Birthdays in Music in 1926

  • Jan 1 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • Jan 1 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005)
  • Jan 3 Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist
  • Jan 3 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Lear, [Shulman], soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Jani Christou, composer
  • Jan 8 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 12 Morton Feldman, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 12 Ray Price, country singer (Good Times), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 20 David Eugene Tudor, composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer
  • Jan 21 Brian Brockless, English organist (d. 1995)
  • Jan 26 Ronnie Hilton, singer (Moonraker)
  • Jan 30 Lizbeth Webb, Reading, UK, soprano, (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 18 Harry "Little" Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat, Homer & Eddie)
  • Feb 19 Gyorgy Kurtag, composer
  • Feb 23 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • Feb 26 Arsene Souffriau, composer
  • Feb 28 Seymour Shifrin, composer
  • Feb 28 Stanley Glasser, composer
  • 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 Jon Nordal, Icelandic composer (Toccata)
  • Mar 6 Miroslav Klega, composer
  • Mar 9 Celso Garrido Lecca, composer
  • Mar 11 Ilhan Mimaroglu, composer
  • 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 Benjamin Burwell Johnston, Jr. Macon Geeorgia, American composer
  • Mar 23 Martha Wright, actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Mar 28 Francis Burt, composer
  • Mar 30 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symph), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 1 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • Apr 10 "Alvin" Junior Samples, Cummings Ga, country singer (Hee Haw)
  • Apr 10 Jacques Casterede, composer
  • Apr 11 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, born in London (d. 2017)
  • Apr 11 Robert Hall Lewis, composer
  • Apr 11 Victor Bouchard, Quebec pianist and composer
  • Apr 14 Jan Carl Christian Maegaard, composer
  • Apr 25 Paul Walter Furst, composer
  • Apr 26 Oldrich Frantisek Korte, composer
  • May 6 Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • May 14 Cestmir Gregor, composer
  • May 15 Clermont Pepin, composer
  • 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, composer

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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, conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symph), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Jun 3 Carlos Veerhoff, composer
  • Jun 3 Janez Maticic, composer
  • Jun 6 Klaus Tennstedt, Merseburg Germany, conductor (Fidelio)
  • Jun 8 Anatol Vieru, composer
  • Jun 11 Brother Dave Gardner, Novelty singer/comedian
  • Jun 11 Carlisle Floyd, Latta SC, composer (Slow Dusk)
  • Jun 15 Jan Carlstedt, composer
  • Jun 17 Manuel Enriquez, composer
  • Jun 22 Ruth Zechlin, composer
  • Jun 23 Lars Johan Werle, composer
  • Jul 2 Billy Usselton, saxophonist
  • Jul 2 Lee Allen, Pittsburg, Ks, tenor sax (Walkin' With Mr Lee)
  • Jul 3 Johnny Coles, trumpeter
  • Jul 5 Kenneth Gaburo, composer
  • Jul 11 Rodolfo Arizaga, composer
  • Jul 13 Meyer Kupferman, American composer (In Fimi Tres), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 14 Jan Krenz, Polish conductor and composer, born in Włocławku, Poland
  • Jul 15 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer
  • Jul 18 Bryan Johnson, English singer and actor, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Jul 25 Teodor Grigoriu, composer
  • Jul 28 Charlie Biddle, American-born Quebec jazz bassist (d. 2003)
  • Aug 1 Karl Kohn, American composer, born in Vienna, Austria

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Aug 3 Tony Bennett, singer (Left a body part in SF), born in 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 Woodie Herman, Frankie Carlie), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 9 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz)
  • Aug 10 Edwin James Nairn Carr, composer
  • Aug 10 Marie-Claire Alain, French organist/composer
  • Aug 11 Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist
  • 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, composer
  • Aug 17 George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 21 Ben-Zion Orgad, composer
  • Aug 22 Bob Flannigan, jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Greencastle, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Aug 29 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer
  • Aug 30 Olgerts Gravitis, composer
  • 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 9 Jake Carey, American actor (Rock Rock Rock!, Go, Johnny, Go!), born in Pulaski, Virginia (d. 1997)
  • Sep 14 Hovhannes Gorgeni Ter-T'at'evosyan, composer
  • 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, composer
  • Sep 21 Noor Jehan, Pakistani singer and actress (d. 2000)
  • Sep 22 William O Smith, composer

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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 Giuseppi Chiari, composer
  • Sep 26 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, born in Kocs (d. 1969)
  • Sep 30 Peder Holm, Danish composer, born Copenhagen
  • Oct 1 Roger Williams, American pianist
  • Oct 5 Gottfried Michael Koenig, composer
  • Oct 6 Alan Copeland, orchestra leader/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, composer
  • Oct 10 Oscar Brown Jr, US songwriter (Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit)
  • Oct 13 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist , born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 14 Bill Justis, rock and roll musician (Raunchy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • Oct 14 Willy Alberti, [Carel Verbrugge], singer/actor (Riffin in Amsterdam)
  • Oct 15 Karl Richter, composer
  • Oct 18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • Oct 19 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • Oct 21 Marga Richter, composer
  • Oct 25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Leningrad, USSR, soprano opera singer, (d. 2012)
  • Oct 29 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • Nov 7 Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (Met Opera), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Nov 13 Max Vernon Mathews, American composer, born in Columbus, Nebraska (d. 2011)
  • Nov 16 Ton de Leeuw, Dutch composer
  • 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, composer
  • Dec 3 Hans Otte, German composer/pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours)
  • Dec 7 Wolfgang Ludewig, composer
  • Dec 10 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, composer
  • Dec 10 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], blues guitarist ("The Things That I Used to Do"), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • Dec 11 Big Mama Thornton, blues singer (Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt)
  • 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 (d. 1985)
  • Dec 23 Dusan Kostic, composer
  • 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, composer
  • Dec 30 Stanley Tracey, Denmark Hill, London, jazz composer, (d. 2013)