On This Day

Musicians Born in 1926

  • Jan 1 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • Jan 1 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005)
  • Jan 3 Danny Overbea, American singer and guitarist (40 Cups of Coffee), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)

Person of interestGeorge Martin

Jan 3 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Lear [Shulman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Jani Christou, Greek composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt (d. 1970)
  • Jan 8 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer, born in Raghurajpur, India (d. 2004)
  • Jan 12 Morton Feldman, American composer (For Philip Guston, Rothko Chapel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • Jan 12 Ray Price, American country singer (Good Times), born in Perryville, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Jan 17 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (Red Shoes), born in Dunfermline Scotland (d. 2006)
  • Jan 20 David Tudor, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Jan 21 Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer
  • Jan 21 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Jan 25 James Erb, American composer, arranger, and musicologist (Shenendoah), born in La Junta, Colorado (d. 2014)
  • Jan 26 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2001)
  • Jan 30 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano & stage actress, born in Reading, United Kingdom (d. 2013)

  • Feb 11 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • Feb 13 Barney Childs, composer
  • Feb 17 Friedrich Cerha, composer
  • Feb 17 Lee Hoiby, composer (1957 Arts & Letters), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 19 Gyorgy Kurtag, Hungarian composer (Stele), born in Lugoj, Romania
  • Feb 20 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera", born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)
  • Feb 20 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1963)
  • Feb 23 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • Feb 26 Arsene Souffriau, composer
  • Feb 28 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • Feb 28 Stanley Glasser, South African composer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • Mar 3 Lys Assia, Swiss singer
  • Mar 4 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • Mar 4 Fran Warren, American singer, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 6 Jón Nordal, Icelandic composer (Choralis), born in Reykjavik
  • Mar 6 Miroslav Klega, Czech composer (Pantomime Suite), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (d. 1993)
  • Mar 6 H.C. Robbins Landon, American musicologist (Haydn: Chronicle and Works), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • Mar 9 Celso Garrido Lecca, Peruvian composer, born in Lima, Peru
  • Mar 11 Ilhan Mimaroglu, Turkish electronic music composer and musician, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Rolv Berger Yttrehus, composer

  • Mar 14 Francois d'Assise Morel, composer
  • Mar 14 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), born in Liverpool (d. 2008)
  • Mar 15 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • Mar 23 Martha Wright, American actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Mar 30 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symphony), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 1 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • Apr 2 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (the Beatles "Penny Lane"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Apr 10 Junior Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Cumming, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • Apr 10 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist, born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • Apr 11 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, born in London (d. 2017)
  • Apr 11 Robert Hall Lewis, American composer, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1996)
  • Apr 11 Victor Bouchard, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 2011)
  • Apr 12 Jane Withers, American actress, model, and singer (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 14 Jan Maegaard, Danish composer and musicologist (Triptykon), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • Apr 14 Gloria Jean, American actress and singer (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 22 Charlotte Rae, American character actress, comedian, singer and dancer (Edna-Facts of Life), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2018)
  • Apr 25 Paul Walter Fürst, Austrian musician and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2013)
  • Apr 26 Oldřich František Korte, Czech composer, born in Šaľa, Slovakia (d. 2014)
  • Apr 28 Francis Burt, British composer, born in London (d. 2012)
  • May 6 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • May 14 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, born in Brno (d. 2011)
  • May 15 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), born in Saint-Georges, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • May 16 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, born in Ružomberok, North Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • May 19 Paul Cooper, American composer, born in Victoria, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • May 20 Vic Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • May 21 Joseph Horovitz, composer
  • May 26 Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2009)

Person of interestMiles Davis

May 26 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • May 30 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • Jun 1 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Jun 3 Carlos Veerhoff, composer
  • Jun 3 Janez Maticic, composer
  • Jun 6 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), born in Merseburg, Germany (d. 1998)
  • Jun 7 Dick Williams, American singer and choral director (Andy Williams Show), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • Jun 8 Anatol Vieru, Romanian-Jewish composer, born in Iasi, Romania (d. 1998)
  • Jun 11 Brother Dave Gardner, American comedian, drummer and singer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • Jun 11 Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer (Slow Dusk), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • Jun 15 Jan Carlstedt, Swedish composer, born in Orsa, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • Jun 17 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico (d. 1994)
  • Jun 22 Ruth Zechlin, German organist and composer, born in Grosshartmannsdorf (d. 2007)
  • Jun 23 Lars Johan Werle, composer
  • Jun 28 Robert Shelton [Shapiro], music and film critic, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Jun 30 Peter Alexander [Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer], Austrian actor and singer (Who Wants to Sleep?), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2011)
  • Jul 1 Hans Werner Henze, German composer, born in Gütersloh, Westphalia, Germany) (d. 2012)
  • Jul 2 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • Jul 2 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player (Walkin' With Mr Lee), born in Pittsburg, Kansas (d. 1994)
  • Jul 3 Johnny Coles, American jazz trumpeter (Little Johnny C), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • Jul 5 Kenneth Gaburo, American composer, born in Somerville, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • Jul 10 Carleton Carpenter, American actor, magician, songwriter, and novelist (Up Periscope, Summer Stock), born in Bennington, Vermont
  • Jul 11 Rodolfo Arizaga, Argentinian composer and musicologist, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1985)
  • Jul 13 Meyer Kupferman, American composer (In Fimi Tres), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 14 Harry Dean Stanton, American actor, musician, and singer (Lucky, Alien, Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II), born in West Irvine, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • Jul 14 Jan Krenz, Polish conductor and composer, born in Włocławku, Poland (d. 2020)
  • Jul 15 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer
  • Jul 19 Helen Gallagher, American singer, dancer and actress (Ryan's Hope, Strangers When We Meet), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Jul 21 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • Jul 25 Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian composer, born in Galați, Romania (d. 2014)
  • Jul 28 Charlie Biddle, American-born Quebec jazz bassist (d. 2003)
  • Aug 1 Karl Kohn, American composer, born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestTony Bennett

Aug 3 Tony Bennett [Benedetto], American singer (I Left My Heart in San Francisco), born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York

Singer Tony Bennett
Singer
Tony Bennett
  • Aug 5 Betsy Jolas, French composer, born in Paris
  • Aug 8 Urbie [Urban Clifford] Green, American jazz trombonist (toured with Woody Herman, Frankie Carlie), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 9 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz), born in Amsterdam (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 Edwin James Nairn Carr, composer
  • Aug 10 Marie-Claire Alain, French organist/composer
  • Aug 11 Johnny Van Derrick, British jazz violinist (Pink Panther Theme), born in Ealing, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 12 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • Aug 14 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • Aug 15 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, Russian composer, born in Tashkent (d. 1994)
  • Aug 17 George Melly, English jazz and blues singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • Aug 21 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Aug 22 Bob Flannigan, jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Greencastle, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Aug 29 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • Aug 30 Oļģerts Grāvītis, Latvian-Soviet composer, born in Alūksne, Latvia (d. 2015)
  • Sep 5 Carmen Petra-Basacopol, Romanian composer and educator Bucharest Conservatory (1962-2003), born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania
  • Sep 6 Arthur William Oldham, English composer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • Sep 7 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Sep 14 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • Sep 17 Bill Black, band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • Sep 17 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • Sep 19 Arthur Wills, English musician and composer, born in Coventry, England
  • Sep 21 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela, Chann Way), born in Kasur, Punjab, British India (d. 2000)
  • Sep 22 William O Smith, composer

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

Sep 23 John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer (Blue Train), born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 1967)

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

  • Sep 26 Giuseppe Chiari, Italian artist and composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 2007)
  • Sep 26 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, born in Kocs (d. 1969)
  • Sep 26 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), born in Santa Rosa, California (d. 2000)
  • Sep 30 Peder Holm, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Oct 5 Gottfried Michael Koenig, German-Dutch composer, born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • Oct 6 Alan Copeland, American orchestra leader and singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 6 Cyril Reuben, violinist
  • Oct 7 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, born in Prague (d. 1978)
  • Oct 7 Marcello Abbado, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy
  • Oct 10 Oscar Brown, American singer and songwriter (Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Oct 13 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 14 Bill Justis, American rock and roll musician (Raunchy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • Oct 14 Willy Alberti [Carel Verbrugge], Dutch singer and actor (Riffin in Amsterdam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • Oct 15 Karl Richter, German composer and conductor, born in Plauen, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Oct 16 Hansheinz Schneeberger, Swiss violinist (Duo Paganini), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2019)

Person of interestChuck Berry

Oct 18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll Over Beethoven), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • Oct 18 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • Oct 19 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • Oct 21 Marga Richter, composer
  • Oct 25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2012)
  • Oct 25 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Oct 29 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • Oct 31 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2014)
  • Nov 7 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano, known as 'La Stupenda' (Metropolitan Opera debut 1961), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Nov 7 Jimmie Haskell [Sheridan Pearlman], American arranger (Ricky Nelson, Chicago, Sheryl Crow), and film and television score composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Nov 13 Max Vernon Mathews, American composer, born in Columbus, Nebraska (d. 2011)
  • Nov 16 Ton de Leeuw, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Nov 18 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • Nov 23 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), born in Harmontown, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • Nov 26 Mauro Bortolotti, Italian composer, born in Narni, Italy (d. 2007)
  • Dec 3 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), born in Plauen, Germany (d. 2007)
  • Dec 7 Wolfgang Ludewig, German composer, born in Marburg, Germany
  • Dec 10 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, Norwegian musicologist, educator, and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • Dec 10 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], blues guitarist ("The Things That I Used to Do"), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • Dec 11 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter (Hound Dog, Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt), born in Ariton, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • Dec 16 Alfred Koerppen, composer
  • Dec 16 James McCracken, American tenor (d. 1988)
  • Dec 21 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • Dec 25 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban composer and musician (d. 1987)
  • Dec 26 Earle Brown, American composer (open form), born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts (d. 2002)
  • Dec 26 Zlatko Pibernik, Croatian composer and music teacher, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2010)
  • Dec 30 Stanley Tracey, Denmark Hill, London, jazz composer, (d. 2013)

About 1926

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