On This Day

Musicians Born in 1918

  • Jan 6 Buddy Weed, American pianist (Penthouse Party), born in Ossining, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jan 9 Betty Roché [Mary Elizabeth Roach], American jazz singer (Duke Ellington - "Take The 'A' Train"), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1999)
  • Jan 11 Albert Weisser, composer
  • Jan 13 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer
  • Jan 20 [Juan Garcia] Esquivel!, Mexican musician ("The King of Space Age Pop"), born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • Jan 21 Antonio Janigro, Italian cellist (Zagreb Soloists), born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 24 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer (Dantons Tod), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1996)
  • Jan 27 Elmore James, musician (Dust My Broom)
  • Jan 27 (Lyle) "Skitch" Henderson, British-American pianist and orchestra leader (NBC Radio; NBC Television; New York Pops), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2005)
  • Feb 5 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), born in Baku (d. 1982)
  • Feb 13 Irv Cottler, American session and touring drummer (Frank Sinatra; Dinah Shore), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • Feb 16 Patty Andrews, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • Feb 19 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • Feb 25 Rena Kyriakou, Greek pianist (d. 1994)
  • Mar 3 Frank Wigglesworth, American composer (The Willowdale Handcar), born in Boston Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Mar 6 Howard McGhee, American be-bop jazz trumpeter, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • Mar 16 Howard Boatwright, American composer and violinist, born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Mar 17 D Arendo [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist and composer (Eleonora)
  • Mar 20 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers; Requiem), born in Bliesheim, Germany (d. 1970)
  • Mar 20 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist and radio broadcaster (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), born in Slough, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • Mar 22 Tauno Pylkkanen, Finnish opera composer, born in Helsinki, Finland(d. 1980)
  • Mar 23 Granville "Sticks" McGhee, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), born in Knoxville, Tennesee ( d. 1961)
  • Mar 28 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1995)
  • Mar 29 Pearl Bailey, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress, singer and dancer (Hello, Dolly!), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • Mar 31 Helen Kemp (nee Hubbert), American choral conductor, composer, and voice teacher, born in Perkasie, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Apr 3 Enrique Iturriaga, Peruvian composer (Sinfonía Junín y Ayacucho), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2019)
  • Apr 3 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor & composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • Apr 3 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • Apr 7 Michael "Peanuts" Hucko, American big band jazz and session clarinetist (Glenn Miller's Army-Air Force Band; Lawrence Welk Show), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2003)
  • Apr 8 Lenore Engdahl, American classical pianist, and educator (Boston University School of Music, 1972–83), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2018)
  • Apr 9 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2008)
  • Apr 11 Jimmy Lewis, American jazz double bassist and soul electric bassist, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • Apr 18 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, born in Kearney, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • Apr 25 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • Apr 27 Kirby Stone, American jazz combo leader (Kirby Stone Four - "Baubles Bangles & Beads"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • May 5 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • May 6 Godfrey Ridout, Canadian composer, conductor, educator, and musicologist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1984)
  • May 7 Argeliers León, Cuban composer, born in Pinar del Río, Cuba (d. 1991)
  • May 13 T. Balasaraswati, Bharatanatyam dancer (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Eddy Arnold, American country music singer ("Make The World Go Away"; "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"), born in Henderson Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • May 16 Aubrey Bowman, British pianist, composer, and conductor (Workman's Music Association), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 2009)
  • May 17 (Märta) Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (Elektra; Salome), born in Västra Karup, Skåne, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • May 23 Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, American band leader, songwriter, and record producer (Little Richard; Sam Cooke), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)
  • Jun 5 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), born in Zagreb (d. 1979)
  • Jun 13 "Wild Bill" Moore, American R&B and jazz tenor saxophone player ("We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll": Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • Jun 14 Carter Harman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Stuart Foster, American singer (Galen Drake Show), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1968)
  • Jul 2 "Sheikh" Imam [Eissa], Egyptian folk and protest singer-songwriter, born in Giza (d. 1995)
  • Jul 5 George Rochberg, American composer (Concord Quartet), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Jul 6 Eugene List, American concert pianist and teacher (Eastman School of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 9 Herbert Brün, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2000)
  • Jul 14 Arthur Laurents, American playwright (West Side Story: Gypsy), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 16 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (Okey Ka Fairy Ko!), born in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippine Islands (d. 1989)
  • Jul 20 Cindy Walker, American songwriter ("Dream Baby"; "You Don't Know Me") and country singer, born in Mart, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jul 24 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • Jul 27 Eero Sipilä, Finnish composer, born in Hailuoto, Finland (d. 1972)
  • Jul 27 Leonard Rose, American concert cellist (New York Philharmonic, 1943-51), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)
  • Jul 30 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, born in Salem, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • Jul 31 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • Aug 5 Betty Oliphant, British-Canadian ballerina, co-founded of National Ballet School of Canada, born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • Aug 6 Norman Granz, American jazz record producer (Verve Records; Pablo Records), and impresario (Jazz at the Philharmonic), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • Aug 10 Arnett Cobb, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Lionel Hampton), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Aug 12 Sid Bernstein, music producer and concert promoter (Beatles; Rolling Stones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Aug 15 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 15 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, born in Saigon, Vietnam (d. 1994)
  • Aug 17 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • Aug 19 Jimmy Rowles [Hunter], American jazz pianist and composer (The Peacocks), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1996)

Leonard Bernstein

Aug 25 Leonard Bernstein, American Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1958-69; Israel Philharmonic; London Symphony), and composer (West Side Story; Chichester Psalms), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1990)

  • Aug 25 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Plymouth, Devon, England (d. 1985)
  • Aug 26 Louis Stotijn, Dutch bassoonist, and conductor (Residence Orchestra), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • Aug 31 Alan Jay Lerner, American Tony and Academy Award-winning lyricist (with Frederick Lerner - My Fair Lady; Gigi; Camelot), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Aug 31 Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, composer
  • Sep 4 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Jimmie Lunceford; Duke Ellington), orchestra leader, and teacher, born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • Sep 13 Ray Charles, American orchestra leader (Perry Como), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Sep 22 (Archibald James) "A.J." Potter, Irish composer (Finnegan's Wake), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1980)
  • Sep 22 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-Mexican violinist (Brahms Concerto), born in, Zelazowa Wola, Poland (d. 1988)
  • Sep 29 Harold Laurence Walters, American composer, born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1984)
  • Oct 1 Antonio Iglesias Álvares, Spanish pianist, composer, educator and critic, born in Orense, Spain (d. 2011)
  • Oct 10 Bobby Byrne, American orchestra leader (Club Seven), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Oct 10 George Rhodes, American pianist, composer, arranger, and music director (Sammy Davis, Jr. Show), born in Indiana (d. 1985)

Jerome Robbins

Oct 11 Jerome Robbins [Rabinowitz], American Tony and Academy Award-winning theater and ballet choreographer and director (West Side Story; Peter Pan), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1998)

  • Oct 12 Emil Cossetto, Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2006)
  • Oct 16 Géori Boué, French soprano, born in Toulouse, France (d. 2017)
  • Oct 18 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency; Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Oct 25 (Greig) "Chubby" Jackson, American big band jazz double-bassist, bandleader, and TV host, born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • Nov 7 Maria Teresa de Noronha, Portuguese Fado singer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1993)
  • Nov 9 Howard Shanet, American conductor (Night of the Tropics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • Nov 11 Jürg Baur, German composer, born in Düsseldorf (d. 2010)
  • Nov 13 Janine Andrade, French violinist, born in Besançon, France (d. 1997)
  • Nov 24 "Wild" Bill Davis, American jazz pianist, arranger, and electronic organ pioneer (Louis Jordan's Tympani Five), born in Glasgow, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • Nov 27 Ze'ev Wolfgang Steinberg, Israeli violist and composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2011)
  • Dec 2 Milton Delugg, American pianist, accordion player, composer ("Hoop-Dee-Do"; "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians"), and orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1966; The Gong Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Dec 7 Jórunn Viðar, Icelandic pianist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 2017)
  • Dec 8 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, born in Angers, France (d. 2004)
  • Dec 12 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • Dec 16 Pierre Delanoë [Leroyer], French songwriter and lyricist, born in Paris (d. 2006)
  • Dec 19 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, born in Bogalusa, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • Dec 23 Jose Greco, Italian-American flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers) (d. 2000), born in Montorio nei Frentani, Italy
  • Dec 24 Dave Bartholomew, American R&B, rock, and jazz musician, composer,producer, and songwriter ("I Hear You Knocking"; "Ain't That A Shame"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), born in Edgard, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • Dec 25 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

About 1918

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