On This Day

Musicians Born in 1923

  • Jan 1 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Jan 1 Barbara Baxley, American actress and singer (Norma Rae, Countdown), born in Stockton, California (d. 1990)
  • Jan 3 Dragutin Gostuški, Serbian composer, and musicologist (d. 1988)
  • Jan 4 Flavio Testi, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Florence, Italy (d. 2014)
  • Jan 5 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career), born in Florence, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • Jan 5 (Patrick) "Buddy" Attaway, American country and Cajun fiddler, and songwriter ("I'm Sitting On Top Of The World"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • Jan 7 (Charles) Russell Woolen, American classical keyboardist and composer (In Martyrum Memoriam), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • Jan 8 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Jan 13 Danil Shafran, cellist
  • Jan 14 Zlatan Vauda, Slovene composer and conductor (RTB Children's Choir, 1953-86), born in Pernica, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (now Slovenia) (d. 2010)
  • Jan 16 Roy Lanham, American western swing and jazz guitarist (The Whippoorwills; Sons of the Pioneers, 1961-86), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • Jan 20 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian pop and jazz singer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • Jan 20 (Ottis) "Slim" Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • Jan 21 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain (d. 1995)
  • Jan 22 Friedrich Zehm, German pianist and composer, born in Neusalz, Lower Silesia, Germany (d. 2007)
  • Jan 22 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), and educator (University of Michigan, 1952-92), born in Hanford, California (d. 2016)
  • Jan 24 Simeon ten Holt, Dutch minimalist composer (Canto Ostinato), born in Bergen, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • Jan 25 Rusty Draper, American country & pop singer, born in Kirksville, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • Jan 26 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • Jan 26 Talib Dawud [Alfonso Rainey], Antiguan-American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band), born in Antigua (d. 1999)
  • Feb 1 Ursula Mamlok (nee Meyer), German-American avant-garde composer, and teacher, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 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, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1992)
  • Feb 7 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, born in London (d. 2011)
  • Feb 10 Cesare Siepi, Italian operatic basso (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-74), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2010)
  • 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 17 Boniface "Buddy" DeFranco, Italian-American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • Feb 19 Donald Lybbert, American composer (Zap; Lines for the Fallen), and educator (Hunter College, 1954-80), born in Cresco, Iowa (d. 1981)
  • Feb 21 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), born in in Dubroŭna, Russia (now Belarus) (d. 2012)
  • Feb 22 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, English musician and producer (Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?, Don't Let It Die), born in Edmonton, London (d. 2008)
  • Feb 22 Gigliola Frazzoni, Italian operatic soprano, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 David Soyer, American cellist
  • Feb 27 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor ('Round Midnight; The Other Side of 'Round Midnight), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • Feb 27 Viktor Kalabis, Czech composer (Two Worlds), born in Červený Kostelec (d. 2006)
  • Feb 27 Chuck Wayne [Jagelka], America session and bebop jazz guitarist (Woody Herman's First Herd; George Shearing Quintet; Gil Evans; Tony Bennett), born in New York City (d. 1997)
  • Mar 2 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records label, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 3 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 4 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Mar 6 Erhard Karkoschka, composer
  • Mar 6 John "Wes" Montgomery, American influential jazz guitarist and Grammy Award winner, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • Mar 7 Mahlon Clark, American big band jazz and session clarinetist, born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • Mar 10 (John) Don Abney, American session and touring jazz pianist, and musical director, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2000)
  • Mar 12 Norbert Brainin, Austrian-British violinist (Amadeus Quartet, 1947-87), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2005)
  • Mar 19 Janine Dacosta, French pianist
  • Mar 21 Mort Lindsey [Lippman], American pianist, arranger, musical director (Judy Garland, 1961-64; Merv Griffin Show, 1962-86; Barbra Streisand, 1968), and composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • Mar 25 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • Mar 26 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), born in Traskwood, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • Mar 27 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2019)
  • Apr 8 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (Carmen), born in Ancona, Italy (d. 2003)
  • Apr 9 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, born in Baden-Baden, Germany (d. 1987)
  • Apr 12 Ann Miller [Johnnie Lucille Collier], American actress, dancer, and singer (On the Town), born in Chireno, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Apr 16 Bennie Green, American swing jazz and soul trombonist (Earl Hines), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • Apr 20 Tito Puente, American mambo and Latin jazz bandleader ("Oye Como Va"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2000)
  • Apr 23 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, South African singer (Manhattan Brothers) and actor
  • Apr 25 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer ("Born Under A Bad Sign"; "That's What The Blues Is About"), born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • Apr 25 Melissa Hayden, Canadian ballerina (1961 Silver Bowl), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • Apr 28 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million, Wheels), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • May 2 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • May 3 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor, born in Volos, Greece (d. 2015)
  • May 4 Edward "Ed" Cassidy, American musician (Spirit), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • May 4 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese musical theater composer, with his lyricist brother, Mansour (Biya el-Khawatim - The Ring Seller), born in Antelias, Lebanon (d. 1986)
  • May 7 Anne Baxter, American actress, (The Razor's Edge; All About Eve), and singer, born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 1985)
  • May 13 (William) "Red" 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 [Mennini], American composer (Moby Dick; The Cycle), and educator (Juilliard, 1962-83), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • May 18 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • May 21 Doris Mae Akers, American gospel singer-songwriter (Sky Pilot Choir - Sweet, Sweet Spirit), born in Brookfield, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • May 23 Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2009)
  • May 28 Gyorgy Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), born in Transylvania, Romania (d. 2006)
  • May 29 "The Senator" Eugene Wright, American jazz bassist (The Dave Brubeck Quartet), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 2 Del Simmons [James Joseph Simonian], American saxophonist (Captain Beefheart) (d. 2011)
  • Jun 5 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • Jun 6 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), born in Harden, England (d. 2010)
  • Jun 8 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish contemporary classical and minimalist composer (Zomerspelen/Summer Games; Aquarius), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • Jun 14 Theodore Bloomfield, American conductor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)

Erroll Garner

Jun 15 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist ("Misty"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)

  • Jun 15 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1989)
  • Jun 16 Åke Hermanson, Swedish composer, born in Mollösund, Sweden (d. 1996)
  • Jun 16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, born in Grudziądz (d. 2003)
  • Jun 18 Herman Krebbers, Dutch violinist, concert master, and music teacher, born in Hengelo, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Jun 23 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Jun 27 Elmo Hope, American bebop jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, born in New York City (d. 1967)
  • Jun 29 Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), born in Yantai, Shandong, China (d. 2019)
  • Jul 3 Johnny Hartman, American jazz ballad singer (John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman -"My One And Only Love"), born in Houma, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • Jul 6 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), born in Burgin, Kentucky (d. 1965)
  • Jul 7 Roberto Caamaño, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1993)
  • Jul 10 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (Échame a mi la culpa), born in Huetamo de Núñez, Michoacán, Mexico (d. 2001)
  • Jul 10 Rudolf Kehrer, Soviet classical pianist of German heritage, born in Tiflis, Georgia (d. 2013)
  • Jul 15 "Philly" Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Philadelphia (d. 1985)
  • Jul 18 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2002)
  • Jul 22 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, born in Delhi, British India (d. 1976)
  • Jul 29 Jim Marshall, British business man and electric guitar amplifier pioneer known as "The Father of Loud", born in Acton, West London, England (d, 2012)
  • Aug 1 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, born in Shibuya, Tokyo (d. 2000)
  • Aug 4 Arthur Butterworth, British classical trumpet player and composer, born in New Moston, England (d. 2014)
  • Aug 6 Jack Parnell, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show), born in London, England
  • Aug 10 Rhonda Fleming [Marilyn Louis], American actress and singer nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor" (Spellbound), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 14 William Flanagan, American composer, and music critic, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1969)
  • Aug 14 Alice Ghostley, American singer and actress (Bewitched, Designing Women), born in Eve, Vernon County, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Aug 15 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Aug 17 Anton Kersjes, Dutch violinist and conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) (d. 2004)
  • Aug 20 Jim Reeves, American country singer ("He'll Have To Go"; "Distant Drums"), and actor (Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • Aug 21 Cliff Adams, British singer (The Stragazers; The Cliff Adams Singers), born in Southwark, London, England (d. 2001)
  • Aug 26 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor (Vienna Symphony, 1960-70; Philadelphia Orchestra, 1993-2003), and pianist, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2013)
  • Aug 29 Lester Trimble, American composer, music critic and educator, born in Bangor, Wisconsin (d. 1986)
  • Aug 30 Gerhard Wimberger, Austria composer (Glove), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • Sep 5 Bob Cato, American photographer, graphic artist and Grammy Award-winning album cover designer (Columbia Records; United Artists), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • Sep 6 William Kraft, American composer and percussionist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 8 Wilbur Ware, American jazz double bassist (Riverside Records; Thelonious Monk; Sonny Rollins), included in photographer Art Kane's photo "A Great Day In Harlem", born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • Sep 8 Artie Anton, American jazz drummer, conguero, and timbalero (Stan Kenton, Jimmy Guiffre), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • Sep 15 Anton Heiller, Austrian organist and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1979)

Hank Williams

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

  • Sep 24 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, born in Key West, Florida (d. 1950)
  • Sep 25 Sam Rivers, American jazz and avant garde saxophonist, flutist, composer, and bandleader, born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • Sep 27 Mary McCarty, American singer (Babes in Toyland) and actress (Trapper John, M.D.), born in Winfield, Kansas (d. 1980)
  • Oct 3 Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Polish-American conductor (Minnesota Orchestra, 1960-79) and composer (Passacaglia Immaginaria), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 2017)
  • Oct 5 Glynis Johns, British actress and singer (Mary Poppins; A Little Night Music - "Send In The Clowns"; The Sundowners), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Oct 9 Ronald Tremain, New Zealand composer, born in Feilding, New Zealand (d. 1998)
  • Oct 10 Louis Gottlieb, American musician (The Limeliters), born inn La Crescenta, California (d. 1996)
  • Oct 16 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, born in Hamburg (d. 1980)
  • Oct 17 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • Oct 20 Robert Craft, American conductor, writer and friend of Stravinsky, born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • Oct 23 Ned Rorem, American composer and author (Sky Music), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • Oct 25 Don Banks, Australian orchestral, jazz, and film score composer, born in South Melbourne, Australia (d. 1980)
  • Oct 29 Dietrich Manicke, German composer, born in Wurzen, Saxony, Germany (d. 2013)
  • Nov 1 Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan operatic lyric soprano, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2005)
  • Nov 6 Renato Capecchi, Italian violinist and baritone, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1998)
  • Nov 12 Alirio Díaz, Venezuelan guitarist, composer, and musicologist, born in Caserio La Candelaria, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • Nov 14 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh stage and screen actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash; Duet for One), born in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1996)
  • Nov 22 Dika Newlin, American composer, Schoenberg expert and punk rocker, born in Portland, Oregan (d. 2006)
  • Dec 2 Maria Callas, American soprano (Carmen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • Dec 5 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Dec 10 Abelardo Quinteros, Chilean composer, born in Valparaiso, Chile
  • Dec 12 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor (University of Saskatchewan, 1960-82), conductor (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Dec 16 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, born in Bocholt, Germany (d. 2001)
  • Dec 23 Milt Okun, American music producer, conductor, and arranger (John Denver; Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Dec 23 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist and radio host, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2008)
  • Dec 25 Louis Lane, American conductor (Akron, 1959-83; Lake Erie Opera, 1964-72), and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1982-2004) born in Eagle Pass, Texas (d. 2016)

About 1923

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