1926 in Music

Events in Music

  • Feb 2 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
  • Feb 8 Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin
  • Mar 17 Richard Rodgers & L Hart's musical "Girl Friend" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 3 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 25 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • May 12 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • May 22 "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1
  • Nov 8 George Gershwin's musical "Oh, Kay" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 12 Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Piano concert
  • Dec 16 Darius Milhauds opera "Le Pauvre Matelot" premieres in Paris

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 155

  • Jan 1 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • Jan 1 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005)
  • Jan 3 Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist
  • Jan 3 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Lear, [Shulman], soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Jani Christou, composer
  • Jan 8 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 12 Morton Feldman, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 12 Ray Price, country singer (Good Times), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 17 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (Red Shoes), born in Dunfermline Scotland (d. 2006)
  • Jan 20 David Eugene Tudor, composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer
  • Jan 21 Brian Brockless, English organist (d. 1995)
  • Jan 26 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2001)
  • Jan 30 Lizbeth Webb, Reading, UK, soprano, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 11 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • Feb 13 Barney Childs, composer
  • Feb 17 Friedrich Cerha, composer
  • Feb 17 Lee Hoiby, composer (1957 Arts & Letters), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 19 Gyorgy Kurtag, composer
  • Feb 20 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)
  • Feb 23 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • Feb 26 Arsene Souffriau, composer
  • Feb 28 Seymour Shifrin, composer
  • Feb 28 Stanley Glasser, composer
  • Mar 3 Lys Assia, Swiss singer
  • Mar 4 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • Mar 4 Fran Warren, American singer, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 6 Jon Nordal, Icelandic composer (Toccata)
  • Mar 6 Miroslav Klega, composer
  • Mar 9 Celso Garrido Lecca, Peruvian composer, born in Lima, Peru
  • Mar 11 Ilhan Mimaroglu, composer
  • Mar 12 Rolv Berger Yttrehus, composer
  • Mar 14 Francois d'Assise Morel, composer
  • Mar 14 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), born in Liverpool (d. 2008)
  • Mar 15 Benjamin Burwell Johnston, Jr. Macon Geeorgia, American composer
  • Mar 23 Martha Wright, American actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Mar 30 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symph), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 1 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • Apr 10 Junior Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Cumming, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • Apr 10 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist, born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • Apr 11 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, born in London (d. 2017)
  • Apr 11 Robert Hall Lewis, American composer, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1996)
  • Apr 11 Victor Bouchard, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 2011)
  • Apr 12 Jane Withers, American actress, model, and singer (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 14 Jan Carl Christian Maegaard, composer
  • Apr 14 Gloria Jean, American actress and singer (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 22 Charlotte Rae, American character actress, comedian, singer and dancer (Edna-Facts of Life), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Apr 25 Paul Walter Fürst, Austrian musician and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2013)
  • Apr 26 Oldrich Frantisek Korte, composer
  • Apr 28 Francis Burt, British composer, born in London (d. 2012)
  • May 6 Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • May 14 Cestmir Gregor, composer
  • May 15 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), born in Saint-Georges, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • May 16 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, born in Ružomberok, North Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • May 19 Paul Cooper, American composer, born in Victoria, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • May 20 Vic Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • May 21 Joseph Horovitz, composer
  • May 26 Maria de Lourdes Martins, composer

Person of interestMiles Davis

May 26 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • May 30 Edouard Van Remoortel, conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symph), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Jun 1 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Jun 3 Carlos Veerhoff, composer
  • Jun 3 Janez Maticic, composer
  • Jun 6 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), born in Merseburg, Germany (d. 1998)
  • Jun 7 Dick Williams, American singer and choral director (Andy Williams Show), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • Jun 8 Anatol Vieru, Romanian-Jewish composer, born in Iasi, Romania (d. 1998)
  • Jun 11 Brother Dave Gardner, American comedian, drummer and singer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • Jun 11 Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer (Slow Dusk), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • Jun 15 Jan Carlstedt, composer
  • Jun 17 Manuel Enriquez, composer
  • Jun 22 Ruth Zechlin, German organist and composer, born in Grosshartmannsdorf (d. 2007)
  • Jun 23 Lars Johan Werle, composer
  • Jul 2 Billy Usselton, saxophonist
  • Jul 2 Lee Allen, American tenor sax (Walkin' With Mr Lee), born in Pittsburg, Kansas
  • Jul 3 Johnny Coles, American jazz trumpeter (Little Johnny C), born in Trenton, New Jersey ( d. 1997)
  • Jul 5 Kenneth Gaburo, American composer, born in Somerville, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • Jul 10 Carleton Carpenter, American actor, magician, songwriter, and novelist (Up Periscope, Summer Stock), born in Bennington, Vermont
  • Jul 11 Rodolfo Arizaga, composer
  • Jul 13 Meyer Kupferman, American composer (In Fimi Tres), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 14 Harry Dean Stanton,American actor, musician, and singer (Lucky, Alien, Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II), born in West Irvine, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • Jul 14 Jan Krenz, Polish conductor and composer, born in Włocławku, Poland
  • Jul 15 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer
  • Jul 19 Helen Gallagher, American singer, dancer and actress (Ryan's Hope, Strangers When We Meet), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 21 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • Jul 25 Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian composer, born in Galați, Romania (d. 2014)
  • Jul 28 Charlie Biddle, American-born Quebec jazz bassist (d. 2003)
  • Aug 1 Karl Kohn, American composer, born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestTony Bennett

Aug 3 Tony Bennett, American singer (I Left My Heart in San Francisco), born in Queens, New York

Singer Tony Bennett
Singer
Tony Bennett
  • Aug 5 Betsy Jolas, French composer, born in Paris
  • Aug 8 Urbie [Urban Clifford] Green, American jazz trombonist (toured with Woody Herman, Frankie Carlie), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 9 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz)
  • Aug 10 Edwin James Nairn Carr, composer
  • Aug 10 Marie-Claire Alain, French organist/composer
  • Aug 11 Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist
  • Aug 12 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • Aug 14 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • Aug 15 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, composer
  • Aug 17 George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 4 Composer Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress Ellin Mackay in a simple civil ceremony

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 13 Country singer Maybelle Carter (17) weds Ezra Carter

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 8 Emile Paladilhe, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 15 Enrico Toselli, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 42
  • Jan 23 Joseph Carl Breil, American composer (Les amours de la reine Élisabeth), dies at 55
  • Feb 5 André Gedalge, French composer (le Petit Savoyard, Phoebé) and Mayor of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne, dies at 69
  • Feb 26 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 3 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 7 Jindrich Z Albestu Kaan, composer, dies at 73
  • May 17 Lucien Herr, French leader (Correspondance entre Schiller), dies
  • May 21 Georgy Catoire, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • May 23 Hans Koessler, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 1 Vasily Mikhaylovich Metallov, composer, dies at 64
  • Jun 6 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, dies at 52
  • Jun 7 Henry Charles Tonking, British organist and composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 22 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • Jul 12 Charles Wood, composer, dies at 40
  • Oct 25 Frederick Jr Zech, composer, dies at 68
  • Nov 22 Darvish Khan, Iranian musician (b. 1872)
  • Nov 23 Frederic Ayers, composer, dies at 50
  • Dec 1 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 17 Alexandr Dmitriyevich Kastal'sky, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 29 Rainer M Rilke, Austrias songwriter/writer (Wise Queen), dies at 51