On This Day

December 1919 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • Dec 1 Lurlean Hunter, American jazz singer, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1983)
  • Dec 3 Charles Craig, English operatic tenor, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Dec 6 Gideon Klein, Moravian pianist and composer, born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia (d. 1945)
  • Dec 8 Hans-Dieter Hosalla, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Dec 8 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • Dec 10 Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson, Swedish composer, born in Västervik, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Dec 10 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Dec 16 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk-pop vocalist (Small Yodel Boy), and double bassist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Dec 22 Lillian "Lil" Green, American blues singer and songwriter ("Romance In The Dark"), born in Mississippi (d. 1954) [some sources cite year of birth as 1901, and some 1910]
  • Dec 25 Naushad Ali, Indian music director (d. 2006)
  • Dec 28 Inocente Carreño, Venezuelan composer, born in Porlamar, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • Dec 29 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, born in Cernauti, Romania (d. 2013)
  • Dec 30 David Willcocks, conductor and composer (Kings College Choir), born in Newquay, Cornwall, (d. 2015)

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

  • 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