Birthdays in Music in 1921

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  • Jan 7 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • Jan 9 Seymour Barab, composer
  • Jan 12 Leo Smit, pianist/composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 14 Mark Lawrence, American pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 21 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, born in Dryanovo (d. 2000)
  • Jan 22 Andre Hodeir, composer
  • Jan 25 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Jan 26 Frantisek Chaun, composer
  • Jan 26 Johannes Driessler, composer
  • Jan 30 Bernie Leighton, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime), born in West Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 31 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • Feb 5 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • Feb 10 Adrian Cruft, composer
  • Feb 14 Jeanne Demessieux, composer

Person of interestVera-Ellen

Feb 16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 1981)

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • Feb 19 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • Feb 20 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 1999)
  • Feb 22 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress, (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, born in San Giorgio di Piano, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Feb 24 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), born in Jönköping, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • Feb 26 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Feb 27 Andras Szollosy, composer
  • Feb 28 Vladimir Sommer, composer
  • Mar 2 Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson, composer
  • Mar 4 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American composer (Martha Graham Ballets), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2017)
  • Mar 6 Julius Rudel, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 8 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • Mar 11 Astor Piazzolla, Argentina composer (Tango Nuevo)
  • Mar 12 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • Mar 12 Ralph Shapey, composer (Fantasy, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 20 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • Mar 21 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • Mar 21 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • Mar 26 Joe Loco, [Jose Esteves, Jr], musician
  • Mar 27 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • Mar 30 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • Mar 30 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • Apr 1 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • Apr 1 William L Bergsma, American composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 6 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • Apr 8 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • Apr 10 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), born in Erick, Oklahoma (d. 2003)
  • Apr 13 Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • Apr 15 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • Apr 19 Will Ogdon, American composer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 23 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Apr 24 Laci Boldemann, Swedish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1969)
  • Apr 26 James "Jimmy" Giuffre, American jazz musician, composer, and arranger, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)
  • May 3 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • May 4 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2008)

  • May 4 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • May 5 Sonja Oosterman, Dutch singer (Marketensters)
  • May 6 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • May 7 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • May 12 Edvard Mikcaeli Mirzoyan, composer
  • May 12 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • May 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
  • May 21 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 23 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire (d. 2008)
  • May 25 Hal David, New York, lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), (d. 2012)
  • May 25 Kitty Kallen, singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • May 27 Redd Stewart, Ashland City Tn, guitarist/pianist (Pee Wee King Show)
  • Jun 1 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award winning bandleader, conductor and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), born in Oradell, New Jersey (d. 1985)
  • Jun 4 Nina Vyroubova, Russ/French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957)
  • Jun 7 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • Jun 8 Alexis Smith, Canadian actress and singer (The Age of Innocence, Follies), born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • Jun 21 Frank Scott, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 1995)
  • Jun 25 Peter Wishart, English composer, born in Crowborough, England (d. 1984)
  • Jun 25 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, born in London (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Gordon Reynolds, musician
  • Jul 4 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and orchestra leader (Ripley's Game), born in Győr, Hungary (d. 2003)
  • Jul 7 Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor of classical music, born in Rzeszów, Poland (d. 1998)
  • Jul 10 Revaz Il'yich Lagidze, Georgian composer (Tbiliso), born in Baghdati (d. 1981)
  • Jul 13 Charles Scribner Jr, music publisher (Scribner)
  • Jul 13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • Jul 13 Git Gay [Birgit Carp], Swedish revue director, actress and singer (Git Gay Show, Ge mig en lektion i kärlek), born in Karlshamn, Sweden (d. 2007)
  • Jul 15 Jack Hamilton Beeson, composer
  • Jul 17 George Barnes, Chicago Hgts, guitarist (Skip Farrell Show)
  • Jul 21 Billy Taylor, orchestra leader (David Frost Show), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • Jul 23 Jerome Rosen, American composer and educator, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • Jul 24 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, born in Motta Sant'Anastasia, Catania, Sicily (d. 2008)
  • Jul 30 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2005)
  • Aug 3 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • Aug 3 Richard Adler, American composer and songwriter (Pajama Game, Damn Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 1923)
  • Aug 7 Karel Husa, composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 7 Manitas de Plata, Gypsy guitarist
  • Aug 8 Roger Nixon, American composer, born in Tulare, California (d. 2009)
  • Aug 8 Webb Pierce, American singer (In the Jailhouse Now), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • Aug 13 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Aug 17 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • Sep 1 Matt Higgins Doran, composer
  • Sep 3 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, born in Surbiton, London (d. 1971)
  • Sep 7 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • Sep 8 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia)
  • Sep 8 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2001)
  • Sep 9 Andrzej Dobrowolski, composer
  • Sep 15 Jan Frank Fischer, composer
  • Sep 16 Fritz Geissler, composer
  • Sep 16 John Hendricks, lyricist singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)
  • Sep 19 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2002)
  • Sep 24 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer, born in London, England
  • Sep 28 Ilhan Usmanbas, composer
  • Oct 13 Harper MacKay, orchestra leader (NBC Follies), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 21 Jarmil Burghauser, composer
  • Oct 21 Malcolm Arnold, Northampton England, composer (Bridge over River Kwai)
  • Oct 27 Anestis Logothetis, Austrian composer, born in Burgas, Bulgaria (d. 1994)
  • Nov 1 Jan Tausinger, composer
  • Nov 1 John Willard Peterson, composer
  • Nov 2 Fernando Correia de Oliveira, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • Nov 4 Antonio Ruiz Soler, spanish dancer
  • Nov 5 Gyorgy Cziffra, Hungarian/French pianist (Chopin/Liszt)
  • Nov 8 Douglas Townsend, composer
  • Nov 9 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 2011)
  • Nov 12 Robert Fleming, composer
  • Nov 13 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Nov 13 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer, born in Iisalmi, Finland (d. 1996)
  • Nov 13 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, born in Vladivostok, Russia (d. 1980)
  • Nov 21 Geza Anda, Hungarian/Swiss pianist (Mozart/Bartok)
  • Dec 3 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Dec 4 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2013)
  • Dec 6 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician and composer (d. 2004)
  • Dec 7 Arne Dorumsgaard, composer
  • Dec 8 Terence Weil, cellist/teacher
  • Dec 19 Ludvik Podest, composer
  • Dec 21 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh (d. 1994)
  • Dec 22 Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Dec 22 Robert Frank Kurka, composer
  • Dec 24 Gerard Thomas Victory, composer

Person of interestSteve Allen

Dec 26 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Dec 28 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • Dec 28 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("godfather of rhythm and blues"), born in Vallejo California (d. 2012)