On This Day

Musicians Born in 1907

  • Jan 1 Erich Schmid, composer
  • Jan 2 Salvador Ley, Guatemalan pianist, composer, and educator (National Conservatory; Westchester Conservatory), born in Guatemala City, Guatemala (d. 1985)
  • Jan 7 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1993)
  • Jan 17 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), born in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1987)
  • Jan 18 Janos Ferencsik, Hungarian conductor (Budapest Opera), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1984)
  • Jan 26 Eddie Ballantine, American orchestra leader (Don McNeill TV Club), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Jan 28 Constantin Regamey, Ukranian pianist, composer and music critic, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kyiv, Ukraine) (d. 1987)
  • Jan 31 Benny Morton, American jazz trombonist (Teddy Wilson Sextet), born in New York City (d. 1985)
  • Jan 31 Emanuel Sayles, American jazz banjo player (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • Feb 1 Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer, born in Tietê, São Paulo (d. 1993)
  • Feb 7 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • Feb 10 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, (d. 1981)
  • Feb 13 Catalina "Katy" de la Cruz, Filipino jazz and torch song singer, born in Bustos, Bulacan, Philippine Islands (d. 2004)
  • Feb 15 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), born in La Fontenelle, Brittany, France (d. 1991)
  • Feb 16 Fernando Previtali, Italian composer and conductor (Rome Radio Symphony), born in Adria, Veneto (d. 1985)
  • Feb 16 Eugen Malmstén, Finnish jazz trumpeter, singer, band leader, and songwriter, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1993)
  • Feb 17 Alec Wilder, American classical, jazz, and pop music composer (The Churkendoose), and musicologist (American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1980)
  • Feb 17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian-American operatic soprano (Wagner; Interrupted Melody), born in Deans Marsh, Australia (d. 1979)
  • Feb 20 Nadine Conner [Henderson], American operatic soprano (Carmen; The Magic Flute - "Pamina"), born in Compton, California (d. 2003)

Mildred Bailey

Feb 27 Mildred Bailey (née Rinker), American jazz singer known as 'The Queen of Swing' ("Rockin' Chair"; "Please Be Kind"; "Darn That Dream"), born in Tekoa, Washington (d. 1951)

  • Feb 27 Massimo Amfiteatrof [Maksim Amfiteatrov], Russian-Italian classical musician, known as 'the Cellists' Caruso', born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • Mar 7 Juan Francisco Giacobbe, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1990)
  • Mar 9 Henry Leland Clarke, American composer, born in Dover, New Hampshire (d. 1992)
  • Mar 10 Robert de Roos, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • Mar 15 Jimmy McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991) [1]
  • Mar 15 Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer, born in Karlstad, Värmland County, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • Mar 19 Elizabeh LeFanu Maconochy, composer
  • Mar 19 Marc Vaubourgoin, composer
  • Mar 26 Leigh Harline, American composer and conductor, born in Salt Lake City (d. 1969)
  • Mar 26 Louis Saguer, German born French composer (Lili Merveille), born in Charlottenburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Mar 28 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist (d. 1996)
  • Mar 29 Braguinha [Carlos Alberto Ferreira Braga], Brazilian songwriter, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2006)
  • Apr 1 Walter Kaufmann, German-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1948-57), composer (Navaratnam), and musicologist (The Ragas of South India), born in Karlsbad, Germany (d. 1984)
  • Apr 18 Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American classical and film music composer (Spellbound; A Double Life; Ben-Hur), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Apr 19 Gino Contilli, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1978)
  • Apr 20 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)
  • Apr 21 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Apr 21 Antoni Szałowski, Polish-French composer (The Resurrection of Lazarus; 2 Pieces for Ondes Martenot), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1973)
  • Apr 24 Václav Trojan, Czech composer, born in Plzeň, Czech Republic (d. 1983)
  • Apr 25 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, Russian composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1979)
  • Apr 29 Tino Rossi, French singer ("Deux Amours"; "Marlene"), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1983)
  • May 1 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"; "When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain"), radio star, and NHL Philadelphia Flyers good luck charm, born in Greenville, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • May 5 Yoritsune Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2001)
  • May 7 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, born in Kemzeke-Waas, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • May 10 Harilaos Perpessas, Greek composer (Christus Symphony; The Infinite Bliss), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2005)
  • May 15 Josef Alexander, composer
  • May 18 Clifford Curzon, British classical pianist (Royal Academy of Music MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England
  • May 27 Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader and pianist, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • Jun 3 Antonio Emmanvilovich Spadavecchia, Russian composer, born in Odessa (d. 1988)
  • Jun 4 Marjan Kozina, Slovene composer, born in Novo mesto, Slovenia (d. 1966)
  • Jun 11 Marino Barreto, Cuban pianist and singer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1995)
  • Jun 12 Giorgio Nataletti, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1972)
  • Jun 18 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • Jun 20 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • Jun 24 José de Lima Siquiera, Brazilian conductor, and composer, born in Conceição, State of Paraíba, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • Jul 3 Gene Gutche, German-born composer, born in Berlin (d. 2000)
  • Jul 4 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, born in Manhattan (d. 1996)
  • Jul 8 Kishio Hirao, composer
  • Jul 14 (Henry) "Rubberlegs" Williams, American vaudeville dancer, and blues and jazz singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1962)
  • Jul 18 Yvonne Desportes, French composer, born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1993)
  • Jul 19 Günter Bialas, German composer, born in Bielschowitz, Prussian Silesia (d. 1995)
  • Jul 22 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (d. 1987)
  • Jul 22 Perry Botkin, American jazz and session guitarist, banjo player, composer, and musical director (Bing Crosby), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • Jul 24 Hughie Charles, English songwriter and impresario, born in Manchester, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 25 (Cornelius) "Johnny" Hodges, American jazz alto saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • Jul 26 Gioconda de Vito, Italian-British violinist, born in Martina Franca, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Aug 3 Lawrence Brown, American trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • Aug 8 (Bennett) "Benny" Carter, American Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, arranger, composer ("Harlem Renaissance Suite"), and bandleader, born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • Aug 14 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1994)
  • Aug 16 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • Aug 17 Marian Viktorovich Koval, Russian composer, born in Pristan Voznesenya, Olonets district, Russian Empire (d. 1971)
  • Aug 17 Zygmunt Mycielski, Polish composer and music critic, born in Przeworsk, Habsburg Empire (now Poland) (d. 1987)
  • Aug 18 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • Aug 18 Howard Swanson, American composer known for his settings of poems of Langston Hughes, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • Aug 18 Otto Mortensen, Danish composer and musicologist, born in Copenhagen (d. 1986)
  • Aug 19 Zygmunt Mycielski, Polish composer, music writer and editor (Ruch Muzyczny, 1957-68), born in Przeworsk, Austrian Galicia (now Poland) (d. 1987) [1]
  • Aug 19 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, born in Písek, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • Aug 20 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • Sep 5 Sunnyland Slim [Albert Luandrew], American blues pianist, born in Vance, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Sep 7 Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Turkish composer, born in İzmir, Ottoman Empire (d. 1991)
  • Sep 9 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), born in Eros, Arkansas (d. 1987)
  • Sep 23 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/President of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • Sep 24 Pierre Moulaert, Belgian composer, born in Saint-Gilles, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • Sep 25 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, born in Busum, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • Sep 29 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again"; "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), born near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • Sep 30 Harry Bluestone, British-American jazz and session violinist, bandleader, and music publisher, born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • Sep 30 Arnold Elston, American composer, and educator, born in New York (d. 1971)
  • Oct 1 Oedoen Partos, Hungarian-Israeli violist (Israel Philharmonic, 1938-56), composer, and teacher, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • Oct 5 Mrs. Miller [Elva Ruby Connes], American singer (A Lover's Concerto), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • Oct 12 Wolfgang Fortner, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1987)
  • Oct 14 Allan Jones, American actor and singer (A Day at the Races, Showboat), born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Oct 19 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American bandleader (d. 1962)
  • Oct 26 Giovanni Salviucci, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1937)
  • Oct 27 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Nov 1 Rio Gebhardt, German musician and composer, born in Heilbronn (d. 1944)
  • Nov 3 Jim Hepburn, British tap-dancer and socialist, born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Nov 3 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1990)
  • Nov 7 Chepín [Electo Rosell], Cuban violinist, bandleader, and composer (Orquesta Chepín-Chovén), born in Santiago, Cuba (d. 1984)
  • Nov 9 Burrill Phillips, American composer (Play Ball), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1988)

Jane Froman

Nov 10 Jane Froman, American singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)

  • Nov 18 Compay Segundo [Máximo Muñoz-Telles], Cuban trova guitarist, singer, and composer (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Siboney, Cuba (d. 2003)
  • Nov 22 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1986)
  • Nov 26 "Kansas City" Frank [Melrose], American jazz and blues pianist, born in Sumner, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • Nov 26 Henry "Hot Lips" Levine, British-American dixieland jazz trumpeter and bandleader, born in London England (d. 1989)
  • Nov 30 Gyorgy Ranki, composer
  • Dec 3 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cu-bop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • Dec 3 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (The Boswell Sisters; Pete Kelly's Blues), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • Dec 8 Tony Aubin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • Dec 9 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, born in Ottendorf-Okrilla, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Dec 11 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • Dec 12 Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, born in Manila (d. 1979)
  • Dec 12 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live-At Dawn We Die), born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent (d. 2015)
  • Dec 20 Paul Francis Webster, American lyricist ("Love Is A Many Splendored Thing"; "The Shadow Of Your Smile"; "I Got It Bad, And That Ain't Good"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • Dec 22 Yoshio Hasegawa, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1981)
  • Dec 25 (Cabell) Cab Calloway, American singer, bandleader ("Minnie the Moocher"; "The Jumpin' Jive"), writer, radio host, and actor (The Blues Brothers), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 27 Nils-Eric Ringbom, Finnish composer, born in Turku (d. 1978)
  • Dec 27 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch cellist, composer, and conductor (Residentie Orkest, 1949-73; Melbourne Symphony, 1967-70; Sydney Symphony, 1971-77), born in Winterswijk, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • Dec 28 Roman Palester, Polish composer: The Weichsel
  • Dec 30 Christine Auwen, Dutch model, singer and actress (Haghezangers), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 1983)

About 1907

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