On This Day

Year 1915 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

  • 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 26 Golfredo Corradetti, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Calgary, Alberta; (d. 1995)
  • Oct 30 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss-French composer (Capitaine Bruno), born in Geneva (d. 1992)
  • 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 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 [William Thomas] Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (Take The 'A' Train), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Nov 30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • Dec 2 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)
  • Dec 2 Nico Richter, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1945)
  • Dec 5 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • Dec 9 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Austro-British soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in Jarotschin, German Empire (d. 2006)

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

Dec 12 Frank Sinatra, American singer (Strangers in the Night, My Way) and actor (From Here to Eternity) known as 'old blue eyes', born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 14 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • Dec 14 Ruth Railton, British musical director (National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, 1948-65), born in Kent, England (d. 2001)
  • Dec 16 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), born in Fatezh, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1998)
  • Dec 16 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, born in Palermo, California (d. 1987)
  • Dec 17 André Claveau, French pop singer and actor (Dors, mon amour), born in Paris; (d. 2003)

Person of interestEdith Piaf

Dec 19 Édith Piaf [Édith Giovanna Gassion], French chanteuse (Little Sparrow, Le Vie En Rose), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • Dec 21 Werner von Trapp, Austrian singer (Trapp Family Singers), born in Zell am See, Austria (d. 2007)
  • Dec 25 Noelle de Mosa, Neth/British dancer/teacher (Brigadoon)
  • Dec 25 Pete Rugolo, bandleader/arranger (Fugitive)
  • Dec 26 Una Mae Carlisle, US jazz pianist and singer ("Walkin' By The River"), born in Xenia, Ohio; (d. 1956)
  • Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2000)

Deaths in Music