On This Day

August 1919 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 6 Hugh Mendl, British record label executive (Decca/Deram Records), born in London (d. 2008)
  • Aug 11 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (d. 1949)
  • Aug 11 June Hutton [Cowan], American pop vocalist (The Pied Pipers -"I'll Never Smile Again"; Afterglow), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • Aug 13 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist, and composer ("Lullaby of Birdland"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 13 (Robert) "Baby Boy" Warren, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Lake Providence, Louisiana (d. 1977)
  • 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 24 Bartolomé "Beny" Moré, Cuban guaracha and mambo singer, guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader, born in Santa Isabel de las Lajas, Cuba (d. 1963)
  • Aug 26 Ronny Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, and screenwriter (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)

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 9 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (Pagliacci; Zazà), dies at 62