April 1917 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 2 Lou Monte {Scaglione], Italian-American novelty song singer-songwriter (Peppino the Italian Mouse; Dominick the Donkey), born in Manhattan, NYC (d. 1989)
  • Apr 3 Bill Finegan, American pianist and big band arranger (Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey), composer and bandleader (Sauter-Finegan Orchestra), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • Apr 3 Tibor Andrasovan, Slovak composer, born in Slovenská Lupca, Zólyom, Austria-Hungary (d. 2001)
  • Apr 5 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Apr 7 Egil Harder, Danish concert pianist and composer (The Blue Anemone), born in Norway (d. 1997)
  • Apr 12 Helen Forrest [Fogel], American big band, pop, and swing jazz singer (Artie Shaw; Benny Goodman; Harry James), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1999) [1]
  • Apr 15 Pietro Grossi, Italian composer, and electronic music pioneer, born in Venice, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2002)
  • Apr 19 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician and producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Apr 22 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, born in Paris (d. 2016)

Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)

Apr 25 American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), born in Newport News, Virginia [1]

  • Apr 30 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host ("Deep Purple"; "Heart and Soul"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)

Deaths in Music

Scott Joplin (1868-1917)

Apr 1 American ragtime composer (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag), dies at 48

  • Apr 7 Spyridon Samaras, Greek composer (Olympic Hymn), dies at 53