On This Day

Year 1914 in Music History

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) founded at Hotel Claridge 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Aug 24 Jerome Kern & Michael E Rourles musical premieres in NYC

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

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

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

  • Jan 3 Jean Louvel, Flemish pianist/conductor/composer
  • Jan 8 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer
  • Jan 9 Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer & bandleader (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Jan 16 Roger Wagner, French-American choral director, and educator, was born in Le Puy, France (d. 1992)
  • Jan 22 Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer, born in Platanoussa, Greece (d. 2001)
  • Jan 29 Menelaos Pallantios, Greek composer, born in Piraeus (d. 2012)
  • Feb 6 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor (Tony the Tiger), and bass singer ("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, American country musician ("Walking the Floor Over You"), born in Crisp, Texas (d. 1984)
  • Feb 9 Ralph Herman, American orchestra leader (Circus Time), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 10 Larry Adler, American pop and classical harmonica player, and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2001)
  • Feb 11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • Feb 11 Matt Dennis, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 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, American country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • Feb 18 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), born in Abrams, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • Feb 26 Witold Rowicki, Polish conductor and composer, born in Taganrog, (d. 1989)
  • Mar 5 Philip Farkas, American horn player and teacher (d. 1992)
  • Mar 6 Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1943-56; Moscow Philharmonic, 1960-75; Concertgebouw, 1978-81), born in Moscow, Russia (d.1981)
  • Mar 9 Paul Winter, American classical and session violinist (NBC Orchestra, 1937-58), born in New York City (d. 1992)
  • 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 13 Bob Haggart, American dixieland, swing jazz, and session double bass player, and composer ("What's New?"), born in New York City (d. 1998)
  • Mar 14 Jiri Reinberger, composer
  • Mar 14 Lee Elhardt Hays, American folksinger (d. 1981)
  • Mar 18 César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), born in Petrópolis, Brazil (d. 1993)
  • Mar 19 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1980)
  • Mar 21 Paul Tortelier, French concert cellist, composer, and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 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, British ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company, 1959-69), and writer born in Norwich, England (d. 1996) [1]
  • Apr 26 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire (d. 2008)
  • Apr 30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1994)
  • May 5 Frank Carlson, American jazz and session drummer (Woody Herman, 1937-42 - "The Golden Wedding"), born in New York City
  • May 9 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor, born in Barletta, Italy (d. 2005)
  • May 9 Frank Chacksfield, English pianist, arranger and orchestra leader, born in Battle, England (d. 1995)
  • 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, German composer (In Frisco ist der Teufel Los), born in Friedeck, Austria-Hungary (d. 2015)
  • May 18 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria Italian bass opera singer (Boris Godunov), born in Plovdiv,, Bulgaria (1993)
  • May 22 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (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, Canadian physicist and composer, born in Thunder Bay, Canada (d. 1977)
  • May 30 Bobby Sherwood, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • 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 stage and screen actress ('Allo 'Allo!; Nicholas Nickleby; Shot in the Dark), and lyric soprano (The Beggar's Opera), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • Jun 5 Stan Jones, American songwriter ("Ghost Riders in the Sky"), and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), born in Douglas, Arizona (d. 1963)
  • Jun 9 Hermann Haller, Swiss composer, born in Burgdorf, Switzerland (d. 2002)
  • 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, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 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 Devčić, Croatian composer, born in Glina, Croatia (d. 1997)
  • Jul 1 Earle Warren, American alto sax player, born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • Jul 2 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (Time & Winds), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • Jul 7 Cor de Groot, pianist/conductor/composer (Old-Dutch Suite)
  • Jul 7 Serafim Sergeyevich Tulikov, composer
  • Jul 8 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 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, American composer, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1990)
  • 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 Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • Jul 28 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony), born in Antioch, California (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), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1986)
  • Aug 9 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian-Austrian conductor, born in Budapest (d. 1963)
  • Aug 12 Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer (I'll Never Smile Again), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1981)
  • Aug 13 Luis Mariano, Basque operetta singer, born in Irun, Spain (d. 1970)
  • Aug 19 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), born in Sendai, Honshū, Japan (d. 1955)
  • 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 Lawrence "Booker T." Laury, American boogie-woogie and blues pianist and singer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 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, American Academy Award-winning film director (The Day the Earth Stood Still; West Side Story; The Sound Of Music), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • Sep 13 Leonard Feather, British jazz critic and musician, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Sep 14 Michał Spisak, Polish composer (Hymne Olympique), born in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland (d. 1965)
  • Sep 14 Mae Boren Axton, American songwriter known as the "Queen Mother of Nashville" (Heartbreak Hotel), born in Bardwell, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Sep 23 Norman Cazden, composer
  • Sep 24 Andrzej Panufnik, Polish-British composer and conductor (Symphony No. 3 - Sinfonia Sacra), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1991)
  • Sep 24 Hein Jordans, Dutch conductor, born in Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • Sep 25 Frederick Wilhelm Sternfeld, Austrian musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1994)
  • Sep 28 Jim Boyd, American country and western musician (Men of the West) (d. 1993)
  • Sep 28 Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, born in Zell am See, Salzburg, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2014)
  • Oct 2 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, born in Subotica, Serbia (d. 1964)
  • Oct 2 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki (d. 1989)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Stephane Raoul Pugno, composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Valentin Zubiaurre Spanish composer (Ferdinand Set), and educator, dies at 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 Aulin, Swedish composer, dies at 47
  • Mar 28 Hanus Trnecek, composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 12 Josef Nešvera, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • May 7 Edward Mollenhauer, American composer, dies at 87
  • May 25 Paolo Giorza, Italian-Australian composer, dies at 81
  • May 28 Adolf Sonnenfeld, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 21 Glauco Velasquez, Brazilian composer, dies at 30
  • Jul 20 Leo van Gheluwe, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 2 Gabriel Édouard Xavier Dupont, French composer, dies of tuberculosis at 36
  • Aug 7 Boleslaw Dembinski, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 15 Anatoly Liadov, Russian composer (Baba yaga), dies at 59
  • Aug 28 Anatoly Lyadov [Anatol Liadov], Russian composer (Baba Yaga), dies at 59
  • Sep 3 Lucien-Denis-Gabriel-Alberic Magnard, French composer, dies defending his property against invading German at 49
  • Sep 28 Stevan Mokranjac [Stojanović], Serbian cellist, educator and composer of choral music (Garlands), dies at 58
  • Oct 15 Aleksander Różycki, Polish pianist, composer, and music teacher dies at 59
  • Oct 28 Richard Heuberger, composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 25 Davorin Jenko, Slovene-Serbian composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Giovanni Sgambati, Italian pianist & composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 16 Ivan Zajc, Croatian composer and conductor, dies at 82