September 1937 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 7 Olly Wilson, American composer and founder of TIMARA, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Sep 10 Paul Martin Palombo, American composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Sep 11 Iosif Kobzon, Soviet-Russian singer and businessman, born in Chasiv Yar, Ukraine (d. 2018)
  • Sep 15 Les Braid, British bassist (Swinging Blue Jeans - "Hippie-Hippie Shake), born in West Derby, Liverpool, England (d. 2005)
  • Sep 18 Norman Dinerstein, American composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • Sep 19 Paul Siebel, American folk singer and songwriter (Louise; Spanish Johnny), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2022)
  • Sep 20 Margo Guryan, American jazz and pop pianist, songwriter, and singer (“I’m on My Way to Saturday”; "Take a Picture"), born in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (d. 2021)
  • Sep 20 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish jazz singer (with Bill Evans - "Waltz For Debby"), and actress, born in Hagfors, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • Sep 22 Jalal Zolfonun, Iranian composer (Gol-e Sadbarg), setar (Persian lute) player, and teacher was born in Abadeh, Iran (d. 2012)
  • Sep 25 Michael Gibbs, British jazz composer, arranger, and band leader (Mike Gibbs + 12 play Gil Evans), born in Harare, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
  • Sep 25 Thomas Kessler, Swiss composer, and electronic music pioneer, born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sep 28 Edward Applebaum, American jazz pianist and contemporary classical music composer (The Princess In The Garden), born In Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • Sep 30 Valentin Silvestrov, Ukranian pianist and contemporary classical composer (Melodies of Instances; Quiet Songs), born in Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (now Ukraine)

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 4 Giovanni Salviucci, Italian composer, dies at 29
  • Sep 6 Henry Kimball Hadley, American composer (Bianca; Streets of Pekin), and conductor (San Francisco Symphony, 1915-18), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 23 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, dies at 68
  • Sep 26 Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the "Empress of the Blues" (recorded over 200 songs), dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43