August 1918 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 5 Betty Oliphant, British-Canadian ballerina, co-founded of National Ballet School of Canada, born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • Aug 6 Norman Granz, American jazz record producer (Verve Records; Pablo Records), and impresario (Jazz at the Philharmonic), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • Aug 10 Arnett Cobb, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Lionel Hampton), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Aug 12 Sid Bernstein, music producer and concert 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 jazz 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)

Leonard BernsteinLeonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Aug 25 American Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1958-69; Israel Philharmonic; London Symphony), and composer (West Side Story; Chichester Psalms), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts

  • 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), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2013)

Alan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner (1918-1986)

Aug 31 American Tony and Academy Award-winning lyricist (with Frederick Loewe - My Fair Lady; Gigi; Camelot), and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York

  • Aug 31 Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, Filipino composer and pianist (Bayanihan Dance Company), born in San Fernando, Philippines (d. 2008)

Weddings in Music

Enrico Caruso

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

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 8 Gertrude E Durden Rush, American composer/playwright, dies at 38
  • Aug 15 Heinrich Köselitz [Peter Gast], German composer, dies at 64