1915 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 15 Sydney, Kern & Smith's musical "Love o' Mike" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 25 Giordano, Sardou & Moreau's opera "Madame Sans Gêne" premieres in NYC

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 8 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • Sep 29 Dutch Opera's 1st performance
  • Sep 29 Herbert/Blossoms musical "Princess Pat" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 8 Jean Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E premieres
  • Dec 23 J Kern/S Greene's musical "Very Good Eddie" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 25 Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 114

  • Jan 5 Uta Graf, singer/teacher
  • Jan 10 Dean Dixon, Zug Switzerland, conductor
  • Jan 18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (d. 1984)
  • Jan 19 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 24 Vitezslava Kapralova, composer
  • Jan 25 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Broughton (d. 1989)
  • Jan 27 Jack Brymer, clarinetist
  • Jan 29 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)
  • Jan 30 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer/theory (Capitaine Bruno)
  • Jan 31 Bobby Hackett, trumpeteer/orchestra leader (Air Time '57), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Jan 31 Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
  • Feb 3 Richard Bales, composer
  • Feb 4 Ray Evans, American songwriter with Jay Livingston (d. 2007)
  • Feb 8 Lambros Georges Guetary Worloou, singer
  • Feb 11 Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist (VARA Orch, Orkestgebouw Orchestra)
  • Feb 14 Irving Gordon, American songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 17 Homer Keller, American composer (d. 1996)
  • Feb 18 Marcel Landowsky, composer
  • Mar 4 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [OS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Mar 4 Eunice Catunda, composer
  • Mar 8 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • Mar 10 Sir Charles Groves, English conductor(d. 1992)
  • Mar 14 Alexander Brott, composer
  • Mar 14 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [NS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Mar 20 Sviatosiav Richter, Zhitomir Ukraine, pianist (Stalin Prize-1945)
  • Mar 27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • Mar 28 Jay Livingston, composer (Buttons & Bows, Mona Lisa, Tammy)
  • Mar 29 George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist
  • Mar 31 Eliseo Morales Pajaro, composer
  • Apr 1 Art Lund, Salt Lake City Utah, singer (Ken Murray Show)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 7 Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Apr 12 [Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, Natchez Mississippi, American Chicago blues guitarist and singer
  • Apr 15 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist writer/musicologist
  • Apr 19 Dorian Le Gallienne, composer
  • Apr 21 Andor Kovach, composer
  • Apr 26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • Apr 29 Donald Mills, singer (Mills Brothers)
  • May 2 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2004)
  • May 2 Van Alexander, composer and orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • May 2 Doris Fisher, American songwriter (d. 2003)
  • May 3 Evencio Castellanos, composer
  • May 4 Pedro Saenz, Argentine and Spanish composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1995)
  • May 5 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress and singer (Hello Frisco, Hello, Fallen Angel, Stowaway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • May 6 George Perle, composer (12 Tone Tonality), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • May 10 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • May 28 Wolfgang Schneiderhan, violinist
  • May 29 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • May 29 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (d. 1990)
  • Jun 2 Robert Moffat Palmer, American composer, born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2010)
  • Jun 6 Vincent Persichetti, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, composer (Sibyl)
  • Jun 9 Les Paul, American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • Jun 10 Oscar Comras, drummer (namesake of Comras Mall in Bronx Park), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 17 Stringbean, [David Akeman], Ky, banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw)
  • Jun 18 Victor Legley, composer
  • Jun 25 Peter Lind Hayes, comedian/singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 27 Hendrik W van Leeuwen, musician
  • Jun 28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • Jul 1 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • Jul 4 Jimmie Rogers, singer (Sugar Hill Time), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 6 Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist/composer (Vague et Sillon)
  • Jul 9 David Leo Diamond, composer (Paderewski Prize-1943), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jul 17 Esther Williamson Ballou, composer
  • Jul 21 Floyd McDaniel, blues singer/guitarist
  • Jul 27 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini)
  • Aug 4 Irving Fields, Composer and pianist (Ilona Massey Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Aug 9 Haim Alexander, composer
  • Aug 11 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • Aug 12 Michael Kidd, American choreographer and dancer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Aug 16 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), born in Tyro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Aug 21 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), born in Copenhagen (d. 1998)
  • Aug 24 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • Aug 26 William Bardwell, composer
  • Aug 30 Robert Strassburg, American composer (d. 2003)
  • Sep 2 Dai-Keong Lee, composer
  • Sep 2 Hans Joachim Koellreutter, composer
  • Sep 3 Abel Ehrlich, composer
  • Sep 3 Knut Nystedt, composer
  • Sep 3 Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • Sep 4 Rudolf Schock, German opera/operette singer
  • Sep 11 Jack Fascinato, Bevier Mo, pianist/orchestra leader (Kukla Fran & Ollie)
  • Sep 12 Billy Daniels, African-American singer (Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1988)
  • Sep 16 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sep 19 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • Sep 23 Finn Arnestad, composer
  • Oct 2 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, musician
  • Oct 6 Edgardo Martin, composer
  • Oct 7 Roman Padlewski, composer
  • Oct 19 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), born in Jebel Ed-Druz, Southern Syria (d. 1974)
  • Oct 20 Giora Schuster, composer
  • Oct 24 Jean Vallerand, composer
  • Oct 26 Golfredo Corradetti, conductor
  • Oct 30 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer (Capitaine Bruno)
  • Nov 2 Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand composer, born in Whanganui (d. 2001)
  • Nov 2 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (d. 2000)
  • Nov 26 Earl Wild, composer/pianist (Caesar's Hour, NBC Symph 1942), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 27 Victor Alessandro, composer
  • Nov 28 Pamela Harrison, composer
  • Nov 29 Billy Strayhorn, American musician and composer (d. 1967)
  • Nov 30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • Dec 2 Adolph Green, songwriter (married to Phyllis Newman)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Karl Goldmark, Austria-Hungarian composer (Queen of Saba), dies at 84
  • Jan 15 Guillaume Couture, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 7 Wladyslaw Gorski, composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 12 Charles Emile Waldteufel, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Emil Waldteufel, [Charles Levy], French composer (Estudiantina), dies
  • Apr 1 Johann Joseph Abert, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 25 Nicola d' Arienzo, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, dies at 43
  • Jun 4 William Charles Denis Browne, composer, dies at 26
  • Jun 7 Benjamin Lambord, composer, dies at 35
  • Jun 19 Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev, Russian composer (Oresteia), dies at 58
  • Jul 15 Ludwik Grossman, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 17 Francesco Fanciulli, composer, dies on 62nd birthday
  • Jul 18 George William Louis Marshall-Hall, composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 29 Luther Orlando Emerson, composer, dies at 95
  • Sep 29 Rudi Stephan, composer, dies at 28
  • Oct 2 Russell Alexander, composer, dies at 38
  • Oct 5 Jose Maria Usandizaga, composer, dies at 28
  • Oct 5 Otto Valdemar Malling, composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 7 Samuel Prowse Warren, composer, dies at 74
  • Nov 14 Theodor Leschetizky, composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 19 Joe Hill, Labor leader/songwriter, executed for murder
  • Nov 27 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 2 Jan Malat, Czech composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 4 Gustav Hollaender, composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 29 Charles Beach Hawley, composer, dies at 57