1923 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 4 1st broadcast of "Barn Dance Show" (WBAP - Fort Worth Texas)
  • Feb 19 Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 21 Andre Charlot's musical "Rats" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 Carlos Gardel applies for Argentine citizenship

  • Mar 23 Frank Silver & Irving Conn release "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
  • Mar 31 1st dance marathon in New York City, Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hrs

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 30 Howard Hanson's 1st Symphony "Nordic" premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Jun 14 Recording of 1st country music hit (Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane)
  • Oct 29 Gibbs/Grey/Wood's revue "Runnin' Wild" (introducing Charleston) opens on Broadway, New York City
  • Dec 31 Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in New York City

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 111

  • Jan 1 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Jan 3 Dragutin Gostuski, composer
  • Jan 4 Flavio Testi, composer
  • Jan 5 Sam [Samuel] Phillips, Florence Alabama, record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career)
  • Jan 5 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, born in Florence, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • Jan 7 Charles Russell Woolen, composer
  • Jan 13 Danil Shafran, cellist
  • Jan 16 Roy Lanham, Western guitar player (Sons of the Pioneers), born in Corbin Kentucky
  • Jan 20 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer
  • Jan 20 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • Jan 21 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain (d. 1995)
  • Jan 22 Friedrich Zehm, composer
  • Jan 22 Leslie Bassett, classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), born in Hanford, California (d. 2016)
  • Jan 24 Simeon ten Holt, composer
  • Jan 25 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (d. 2003)
  • Jan 26 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • Feb 3 Alys Robi, Quebec singer
  • Feb 5 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), born in Keithville, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • Feb 6 Maurice Le Roux, composer
  • Feb 7 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, born in London (d. 2011)
  • Feb 10 Cesare Siepi, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 12 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • Feb 13 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese violinist (d. 2003)
  • Feb 19 Donald Lybbert, composer
  • Feb 21 Zvi Zeitlin, violinist/prof (Eastman School), born in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 24 David Soyer, American cellist
  • Feb 27 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • Feb 27 Viktor Kalabis, composer
  • Mar 2 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and record label executive, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 3 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 6 Erhard Karkoschka, composer
  • Mar 6 John "Wes" Montgomery, American musician and composer, considered one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • Mar 12 Norbert Brainin, violinist
  • Mar 19 Janine Dacosta, French pianist
  • Mar 21 Mort Lindsey, orchestra leader (Merv Griffin Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Mar 25 Bonnie Guitar, American singer
  • Mar 26 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), born in Traskwood, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • Mar 27 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 8 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (Don Jose-Carmen)
  • Apr 9 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, born in Baden-Baden, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Apr 12 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (On the Town), born in Chireno, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Apr 20 Tito Puente, American bandleader (Dance Mania), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2000)
  • Apr 23 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer
  • Apr 25 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive), born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • Apr 25 Melissa Hayden, Canadian ballerina (1961 Silver Bowl), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • Apr 28 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million, Wheels), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • Apr 28 Wolfgang Steffen, composer
  • May 2 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer
  • May 3 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor
  • May 4 Edward "Ed" Cassidy, American musician (Spirit), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • May 4 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author
  • May 7 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 1985)
  • May 13 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1984)
  • May 15 John Lanchbery, English composer (d. 2003)
  • May 17 Peter Mennin[i], Erie Pennsylvania, composer (Moby Dick)
  • May 18 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • May 21 Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter
  • May 23 Alicia de Larrocha, Copenhagen Denmark, pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica)
  • May 28 Gyorgy Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), born in Transylvania, Romania (d. 2006)
  • May 31 Wolfgang Lesser, composer
  • Jun 2 Del Simmons [James Joseph Simonian], American saxophonist (Captain Beefheart) (d. 2011)
  • Jun 5 Daniel Rogers Pinkham, Lynn Massachusetts, composer (Signs of Zodiac)
  • Jun 8 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish composer (Summer Games)
  • Jun 14 Theodore Bloomfield, composer

Person of interestErroll Garner

Jun 15 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Jun 16 Ake Hermanson, composer
  • Jun 16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, born in Grudziądz (d. 2003)
  • Jun 29 Chou Wen-Chung, Cheefoo China, composer (Mode of Shang)
  • Jul 6 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), born in Burgin, Kentucky (d. 1965)
  • Jul 7 Roberto Caamano, composer
  • Jul 18 Hector Tosar, composer
  • Jul 22 Mukesh, Indian singer (d. 1976)
  • Jul 23 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (d. 2001)
  • Aug 1 Yoshinao Nakada, composer
  • Aug 4 Arthur Butterworth, composer
  • Aug 6 Jack Parnell, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show), born in London, England
  • Aug 10 Rhonda Fleming [Marilyn Louis], American actress and singer nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor" (Spellbound), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 14 William Flanagan, composer
  • Aug 15 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Aug 17 Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Aug 20 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • Aug 23 Richard Adler, composer/songwriter (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game)
  • Aug 26 Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor (Vienna Symph 1960-70), born in Munich. Germany
  • Aug 29 Lester Albert Trimble, composer
  • Aug 30 Gerhard Wimberger, Austria composer (Glove)
  • Sep 6 William Kraft, composer/percussionist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 15 Anton Heiller, composer

Person of interestHank Williams

Sep 17 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin'), born in Mount Olive, Alabama (d. 1953)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Sep 24 Fats Navarro, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1950)
  • Sep 25 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • Sep 27 Mary McCarty, American actress and singer (Babes in Toyland, Trapper John MD), born in Winfield, Kansas (d. 1980)
  • Oct 3 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, born in Lvov, Poland (d. 2017)
  • Oct 9 Ronald Tremain, composer
  • Oct 10 Louis Gottlieb, musician
  • Oct 16 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, born in Hamburg (d. 1980)
  • Oct 17 Barney Kessel, American musician (d. 2004)
  • Oct 20 Robert Craft, American conductor, writer and friend of Stravinsky, born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • Oct 23 Ned Rorem, composer and author (Sky Music), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • Oct 29 Dietrich Manicke, composer
  • Nov 1 Victoria de los Angeles, Spanish soprano (d. 2005)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

May 17 Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (21) weds assistant director Rudolf Sieber (26) in Berlin, Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 18 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) divorces Daisy Parker after 5 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 19 Jeronimo Gimenez y Bellido, composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 27 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 19 Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer, dies at 75
  • May 30 Camille Chevillard, composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 20 Joseph Leopold Rockel, composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 29 Gustave Adolph Kerker, composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 30 Claude Antoine Terrasse, composer, dies at 56
  • Jul 13 Asger Hamerik [Hammerich], German(?) composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Louis Ganne, French composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 15 Sayed Darwish, composer, dies at 31
  • Oct 14 George Elbridge Whiting, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 2 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 8 Dom Joseph Pothier, French Benedictine/musicologist, dies at 88
  • Dec 14 Giuseppi Gallignani, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 16 Pongrac Kacsoh, composer, dies at 50
  • Dec 22 Arthur H Bird, composer, dies at 67