On This Day

Musicians Born in 1920

  • Jan 1 Virgilio Savona, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Jan 3 Renato Carosone, Italian canzone napoletana singer, pianist, songwriter ("Tu vuò fà l'americano" - "You Want to Be American"), and accordionist, born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2001)
  • Jan 5 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian pianist, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1995)
  • Jan 6 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, born in Dinuba, California (d. 1998)
  • Jan 17 Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • Jan 17 George Handy [Hendleman], American bebop jazz arranger, pianist and composer (Handyland, U.S.A.), born in New York City (d. 1997)
  • Jan 18 Constance Moore, American singer and actress (Buck Rogers; Show Business; Atlantic City), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • Jan 19 Luciano Chailly, Italian opera composer (L'Idiota) and artistic director (La Scala), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 2002)
  • Jan 21 Torsten Nilsson, Swedish organist, choral director, and composer (Out of the Night of the Earth), born in Höör, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • Jan 22 William Warfield, American concert bass-baritone singer and actor (Show Boat), born in West Helena, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • Jan 24 Don Saddler, American choreographer & dancer (Holiday Hotel), born in Van Nuys, California (d. 2014)
  • Jan 24 Jimmy Forrest, American jazz saxophonist (Night Train), born In St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • Jan 27 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (d. 2002)
  • Jan 30 George Skibine, Russian-American ballet dancer & choreographer (Tragedy in Verona), born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia (d. 1981)
  • Feb 7 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me A Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • Feb 12 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • Feb 13 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter ("Love Hurts"; "Bye Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • Feb 13 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (I Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Metropolitan Opera, 1960-66) and film voice (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut (d. 2002)
  • Feb 15 Ingmar Milveden, Swedish organist, composer, and musicologist, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 Lee Russell, American vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 17 Paul Fetler, American composer (December Stillness; Three Poems By Walt Whitman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Feb 22 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
  • Feb 22 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • Feb 23 Hall Overton, American jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), born in Bangor, Michigan [1]
  • Feb 27 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Feb 27 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer (Blues Alley All Star Band), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • Feb 28 Edward Kassner, Austrian born music publisher (President Records), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • Feb 29 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • Feb 29 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • Feb 29 Rudy Cafaro, American jazz guitarist, born in Middle Village, New York (d. 2000)
  • Mar 1 Alfred Grant Goodman, composer
  • Mar 2 Enrique Franco, composer
  • Mar 6 Peter Brinson, British ballet and dance writer, lecturer, and promoter (Ballet For All), born in Llandudno, Wales (d. 1995)
  • Mar 8 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist
  • Mar 10 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, American country singer, and mandolin player (Homer & Jethro -"The Battle of Kookamonga"), born in Conasauga, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • Mar 10 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (d. 1959)
  • Mar 16 John Addison, British Academy and BAFTA Award-winning film score composer (Tom Jones; A Bridge Too Far; Centennial), born in Surrey, England (d. 1998)
  • Mar 17 John La Montaine, composer (Pulitzer 1959), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Mar 21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and songwriter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 22 Fanny Waterman, English concert pianist and teacher (founder of Leeds International Piano Competition), born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)
  • Mar 23 Alexander Grigori Harut'unyan, composer
  • Mar 23 Geoffrey Bush, British organist, pianist, composer, and educator, born in London (d. 1998)
  • Mar 27 Richard Hayman, American harmonica player ("Ruby"), arranger, and orchestra leader (Boston Pops; St. Louis Pops; Grand Rapids Pops), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • Mar 27 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), born in Västerås, Sweden (d. 1967)
  • Apr 3 Stan Freeman, American composer (Melody Tour), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2001)

Ravi Shankar

Apr 7 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), born in Benares, British, India (d. 2012)

  • Apr 8 Carmen McRae, American jazz singer and pianist ("Dream of Life"), born in New York City (d. 1994)
  • Apr 9 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • Apr 13 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), born in Cherokee, Iowa (d. 2019)
  • Apr 14 Eduardo Maturana, Chilean composer, born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 2003)
  • Apr 17 Genevieve [Ginette Auger], French actress and singer (The Jack Paar Show), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • Apr 21 Bruno Maderna, Italian conductor, and avant garde composer (Quadrivium; Satyricon), born in Venice, Italy
  • Apr 23 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • Apr 26 Padú del Caribe [Juan Chabaya Lampe], Aruban pianist and composer, known as the "Father of the Caribbean" ("Aruba Dushi Tera" - Aruba's national anthem), born in Oranjestad, Aruba, Kingdom of the Netherlandsborn
  • Apr 27 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, born in Novara, Italy (d. 1956)
  • Apr 28 Nan Merriman, American-Dutch singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orchestra), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Apr 29 Harold Shapero, American composer (9 Minute Opera), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • Apr 30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • May 2 Jacob Gilboa [Erwin Goldberg], Israeli composer, born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • May 2 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, born in Chavornay, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • May 3 John Lewis, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet, 1952-97), born in La Grange, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • May 10 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Beryl Bryden, British jazz/blues singer and washboard player, born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 1998)
  • May 13 Gareth Morris, British flautist (d. 2007)
  • May 18 Lucia Mannucci, Italian jazz singer (Quartetto Cetra, 1947-88), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 2012)
  • May 20 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), born in Leicester, England (d. 2011)
  • May 21 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • May 23 Helen O'Connell, American big-band singer (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra - "Green Eyes"; "Anapola"), and TV host (Today Show, 1956-58), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • May 26 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer ("Fever"; "Is That All There Is?"), songwriter ("Mañana"), and actress (Pete Kelly's Blues; Lady and the Tramp), born in Jamestown, North Dakota (d. 2002)
  • May 27 Gwyneth George, Welsh cellist and teacher, born on the Mumbles, Wales (d. 2016)
  • May 30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • May 30 John Heawood, Canadian actor, singer and choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), born in Canada (d. 1995)
  • Jun 4 Britt Woodman, American jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington; Charles Mingus; Lionel Hampton), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • Jun 5 Kurt Edelhagen, German jazz pianist and big band leader, born in Herne, Germany (d. 1982)
  • Jun 10 Zbyněk Vostřák, Czech composer (While We Are Falling Asleep), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1985) [1]
  • Jun 11 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1981)
  • Jun 11 Shelly Manne, American 'West Coast' jazz and session drummer, percussionist, composer, and bandleader, born in New York City (d. 1984)
  • Jun 14 Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo, Karelian composer, born in Zlatoust, Ural (d. 1989)
  • Jun 18 Jack Ellory, British orchestral and session alto and bass flute player (Philharmonia Orchestra; The Beatles - "The Fool on the Hill"), born in Cornwall, England (d. 2009)
  • Jun 20 Donato "Danny" Cedrone, American guitarist and bandleader (The Esquires; Bill Haley & His Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"), born in Jamesville, New York (d. 1954)
  • Jun 23 Paul Des Marais, American composer, born in Menominee, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • Jun 24 Bernhard Krol, German hornist and composer (Figaro Metamorphoses), born in Berlin, Gemany (d. 2013) [1]
  • Jun 26 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • Jul 3 John Lessard, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2003)
  • Jul 5 Issachar Miron, Israeli composer, born in Kutno, Poland (d. 2015)
  • Jul 9 (Alexander) "Duke" Burrell, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader (Louisiana Shakers; Louis Jordan; Johnny Otis), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • Jul 12 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), born in Grand Cane, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • Jul 14 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter ("One Day At A Time"), born in Kemp, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jul 19 Robert Mann, American composer and violinist (String Quartet 1952), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2018)
  • Jul 21 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), born in Kremenets, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2001)
  • Jul 21 Manuel Valls, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1984)
  • Jul 23 Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1999)
  • Jul 31 Rudolf Halaczinsky, German composer, born in Emma-Grube, Upper Silesia (d. 1999)
  • Aug 3 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • Aug 3 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • Aug 8 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (d. 2006)
  • Aug 8 Jimmy Witherspoon, American jump blues singer ("Ain't Nobody's Business"), born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • Aug 13 Charlie Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, born in London (d. 1997)

Maureen O'Hara

Aug 17 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), born in Ranelagh, Ireland (d. 2015)

  • Aug 19 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • Aug 23 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • Aug 25 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • Aug 29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist ("Ornithology"), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • Sep 4 Harold "Shot" Jackson, American country dobro player, and pedal steel guitarist (Roy Acuff), and guitar designer and builder (Sho-Bud), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • Sep 5 Peter Racine Fricker, British composer, born in London (d. 1990)
  • Sep 7 Al Caiola, American guitarist (Bonzanza theme), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • Sep 19 Karen Khachaturian, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2011)
  • Sep 23 Alexander Arutiunian, composer, (d. 2012)
  • Sep 23 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, born in Smilkov (d. 1986)
  • Sep 29 Václav Neummann, Czech conductor and musician, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • Sep 29 Tillman Franks, American country music bassist, songwriter and artist manager (Webb Pierce), born in Stamps, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • Sep 30 Ghazar Saryan, Armenian composer (Symphonic Panels on motifs by Saryan; Day of Peace), and educator (Komitas State Conservatory, 1960-86), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 1998)
  • Sep 30 Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American concert cellist and educator (Yale School of Music, 1958-2018). born in Natal, Brazil (d. 2018)
  • Oct 9 Vivienne Della Chiesa, American lyric soprano who sang on US radio during the 1940s and early 1950s (The American Album of Familiar Music, The Standard Hour), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Oct 9 Yusef Lateef [William Huddleston], American jazz saxophonist and flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • Oct 13 Albert Hague [Marcuse], German-American actor, singer and composer (Fame; How the Grinch Stole Christmas), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2001)
  • Oct 31 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, born in Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2008)
  • Nov 2 Fabio Gonzalez-Zuleta, Colombian composer, born in Bogota (d. 2011)
  • Nov 10 William S. Harvey, American graphic designer and album cover artist (The Doors; The Stooges; Tim Buckley), born in New York City (d. 1993)
  • Nov 15 Jerome Richardson, an American jazz saxophonist, flute, clarinet, and piccolo player (Quincy Jones; Charles Mingus; Earl Hines), born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • Nov 17 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish baritone pop and schlager singer ("Bonjour les amies" / "Hello Friends"), lyricist, translator ("I Want to Hold Your Hand" / ""Komm, gib mir deine Hand"'; She Loves You" / "Sie liebt dich"), and broadcaster, born in Tétange, Luxembourg (d. 2005)
  • Nov 18 Louis Alfred Mennini, American composer, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • Nov 20 Armin Schibler, Swiss composer (Devil in the Winter Palace), born in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland (d. 1986)
  • Nov 20 Pernell Charity, American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born in Waverly, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • Nov 23 Herman Nieland, Dutch organist, pianist and composer (Te Deum Laudamus)
  • Nov 26 István Sárközy, Hungarian composer, born in Pesterzsébet, Budapest, Hungary (d. 2002)
  • Dec 2 Robert Moevs, American composer, born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • Dec 6 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer (Gates of Justice), born in Concord, California (d. 2012)
  • Dec 13 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Dec 14 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • Dec 15 Howard Cable, Canadian conductor, arranger, and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Dec 18 Rita Streich, German singer
  • Dec 19 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Bolt, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • Dec 25 Jerome Richardson, American jazz musician, born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • Dec 26 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, born in Hogbo near Sandviken (d. 1953)
  • Dec 31 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), born in Willcox, Arizona (d. 1999)

About 1920

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