On This Day

Musicians Born in 1919

  • Jan 1 Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist/pianist/orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
  • Jan 3 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 1963)
  • Jan 5 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, born in Roccasecca, Italy (d. 1992)
  • Jan 16 Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
  • Jan 18 Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Chilean composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2019)
  • Jan 20 Royalton Kisch, British conductor, born in Marylebone, London (d. 1995)
  • Jan 20 Stepan Lucky, Slovak film score composer, born in Žilina, Slovakia (d. 2006)
  • Jan 24 Leon Kirchner, American contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jan 27 Nina Milkina, Russian British pianist, born in Moscow (d. 2006)
  • Jan 30 Robert Suter, Swiss composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 2008)
  • Feb 2 Lisa Della Casa, Swiss operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1953-67), born in Burgdorf, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • Feb 3 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Feb 5 Red Buttons [Aaron Chwatt], American comedian, Oscar Award actor (Sayonara; The Red Buttons Show; The Poseidon Adventure), and singer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Feb 8 Buddy Morrow, orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
  • Feb 11 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress, comedian, singer and socialite (Green Acres, Gigi), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Feb 11 Israel Baker, American concert and session violinist (NBC Symphony; Paramount Studios Orchestra), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Feb 13 Joan Edwards, American vocalist (Joan Edwards Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford, American country music singer ("Sixteen Tons"), and actor, born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • Feb 22 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, born in Libušín (d. 2007)
  • Feb 22 Tahia Carioca, Egyptian actress and belly dancer (Watch out for Zouzou), born in Egypt (d. 1999)
  • Feb 25 Fred Katz, American classical and jazz cellist (Chico Hamilton Quintet), and composer (Roger Corman films), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013).
  • Feb 26 Luc-Andre Marcel, French composer, born in Entrecasteaux, France (d. 1992)
  • Feb 27 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, composer
  • Mar 2 Tamara Toumanova, dancer
  • Mar 3 Enzo Stuarti [Scapone], Italian-American pop tenor (That's A'Nice!), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2005)
  • Mar 6 Wanda Luzzato, Italian concert violinist and teacher, born in Varese, Lombardy, Italy (d. 2002)
  • Mar 8 Ivor Keys, musician/teacher
  • Mar 10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • Mar 11 Mercer Ellington, son of Duke Ellington, American composer, and bandleader, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • Mar 14 Luther Henderson Jr, American orchestra leader (Polly Bergen Show), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • Mar 15 Randy Brooks, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Harlem Nocturne') (d. 1967)
  • Mar 16 Erno Kiraly, Yugoslavian composer, born in Subotica

Nat King Cole

Mar 17 Nat "King "Cole, American jazz pianist and pop vocalist ("Unforgettable", "Mona Lisa"), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1965)

  • Mar 19 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • Mar 28 Jacob Avshalomov, American composer (Sinfonietta; The Oregon), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 2013)
  • Apr 2 Ian Hunter, British impresario of classical music, born in Hadley Wood, Middlesex (d. 2003)
  • Apr 4 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • Apr 6 Paula Kelly, Grove City, Pennsylvania, American big band singer
  • Apr 7 Ralph Flanagan, American orchestra leader (Let's Dance), born in Loraine, Ohio
  • Apr 12 István Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian classical and electronic music composer (La Tourangelle; Winthrop), educator (McGill; Queens (Ontario) Universities), and writer (Alternative Voices), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012) [1]
  • Apr 12 Billy Vaughn, American singer, saxophonist, and bandleader ("Sail Along Sil'vry Moon"), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • Apr 13 [Harold] Howard Keel, American actor, singer, (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Kiss Me Kate), and president of the Screen Actors Guild, born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Apr 14 Mendelis Bašs, Latvian composer, conductor, and pedagogue, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2012)
  • Apr 17 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer, born in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia Province, Costa Rica (d. 2012)
  • Apr 18 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People; DuBarry Was A Lady; Thousands Cheer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • Apr 21 Don Cornell [Luigi Varlaro], American singer (Sammy Kaye Orch, Hold My Hand), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • Apr 22 Benjamin "Bull Moose" Jackson, American R&B saxophone player and singer ("Hurry, Hurry"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • Apr 23 Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Latvian-Canadian composer, organist, and pedagogue, born in Liepāja, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • Apr 23 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1990)
  • Apr 25 Heinz Wunderlich, German organist and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2012)
  • May 3 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (The Weavers - "Goodnight Irene") and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • May 4 Mary Ann McCall, American big band singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • May 8 Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR, born in Shusha, Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (d. 1974)
  • May 10 Tibor Sarai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1995)

Liberace

May 16 Liberace [Wladziu Valentino], American pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

  • May 17 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • May 18 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), born in Reigate, England (d. 1991)
  • May 23 Betty Garrett, American stage and screen comedian, singer, dancer, and actress (All In The Family - "Irene"; Laverne & Shirley - "Edna"), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • May 23 Ruth Fernández, Puerto Rican singer ("Cuando Vuelvas" - "When You Return"), and politician (Senate-at-large, 1973-81), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2012)
  • May 24 Herbie Fields [Bernfeld], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader ("Dardanella"), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • May 25 Gino Negri, Italian composer, born in Perledo (d. 1991)
  • May 31 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer
  • May 31 (Emmanual Tettey) "E.T." Mensah, Ghanaian saxophonist, known as the "King of Highlife" music (Accra Rhythmic Orchestra; The Tempos), born in Accra, West Africa (d. 1996)
  • Jun 1 Boris Lazarevich Klyuzner, composer
  • Jun 5 Akeo Watanabe, Japanese conductor (Japan Philharmonic, 1956-68 & 1978-83), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1990)
  • Jun 13 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, born in Copenhagen (d. 2001)
  • Jun 17 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 2006)
  • Jun 22 Gower Champion, American stage dancer, choreographer and actor (42nd Street, Showboat), born in Geneva, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • Jul 10 Ralph "Rusty" Gill, American singer (Polka Time), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • Jul 27 Per Hjort Albertsen, Norwegian organist, composer, and educator, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2015)
  • Jul 31 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Aug 6 Hugh Mendl, British record label executive (Decca/Deram Records), born in London (d. 2008)
  • Aug 11 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (d. 1949)
  • Aug 11 June Hutton [Cowan], American pop vocalist (The Pied Pipers -"I'll Never Smile Again"; Afterglow), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • Aug 13 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist, and composer ("Lullaby of Birdland"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 13 (Robert) "Baby Boy" Warren, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Lake Providence, Louisiana (d. 1977)
  • Aug 24 "Drs P" [Heinz H Polzer], Swiss-Dutch songwriter and singer, born in Thun, Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • Aug 24 Niels Viggo Bentzon, Danish pianist and composer (The Tempered Piano), born in Copenhagen (d. 2000)
  • Aug 24 Bartolomé "Beny" Moré, Cuban guaracha and mambo singer, guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader, born in Santa Isabel de las Lajas, Cuba (d. 1963)
  • Aug 26 Ronny Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, and screenwriter (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Aug 29 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2018)
  • Aug 30 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer ("It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • Sep 2 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), born in Haskell County, Teaxs (d. 2000)
  • Sep 2 Marge Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 8 Johan Kvandal, Norwegian composer, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1999)
  • Sep 10 Lex van Delden [Alexander Zwaap], Dutch composer and writer (Canto della Guerra), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (d. 1988)
  • Sep 14 Deryck Cooke, British composer and musicologist, born in Leicester (d. 1976)
  • Sep 16 Milan Harašta, Czech composer, born in Brno, Moravia Czechoslovakia (d. 1946)
  • Sep 19 Blanche Thebom, American mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida), born in Monessen, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Sep 24 Václav Nelhýbel, Czech-American composer (Everyman), born in Polanka, Czechoslovakia (d. 1996)
  • Sep 28 Countess Margaret Johnson, American jazz pianist, born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 1939)
  • Sep 30 Patricia Neway, American soprano (Consul; Maria Golovia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Oct 3 Walter Gieseler, German composer, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Oct 8 Hal Singer, American jazz and R&B saxophonist ("Corn Bread"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020) [1]
  • Oct 9 Rezso Sugar, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • Oct 11 Art Blakey, American drummer (Billy Eckstine Band; Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • Oct 12 Andre Casanova, composer, born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • Oct 14 Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony, 1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institute, 1965-2015), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Oct 18 Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton), American jazz singer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Oct 18 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, Danville, Virginia,(d. 2012)
  • Oct 23 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), born in Aledo, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Oct 27 Babs Gonzales [Lee Brown], American be-bop jazz vocalist, poet, and songwriter ("Oop-Pop-A-Da"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • Nov 5 Myron Floren, American accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Roslyn, Day County, South Dakota (d. 2005)
  • Nov 14 Lisa Otto, German soprano (Berlin State Opera, 1951-85), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2013)
  • Nov 16 Udo Kasemets, Estonian-born Canadian composer, born in Talinn, Estonia (d. 2014)
  • Nov 17 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • Nov 20 John McCarthy, English conductor, born in London (d. 2009)
  • Nov 23 Cláudio Santoro, Brazilian violinist, conductor, and composer, born in Manaus, Brazil (d. 1989)
  • Nov 27 Siegfried Naumann, Swedish conductor (Musica Nova ensemble, 1962-77), teacher, and composer (Risposte), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2001)
  • Nov 29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (popularized African dance), born in Port of Spain (d. 1994)
  • Dec 1 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • Dec 1 Lurlean Hunter, American jazz singer, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1983)
  • Dec 3 Charles Craig, English operatic tenor, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Dec 6 Gideon Klein, Moravian pianist and composer, born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia (d. 1945)
  • Dec 8 Hans-Dieter Hosalla, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Dec 8 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • Dec 10 Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson, Swedish composer, born in Västervik, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Dec 10 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Dec 16 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk-pop vocalist (Small Yodel Boy), and double bassist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Dec 22 Lillian "Lil" Green, American blues singer and songwriter ("Romance In The Dark"), born in Mississippi (d. 1954) [some sources cite year of birth as 1901, and some 1910]
  • Dec 25 Naushad Ali, Indian music director (d. 2006)
  • Dec 28 Inocente Carreño, Venezuelan composer, born in Porlamar, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • Dec 29 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, born in Cernauti, Romania (d. 2013)
  • Dec 30 David Willcocks, conductor and composer (Kings College Choir), born in Newquay, Cornwall, (d. 2015)

About 1919

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