1914 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 3 Kelman/Cushing/Heath' musical "Sari," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 13 IWW-leader/songwriter Joe Hill arrested "Girl from Utah" East-Prussia
  • Jan 24 Opera "Madeleine" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 2 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers-ASCAP forms in NYC
  • Feb 19 Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini" premieres in Turin
  • May 15 Henri Rabaud's opera "Marouf, Savetier de Caire" premieres in Paris
  • Jul 28 Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden, in NYC, by Harry Fox
  • Aug 24 Jerome Kern & Michael E Rourles musical premieres in NYC

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Sep 11 W. C. Handy "Father of the Blues" publishes his most famous composition "St Louis Blues"

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • Oct 15 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 8 Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 119

  • Jan 3 Jean Louvel, Flemish pianist/conductor/composer
  • Jan 6 Arnold Richardson, composer
  • Jan 8 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer
  • Jan 9 Kenny [Klook] Clarke, jazz/drummer, composer (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 16 Roger Wagner, American choral musician (d. 1992)
  • Jan 22 Dimitri Dragatakis, composer
  • Feb 6 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • Feb 8 Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist (Eternal Music)
  • Feb 9 Ernest Tubb, Tx, guitarist/singer (I'm Walking the Floor over You)
  • Feb 9 Ralph Herman, orchestra leader (Circus Time), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • Feb 11 Matt Dennis, vocalist (Matt Dennis Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 11 Menelaos Pallantios, composer
  • Feb 12 Gordon "Tex" Beneke, American saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Fort Worth, Texas; (d. 2000)
  • Feb 13 George Kleinsinger, American composer (Tubby the Tuba), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1982)
  • Feb 16 Jimmy Wakely, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • Feb 18 Pee Wee King, country vocalist (Pee Wee King Song), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 26 Witold Rowicki, composer
  • Mar 6 Kirill P Kondrashin, conductor (Hollywood Bowl 1981), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Mar 12 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1988)
  • Mar 13 Carl-Olof Anderberg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1972)
  • Mar 14 Jiri Reinberger, composer
  • Mar 14 Lee Elhardt Hays, American folksinger (d. 1981)
  • Mar 18 Cesar Guerra Peixe, composer
  • Mar 21 Paul Tortelier, composer
  • Mar 23 Robert Gross, composer
  • Mar 27 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade, 5 Star Jubilee), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1990)
  • Mar 30 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • Apr 1 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist
  • Apr 15 John Gregory, English ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company), born in Norwich (d. 1996)
  • Apr 26 Wilfred Howard Mellers, composer
  • Apr 28 Skuli Halldorsson, composer
  • Apr 30 Sid Weiss, jazz bassist, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1994)
  • May 9 Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
  • May 9 Frank Chacksfield, arranger/orchestra leader
  • May 9 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (d. 1999)
  • May 15 Pierre Froidebise, composer
  • May 17 Guido Masanetz, composer
  • May 22 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount] , American jazz musician (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • May 23 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher
  • May 25 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • May 27 Hugh Le Caine, composer
  • May 30 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • May 31 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, born in Kushiro Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2006)
  • Jun 5 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • Jun 5 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), born in Douglas, Arizona (d. 1963)
  • Jun 9 Hermann Haller, composer
  • Jun 12 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, born in Burton Joyce, Nottingham (d. 1995)
  • Jun 12 Bill Kenny, American singer (The Bill Kenny Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Jun 19 Lester Raymond Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - Ballad of Jed Clampett; Foggy Mountain Breakdown), born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • Jun 20 Friedrich Zipp, composer
  • Jun 21 Jan Decadt, Flemish composer, born in Ypres (d. 1995)
  • Jun 26 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • Jun 26 Wolfgang Windgassen, tenor (Stuttgart Opera), born in Annemasse, France (d. 1974)
  • Jun 29 Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (Cornelia Farooli), born in Býchory, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1996)
  • Jun 30 Natko Devcic, composer
  • Jul 1 Earle Warren, alto sax player
  • Jul 2 Frederick Fennell, conductor (Time & Winds), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 6 Jens Rohiner, composer
  • Jul 7 Cor de Groot, pianist/conductor/composer (Old-Dutch Suite)
  • Jul 7 Serafim Sergeyevich Tulikov, composer
  • Jul 8 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 11 Ahti Sonninen, Finnish composer (Pessi and Illusia, Rauhaa, vain rauhaa), born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 1984)
  • Jul 18 Herbert Collum, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1982)
  • Jul 19 Josef Páleníček, Czech composer, born in Travnik, Bosnia, Yugoslavia (d. 1991)
  • Jul 22 Cecil Effinger, composer
  • Jul 24 Riccardo Malipiero, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 2003)
  • Jul 26 Ralph Blane [Hunsecker], American songwriter (Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, The Trolley Song), born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • Jul 26 Erskine Hawkins, American trumpeter and composer (After Hours), born in Brimingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • Jul 28 Carmen Dragon, American composer (d. 1984)
  • Aug 1 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, born in Voroshilovka, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • Aug 2 Félix Leclerc, French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), born in La Tuque, Québec, Canada (d. 1988)
  • Aug 5 Stjepan Sulek, Croatian violinist/composer (Coriolan)
  • Aug 9 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor
  • Aug 12 Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer (I'll Never Smile Again) (d. 1981)
  • Aug 13 Luis Mariano, Basque operetta singer, born in Irun, Spain (d. 1970)
  • Aug 19 Fumio Hayasaka, composer
  • Aug 25 Alexei Haieff, American composer (Princess Zondilda), born in Biagoveschensk, Siberia (d. 1994)
  • Aug 28 Glenn Osser, American orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue), born in Munising, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Sep 2 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist
  • Sep 2 Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
  • Sep 5 Gail Kubik, American composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), born in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma (d. 1984)
  • Sep 7 Hugo Pfister, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1969)
  • Sep 7 Graeme Bell, Australian pianist and composer, born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia (d. 2012)
  • Sep 10 Robert Wise, director (Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story)
  • Sep 13 Leonard Feather, British jazz critic and musician, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Sep 14 Michael Spisak, Polish composer (d. 1965)
  • Sep 23 Norman Cazden, composer
  • Sep 24 Andrzej Panufnik, Polish composer (Tragic Overture), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Sep 24 Hein Jordans, Dutch conductor, born in Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • Sep 25 Frederick Wilhelm Sternfeld, musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1994)
  • Sep 28 Jim Boyd, American country and western musician (Men of the West) (d. 1993)
  • Oct 2 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, born in Subotica, Serbia (d. 1964)
  • Oct 2 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki (d. 1989)
  • Oct 2 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, born in London (d. 1998)
  • Oct 3 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher (d. 1970)
  • Oct 7 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 9 Roger Goeb, American composer, born in Cherokee, Iowa (d. 1997)
  • Oct 10 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Kirbyville, Texas (d. 1974)
  • Oct 17 Albert Markos, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Stephane Raoul Pugno, composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Valentin de Zubiaurre y Unionbarrenechea, composer, dies 76
  • Jan 20 Emil Liebling, German-American composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 20 Henry Southwick Perkins, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 22 Frederik Rung, Danish composer, dies at 60
  • Mar 1 Tor Bernhard Vilhelm Aulin, composer, dies at 47
  • Mar 28 Hanus Trnecek, composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 12 Josef Nesvera, composer, dies at 71
  • May 7 Edward Mollenhauer, American composer, dies at 87
  • May 25 Paolo Giorza, composer, dies at 81
  • May 28 Adolf Sonnenfeld, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 21 Glauco Velasquez, composer, dies at 30
  • Jul 20 Leo van Gheluwe, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 2 Gabriel Edouard Xavier Dupont, composer, dies at 36
  • Aug 7 Boleslaw Dembinski, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 15 Anatol K Liadov, Russian composer (Baba yaga), dies at 59 [NS=Aug 28]
  • Aug 28 Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, composer (Baba Yaga), dies at 59 [NS]
  • Aug 28 Anatoli Liadov, composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 3 Lucien-Denis-Gabriel-Alberic Magnard, composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 28 Stevan Mokranjac, composer, dies at 58
  • Oct 15 Aleksander Rozycki, composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 28 Richard Heuberger, composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 25 Davorin Jenko, Slovene-Serbian composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Giovanni Sgambati, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 16 Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 82