On This Day

Musicians Born in 1925

  • Jan 2 Andry Maryanovich Nikodemovich, composer
  • Jan 9 Ofelya Hambardzumyan, Armenian folk singer, born in Yerevan, Armenia SSR (d. 2016)
  • Jan 12 Laurentiu Profeta, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2006)
  • Jan 13 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), born in Culver City, California (d. 2000)
  • Jan 14 Louis Quilico, Canadian opera singer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • Jan 15 Ruth Slenczynska, American pianist, born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 17 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias) (d. 2009)
  • Jan 23 Marty Paich, American jazz pianist, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), born in Oakland, California (d. 1995)

Maria Tallchief

Jan 24 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina, born in Fairfax, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

  • Jan 25 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician & songwriter, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1992)
  • Feb 2 Michel Philippot, French composer and musicologist, born in Verzy, France (d. 1996)
  • Feb 2 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Feb 7 Marius Constant, Rumania, Dutch composer/conductor (Paradise Lost)
  • Feb 8 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • Feb 9 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer (Tossin' and Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • Feb 9 Salah El Mahdi, Tunisian composer, conductor, musicologist, and artistic director, born in Tunis (d. 2014)
  • Feb 9 (William Famous) Billy Williamson, American steel guitar player ( Bill Haley and His Saddlemen; Bill Haley & His Comets), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Feb 13 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • Feb 14 Elliot Lawrence [Broza], American jazz pianist, film score composer (Network), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tony and Emmy Award broadcasts; As The World Turns, 1981-93), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • Feb 16 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese guitar master, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor, Plymouth, Devon, England (d. 2003)
  • Feb 19 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • Feb 20 Frank Isola, American jazz drummer (Stan Getz; Gerry Mulligan; Mose Allison), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • Feb 26 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Mar 2 Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis [Charles Thompson], American blues musician (Cold Hands), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Mar 4 Paul Mauriat, French easy listening orchestra leader, composer, and arranger ("Love Is Blue"), born in Marseille (d. 2006)
  • Mar 8 Darwin Vargas [-Wallis], Chilean composer
  • Mar 12 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon; A Little Romance), born in Roubaix (d. 1992)
  • Mar 13 Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer (Charlie Parker; Stan Getz; Thelonious Monk; Eric Dolphy; Chick Corea), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 14 (George) "Sonny" Cohn, American jazz trumpeter (Red Saunders, 1945-60; Duke Ellington, 1960-84), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • Mar 21 Harold Ashby American jazz tenor saxophonist (Willie Dixon; Duke Ellington, 1968-75), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • Mar 22 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Mar 25 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist, flutist and orchestra leader
  • Mar 26 Claudio Spies, Chilean American composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2020)
  • Mar 26 Pierre Boulez, French composer and conductor (Visage Nuptial), born in Montbrison, France (d. 2016)
  • Mar 27 Robert Cohan, American dancer and artistic director (Contemporary Dance Trust), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 30 Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina), born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia) (d. 2019)
  • Apr 1 Kathy Stobart, British jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and teacher, born in South Shields, England (d. 2014)
  • Apr 4 Erna Spoorenberg, Dutch singer, born in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia (d. 2004)
  • Apr 5 Oldrich Flosman, Czechoslovakian composer, born in Pilsen, Czech Republic (d. 1998)
  • Apr 13 Hilda Dianda, Argentine composer, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • Apr 14 Bill Harris, American R&B and jazz guitarist (Clovers - "Ting-A-Ling"; "Devil Or Angel"), born in Nashville, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • Apr 18 Robert Crawford, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 2011)
  • Apr 20 Richard Hoffmann, Austrian composer, born in Vienna
  • Apr 26 Jørgen Ingmann, Danish jazz guitarist ("Apache"; "Dansevise"), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • Apr 26 Wilma Lipp, Austrian soprano (Vienna Opera, 1945-81; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - "Queen of the Night"), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • Apr 29 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • Apr 30 Johnny Horton, American country music and rockabilly singer ("The Battle of New Orleans"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • May 2 Svatopluk Havelka, Czech composer, born in Vrbice, Karviná, Czech Republic (d. 2009)
  • May 13 Anthony Milner, British composer, born in Bristol, England (d. 2002)
  • May 14 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • May 14 Tristram Ogilvie Cary, composer
  • May 14 Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
  • May 15 Andrey Yakoulevich Eshpay, composer
  • May 15 Emmanuel Ghent, Canadian American electronic music composer (Phosphones), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2003)
  • May 20 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • May 22 James King, American tenor, born in Dodge City, Kansas (d. 2005)
  • May 23 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, born in Crimora, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • May 25 Aldo Clementi, Italian composer, born in Catania, Sicily (d. 2011)
  • May 28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), born in Zehlendorf, Germany (d. 2012)
  • May 30 Claude Prey, French composer, born in Fleury sur Andelle (d. 1998)
  • Jun 5 Dorothy Claire [Marietta Wright], American big band singer (Bobby Byrne; Winchell & Mahoney Show), born in Laporte, Indiana (d. 1982)
  • Jun 6 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Count Basie Orchestra; Snap Your Fingers), born in Aldie, Virginia (d. 2000)
  • Jun 10 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!) and record producer (Sinatra and Strings, My Way), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • Jun 18 Herman "Ace" Wallace, American blues guitarist and singer, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • Jun 23 Amada Galvez Santos Ocampo, composer
  • Jun 25 Clifton Chenier, American blues singer (Bayou Blues), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • Jun 25 Ziggy Talent, American singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1997)
  • Jun 27 Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter ("Save the Last Dance For Me"; "His Latest Flame"; "Viva Las Vegas"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jun 29 Hale Smith, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Jun 30 Will Gay Bottje, American composer, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • Jul 2 Marvin Rainwater, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2013)

Bill Haley

Jul 6 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981)

  • Jul 9 Alan Dale, American pop singer ("Cheery Pink and Apple Blossom White"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Jul 11 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • Jul 11 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), born in Stockholm (d. 2017)
  • Jul 12 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1989)
  • Jul 14 Luis Antonio Escobar, Colombian composer and musicologist, born in Villapinzón, Cundinamarca (d. 1993)
  • Jul 16 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz guitarist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • Jul 19 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue McKee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry")), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 2021)
  • Jul 21 Lovro Zupanovic, Croatian composer, born in Šibenik, Croatia (d. 2004)
  • Jul 23 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jul 25 William "Benny" Benjamin, American session drummer (Motown's Funk Brothers), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969) [1]
  • Jul 28 Larry Pruden, New Zealand composer, born in New Plymouth, New Zealand (d. 1982)
  • Jul 29 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek classical and film music composer (Zorba the Greek; Mauthausen Trilogy; Serpico), born on the island of Chios, Greece (d. 2021)
  • Jul 30 Antoine Duhamel, French composer, born in Valmondois, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 2014)
  • Aug 6 Leland Smith, American composer, bassoonist and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 7 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (Bye Bye Love; Wake Up Little Susie), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • Aug 7 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, born in Aviles, Spain (d. 1991)
  • Aug 9 Robert Heppener, Dutch composer (Hymns & Conversations for 28 Harps; Memento), born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • Aug 11 Robert Linn, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1999)
  • Aug 12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Aug 12 Sybil Michelow, South-African contralto and composer, born in Johannesburg (d. 2013)
  • Aug 13 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • Aug 15 Billy Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)

Oscar Peterson

Aug 15 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)

  • Aug 18 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1981)
  • Aug 23 Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Georgian composer, born in Gori, Soviet Union (d. 1991)
  • Aug 23 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2014)
  • Aug 27 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Bishopsgate, London (d. 1999)
  • Aug 27 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, born in Vittel, France (d. 2006)
  • Aug 28 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Aug 28 Billy Grammer, American country music singer and guitarist, born in Benton, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Sep 1 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Gardena, California (d. 1982)
  • Sep 1 Ruth S. White, American electronic music composer (Flowers Of Evil), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Sep 2 Hugo Montenegro, American composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
  • Sep 3 Shoista Mullodzhanova, Shashmakom singer, born in Dushanbe, Tajik ASSR (d. 2010)
  • Sep 3 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), born in Waco, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Sep 6 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man), born in Dunleith, Mississippi (d. 1976)
  • Sep 8 Alexander Kholminov, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2015)
  • Sep 8 Heinz Lau, German composer, born in Stettin, German Empire (d. 1975)
  • Sep 8 Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson, Icelandic pianist and avant-garde composer, born in Skálar, Iceland (d. 2005)
  • Sep 10 Roy James Brown, American soul singer ("Good Rockin' Tonight"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)
  • Sep 11 Ashley Heenan, New Zealand composer, born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • Sep 11 Harry Somers, Canadian composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • Sep 13 Gabriel Charpentier, Canadian composer, born in Richmond, Canada
  • Sep 13 Mel Tormé, American singer (The Velvet Fog) and composer (The Christmas Song), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Sep 15 Gösta Jonsson, Swedish saxophonist, accordion player and band leader, born in Kungsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1984)

B.B. King

Sep 16 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer ("The Thrill is Gone"), born in Itta Bena, Mississippi (d. 2015)

  • Sep 16 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Sep 17 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • Sep 20 Bobby Nunn [Ulysses B. Nunn Sr.], American singer (The Robins, The Coasters), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1986)
  • Sep 26 Marty Robbins, American country singer ("El Paso"; "Devil Woman"; "I Walk Alone"), born in Glendale, Arizona (d. 1982)
  • Sep 30 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, born in La Rioja Province, Argentina (d. 2009)
  • Oct 2 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, born in Vyskov (d. 2008)
  • Oct 3 George Wein, American music promoter (Newport Jazz Festival; Newport Folk Festival; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • Oct 5 Herbert Kretzmer, South African-British lyricist of Lithuanian heritage (Les Miserables), born in Kroonstad, Union of South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Oct 12 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 1996)
  • Oct 13 Gustav Winckler, Danish pop singer ("Skibet skal sejle i nat"- "The Ship Is Leaving Tonight"), born in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1979)
  • Oct 15 Mickey Baker, American session guitar player (Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • Oct 18 Wim van Gennep, Dutch singer/keyboardist (Heikrekels)
  • Oct 20 Herman Roelstraete, Belgium composer, born in Lauwe, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • Oct 20 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2002)
  • Oct 21 Charles "Doctor" Ross, American blues singer and guitarist (The Harmonica Boss), born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1993)
  • Oct 22 Dory Previn [Dorothy Veronica Langan], singer-songwriter (Mythical Kings and Iguanas), born in Woodbridge, New Jersey, (d. 2012)
  • Oct 23 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer and conductor ("Never On A Sunday"), born in Xanthi, Greece (d. 1994)
  • Oct 24 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (Chemins), born in Oneglia, Italy (d. 2003)
  • Oct 25 Oralia Domínguez, Mexican mezzo-soprano, born in San Luis Potosí (d. 2013)
  • Oct 29 John Haley "Zoot" Sims, American jazz saxophonist, born in Inglewood, California (d. 1985)
  • Oct 30 (Attilio) "Teo" Macero, American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew"; Dave Brubeck -"Time Out"), born in Glens Falls, New York (d. 2008)
  • Nov 4 Kjerstin Dellert, Swedish opera singer, born in Stockholm (d. 2018)
  • Nov 15 Jurriaan Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer (Berkshire Symphonies; Les Cloches des Clochards), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Nov 17 Sir Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2010)
  • Nov 18 William Mayer, American composer (A Death in the Family, Brief Candle), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Nov 20 June Christy [Shirley Luster], American jazz singer ("Tampico"; "Something Cool"), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • Nov 20 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • Nov 20 Kaye Ballard, American stage and screen actress, comedienne, (Mothers-in-Law - "Kaye"), and singer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • Nov 22 Gunther Schuller, American violinist, horn player, composer, and proponent of jazz-classical "third stream" (Visitation), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • Nov 23 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • Nov 26 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1943), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • Nov 28 Aurelio de la Vega, Cuban-American composer, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Dec 1 Jaime Mendoza-Nava, Bolivian-American composer and conductor, born in La Paz, Bolizia (d. 2005)
  • Dec 3 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose; Gone), born in Desloge, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • Dec 8 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)

Sammy Davis Jr.

Dec 8 Sammy Davis Jr., American vaudeville, stage, and screen singer ("The Candy Man"), dancer, actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)

  • Dec 12 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • Dec 17 Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor, comedian and singer (Black Rider, Rififi in Amsterdam), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Dec 19 Robert Sherman, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 20 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer, born in Prileb, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (now North Macedonia) (d. 2001)
  • Dec 22 Thomas Christian David, Austrian flutist, conductor, choral director, and composer, born in Wels, Austria (d. 2006)
  • Dec 24 Mohammed Rafi, Indian actor and playback singer, born in Kotla Sultan Singh, India (d. 1980)
  • Dec 24 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli singer (Road to Jerusalem, Don't Say Goodbye, Say I will see You), born in Mandatory Palestine (d. 2012)
  • Dec 24 Claude Frank, German-American concert pianist and pedagogue, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 2014)
  • Dec 27 Allan Blank, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Dec 28 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), born in Ulm, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Dec 31 Jaap Schröder, Dutch violinist, conductor, musicologist, and pedagogue ( Academy of Ancient Music), born in Amsterdam (d. 2020)

About 1925

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