On This Day

Year 1927 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 18 Carlo Franci, Italian composer and conductor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • Jul 18 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), born in Breig (d. 2015)
  • Jul 20 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor/composer
  • Jul 24 Wilfred Josephs, English composer, born in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1997)
  • Jul 27 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (popularized "We Shall Overcome"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Jul 31 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, born in Moreni, Dâmbovita (d. 2008)
  • Aug 4 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, born in Hot Springs, South Dakota (d. 1993)
  • Aug 5 Gunnar Bucht, Swedish composer, born in Stocksund, Sweden
  • Aug 11 Raymond Leppard, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orchestra), born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Porter Wagoner, American country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come, "A Satisfied Mind"), born in West Plains, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Aug 16 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Surrey, England (d. 2008)
  • Aug 21 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Aug 22 Aleksandar Obradovic, Serbian composer, born in Bled, Slovenia (d. 2001)
  • Aug 23 Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • Aug 24 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • Aug 29 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1994)
  • Aug 30 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Sep 1 Tommy Evans, R&B singer (Drifters)
  • Sep 2 Tzvi Avni, Israeli classical composer (Meditations On A Drama), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Sep 6 Keith Humble, Australian composer, born in Geelong, Australia (d. 1995)
  • Sep 7 Graham Dudley Whettam, British composer, born in Swinden, Wiltshire (d. 2007)
  • Sep 8 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter ("I Fall To Pieces"; "Busted"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • Sep 9 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • Sep 20 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 2010)
  • Sep 24 Richard Swift, American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), born in California (d. 2018)
  • Sep 25 Colin Davis, English conductor (NY Met 1967-71), born in Weybridge, Surrey (d. 2013)
  • Sep 27 Boris Porena, Italian composer, poet, and writer, born in Rome
  • Sep 27 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • Sep 27 "Earring" George Mayweather, American blues Harmonica Player, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • Sep 30 Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), born in Tehran, Persia (d. 2019)
  • Oct 1 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, born in Esztergom, Hungary (d. 2019)
  • Oct 4 Walter Bishop, Jr, American bebop jazz pianist, music theorist, and educator, born in New York City (d. 1998)
  • Oct 5 John W. Downey, American classical composer (A Dolphin), born in Chicago (d. 2004)
  • Oct 6 Paul Badura-Skoda, Austrian pianist (Mozart Interpretation), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • Oct 7 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American singer and actor (Here in My Heart, The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • Oct 8 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Oct 8 Gigi Durston, American singer (Sonny Kendis Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 10 Thomas Wilson, Scottish composer, born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 2001)
  • Oct 13 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Oct 21 Nadine Judd [Nadia Moore/Nerina], South African/British ballerina
  • Oct 23 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • Oct 24 Renato de Grandis, Italian composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 2008)
  • Oct 24 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, born in Toulon, France (d. 2001)
  • Oct 25 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2017)
  • Oct 27 Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • Oct 27 Bernard Parmegiani, French composer (L'Oeil écoute - The Eye Listens), born in Paris (d. 2013)
  • Oct 28 Dame Cleo Laine, British actress and jazz-pop singer (Flesh to a Tiger), born in Middlesex, England
  • Oct 31 Anita Kerr, American singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 4 Vittorio Fellegara, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 2011)
  • Nov 7 Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (Zulu, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate), born in Margam, Wales (d. 2007)

Person of interestPatti Page

Nov 8 Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American singer (Tennessee Waltz), born in Claremore, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • Nov 8 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer", born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England (d. 2018)
  • Nov 8 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 2014)
  • Nov 11 Mose Allison, American jazz and blues piano player, singer, and composer ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"; "Your Mind Is on Vacation"), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • Nov 14 Narciso Yepes, Lorca Spain, guitarist (Orquesta Nacionale 1947)
  • Nov 18 Lawrence Moss, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 18 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • Nov 19 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of Motown's house band - The Funk Brothers (1959-64), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 2007)
  • Nov 22 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor sax player
  • Nov 24 Alfred Kraus, Las Palmas Canary Islands, tenor (La Scala)
  • Nov 24 Emma Lou Diemer, composer
  • Nov 25 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • Dec 1 Grant Beglarian, composer
  • Dec 3 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, Canadian-born British actress and singer (Outland, Comics), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1997)

Person of interestAndy Williams

Dec 3 Andy Williams, American pop singer ("Moon River"; "Days of Wine and Roses"), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2012)

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams

Person of interestBhumibol Adulyadej

Dec 5 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • Dec 6 Jacques Bondon, French composer, born in Boulbon, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 2008)
  • Dec 6 Akira Miyazawa, Japanese jazz saxophonist, born in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (d. 2000)
  • Dec 7 Vlastimir Peričić, Serbian composer, born in Vršac, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2000)
  • Dec 7 Helen Watts, British contralto, born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2009)
  • Dec 9 Pierre Henry, French composer (considered pioneer of musique concrète), born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • Dec 14 Richard Cassilly, American tenor, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1998)
  • Dec 23 Joseph Castaldo, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • Dec 23 Pinocchio James, American jazz singer (Lionel Hampton Revue), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Dec 24 Teresa Stich-Randall, American soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in New Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • Dec 28 Oleg Karavaichuk, Russian pianist and composer, born in Kiev (d. 2016)

Deaths in Music