1924 in Music

Events in Music

  • Feb 12 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at influential concert "Experiment in Modern Music" held by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra at the Aeolian Hall, NYC
  • Mar 24 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C at the Konsertföreningenin in Stockholm
  • Apr 19 "National Barn Dance" premieres on WLS Chicago
  • Jun 9 "Jelly-Roll Blues" is recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton
  • Jun 26 Ziegfeld Follies opens on Broadway
  • Oct 14 Arnold Schoeberg's opera "Die Gluckliche Hand" premieres in Vienna
  • Oct 29 "Dixie to Broadway" opens at Broadhurst Theater
  • Dec 1 George & Ira Gershwin's musical "Lady Be Good" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 14 Respighi's symphony "Pini di Roma" premieres in Paris

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 158

  • Jan 3 Nell Rankin, American singer (d. 2005)
  • Jan 6 Earl Scruggs, NC, bluegrass musician (& Flat-Ballad of Jed Clampett), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Antai Ribari, composer
  • Jan 8 Benjamin Lees, [Lysniansky], Harbin Manchuria, composer
  • Jan 8 Robert Starer, composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 8 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Jan 10 Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer
  • Jan 10 Maxwell Roach, Jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina
  • Jan 11 Don Cherry, Wichita Texas, singer (Dean Martin Summer Show)
  • Jan 11 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), born in Lobdell, Louisiana (d. 1970)
  • Jan 20 Yvonne Loriod, Houilles France, pianist
  • Jan 22 J. J. Johnson, American composer and jazz trombonist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2001)
  • Jan 24 David Craighead, composer
  • Jan 24 Klaus George Roy, composer
  • Jan 26 Warren Frank Benson, composer
  • Jan 26 Alice Babs, Swedish singer
  • Jan 27 Alexander Georgiyevich Chugayev, composer
  • Jan 29 Luigi Nono, composer (Canonic Variations), born in Venice, Italy
  • Feb 2 Elfi von Dassanowsky, Austrian-American producer and musician
  • Feb 7 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Amsterdam folk vocalist
  • Feb 9 George Guest, British organist
  • Feb 10 Randy Van Horne, vocalist (Nat King Cole Show), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Feb 14 Arghyris Kounadis, Greek composer, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2011)
  • Feb 17 Margaret Truman, Mo, pres daughter/writer (Murder at FBI)/pianist
  • Feb 23 Lejaren Hiller, American composer (Illiac Suite), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Feb 24 Lionel Dakers, British cathedral organist (Royal School of Church Music), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 2003)
  • Feb 26 Mark Bucci, American composer (1959 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 6 Sarah Caldwell, Maryville Mo, conductor/opera director (Flagstaff)
  • Mar 9 Konstantin Iliev, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 1988)
  • Mar 15 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • Mar 17 Stephen Dodgson, composer
  • Mar 21 Karl Heinz Fussl, composer
  • Mar 25 Julia Perry, African-American composer (Cask of Amontillado), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Mar 27 Sarah Vaughan, jazz scat singer (Broken Hearted Melody), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1990)
  • Mar 29 Jules de Corte, blind Dutch ballad singer and songwriter, born in Deurne, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Mar 30 Milko Kelemen, composer
  • Apr 1 Gunther Becker, composer
  • Apr 3 Murray Dickie, Scottish opera singer and director, born in Bishopton, Glasgow (d. 1995)
  • Apr 7 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), born in Toyko (d. 2001)
  • Apr 7 Nick Perito, orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 9 Harald Heilmann, German composer, born in Aue, Germany
  • Apr 12 Sergiu Natra, Romanian-born Israeli composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Apr 14 Shorty Rogers, [Milton M Rajonsky], composer
  • Apr 15 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), born in Lincoln (d. 2016)

Person of interestHenry Mancini

Apr 16 Henry Mancini, composer/conductor (Pink Panther), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
  • Apr 18 Buxton Daeblite Orr, composer
  • Apr 18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Vinton La, blues singer (Mary is Fine)
  • Apr 20 Gerhard Samuel, American conductor and composer, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Apr 21 Ira Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer, Louvin Brothers)
  • Apr 23 Arthur Frackenpohl, American composer (Natural Superiority of Music), born in Irvington, New Jersey
  • Apr 24 Yehoshua Lakner, composer, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2003)
  • Apr 24 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor and singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • Apr 25 Erzsébet Szőnyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Apr 25 Franco Mannino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 2005)
  • Apr 28 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 29 Renée Jeanmaire, dancer (Hans Christian Anderson), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 30 Sheldon Harnick, lyricist (Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 1 Earl George, composer (d. 1994)
  • May 1 Enrico Josif, composer
  • May 2 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), born in Krommenie, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • May 2 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), born in Vienna (d.2015)
  • May 4 Tatiana Nikolayeva, Russian pianist and composer, born in Bezhitsa, Russia (d. 1993)
  • May 5 Theo Olof, German/Neth violinist/prodigy/concert master
  • May 6 Mimi Benzell, operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • May 6 Denny Wright, British guitarist (d. 1992)
  • May 9 Connie Russell, American singer (Club Embassy, Garroway at Large), born in NYC, New York
  • May 14 Joly Braga Santos, composer
  • May 17 Frantisek Kovaricek, composer
  • May 19 Sandy Galbraith Wilson, composer
  • May 21 Robert Parris, composer (Book of Imaginery Beings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 22 Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum), born in Paris, France (d. 2018)
  • May 22 Claude Andre Francois Ballif, composer
  • May 23 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), born in Bromley (d. 2017)
  • Jun 1 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 1996)
  • Jun 1 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jun 3 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), born in Ruleville, Mississippi (d. 1997)
  • Jun 6 Serge Nigg, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2008)
  • Jun 7 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Jun 8 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Jun 16 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • Jun 20 Chet Atkins, Luttrell Tenn, guitarist (Me & My Guitar)
  • Jun 21 Wally Fawkes, British-Canadian cartoonist and jazz clarinetist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jun 26 Syd Lawrence, British bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England (d. 1998)
  • Jun 29 Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 29 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (won Sanremo Music Festival-Viale d'autunno), born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 2006)
  • Jul 2 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), born in Reedley, California (d. 1970)
  • Jul 5 János Starker, Hungarian-American cellist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2013)
  • Jul 6 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), born in Rock Falls, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Jul 7 Dieter Nowka, composer
  • Jul 7 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist, guitarist and actress (Les Paul, Queen of Outer Space), born in l Monte, California (d. 1977)
  • Jul 8 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (d. 2005)
  • Jul 9 Leonard Pennario, American pianist (LA Philharmonic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jul 9 Pierre Cochereau, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1984)
  • Jul 12 Jaap Geraedts, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • Jul 13 Carlo Bergonzi, Italian singer
  • Jul 20 Lola Albright, American singer and actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad, A Cold Wind in August), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • Jul 20 Mort Garson, Canadian composer
  • Jul 22 Margaret Whiting, American singer (It Might As Well Be Spring, Time After Time), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • Jul 24 Glenn Loren Glasow, American composer, born in Pine County, Minnesota (d. 2002)
  • Jul 24 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, born in Grenoble, France (d. 2017)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 11 Novelist Hermann Hesse (36) weds singer Ruth Wenger

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 4 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) weds pianist Lil Armstrong (26)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Sabine Baring-Gould, English composer and novelist (b. 1834)
  • Jan 4 Alfred Grünfeld, Austrian pianist, composer (b. 1852)
  • Jan 15 Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, dies at 74
  • Jan 29 Joseph Ludwig, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Alexis Hollander, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 15 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), dies at 62
  • Feb 17 Oskar Merikanto, composer, dies at 55
  • Feb 21 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 18 John Frederick Bridge, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 19 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer/author, dies at 71
  • Mar 26 Augusto de Oliviera Machado, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 27 Walter Parratt, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 29 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer/writer, dies at 71
  • Apr 15 Eduardo Caudella, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 26 Josef Labor, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • May 12 Charles Henri Marechal, composer, dies at 82
  • May 25 Theodore Morse, composer, dies at 51
  • May 26 Johann Heinrich Beck, American composer, dies at 67
  • May 26 Victor Herbert, Irish/US cellist/composer/conductor, dies at 65
  • Jun 11 Theodore Dubois, French composer, dies at 86
  • Jun 23 Cecil Sharp, British collector of English folk music and dance, dies at 64
  • Jul 27 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 6 John Henry Roberts, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 7 Camille Zeckwer, American composer, dies at 49
  • Aug 13 Julian Aguirre, composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 11 Mieczyslaw Surzynski, Polish organ virtuoso and composer (1904 Organ Concerto), dies at 57
  • Sep 13 Pekka Hannikainen, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 15 Anthony Johnson Showalter, American gospel composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 5 Joseph Vezina, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 12 Monroe Althouse, American composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 21 Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 4 Gabriel Urbain Faure, French composer (Requiem), dies at 79
  • Nov 8 Sergey Mikhaylovich Lyapunov, composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 16 Alexander Andreyevich Archangel'sky, composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 16 Edward Everett Rice, composer, dies at 75

Person of interestGiacomo Puccini

Nov 29 Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer (Mme Butterfly), dies in Brussels at 65

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • Dec 8 Franz X Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha), dies at 74
  • Dec 9 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (Gisbertus of Aemstel, To My Fatherland), dies at 70