On This Day

Year 1919 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 15 Pianist & statesman Ignace Paderewski becomes first premier of Poland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 Composer and musician Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Polish Prime Minister

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • Feb 3 Herbert and Blossom's musical "Velvet Lady" premieres in New York City
  • Mar 5 Louis Hirsch & Harold Atteridge's musical premieres in NYC
  • Apr 19 Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 10 Richard Strauss & Hugo van Hofmannsthals premieres in Vienna

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • Oct 23 Romberg & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 26 B C Hilliam's musical "Buddies" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres in Queen's Hall London

Composer Edward Elgar
Composer
Edward Elgar
  • Nov 5 Ir à Steringa Idzerda begins hosting "soirée-musical" on Dutch radio
  • Nov 6 1st Dutch radio program: Soirée Musicale with "Turf in you(r) ransel"
  • Nov 18 H Tierney & J McCarthy's musical "Irene" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 27 Ignacy Jan Paderewski resigns as Polish Prime Minister

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist/pianist/orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
  • Jan 3 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 1963)
  • Jan 5 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, born in Roccasecca, Italy (d. 1992)
  • Jan 16 Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
  • Jan 18 Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Chilean composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2019)
  • Jan 20 Royalton Kisch, British conductor, born in Marylebone, London (d. 1995)
  • Jan 20 Stepan Lucky, Slovak film score composer, born in Žilina, Slovakia (d. 2006)
  • Jan 24 Leon Kirchner, American contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jan 27 Nina Milkina, Russian British pianist, born in Moscow (d. 2006)
  • Jan 30 Robert Suter, Swiss composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 2008)
  • Feb 2 Lisa Della Casa, Swiss operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1953-67), born in Burgdorf, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • Feb 3 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Feb 5 Red Buttons [Aaron Chwatt], American comedian, Oscar Award actor (Sayonara; The Red Buttons Show; The Poseidon Adventure), and singer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Feb 8 Buddy Morrow, orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
  • Feb 11 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress, comedian, singer and socialite (Green Acres, Gigi), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Feb 11 Israel Baker, American concert and session violinist (NBC Symphony; Paramount Studios Orchestra), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Feb 13 Joan Edwards, American vocalist (Joan Edwards Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford, American country music singer ("Sixteen Tons"), and actor, born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • Feb 22 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, born in Libušín (d. 2007)
  • Feb 22 Tahia Carioca, Egyptian actress and belly dancer (Watch out for Zouzou), born in Egypt (d. 1999)
  • Feb 25 Fred Katz, American classical and jazz cellist (Chico Hamilton Quintet), and composer (Roger Corman films), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013).
  • Feb 26 Luc-Andre Marcel, French composer, born in Entrecasteaux, France (d. 1992)
  • Feb 27 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, composer
  • Mar 2 Tamara Toumanova, dancer
  • Mar 3 Enzo Stuarti [Scapone], Italian-American pop tenor (That's A'Nice!), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2005)
  • Mar 6 Wanda Luzzato, Italian concert violinist and teacher, born in Varese, Lombardy, Italy (d. 2002)
  • Mar 8 Ivor Keys, musician/teacher
  • Mar 10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • Mar 11 Mercer Ellington, son of Duke Ellington, American composer, and bandleader, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • Mar 14 Luther Henderson Jr, American orchestra leader (Polly Bergen Show), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • Mar 15 Randy Brooks, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Harlem Nocturne') (d. 1967)
  • Mar 16 Erno Kiraly, Yugoslavian composer, born in Subotica

Person of interestNat King Cole

Mar 17 Nat "King "Cole, American jazz pianist and pop vocalist ("Unforgettable", "Mona Lisa"), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1965)

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Mar 19 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • Mar 28 Jacob Avshalomov, American composer (Sinfonietta; The Oregon), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 2013)
  • Apr 2 Ian Hunter, British impresario of classical music, born in Hadley Wood, Middlesex (d. 2003)
  • Apr 4 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • Apr 6 Paula Kelly, Grove City, Pennsylvania, American big band singer
  • Apr 7 Ralph Flanagan, American orchestra leader (Let's Dance), born in Loraine, Ohio
  • Apr 12 István Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian classical and electronic music composer (La Tourangelle; Winthrop), educator (McGill; Queens (Ontario) Universities), and writer (Alternative Voices), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012) [1]
  • Apr 12 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • Apr 13 [Harold] Howard Keel, American actor, singer, (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Kiss Me Kate), and president of the Screen Actors Guild, born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Apr 17 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer, born in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia Province, Costa Rica (d. 2012)
  • Apr 18 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People; DuBarry Was A Lady; Thousands Cheer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • Apr 21 Don Cornell [Luigi Varlaro], American singer (Sammy Kaye Orch, Hold My Hand), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • Apr 22 Benjamin "Bull Moose" Jackson, American R&B saxophone player and singer ("Hurry, Hurry"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • Apr 23 Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Canadian composer, born in Liepāja, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • Apr 23 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1990)
  • Apr 25 Heinz Wunderlich, German organist and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2012)
  • May 3 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (The Weavers - "Goodnight Irene") and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • May 4 Mary Ann McCall, American big band singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • May 8 Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR, born in Shusha, Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (d. 1974)
  • May 10 Tibor Sarai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1995)

Person of interestLiberace

May 16 Liberace [Wladziu Valentino], American pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • May 17 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • May 18 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), born in Reigate, England (d. 1991)
  • May 23 Betty Garrett, American stage and screen comedian, singer, dancer, and actress (All In The Family - "Irene"; Laverne & Shirley - "Edna"), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • May 23 Ruth Fernández, Puerto Rican singer ("Cuando Vuelvas" - "When You Return"), and politician (Senate-at-large, 1973-81), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2012)
  • May 24 Herbie Fields [Bernfeld], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader ("Dardanella"), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • May 25 Gino Negri, Italian composer, born in Perledo (d. 1991)
  • May 31 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer
  • May 31 (Emmanual Tettey) "E.T." Mensah, Ghanaian saxophonist, known as the "King of Highlife" music (Accra Rhythmic Orchestra; The Tempos), born in Accra, West Africa (d. 1996)
  • Jun 1 Boris Lazarevich Klyuzner, composer
  • Jun 5 Akeo Watanabe, Japanese conductor (Japan Philharmonic, 1956-68 & 1978-83), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1990)
  • Jun 13 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, born in Copenhagen (d. 2001)
  • Jun 17 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 2006)
  • Jun 22 Gower Champion, American stage dancer, choreographer and actor (42nd Street, Showboat), born in Geneva, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • Jul 10 Ralph "Rusty" Gill, American singer (Polka Time), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • Jul 27 Per Hjort Albertsen, Norwegian organist, composer, and educator, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2015)
  • Jul 31 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Aug 11 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (d. 1949)
  • Aug 11 June Hutton [Cowan], American pop vocalist (The Pied Pipers: Afterglow), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • Aug 13 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 24 "Drs P" [Heinz H Polzer], Swiss-Dutch songwriter and singer, born in Thun, Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • Aug 24 Niels Viggo Bentzon, Danish pianist and composer (The Tempered Piano), born in Copenhagen (d. 2000)
  • Aug 26 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Aug 29 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2018)
  • Aug 30 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer (It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • Sep 2 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), born in Haskell County, Teaxs (d. 2000)
  • Sep 2 Marge Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 8 Johan Kvandal, Norwegian composer, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1999)
  • Sep 10 Lex van Delden [Alexander Zwaap], Dutch composer and writer (Canto della Guerra), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (d. 1988)
  • Sep 14 Deryck Cooke, British composer and musicologist, born in Leicester (d. 1976)
  • Sep 16 Milan Harašta, Czech composer, born in Brno, Moravia Czechoslovakia (d. 1946)
  • Sep 19 Blanche Thebom, American mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida), born in Monessen, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Sep 24 Václav Nelhýbel, Czech-American composer (Everyman), born in Polanka, Czechoslovakia (d. 1996)
  • Sep 28 Countess Margaret Johnson, American jazz pianist, born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 1939)
  • Sep 30 Patricia Neway, American soprano (Consul, Maria Golovia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Oct 3 Walter Gieseler, German composer, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Oct 8 Hal Singer, American jazz and R&B saxophonist ("Corn Bread"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020) [1]
  • Oct 9 Rezso Sugar, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • Oct 11 Art Blakey, American drummer (Billy Eckstine Band, Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • Oct 12 Andre Casanova, composer, born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • Oct 14 Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony, 1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institute, 1965-2015), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Oct 18 Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton), American jazz singer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Oct 18 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, Danville, Virginia,(d. 2012)
  • Oct 23 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), born in Aledo, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Nov 5 Myron Floren, American accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Roslyn, Day County, South Dakota (d. 2005)
  • Nov 14 Lisa Otto, German soprano (Berlin State Opera, 1951-85), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2013)
  • Nov 16 Udo Kasemets, Estonian-born Canadian composer, born in Talinn, Estonia (d. 2014)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Composer and songwriter Cole Porter (28) weds socialite Linda Lee Thomas (36)

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 16 Jaroslav Jeremiáš, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 19
  • Feb 2 Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, French composer, dies at 55
  • Feb 21 Giovanni Bolzoni, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 24 Josephine McGill, composer, dies at 41
  • Mar 5 Jozef Surzynski, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 8 Auguste Tolbecque, composer, dies at 88
  • Mar 11 Harald Fryklöf, Swedish composer, dies at 36
  • Mar 16 Sigurd von Koch, Swedish composer, dies at 39
  • Apr 3 Paul Geisler, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 6 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 63
  • May 9 James Reese Europe, American ragtime and early jazz arranger, composer, and bandleader in New York, and with the military in France during WWI, dies of a stab wound (received during an argument with one of his drummers), at 38
  • May 17 Bohumil Pazdírek, Moravian composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 2 Ernest Ford, English composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 8 Jacob Christian Fabricius, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 9 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (I pagliacci/Zaza), dies at 62
  • Sep 27 Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76
  • Oct 3 Daniel Brink Towner, American Hymn composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 5 Jean Louis Nicode, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 16 Charles Harford Lloyd, British organist and composer, dies on his 70th birthday
  • Oct 21 Sven August Körling, Swedish composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 13 Amintore Galli, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Horatio Parker, American organist and composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 27 Achilles Alferaki, Russian composer, dies at 73