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Year 1918 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 1 Franz Lehar's opera "Wo die Lerche singt" premieres in Budapest

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Feb 1 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern
  • Feb 14 H Atteridge & S Rombergs musical "Sinbad," premieres in NYC
  • Mar 7 H Carroll & J McCarthy's musical "Oh, Look!" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Aug 19 Irving Berlin's musical "Yip Yip Yaphank" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin

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Oct 4 Musical "Sometime" with Mae West premieres in NYC

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West

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Dec 14 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico" premieres in NYC

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 6 Buddy Weed, American pianist (Penthouse Party), born in Ossining, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jan 9 Betty Roché [Mary Elizabeth Roach], American jazz singer (Duke Ellington - "Take The 'A' Train"), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1999)
  • Jan 11 Albert Weisser, composer
  • Jan 13 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer
  • Jan 20 [Juan Garcia] Esquivel!, Mexican musician ("The King of Space Age Pop"), born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • Jan 21 Antonio Janigro, Italian cellist (Zagreb Soloists), born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 24 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer (Dantons Tod), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1996)
  • Jan 27 Elmore James, musician (Dust My Broom)
  • Jan 27 Skitch Henderson, orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 5 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), born in Baku (d. 1982)
  • Feb 13 Irv Cottler, American session and touring drummer (Frank Sinatra; Dinah Shore), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • Feb 16 Patty Andrews, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • Feb 19 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • Feb 25 Rena Kyriakou, Greek pianist (d. 1994)
  • Mar 3 Frank Wigglesworth, American composer (The Willowdale Handcar), born in Boston Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Mar 6 Howard McGhee, American be-bop jazz trumpeter, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • Mar 16 Howard Boatwright, American composer and violinist, born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Mar 17 D Arendo [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist and composer (Eleonora)
  • Mar 20 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers; Requiem), born in Bliesheim, Germany (d. 1970)
  • Mar 20 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist and radio broadcaster (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), born in Slough, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • Mar 22 Tauno Pylkkanen, Finnish opera composer, born in Helsinki, Finland(d. 1980)
  • Mar 23 Granville "Sticks" McGhee, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), born in Knoxville, Tennesee ( d. 1961)
  • Mar 28 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1995)
  • Mar 29 Pearl Bailey, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress, singer and dancer (Hello, Dolly!), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • Mar 31 Helen Kemp (nee Hubbert), American choral conductor, composer, and voice teacher, born in Perkasie, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Apr 3 Enrique Iturriaga, Peruvian composer (Sinfonía Junín y Ayacucho), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2019)
  • Apr 3 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor & composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • Apr 3 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • Apr 7 Michael "Peanuts" Hucko, American big band jazz and session clarinetist (Glenn Miller's Army-Air Force Band; Lawrence Welk Show), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2003)
  • Apr 9 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2008)
  • Apr 11 Jimmy Lewis, American jazz double bassist and soul electric bassist, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • Apr 18 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, born in Kearney, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • Apr 25 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • Apr 27 Kirby Stone, American jazz combo leader (Kirby Stone Four - "Baubles Bangles & Beads"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • May 5 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • May 6 Godfrey Ridout, Canadian composer, conductor, educator, and musicologist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1984)
  • May 7 Argeliers León, Cuban composer, born in Pinar del Río, Cuba (d. 1991)
  • May 13 T. Balasaraswati, Bharatanatyam dancer (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Eddy Arnold, American country music singer ("Make The World Go Away"; "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"), born in Henderson Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • May 16 Aubrey Bowman, British pianist, composer, and conductor (Workman's Music Association), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 2009)
  • May 17 (Märta) Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (Elektra; Salome), born in Västra Karup, Skåne, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • May 23 Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, American band leader, songwriter, and record producer (Little Richard; Sam Cooke), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)
  • Jun 5 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), born in Zagreb (d. 1979)
  • Jun 13 "Wild Bill" Moore, American R&B and jazz tenor saxophone player ("We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll": Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • Jun 14 Carter Harman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Stuart Foster, American singer (Galen Drake Show), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1968)
  • Jul 2 "Sheikh" Imam [Eissa], Egyptian folk and protest singer-songwriter, born in Giza (d. 1995)
  • Jul 5 George Rochberg, American composer (Concord Quartet), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Jul 6 Eugene List, American concert pianist and teacher (Eastman School of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 9 Herbert Brün, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2000)
  • Jul 14 Arthur Laurents, American playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 16 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], born in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippine Islands (d. 1989)
  • Jul 20 Cindy Walker, American songwriter ("Dream Baby"; "You Don't Know Me") and country singer, born in Mart, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jul 24 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • Jul 27 Eero Sipilä, Finnish composer, born in Hailuoto, Finland (d. 1972)
  • Jul 27 Leonard Rose, American concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)
  • Jul 30 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, born in Salem, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • Jul 31 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • Aug 5 Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
  • Aug 6 Norman Granz, American record producer (Jazz at the Philharmonic; Verve Records), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • Aug 12 Sid Bernstein, music producer/promoter (Beatles, Rolling Stones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Aug 15 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 15 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, born in Saigon, Vietnam (d. 1994)
  • Aug 17 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • Aug 19 Jimmy Rowles [Hunter], American jazz pianist and composer (The Peacocks), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1996)
  • Aug 25 Leonard Bernstein, American conductor and composer (West Side Story), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • Aug 25 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Plymouth, Devon, England (d. 1985)
  • Aug 26 Louis Stotijn, Dutch bassoonist, and conductor (Residence Orchestra)
  • Aug 31 Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Aug 31 Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, composer
  • Sep 4 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter, arranger and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • Sep 13 Ray Charles, American orchestra leader (Perry Como), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Sep 22 Archibald James Potter, composer
  • Sep 22 Henryk Szeryng, Zelazowa Wola Poland, violinist (Brahms Concerto)
  • Sep 29 Harold Laurence Walters, composer
  • Oct 1 Antonio Iglesias Álvares, Spanish pianist, composer, educator and critic, born in Orense, Spain (d. 2011)
  • Oct 10 Bobby Byrne, American orchestra leader (Club Seven), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Oct 10 George Rhodes, American pianist, composer, arranger, and music director (Sammy Davis, Jr. Show), born in Indiana (d. 1985)
  • Oct 11 Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (Tony-West Side Story), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1998)
  • Oct 12 Emil Cossetto, Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2006)
  • Oct 16 Géori Boué, French soprano, born in Toulouse, France (d. 2017)
  • Oct 18 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Nov 7 Maria Teresa de Noronha, Portuguese Fado singer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1993)
  • Nov 9 Howard Shanet, American conductor (Night of the Tropics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • Nov 11 Jürg Baur, German composer, born in Düsseldorf (d. 2010)
  • Nov 13 Janine Andrade, French violinist, born in Besançon, France (d. 1997)
  • Nov 24 William Strethan "Wild Bill" Davis, musician
  • Nov 27 Ze'ev Wolfgang Steinberg, Israeli violist and composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2011)
  • Dec 2 Milton Delugg, American orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Dec 7 Jórunn Viðar, Icelandic pianist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 2017)
  • Dec 8 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, born in Angers, France (d. 2004)
  • Dec 12 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • Dec 16 Pierre Delanoë [Leroyer], French songwriter and lyricist, born in Paris (d. 2006)
  • Dec 19 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, born in Bogalusa, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • Dec 23 Jose Greco, Italian-American flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers) (d. 2000), born in Montorio nei Frentani, Italy
  • Dec 24 Dave Bartholomew, American jazz artist & songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • Dec 25 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 19 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 2 Jazz orchestra band leader Duke Ellington (19) weds high school sweetheart Edna Thompson

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 12 Artist Pablo Picasso (36) marries ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova (27)

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 18 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (45) weds socialite Dorothy Benjamin (25)

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 18 Bohuslav Jeremiáš, Czech composer, dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Daniël de Lange, Dutch composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 7 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, Russian composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 15 Vernon Castle, English-American dancer, dies at 30
  • Feb 26 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, Spanish violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 1 Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, Swedish composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 4 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 13 Karel Stecker, Czech organist, pedagogue, and composer of organ and sacred music dies at 57
  • Mar 15 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Lili [Marie-Juliette Olga] Boulanger, French composer (first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize), dies at 24
  • Mar 18 Willem Coenen, composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 23 César Cortinas, Uruguayan composer, dies at 27
  • Mar 24 Théophile "Théo" Ysaÿe, Belgian composer and pianist, dies at 53

Person of interestClaude Debussy

Mar 25 Claude Debussy, French composer (Nocturnes, La Mer), dies of cancer at 55

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy
  • Mar 26 Caesar A. Cui, Lithuanian fort builder and composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Johann Christoph Lauterbach, German violinist and concert master, dies at 87
  • Apr 1 Karl Valentin, Swedish composer, dies at 64
  • May 18 Toivo Kuula, Finnish composer, dies after being shot in a quarrel at 34
  • May 24 Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor, dies at 50
  • Jun 1 Friedrich Richard Faltin, composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 1 Jaroslav Novotny, Czech composer, dies at 32
  • Jun 10 Arrigio Enrico Boito, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 8 Gertrude E Durden Rush, American composer/playwright, dies at 38
  • Aug 15 Heinrich Köselitz [Peter Gast], German composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 18 Ernest Farrar, English composer and musician, dies at 33
  • Sep 19 Liza Lehmann, English composer, dies at 56
  • Oct 7 Hubert Parry, English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), dies at 70
  • Oct 16 Felix Arndt, American composer, dies during the Spanish Flu pandemic at 29
  • Oct 24 Alexander Charles Lecocq, composer, dies at 86
  • Nov 15 Georges Antoine, Belgian composer, dies at 26
  • Nov 28 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 18 Henryk Jarecki, Polish composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 26 Bertram Luard-Selby, British organist and composer, dies at 65