On This Day

Musicians Born in 1909

  • Jan 3 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2000)
  • Jan 9 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Jan 10 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, born in Ostrava, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • Jan 11 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer
  • Jan 13 Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
  • Jan 15 Elie Siegmeister, American composer (Plough & the Stars), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jan 15 Gene Krupa, American jazz and big band drummer (Benny Goodman, Sing Sing Sing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • Jan 19 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (d. 2003)
  • Jan 21 Todor Skalovski, composer
  • Jan 24 Tiny Winters, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Feb 1 George Beverly Shea, American gospel singer, born in Winchester, Ontario
  • Feb 5 Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish violinist & composer, born in Łódź (d. 1969)
  • Feb 6 Israel Citkowitz, American composer (d. 1974)
  • Feb 9 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese vocalist and actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy), born in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • Feb 9 Harald Genzmer, German composer, born in Blumenthal, Germany (d. 2007)
  • Feb 12 Barry Wood, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • Feb 17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannhäuser)
  • Feb 21 George G F van Renesse, Dutch pianist/music director
  • Feb 27 Elisabeth Welch, American born British-based singer (Stormy Weather, Over the Moon), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 2003)
  • Mar 1 Richard de Guide, composer
  • Mar 2 Hanoch Jacoby, composer
  • Mar 6 Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter
  • Mar 8 Anthony Donato, composer
  • Mar 18 Ljubica Marić, Serbian composer (Songs Of Space), born in Kragujevac, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • Mar 22 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • Mar 25 Jay Blackton, American conductor/arranger (Guys & Dolls), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 26 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer
  • Mar 27 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • Mar 29 Aubrey "Moon" Mullican, American hillbilly pianist (7 Nights of Rock), born in Polk County, Texas (d. 1967)
  • Apr 1 Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1951)
  • Apr 2 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1975)
  • Apr 8 George Dixon, trumpet/sax
  • Apr 8 Olavi Pesonen, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1993)
  • Apr 9 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, born in Tambov, Dzerzhinsky (d. 1978)
  • Apr 9 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia (d. 1986)
  • Apr 25 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, born in Chrudim, Czech Republic (d. 1960)

  • May 1 George Melachrino, English composer, born in London (d. 1965)
  • May 9 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

May 10 Maybelle Carter, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia (d. 1978)

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • May 11 Herbert Murrill, composer
  • May 15 Rodolfo Cornejo, composer
  • May 19 Schlomo Joffe, composer
  • May 27 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian pianist and composer (New Guinea Fantasy), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • May 30 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • Jun 1 Szymon Goldberg, Polish/US violinist/conductor (Neth Chamber Orchestra)
  • Jun 2 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, born in Brechin (d. 2006)
  • Jun 4 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • Jun 5 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1992)
  • Jun 10 Erwin Dressel, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1972)
  • Jun 12 Archie Bleyer, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey), born in Queens, New York (d. 1989)
  • Jun 12 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, born in Tylorstown, Rhondda, Wales (d. 1986)
  • Jun 14 Burl Ives, American folk singer and actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Hunt City, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert)
  • Jun 19 Edwin Gerschefski, American pianist, composer and teacher (Saugauck Suite), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1992)
  • Jun 21 Kurt Schwaen, German composer, born in Katowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • Jun 22 Katherine Dunham, American dancer, choreographer (Casbah, Stormy Weather), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • Jun 24 Milton Katims, American conductor/violist (WOR-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 28 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • Jul 1 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, American concert pianist (CBS Symphony) and musicologist (Joplin; Gottschalk), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • Jul 4 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1963)
  • Jul 13 David Branson, composer
  • Jul 13 Paul Constantinescu, composer
  • Jul 13 Washington Castro, composer
  • Jul 16 Teddy [John Edward] Buckner, American trumpeter (Dixieland music), born in Sherman, Texas (d. 1994)
  • Jul 18 Harriet (Hilliard) Nelson [Peggy Lou Snyder], American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • Jul 19 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, born in Cece (d. 1966)
  • Jul 22 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), born in Torre Pelosa (now Bari), Italy (d. 2014)
  • Jul 25 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian composer and conductor, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1996)
  • Jul 29 Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, born in Tambov, Russia (d. 1989)
  • Aug 5 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 Brian Easdale, composer
  • Aug 10 Claude Thornhill, composer
  • Aug 10 Leo Fender, inventor (Fender guitars including the Stratocaster), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • Aug 11 Gaston Gilbert Litaize, composer
  • Aug 14 Hezekiah "Stuff" Smith, American jazz violinist & composer (It's Wonderful), born in Portsmouth, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Aug 16 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Aug 17 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • Aug 21 John William Haussermann Jr., American composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1986)
  • Aug 22 Sergius Kagen, American pianist and composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1964)
  • Aug 25 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, born in Rhosllannerchrugog, Wales (d. 1988)
  • Aug 25 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (Dames, 42nd Street), born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (d. 1993)
  • Aug 27 Lester Young, American jazz saxophonist, born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • Sep 4 Karel Horky, Czech composer, born in Stemechy (d. 1988)
  • Sep 7 Jo Juda, Dutch musician (1st concertmaster of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra), born in Amsterdam (d. 1985)
  • Sep 7 Natalia Dmitrevna Shpiller, Russian singer, born in Kiev (d. 1995)
  • Sep 15 Carlos Estrada, composer
  • Sep 27 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, born in Hamm, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Oct 4 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, born in Thorigny-sur-Marne, France (d. 1994)
  • Oct 7 Shura Cherkassky, pianist
  • Oct 14 Kalervo Tuukkanen, Finnish composer (Karhunpyynti (The Bear Hunt)) , born in Mikkeli, Finland (d. 1979)
  • Oct 17 Cozy Cole [William Randolph Cole], American jazz drummer (Topsy I, Topsy II), born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1981)

  • Oct 20 Monique Hare, French pianist
  • Oct 28 Ādolfs Skulte, Latvian composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2000)
  • Nov 1 Bruno Bjelinski [Weiss], Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1992)
  • Nov 6 Heinz Rottger, German composer, born in Herford, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Nov 6 Henk Bijvanck, Dutch composer, born in Kudus, Java (d. 1969)
  • Nov 8 Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 2001)

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

Nov 18 Johnny Mercer, American lyricist (Moon River, Old Black Magic), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1976)

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • Nov 24 Hans Melchior Brugk, composer
  • Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk, American musician (d. 1967)
  • Dec 3 Dana Suesse, American musician and songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), born in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri (d. 1987)
  • Dec 8 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Dec 20 Vagn Holmboe, Danish neo-classical composer (Sinfonia rustica), born in Horsens, Jutland (d. 1996)
  • Dec 24 Adam Popovich, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 28 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas

About 1909

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