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Famous Organists in History (Part 4)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 460

  • 1903-10-08 René Guillou, French organist and composer (L'Autre mère), born in Rennes, Brittany, France (d. 1958)
  • 1904-02-21 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet

Person of interestFats Waller

1904-05-21 Thomas "Fats" Waller, American jazz organist, piano player, singer and composer ("Ain't Misbehavin'"; "Honeysuckle Rose";"Hot Chocolate"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1943)

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1904-07-02 Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1904-08-21 (William) "Count" Basie, jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader ("One O'Clock Jump"; "April In Paris"), born in Red Bank, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1904-10-16 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, born in Sheffield, Britain, (d. 1985)
  • 1904-11-03 Jānis Kalniņš, Latvian-Canadian organist, composer (Ugunī; New Brunswick Rhapsody), and conductor (Latvian National Opera, 1933–1944), born in Pärnu, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 2000)
  • 1905-06-09 Walter Kraft, German composer and organist, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1906-02-03 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), born in Borge, Norway (d. 2001)
  • 1906-03-29 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England (d. 1977)
  • 1906-08-15 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, born in Fuglebjerg, Næstved (d. 1987)
  • 1906-12-14 Helmut Bornefeld, German organist and composer, born in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1907-02-07 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1907-02-15 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), born in La Fontenelle, Brittany, France (d. 1991)
  • 1907-10-27 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1908-01-15 Roberta Bitgood, American organist & composer, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1908-03-30 Camille Schmit, Belgian organist, composer, and educator, born in Aubange (d. 1976)
  • 1908-06-24 Hugo Distler, German organist, choral conductor and composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1942)
  • 1909-08-16 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1910-02-16 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican organist, composer and pedagogue (Tata Vasco; Tres Cartas de México), born in Morelia, Mexico (d. 1956)
  • 1910-04-26 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, born in Sternberg, Moravia (d. 1969)
  • 1910-08-18 Herman Berlinski, Polish-American organist, composer and choral conductor (The Tetragrammaton), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2001) [1]
  • 1910-12-16 Robert Noehren, American organist and educator, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1911-02-02 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • 1911-02-03 Jehan [Ariste] Alain, French organist/composer
  • 1911-03-14 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1911-03-17 Raffaele d'Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • 1911-06-22 Guus Jansen, Dutch jazz organist, pianist, composer (Net als Toen), born in Heiloo, the Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1912-03-27 Reuel Lahmer, Canadian-American organist and composer ("It Is Good To Give Thanks"), born in Maple, Ontario
  • 1912-04-14 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist and conductor (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), born in Amsterdam (d. 1982)
  • 1912-04-21 Feike Asma, Dutch organist and conductor, born in Den Helder, Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1912-05-03 Virgil Fox, American organist, born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1912-08-10 Herman Strategier, Dutch organist/composer/conductor
  • 1913-04-24 Violet Archer [Balestreri], Canadian percussionist, composer, teacher, and organist, and percussionist, born in Montréal Quebec (d. 2000)
  • 1913-10-16 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian organist and composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1914-10-02 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1914-11-18 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, born in Lena, Norway (d. 2016)
  • 1915-07-17 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, born in Elmira, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1915-09-03 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian organist, choral composer, and conductor, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 2014)
  • 1916-02-16 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues Hammond B-3 organist (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1916-02-20 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), born in Čepolė, Lithuania (d. 2001)
  • 1916-02-23 Martindale Sidwell, organist/conductor
  • 1916-05-09 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, born in Sawbridgeworth, England (d. 1996)
  • 1916-05-09 Douglas Guest, British organist (For the Fallen), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • 1916-06-18 Roman Toi, Estonian-Canadian composer, choral conductor and organist, born in Kõo Parish, Viljandi, Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 2018)
  • 1916-10-17 Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Polish organist and composer, born in Sierpc, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 1916-12-15 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), born in Irving, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1917-05-16 Geraint Jones, Welsh conductor and organist, born in Porth, Wales (d. 1998)
  • 1917-10-02 Francis Jackson, British organist and composer, born in Malton, Yorkshire, England
  • 1917-10-04 Albert de Klerk, Dutch organist, composer, and conductor, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • 1919-01-01 Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist/pianist/orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
  • 1919-04-23 Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Latvian-Canadian composer, organist, and pedagogue, born in Liepāja, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • 1919-04-25 Heinz Wunderlich, German organist and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1919-06-13 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, born in Copenhagen (d. 2001)
  • 1919-07-27 Per Hjort Albertsen, Norwegian organist, composer, and educator, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1920-01-21 Torsten Nilsson, Swedish organist, choral director, and composer (Out of the Night of the Earth), born in Höör, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • 1920-02-15 Ingmar Milveden, Swedish organist, composer, and musicologist, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2007)
  • 1920-03-23 Geoffrey Bush, British organist, pianist, composer, and educator, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1920-04-30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1920-11-23 Herman Nieland, Dutch organist/pianist/composer (Te Deum Laudamus)
  • 1921-01-26 Johannes Driessler, German organist and composer, born in Friedrichsthal, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1921-02-14 Jeanne Demessieux, French organist and composer (Te Deum), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1968)
  • 1921-06-30 Gordon Reynolds, English organist and master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, born in Hull, England (d. 1995)
  • 1922-06-12 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, born in Holstebro, Denmark (d. 2001)
  • 1923-06-05 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1923-06-06 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), born in Harden, England (d. 2010)
  • 1923-09-15 Anton Heiller, Austrian organist and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1979)
  • 1924-01-24 David Craighead, American organist and educator, born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1924-02-09 George Guest, Welsh organist and choir director, born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales (d. 2002)
  • 1924-02-24 Lionel Dakers, British cathedral organist (Royal School of Church Music), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 2003)
  • 1925-12-08 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1926-01-21 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1926-05-18 Lou Bennett, American bebop pianist, and jazz organist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)
  • 1926-06-22 Ruth Zechlin, German organist and composer, born in Grosshartmannsdorf (d. 2007)
  • 1926-08-10 Marie-Claire Alain, French organist/composer
  • 1926-09-14 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1926-09-17 (Eugene) "Brother Jack" McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1926-12-16 Alfred Koerppen, German organist, composer, and educator born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 1926-12-23 Raymond Daveluy, Canadian organist (St. Joseph's Montreal, 1960-2002), composer and educator, born in Victoriaville, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • 1927-03-08 Dick Hyman, American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and organist, born in New York City
  • 1927-05-28 Bernhard Lewkovitch, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen
  • 1927-06-27 Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, American electric and Chicago blues pianist, organist, and bass guitar player Muddy Waters; Junior Wells; Elmore James), born in Stoneville, Mississippi (d. 1999)
  • 1927-08-30 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1928-01-29 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2000)
  • 1928-05-29 Freddie Redd, American hard-bop jazz pianist, organist, and composer, born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021)
  • 1928-05-30 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, born in 's-Graveland, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1928-07-26 Hans Haselböck, Austrian organist and composer, born in Nesselstauden, Lower Austria
  • 1928-08-26 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2015)
  • 1930-01-15 Michel Chapuis, French classical organist and pedagogue, born in Dole, France (d. 2017)
  • 1930-02-11 C H Dearnley, organist
  • 1930-11-22 Peter Hurford, British organist, composer and choral conductor (St. Albans Cathedral), born in Minehead, England (d. 2019)
  • 1931-01-24 Ib Norholm, Danish composer & organist, born in Søborg, Gladsaxe (d. 2019)
  • 1931-05-02 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist ("Misty"), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • 1931-05-08 Charles M.Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1931-06-13 Georges Arvanitas, French jazz pianist and organist, born in Marseilles, France (d. 2005)
  • 1931-12-16 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)
  • 1932-08-10 Trudy Pitts, American jazz Hammond B-3 organist, pianist, and vocalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1932-12-16 Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, Soviet-Russian pianist, organist, and composer (The Little Hump-backed Horse), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1933-10-18 Jacques Charpentier, French organist and composer (72 études karnatiques), born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1933-12-16 Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 301 - 363 of 363

  • 1995-08-17 "Wild Bill" Davis, American jazz pianist, organist, and arranger, dies at 76
  • 1995-12-18 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1996-11-18 Douglas Guest, British organist (For the Fallen), dies at 80
  • 1996-11-21 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, dies at 80
  • 1997-02-10 Lou Bennett, American bebop pianist, and jazz organist, dies at 70
  • 1997-06-04 Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1998-02-25 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • 1998-03-17 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, dies at 83
  • 1998-12-01 Albert de Klerk, Dutch organist, composer, and conductor, dies at 81
  • 1999-09-24 Torsten Nilsson, Swedish organist, choral director, and composer (Out of the Night of the Earth), dies at 79
  • 1999-11-27 Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, American electric and Chicago blues pianist, organist, and bass guitar player (Muddy Waters; Junior Wells; Elmore James), dies at 72
  • 1999-12-11 Charles Earland, American jazz Hammond organist, and bandleader, dies of heart failure at 58
  • 2000-02-21 Violet Archer [Balestreri], Canadian percussionist, composer, teacher, and organist, and percussionist, dies at 86
  • 2000-09-21 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, dies at 72
  • 2000-11-30 Jānis Kalniņš, Latvian-Canadian organist, composer (Ugunī; New Brunswick Rhapsody), and conductor (Latvian National Opera, 1933–1944), dies at 96
  • 2001-01-23 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 2001-01-24 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, dies at 78
  • 2001-04-22 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), dies at 95
  • 2001-06-15 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 2001-06-15 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • 2001-09-27 Herman Berlinski, Polish-American organist, composer and choral conductor (The Tetragrammaton), dies at 91 [1]
  • 2003-09-14 John Serry, Sr., American classical, jazz, and bolero accordionist, arranger, composer, organist, and educator, dies at 88
  • 2003-09-26 Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 2005-02-08 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk On The Wild Side), dies at 79
  • 2005-09-25 Georges Arvanitas, French jazz pianist and organist, dies at 74
  • 2006-06-06 Billy Preston, American soul organist, singer-songwriter, piano player ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), and '5th Beatle' ("Get Back"), dies following long-term health issues at 59
  • 2006-12-18 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), dies at 83
  • 2008-01-20 Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Latvian-Canadian composer, organist, and pedagogue, dies at 88
  • 2010-02-04 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), dies at 86
  • 2010-07-14 Gene Ludwig, American jazz organist (b. 1937)
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz Hammond B-3 organist, pianist, and vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • 2011-12-08 Dick Sims, American Hammond B-3 organist (Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), dies of cancer at 60
  • 2012-01-16 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • 2012-03-10 Heinz Wunderlich, German organist and composer, dies at 92
  • 2012-08-11 Carlo Curley, American classical concert organist dies at 59
  • 2012-11-18 Philip Ledger, British organist, composer, conductor, and academic (King's College Cambridge), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2014-03-10 Shirley Scott, American swing and blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine), dies of heart failure at 67
  • 2014-06-09 Gerd Zacher, German composer and organist, dies at 84
  • 2014-12-08 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian organist, choral composer, and conductor, dies at 99
  • 2015-03-11 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), dies of metastatic melanoma at 67
  • 2015-03-22 Norman Scribner, American organist, conductor, choral director (St. Alban's, 1960-2007; Choral Arts Society of Washington, 1965-2012), and composer (Song for St. Cecilia), dies at 79
  • 2015-04-03 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, dies at 86
  • 2015-08-12 Per Hjort Albertsen, Norwegian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 96
  • 2015-08-12 John Scott, English organist and choirmaster, dies at 59
  • 2015-10-12 Armin Kircher, Austrian organist, composer, and conductor, dies of heart failure at 48
  • 2016-01-25 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 101
  • 2016-03-20 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, dies at 78
  • 2016-03-30 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), dies at 66
  • 2016-09-01 Raymond Daveluy, Canadian organist (St. Joseph's Montreal, 1960-2002), composer and educator, dies at 89
  • 2016-09-24 Buckwheat Zydeco [Stanley Dural, Jr.], American B-3 organist, accordionist and singer (Where There's Smoke, There's Fire), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2017-05-27 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2017-06-15 Jacques Charpentier, French organist and composer (72 études karnatiques), dies at 83
  • 2017-08-01 Goldy McJohn, [John Goadsby] Canadian rock organist (Steppenwolf - "Born To Be Wild"; "Magic Carpet Ride"), dies at 72
  • 2017-11-12 Michel Chapuis, French classical organist and pedagogue, dies at 77
  • 2018-01-12 Pierre Pincemaille, French organist, composer, and pedagogue, dies of lung cancer at 61
  • 2018-02-17 Beatricce "Beebe" Freitas [nee Botty], American pianist, organist, and voice teacher (Hawaii Opera Theatre), dies at 79
  • 2018-05-07 Roman Toi, Estonian-Canadian composer, choral conductor and organist, dies at 101
  • 2018-05-25 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 90
  • 2019-03-03 Peter Hurford, British organist, composer and choral conductor (St. Albans Cathedral), dies at 88
  • 2019-06-13 Charles M. Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), dies at 88
  • 2019-11-22 Stephen Cleobury, British organist and music director (King's College - Cambridge, 1982-2019), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2020-04-16 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, dies at 88
  • 2021-03-17 Freddie Redd, American hard-bop jazz pianist, organist, and composer, dies at 92

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