Birthdays in Music in 1915

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Uta Graf, singer/teacher
  • Jan 10 Dean Dixon, Zug Switzerland, conductor
  • Jan 18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (d. 1984)
  • Jan 19 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 24 Vitezslava Kapralova, composer
  • Jan 25 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Broughton (d. 1989)
  • Jan 27 Jack Brymer, clarinetist
  • Jan 29 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)
  • Jan 30 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer/theory (Capitaine Bruno)
  • 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 Landowsky, composer
  • Mar 4 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [OS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Mar 4 Eunice Catunda, composer
  • 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 Alexander Brott, composer
  • Mar 14 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [NS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Mar 20 Sviatosiav Richter, Zhitomir Ukraine, pianist (Stalin Prize-1945)
  • 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], jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Apr 12 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • Apr 15 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist writer/musicologist
  • Apr 19 Dorian Le Gallienne, composer
  • Apr 21 Andor Kovach, composer
  • Apr 26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • Apr 29 Donald Mills, singer (Mills Brothers)
  • 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, composer (12 Tone Tonality), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 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 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, violinist
  • May 29 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • May 29 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (d. 1990)
  • 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 Jane Cowan, cello teacher
  • Jun 9 Les Paul, American jazz, country and blues 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], Ky, banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw)
  • Jun 18 Victor Legley, composer
  • 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 Jimmie Rogers, singer (Sugar Hill Time), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 6 Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist/composer (Vague et Sillon)
  • Jul 9 David Leo Diamond, American composer (Paderewski Prize-1943), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2005)
  • Jul 17 Esther Williamson Ballou, composer
  • 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, blues singer/guitarist
  • Jul 27 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1982)
  • Aug 4 Irving Fields, Composer and pianist (Ilona Massey Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Aug 9 Haim Alexander, composer
  • 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, 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 singer, 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 singer (Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1988)
  • Sep 16 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 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, musician
  • Oct 6 Edgardo Martin, composer
  • Oct 7 Roman Padlewski, composer
  • 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 24 Jean Vallerand, composer
  • Oct 26 Golfredo Corradetti, conductor
  • Oct 30 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer (Capitaine Bruno)
  • Nov 2 Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand composer, born in Whanganui (d. 2001)
  • Nov 2 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (d. 2000)
  • Nov 26 Earl Wild, composer/pianist (Caesar's Hour, NBC Symph 1942), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 27 Victor Alessandro, composer
  • Nov 28 Pamela Harrison, composer
  • Nov 29 Billy Strayhorn, American musician and composer (d. 1967)
  • Nov 30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • Dec 2 Adolph Green, songwriter (married to Phyllis Newman)
  • Dec 2 Nico Richter, composer
  • Dec 5 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • Dec 9 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jarotschin Germ, soprano (Der Rosenkavalier)

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 singer (d. 2003)

Person of interestEdith Piaf

Dec 19 Édith Piaf, [E Giovanna Gassion], chanteuse (Little Sparrow), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • Dec 21 Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (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 pianist/vocalist (Walkin' at the River)
  • Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, US gospel singer (Staple Singers), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2000)