Today in Baritone History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1784-01-01 William Beale, English composer and baritone, born in Lankrake, Cornwall (d. 1854)
  • 1873-02-13 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), born in Kazan, Russia (d. 1938)
  • 1888-08-06 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone, born in Braubach (d. 1952)
  • 1889-09-28 D P "Dad" Carter, American gospel singer (Chuck Wagon Gang), born near Columbia, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • 1890-03-20 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1973)
  • 1892-05-31 Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
  • 1896-11-16 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1960)
  • 1898-01-13 Carlo Tagliabue, Italian baritone (d. 1978)
  • 1898-04-09 Paul Robeson, American bass-baritone singer ("Old Man River"), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1899-01-12 Pierre Bernac, French baritone, born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1900-01-07 John Brownlee, Australian operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57), born in Geelong, Victoria (d. 1969)
  • 1900-02-09 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), born in Gallatin, Missouri (d. 1957)
  • 1901-06-29 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Duets with Jeanette MacDonald), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1967)
  • 1903-02-22 Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972)
  • 1908-01-14 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1934)
  • 1909-01-19 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1910-06-24 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, born in Ranfurly, South Island (d. 1996)
  • 1911-04-21 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60) who died on stage, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1960)
  • 1912-08-31 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, born in Chillán, Chile (d. 1996)
  • 1913-01-10 Haywood Frank Henry, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1913-08-09 Harry Mills, American baritone singer (Mills Brothers - Paper Doll), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1982)
  • 1913-10-24 Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone, born in Bassano del Grappa (d. 1984)
  • 1913-12-23 Leo Ketelaars, Dutch violinist and baritone oratorio vocalist, born in Maasniel, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1915-04-01 Art Lund, American pop baritone singer ("Mam'selle"), screen and stage actor (Fiorello!), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1990)
  • 1916-10-13 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone singer (Dutch Radio Chorus), born in Den Helder, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1917-06-04 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1918-12-08 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, born in Angers, France (d. 2004)
  • 1920-01-22 William Warfield, American concert bass-baritone singer and actor (Show Boat), born in West Helena, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • 1920-05-30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • 1921-03-19 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1922-12-14 Cecil Payne, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1923-11-06 Renato Capecchi, Italian violinist and baritone, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1998)
  • 1924-07-18 Earl Beal American doo-wop baritone (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Demora, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1925-01-14 Louis Quilico, Canadian opera singer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • 1925-05-20 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1925-05-28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), born in Zehlendorf, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1927-02-26 Donald Gramm, American bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1927-03-06 Norman Treigle, bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1928-08-29 Thomas Stewart, American bass-baritone (La Roche Capriccio), born in San Saba, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1928-12-20 Charles Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), born in Bristol, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1929-01-10 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1929-07-11 Hermann Prey, German baritone, born in Berlin (d. 1998)
  • 1930-04-08 John Reardon, American stage actor and operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1965-77), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1931-05-15 James Mitchell, American session baritone saxophone (The Memphis Horns; Stax Records), born in Memphis, Tennesee (d. 2000)
  • 1931-08-28 John Shirley-Quirk, British operatic bass-baritone (Death in Venice), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1933-03-23 Norman Bailey, British bass-baritone (Flying Dutchman), in Birmingham, England
  • 1933-10-02 (Albert Ronald) "Ronnie" Ross, Scottish jazz and session baritone saxophonist, born in Calcutta, India (2 October 1933 (d. 1991)
  • 1934-10-22 Donald McIntyre, Bass-Baritone (Wotan-Das Rheingold), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1934-11-08 Doc Green, American pop baritone vocalist (The Drifters) (d. 1989)
  • 1935-01-10 Sherrill Milnes, American operatic baritone, born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 1935-05-13 Dominic Cossa, American baritone
  • 1935-06-19 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry"), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1936-01-13 Renato Bruson, Italian operatic baritone
  • 1936-01-31 Marvin Junior, American R&B baritone singer (The Dells - "Oh What a Nite"), born in Harold, Arkansas (d. 2013)
  • 1936-06-06 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1936-06-20 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters-Young Blood), born in Itasca, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1937-01-12 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2002)
  • 1937-03-24 Benjamin Luxon, British operatic baritone (Owen Wingrave), born in Redruth, England
  • 1938-03-02 Simon Estes, American bass/baritone (Wonton, Don Carlos), born in Centerville, Iowa
  • 1939-07-02 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • 1940-08-25 José Van Dam, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1941-08-07 Howard Johnson, American jazz baritone saxophonist and tuba player (SNL band), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1942-11-27 Michael Devlin, American bass-baritone, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-11-29 Philippe Huttenlocher, Swiss baritone opera singer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 1944-09-10 Thomas Allen, British operatic baritone singer, born in Seaham Harbour, England
  • 1944-10-01 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American baritone a cappella singer (Persuasions - "Street Corner Symphony"), born in Bamberg, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1945-03-22 Alan Opie, British Grammy Award-winning baritone (Boughton - Bethlehem; Britten's Peter Grimes "Balstrode"), born in Redruth, Cornwall, England
  • 1946-10-10 Willard White, Jamaican-British operatic bass baritone, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1949-03-25 Klaus Mertens, German bass and bass-baritone singer, born in Kleve, West Germany
  • 1952-09-17 Steve Sanders, American country baritone singer (Oak Ridge Boys, 1987-95), born in Richland, Georgia (d. 1998)
  • 1955-04-29 Gino Quilico, Canadian operatic baritone, born in Flushing, New York City
  • 1955-06-28 Thomas Hampson, American lyric baritone, born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1956-04-30 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese operatic baritone, born in Porto, Portugal
  • 1960-10-27 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), born in Jezkazgan, Kazakhstan, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1962-10-16 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (d. 2017)
  • 1965-11-09 Bryn Terfel, Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer, born in Pant Glas, United Kingdom
  • 1968-10-13 Carlos Marín, Spanish baritone (Il Divo), born in Mörfelden-Walldorf, Germany
  • 1969-04-03 Jeremy Huw Williams, Welsh baritone opera singer, born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1970-03-02 Alexander Armstrong, British comedian, TV presenter and baritone singer (Armstrong and Miller, Pointless), born in Rothbury, Northumberland
  • 1972-01-14 Predrag Gosta, Serbian-American conductor (Makris Symphony Orchestra, 2015-present), harpsichordist, and baritone, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1952-08-31 Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1999-06-05 Baritone belter Frankie Laine (86) weds retired real estate agent Marcia Kline (61) near San Diego

Deaths in Music

  • 1896-04-05 John Rogers Thomas, Welsh-American baritone and composer of popular, classical, and sacred music, dies at 66
  • 1934-09-02 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), is shot at 26
  • 1938-04-12 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), dies at 65
  • 1952-06-18 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone, dies at 63
  • 1952-06-19 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (b. 1888)
  • 1957-12-20 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, baritone saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 57
  • 1960-03-04 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60), dies of a heart attack during a performance of Verddi's "La forza del destino" at 48
  • 1960-07-15 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), dies after surgery at 63
  • 1967-03-06 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • 1969-01-10 John Brownlee, Australian operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57) dies at 69
  • 1972-07-09 Robert Weede, American baritone (b. 1903)
  • 1973-03-18 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), dies at 82
  • 1973-08-17 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), commits suicide at 32
  • 1975-02-16 Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (b. 1927)
  • 1984-03-05 Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone (Scarpia in Tosca), dies at 70
  • 1985-03-24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Rigoleto- "Monterone"), dies at 64
  • 1988-05-06 Paul Wilson, American baritone doo-wop singer (Flamingos, 1952-64 - "Lovers Never Say Goodbye") dies at 53
  • 1988-12-08 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American baritone a cappella singer (Persuasions - "Street Corner Symphony"), dies at 44
  • 1991-12-12 (Albert Ronald) "Ronnie" Ross, Scottish jazz and session baritone saxophonist, dies of cancer at 58
  • 1994-05-17 (Donald) Keith Falkner, British bass-baritone singer, dies at 94
  • 1996-01-04 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, dies at 83
  • 1996-01-20 Gerry Mulligan, American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, and band leader (Jazz on a Summer Day), dies of complications from a knee infection at 68
  • 1996-04-08 (Charles) Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • 1996-09-23 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • 1998-06-10 Steve Sanders, American country baritone singer (Oak Ridge Boys, 1987-95), dies of a self-inflicted gunshot at 45
  • 1998-07-22 Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • 2000-07-15 Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (b. 1925)
  • 2000-10-27 Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • 2000-12-18 James Mitchell, American session baritone saxophonist (The Memphis Horns; Stax Records), dies at 69
  • 2001-03-22 Earl Beal American doo-wop baritone (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 75
  • 2001-04-21 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone singer (Dutch Radio Chorus), dies at 84
  • 2002-02-09 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • 2002-08-25 William Warfield, American concert bass-baritone singer and actor (Show Boat), dies at 82
  • 2003-08-09 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (b. 1925)
  • 2003-12-06 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • 2004-08-17 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, dies at 85
  • 2004-10-23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • 2006-09-24 Thomas Stewart, American bass-baritone (La Roche Capriccio), dies at 78
  • 2006-11-24 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), dies at 85
  • 2007-11-27 Cecil Payne, American jazz baritone saxophonist, dies of prostrate cancer at 84
  • 2008-10-17 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), dies at 72
  • 2012-05-14 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • 2012-05-18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), dies at 86
  • 2015-02-18 Willie C. Jackson, American doo wop baritone vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies at 79
  • 2015-03-24 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), dies in plane crash at 54
  • 2017-11-22 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, dies of brain cancer at 55
  • 2020-09-21 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry") dies of COVID-19 at 93