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Events in Music

  • May 23 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
  • Sep 22 Music Box Theater opens at 239 W 45th St NYC
  • Oct 23 Leos Janacek's opera "Kat'a Kabanova" premieres in Brno
  • Nov 7 Ed Wynn's musical "Perfect Fool" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 29 Z Parenteau & Schuyler Green's musical "Kiki" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 126

  • Jan 7 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • Jan 9 Seymour Barab, composer
  • Jan 12 Leo Smit, pianist/composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 14 Mark Lawrence, American pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 21 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, born in Dryanovo (d. 2000)
  • Jan 22 Andre Hodeir, composer
  • Jan 25 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Jan 26 Frantisek Chaun, composer
  • Jan 26 Johannes Driessler, composer
  • Jan 30 Bernie Leighton, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime), born in West Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 31 Mario Lanza, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 5 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • Feb 10 Adrian Cruft, composer
  • Feb 14 Jeanne Demessieux, composer

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Feb 16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress/dancer (Wonder Man), born in Norwood, Ohio

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  • Feb 19 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • Feb 20 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Ruth Gipps, British(?) conductor/composer
  • Feb 24 Ingvar Lidholm, composer
  • Feb 27 Andras Szollosy, composer
  • Feb 28 Vladimir Sommer, composer
  • Mar 2 Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson, composer
  • Mar 4 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American composer (Martha Graham Ballets), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2017)
  • Mar 6 Julius Rudel, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 8 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • Mar 11 Astor Piazzolla, Argentina composer (Tango Nuevo)
  • Mar 12 Gordon MacRae, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Mar 12 Ralph Shapey, composer (Fantasy, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 20 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • Mar 21 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • Mar 21 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • Mar 26 Joe Loco, [Jose Esteves, Jr], musician
  • Mar 27 Harold Nicholas, American dancer (d. 2000)
  • Mar 30 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • Mar 30 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • Apr 1 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • Apr 1 William L Bergsma, American composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 6 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • Apr 8 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • Apr 8 Virginia O'Brien, actress and singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 10 Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)
  • Apr 13 Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • Apr 15 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • Apr 19 Will Ogdon, American composer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 24 Laci Boldemann, composer
  • Apr 26 Jimmy Giuffre, jazz musician
  • May 3 Joe Ames, American singer (d. 2007)
  • May 4 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin)
  • May 5 Sonja Oosterman, Dutch singer (Marketensters)
  • May 6 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • May 12 Edvard Mikcaeli Mirzoyan, composer
  • May 12 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • May 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
  • May 21 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 23 Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician/actor (It's Great to Be Young)
  • May 25 Hal David, New York, lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), (d. 2012)
  • May 25 Kitty Kallen, singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • May 27 Redd Stewart, Ashland City Tn, guitarist/pianist (Pee Wee King Show)
  • Jun 1 Nelson Riddle, Oradell NJ, musical conductor (Batman, Frank Sinatra)
  • Jun 7 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (d. 1998)
  • Jun 21 Frank Scott, Fargo ND, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • Jun 25 Peter Charles Arthur Wishart, composer
  • Jun 25 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Gordon Reynolds, musician
  • Jul 4 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist/orchestra leader (Ripley's Game)
  • Jul 7 Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor of classical music, born in Rzeszów, Poland (d. 1998)
  • Jul 10 Revaz Il'yich Lagidze, composer
  • Jul 13 Charles Scribner Jr, music publisher (Scribner)
  • Jul 13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • Jul 13 Git Gay, Swedish actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • Jul 15 Jack Hamilton Beeson, composer
  • Jul 17 George Barnes, Chicago Hgts, guitarist (Skip Farrell Show)
  • Jul 21 Billy Taylor, orchestra leader (David Frost Show), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • Jul 23 Jerome Rosen, composer
  • Jul 24 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor (d. 2008)
  • Jul 30 Grant Johannesen, American pianist (d. 2005)
  • Aug 3 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • Aug 3 Richard Adler, NYC composer (Pajama Game, Damn Yankees)
  • Aug 7 Karel Husa, composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 7 Manitas de Plata, Gypsy guitarist
  • Aug 8 Roger Nixon, American composer, born in Tulare, California (d. 2009)
  • Aug 8 Webb Pierce, American singer (In the Jailhouse Now), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • Aug 13 Jimmy McCracklin, blues musician, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Aug 17 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • Sep 1 Matt Higgins Doran, composer
  • Sep 3 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor (d. 1971)
  • Sep 7 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist/composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus)
  • Sep 8 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia)
  • Sep 8 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, singer and goon (Down Among the "Z" Men), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Sep 9 Andrzej Dobrowolski, composer
  • Sep 15 Jan Frank Fischer, composer
  • Sep 16 Fritz Geissler, composer
  • Sep 16 John Hendricks, lyricist singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)
  • Sep 19 Billy Ward, US songwriter/singer/pianist/arranger (Dominoes)
  • Sep 24 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer, born in London, England
  • Sep 28 Ilhan Usmanbas, composer
  • Oct 13 Harper MacKay, orchestra leader (NBC Follies), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 21 Jarmil Burghauser, composer
  • Oct 21 Malcolm Arnold, Northampton England, composer (Bridge over River Kwai)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 8 Luis Villalba Munoz, composer, dies at 48
  • Jan 12 Gervase Elwes, English tenor (b. 1866)
  • Jan 23 Wlasyslaw Zelenski, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 25 Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, composer, dies at 43
  • Feb 2 Luigi Mancinelli, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Max Wilhelm Zach, composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 15 Hans Haym, German conductor, dies at 60
  • Mar 2 Henryk Pachulski, Polish composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 24 Deodat de Severac, composer, dies at 48
  • Apr 5 Alphonsus J M Diepenbrock, Dutch composer (Missa), dies at 58
  • May 1 Louis Campbell-Tipton, composer, dies at 43
  • Aug 2 Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48
  • Sep 27 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (SHänsel und Gretel), dies at 67
  • Nov 29 Ivan Caryll, composer (Pink Lady), dies at 60
  • Dec 10 Viktor Jacobi, composer, dies at 38
  • Dec 16 Camille Saint-Saens, French composer (Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso), dies at 86
  • Dec 25 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 69