On This Day

Musicians Born in 1913

  • Jan 2 Gardner Read, composer, born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Jan 9 Dr. Hepcat [Albert Lavada Durst], American blues pianist, born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Jan 10 Haywood Frank Henry, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • Jan 15 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2005)
  • Jan 18 Giannis "Yannis" Papaioannou, Greek musician and composer born in Kios, Ottoman Empire (now Gemlik, Turkey) (d. 1972)
  • Jan 22 Verdina Shlonsky, Israeli pianist and avant-garde composer, born in Kremenchug, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • Jan 24 Norman Dello Joio [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), born in New York City, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jan 25 Witold Lutosławski, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (Musique funèbre; Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1994)
  • Jan 26 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter ("All The Way"; "Love & Marriage"), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1990)
  • Jan 27 Milton Adolphus, composer
  • Jan 27 Valery Viktorovich Zhelobinsky, composer
  • Jan 28 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1999)
  • Jan 31 Héctor Iglesias Villoud, Argentine composer, born in San Nicolá, Argentina (d. 1988)
  • Feb 5 Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger
  • Feb 9 Erskine Butterfield American swing and boogie-woogie jazz pianist, singer, and composer, born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1961)
  • Feb 11 Lucio Diestro San Pedro, composer
  • Feb 17 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav conductor (Belgrade Opera, 1944-65), born in Sarajevo, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Bosnia and Herzegovina) (d. 2009)
  • Feb 17 Rene Leibowitz, Polish-born French composer (d. 1972)
  • Feb 19 Alvin Derold Etler, American oboist, and composer, born in Battle Creek, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • Feb 20 Jozef Kresanek, composer
  • Feb 22 George "Buddy" Tate, American jazz saxophonist, born in Sherman, Texas (d. 2001)
  • Mar 2 Celedonio Romero, Spanish guitarist (d. 1996)
  • Mar 3 Margaret Allison Bonds,  American composer (The Ballad of the Brown King), pianist, arranger, and teacher, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • Mar 4 Taos Amrouche, Algerian writer and singer (d. 1976)
  • Mar 5 Yulian Grigor'yevich Kreyn, composer
  • Mar 11 John Jacob Weinzweig, Canadian composer (The Enchanted Hill; Red Ear Of Corn), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • Mar 12 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), born in Pola, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2010)
  • Mar 13 Lightnin' Slim [Otis Hicks], American Louisiana blues electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter ("Nothing But The Devil";"Bad Luck And Trouble"), born near St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • Mar 14 Witold Rudzinski, Polish composer, born in Sebezh, Russia Empire (d. 2004)
  • Mar 27 Godfrey Turner, British composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1948)
  • Mar 30 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], American singer ("Jezebel"; "Rawhide"; "Blazing Saddles"), songwriter ("We'll Be Together Again"), and actor (Bring Your Smile Along), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Mar 31 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, born in Caldwell County, North Carolina
  • Apr 3 George Barati, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Honolulu Symphony, 1950-67), born in Győr, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • Apr 4 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), born in Lakeland, Florida (d. 2005)

Person of interestMuddy Waters

Apr 4 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Apr 11 John Lee Granderson, American Chicago-style blues guitarist, born in Ellendale, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • Apr 12 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, born in Székelyudvarhely (d. 1989)
  • Apr 14 Jean Fournet, French conductor, born in Rouen, France (d. 2008)
  • Apr 16 Constance Shacklock, English opera singer, born in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire (d. 1999)
  • Apr 18 Kent Kennan, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • Apr 18 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, born in Bučovice (d. 1976)
  • Apr 23 Jan Meyerowitz, German-American composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1998)
  • Apr 24 Violet Archer [Balestreri], Canadian percussionist, composer, teacher, and organist, and percussionist, born in Montréal Quebec (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • Apr 29 Jack Bently, English big band trombonist (Ted Heath), and journalist (Sunday Mirror), born in Manchester (d. 1994)
  • May 1 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor and pianist, born in Prague (d. 1980)
  • May 6 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen; Diamond Horseshoe), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • May 6 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, born in Budapest (d. 1977)
  • May 11 Clare Grundman, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • May 11 [Salvador] Tutti Camarata, American composer and producer (Vic Damone Show), born in New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • May 16 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herds), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • May 18 Charles Trenet, French pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), born in Narbonne, France (d. 2001)
  • May 20 Ion Dumitrescu, composer
  • May 21 Gina Bachauer, Greek classical pianist of Austrian heritage, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1976)
  • May 30 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1983)
  • May 31 Albert Delvaux, Belgian composer (Symphonia Burlesca), born in Louvain, Belgium (d. 2007)
  • May 31 Jimmy Shirley, American jazz and R&B electric guitarist, and early proponent of the Vibrola vibrato arm ("whammy bar"), born on Union, South Carolina (d. 1989)
  • Jun 2 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey, Vic Damone), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • Jun 2 Walter Andreas Schwarz, German singer and author (d. 1992)
  • Jun 4 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Jun 5 Friedrich Wildgans, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1965)
  • Jun 8 Jagamas János, Hungarian composer, born in Dés, Romania (d. 1997)
  • Jun 10 John Edmunds, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1986)
  • Jun 10 Thor Johnson, American conductor (Cincinnati Symphony, 1947-58; Nashville Symphony, 1967-75), born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (d. 1975)
  • Jun 10 Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov, Soviet composer and leader of the Union of Soviet Composers, born in Yelets, Russia (d. 2007)
  • Jun 18 Sammy Cahn [Cohen], American lyricist ("Three Coins in a Fountain"; "High Hopes"; "Call Me Irresponsible"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • Jun 23 Helen Humes, American jazz and blues singer (Harry James; Count Basie; "Million Dollar Secret"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1981)
  • Jun 24 Max van Praag, Dutch singer
  • Jun 28 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England (d. 1998)
  • Jul 5 Smiley Lewis [Overton Amos Lemons], American R&B singer, and guitarist ("The Bells Are Ringing"; "One Night (Of Sin)"; "I Hear You Knocking"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)
  • Jul 10 Ljuba Welitsch, Bulgarian Austrian opera soprano (Nedda-Pagliacci), born in Borisovo, Bulgaria (d. 1996)
  • Jul 15 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), born in Blue Creek, Ohio (d. 1963)
  • Jul 15 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Everett Helm, composer
  • Jul 22 Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and musician, born in Rivarolo, Mantovano, Italy (d. 1995)
  • Jul 24 Johnny McAfee, American singer (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 30 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, Yugoslav composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1987)
  • Aug 1 Jerome Moross, American composer (Frankie & Johnny), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1983)
  • Aug 7 George Van Eps, American seven-string jazz guitarist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • Aug 8 Axel Stordahl, American arranger (Tommy Dorsey; Frank Sinatra), orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher), and composer (McHales's Navy theme), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1963)
  • Aug 9 Harry Mills, American baritone singer (Mills Brothers - "Paper Doll"; "Up A Lazy River"), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1982)
  • Aug 13 Ladislav Holoubek, Slovak conductor (Košice Opera, 1966-81), and composer (Rodina), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1994)
  • Aug 13 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, born in Vitebsk, Belarus (d. 2003)
  • Aug 13 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, born in San Sebastián, Basque Autonomous Community, Spain (d. 2002)
  • Aug 13 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • Aug 13 Anna Mae Winburn, African American singer and band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Port Royal, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • Aug 22 Robert Schollum, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1987)
  • Aug 23 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • Aug 23 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, born in San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela (d. 1993)
  • Aug 28 Richard Tucker [Rivn Ticker], American tenor (New York Metroploitan Opera, 1945-75), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • Sep 15 Henry Dreyfus Brant, Canadian composer (Great American Goot), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 15 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, American jazz pianist and composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1994)
  • Sep 17 Jørgen Jersild, Danish composer and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1953-75), born in Copenhagen (d. 2004)
  • Sep 22 Leroy Holmes, American songwriter ("The Mole"), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • Sep 23 Alexey Davidovich Machavariani, composer
  • Sep 28 Vivian Fine, American composer (Women in the Garden), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Oct 8 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and film and television composer (Night Of The Hunter; Dragnet theme), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • Oct 16 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian organist and composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1988)
  • Oct 19 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and songwriter (d. 1980)
  • Oct 20 Angelo Ephrikian, Armenian-Italian composer, born in Treviso, Italy (d. 1982)
  • Oct 20 (Louis) "Grandpa" Jones, American country music singer and banjo wizard (Hee-Haw), born in Niagra, Kentucky (d. 1998)
  • Oct 22 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • Oct 24 Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone, born in Bassano del Grappa (d. 1984)
  • Oct 29 Eddie Constantine, American singer and actor (Alphaville, License to Kill, Lucky Jo, It Lives Again), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • Nov 11 German Leont'yevich Zhukovsky, Ukrainian composer (From The Whole Heart), born in Radziwiłłowo, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • Nov 19 Blue Barron [Harry Freidman], American "sweet music" orchestra leader ("Cruising Down The River"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • Nov 20 Irina Nijinska, Russian-Polish-American ballet dancer, and teacher, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1991)

Person of interestBenjamin Britten

Nov 22 [Edward] Benjamin Britten, English composer (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Peter Grimes), born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England (d. 1976)

  • Dec 10 Morton Gould, American prolific composer (Verdun), born in Richmond Hill, New York (d. 1996)
  • Dec 12 Hal Dickinson, American singer (Modernaires), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • Dec 12 Stanley Bate, English composer, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1959)
  • Dec 13 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • Dec 18 Donald Phillips, British pianist and composer (Spanish Fiesta, Concerto In Jazz), born in Dalston, London (d. 1994)
  • Dec 18 Saburo Takata, Japanese composer, born in Nagoya (d. 2000)
  • Dec 23 Hans Henkemans, Dutch composer and teacher, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • Dec 23 Leo Ketelaars, Dutch violinist and baritone oratorio vocalist, born in Maasniel, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Dec 24 Karl Michael Komma, German composer & music publicist, born in Aš, Czech Republic
  • Dec 25 Tony Martin [Alvin Morris], American singer (It's a Blue World, To Each), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 30 Svend Simon Schultz, Danish composer and choral director (Danish Radio Choir, 1949-79), born in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark (d. 1998)

About 1913

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 1 - Feb 5), Ox (Feb 6 - Dec 31)