On This Day

Musicians Born in 1912

  • Jan 2 Andre Ameller, composer
  • Jan 2 Barbara Pentland, Canadian concert pianist and composer, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • Jan 7 Günter Wand, German conductor, composer (d. 2002)
  • Jan 7 Bob Zurke [Boguslaw Zukowski], American jazz pianist, arranger, (Bob Crosby Orchestra), and composer (Old Tom-Cat On The Keys), born in Hamtramck, Michigan (d. 1944)
  • Jan 8 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)
  • Jan 17 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • Jan 22 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), born in Bangor, Wales (d. 1956)
  • Feb 2 Burton Lane, Broadway composer (Finian's Rainbow)
  • Feb 4 Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-born American conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1993)
  • Feb 5 Zoltán Pongrácz, Hungarian avant-garde composer (Mariphonia), born in Diószeg (d. 2007)
  • Feb 7 Alfred Desenclos, French composer, mostly of liturgical works (Messe de Requiem), born in Pontel, France (d. 1971)
  • Feb 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer
  • Feb 11 Rudolf Firkusny, Napajedla Czechoslovakia, pianist (Julliard)
  • Feb 13 Arthur "Schneeze" Rollini, American big band jazz tenor saxophonist, born in New York City (d. 1993)
  • Feb 16 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)
  • Feb 16 Gwydion Brooke [Holbrooke], British bassoonist (Royal Philharmonic, 1946-1961), born in Kentford, Suffolk, England (d. 2005)
  • Feb 19 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 21 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • Feb 24 Julius Kowalski, composer
  • Feb 27 Hugues Panassié, French jazz critic, record producer, and impresario (Hot Club de France), born in Paris (d. 1974)
  • Mar 2 Theodore "Red" Saunders, American jazz drummer and bandleader, based in Chicago, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1981)
  • Mar 11 Xavier Montsalvatge, Spanish composer (El gato con botas)
  • Mar 12 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Mar 13 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, born in Schaffhausen (d. 1968)
  • Mar 13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, born in Pyriatyn, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • Mar 14 Les Brown, American big band leader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), born in Reinerton, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)

Lightnin Hopkins

Mar 15 (Sam) Lightnin' Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

  • Mar 19 Russ Case, America orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), born in Hamburg, Iowa
  • Mar 19 Lavere "Buster" Harding, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Count Basie; Dizzy Gillespie; Billie Holiday), born in North Buxton, Ontario (d. 1965)
  • Mar 27 Reuel Lahmer, Canadian-American organist and composer ("It Is Good To Give Thanks"), born in Maple, Ontario
  • Mar 27 Robert Watson Hughes, Scottish-Australian composer, born in Levan, Inverclyde, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • Apr 2 Herbert Mills, American singer, (The Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • Apr 14 Belinda Quirey, dance historian and teacher (d. 1996)
  • Apr 14 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist and conductor (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), born in Amsterdam (d. 1982)
  • Apr 21 Feike Asma, Dutch organist and conductor, born in Den Helder, Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • Apr 22 Miguel Querol Gavalda, Spanish musicologist and composer, born in Ulldecona, Spain (d. 2002)
  • Apr 22 Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), born in Higher Walton, Lancashire (d. 1953)
  • May 1 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • May 1 Felipe Padilla de León, Filipino composer, born in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, Philippine Islands (d. 1992)
  • May 3 Virgil Fox, American organist, born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • May 4 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • May 10 Erik Jorgensen, composer
  • May 12 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • May 13 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1988)
  • May 15 Arthur Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), music critic, and educator (Brandeis, 1953-80; New England Conservatory of Music, 1980-99), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • May 17 Sándor Végh, Hungarian-French violinist teacher and conductor, born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (d. 1997)
  • May 18 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer ("Catch A Falling Star") and TV personality (The Perry Como Show), born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • May 24 Dame Joan Hood Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • May 25 Eddie Maxwell [Cherkose], American lyricist (Breathless) and actor, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • May 31 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
  • Jun 9 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Cardiganshire (d. 2007)
  • Jun 9 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1970)
  • Jun 11 Mukhtar Ashrafi, Soviet-Uzbek composer, born in Bukhara, Uzbekistan (d. 1975)
  • Jun 15 Alix Combelle, French swing saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader (Quintette du Hot Club de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1978)
  • Jun 17 Don Gillis, American composer (Symphony 5½ - A Symphony for Fun), born in Cameron, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • Jun 19 Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 19 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005)
  • Jun 22 Vit Nejedly, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1945)
  • Jun 28 Sergiu Celibidache, Romanian conductor, composer, educator (Munich Philharmonic 1979-1996), born in Roman, Moldavia, Romania (d. 1996)
  • Jun 29 José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican composer (Huapango), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 1958)
  • Jun 30 Tibor de Machula, Hungarian-Dutch cellist, born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (d. 1982)
  • Jul 7 Tiny Alma [Catharina E J Stam], operetta singer (Vienna Blood)
  • Jul 14 (Woodrow Wilson) "Woody" Guthrie, American folk singer (This Land Is Your Land), and peace activist, born in Okemah, Oklahoma (d. 1967)
  • Jul 16 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • Jul 26 Fred Böhler, Swiss jazz bandleader, pianist, and early proponent of the Hammond organ, born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • Jul 27 Igor Markevitch, Russian conductor (Le Paradis Perdu), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1983)
  • Jul 27 Vernon Elliott, British bassoonist and composer, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Aug 4 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura; Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Aug 10 Herman Strategier, Dutch organist/composer/conductor
  • Aug 13 “Big Chief” Russell Moore, Pima-American jazz trombonist (Lionel Hampton; Louis Armstrong), and composer ("Wounded Knee Chant"), born in the Gila River Indian Community, Arizona (d. 1983)
  • Aug 21 Bruce Trent [William Butters], British singer and actor (The Passing Show, Band Waggon), born in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands (d. 1995)

Gene Kelly

Aug 23 Gene Kelly, American actor (An American in Paris; On The Town) and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)

  • Aug 24 Fritz "Freddie" Brocksieper, German big band jazz drummer, and bandleader, born in Constantinople, Turkey (now Istanbul) (d. 1990)
  • Aug 31 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, born in Chillán, Chile (d. 1996)
  • Sep 5 John Cage, American composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1992)
  • Sep 6 Wayne Barlow, American composer, born in Elyria, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Sep 8 Alfio Grasso, Italian jazz guitarist and composer, born in Lentini, Sicily, Italy (d. 1962)
  • Sep 15 Gisela Hernández Gonzalo, Cuban composer (d. 1971)
  • Sep 19 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), born in Arys, German Empire (d. 2011)
  • Sep 21 György Sándor, Hungarian pianist, born in Budapest (d. 2005)
  • Sep 27 Tauno Marttinen, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 2008)
  • Oct 1 Johnny Meijer, Dutch accordionist known as the "King of Accordions" (Body & Soul), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Oct 3 Gabriel Julian, American pianist (Bobby Byrne Orchestra), arranger (Glenn Miller), and band leader (Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ensemble), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • Oct 4 Alfonso Letelier (-Llona), Chilean composer and educator (El Hombre ante la Ciencia - (Man Before Science)), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1994)
  • Oct 6 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, English music scholar (d. 1997)
  • Oct 9 Henri Dillon, French composer (Arlequin), born in Angers, France (d. 1954)
  • Oct 13 Hugo Weisgall, American composer (4 Impressions), born in Ivančice, Czech Republic (d. 1997)
  • Oct 21 (Carlos) "Don" Byas, American swing and be-bop jazz saxophonist, and bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • Oct 21 Sir Georg Solti [György Stern], Hungarian-British conductor, winner of 31 Grammy awards (Chicago Symphony, 1969-91), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1997)
  • Oct 27 Conlon Nancarrow, American-Mexican composer, often of player piano music (Soundings 4), born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • Oct 27 Gösta Törner, Swedish hot jazz and session trumpeter and bandleader, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • Oct 31 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), born in Uvalde, Texas (d. 2001)
  • Nov 2 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, born in Porvoo, Finland (d. 1986)
  • Nov 4 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1978)
  • Nov 8 Jean-Louis Martinet, French composer, born in Sainte-Bazeille, France (d. 2010)
  • Nov 10 Salvador Contreras, Mexican composer (Grupo de los cuatro), born in Cuerámaro, Guanajuato (d. 1982)
  • Nov 21 Eleanor Powell, American stage and screen actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Broadway Melody films), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • Nov 24 Teddy Wilson, American jazz pianist and arranger (Billie Holiday; Benny Goodman), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1986) [1]
  • Nov 26 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), born in Elverum, Norway (d. 1991)
  • Nov 29 Viola Smith, American drummer and bandleader (one of the first professional female drummers), born in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin (d. 2020) [1]
  • Nov 30 Constant Stotijn, Dutch oboist (Residence Orchestra)
  • Dec 1 Terence Beckles, English pianist and teacher, born in Bushey, England (d. 1995)
  • Dec 7 Daniel Jones, Welsh composer, born in Pembroke, Wales (d. 1993)
  • Dec 25 Leighton Noble, singer/bandleader
  • Dec 25 Werner Fussan, composer
  • Dec 29 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1990)

About 1912

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