Birthdays in Music in 1923

  • Jan 1 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Jan 3 Dragutin Gostuski, composer
  • Jan 4 Flavio Testi, composer
  • Jan 5 Sam [Samuel] Phillips, Florence Alabama, record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career)
  • Jan 7 Charles Russell Woolen, composer
  • Jan 13 Danil Shafran, cellist
  • Jan 16 Roy Lanham, Western guitar player (Sons of the Pioneers), born in Corbin Kentucky
  • Jan 20 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer
  • Jan 20 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • Jan 21 Lola Flores, singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain
  • Jan 22 Friedrich Zehm, composer
  • Jan 22 Leslie Bassett, classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), born in Hanford, California (d. 2016)
  • Jan 24 Simeon ten Holt, composer
  • Jan 25 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (d. 2003)
  • Feb 3 Alys Robi, Quebec singer
  • Feb 5 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), born in Keithville, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • Feb 6 Maurice Le Roux, composer
  • Feb 9 Kathryn Grayson, American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Feb 10 Cesare Siepi, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 12 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • Feb 13 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese violinist (d. 2003)
  • Feb 19 Donald Lybbert, composer
  • Feb 21 Lucille Bremer, Amsterdam, New York, American actress/dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies)
  • Feb 21 Zvi Zeitlin, Dubrovnik Yugoslavia, violinist/prof (Eastman School)
  • Feb 24 David Soyer, American cellist
  • Feb 27 Dexter Gordon, American tenor saxophonist/actor (Connection)
  • Feb 27 Viktor Kalabis, composer
  • Mar 2 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and record label executive, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 3 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 6 Erhard Karkoschka, composer
  • Mar 12 Norbert Brainin, violinist
  • Mar 19 Janine Dacosta, French pianist
  • Mar 21 Mort Lindsey, orchestra leader (Merv Griffin Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Mar 25 Bonnie Guitar, American singer
  • Apr 8 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (Don Jose-Carmen)
  • Apr 9 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, born in Baden Baden (d. 2017)
  • Apr 12 Ann Miller, [Lucille Ann Collier], Cherino, Tex, dancer (On the Town)
  • Apr 20 Tito Puente, Puerto Rico, bandleader (Dance Mania)
  • Apr 23 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer
  • Apr 25 Albert King, Indianola, Mississippi, American blues singer/guitarist (Bad Look Blues)
  • Apr 28 Adele Mara, Dearborn Mich, actress/singer (Cool Million, Wheels)
  • Apr 28 Wolfgang Steffen, composer
  • May 2 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer
  • May 3 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor
  • May 4 Edward "Ed" Cassidy, American musician (Spirit), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • May 4 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author
  • May 13 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1984)
  • May 15 John Lanchbery, English composer (d. 2003)
  • May 17 Peter Mennin[i], Erie Pennsylvania, composer (Moby Dick)
  • May 21 Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter
  • May 23 Alicia de Larrocha, Copenhagen Denmark, pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica)

  • May 28 Gyorgy Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), born in Transylvania, Romania (d. 2006)
  • May 31 Wolfgang Lesser, composer
  • Jun 2 Del Simmons [James Joseph Simonian], American saxophonist (Captain Beefheart) (d. 2011)
  • Jun 5 Daniel Rogers Pinkham, Lynn Massachusetts, composer (Signs of Zodiac)
  • Jun 8 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish composer (Summer Games)
  • Jun 14 Theodore Bloomfield, composer

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Jun 15 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Jun 16 Ake Hermanson, composer
  • Jun 16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, born in Grudziądz (d. 2003)
  • Jun 29 Chou Wen-Chung, Cheefoo China, composer (Mode of Shang)
  • Jul 6 Marie McDonald, Burgin KY, singer/actress (Promises Promises)
  • Jul 7 Roberto Caamano, composer
  • Jul 18 Hector Tosar, composer
  • Jul 22 Mukesh, Indian singer (d. 1976)
  • Jul 23 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (d. 2001)
  • Aug 1 Yoshinao Nakada, composer
  • Aug 4 Arthur Butterworth, composer
  • Aug 6 Jack Parnell, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show), born in London, England
  • Aug 14 William Flanagan, composer
  • Aug 17 Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orch)
  • Aug 20 Jim Reeves, US country singer/actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • Aug 23 Richard Adler, composer/songwriter (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game)
  • Aug 26 Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor (Vienna Symph 1960-70), born in Munich. Germany
  • Aug 29 Lester Albert Trimble, composer
  • Aug 30 Gerhard Wimberger, Austria composer (Glove)
  • Sep 6 William Kraft, composer/percussionist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 15 Anton Heiller, composer

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Sep 17 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin'), born in Mount Olive, Alabama (d. 1953)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Sep 24 Fats Navarro, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1950)
  • Sep 25 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • Sep 27 Mary McCarty, Winfield Ks, actress/singer (Starch-Trapper John MD)
  • Oct 3 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, born in Lvov, Poland (d. 2017)
  • Oct 9 Ronald Tremain, composer
  • Oct 10 Louis Gottlieb, musician
  • Oct 16 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, born in Hamburg (d. 1980)
  • Oct 17 Barney Kessel, American musician (d. 2004)
  • Oct 20 Robert Craft, American conductor, writer and friend of Stravinsky, born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • Oct 23 Ned Rorem, composer and author (Sky Music), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • Oct 29 Dietrich Manicke, composer
  • Nov 1 Victoria de los Angeles, Spanish soprano (d. 2005)
  • Nov 6 Renato Capecchi, Italian violinist and baritone, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1998)
  • Nov 22 Dika Newlin, American composer, Schoenberg expert and punk rocker, born in Portland, Oregan (d. 2006)
  • Dec 2 Maria M Callas, American soprano (Carmen), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 5 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Dec 10 Abelardo Quinteros, composer
  • Dec 16 Werner Haentjes, composer
  • Dec 23 Milt Okun, American music producer and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Dec 23 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist
  • Dec 23 Claudio Scimone, Italian conductor
  • Dec 25 Louis Lane, Eagle Pass Texas, conductor (Oere Orch 1968-73)