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Events in Music

  • Nov 3 "Emperor Jones" opens at Provincetown Theater
  • Dec 21 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 113

  • Jan 1 Virgilio Savona, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Jan 3 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (d. 2001)
  • Jan 5 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Brescia Italy, pianist
  • Jan 6 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, born in Dinuba, California (d. 1998)
  • Jan 17 George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (Handyland, U.S.A.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jan 21 Torsten Nilsson, composer
  • Jan 22 William Warfield, singer (Show Boat)
  • Jan 24 Don Saddler, Van Nuys California, dancer (Holiday Hotel)
  • Jan 27 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (d. 2002)
  • Jan 30 George Skibine, Russ/US dancer/choreographer (Tragedy in Verona)
  • Feb 7 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • Feb 13 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • Feb 13 Eileen Farrell, opera soprano (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • Feb 15 Ingmar Milveden, Swedish composer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 Lee Russell, vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 17 Paul Fetler, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Armin Schibler, Dutch Swiss composer (Devil in the Winter Palace)
  • Feb 22 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
  • Feb 22 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • Feb 23 Hall Overton, Bangor Michigan, composer (Enchanted Pear Tree)
  • Feb 27 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Feb 28 Edward Kassner, music publisher
  • Mar 1 Alfred Grant Goodman, composer
  • Mar 2 Enrique Franco, composer
  • Mar 8 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist
  • Mar 10 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, US country singer (Homer & Jethro)
  • Mar 10 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (d. 1959)
  • Mar 16 John Addison, Surrey England, composer (Tom Jones-Acad Award)
  • Mar 17 John La Montaine, composer (Pulitzer 1959), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Mar 21 Bruno Maderna, composer [or Apr 21]
  • Mar 21 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (d. 1975)
  • Mar 21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (d. 1970)
  • Mar 22 Fanny Waterman, concert pianist & teacher
  • Mar 23 Alexander Grigori Harut'unyan, composer
  • Mar 23 Geoffrey Bush, composer
  • Mar 27 Richard Hayman, bandleader/conductor/pianist (Theme of 3 Penny Opera)
  • Apr 3 Stan Freeman, pianist (Melody Tour), born in Waterbury, Connecticut

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 7 Ravi Shankar, Indian musician (the Pandit), born in Varanasi, India (d. 2012)

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Apr 8 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • Apr 9 Art Van Damme, Norway Mich, jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz)
  • Apr 12 Robert Fizdale, pianist (Misia), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 13 John LaPorta, American musician (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Ken Nordine, Cherokee Iowa, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz)
  • Apr 14 Eduardo Maturana, composer
  • Apr 21 Bruno Maderna, conductor/composer, Hyperion) [or Mar 21], born in Venice, Italy
  • Apr 23 Louis Barron, composer
  • Apr 26 Juan C Lampe, Aruba, pianist/composer
  • Apr 27 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (d. 1956)
  • Apr 28 Nan Merriman, US/Neth singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orch)
  • Apr 29 Harold Samuel Shapero, Lynn Mass, composer (9 Minute Opera)
  • Apr 30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist/composer
  • May 2 Jacob Gilboa, composer
  • May 2 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (d. 2004)
  • May 10 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Beryl Bryden, jazz singer
  • May 18 Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • May 23 Helen O'Connell, Lima Ohio, singer (Green Eyes, Anapola)
  • May 26 Peggy Lee, American singer (d. 2002)
  • May 30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • May 30 John Heawood, actor/singer/choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
  • Jun 5 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist (Klimbim)
  • Jun 10 Zbynek Vostrak, composer
  • Jun 11 Hazel Scott, Trinidad, singer/pianist (Hazel Scott)
  • Jun 14 Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo, composer
  • Jun 23 Paul Des Marais, composer
  • Jun 24 Bernhard Krol, composer
  • Jul 3 John Ayers Lessard, composer
  • Jul 5 Issachar Miron, composer
  • Jul 12 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), born in Grand Cane, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • Jul 19 Robert Mann, composer/violinist (String Quartet 1952), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 21 Isaac Stern, Kreminiecz Russia, violinist (debut SF Symph)
  • Jul 21 Manuel Valls Gorina, composer
  • Jul 23 Amalia Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer (d. 1999)
  • Jul 31 Rudolf Halaczinsky, composer
  • Aug 1 Maria Cole, American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Aug 8 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (d. 2006)
  • Aug 8 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • Aug 11 William Masselos, pianist/prof (Juilliard 1976), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Aug 12 Percy Mayfield, US singer (Please Send Me Someone to Love)
  • Aug 13 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist
  • Aug 17 Georgia Gibbs, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 19 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • Aug 23 Aart Verstegen, ballet dancers/choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke)
  • Aug 29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • Sep 4 Teddy Johnson, British singer
  • Sep 5 Peter Racine Fricker, British composer, born in London (d. 1990)
  • Sep 7 Al Caiola, American guitarist (Bonzanza theme), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • Sep 19 Karen Khachiturian, composer
  • Sep 23 Alexander Arutiunian, composer, (d. 2012)
  • Sep 23 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, born in Smilkov (d. 1986)
  • Sep 29 Vaclav Neummann, conductor
  • Sep 30 Ghazar Saryan, composer
  • Sep 30 Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American musician and cellist
  • Oct 9 Vivienne Della Chiesa, American lyric soprano who sang on US radio during the 1940s and early 1950s (The American Album of Familiar Music, The Standard Hour), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Oct 9 Yusef Lateef, American Jazz Saxophonist and Flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Oct 31 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, born in Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2008)
  • Nov 2 Fabio Gonzalez-Zuleta, Colombian composer, born in Bogota (d. 2011)
  • Nov 14 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 17 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer (d. 2005)
  • Nov 18 Louis Alfred Mennini, composer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (22) weds Carrie Williamson

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 16 Reginald De Koven, composer, dies at 60
  • Feb 12 Emile Sauret, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 23 Alexander Alexandrovich Il'yinsky, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 3 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 8 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, US composer (White Peacock), dies at 35
  • Apr 16 John Conrad Nordqvist, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 15 Michel-Gaston Carraud, composer, dies at 55
  • Jul 26 Carlos Troyer, composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 4 Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, composer, dies at 54
  • Sep 25 William F Sudds, composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 2 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), dies at 82
  • Oct 16 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer/conductor (Artemis), dies at 56
  • Oct 29 Johann Ernst Perabo, composer, dies at 74
  • Nov 21 Caryl Florio, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 21 William James Robjohn, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 6 Karel Kovarovic, composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 12 Paul Paul LacĂ´me, French composer, dies at 82