Birthdays in Music in 1931

  • Jan 1 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • Jan 5 Alfred Brendel, Wiesenberg Moravia, Austrian pianist
  • Jan 5 Alvin Ailey, choreographer (American Dance Theater)
  • Jan 8 Bill Graham, German American rock promoter (Fillmore), born in Germany (d. 1991)
  • Jan 14 Juraj Pospisil, composer
  • Jan 15 Murad Kazhlayev, composer
  • Jan 17 Frederick Alfred Fox, composer
  • Jan 20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
  • Jan 20 Earl Grant, Idabel, Oklahoma, American musician and singer (Ebb Tide, Winter Wonderland)
  • Jan 22 Sam Cooke, soul singer (You Send Me), born in Clarksdale Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • Jan 24 Ib Norholm, Danish composer and organist, born in Søborg, Gladsaxe
  • Jan 25 Stikkan, Stig Anderson, music entrepreneur
  • Jan 27 Rudi Maugeri, singer (The Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • Jan 29 Leslie Bricuse, English/US composer (Stop the world I want to get off)
  • Feb 9 Xavier Benguerel, composer
  • Feb 10 Gerhard Rosenfeld, composer
  • Feb 10 Makoto Shinohara, composer
  • Feb 14 Phyllis McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Feb 18 Dieter Schonbach, composer
  • Feb 26 Francisco Kroepfl, composer
  • Mar 5 Anthony Headges, composer
  • Mar 6 Carmen Delavallade, US dancer/singer/actress (Aida)
  • Mar 7 C W Stubblefield, music promoter
  • Mar 10 Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • Mar 13 Rosalind Elias, mezzo-soprano (Grimgerde-Die Walkuere), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Mar 14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
  • Mar 16 Betty Johnson, Guilford County NC, singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed)
  • Mar 20 Antonio Tauriello, composer
  • Mar 25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer
  • Mar 27 Burt Collins, trumpeter
  • Mar 27 Yoriaki Matsudaira, composer
  • Mar 30 Harold Burrage, US singer/pianist (Hi Yo Silver)
  • Mar 30 Sandor Szokolay, composer
  • Apr 2 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Budapest (d. 2014)
  • Apr 6 Joan Carlyle, British soprano
  • Apr 11 Koichi Sugiyama, Japanese composer
  • Apr 12 Martin Boykan, composer
  • Apr 12 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter (d. 1995)
  • Apr 27 Igor Oistrach, Russian violinist/son of David Oistrach
  • Apr 27 Krzystzof Komeda, composer
  • Apr 29 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • May 2 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz musician (Misty), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • May 3 Joseph Lichtman Layton, dancer
  • May 4 Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (USSR State Radio), born in Moscow, Russia
  • May 7 Teresa Brewer, singer (Put Another Nickel In), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • May 8 Charles M Wilson, composer
  • May 14 Alvin Augustus Lucier Jr, composer
  • May 16 Donald James Martino, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • May 17 Dewey Redman, jazz musician
  • May 19 Ruben Radica, composer
  • May 19 Eric Tappy, Swiss tenor

  • May 27 Kenny Price, Florence Ky, country singer (Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw)
  • May 27 Veroslav Neumann, composer
  • May 28 Ervin Junger, composer
  • May 28 Peter Talbot Westergaard, composer
  • 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 Francoise Arnoul, actress/composer (French Cancan, Jacko & Lise)
  • Jun 4 Cesar Bolanos, composer
  • Jun 7 Henry Weinberg, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 10 João Gilberto, Brazilian singer and guitarist
  • Jun 11 Audrey Schuh, American soprano
  • Jun 16 Ivo Petric, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana
  • Jun 20 Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)
  • Jun 26 Lucien Goethals, composer
  • Jun 27 Alojz Srebotnjak, composer
  • Jun 27 Ryszard Kwiatkowski, composer
  • Jun 30 James Loughran, British conductor
  • Jul 6 Joseph Daniel White, singer/bandleader
  • Jul 8 Jerry Vale [Genaro Louis Vitaliano], American singer (Arriverderci Roma), born in NYC (d. 2014)
  • Jul 8 Louis Ballard, composer
  • Jul 11 Thurston Harris, vocalist (Little Bitty Pretty One), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jul 12 Andre Laporte, Flemish composer
  • Jul 21 Leon Schidlowsky, composer
  • Jul 31 Kenny Burrell, American guitarist (Organ Grinder Swing), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 1 Ramblin' Jack Elliott, folk singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 1 Sean O Riada, composer
  • Aug 2 Henryck Schiller, composer
  • Aug 2 Philippa Duke Schuyler, composer
  • Aug 8 Jonathan Elkus, composer
  • Aug 15 Mario Kuri-Aldana, composer
  • Aug 21 Gregg Smith, choral conductor and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 26 Dane Skerl, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana
  • Aug 28 John Perkins, singer (Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 28 John Shirley-Quirk, baritone (Death in Venice), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 29 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer (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, composer
  • Sep 4 Mitzi Gaynor, American actress/singer/dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 7 Charles Camilleri, composer
  • Sep 12 George Jones, American country singer (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me), born in Saratoga, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Sep 16 Jan Johansson, composer
  • 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 24 Anthony Newley, English actor and singer-songwriter (Dr Doolitte, Goldfinger theme), born in London (d. 1999)
  • Sep 26 George Chambers, American rock bassist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Carthage, Mississippi
  • Sep 27 Freddy Quinn, Austrian singer
  • Sep 28 John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist
  • Oct 1 Sylvano Bussotti, Italian composer
  • Oct 12 Raoul Pleskow, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Oct 14 Rafael Puyana, baroque harpsichordist (NY debut 1957), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Oct 14 Nikhil Banerjee, Indian classical musician (d. 1986)
  • Oct 19 Laszlo Kalmar, composer
  • Oct 22 Hikaru Hayashi, composer
  • Oct 24 Sofia Gubaidulina, Russian composer (Stimmen Verstummen)
  • Oct 31 David Lumsdaine, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Nov 2 Phil Woods, American Jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Nov 4 Darla Hood, American child actress (Little Rascals, The Bat), born in Leedey, Oklahoma (d. 1979)
  • Nov 5 Ike Turner, Miss, AKA Mr Tina Turner!, guitarist (A Fool in Love)
  • Nov 6 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 1982)
  • Nov 7 Gerald Humel, composer
  • Nov 10 Toma Prosev, Macedonian composer, born in Skopje
  • Nov 12 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • Nov 16 Bob Gibson, folk musician, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Nov 16 Hubert Sumlin, American blues musician
  • Nov 21 Malcolm Williamson, composer
  • Nov 23 Gloria Lynne, American Jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2013)
  • Nov 25 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Nov 27 Juan Guinjoan, composer
  • Nov 30 Gunther Herbig, Usti-nad-Labem Czech, conductor (East Berlin Orch)
  • Dec 1 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (d. 1986)
  • Dec 1 Jim Nesbitt, singer (d. 2007)
  • Dec 3 Jaye P Morgan, Mancos Colo, singer/actress (Gong Show, Night Patrol)
  • Dec 6 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (d. 1996)
  • Dec 8 Rudolf Komorous, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Singer/Dancer/Actress Rita Moreno
Singer/Dancer/Actress
Rita Moreno
  • Dec 18 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager
  • Dec 21 Caroline Kaart, [Paterson Raitt], Dutch alto singer
  • Dec 21 David Baker, composer (Reflections) and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Dec 24 Mauricio Kagel, Argentina/German composer
  • Dec 26 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician
  • Dec 27 Scotty Moore, guitarist (for Elvis), born in Gadsden, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • Dec 28 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist/composer/producer
  • Dec 30 Skeeter Davis, [Mary Penick], Dry Ridge Ky, singer (End of World)