born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • May 2 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)

Bing Crosby

May 3 (Harry Lillis) "Bing" Crosby, American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer ("White Christmas"; with David Bowie - "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" ), and actor (Going My Way; High Society; Road To...(with Bob Hope)), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

  • May 6 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), born in Taylorsville, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • May 12 Lennox R. F. Berkeley, British composer and pedagogue (Castaway), born in Boars Hill, England (d. 1989)
  • May 20 Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • May 24 Hilding Hallnäs, Swedish composer (Kärlekens ringdans), born in Halmstad, Sweden (d. 1984)
  • Jun 1 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, born in Chatham (d. 1946)
  • Jun 2 Mario Pilati, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1938)
  • Jun 6 Aram Khachaturian, Soviet composer (Gayane; Sabre Dance), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • Jun 12 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1925)
  • Jun 13 Filip Kutev, Bulgarian composer (State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance), born in Aytos, Burgas (d. 1982)
  • Jun 16 Huldreich Georg Fruh, composer
  • Jun 18 Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer ("When I'm Calling You"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • Jun 21 Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, born in Cherkasy, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), born in Tielen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Jul 5 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Iowa City, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • Jul 16 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian saxophonist, singer, and songwriter (Royal Canadians - "Coquette"; "Seems Like Old Times"), born in London, Ontario (d. 1971)
  • Jul 17 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, born in Starozhilovka (d. 1971)
  • Jul 18 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1964)
  • Jul 21 Theodore Karyotakis, Greek composer, born in Argos, Greece (d. 1978)
  • Jul 24 Robert Mills Delaney, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)
  • Jul 25 André Fleury, French organist and composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1995)
  • Jul 26 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Jul 27 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, born in Rushworth, Australia (d. 1977)
  • Aug 7 Saburō Moroi, Japanese composer and educator, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1977)
  • Aug 13 Guy Paquinet, French jazz trombonist, and bandleader, born in Tours, France (d. 1981)
  • Aug 17 Abram Chasins, American composer, born in New York City (d. 1987)
  • Aug 18 Åke Olof Sebastian Uddén, Swedish violist, composer and educator (Royal College Of Music, 1934-70), born in Lossa (d. 1987)
  • Aug 18 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), born in Paris (d. 1983)
  • Aug 21 Kostas Giannidis [Yannis Constantinidis], Greek composer and pianist, born in Smyrna (d. 1984)
  • Aug 23 William Primrose, Scottish violist (Method for Violin & Viola), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1982)
  • Aug 24 Claude Hopkins, American jazz stride pianist, arranger, bandleader, and musical director (Josephine Baker), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1984)
  • Aug 28 Rudolph Wagner-Régeny, composer, born in Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1969)
  • Sep 15 Roy Acuff, American country fiddler, singer ("Wabash Cannonball"; Grand Ole Opry), and music publisher (Acuff-Rose Music), born in Maynardville, Tennessee (d. 1992)
  • Sep 29 Karl August Andersen, Norwegian cellist and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1970)
  • Oct 1 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Variations on a Theme from Carmen), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1989)
  • Oct 8 René Guillou, French organist and composer (L'Autre mère), born in Rennes, Brittany, France (d. 1958)
  • Oct 10 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter ("Taking A Chance On Love"), born in Parafianovo, Russian Empire (d. 1969)
  • Oct 13 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, born in Aarhus (d. 1986)
  • Oct 18 Ambrose Thibodeaux, American Cajun accordionist, also known as Ambrose Sam (d. 1995)
  • Oct 18 Emile Enthoven, Dutch composer and lawyer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1950)
  • Oct 19 Vittorio Giannini, American violinist, composer (The Medead), and educator (Curtis Institute, 1956-64), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • Oct 23 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Oct 29 Vivian Ellis, English composer, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1996)
  • Oct 30 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, German composer, born in Posen (now Poznań) (d. 1947)
  • Nov 1 Don Robey, American record label executive (Peacock; Duke) and record producer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1975)
  • Nov 4 Ion Vasilescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1960)
  • Nov 17 Joseph Kaminski, Russian born Israeli composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1972)
  • Nov 18 Lillian Fuchs, American violist and composer, born in New York (d. 1995)
  • Dec 4 Siro Cisilino, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Mereto di Tomba, Italy (d. 1987)
  • Dec 8 Zoltán Székely, Hungarian violinist and composer, born in Kocs, Hungary (d. 2011)
  • Dec 13 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1993)
  • Dec 17 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), born in Brighton, Sussex, England (d. 1978)
  • Dec 22 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1967)
  • Dec 25 Antiochos Evanghelatos, composer
  • Dec 28 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • Dec 29 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1990)

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