On This Day

November 1915 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 2 Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand composer (A Song Of Islands), and educator (Victoria University, 1949-80), born in Whanganui, New Zealand (d. 2001)
  • Nov 2 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (d. 2000)
  • Nov 17 (Clarence) "Shorty" Cherock, American swing jazz and big band trumpeter (Jimmy Dorsey; Gene Krupa; Nelson Riddle), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1980)
  • Nov 26 Earl Wild, American composer and pianist (Caesar's Hour, 1952-56; NBC Symphony, 1937-44), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Nov 27 Victor Alessandro, American orchestral conductor (Oklahoma City; San Antonio), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1976)
  • Nov 28 Pamela Harrison, English pianist and composer, born in Orpington, England (d. 1990)
  • Nov 29 Billy Strayhorn, American pianist, arranger, and composer (Duke Ellington Orchestra -- "Take The 'A' Train"), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Nov 30 (Walter) "Brownie" McGhee, American folk music and Piedmont blues singer and guitarist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 1996)

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 14 Theodor Leschetizky, Polish pianist, composer, and teacher (Contes de Jeunesse), dies at 85
  • Nov 19 Joe Hill [Joel Hägglund], Swedish-American labor activist and protest songwriter "The Preacher and the Slave"; "There Is Power in a Union"), executed at Sugar House Prison in Salt Lake City, Utah for murder at 36
  • Nov 27 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, Ukrainian-Russian composer, dies at 54