On This Day

Musicians Born in 1927

  • Jan 1 Juliusz Luciuk, composer
  • Jan 10 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2003)
  • Jan 10 Johnnie Ray, American pop singer (Cry), born in Dallas, Oregon (d. 1990)
  • Jan 11 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, Jamaican-German jazz saxophonist ("Blue Bogey"; "Kingston Bypass"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • Jan 12 Salvatore Martirano, American composer, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1995)
  • Jan 14 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist & Holocaust survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • Jan 15 Francis Routh, British composer, born in Worcestershire, England
  • Jan 17 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, activist, and actress (Batman - "Catwoman"), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Jan 25 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter & composer (Getz/Gilberto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • Jan 28 Ronnie Scott [Schatt], British jazz saxophonist and club-owner, born in Aldgate, East London (d. 1996)
  • Jan 28 Roy Caton, American trumpet player and session musician, born in Frackville, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Jan 30 Ahmed Abdul-Malik [Jonathan Tim, Jr.], American jazz double bassist and oud player (Odetta; Thelonius Monk), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • Feb 2 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer
  • Feb 2 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American big band, bebop, cool jazz, and bossa nova tenor saxophonist (Woody Herman; Getz/Gilberto), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Feb 3 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, born in Waterford (d. 2015)
  • Feb 7 John Buller, British composer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • Feb 7 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, born in Montpellier, France (d. 2020) [1]
  • Feb 7 Laurence "Laurie" Johnson, British film and television score composer (Dr. Strangelove; The Avengers), born in Hampstead, England
  • Feb 8 Zdeněk Zouhar, Czech composer, and teacher, born in Kotvrdovice, Czechoslovakia[ (d. 2011)
  • Feb 9 Joe Maneri, American jazz composer, saxophone and clarinet player (Boston Microtonal Society), born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 2009)

Leontyne Price

Feb 10 Leontyne Price, American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess, Aida; Metropolitan Opera. 1961-85), born in Laurel, Mississippi

  • Feb 10 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • Feb 11 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • Feb 15 Gottfrid Gräsbeck, Finnish choral director, and composer, born in Turku, Finland (d. 2010)
  • Feb 21 Pierre Mercure, Canadian composer (Kaléidoscope), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1966)
  • Feb 22 David Ahlstrom, American composer, born in Lancaster, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 22 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters; 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Feb 23 Ivan Hrušovský, Slovak composer and educator (Rytmus), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2001)
  • Feb 25 Jacques-Louis Monod, French pianist, conductor, and composer (Cantus Contra Cantum), born in Asnières, France (d. 2020)
  • Feb 25 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • Feb 26 Donald Gramm, American concert and opera bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • Feb 28 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys; Patsy Cline), born in New Brockton, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • Mar 1 Harry Belafonte, Jamaican-American calypso singer ("Banana Boat Song"; actor (Buck & the Preacher), and human rights activist, born in Harlem, New York
  • Mar 1 Lusine Amara, opera/concert singer
  • Mar 2 Siegfried Kohler, German composer (Tausend Sterne sind ein Dom), born in Meissen, Germany (d. 1984)
  • Mar 2 Witold Szalonek, Polish composer (Satire), educator, and musicologist, born in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland (d. 2001) [1]
  • Mar 4 Robert DiDomenica, American flautist, composer and educator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Mar 5 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), born in Richmond Hill, Virginia (d. 1976)
  • Mar 6 (Adanelle) "Norman" Treigle, American operatic bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • Mar 8 Jaromir Podesva, composer
  • Mar 8 Josef Berg, Czech composer (d. 1971)
  • Mar 8 Dick Hyman, American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and organist, born in New York City
  • Mar 9 Hans Ludwig Schilling, German composer, born in Mayen, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Mar 9 John Beckwith, Canadian composer, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Mar 10 Donn Trenner, American jazz pianist, arranger, and orchestra leader (Steve Allen's Westinghouse Show), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • Mar 15 Carl Smith, American country singer ("Deep Water"; "Ten Thousand Drums"; "Why, Why"), born in Maynardville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • Mar 16 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • Mar 17 Sulkhan Nasidze, Georgian composer, born in Tiflis, Transcaucasia, Soviet Union (now Tblisi, Georgia) (d. 1996)
  • Mar 18 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mar 18 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, born near Pleasant Grove, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Mar 20 John Joubert, British South African composer (The Raising of Lazarus; An English Requiem), and educator, born in Cape Town, Union of South Africa (d. 2019)
  • Mar 23 Osvaldo Lacerda, Brazilian composer (Piratininga), and music professor, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • Mar 24 János Decsényi, Hungarian composer (Farewell to a Vanished Century), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Mar 27 Mstislav Rostropovich, Soviet-Russian cellist and conductor, born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR (d. 2007)
  • Mar 29 Bianco [Eugene Capobianco], American jazz, easy-listening, and session harpist, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • Mar 31 Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • Apr 1 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist ("One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • Apr 3 Pierre D'Archambeau. American concert violinist, born in Yverdon, Switzerland (d. 2014)
  • Apr 6 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz On A Summer Day), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • Apr 7 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), educator, and social activist, born in Ajido, Lagos (d. 2003)
  • Apr 8 Oliver "Ollie" Mitchell, American musician and bandleader (The Wrecking Crew), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 11 Domenico Guaccero, Italian composer, born in Palo de Colle, Italy (d. 1984)
  • Apr 15 Annapurna Devi [Roshanara Khan], Indian classical surbahar (bass sitar) player, and music teacher, born in Maihar, British India (now part of Madhya Pradesh, India) (d. 2018)
  • Apr 16 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), born in Kingston, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Apr 17 Christopher Whelen, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • Apr 19 Don Barbour, American singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana (d. 1961)
  • Apr 22 Pascal Bentoiu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2016)
  • Apr 22 (Lorenzo) "Laurel" Aitken, Cuban-Jamaican singer and one of the pioneers of Caribbean pop and ska music, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2005)
  • Apr 23 Russell Smith, American composer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • Apr 24 "Fatty" George [Pressler], Austrian swing jazz clarinettist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1982)
  • Apr 24 Seymour Bernstein, American concert pianist, teacher, and composer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 25 Ernst Widmer, Swiss-Brazilian composer, born in Aarau, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • Apr 27 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1994)
  • Apr 29 (Cecil James) "Big Jay" McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • May 1 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • May 13 Karl-Heinz Köper, German conductor, and composer (Tuba-Tabu; Pop Corn Concerto), born in Hanover, Germany (d. 2011)
  • May 16 Paul Angerer, Austrian violist, violinist, conductor (Concilium Musicum Wien), harpsichordist, composer and radio host, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2017)
  • May 20 David Frederick Barlow, composer
  • May 20 Walter Aschaffenburg, German-American composer, born in Essen, Germany (d. 2005)
  • May 24 Charles "Majeed" Greenlee, American jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • May 28 Bernhard Lewkovitch, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen
  • May 31 (James) "Red" Holloway, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish conductor (Royal Flemish Opera)
  • Jun 3 (Homer) "Boots" Randolph, American session saxophonist ("Yakety Sax"), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • Jun 9 Franco Donatoni, Italian composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 2000)
  • Jun 11 Beryl Grey, English prima ballerina, born in Highgate, London
  • Jun 11 Josef Anton Reidl, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Jun 13 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, born in Buvika (d. 2016)
  • Jun 13 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, born in Kempsey, New South Wales (d. 2003)
  • Jun 13 Attila Zoller, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist, educator (Vermont Jazz Center, 1974-98), and inventor (bi-directional pickup), born in Visegrád, Hungary (d. 1998)
  • Jun 15 Joji "George" Kawaguchi Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Fukakusa, Kyoto, Japan (d. 2003)
  • Jun 17 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, born in Berlin (d. 2019)
  • Jun 18 Simeon Pironkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2000)
  • Jun 19 Karel Kupka, Czech composer, born in Rychvald
  • Jun 20 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania [1]
  • Jun 27 Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, American electric and Chicago blues pianist, organist, and bass guitar player (Muddy Waters; Junior Wells; Elmore James), born in Stoneville, Mississippi (d. 1999)
  • Jul 1 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, born in Sandviken (d. 1999)
  • Jul 2 Brock Peters [George Fisher], American actor and singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Jul 2 Ruth Berghaus, German choreographer and opera director, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Jul 4 Reid Miles, American photographer, and album cover art designer (Blue Note Records, 1955-67), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • Jul 5 Beverly Tyler, American singer and actress (Fireball, The Youngest Profession, Big Town), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • Jul 6 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • Jul 6 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, born in Tarija, Bolivia (d. 2004)
  • Jul 7 Charlie Louvin, American country singer-songwriter (Louvin Brothers - "The Only Way Out (Is to Walk Over Me)"), born in Section, Alabama (d. 2011)
  • Jul 7 (Carl) "Doc" Severinson, American trumpeter and bandleader (The Tonight Show, 1962-92), born in Arlington, Oregon
  • Jul 9 Ed Ames [Edmund Dantes Urick], American popular singer and actor (Ames Brothers - "My Cup Runneth Over"), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • Jul 11 Herbert Blomstedt, American conductor (Dresdner Staatskapelle, 1975-85; San Francisco Symphony 1985-95), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Jul 12 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Trieste (d. 2014)
  • Jul 16 Mindy Carson, American popular music vocalist (Club Embassy, Ford Star Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 18 Carlo Franci, Italian composer and conductor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • Jul 18 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), born in Breig (d. 2015)
  • Jul 20 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor (Frankfurt Opera, 1967-87); Cincinnati Symphony, 1980-86); Southwest German Radio Symphony, 1986-99), and composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2019)
  • Jul 24 Wilfred Josephs, English composer, born in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1997)
  • Jul 27 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (popularized "We Shall Overcome"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Jul 31 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, born in Moreni, Dâmbovita (d. 2008)
  • Aug 4 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, born in Hot Springs, South Dakota (d. 1993)
  • Aug 5 Gunnar Bucht, Swedish composer, born in Stocksund, Sweden
  • Aug 11 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist, conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001; BBC Northern Symphony, 1973-80), and composer (Lord Of The Flies), born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Porter Wagoner, American country singer, discovered Dolly Parton ("Y'All Come"; "A Satisfied Mind"), born in West Plains, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Aug 13 Joe Puma, American session and jazz guitarist (Herbie Mann; Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five; Chuck Wayne), born in the Bronx, New York City (d. 2000)
  • Aug 16 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Surrey, England (d. 2008)
  • Aug 21 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Aug 22 Aleksandar Obradovic, Serbian composer, born in Bled, Slovenia (d. 2001)
  • Aug 23 Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • Aug 24 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • Aug 29 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1994)
  • Aug 30 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Sep 1 Tommy Evans, American doo-wop, and R&B singer (Drifters, 1956-62 - "Save The Last Dance For Me"), born in Wayne County, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • Sep 2 Tzvi Avni, Israeli classical composer (Meditations On A Drama), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Sep 6 Keith Humble, Australian composer, born in Geelong, Australia (d. 1995)
  • Sep 7 Graham Dudley Whettam, British composer, born in Swinden, Wiltshire (d. 2007)
  • Sep 8 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter ("I Fall To Pieces"; "Busted"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • Sep 8 Harmonica Fats [Harvey Blackston], American blues session and touring harmonica player ("Tore Up"), born in McDade, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • Sep 8 Charles "Specs" Wright, American jazz drummer (Dizzy Gillespie; Cannonball Adderly; Red Garland) born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia (d. 1963)
  • Sep 9 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • Sep 20 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 2010)
  • Sep 20 Keith "Red" Mitchell, American jazz double bassist, composer, and lyricist (Hampton Hawes; André Previn), born in New York City (d. 1992)
  • Sep 21 Ward Swingle, American vocalist, jazz musician, composer, arranger, and conductor (The Swingle Singers - Jazz Sebastian Bach), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Sep 25 Sir Colin Davis, British conductor (Covent Garden, 1970-85; Bavarian Radio Symphony, 1983-93; London Symphony, 1995-2006), born in Weybridge, Surrey (d. 2013)
  • Sep 26 Romano Mussolini, Italian jazz pianist, and bandleader, born in Villa Carpena, Forlì, Kingdom Of Italy (d. 2006)
  • Sep 27 Boris Porena, Italian composer, poet, and writer, born in Rome
  • Sep 27 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • Sep 27 "Earring" George Mayweather, American blues Harmonica Player, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • Sep 30 Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), born in Tehran, Persia (d. 2019)
  • Oct 1 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, born in Esztergom, Hungary (d. 2019)
  • Oct 4 Walter Bishop, Jr, American bebop jazz pianist, music theorist, and educator, born in New York City (d. 1998)
  • Oct 5 John W. Downey, American classical composer (A Dolphin), born in Chicago (d. 2004)
  • Oct 6 Paul Badura-Skoda, Austrian pianist (Mozart Interpretation), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • Oct 7 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American pop singer ("Here in My Heart"), and actor (The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • Oct 8 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Oct 8 Gigi Durston, American singer (Sonny Kendis Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 10 Thomas Wilson, Scottish composer, born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 2001)
  • Oct 13 (Leon) "Lee" Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Oct 21 Nadine Judd [Nadia Moore/Nerina], South African/British ballerina
  • Oct 23 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • Oct 24 Renato de Grandis, Italian composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 2008)
  • Oct 24 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, born in Toulon, France (d. 2001)
  • Oct 25 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (The Music Man), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2017)
  • Oct 27 Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • Oct 27 Bernard Parmegiani, French composer (L'Oeil écoute - The Eye Listens), born in Paris (d. 2013)
  • Oct 28 Dame Cleo Laine, British actress and jazz-pop singer ("Flesh to a Tiger"), born in Middlesex, England
  • Oct 31 Anita Kerr, American singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 4 Vittorio Fellegara, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 2011)
  • Nov 7 Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (Zulu, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate), born in Margam, Wales (d. 2007)

Patti Page

Nov 8 Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American singer (Tennessee Waltz), born in Claremore, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

  • Nov 8 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer", born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England (d. 2018)
  • Nov 8 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 2014)
  • Nov 11 Mose Allison, American jazz and blues piano player, singer, and composer ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"; "Your Mind Is on Vacation"), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • Nov 14 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (Orquesta Nacionale 1947), born in Lorca ,Spain
  • Nov 17 Robert Drasnin, American clarinetist, composer, and film and television music supervisor (CBS, 1977-91), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • Nov 18 Lawrence Moss, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 18 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • Nov 19 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of Motown's house band - The Funk Brothers (1959-64), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 2007)
  • Nov 22 Grady "Fats" Jackson, American tenor sax player, born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • Nov 24 Alfredo Kraus, Spanish bel canto tenor (Massenet - "Werther"; La Scala; New York Metroplolitan Opera, 1966-94), born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands (d. 1999)
  • Nov 24 Emma Lou Diemer, American classical composer Songs for the Earth; Fantasy for Carillon), and educator, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Nov 25 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • Dec 1 Grant Beglarian, Armenian-American composer (Of Fables, Foibles, and Fancies), educator (University of Southern California, 1969-86), and arts administrator, born in Tiflis, Georgia (d. 2002)
  • Dec 3 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, Canadian-born British actress and singer (Outland, Comics), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1997)

Andy Williams

Dec 3 Andy Williams, American pop singer ("Moon River"; "Days of Wine and Roses"), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2012)

Bhumibol Adulyadej

Dec 5 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

  • Dec 6 Jacques Bondon, French composer, born in Boulbon, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 2008)
  • Dec 6 Akira Miyazawa, Japanese jazz saxophonist, born in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (d. 2000)
  • Dec 7 Vlastimir Peričić, Serbian composer, born in Vršac, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2000)
  • Dec 7 Helen Watts, British contralto, born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2009)
  • Dec 9 Pierre Henry, French composer (considered pioneer of musique concrète), born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • Dec 14 Richard Cassilly, American tenor, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1998)
  • Dec 23 Joseph Castaldo, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • Dec 23 (Cornelius) "Pinocchio" James, American jazz and R&B singer (Lionel Hampton Revue), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Dec 24 Teresa Stich-Randall, American soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in New Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • Dec 28 Oleg Karavaichuk, Russian pianist and composer, born in Kiev (d. 2016)

About 1927

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