On This Day

Year 1913 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 3 Golden and Cawthorne's musical "Sunshine Girl" premieres in New York City
  • Mar 4 Gabriel Faure's opera "Penelope" premieres in Monte Carlo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Igor Stravinsky's ballet score "Le Sacre du Printemps" (The Rite of Spring) premieres at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, provoking a riot

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • Jul 19 Billboard publishes earliest known "Last Week's 10 Best Sellers among Popular Songs" Malinda's Wedding Day is #1

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Gardner Read, composer, born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Jan 9 Dr. Hepcat [Albert Lavada Durst], American blues pianist, born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Jan 10 Haywood Frank Henry, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • Jan 15 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2005)
  • Jan 18 Giannis "Yannis" Papaioannou, Greek musician and composer born in Kios, Ottoman Empire (now Gemlik, Turkey) (d. 1972)
  • Jan 22 Verdina Shlonsky, Israeli pianist and avant-garde composer, born in Kremenchug, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • Jan 24 Norman Dello Joio [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), born in New York City, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jan 25 Witold Lutosławski, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (Musique funèbre; Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1994)
  • Jan 26 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter ("All The Way"; "Love & Marriage"), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1990)
  • Jan 27 Milton Adolphus, composer
  • Jan 27 Valery Viktorovich Zhelobinsky, composer
  • Jan 28 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1999)
  • Jan 31 Héctor Iglesias Villoud, Argentine composer, born in San Nicolá, Argentina (d. 1988)
  • Feb 5 Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger
  • Feb 9 Erskine Butterfield American swing and boogie-woogie jazz pianist, singer, and composer, born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1961)
  • Feb 11 Lucio Diestro San Pedro, composer
  • Feb 17 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav conductor (Belgrade Opera, 1944-65), born in Sarajevo, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Bosnia and Herzegovina) (d. 2009)
  • Feb 17 Rene Leibowitz, Polish-born French composer (d. 1972)
  • Feb 19 Alvin Derold Etler, composer
  • Feb 20 Jozef Kresanek, composer
  • Feb 22 George "Buddy" Tate, American jazz saxophonist, born in Sherman, Texas (d. 2001)
  • Mar 2 Celedonio Romero, Spanish guitarist (d. 1996)
  • Mar 3 Margaret Allison Bonds,  American composer (The Ballad of the Brown King), pianist, arranger, and teacher, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • Mar 4 Taos Amrouche, Algerian writer and singer (d. 1976)
  • Mar 5 Yulian Grigor'yevich Kreyn, composer
  • Mar 11 John Jacob Weinzweig, Canadian composer (The Enchanted Hill; Red Ear Of Corn), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • Mar 12 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), born in Pola, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2010)
  • Mar 13 Lightnin' Slim [Otis Hicks], American Louisiana blues electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter ("Bad Luck And Trouble"), born near St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • Mar 14 Witold Rudzinski, Polish composer, born in Sebezh, Russia Empire (d. 2004)
  • Mar 27 Godfrey Turner, British composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1948)
  • Mar 30 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], American singer ("Jezebel"; "Rawhide"; "Blazing Saddles"), songwriter ("We'll Be Together Again"), and actor (Bring Your Smile Along), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Mar 31 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, born in Caldwell County, North Carolina
  • Apr 3 George Barati, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Honolulu Symphony, 1950-67), born in Győr, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • Apr 4 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), born in Lakeland, Florida (d. 2005)

Person of interestMuddy Waters

Apr 4 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Apr 11 John Lee Granderson, American Chicago-style blues guitarist, born in Ellendale, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • Apr 12 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, born in Székelyudvarhely (d. 1989)
  • Apr 14 Jean Fournet, French conductor, born in Rouen, France (d. 2008)
  • Apr 16 Constance Shacklock, English opera singer, born in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire (d. 1999)
  • Apr 18 Kent Kennan, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • Apr 18 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, born in Bučovice (d. 1976)
  • Apr 23 Jan Meyerowitz, German-American composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1998)
  • Apr 24 Violet Archer [Balestreri], Canadian percussionist, composer, teacher, and organist, and percussionist, born in Montréal Quebec (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • Apr 29 Jack Bently, English big band trombonist (Ted Heath), and journalist (Sunday Mirror), born in Manchester (d. 1994)
  • May 1 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor and pianist, born in Prague (d. 1980)
  • May 6 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen; Diamond Horseshoe), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • May 6 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, born in Budapest (d. 1977)
  • May 11 Clare Grundman, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • May 11 [Salvador] Tutti Camarata, American composer and producer (Vic Damone Show), born in New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • May 16 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herds), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • May 18 Charles Trenet, French pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), born in Narbonne, France (d. 2001)
  • May 20 Ion Dumitrescu, composer
  • May 21 Gina Bachauer, Greek classical pianist of Austrian heritage, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1976)
  • May 30 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1983)
  • May 31 Albert Delvaux, Belgian composer (Symphonia Burlesca), born in Louvain, Belgium (d. 2007)
  • May 31 Jimmy Shirley, American jazz and R&B electric guitarist, and early proponent of the Vibrola vibrato arm ("whammy bar"), born on Union, South Carolina (d. 1989)
  • Jun 2 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey, Vic Damone), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • Jun 2 Walter Andreas Schwarz, German singer and author (d. 1992)
  • Jun 4 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Jun 5 Friedrich Wildgans, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1965)
  • Jun 8 Jagamas János, Hungarian composer, born in Dés, Romania (d. 1997)
  • Jun 10 John Edmunds, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1986)
  • Jun 10 Thor Johnson, American conductor (Cincinnati Symphony, 1947-58; Nashville Symphony, 1967-75), born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (d. 1975)
  • Jun 10 Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov, Soviet composer and leader of the Union of Soviet Composers, born in Yelets, Russia (d. 2007)
  • Jun 18 Sammy Cahn [Cohen], American lyricist (Three Coins in a Fountain, High Hopes, Call Me Irresponsible), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • Jun 23 Helen Humes, American jazz and blues singer (Harry James; Count Basie; "Million Dollar Secret"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1981)
  • Jun 24 Max van Praag, Dutch singer
  • Jun 28 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England (d. 1998)
  • Jul 5 Smiley Lewis [Overton Amos Lemons], American singer (The Bells Are Ringing, I Hear You Knocking), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)
  • Jul 10 Ljuba Welitsch, Bulgarian Austrian opera soprano (Nedda-Pagliacci), born in Borisovo, Bulgaria (d. 1996)
  • Jul 13 Ladislav Holoubek, composer
  • Jul 15 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), born in Blue Creek, Ohio (d. 1963)
  • Jul 15 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Everett Helm, composer
  • Jul 22 Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and musician, born in Rivarolo, Mantovano, Italy (d. 1995)
  • Jul 24 Johnny McAfee, American singer (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 30 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, Yugoslav composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1987)
  • Aug 1 Jerome Moross, American composer (Frankie & Johnny), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1983)
  • Aug 7 George Van Eps, American seven-string jazz guitarist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • Aug 8 Axel Stordahl, American arranger & orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1963)
  • Aug 9 Harry Mills, American baritone singer (Mills Brothers - Paper Doll), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1982)
  • Aug 13 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, born in Vitebsk, Belarus (d. 2003)
  • Aug 13 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, born in San Sebastián, Basque Autonomous Community, Spain (d. 2002)
  • Aug 13 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • Aug 13 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Port Royal, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • Aug 22 Robert Schollum, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1987)
  • Aug 23 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • Aug 23 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, born in San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela (d. 1993)
  • Aug 28 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • Sep 15 Henry Dreyfus Brant, composer (Great American Goot), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 15 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz pianist/composer
  • Sep 17 Jørgen Jersild, Danish composer and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1953-75), born in Copenhagen (d. 2004)
  • Sep 22 Leroy Holmes, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 23 Alexey Davidovich Machavariani, composer
  • Sep 28 Vivian Fine, American composer (Women in the Garden), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Oct 7 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer
  • Oct 8 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and film and television composer (Night Of The Hunter; Dragnet theme), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • Oct 16 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian organist and composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1988)
  • Oct 19 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and songwriter (d. 1980)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 7 Comedian Oliver Hardy (21) marries pianist Madelyn Saloshin in Macon, Georgia

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 17 Carl Baermann, German composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 19 David Emlyn Evans, British composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 24 Gustav Luders, German-American composer, dies at 47
  • Feb 26 Felix Draeseke, German composer (Christus. Mysterium in a Prelude and Three Oratorios), dies from a stroke at 77
  • Mar 12 Joseph Bayer, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 19 John Thomas, Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Christian Barnekow, Danish composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 6 Jose Marraco y Ferrer, composer, dies on 78th birthday
  • May 17 Dwijendralal Ray, Bengali poet, playwright and lyricist (Dwijendrageeti), dies of epilepsy at 49
  • May 18 Otto Reubke, German organist, conductor, and composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 3 Josef Richard Rozkošný, Czech composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 24 Frank Lynes, American composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 7 David Popper, composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 13 Alfred R. Gaul, English composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 20 Leander Schlegel, composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 3 Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf, Prussian composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 17 Stefano Gobatti, Italian composer, dies at 61