On This Day

Year 1920 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 28 Maurice Ravel's orchestral suite "Le tombeau de Couperin" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 3 "Emperor Jones" opens at Provincetown Theater
  • Dec 21 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Virgilio Savona, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Jan 3 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (d. 2001)
  • Jan 5 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian pianist, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 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 17 Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 18 Constance Moore, American singer & actress (Buck Rogers, Show Business, Atlantic City), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • Jan 21 Torsten Nilsson, Swedish composer, born in Höör, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • Jan 22 William Warfield, singer (Show Boat)
  • Jan 24 Don Saddler, American choreographer & dancer (Holiday Hotel), born in Van Nuys, California (d. 2014)
  • Jan 27 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (d. 2002)
  • Jan 30 George Skibine, Russian-American ballet dancer & choreographer (Tragedy in Verona), born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia (d. 1981)
  • Feb 7 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • Feb 12 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 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 22 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
  • Feb 22 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • Feb 23 Hall Overton, composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), born in Bangor, Michigan
  • Feb 27 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Feb 27 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer (Blues Alley All Star Band), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • Feb 28 Edward Kassner, Austrian born music publisher (President Records), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • Feb 29 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • Feb 29 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • 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, English composer (Tom Jones-Acad Award), born in Surrey England (d. 1998)
  • 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 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, British organist/pianist/composer/educator, born in London (d. 1998)
  • Mar 27 Richard Hayman, American orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • Apr 3 Stan Freeman, American composer (Melody Tour), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2001)

Person of interestRavi Shankar

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, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • Apr 13 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), born in Cherokee, Iowa (d. 2019)
  • Apr 14 Eduardo Maturana, Chilean composer, born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 2003)
  • Apr 17 Genevieve [Ginette Auger], French actress and singer (The Jack Paar Show), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • Apr 21 Bruno Maderna, conductor/composer, Hyperion) [or Mar 21], born in Venice, Italy
  • Apr 23 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • Apr 26 Padu del Caribe ["Father of the Caribbean," born Juan Chabaya Lampe], Aruban pianist and composer who wrote "Aruba Dushi Tera" - Aruba's national anthem, is born
  • Apr 27 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, born in Novara, Italy (d. 1956)
  • Apr 28 Nan Merriman, American-Dutch singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orchestra), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Apr 29 Harold Shapero, American composer (9 Minute Opera), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • Apr 30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • May 2 Jacob Gilboa [Erwin Goldberg], Israeli composer, born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • May 2 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, born in Chavornay, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • May 10 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Beryl Bryden, British jazz/blues singer and washboard player, born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 1998)
  • May 18 Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • May 20 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), born in Leicester, England (d. 2011)
  • May 21 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • May 23 Helen O'Connell, Lima Ohio, singer (Green Eyes, Anapola)
  • May 26 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer (Is That All There Is), born in Jamestown, North Dakota (d. 2002)
  • May 30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • May 30 John Heawood, Canadian actor, singer and choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), born in Canada (d. 1995)
  • Jun 10 Zbyněk Vostřák, Czech composer (While We Are Falling Asleep), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1985)
  • Jun 11 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1981)
  • Jun 14 Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo, Karelian composer, born in Zlatoust, Ural (d. 1989)
  • Jun 23 Paul Des Marais, composer
  • Jun 24 Bernhard Krol, composer
  • Jun 26 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • Jul 3 John Lessard, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2003)
  • Jul 5 Issachar Miron, Israeli composer, born in Kutno, Poland (d. 2015)
  • Jul 12 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), born in Grand Cane, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • Jul 14 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter (One Day at a Time), born in Kemp, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jul 19 Robert Mann, American composer and violinist (String Quartet 1952), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2018)
  • Jul 21 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), born in Kremenets, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2001)
  • Jul 21 Manuel Valls Gorina, composer
  • Jul 23 Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1999)
  • Jul 31 Rudolf Halaczinsky, German composer, born in Emma-Grube, Upper Silesia (d. 1999)
  • Aug 3 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • Aug 3 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 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 13 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Aug 19 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • Aug 23 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • Aug 25 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • Aug 29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • 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 Khachaturian, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 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 (d. 2013)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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, American composer, dies at 60
  • Feb 12 Émile Sauret, French violinist and 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, American composer (White Peacock), dies of influenza at 35
  • Apr 16 John Conrad Nordqvist, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 15 Michel-Gaston Carraud, French composer, dies at 55
  • Jun 27 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French-Canadian lyricist (O Canada), dies at 81
  • Jul 26 Carlos Troyer, American composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 4 Vladimir Rebikov, Russian pianist and 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 and conductor (Artemis), dies at 56
  • Oct 29 Johann Ernst Perabo, composer, dies at 74
  • Nov 21 Caryl Florio [William James Robjohn], English-American composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 21 William James Robjohn, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 6 Karel Kovařovic, Czech composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 12 Paul Lacôme, French composer, dies at 82