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Year 1926 in Music History

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 17 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Girl Friend" premieres in NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Composer
Richard Rodgers

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 12 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad

  • May 22 "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 23 Noël Coward's "This Was a Man" premieres in NYC

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 27 Béla Bartok's ballet "Miraculous Mandarin" premieres in Keulen

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 16 Darius Milhaud's opera "Le Pauvre Matelot" premieres in Paris

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • Jan 1 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005)
  • Jan 3 Danny Overbea, American rock singer and guitarist (40 Cups of Coffee), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)

Person of interestGeorge Martin

Jan 3 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles; Jeff Beck; America), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Lear [Shulman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Jani Christou, Greek composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt (d. 1970)
  • Jan 8 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer, born in Raghurajpur, India (d. 2004)
  • Jan 9 John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • Jan 12 Morton Feldman, American composer (For Philip Guston; Rothko Chapel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • Jan 12 Ray Price, American country singer (Good Times), born in Perryville, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Jan 13 Melba Liston, American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1999) [1]
  • Jan 17 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (Red Shoes), born in Dunfermline Scotland (d. 2006)
  • Jan 18 Bobby Edwards [Moncrief], American country singer-songwriter ("You're The Reason"), born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Jan 20 David Tudor, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Jan 21 Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer
  • Jan 21 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Jan 22 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 2016)
  • Jan 25 James Erb, American composer, arranger, and musicologist (Shenendoah), born in La Junta, Colorado (d. 2014)
  • Jan 26 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2001)
  • Jan 26 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-British classical flautist, broadcaster, composer, and wit, born in Zurndorf, Austria (d. 2003)
  • Jan 30 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano & stage actress, born in Reading, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • Feb 7 Mark Taimanov, Russian pianist, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 2016)
  • 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, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 17 Lee Hoiby, American concert pianist and composer (1957 Arts & Letters; Summer and Smoke), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • Feb 19 György Kurtág, Hungarian pianist, composer (Stele; Játékok), and teacher (Franz Liszt Academy, 1967-93), born in Lugoj, Romania
  • 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 20 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1963)
  • Feb 23 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • Feb 26 Arsene Souffriau, Belgian pioneering electronic music composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • Feb 28 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • Feb 28 Stanley Glasser, South African composer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 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 Jón Nordal, Icelandic composer (Choralis), born in Reykjavik
  • Mar 6 Miroslav Klega, Czech composer (Pantomime Suite), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (d. 1993)
  • Mar 6 H.C. Robbins Landon, American musicologist (Haydn: Chronicle and Works), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • Mar 9 Celso Garrido Lecca, Peruvian composer, born in Lima, Peru
  • Mar 11 Ilhan Mimaroglu, Turkish electronic music composer and musician, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Rolv Berger Yttrehus, American classical music composer, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 2018)
  • Mar 14 François Morel, Canadian pianist, conductor, and composer (Antiphonie; Me duele España), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2018)
  • Mar 14 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), born in Liverpool (d. 2008)
  • Mar 15 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • Mar 23 Martha Wright, American actress and singer (South Pacific; The Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Mar 27 Frankie Ervin, American R&B singer (The Three Blazers - "Dragnet Blues"; The Shields - "You Cheated"), born in Blythe, California (d. 2009)
  • Mar 30 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1963-77; Bangor Symphony, 1981-92), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)
  • Apr 1 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • Apr 2 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles - "Penny Lane"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 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 (Pandora's Box), 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 Maegaard, Danish composer and musicologist (Triptykon), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • Apr 14 Gloria Jean, American actress and singer (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 17 Ronald Senator, British composer (Holocaust Requiem), and educator (Musicolor), born In London (d. 2015)
  • Apr 18 Jimmy Rowser, American jazz double-bassist (Dinah Washington; Ray Bryant; Les McCann), and teacher, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Apr 22 Charlotte Rae, American character actress, (Facts Of Life - "Edna"), comedian, singer and dancer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2018)
  • Apr 25 Paul Walter Fürst, Austrian musician and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2013)
  • Apr 26 Oldřich František Korte, Czech composer, born in Šaľa, Slovakia (d. 2014)
  • Apr 28 Francis Burt, British composer, born in London (d. 2012)
  • May 6 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • May 12 Philip Springer, American composer (“Santa Baby”; "The Next Time";"The Bells Of Notre Dame"), born in New York City
  • May 14 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, born in Brno (d. 2011)
  • 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, Portuguese pianist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2009)

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, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 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, Swedish composer, born in Orsa, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • Jun 17 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico (d. 1994)
  • Jun 22 Ruth Zechlin, German organist and composer, born in Grosshartmannsdorf (d. 2007)
  • Jun 23 Lars Johan Werle, composer
  • Jun 28 Robert Shelton [Shapiro], music and film critic, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Jun 30 Peter Alexander [Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer], Austrian actor and singer (Who Wants to Sleep?), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2011)
  • Jul 1 Hans Werner Henze, German composer, born in Gütersloh, Westphalia, Germany) (d. 2012)
  • Jul 2 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • Jul 2 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player (Walkin' With Mr Lee), born in Pittsburg, Kansas (d. 1994)
  • 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, Argentinian composer and musicologist, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1985)
  • 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 (d. 2020)
  • Jul 15 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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, Danish composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • Mar 3 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 58
  • Mar 7 Heinrich Kàan-Albest, Bohemian pianist and 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, Irish composer, dies at 40
  • Sep 12 Edmund Jenkins, American clarinetist and composer (Charlestonia; Afram), dies at 32
  • Oct 25 Frederick Jr Zech, composer, dies at 68
  • Nov 22 Darvish Khan, Iranian musician (b. 1872)
  • Nov 23 Frederic Ayers, American composer, dies at 50
  • Dec 1 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 17 Alexander Kastalsky, Russian composer, dies at 70