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Events in Music

  • Feb 1 Franz Lehar's opera "Wo die Lerche singt" premieres in Budapest
  • Feb 1 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York
  • Feb 14 H Atteridge & S Rombergs musical "Sinbad," premieres in NYC
  • Mar 7 H Carroll & J McCarthy's musical "Oh, Look!" premieres in NYC

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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 3 Maxene Andrews, Minn, singer (Andrew Sisters-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy)
  • Jan 6 Buddy Weed, pianist (Penthouse Party), born in Ossining, New York
  • Jan 11 Albert Weisser, composer
  • Jan 13 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer
  • Jan 21 Antonio Janigro, Italian cellist (Zagreb Soloists), born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 24 Gottfried von Einem, Bern Switzerland, Austrian composer (Dantons Tod)
  • Jan 27 Elmore James, musician (Dust My Broom)
  • Jan 27 Skitch Henderson, orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 4 Norman Wisdom, comedian (Kraft Music Hall), born in London, England
  • Feb 5 Kara Abulfazogli Karayev, composer
  • Feb 16 Patty Andrews, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 25 Rena Kyriakou, Greek pianist (d. 1994)
  • Mar 3 Frank Wigglesworth, composer
  • Mar 16 Howard Boatwright, composer
  • Mar 17 D Arendo, [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist/composer (Eleonora)
  • Mar 20 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (Soldiers)
  • Mar 20 Marian McPartland, jazz pianist (Bill Mayer, Jimmy McPartland), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 22 Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer
  • Mar 28 Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer
  • Mar 29 Pearl Bailey, singer (Hello Dolly), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Apr 3 Enrique Iturriaga, composer
  • Apr 3 Louis Applebaum, composer
  • Apr 3 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • Apr 7 Peanuts Hucko, dixieland clarinetist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Apr 9 Jorn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House)
  • Apr 18 Tony Mottola, Kearney NJ, guitarist/host (Melody Street)
  • Apr 25 Astrid Varnay, soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 27 Kirby Stone, American jazz combo leader (Baubles Bangles & Beads), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 27 Willem N "Pim" Koot, pianist of Concert building (Oh, Lady! Lady!)
  • May 5 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • May 6 Godfrey Ridout, composer
  • May 7 Argeliers Leon, composer
  • May 13 T. Balasaraswati, Bharatanatyam dancer (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Eddy Arnold, Henderson TN, country singer (Cattle Call, Anytime)
  • May 17 Birgit Nilsson, Karup Sweden, operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome)
  • May 23 Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, band leader and record producer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)
  • Jun 5 Branimir Sakac, composer
  • Jun 8 Robert Preston, actor (Music Man, Mame, Last Starfighter), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • Jun 14 Carter Harman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Jun 18 Bob Carroll, singer/actor (Stage Two Revue, Stranger)
  • Jun 30 Stuart Foster, Binghamton NY, singer (Galen Drake Show)
  • Jul 2 Sheikh Imam, Egyptian singer and composer, born in Giza (d. 1995)
  • Jul 5 George Rochberg, composer (Concord Quartet), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jul 6 Eugene List, American concert pianist and teacher (Eastman School of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 9 Herbert Brun, composer
  • Jul 14 Arthur Laurents, American playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 16 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (d. 1989)
  • Jul 18 Jane Frazee, Duluth Minn, actress/singer (Alice-Beulah)
  • Jul 20 Cindy Walker, American singer (d. 2006)
  • Jul 24 Ruggiero Ricci, composer/violinist (Paganini), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • Jul 27 Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer
  • Jul 27 Leonard Rose, concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 30 Joe Daley, jazz tenor/clarinet/flute player
  • Jul 31 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2010)
  • Aug 6 Norman Granz, American record producer (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, composer
  • Aug 17 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • Aug 19 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist
  • 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 W "Louis" Stotijn, bassoonist/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, Shelby Miss, orchestra leader (Redd Foxx)
  • Sep 13 Ray Charles, orchestra leader (Perry Como), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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 Alvares, composer
  • Oct 10 Bobby Byrne, orchestra leader (Club Seven), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Oct 11 Jerome Robbins, [Rabinowitz], NY, choreographer (Tony-West Side Story)
  • Oct 12 Emil Cossetto, Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2006)
  • Oct 18 Bobby Troup, pianist/actor (Emergency, Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 7 Maria Teresa de Noronha, Portuguese Fado singer (d. 1993)
  • Nov 9 Howard Shanet, American conductor (Night of the Tropics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • Nov 10 Oda Blinder, [Yolanda Corsen], Antillean poetess (Doorstep)
  • Nov 11 Jürg Baur, German composer, born in Düsseldorf (2010)
  • Nov 13 Janine Andrade, French violinist, born in Besançon, France (d. 1997)
  • Nov 24 William Strethan "Wild Bill" Davis, musician
  • Nov 27 Zeev Wolfgang Steinberg, composer
  • Dec 2 Milton Delugg, orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 7 Jorunn Vidar, composer
  • Dec 8 Gérard Souzay, French baritone (d. 2004)
  • Dec 12 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], Cordele, Georgia, American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues)
  • Dec 16 Pierre Delanoë, French songwriter and lyricist (d. 2006)
  • Dec 19 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, Bogalusa, Louisiana, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • Dec 23 Jose Greco, Italian flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers)
  • Dec 25 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

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

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 8 Michael Hertz, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 18 Bohuslav Jeremiáš, Czech composer, dies at 58
  • Feb 7 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 1 Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 4 Eugene D'Harcourt, composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 13 Karel Stecker, composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 15 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Juliette Marie Olga Lili Boulanger, composer, dies at 24
  • Mar 15 Lili Boulanger, composer, dies at 24
  • Mar 18 Willem Coenen, composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 23 Cesar Cortinas, composer, dies at 27
  • Mar 24 Theophile Ysaye, composer, dies at 53

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Mar 25 Claude Debussy, French composer (Iberia/La Mer), dies in Paris at 55

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy
  • Mar 26 Caesar A Cui, Lithuanian fort builder/composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 1 Karl Fritjof Valentin, 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
  • Jun 1 Friedrich Richard Faltin, composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 1 Jaroslav Novotny, composer, dies at 32
  • Jun 10 Arrigio Enrico Boito, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 8 Gertrude E Durden Rush, US composer/playwright, dies at 38
  • Aug 15 Heinrich Köselitz [Peter Gast], German composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 18 Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer, dies at 33
  • Sep 19 Liza Nina Mary Frederica Lehmann, 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, composer, dies at 26
  • Nov 28 Alexis Contant, composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 18 Henryk Jarecki, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 26 Bertram Luard-Selby, composer, dies at 65