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Events in Music

  • Jan 28 Opera "Goyescas" premieres (NYC)
  • Feb 11 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
  • Feb 17 Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith's musical premieres in NYC
  • Aug 31 Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow" premieres in London
  • Nov 16 I. Berlin, V. Herbert, H. Blossoms musical premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Earl Wrightson, American actor and singer (Pinafore, Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • Jan 3 Antonio Estevez, composer
  • Jan 3 Maxene Andrews, American singer (Andrew Sisters-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • Jan 3 Bernard Greenhouse, US cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • Jan 4 Lionel Newman, American film music composer (Peyton Place), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • Jan 4 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], Edinburgh, Scotland, American Jazz singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
  • Jan 6 Philip Bezanson, composer
  • Jan 7 Bobo Jenkins [John Pickens Jenkins], American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), born in Forkland, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • Jan 9 Vic Mizzy, American orchestra leader (Don Rickles Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 12 Jay McShann, American musician (d. 2006)
  • Jan 12 William Pleeth, British cellist (d. 1999)
  • Jan 17 Joel Herron, American orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Jan 21 [JW] Al James Woodie exander, songwriter/vocalist
  • Jan 22 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), born in Angers, France (d. 2013)
  • Jan 26 Lothar Jensch, composer
  • Jan 28 Peter Crossley-Holland, composer
  • Feb 4 David Vassall Cox, composer
  • Feb 12 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, Austrian composer (Vom Tode), born in Győr, Hungary
  • Feb 14 Wawrzyniec Zulawski, Polish composer (d. 1957)
  • Feb 16 Bill Doggett [William Ballard Doggett], American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Feb 20 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), born in Čepolė, Lithuania (d. 2001)
  • Feb 23 Martindale Sidwell, organist/conductor
  • Feb 26 Mordecai Seter, composer
  • Mar 2 Bernard George Stevens, composer
  • Mar 5 Horace Ian Parrott, composer
  • Mar 10 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer
  • Mar 15 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, born in Albany, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • Mar 17 Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)
  • Mar 18 Louis Toebosch, composer
  • Mar 22 George Wyle, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show, Flip Wilson Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 25 Nikolay Ivanovich Peyko, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1995)
  • Mar 26 Vic Schoen, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 11 Alberto E Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1983)
  • Apr 14 Denis ApIvor, composer
  • Apr 14 Emerson Buckley, composer
  • Apr 22 Yehudi Menuhin, violinist, conductor and teacher (Bartok's Sonata), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • Apr 26 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer
  • Apr 27 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1964)
  • Apr 30 Robert Shaw, American chorale conductor (Robert Shaw Chorale), born in Red Bluff, California (d. 1999)
  • May 3 Léopold Simoneau, French-Canadian tenor, born in Saint-Flavien, Quebec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • May 4 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, born in Huntington, New York (d. 1994)
  • May 5 Mutal' Burkhanov, composer
  • May 9 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, born in Sawbridgeworth, England (d. 1996)
  • May 9 Douglas Guest, organist
  • May 10 Milton Babbitt, American mathematician/composer (Widow's Lament)
  • May 12 Ellis Bonoff Kohs, composer
  • May 14 Lance Dossor, British-born concert pianist (d. 2005)
  • May 22 Gordon Binkerd, American composer, born in Lynch, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • May 23 M Jean Francaix, composer
  • May 26 Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (d. 1999)
  • May 29 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), born in Lenoir, North Carolina (d.1995)
  • Jun 14 Karl-Rudi Griesbach, composer
  • Jun 16 Francis Lopez, composer
  • Jun 17 Einar Englund, composer
  • Jun 27 Hallvard Olav Johnsen, Norwegian composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2003)
  • Jun 29 Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • Jul 7 Robert Stevens Baker, composer

Person of interestTiny Grimes

Jul 7 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1989)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • Jul 9 Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), born in Seminole, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • Jul 9 Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer, born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1984)
  • Jul 10 Dick Cary, American jazz musician, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • Jul 11 Howard Brubeck, American composer (Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra), born in Concord, California (d. 1993)
  • Jul 17 Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)
  • Jul 23 Ben Weber, American composer (Thorne Music Award-1965), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • Jul 24 Bob Eberly [Robert Eberle], American singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), born in Mechanicville, New York (d. 1981)
  • Jul 27 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • Jul 27 Siegfried Reda, German church musician and composer, born in Bochum, Germany (d. 1968)
  • Jul 29 Charlie Christian, American jazz guitarist (d. 1942)
  • Aug 3 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, born in Badayun, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India (d. 1970)
  • Aug 18 Moura Lympany, Saltash England, pianist (OBE-1979)
  • Aug 24 Léo Ferré, French composer and singer, born in Monaco (d. 1993)
  • Aug 28 Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist, born in Saint-Martin, Quebec (d. 1997)
  • Sep 13 Richard "Dick" Haymes, Argentine-American actor and singer (Sate Fair, Real Life, Betrayal), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1980)
  • Sep 16 M.S. [Madurai Shanmukhavadivu] Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (1st singer to be awarded the Bharat Ratna), born in Madurai, Madras Presidency (d. 2004)
  • Sep 25 Tolia Nikiprowetzky, French composer, born in Feodosia (d. 1997)
  • Sep 29 Minao Shibata, composer
  • Oct 10 Scott Huston, American composer, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1991)
  • Oct 13 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone (Great-Broadcast chorus), born in Den Helder, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • Oct 17 Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, composer
  • Oct 19 Emil Gilels, Odessa Russia, pianist (Brussels Competition-1938)
  • Oct 19 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish opera composer (Herr von Hancken)
  • Oct 21 Tomojiro Ikenouchi, composer
  • Nov 6 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), born in Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 2002)
  • Nov 7 Joe Bushkin, American jazz pianist (A Couple of Joes), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 10 Billy May, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Nov 10 Guido Turchi, Italian composer (Invettiva), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2010)
  • Nov 12 Jean Papineau-Couture, composer
  • Nov 18 James L Lyons, jazz promoter
  • Nov 26 Mareo Ishiketa, composer
  • Nov 29 Valentino Bucchi, composer
  • Dec 6 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
  • Dec 18 Elizabeth "Betty" Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • Dec 19 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 25 Daniel Devoto, composer
  • Dec 26 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 2005)
  • Dec 31 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), born in Paris, France

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 22 Iwan Knorr, German composer, dies at 63
  • Jan 29 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvils, composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 1 Anton Simon, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 9 Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek, composer, dies at 90
  • Feb 15 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 23 George Martin, English composer and organist, dies at 71
  • Feb 29 Edward H J Keurvels, Flemish conductor/composer (Parisina), dies at 62
  • Mar 24 Enrique y Campina Granados, Sp opera composer (Goyescas), drowns at 48
  • Mar 24 Enrique Granados, Spanish composer, dies at 48
  • Apr 9 Vicente Goicoechea Errasti, Basque composer, dies at 62
  • May 6 Earl Ross Drake, composer, dies at 50
  • May 11 Max Reger, German composer, pianist and professor (Leipzig Univ), dies at 43
  • May 17 Gervais Bernard Gaston Salvayre, composer, dies at 68
  • Jun 4 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 56
  • Jul 16 Ludwig P Scharwenka, German composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • Jul 26 Gellio Benevenuto Coronaro, composer, dies at 52
  • Aug 2 Hamish MacCunn, Scottish composer (The Land of the Mountain and the Flood), dies at 48
  • Aug 5 George Butterworth, English composer, dies at 31
  • Aug 5 Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, composer, dies at 46
  • Aug 13 Fritz Steinbach, composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 10 Friedrich Gernsheim, German composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 15 Isidore Edouard Legouix, composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 25 Julius Fučík, Czech composer, dies at 44
  • Oct 30 Silas Gamaliel Pratt, composer, dies at 70
  • Nov 13 Frederik Septimus Kelly, composer, dies at 35
  • Nov 23 Eduard Napravnik, Czech conductor and composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 24 John Francis Barnett, composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 27 James Cutler Dunn Parker, composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 2 Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 5 Hans Richter, Austrian-Hungarian composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 20 Manuel Giro, Spanish composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 William Wallace Gilchrist, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Bernhard Scholz, composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 27 Nikolay Feopemptovich Solov'yov, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81
  • Dec 31 Ernst Rudorff, composer, dies at 76