On This Day

Musicians Born in 1922

  • Jan 2 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, born in Alkmaar (d. 1992)
  • Jan 3 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), born in Born, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • Jan 4 Frank Wess, flutist/saxophonist/composer, (d. 2013)
  • Jan 6 Finn Einar Mortensen, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)
  • Jan 7 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), born in Marseilles, France (d. 2000)
  • Jan 7 Robert De Cormier, American conductor and musical director (The Belafonte Folk Singers), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jan 8 Abbey Simon, American pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 10 Ester Mägi, Estonian composer 'First Lady of Estonian music', born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2021)
  • Jan 15 Thelma Carpenter, American radio and jazz band singer (Coleman Hawkins; Count Basie), and stage and screen actress (Barefoot In The Park), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 1997)
  • Jan 16 Ernesto Bonino, Italian pop singer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 2008)
  • Jan 18 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 2014)
  • Jan 18 Johnny Costa [Costanza], American jazz pianist, celeste and accordion player, and musical director (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), born in Arnold, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Jan 18 Antonio Bibalo, Italian-Norwegian pianist, contemporary classical and opera composer (The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder ; Ghosts), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2008)
  • Jan 20 Ray Anthony [Antonini], American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show; "Peter Gunn Theme"), born in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas, American singer (If?) and character actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), born in Garden City New Jersey, (d. 1994)
  • Jan 30 Pal Jardanyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1966)
  • Feb 1 Renata Tebaldi, Italian lyric soprano, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Feb 8 Manuel Oltra, Spanish secular and sacred music composer, and professor (Barcelona Conservatory, 1959-87), born in Valencia, Spain (d. 2015)
  • Feb 9 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Feb 11 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, born in Cluj (d. 2007)
  • Feb 12 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Feb 14 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey (5th Beatle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Feb 16 Geraint Evans, Welsh bass-baritone opera singer (Knaben Wunderhorn), born in Cilfynydd, Wales (d. 1992)
  • Feb 18 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • Feb 19 Josef Matej, Czech composer, born in Brusperk (d. 1992)
  • Feb 19 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • Feb 21 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana (d. 2008)
  • Feb 22 Andre Asriel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 22 Felix Werder, German-born Australian composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Feb 25 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1986) 
  • Feb 26 Bunny Briggs [Bernard Briggs], American tap dancer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2014)
  • Feb 27 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist and session musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Mar 2 Eric Feldbush, composer
  • Mar 2 Mario Zafred, composer
  • Mar 2 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • Mar 3 Kazimierz Serocki, Polish composer and co-founder of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, born in Toruń, Poland (d. 1981)
  • Mar 4 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)
  • Mar 7 Patrick "Paddy" Clancy, Irish folk singer, harmonic player, and songwriter (The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem - "Carrickfergus"), born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • Mar 8 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Mar 11 Thom Kelling, Dutch singer/guitarist (Programa de Manha)
  • Mar 12 Thomas Hugh Eastwood, British composer, born in Hawley, Blackwater, England (d. 1999)
  • Mar 14 Les Baxter, American exotica musician, orchestra leader and composer (Ritual Of The Savage, Born Again), born in Mexia, Texas (d. 1996)
  • Mar 15 (Albert) Eddie Calvert, British trumpeter ("Oh, Mein Papa"; "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1978)
  • Mar 20 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • Mar 24 Dave Appell, American musician, arranger, musical director (Ernie Kovacs), record producer (Charlie Gracie; The Orlons; Tony Orlando and Dawn), and songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Mar 28 Felice Chiusano, Italian singer, born in Fondi, Italy (d. 1990)
  • Mar 30 German Germanovich Galinin, composer
  • Mar 30 Peter Jona Korn, composer
  • Mar 30 German Galynin, Russian composer, born in Tula, Russia (d. 1966)
  • Mar 31 Richard Kiley, American singer and actor (Kismet; Man of La Mancha; Endless Love), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Apr 1 Jimmie Lloyd [Logdon], American country and rockabilly singer ("I Got a Rocket in My Pocket"), born in Panther, Kentucky (d. 2001)
  • Apr 1 Irving "Duke" Jordan, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

Doris Day

Apr 3 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2019)

  • Apr 4 Elmer Bernstein, American film music composer (The Magnificent Seven; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Age Of Innocence; Thoroughly Modern Millie), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • Apr 5 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer ("I Hear You Knockin'"), and actress (My Little Margie; The Gale Storm Show), born in Bloomington, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Apr 5 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, born in Lodz, Poland (d. 2005)
  • Apr 6 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • Apr 7 Kenneth Peacock, Canadian pianist, ethnomusicologist and composer (Rituals of Earth, Fire and Darkness), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • Apr 7 Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría, Cuban percussionist (Afro Blue), born in Havana (d. 2003)
  • Apr 11 Alexander Raichev, Bulgarian composer, born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2003)
  • Apr 14 David Alexandrovich Toradze, Soviet composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • Apr 14 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical musician, born in Comilla, East Bangladesh (d. 2009)
  • Apr 16 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 22 Charles Mingus, American jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1979)
  • Apr 22 Lou Stein, American pianist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Apr 26 Margaret Scott, South African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), born in Johannesburg, Union of South Africa (d. 2019)
  • Apr 26 Paul-André Gaillard, Swiss composer, born in Veytaux, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • Apr 27 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Apr 29 (Jean-Baptiste) "Toots" Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz harmonica player, guitarist, whistler, and composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2016)
  • May 3 Marina Svetlova, American ballerina and choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • May 5 J. D. "Jay" Miller, American record producer, born in Iota, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • May 7 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • May 13 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude, The Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • May 18 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1983)
  • May 24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Iannis Xenakis, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2001)
  • Jun 3 Ivan Patachich, composer
  • Jun 4 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Jun 5 Gordon "Specs" Powell, American jazz and studio drummer and percussionist (CBS Orchestra, 1943-72), born in New York City (d. 2007)
  • Jun 6 Ian Hamilton, Scottish composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • Jun 7 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, born in Malmesbury, Cape Province, Union of South Africa (d. 2011)
  • Jun 7 Beryl Booker, American swing and cool jazz pianist (Dinah Washington), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)

Judy Garland

Jun 10 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"; "The Man That Got Away"), born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota (d. 1969)

  • Jun 11 Tony Charmoli, American dancer, choreographer, and director (Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye), born in Mountain Iron, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • Jun 12 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, born in Holstebro, Denmark (d. 2001)
  • Jun 14 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • Jun 15 John Veale, English composer, born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2006)
  • Jun 15 Jaki Byard, American jazz pianist (Charlie Mingus), saxophonist, drummer, composer, arranger, and educator, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • Jun 17 Kelsey Jones, Canadian composer, born in South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • Jun 17 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • Jun 18 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • Jun 23 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jun 24 Roy Elihu Travis, American composer (Passion of Dedipus), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 24 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Jun 26 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • Jun 27 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2018)
  • Jul 2 Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, Belarusian composer, born in Żyrardów, Poland (d. 2000)
  • Jul 6 Francisco Moncion, American dancer, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 1995)
  • Jul 7 Artie Malvin, American vocalist (Glenn Miller; Jimmy Dorsey), arranger and music director (Julie LaRosa; Pat Boone; Carol Burnett), born in New York City (d. 2006)
  • Jul 14 Peter Tranchell, British composer, born in Cuddalore, India (d. 1993)
  • Jul 14 Käbi Laretei, Estonian-Swedish concert pianist, born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 2014)
  • Jul 20 Karel Krautgartner, Czech jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, conductor and teacher, born in Mikulov, Moravia (d. 1982)
  • Jul 23 Stefans Grové, South African composer (Nonyana, The Ceremonial Dancer; Cyclops; Glimpses), born in Bethlehem, Orange Free State, Union of South Africa (d. 2014)
  • Jul 24 Leo Kraft, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • Jul 26 Andrzej Koszewski, Polish choral and orchestral composer, and musicologist, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 2015)
  • Jul 27 Bob Thiele, American record producer (Impulse! Records), born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Jul 30 Zbigniew Wiszniewski, Polish composer, born in Lwów, Lwowskie, Poland (d. 1999)
  • Aug 1 Maria Cole [née Hawkins], American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Aug 15 Lukas Foss [Fuchs], German-American pianist, conductor and composer (Prairie), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2009)
  • Aug 16 Ernie Freeman, American musician (Raunchy), pianist and arranger, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • Aug 25 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, born in Hoogeveen, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • Aug 25 Ivry Gitlis, Israeli classical violin virtuoso, born in Haifa, Palestine Mandate (d. 2020)
  • Aug 26 Lazar Nikolov, Bulgarian composer, born in Burgas, Bulgaria (d. 2005)
  • Aug 29 Yorgos Sicilianos, Greek composer, born in Athens (d. 2005)
  • Aug 30 Regina Resnik, American mezzo-soprano (Sieglinde-Bayreuth), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Sep 3 Rosendo Ejercito Santos, Filipino composer, born in Caridad, Cavite City, Philippines (d. 1994)
  • Sep 7 Kirill Molchanov, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Moscow (d. 1982)
  • Sep 9 Hoyt Curtin, American composer (Hanna-Barbera cartoon themes), born in Downey, California (d. 2000)
  • Sep 12 Jackson Mac Low, American poet and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Sep 13 Yma Sumac [Chavarri], Peruvian-American 5 octave soprano (Omar Khayyam), born in Ichocan, Cajamarca, Peru (d. 2008)
  • Sep 13 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist ("Merry Christmas, Baby"), born in Texas City, Texas (d. 1999)
  • Sep 18 Ray Steadman-Allen, British choral and brass band composer, born in Salvation Army 'Mother's Hospital', Clapton, England (d. 2014)
  • Sep 18 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2008)
  • Sep 20 Frank Comstock, American arranger (Les Brown), and theme composer (Rocky and His Friends), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • Sep 20 William Kapell, American pianist and recording artist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • Sep 20 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • Sep 21 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, born in Borgerhout, Belgium (d. 2010)
  • Sep 24 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz; That's My Mama), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1998)
  • Sep 27 James Wilson, English-Irish classical composer (Grinning At The Devil), born in Islington, London (d. 2005)
  • Oct 2 Otmar Macha, Czech composer (Quattro Group), born in Ostrava (d. 2006)
  • Oct 3 Marcel van Thienen, French composer, born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1998)
  • Oct 7 Martha Stewart [Haworth], American singer and actress (Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face), born in Bardwell, Kentucky
  • Oct 8 Svend Westergaard, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1988)
  • Oct 9 Raymond Wilding-White, American composer, born in Caterham, Tandridge, Surrey, England (d. 2001)
  • Oct 13 Alan Scott, American lyricist (Candid Camera theme), writer, TV host (Spin the Picture), and actor, born in Haddonfield, New Jersey (d. 2021)
  • Oct 13 Gilberto Mendes, Brazilian classical and avant-garde composer, born in Santos, Brazil (d. 2016)
  • Oct 15 Tommy Edwards, American R&B singer-songwriter ("It's All In The Game"), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1969)
  • Oct 15 Lorraine Gordon [Stein], American jazz music advocate and owner of Village Vanguard jazz club, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • Oct 17 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian composer (d. 2001)
  • Oct 18 Camillo Togni, Italian pianist and composer, born in Gussago, Italy (d. 1993)
  • Oct 27 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), born in Hellerup, Denmark (d. 1998)
  • Oct 28 Gershon Kingsley, German-American composer, born in Bochum, Weimar Republic
  • Oct 29 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer ("Li'l Darlin"), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • Oct 31 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, born in Broussard, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • Nov 4 Poul Rovsing Olsen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1982)
  • Nov 6 Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, born in Karlstad, Värmland County (d. 2013)
  • Nov 7 Al Hirt, jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • Nov 14 Marina Candael, Flemish dancer and choreography (Rhapsody in Blue), born Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 2003)
  • Nov 15 Paul Acket, Dutch publisher/organizer (Music Express, North Sea Jazz)
  • Nov 18 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Nov 22 Fikret Amirov, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer (Azerbaijan Capriccio, Shur), born in Ganja, Azerbaijan (d. 1984)
  • Nov 25 Ilja Hurnik, Czech composer, born in Poruba (d. 2013)
  • Nov 30 Robert Evett, American composer, born in Loveland, Colorado (d. 1975)
  • Nov 30 Weston Noble, American music educator and conductor (Luther College, 1948-2005), born in Riceville, Iowa (d. 2016)
  • Dec 8 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • Dec 10 Allen Dwight Sapp, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Dec 11 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, born in Peristeri, Athens (d. 2005)
  • Dec 14 Cecil Payne, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Dec 15 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", born in Windber, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • Dec 16 Seymour "Cy" Leslie, American music (Pickwick Records) and video (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) executive, born in Israel (d. 2008)
  • Dec 17 Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
  • Dec 20 Denny Vaughan, Canadian pianist, singer, arranger and orchestra leader (The Smothers Brothers Show; Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972) [1]

About 1922

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