August 1909 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 5 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 Brian Easdale, British orchestral and film composer (The Red Shoes; Gone To Earth), born in Manchester, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 10 Claude Thornhill, American pianist, arranger (Andre Kostelanetz; Tony Bennett), composer ("Snowfall"), and bandleader ("A Sunday Kind of Love"), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1965)
  • Aug 10 Leo Fender, American inventor, and electric guitar designer (Telecaster; Stratocaster; Precision Bass), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • Aug 11 Gaston Litaize, French organist (St François-Xavier, Paris, 1946-91), composer, broadcaster, and pedagogue, born in Ménil-sur-Belvitte, Vosges, France (d. 1991)
  • Aug 14 (Hezekiah) "Stuff" Smith, American jazz violinist, vocalist, and composer ("It's Wonderful"; "You'se A Viper"), born in Portsmouth, Ohio (d. 1967) [1]
  • Aug 16 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Aug 17 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter, arranger, bandleader, and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 1985)
  • Aug 21 John William Haussermann Jr., American composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1986)
  • Aug 22 Sergius Kagen, American pianist and composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1964)
  • Aug 22 Vitya Vronsky, Russian-American concert pianist (Vronsky & Babin), and educator (Cleveland Institute), born in Yevpatoria, Russia (d. 1992)
  • Aug 25 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, and conductor, born in Rhosllannerchrugog, Wales (d. 1988)
  • Aug 25 Ruby Keeler, Canadian-American actress, singer, and dancer (Dames; 42nd Street), born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (d. 1993)
  • Aug 27 Lester Young, American jazz saxophonist, born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1959)

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 17 Richard Hoffman, English-American composer, dies at 78