On This Day

January 1908 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Janis Kepitis, composer
  • Jan 6 Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer, born in Stanislaviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Jan 7 [Henry] "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1967)
  • Jan 12 Jose Limon, Mexican-American dancer & choreographer (I, Odysseus), born in Culiacán, Mexico (d. 1972)
  • Jan 14 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1934)
  • Jan 15 Roberta Bitgood, American organist & composer, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20 Wilfred Conwell Bain, American music educator, born in Shawville, Canada (d. 1997)
  • Jan 26 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • Jan 27 Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)
  • Jan 28 Paul Misraki, French composer and songwriter (d. 1998)
  • Jan 31 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine folk musician, born in Pergamino, Argentine (d. 1992)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 23 Edward Alexander MacDowell, American composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47