On This Day

Musicians Born in 1914

  • Jan 3 Jean Louvel, Flemish pianist/conductor/composer
  • Jan 8 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer
  • Jan 9 Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer & bandleader (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Jan 16 Roger Wagner, French-American choral director, and educator, was born in Le Puy, France (d. 1992)
  • Jan 22 Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer, born in Platanoussa, Greece (d. 2001)
  • Jan 29 Menelaos Pallantios, Greek composer, born in Piraeus (d. 2012)
  • Feb 6 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor (Tony the Tiger), and bass singer ("You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • Feb 8 Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist (Eternal Music)
  • Feb 9 Ernest Tubb, American country musician ("Walking the Floor Over You"), born in Crisp, Texas (d. 1984)
  • Feb 9 Ralph Herman, American orchestra leader (Circus Time), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 10 Larry Adler, American pop and classical harmonica player, and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2001)
  • Feb 11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • Feb 11 Matt Dennis, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2002)
  • Feb 12 Gordon "Tex" Beneke, American saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Fort Worth, Texas; (d. 2000)
  • Feb 13 George Kleinsinger, American composer (Tubby the Tuba), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1982)
  • Feb 16 Jimmy Wakely, American country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • Feb 18 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), born in Abrams, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • Feb 26 Witold Rowicki, Polish conductor and composer, born in Taganrog, (d. 1989)
  • Mar 5 Philip Farkas, American horn player and teacher (d. 1992)
  • Mar 6 Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1943-56; Moscow Philharmonic, 1960-75; Concertgebouw, 1978-81), born in Moscow, Russia (d.1981)
  • Mar 9 Paul Winter, American classical and session violinist (NBC Orchestra, 1937-58), born in New York City (d. 1992)
  • Mar 12 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1988)
  • Mar 13 Carl-Olof Anderberg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1972)
  • Mar 13 Bob Haggart, American dixieland, swing jazz, and session double bass player, and composer ("What's New?"), born in New York City (d. 1998)
  • Mar 14 Jiri Reinberger, composer
  • Mar 14 Lee Elhardt Hays, American folksinger (d. 1981)
  • Mar 18 César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), born in Petrópolis, Brazil (d. 1993)
  • Mar 19 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1980)
  • Mar 21 Paul Tortelier, French concert cellist, composer, and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • Mar 23 Robert Gross, composer
  • Mar 27 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade; 5 Star Jubilee), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1990)
  • Mar 30 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician ("Down & Out Blues"), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • Apr 1 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist
  • Apr 3 George Sopkin, American cellist (Fine Arts Quartet, 1941-79), and teacher, born in Chicago, Ilinois (d. 2008)
  • Apr 15 John Gregory, British ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company, 1959-69), and writer born in Norwich, England (d. 1996) [1]
  • Apr 26 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire (d. 2008)
  • Apr 30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1994)
  • May 5 Frank Carlson, American jazz and session drummer (Woody Herman, 1937-42 - "The Golden Wedding"), born in New York City
  • May 9 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor, born in Barletta, Italy (d. 2005)
  • May 9 Frank Chacksfield, English pianist, arranger and orchestra leader, born in Battle, England (d. 1995)
  • May 9 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (d. 1999)
  • May 15 Pierre Froidebise, composer
  • May 17 Guido Masanetz, German composer (In Frisco ist der Teufel Los), born in Friedeck, Austria-Hungary (d. 2015)
  • May 18 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria Italian bass opera singer (Boris Godunov), born in Plovdiv,, Bulgaria (1993)
  • May 22 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • May 23 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher
  • May 25 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • May 27 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, born in Thunder Bay, Canada (d. 1977)
  • May 30 Bobby Sherwood, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • May 31 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, born in Kushiro Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2006)
  • Jun 5 Rose Hill, British stage and screen actress ('Allo 'Allo!; Nicholas Nickleby; Shot in the Dark), and lyric soprano (The Beggar's Opera), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • Jun 5 Stan Jones, American songwriter ("Ghost Riders in the Sky"), and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), born in Douglas, Arizona (d. 1963)
  • Jun 9 Hermann Haller, Swiss composer, born in Burgdorf, Switzerland (d. 2002)
  • Jun 12 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, born in Burton Joyce, Nottingham (d. 1995)
  • Jun 12 Bill Kenny, American singer (The Bill Kenny Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Jun 19 Lester Raymond Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - Ballad of Jed Clampett; Foggy Mountain Breakdown), born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • Jun 20 Friedrich Zipp, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1997)
  • Jun 21 Jan Decadt, Flemish composer, born in Ypres (d. 1995)
  • Jun 21 Booker Collins, American jazz bassist, valve trombone, and tuba player (Mary Lou Williams and Her Kansas City Seven), born in Roswell, New Mexico
  • Jun 26 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • Jun 26 Wolfgang Windgassen, German operatic tenor (Stuttgart Opera), born in Annemasse, France (d. 1974)
  • Jun 29 Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (Cornelia Farooli), born in Býchory, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1996)
  • Jun 30 Natko Devčić, Croatian composer, born in Glina, Croatia (d. 1997)
  • Jul 1 Earle Warren, American alto sax player, born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • Jul 2 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (Time & Winds), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • Jul 7 Cor de Groot, pianist/conductor/composer (Old-Dutch Suite)
  • Jul 7 Serafim Sergeyevich Tulikov, composer
  • Jul 8 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer ("Tenderly"; "A Fool In Love"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • Jul 11 Ahti Sonninen, Finnish composer (Pessi and Illusia; The Karelian Wedding), born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 1984)
  • Jul 18 Herbert Collum, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1982)
  • Jul 19 Josef Páleníček, Czech composer, born in Travnik, Bosnia, Yugoslavia (d. 1991)
  • Jul 22 Cecil Effinger, American composer, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1990)
  • Jul 24 Riccardo Malipiero, Italian pianist, composer, critic, and educator, born in Milan (d. 2003)
  • Jul 26 Ralph Blane [Hunsecker], American songwriter ("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"; "The Trolley Song"), born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • Jul 26 Erskine Hawkins, American trumpeter and composer ("After Hours"), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • Jul 28 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony), born in Antioch, California (d. 1984)
  • Jul 31 Isolde Ahlgrimm, Austrian harpsichordist, fortepianist, early music and original instrument proponent, and teacher, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)
  • Aug 1 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, born in Voroshilovka, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • Aug 2 Félix Leclerc, French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), born in La Tuque, Québec, Canada (d. 1988)
  • Aug 5 Stjepan Sulek, Croatian violinist/composer (Coriolan), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1986)
  • Aug 9 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian-Austrian conductor, born in Budapest (d. 1963)
  • Aug 12 Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer ("I'll Never Smile Again"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1981)
  • Aug 13 Luis Mariano, Basque operetta singer, born in Irun, Spain (d. 1970)
  • Aug 13 Ivon De Bie, Belgian jazz pianist (Django Reinhardt), and band leader, born in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Belgium (d. 1989)
  • Aug 16 Edythe Wright, American big band era singer (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, 1935-39), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1965) [1]
  • Aug 19 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), born in Sendai, Honshū, Japan (d. 1955)
  • Aug 25 Alexei Haieff, American composer (Princess Zondilda), born in Biagoveschensk, Siberia (d. 1994)
  • Aug 28 Glenn Osser, American orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue), born in Munising, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Sep 2 (Lawrence) "Booker T." Laury, American boogie-woogie and blues pianist and singer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • Sep 2 Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
  • Sep 4 Henrik Blichmann, Danish swing jazz pianist, composer (92 Minutes of Yesterday), and orchestra leader, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1994 )
  • Sep 5 Gail Kubik, American composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), born in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma (d. 1984)
  • Sep 7 Hugo Pfister, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1969)
  • Sep 7 Graeme Bell, Australian pianist and composer, born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia (d. 2012)
  • Sep 8 Dave Bowman, American jazz and studio pianist (Jack Teagarden; Bud Freeman; Perry Como), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1964)
  • Sep 10 Robert Wise, American Academy Award-winning film director (The Day the Earth Stood Still; West Side Story; The Sound Of Music), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • Sep 13 Leonard Feather, British jazz critic and musician, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Sep 14 Michał Spisak, Polish composer (Hymne Olympique), born in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland (d. 1965)
  • Sep 14 Mae Boren Axton, American songwriter known as the 'Queen Mother of Nashville' ("Heartbreak Hotel"), born in Bardwell, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Sep 23 Norman Cazden, composer
  • Sep 24 Andrzej Panufnik, Polish-British composer and conductor (Symphony No. 3 - Sinfonia Sacra), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1991)
  • Sep 24 Hein Jordans, Dutch conductor, born in Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • Sep 25 Frederick Wilhelm Sternfeld, Austrian musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1994)
  • Sep 28 Jim Boyd, American country and western musician (Men of the West) (d. 1993)
  • Sep 28 Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, born in Zell am See, Salzburg, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2014)
  • Oct 2 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, born in Subotica, Serbia (d. 1964)
  • Oct 2 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki (d. 1989)
  • Oct 2 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, born in London (d. 1998)
  • Oct 3 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher (d. 1970)
  • Oct 7 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 9 Roger Goeb, American composer, born in Cherokee, Iowa (d. 1997)
  • Oct 10 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer, piano player, and songwriter ("Since I Met You Baby"), born in Kirbyville, Texas (d. 1974)
  • Oct 17 Albert Markos, Romanian composer (Torso I), born in Székelykeresztúr, Hungary (now Cristuru Secuiesc, Romania) (d. 1981)
  • Oct 20 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • Oct 24 Dave Dallwitz, South Australian jazz and classical pianist, bandleader, composer, and visual artist, born in Freeling, South Australia (d. 2003)
  • Oct 26 Alexander "Sasha" Argov [Abramovich], Israeli composer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • Oct 26 Claude Jeter, American gospel music singer (The Swan Silvertones), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • Oct 30 Patsy Montana [Ruby Rose Blevins], American country singer, songwriter and yodeler ("I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"), born in Beaudry, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • Oct 30 Richard E. Holz, American composer for brass band (Salvation Army), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • Oct 30 Marius Flothuis, Dutch composer, (Kleine Suite for 12 Harps; Espressioni Cordiali), artistic director (Concertgebouw Orchestra, 1955–74), musicologist (Mozart), and music critic, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • Nov 1 Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, born in Middleburgh, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • Nov 3 Hallgrímur Helgason, Icelandic musicologist, composer, teacher and conductor, born in Eyrarbakki, Iceland (d. 1994)
  • Nov 5 Jack McVea, American swing jazz, and R&B clarinetist, saxophonist, and bandleader, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • Nov 11 Hansje Toussaint [Hermina A Schenk], Dutch singer (Sing of the Cross), born in Den Helder, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • Nov 14 Eric John Crozier, producer/librettist
  • Nov 14 Ken Carson, American singer (Garry Moore Show), born in Coalgate, Oklahoma
  • Nov 15 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1990)
  • Nov 18 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, born in Lena, Norway (d. 2016)
  • Nov 20 (Clifton) "Skeeter" Best, American jazz guitarist (Erskine Hawkins; Earl Hines; Oscar Pettiford; Ray Charles; Milt Jackson), born in Kinson, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • Nov 25 Eddie Boyd, American blues pianist and singer ("Five Long Years"), born in Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Nov 29 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • Dec 1 Johnny Johnston, singer (Make that Spare), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 2 Eddie Sauter, American musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • Dec 3 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • Dec 3 Edward "Corky" Cornelius, American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Gene Krupa), born in Cicero, Indiana (d. 1943)
  • Dec 10 Dorothy Lamour [Mary Kaumeyer], American actress and singer (Road to Bali, My Favorite Brunette), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • Dec 13 George "Tiger" Haynes, American jazz musician (The Three Flames) and actor (In the Heat of the Night, The Wiz), born in Frederiksted, St. Croix (d. 1994)
  • Dec 14 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist (Bach & Rock), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Dec 18 Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton, American R&B and blues guitarist and singer ("Do Unto Others"), born in Rockdale, Texas (d. 1985)
  • Dec 23 Dezider Kardos, Slovak composer, born in Nadlice, Slovakia (d. 1991)
  • Dec 27 Ivan Sutton, British concert promoter (City Music Society), born in Purley, London (d. 1996)
  • Dec 29 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1989)

About 1914

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