On This Day

Musicians Born in 1911

  • Jan 6 Yannis Papaioannou, Greek composer & teacher, born in Kavala, Greece (d. 1989)
  • Jan 8 Andrej Ocenas, composer
  • Jan 14 George Amadee Tremblay, Canadian pianist & composer, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1982)
  • Jan 14 Helmut Degen, German composer, born in Aglasterhausen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Jan 17 Hermann Pfrogner, Austrian musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • Jan 18 Gabor Darvas, Hungarian composer, born in Satu Mare, Romania (d. 1985)
  • Jan 18 Charles Delaunay, French writer, magazine publisher (Le Jazz Hot), jazz musiclogist (Hot Discography), record label founder, and music promoter, born in Vineuil-Saint-Firmin, France (d. 1988)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Garcia Morillo, Argentine composer and music critic, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • Jan 22 Suzanne Danco, Belgian operatic soprano singer, born in Brussels (d. 2000)
  • Jan 23 Dan Smith, English singer-songwriter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Norbert Schultze, German composer, primarily of film scores, born in Brunswick, Saxony, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Jan 27 Benay Venuta [Benvenuta Rose Crooke], American actress, singer and dancer (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • Jan 30 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Feb 2 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • Feb 2 Johan J "Jussi" Bjorling, Swedish tenor
  • Feb 3 Jehan [Ariste] Alain, French organist/composer
  • Feb 3 Jesse Thomas, blues singer
  • Feb 19 Nikola Hercigonja, composer
  • Feb 20 Robert Guyn McBride, composer (Mexican Rhapsody), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Feb 24 Konrad Lechner, composer
  • Mar 3 Francesco Siciliani, opera composer
  • Mar 6 Roland Jacobi Leich, composer
  • Mar 7 Stefan Kisielewski, Polish composer, writer and politician, born in Warsaw (d. 1991)
  • Mar 7 Louis Cottrell Jr., Creole-American jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist (Heritage Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • Mar 8 Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2000)
  • Mar 9 Ramon Campbell Batista, Chilean physician composer, born in Quilpué, Chile (d. 2000)
  • Mar 13 Jose Ardevol, Cuban composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1981)
  • Mar 14 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • Mar 17 Raffaele d'Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • Mar 18 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), born in Summum, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • Mar 28 Myfanwy Piper, British librettist and art critic, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Mar 30 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician (d. 1995)
  • Mar 31 Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano (d. 1986)
  • Apr 1 Gunther Rennert, opera director and producer, born in Essen, Germany
  • Apr 2 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Apr 3 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1996)
  • Apr 5 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and record label executive (President of Columbia Records, 1957-71 & 73-75) born in Hanley, Staffordshire, England (d. 1977)
  • Apr 6 Phyllis Tate, English composer, born in Buckinghamshire (d. 1987)
  • Apr 10 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Apr 13 Nino Sanzogno, Italian conductor (La Fenice) and composer, born in Venice (d. 1983)
  • Apr 16 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1984)
  • Apr 16 Alton Purnell, American Dixieland jazz pianist, and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1987)
  • Apr 19 Francesco Maria Saraceni, Italian composer (d. 1961)
  • Apr 21 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60) who died on stage, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1960)
  • Apr 30 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, born in Murii (d. 1984)
  • May 3 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter ("Dogtown Blues"; "Stormy Weather"), born in Trenton, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • May 5 (Thaman) "Pete" Daily, American swing and dixieland jazz cornetist and valve trombonist (The Chicagoans), born in Portland, Indiana (d. 1981)

Robert Johnson

May 8 Robert Johnson, American blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

  • May 13 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • May 14 Hans Vogt, German composer, born in Danzig (d. 1992)
  • May 18 "Big" Joe Turner, American blues singer ("Corrine Corrina"; "Shake Rattle & Roll"), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • May 23 Boris Kremenliev, composer
  • May 28 Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, American jazz and session saxophonist and clarinetist (Dorsey Brothers; Benny Goodman; Lawrence Wlek), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • Jun 7 Franz Reizenstein, German-British pianist, composer (Concerto Popolare), and educator, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1968)
  • Jun 7 Silas Roy Crain, American gospel singer (founder of The Soul Stirrers Gospel Quartet), born in Augustine, Texas (d. 1996)
  • Jun 10 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • Jun 22 Guus Jansen, Dutch jazz organist, pianist, composer (Net als Toen), born in Heiloo, the Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • Jun 27 V. K. Narayana Menon, Indian classical dance scholar, born in Kerala, India (d. 1997)
  • Jun 29 Bernard Herrmann, American film score composer (Citizen Kane; Psycho; Taxi Driver), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • Jul 1 Alvino Rey, American orchestra leader (King Family), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • Jul 6 Laverne Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), born in Mound, Minnesota (d. 1967)
  • Jul 7 Gian-Carlo Menotti, Italian pianist, librettist, and composer (Amahl & Night Visitors), and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, born in Cadegliano, Italy (d. 2007)
  • Jul 7 Joan Perry [Elizabeth Rosiland Miller], American film actress, model, and singer (Hands of a Stranger), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1996)
  • Jul 8 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)

Ginger Rogers

Jul 16 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American dancer and singer (Top Hat), and Academy Award-winning actress (Kitty Foyle; Stage Door), born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1995)

  • Jul 20 William Dillard, American jazz trumpeter and Broadway singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995) [1]
  • Jul 29 Ján Cikker, Slovak composer, born in Banská Bystrica, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • Jul 31 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), born in Menasha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • Aug 1 Kenneth Loveless, British priest, concertina player, and folk dancer, born in England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 14 Jan Koetsier, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • Aug 23 Carl Dolmetsch, French music director (Haslemere Festival), born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1997)
  • Aug 25 Jacopo Napoli, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Aug 26 Lester Lanin, American orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Sep 1 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, born in Hiroshima (d. 2006)
  • Sep 2 René Amengual, Chilean pianist, composer and educator, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1954)
  • Sep 11 Bola de Nieve [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban pianist, singer and songwriter, born in Guanabacoa, La Habana, Cuba (d. 1971)
  • Sep 13 Bill Monroe, American singer known as the "Father of Bluegrass" ("Blue Moon of Kentucky"), born in Rosine, Kentucky (d. 1996)
  • Sep 15 Silas Hogan, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Westover, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Sep 17 Robert Riefling, Norwegian concert pianist and pedagogue (Royal Danish Academy, 1967-88; Norwegian Academy of Music from ,1973-88), born in Aker, Norway (d. 1988)
  • Sep 19 Allan Pettersson, Swedish composer, born in Granhammar Castle, Uppland, Sweden (d. 1980)
  • Sep 19 Weldon Hart, American composer, born in Bear-Place Spring, Tennessee (d. 1957)
  • Sep 20 Frank De Vol, American composer (theme songs to My Three Sons, The Brady Bunch) and actor (Fernwood 2 Night - "Happy Kyne"), born in Moundsville, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Sep 20 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, born in Haarlem (d. 1971)
  • Sep 25 Lionel Henry Nowak, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • Oct 1 Irwin Kostal, American orchestra leader and arranger (West Side Story: The Sound Of Music; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Oct 7 (Jonathon) "Jo" Jones, American jazz drummer, and percussionist (Count Basie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • Oct 7 Vaughn Monroe, American singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 13 Ticker Freeman, American pianist (Dinah Shore Show), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • Oct 13 André Navarra, French concert cellist (Jolivet's Cello Concerto), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1947-88), born in Biarritz, France (d. 1988)
  • Oct 19 George Cates, American orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 24 Sonny Terry, blind Piedmont blues musician, born in Greensboro, Georgia (d. 1986)

Mahalia Jackson

Oct 26 Mahalia Jackson, American gospel singer ("Whole World In His Hands"), born in New Orleans, Louisianal; (d. 1972)

  • Nov 3 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian-American composer (Creation), born in Hulun, Manchuria [now Hailar, Inner Mongolia, China] (d. 1990)
  • Nov 4 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1986)
  • Nov 5 Roy Rogers, American cowboy actor and singer ("Happy Trails"; Roy Rogers Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • Nov 12 (Wilbur) "Buck" Clayton, American jazz trumpet player (Count Basie; Billie Holiday; Lester Young), and bandleader, born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1991)
  • Nov 17 Jimmy DeBerry, American blues guitarist, banjo player, and singer, born in Gumwood, Arkansas (d. 1985)
  • Nov 30 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), born in Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1953)
  • Dec 3 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • Dec 5 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and classical composer, born in Sosnowiec, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 2000)
  • Dec 8 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist, born in Asea, Greece (d. 1992)
  • Dec 14 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1965)
  • Dec 15 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • Dec 18 Peg Leg Sam [Arthur Jackson], American country blues harmonica player, singer and comedian, born in Jonesville, South Carolina (d. 1977)
  • Dec 21 Paul Burkhard, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1977)
  • Dec 27 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, born in London (d. 2006)
  • Dec 27 Endre Szervánszky, Hungarian composer (Dark Heaven Requiem), born in Budatétény, Budapest, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • Dec 29 (Robert) "Cutty" Cutshall, American jazz trombonist (Benny Goodman Orchestra; Eddie Condon), born in Huntington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)

About 1911

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