On This Day

Musicians Born in 1931

  • Jan 1 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • Jan 2 Frank Marocco, American jazz, pop, classical, and session accordionist, arranger and composer, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Jan 5 Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist, born in Loučná nad Desnou, Czech Republic
  • Jan 5 Alvin Ailey, African-American dancer and choreographer (American Dance Theater), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Jan 8 Bill Graham [Wulf Grajonca], German-American impresario and rock concert promoter (Fillmore; Winterland Ballroom; Live-Aid), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Jan 14 Juraj Pospíšil, Czech composer (November Triptych), and pedagogue (Bratislavia Conservatory, 1955-91), born in Olomouc, Czech Republic (d. 2007)
  • Jan 14 Caterina Valente, Italian singer, dancer, and actress (Bon soir, Kathrin!, The Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 15 Murad Kazhlayev, Soviet and Dagestani composer, born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Jan 17 Frederick A. Fox, American classical composer (Nightscenes; Shaking The Pumpkin),and educator (Indiana University, 1974-94), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • Jan 20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese jazz pianist and songwriter, born in Tsingtao, Republic of China to (d. 1992)
  • Jan 20 Earl Grant, American musician and singer ("Ebb Tide"; "Winter Wonderland"), born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 1970)
  • Jan 22 Sam Cooke [Cook], American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" ("You Send Me"; " A Change Is Gonna Come"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • Jan 24 Ib Nørholm, Danish organist, composer (Aspects of Sand and Simplicity), choral conductor, and educator, born in Søborg, Gladsaxe (d. 2019) [1]
  • Jan 25 Harold Lloyd Jr., American actor, singer and son of famous silent film actor Harold Lloyd, Sr. (Frankenstein's Daughter), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1971)
  • Jan 25 Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, Swedish music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), born in Hova, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Jan 27 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian doo-wop vocalist (Crew Cuts - "Sh-Boom"), and broadcaster, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • Jan 29 Leslie Bricusse, British stage and film composer and lyricist (Doctor Dolittle; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; "Goldfinger"; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - "The Candy Man"; "Pure Imagination"), born in Pinner, Middlesex, England (d. 2021)
  • Feb 4 Barry Feinstein, American portrait photographer and album cover designer (Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul & Mary; Janis Joplin; George Harrison), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • Feb 6 Mamie Van Doren, American actress, model, singer, and sex symbol (Teacher's Pet, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters), born in Rowena, South Dakota
  • Feb 8 Shadia [Fatmah Ahmed Kamal Shaker], Egyptian actress and singer Midaq Alley, The Thief and the Dogs), born in Sharqia Governorate, Egypt, birth date disputed (d. 2017)
  • Feb 9 Xavier Benguerel, Catalan composer (Llibre Vermell; Jo, Dalí), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2017)
  • Feb 9 Harry Halbreich, German-Belgian musicologist (Arthur Honegger, Bohuslav Martinů, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Feb 10 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, born in Königsberg (d. 2003)
  • Feb 10 Makoto Shinohara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Feb 11 Bobby Lamb, Irish jazz trombonist, composer, and conductor, born in Cork, Irish Free State
  • Feb 14 Phyllis McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Feb 16 Ken Takakura [Goichi Oda], Japanese actor and singer (Black Rain, Story of Antarctic), born in Nakama, Fukuoka (d. 2014)
  • Feb 18 Dieter Schonbach, composer
  • Feb 24 Dominic Chianese, American actor, singer, and musician (The Sopranos, The Godfather Part II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 26 Francisco Kroepfl, Argentinian composer, born in Timișoara, Romania
  • Mar 5 Anthony Hedges, British light music and orchestral composer (Humberside Cantata), born in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England (d. 2019)
  • Mar 5 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symphony, 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Mar 6 Carmen de Lavallade, American actress, dancer and choreographer (Aida), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 7 C W Stubblefield, American restaurateur and music promoter, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Mar 10 Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • Mar 13 Rosalind Elias, American mezzo-soprano (Wagner's Die Walküre - "Grimgerde"; Barber's Vanessa - "Erika"), and opera director, born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • Mar 14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], American singer-songwriter (Sea of Love), born in Crowley, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • Mar 15 (Dominic Joseph) "D. J." Fontana, American drummer (Elvis Presley), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • Mar 16 Betty Johnson, American pop and cabaret singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed), born in Guilford County, North Carolina
  • Mar 20 Antonio Tauriello, composer
  • Mar 20 Hal Linden [Harold Lipshitz], American actor (Barney Miller; Blacke's Magic), director, and musician, born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Mar 25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer (Bill Evans Trio; Keith Jarrett), composer, and bandleader (Electric Bebop Band), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • Mar 25 Tom Wilson, American record producer (Sun Ra; Bob Dylan; Simon & Garfunkel; Mothers of Invention; Velvet Underground), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1978)
  • Mar 27 Burt Collins, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Mar 27 Yoriaki Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • Mar 30 Harold Burrage, American blues and jazz singer, and pianist (Hi Yo Silver), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 30 Sándor Szokolay, Hungarian composer and pedagogue, born in Kunágota, Hungary (d. 2013)
  • Apr 2 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Budapest (d. 2014)
  • Apr 6 Joan Carlyle, British soprano
  • Apr 11 Koichi Sugiyama, Japanese video game composer (Dragon Quest), born in Tokyo
  • Apr 11 Frank Vicari, American jazz, session, and touring saxophonist (Maynard Ferguson; Woody Herman; Tom Waits; Saturday Night Live), born in New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • Apr 12 Martin Boykan, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter, born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • Apr 16 John Littlejohn [Funchess], American electric blues slide guitarist ("So-Called Friends"), born in Lake, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Apr 17 Roberta Stephen, Canadian classical composer (The Eye Of The Seasons), born in Alberta
  • Apr 27 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz pianist and film composer (Rosemary's Baby), born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1969)
  • Apr 27 Maxine Brown, American country music singer (Browns), born in Campti, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • Apr 27 Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-Russian concert violinist (Wieniawski Competition, 1952), and educator (Moscow Conservatory, Brussels Royal Conservatory), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)(d. 2021)
  • Apr 29 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • May 2 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist ("Misty"), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • May 4 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1951-61; USSR State Radio, 1961-74; USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, 1983-91), born in Moscow, Russia, USSR (d. 2018)
  • May 6 Hasaan Ibn Ali [William Henry Langford, Jr], American jazz pianist and composer (Max Roach Trio), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • May 7 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer ("Put Another Nickel In"), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • May 8 Charles M. Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • May 10 Yūzō Toyama, Japanese composer and conductor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 14 Alvin Lucier, American composer of experimental music (I Am Sitting In A Room; Music On A Long Thin Wire), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • May 15 James Mitchell, American session baritone saxophone (The Memphis Horns; Stax Records), born in Memphis, Tennesee (d. 2000)
  • May 16 Donald James Martino, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • May 17 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)
  • May 18 Robert Morse, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen singer and actor (Mad Men; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 2022)
  • May 19 Ruben Radica, composer
  • May 19 Eric Tappy, Swiss tenor
  • May 19 Trevor Peacock, British stage and screen actor (The Vicar of Dibley - "Jim Trott"), screenwriter, and songwriter ("Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), born in Edmonton, Middlesex, England (d. 2021)
  • May 25 John Gabriel [Jack Monkarsh], American stage and screen actor (Ryan's Hope), singer, lyricist, and producer, born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 2021)
  • May 27 Kenny Price, American country singer ("Walking on New Grass"; "Happy Tracks"), born in Florence, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • May 27 Veroslav Neumann, composer
  • May 28 Peter Talbot Westergaard, American composer and educator, born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • May 31 Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 31 Huby Heard, singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • Jun 3 Françoise Arnoul, French actress and composer (French Cancan; Jacko & Lise), born in Constantine, France
  • Jun 4 César Bolaños, Peruvian electro-acoustic and experimental musician and composer, born in Lima, Peru (d. 2012)
  • Jun 6 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist known as 'The Liberace of the Harp', born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)
  • Jun 7 (Nii Moi) "Speedy" Acquaye, Ghanaian drummer, percussionist and fire-eater (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames; Ginger Baker's Airforce), born in Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana) (d. 1993)
  • Jun 10 João Gilberto, Brazilian singer, guitarist and 'father of bossa nova' (Getz/Gilberto - Grammy Award for Album of the Year 1965), born in Juazeiro, Bahia (d. 2019)
  • Jun 10 M S Gopalakrishnan, Indian Carnatic violinist, born in Mylapore, Chennai, British India (d. 2013)
  • Jun 10 Romualds Jermaks, Latvian composer and teacher, born in Šķaune Parish, Latvia
  • Jun 11 Audrey Schuh, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jun 11 Margarita Pracatan [Figueroa], Cuban-American novelty singer (BBC's Saturday Night Clive), born in Santiago, Cuba (d. 2020)
  • Jun 13 Georges Arvanitas, French jazz pianist and organist, born in Marseilles, France (d. 2005)
  • Jun 14 Junior Walker [Autry Mixon, Jr], American tenor saxophonist ("Shotgun"; "(I'm a) Road Runner"), born in Blytheville, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Ivo Petric, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana
  • Jun 20 Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)
  • Jun 26 Lucien Goethals, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 2006)
  • Jun 27 Alojz Srebotnjak, Slovenian composer, born in Postojna, Slovenia (d. 2010)
  • Jun 27 Ryszard Kwiatkowski, Polish composer (Polyphonic Music), born in Jaranów, Włocławek, Poland (d. 1993)
  • Jun 30 James Loughran, British conductor, born in Glasgow
  • Jul 3 Robert O. Ragland, American film score composer (The Thing With Two Heads), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Jul 4 Duncan Lamont, Scottish jazz and session trumpet and saxophone player, arranger, andsongwriter ("I Told You So"), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 2019)
  • Jul 6 Danny White, American singer and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • Jul 8 Jerry Vale [Gennaro Vitaliano], American pop singer ("Arriverderci Roma"; "Have You Looked Into Your Heart"), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2014)
  • Jul 8 Louis Ballard [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), born near Quapaw, Oklahoma (d. 2007) [1]
  • Jul 11 Tab Hunter [Arthur Andrew Kelm], American actor (The Girl He Left Behind; Lust In The Dust) and singer (Young Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jul 11 Thurston Harris, American R&B and pop vocalist (The Sharps - "Little Bitty Pretty One"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • Jul 12 André Laporte, Flemish composer, born in Oplinter, Tienen, Belgium
  • Jul 18 "Papa" Dee Allen, American percussionist (War - "Cisco Kid"; "The World Is A Ghetto"), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1988)
  • Jul 21 Plas Johnson, American be-bop jazz and session saxophonist (sax solo on "The Pink Panther Theme"), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana
  • Jul 21 Leon Schidlowsky, Chilean Israeli composer, born in Santiago, Chile
  • Jul 25 Paul Danblon, Belgian composer, opera director, opera administrator and scientific journalist, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2018)
  • Jul 31 Kenny Burrell, American guitarist (Organ Grinder Swing), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 1 "Ramblin' Jack" Elliott [Adnopoz], American folk singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 1 Seán Ó Riada [John Reidy], Irish composer (Mise Éire), traditional music revivalist, and bandleader (Ceoltóirí Chualann), born in Cork City, Ireland (d. 1971)
  • Aug 2 Henryk Schiller, Polish composer, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 2006)
  • Aug 2 Philippa Schuyler, African-American child classical piano prodigy, composer, and journalist, born in Harlem, New York City (d. 1967)
  • Aug 8 Jonathan Elkus, composer
  • Aug 11 Manabendra Mukhopadhyay, Bengali singer and composer (Ei Ganga ei Padda), born in Kolkata (d. 1992)
  • Aug 15 Mario Kuri-Aldana, Mexican composer, born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • Aug 21 Gregg Smith, American choral conductor and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 26 Dane Škerl, Slovene conductor, composer (Rhapsodic Symphony), and teacher, born in Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now of Slovenia) (d. 2002)
  • Aug 28 John Perkins, Canadian singer (Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 28 John Shirley-Quirk, British operatic bass-baritone (Death in Venice), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 29 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer, born in Nea Ionia, Athens, Greece (d. 2001)
  • Sep 1 Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer ("King of the Road"), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1999)
  • Sep 3 Rudolf Kelterborn, Swiss musician and composer, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • Sep 4 Mitzi Gaynor [Francesca von Gerber], American actress, singer and dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 7 Charles Camilleri, Maltese composer (Missa Mundi), born in Ħamrun, Malta (d. 2009)
  • Sep 8 Marion Brown, American jazz alto saxophonist, (Marion Brown Quartet; John Coltrane -"Ascension"; Artie Schepp), avant garde composer, writer, and ethno-musicologist, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • Sep 12 George Jones, American country singer-songwriter ("Golden Rings"; "Oh Lonesome Me"), born in Saratoga, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Sep 16 Jan Johansson, Swedish jazz pianist, born in Söderhamn, Hälsingland, Sweden (d. 1968)
  • Sep 19 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist ("It's Just a Matter of Time"; "Rainy Night in Georgia"), born in Lugoff, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • Sep 22 Nello Santi, Italian opera conductor (Opernhaus Zürich; NY Metropolitan Opera) born in Adria, Veneto, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Sep 24 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • Sep 26 George Chambers, American rock bassist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"), born in Carthage, Mississippi
  • Sep 27 Freddy Quinn [Franz Nidl], Austrian pop singer and actor, born in Niederfladnitz, Austria
  • Sep 28 John E Gilmore, tenor saxophonist
  • Oct 1 Sylvano Bussotti, Italian composer, film maker and novelist, born in Florence, Italy
  • Oct 12 Raoul Pleskow, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Oct 14 Duško Gojković, Serbian trumpeter (Balkan Blue), born in Jajce, Bosnia
  • Oct 14 Rafael Puyana, Colombian baroque harpsichordist (NY debut 1957), born in Bogotá, Colombia (d. 2013)
  • Oct 14 Nikhil Banerjee, Indian classical musician, born in Calcutta, India (d. 1986)
  • Oct 15 (Lionel) Frederick "Freddy" Cole, American jazz singer and pianist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020) [1]
  • Oct 19 László Kalmár, Hungarian composer (Triangles), born in Budapest (d. 1995)
  • Oct 20 Jules Eskin, American cellist (Boston Symphony, 1964-2016), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Oct 22 Hikaru Hayashi, Japanese pianist, conductor and composer (Onibaba), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • Oct 23 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), born in Swindon, Wiltshire (d. 1984)
  • Oct 24 Sofia Gubaidulina, Tatar-Russian composer (Stimmen Verstummen), born in Chistopol, Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic
  • Oct 31 David Lumsdaine, Australian composer ( Annotations of Auschwitz), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Nov 2 Phil Woods, American jazz and session saxophonist (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), and composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Nov 5 Ike Turner, American musician ("Rocket 88"; Ike and Tina Turner - "River Deep, Mountain High"; "Proud Mary"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • Nov 5 Harold McNair, British-Jamaican calypso and jazz saxophonist and flautist, born in Kingston, Colony of Jamaica (d. 1971)
  • Nov 6 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 1982)
  • Nov 7 Gerald Humel, American composer (Universe), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • Nov 10 Toma Prosev, Macedonian composer, born in Skopje
  • Nov 12 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer ("Big Girls Don't Cry"; "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • Nov 16 Bob Gibson, American folk musician, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Nov 16 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • Nov 17 Wayne Andre, American jazz and session trombonist, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2003)
  • Nov 21 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2003)
  • Nov 23 Gloria Lynne [Wilson], American jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2013)
  • Nov 23 Oscar C. Yatco, Filipino violinist and conductor, born in Tanuan, Batangas, Philippines (d. 2014)
  • Nov 25 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Nov 27 Juan Guinjoan, Catalan composer and pianist, born in Riudoms, Spain (d. 2019)
  • Nov 29 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), born in Fukagawa, Tokyo (d. 1997)
  • Nov 30 Gunther Herbig, Usti-nad-Labem Czech, conductor (East Berlin Orchestra)
  • Nov 30 (Beryl) "Jack" Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter (Merv Griffin), singer (Schoolhouse Rock), and actor (Run Buddy Run), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2019)
  • Dec 1 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (d. 1986)
  • Dec 1 Jim Nesbitt, American country music singer, born in Bishopville, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Dec 2 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (Dizzy Gillespie; Miles Davis), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1971)
  • Dec 3 [Mary] Jaye P. Morgan, American pop singer ("All I Want From You"), game show panelist (Gong Show), born in Mancos, Colorado
  • Dec 6 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (Game of Silence), born in Bursa, Turkey (d. 1996)
  • Dec 7 Bobby Osborne, American bluegrass mandolin player (The Osborne Brothers - "Rocky Top"), born in Thousandsticks, Kentucky
  • Dec 8 Rudolf Komorous, Czech-born Canadian composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

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Dec 11 Rita Moreno [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico

  • Dec 16 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)
  • Dec 16 Karl Denver [Angus McKenzie], Scottish pop singer ("Never Say Goodbye"; "Wimoweh"), born in Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dec 18 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager - ABKCO (Sam Cooke; Rolling Stones, Beatles), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • Dec 21 Caroline Kaart (neé Raitt], Scottish Dutch alto singer, and TV presenter, born in Blackness, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Dec 21 David Baker, American jazz trombonist and cellist, jazz and classical composer (Reflections), and educator (Indiana University), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Dec 24 Mauricio Kagel, Argentine-German composer, born in Buenos Aires, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Dec 24 (Erapheael) “Ray” Bryant, American jazz pianist, composer and arranger ("Madison Time"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • Dec 26 Thomas Eden Binkley, American lutenist and early music scholar, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • Dec 27 (Winfield) Scotty Moore, American guitarist (Elvis Presley; Roy Orbison), born in Gadsden, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • Dec 28 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist, composer, and producer
  • Dec 29 Jan Konopásek, Czech-American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2020)
  • Dec 30 Skeeter Davis [Mary Penick], American country-pop singer-songwriter ("(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too"; "Set Him Free"; "The End Of The World"),, born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky (d. 2004)
  • Dec 31 Gil Mellé, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in New York City (d. 2004)

About 1931

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