1925 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 7 Musical "Big Boy" with Al Jolson premieres in NYC
  • Jan 14 Alban Berg's atonale opera "Wozzeck" premieres in Berlin
  • Feb 8 Kaufman & Berlin's musical "cocoanuts" premieres in New York City
  • Feb 28 "Tea For Two" by Marion Harris hits #1
  • Apr 23 1st London performance of operetta "Fasquita" staged
  • Oct 15 Willem Landre's opera "Beatrice" premieres in The Hague

Music releaseMusic Recording

Nov 11 Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five record begin their first recording session

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • Nov 28 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee
  • Dec 28 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Tip-Toes" premieres in New York City

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 146

  • Jan 2 Andry Maryanovich Nikodemovich, composer
  • Jan 12 Laurentiu Profeta, composer
  • Jan 13 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singe and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), born in Culver City, California (d. 2000)
  • Jan 14 Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (d. 2000)
  • Jan 15 Ruth Slenczynska, pianist, born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 17 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
  • Jan 23 Marty Paich, American musician, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), born in Oakland, California (d. 1995)

Person of interestMaria Tallchief

Jan 24 Maria Tallchief, American ballerina, born in Fairfax, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Ballerina
Maria Tallchief
  • Jan 25 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician and songwriter (d. 1992)
  • Feb 2 Michel Paul Philippot, composer
  • Feb 2 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Feb 7 Marius Constant, Rumania, Dutch composer/conductor (Paradise Lost)
  • Feb 8 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • Feb 13 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • Feb 14 Elliot Lawrence, orchestra leader (Guide Right, Howard Cosell), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 16 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese guitar master (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor (d. 2003)
  • Feb 19 Jindrich Feld, composer
  • Mar 3 Enzo Stuarti, Italian singer (Yesterday)
  • Mar 4 Paul Mauriat, French musician (d. 2006)
  • Mar 8 Darwin Horacio Vargas-Wallis, composer
  • Mar 12 Georges Delerue, composer
  • Mar 13 Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer (Trio Music with Chick Corea), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 22 Gerard Hoffnung, British artist/humorist/musician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Mar 25 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist/flutist/orchestra leader
  • Mar 26 Claudio Spies, composer
  • Mar 26 Pierre Boulez, composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), born in Montbrison, France (d. 2016)
  • Mar 27 Robert Cohan, American dancer and artistic director (Contemporary Dance Trust), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 30 Ivo Malec, composer (Zagreb, Croatia), born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Apr 4 Erna Spoorenberg, Dutch singer, born in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia (d. 2004)
  • Apr 5 Oldrich Flosman, Czechoslovakian composer, brn in Pilsen, Czech Republic (d. 1998)
  • Apr 13 Hilda Dianda, composer
  • Apr 14 Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Good Lovin')
  • Apr 18 Lionel Edmund "Sonny" Taylor, musician
  • Apr 18 Robert Caldwell Crawford, composer
  • Apr 20 Richard Hoffmann, Austrian composer, born in Vienna
  • Apr 26 Jørgen Ingmann, Danish jazz guitarist (Apache, Dansevise), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • Apr 29 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • Apr 30 Johnny Horton, country music and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • May 2 Svatopluk Havelka, Czech composer, born in Vrbice, Karviná, Czech Republic (d. 2009)
  • May 13 Anthony Milner, British composer, born in Bristol, England (d. 2002)
  • May 14 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • May 14 Tristram Ogilvie Cary, composer
  • May 14 Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
  • May 15 Andrey Yakoulevich Eshpay, composer
  • May 15 Emmanuel Ghent, composer
  • May 20 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • May 22 James King, American tenor (d. 2005)
  • May 23 Mac Wiseman, American musician
  • May 25 Aldo Clementi, Italian composer, born in Catania, Sicily (d. 2011)
  • May 28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), (d. 2012), born in Zehlendorf, Germany
  • May 30 Claude Prey, French composer, born in Fleury sur Andelle (d. 1998)
  • Jun 5 Dorothy Claire, LaPorte Ind, singer (Winchell & Mahoney)
  • Jun 6 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Snap Your Fingers), born in Aldie, Virginia (d. 2000)
  • Jun 18 Herman "Ace" Wallace, blues guitarist/singer
  • Jun 23 Amada Galvez Santos Ocampo, composer
  • Jun 25 Clifton Chenier, American blues singer (Bayou Blues), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • Jun 25 Ziggy Talent, American singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1997)
  • Jun 27 Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter (Save the Last Dance for Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jun 29 Hale Smith, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Jun 30 Will Gay Bottje, composer
  • Jul 2 Marvin Rainwater, Wichita Ks, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), (d. 2013)

Person of interestBill Haley

Jul 6 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981)

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • Jul 9 Alan Dale, American singer (Alan Dale Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Jul 11 Mattiwilda Dobbs, soprano, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • Jul 11 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), born in Stockholm (d. 2017)
  • Jul 12 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1989)
  • Jul 14 Luis Antonio Escobar, Colombian composer and musicologist, born in Villapinzón, Cundinamarca (d. 1993)
  • Jul 16 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz musician, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • Jul 19 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue Mckee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry"), born in Nevada, Missouri
  • Jul 21 Lovro Zupanovic, composer
  • Jul 23 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jul 28 Larry Pruden, composer
  • Jul 29 Mikis Michael George Theodorakis, Chios Greece, composer (Raven)
  • Jul 30 Antoine Duhamel, French composer, born in Valmondois, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 2014)
  • Aug 6 Leland Smith, composer
  • Aug 7 Felice Bryant, rock writer (Bye Bye Love), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 7 Julian Orbon De Soto, composer
  • Aug 9 Robert Heppener, composer (Hymns & Conversations, Movie Music)
  • Aug 11 Robert Linn, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1999)
  • Aug 12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Aug 13 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • Aug 15 Billy Pinkney, American rock bassist and vocalist (Drifters), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)

Person of interestOscar Peterson

Aug 15 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • Aug 18 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1981)
  • Aug 23 Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Georgian composer, born in Gori, Soviet Union (d. 1991)
  • Aug 23 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2014)
  • Aug 27 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Bishopsgate, London (d. 1999)
  • Aug 27 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, born in Vittel, France (d. 2006)
  • Aug 28 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Aug 28 Billy Grammer, American country music singer and guitarist, born in Benton, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Sep 1 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Gardena, California (d. 1982)
  • Sep 1 Ruth S White, composer
  • Sep 2 Hugo Montenegro, American composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
  • Sep 3 Shoista Mullodzhanova, Shashmakom singer, born in Dushanbe, Tajik ASSR (d. 2010)
  • Sep 3 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), born in Waco, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Sep 6 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man), born in Dunleith, Mississippi (d. 1976)
  • Sep 8 Alexander Nikolayevich Kholminov, composer
  • Sep 8 Heinz Lau, German composer, born in Stettin, German Empire (d. 1975)
  • Sep 8 Magnus Blondal Johansson, composer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 4 Economist John Maynard Keynes (42) weds ballerina Lydia Lopokova


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 30 Jakab Gyula Major, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 21 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, American composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 25 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 4 Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 11 Andreas Hallen, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 1 Francis William Davenport, English composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 15 John Singer Sargent, American painter (Wyndham Sisters), dies at 69
  • Apr 22 André Caplet, French composer and conductor (Conte Fantastic, Le miroir de Jesus), dies at 45
  • Apr 25 George Stephanescu, composer, dies at 81
  • May 12 Arthur Napoleao dos Santos, Portugese composer, dies at 82
  • Jun 4 Gheorghe Dima, composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 16 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, dies at 22
  • Jun 20 Wilhelm Posse, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 1 Erik Satie, French composer (Dreamy Fish), dies at 59
  • Jul 5 Hjalmar Borgstrom, composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 16 Leo Fall, Austria operetta composer (That Pink von Stambul), dies at 52
  • Oct 7 Hubert Main, American hymn composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 23 Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Karatigin, composer, dies at 50
  • Oct 27 Wilhelm Gericke, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 12 Roman Statkowski, composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 14 Agnes Zimmermann, German composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 26 Johannes Haarklou, composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 29 Karl Flodin, Finnish composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 1 Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 2 Julio Garreta, composer, dies at 50
  • Dec 9 Eugene Gigout, composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 19 Jose Ignacio Quinton, composer, dies at 44