On This Day

Musicians Born in 1915

  • Jan 5 Uta Graf, German-American soprano and teacher, born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; (d. 1995)
  • Jan 10 Dean Dixon, American conductor, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1975)
  • Jan 18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer & songwriter, born in Trikala, Greece (d. 1984)
  • Jan 19 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 24 Vitezslava Kapralova, Czech composer, born in Brno, Czechia (d. 1940)
  • Jan 25 Ewan MacColl, Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Broughton, United Kingdom (d. 1989)
  • Jan 27 Jack Brymer, clarinetist
  • Jan 29 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)
  • Jan 31 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
  • Jan 31 Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
  • Feb 3 Richard Bales, composer
  • Feb 4 Ray Evans, American songwriter with Jay Livingston (d. 2007)
  • Feb 8 Lambros Georges Guetary Worloou, singer
  • Feb 11 Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist (VARA Orch, Orkestgebouw Orchestra)
  • Feb 14 Irving Gordon, American songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 17 Homer Keller, American composer (d. 1996)

  • Feb 18 Marcel Landowski, French composer (Un enfant appelle), born in Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany (d. 1999)
  • Mar 4 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [OS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Mar 8 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • Mar 10 Sir Charles Groves, English conductor(d. 1992)
  • Mar 14 Eunice Katunda, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
  • Mar 14 Alexander Brott, composer
  • Mar 14 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [NS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Mar 20 Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • Mar 27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • Mar 28 Jay Livingston, American composer (Buttons & Bows, Mona Lisa, Tammy), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Mar 29 George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • Mar 31 Eliseo Morales Pajaro, composer
  • Apr 1 Art Lund, Salt Lake City Utah, singer (Ken Murray Show)

Person of interestBillie Holiday

Apr 7 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], American jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Apr 12 Ernest Borneman, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), born in Berlin (d. 1995)
  • Apr 12 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • Apr 19 Dorian Le Gallienne, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1963)
  • Apr 21 Andor Kovach, Romanian composer (Médée), born in Transylvania, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2005)
  • Apr 26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer and guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • Apr 29 Donald Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1999)

  • May 2 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2004)
  • May 2 Van Alexander, American composer and orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • May 2 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • May 3 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, born in Cúa, Miranda state, Venezuela (d. 1984)
  • May 4 Pedro Saenz, Argentine and Spanish composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1995)
  • May 5 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress and singer (Hello, Frisco, Hello; Fallen Angel; Stowaway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • May 6 George Perle, American composer (12 Tone Tonality), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • May 10 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • May 15 Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
  • May 25 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American actress and singer (Night and Day, Kay Kyser Band), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1994)
  • May 28 Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Austrian violinist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2002)
  • May 29 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • May 29 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, 1945-87), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1990)
  • Jun 1 Bart Howard [Howard Joseph Gustafson], American songwriter (Fly Me to the Moon), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • Jun 2 Robert Moffat Palmer, American composer, born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2010)
  • Jun 6 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Jun 9 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • Jun 10 Oscar Comras, drummer (namesake of Comras Mall in Bronx Park), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 17 Stringbean [David Akeman], American banjoist and comedian (Hee Haw), born in Annville, Kentucky (d. 1973)
  • Jun 18 Victor Legley, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Hazebrouck, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • Jun 22 Randolph Hokanson, American concert pianist and teacher (University of Washington, 1949-84), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 2018)
  • Jun 23 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag)
  • Jun 25 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1998)
  • Jun 27 Hendrik W van Leeuwen, Dutch musician (d. 1995)
  • Jun 28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • Jul 1 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • Jul 4 Timmie Rogers, American comedian (The Jackie Gleason Show), actor and singer-songwriter (Back to School Again; I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • Jul 6 Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist and composer (Vague et Sillon), born in Binche, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Jul 9 David Leo Diamond, American composer (Paderewski Prize-1943), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2005) [1]
  • Jul 10 Milt Buckner, American jazz pianist and Hammond organ pioneer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • Jul 17 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, born in Elmira, New York (d. 1973)
  • Jul 18 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • Jul 21 Floyd McDaniel, American blues singer and guitarist (Five Blazes), born in Athens, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • Jul 27 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1982)
  • Aug 4 Irving Fields [Yitzhak Schwartz], American lounge pianist and composer (Ilona Massey Show; Bagels & Bongos), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Aug 9 Haim Alexander, Israeli composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Aug 11 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • Aug 12 Michael Kidd, American choreographer and dancer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Aug 16 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), born in Tyro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Aug 21 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), born in Copenhagen (d. 1998)
  • Aug 24 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • Aug 26 William Bardwell, composer
  • Aug 30 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • Sep 2 Dai-Keong Lee, composer
  • Sep 2 Hans Joachim Koellreutter, composer
  • Sep 3 Abel Ehrlich, Israeli composer, born in Cranz, East Prussia (d. 2003)
  • Sep 3 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian composer, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 2014)
  • Sep 3 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman], American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • Sep 4 Rudolf Schock, German opera tenor, born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1986)
  • Sep 11 Jack Fascinato, American pianist and orchestra leader (Kukla Fran & Ollie), born in Bevier, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • Sep 12 Billy Daniels, African-American jazz singer ("That Old Black Magic") and television pioneer (The Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1988)
  • Sep 16 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1968)
  • Sep 19 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • Sep 23 Finn Arnestad, composer
  • Oct 2 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 1996)

  • Oct 6 Edgardo Martin, composer
  • Oct 7 Roman Padlewski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1944)
  • Oct 13 Jack Patrick Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • Oct 18 Thomas Round, British tenor (Gilbert and Sullivan For All), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, Engaland (d. 2016)
  • Oct 19 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), born in Jebel Ed-Druz, Southern Syria (d. 1974)
  • Oct 20 Giora Schuster, composer
  • Oct 26 Golfredo Corradetti, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Calgary, Alberta; (d. 1995)
  • Oct 30 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss-French composer (Capitaine Bruno), born in Geneva (d. 1992)
  • Nov 2 Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand composer (A Song Of Islands), and educator (Victoria University, 1949-80), born in Whanganui, New Zealand (d. 2001)
  • Nov 2 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (d. 2000)
  • Nov 26 Earl Wild, American composer and pianist (Caesar's Hour, 1952-56; NBC Symphony, 1937-44), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Nov 27 Victor Alessandro, composer
  • Nov 28 Pamela Harrison, English pianist and composer, born in Orpington, England (d. 1990)
  • Nov 29 Billy [William Thomas] Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (Take The 'A' Train), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Nov 30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • Dec 2 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)
  • Dec 2 Nico Richter, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1945)
  • Dec 5 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • Dec 9 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Austro-British soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in Jarotschin, German Empire (d. 2006)

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

Dec 12 Frank Sinatra, American singer (Strangers in the Night, My Way) and actor (From Here to Eternity) known as 'old blue eyes', born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 14 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • Dec 16 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer (The Blizzard, Time, Forward!)
  • Dec 16 Turk Murphy, American trombonist (d. 1987)
  • Dec 17 André Claveau, French pop singer and actor (Dors, mon amour), born in Paris; (d. 2003)

Person of interestEdith Piaf

Dec 19 Édith Piaf [Édith Giovanna Gassion], French chanteuse (Little Sparrow, Le Vie En Rose), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • Dec 21 Werner von Trapp, Austrian singer (Trapp Family Singers), born in Zell am See, Austria (d. 2007)
  • Dec 25 Noelle de Mosa, Neth/British dancer/teacher (Brigadoon)
  • Dec 25 Pete Rugolo, bandleader/arranger (Fugitive)
  • Dec 26 Una Mae Carlisle, US jazz pianist/vocalist (Walkin' By The River), born in Xenia, Ohio; (d. 1956)
  • Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2000)

About 1915

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