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Year 1922 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Arthur Honegger's ballet "Skating Rink" premieres, Paris

Composer Arthur Honegger
Composer
Arthur Honegger
  • Jan 26 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Pastoral Symphony" premieres in London
  • Feb 11 "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1
  • May 23 "Abie's Irish Rose" 1st of over 2,500 performances
  • Jul 15 Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's musical "Shuffle Along" closes on Broadway, July 15, 1922, after 504 performances
  • Aug 14 1st "old time" musicians broadcasted on radio (Jenkins-WSB Atlanta)
  • Aug 28 Albert von Tilzer & Neville Fleesons musical premieres in NYC
  • Sep 2 President Ebert declares "Deutschland Uber Alles" the German national anthem
  • Sep 20 Goodman & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show," premieres in NYC
  • Oct 22 Parsifal Place laid out in Bronx, NY, named after a knight in Wagner's Opera
  • Nov 13 George Cohan's musical "Little Nellie Kelly" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, born in Alkmaar (d. 1992)
  • Jan 3 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), born in Born, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • Jan 4 Frank Wess, flutist/saxophonist/composer, (d. 2013)
  • Jan 6 Finn Einar Mortensen, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)
  • Jan 7 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), born in Marseilles, France (d. 2000)
  • Jan 7 Robert De Cormier, American conductor and musical director (The Belafonte Folk Singers), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jan 8 Abbey Simon, American pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 10 Ester Mägi, Estonian composer 'First Lady of Estonian music', born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Jan 16 Ernesto Bonino, Italian pop singer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 2008)
  • Jan 18 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 2014)
  • Jan 18 Johnny Costa [Costanza], American jazz pianist, celeste and accordion player, and musical director (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), born in Arnold, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Jan 20 Ray Anthony [Antonini], American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show; "Peter Gunn Theme"), born in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas, American singer (If?) and character actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), born in Garden City New Jersey, (d. 1994)
  • Jan 30 Pal Jardanyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1966)
  • Feb 1 Renata Tebaldi, Italian lyric soprano, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Feb 9 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Feb 11 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, born in Cluj (d. 2007)
  • Feb 12 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Feb 14 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey (5th Beatle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Feb 16 Geraint Evans, Welsh bass-baritone opera singer (Knaben Wunderhorn), born in Cilfynydd, Wales (d. 1992)
  • Feb 17 Tommy Edwards, American R&B singer-songwriter ("It's All In The Game"), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1969)
  • Feb 18 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • Feb 19 Josef Matej, Czech composer, born in Brusperk (d. 1992)
  • Feb 19 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • Feb 21 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana (d. 2008)
  • Feb 22 Andre Asriel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 22 Felix Werder, German-born Australian composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Feb 25 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1986) 
  • Feb 26 Bunny Briggs [Bernard Briggs], American tap dancer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2014)
  • Feb 27 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist and session musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Mar 2 Eric Feldbush, composer
  • Mar 2 Mario Zafred, composer
  • Mar 2 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • Mar 3 Kazimierz Serocki, Polish composer and co-founder of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, born in Toruń, Poland (d. 1981)
  • Mar 4 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)
  • Mar 8 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Mar 11 Thom Kelling, Dutch singer/guitarist (Programa de Manha)
  • Mar 12 Thomas Hugh Eastwood, British composer, born in Hawley, Blackwater, England (d. 1999)
  • Mar 14 Les Baxter, American exotica musician, orchestra leader and composer (Ritual Of The Savage, Born Again), born in Mexia, Texas (d. 1996)
  • Mar 15 (Albert) Eddie Calvert, British trumpeter ("Oh, Mein Papa"; "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1978)
  • Mar 20 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • Mar 24 Dave Appell, American musician, arranger, musical director (Ernie Kovacs), record producer (Charlie Gracie; The Orlons; Tony Orlando and Dawn), and songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Mar 28 Felice Chiusano, Italian singer, born in Fondi, Italy (d. 1990)
  • Mar 30 German Germanovich Galinin, composer
  • Mar 30 Peter Jona Korn, composer
  • Mar 31 Richard Kiley, American singer and actor (Kismet; Man of La Mancha; Endless Love), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Apr 1 Jimmie Lloyd [Logdon], American country and rockabilly singer ("I Got a Rocket in My Pocket"), born in Panther, Kentucky (d. 2001)
  • Apr 1 Irving "Duke" Jordan, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

Person of interestDoris Day

Apr 3 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2019)

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • Apr 4 Elmer Bernstein, American film music composer (The Magnificent Seven; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Age Of Innocence; Thoroughly Modern Millie), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • Apr 5 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer ("I Hear You Knockin'"), and actress (My Little Margie; The Gale Storm Show), born in Bloomington, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Apr 5 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, born in Lodz, Poland (d. 2005)
  • Apr 6 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • Apr 7 Kenneth Peacock, Canadian pianist, ethnomusicologist and composer (Rituals of Earth, Fire and Darkness), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • Apr 7 Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría, Cuban percussionist (Afro Blue), born in Havana (d. 2003)
  • Apr 11 Alexander Raichev, Bulgarian composer, born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2003)
  • Apr 14 David Alexandrovich Toradze, Soviet composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • Apr 14 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical musician, born in Comilla, East Bangladesh (d. 2009)
  • Apr 16 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 22 Charles Mingus, American jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1979)
  • Apr 22 Lou Stein, American pianist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Apr 26 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • Apr 26 Paul-André Gaillard, Swiss composer, born in Veytaux, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • Apr 27 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Apr 29 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, born in Brussels (d. 2016)
  • May 3 Marina Svetlova, American ballerina and choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • May 5 J. D. "Jay" Miller, American record producer, born in Iota, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • May 7 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • May 13 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude, The Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • May 18 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1983)
  • May 24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2001)
  • Jun 3 Ivan Patachich, composer
  • Jun 4 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Jun 6 Ian Hamilton, Scottish composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • Jun 7 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, born in Groenrivier, Malmesbury (d. 2011)

Person of interestJudy Garland

Jun 10 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress and singer (The Wizard of Oz), born in Minnesota (d. 1969)

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Jun 11 Tony Charmoli, American dancer, choreographer, and director (Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye), born in Mountain Iron, Minnesota
  • Jun 12 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, born in Holstebro, Denmark (d. 2001)
  • Jun 14 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • Jun 15 John Veale, English composer, born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2006)
  • Jun 17 Kelsey Jones, Canadian composer, born in South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • Jun 17 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • Jun 18 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • Jun 23 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jun 24 Roy Elihu Travis, American composer (Passion of Dedipus), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 24 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Jun 26 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • Jun 27 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2018)
  • Jul 2 Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, Belarusian composer, born in Żyrardów, Poland (d. 2000)
  • Jul 6 Francisco Moncion, American dancer, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 1995)
  • Jul 7 Artie Malvin, US music director (Julie LaRosa/Steve Lawrence)
  • Jul 14 Peter Andrew Tranchell, composer
  • Jul 24 Leo Kraft, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • Jul 26 Andrzej Koszewski, Polish choral and orchestral composer, and musicologist, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 2015)
  • Jul 27 Bob Thiele, American record producer (Impulse! Records), born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Jul 30 Zbigniew Wiszniewski, Polish composer, born in Lwów, Lwowskie, Poland (d. 1999)
  • Aug 1 Maria Cole [née Hawkins], American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Aug 15 Lukas Foss [Fuchs], German-American pianist, conductor and composer (Prairie), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2009)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

May 2 Dancer Isadora Duncan (44) weds Sergei Esenin (26)

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 28 Stage and film actor James Cagney (23) weds dancer Frances Vernon


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 7 Antonio Scontrino, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 23 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 66
  • Jan 26 Luigi Denza, Italian composer (Funiculì, Funiculà), dies at 77
  • Jan 31 Heinrich Reinhardt, Austrian composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 5 James W. Tate, English composer, dies at 46
  • Feb 24 Dmitri B. Shostakovich, father of Russian composer Dmitri D S, dies
  • Feb 28 Vicente Lleo, Spanish composer (La corte de Faraón), dies at 51
  • Mar 10 Arthur Hervey, Irish orchestral and operatic composer, and musicologist, dies at 67
  • Mar 10 Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov, Russian composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 12 František Ondříček, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 64
  • Apr 24 Richard Batka, Austrian music critic and composer, dies at 53
  • Apr 26 Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, dies at 84
  • May 7 Max Wagenknecht, German composer, dies at 64
  • May 28 Carl Teike, German military composer, dies at 58
  • Jun 6 Lillian Russell, American actress and operetta singer, dies at about 60
  • Jun 20 Vittorio Monti, composer, dies at 54
  • Jul 25 Jarolslaw Zielinski, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 1 Vaclav Juda Novotny, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 19 Felipe Pedrell, Spanish guitarist, composer (Excelsior; La Celestina), and musical scholar, dies at 81
  • Aug 27 Carl Fuchs, German composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 10 Arpad Szendy, Hungarian composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 11 Louis Coerne, composer, dies at 52
  • Sep 28 Andrejs Jurjans, Latvia's first professional classical composer, dies at 65
  • Oct 1 Nikolay Vladimirovich Scherbachov, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 63
  • Oct 29 Georg August Lumbye, Danish composer and conductor (Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra), dies at 79
  • Nov 6 William Baines, English composer, dies of TB at 23
  • Nov 14 Karl Michael Ziehrer, Austrian composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 25 Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and musicologist (Histoire et Bibliographie de la Typographie Musicale dans les Pays-Bas), dies at 75