Musicians Born in 1909

Victor Borge (1909-2000)

Jan 3 Danish-American comedian and pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 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, Swiss-Danish composer (Cosmogonie), born in Switzerland (d. 1989)
  • Jan 13 Danny Barker, American jazz musician (wrote Bourbon Street Black), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Jan 15 Elie Siegmeister, American composer (The Plough and 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 17 Karen Jønsson (née Pedersen), Danish jazz singer, pianist, songwriter, composer, and actress, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • Jan 19 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (d. 2003)
  • Jan 21 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian choral director and composer (Baltepe), born in Tetovo, Ottoman Empire (d. 2004)
  • Jan 22 Irving "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • Jan 24 Tiny Winters [Frederick Gittens], English jazz bassist and singer, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Feb 1 George Beverly Shea, Canadian-American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (Billy Graham Crusades, 1947-2013), born in Winchester, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • Feb 4 (Arthur) "Artie" Bernstein, American jazz and session double bassist (The Dorsey Brothers), born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 1964)
  • Feb 4 Harold "Duke" Dejan, Creole-American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader (Olympia Brass Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2002)

Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969)

Feb 5 Polish violinist and composer, born in Łódź, Russian Empire (now Poland) [1]

  • Feb 6 Israel Citkowitz, Polish-American composer (The Lambs), and pedagogue, born in Skierniewice, Poland (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 [Louis Rappaport], American pop vocalist (Your Hit Parade; "We Did It Before (And We Can Do It Again)"), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • Feb 20 Oscar Alemán, Argentine jazz and swing guitarist, and singer ("Rosa Madreselva"), born in Machagai, Chaco, Argentina (d. 1980)
  • Feb 21 George van Renesse, Dutch pianist and music director, born in Zaamslag, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • Feb 26 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), born in Chestertown, Maryland (d. 1989)
  • 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, Belgian composer, born in Basècles, Belgium (d. 1962)
  • Mar 2 Hanoch Jacoby, Israeli violist (Israel Philharmonic, 1958-74), educator, and composer, born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1990)
  • Mar 6 Dave Clark, American blues music promoter, and songwriter ("Why I Sing The Blues"), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1995)
  • Mar 8 Anthony Donato, America violinist, composer (The Hidden Fortress), pedagogue, and music writer (Preparing Music Manuscript), born in Prague, Nebraska (d. 1990)
  • Mar 17 Lovie Lee [Edward Lee Watson], American electric blues pianist, singer, and songwriter, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1997)
  • Mar 18 Ljubica Marić, Serbian composer (Songs Of Space; Octoïcha), pianist, and pedagogue, born in Kragujevac, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • Mar 21 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, bjorn in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1988)
  • 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 and arranger (Guys & Dolls; Oklahoma!), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Mar 26 (Christiaan) "Chris" Reumer, Dutch operatic tenor, born in Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Mar 26 Abe Bolar, American double bass player (Oklahoma City Blue Devils; Hot Lips Page; Count Basie), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2000)
  • Mar 27 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • Mar 29 Aubrey "Moon" Mullican, American hillbilly pianist, songwriter, and singer ("Seven Nights To Rock"), born in Polk County, Texas (d. 1967)
  • Apr 1 (Edwin) "Eddy" Duchin, American jazz 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, American jazz trumpeter, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Apr 8 Olavi Pesonen, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1993)
  • Apr 9 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, born in Tambov, Dzerzhinsky, Russian Empire (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 22 Hymie Shertzer, American jazz and session saxophonist (Benny Goodman; NBC's Tonight Show), born in New York City (d. 1977)
  • Apr 23 (Frederick) "Erick" Hawkins, American modern ballet dancer, and choreographer (Martha Graham Dance Company, 1939-51; Erick Hawkins Dance Company, 1951-94), born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 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 6 Loyd Sigmon, American radio broadcaster, sound engineer, and inventor ("Sig Alert" for traffic and emergency notices), born in Stigler, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • May 9 Don Messer, Canadian folk fiddler, and television host (Jubilee, 1959-73), born in Tweedside, New Brunswick (d. 1973)

Maybelle Carter (1909-1978)

May 10 American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia

  • May 11 Herbert Murrill, British organist, composer (The Song of the Birds; Carillon), and educator (Royal Academy of Music, 1933-52), born in London, England (d. 1952)
  • May 15 Rodolfo Cornejo, Filipino classical pianist, composer, and conductor, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1991)
  • May 19 Schlomo Joffe, Polish-Israeli folk and classical musician and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1995)
  • May 27 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian pianist and composer (New Guinea Fantasy), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1982)

Benny Goodman (1909-1986)

May 30 American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • May 31 Sammy Spear, American big band trumpet player and orchestra leader (The Jackie Gleason Show), born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 1975)
  • Jun 1 Szymon Goldberg, Polish-American violinist, and conductor (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), born in Włocławek, Poland (d. 1993)
  • Jun 2 Robin Orr, Scottish organist, composer, and educator (St. John's College; Glasgow University) born in Brechin, Scotland (d. 2006)
  • Jun 4 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Every Soul Is a Circus), and music therapist (Nordoff-Robbins method), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • Jun 5 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1992)
  • Jun 8 Ferhunde Erkin (née Remzi) Turkish concert pianist and pedagogue, born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (now Turkey) (d. 2007)
  • Jun 10 Erwin Dressel, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (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 ("A Little Bitty Tear"; "Silver And Gold"), actor (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof), and snowman (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), born in Hunt City, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian violinist and conductor (Vienna New Year's Concert, 1955-79), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1991)
  • Jun 19 Edwin Gerschefski, American pianist, composer and teacher (Saugauck Suite), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1992)
  • Jun 19 Joe Thomas, American jazz tenor saxophonist, vocalist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra), bandleader, and undertaker, born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • Jun 21 Kurt Schwaen, German composer, born in Katowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • Jun 22 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (Casbah; Stormy Weather), choreographer (Metroplitan Opera, 1963; Joplin's Treemonisha, 1972), and social activist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • Jun 24 Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (Seattle Symphony, 1954–76), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 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, British piano prodigy, composer, musicologist, and visual artist, born n Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England (d. 1987)
  • Jul 13 Paul Constantinescu, Romanian composer (Ballad of the Outlaw for cello and orchestra), and pedagogue, born in Ploiești, Romania (d. 1963)
  • Jul 13 Washington Castro, Argentine cellist, conductor, composer, and pedagogue, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2004)
  • Jul 16 (John Edward) "Teddy" Buckner, American dixieland jazz trumpeter, 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 opera conductor, musicologist, pianist and composer, born in Bergamo, Kingdom of 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, British orchestral and film composer (The Red Shoes; Gone To Earth), born in Manchester, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 10 Claude Thornhill, American pianist, arranger (Andre Kostelanetz; Tony Bennett), composer ("Snowfall"), and bandleader ("A Sunday Kind of Love"), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1965)
  • Aug 10 Leo Fender, American inventor, and electric guitar designer (Telecaster; Stratocaster; Precision Bass), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • Aug 11 Gaston Litaize, French organist (St François-Xavier, Paris, 1946-91), composer, broadcaster, and pedagogue, born in Ménil-sur-Belvitte, Vosges, France (d. 1991)
  • Aug 14 (Hezekiah) "Stuff" Smith, American jazz violinist, vocalist, and composer ("It's Wonderful"; "You'se A Viper"), born in Portsmouth, Ohio (d. 1967) [1]
  • 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, arranger, bandleader, and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York City (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 22 Vitya Vronsky, Russian-American concert pianist (Vronsky & Babin), and educator (Cleveland Institute), born in Yevpatoria, Russia (d. 1992)
  • Aug 25 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, and conductor, born in Rhosllannerchrugog, Wales (d. 1988)
  • Aug 25 Ruby Keeler, Canadian-American 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, Czech-Russian lyric soprano, born in Kyiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1995)
  • Sep 13 Leith Stevens, American pianist, composer and conductor of scores for radio (Suspense), film (The Wild Ones; War of the Worlds), and television (Climax!), born in Mount Moriah, Missouri (d. 1970)
  • Sep 15 Carlos Estrada, Uruguayan composer and conductor, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1970)
  • Sep 27 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-American pianist, choral composer (A Rose Touched by the Sun's Warm Rays; Hope for Tomorrow), and educator, 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, Ukrainian classical pianist, born in Odesa, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • Oct 13 Scoville "Toby" Browne, American jazz saxophone and clarinet player, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • Oct 14 Kalervo Tuukkanen, Finnish composer (Karhunpyynti (The Bear Hunt)), born in Mikkeli, Finland (d. 1979)
  • Oct 17 (William Randolph) "Cozy" Cole, American jazz drummer ("Topsy I"; "Topsy II"), and educator, born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • Oct 27 Henry "Mule" Townsend, American blues singer, guitarist, and piano player, born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • Oct 28 Ādolfs Skulte, Latvian composer, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 2000)
  • Oct 28 Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (Primrose Quartet; Cleveland Orchestra, 1947-60) and pedagogue (Indiana University, 1960-95), born in Brest-Litovsk, Russian Empire (now Brest, Belarus) (d. 1995)
  • 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)

Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)

Nov 18 American lyricist ("Moon River"; "That Old Black Magic"; "Come Rain Or Come Shine"), born in Savannah, Georgia

  • Nov 24 Hans Melchior Brugk, German composer (d. 1999)
  • 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 14 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Dec 20 Vagn Holmboe, Danish neo-classical composer (Sinfonia rustica), born in Horsens, Jutland (d. 1996)
  • Dec 24 Adam Popovich, Serbian-American musician, director and composer, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2001)
  • Dec 28 Billy Williams, American singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1984)

About 1909

Chinese Zodiac: Monkey (Feb 2, 1908 - Jan 21, 1909),
Rooster (Jan 22, 1909 - Feb 9, 1910)