Chronography of Art (Aural)

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18 June 2020, Dame Vera Lynn, entertainer of the UK forces during World War Two, died (born 20 March 1917)

18 May 2018, German baritone singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau died in Bavaria.

21 April 2016, The artist Prince, full name Prince Rogers Nelson, born 7 June 1958, died.

1 February 2016, Murray Louis, American dancer and choreographer died (born 1926).

25 January 2015, Greek operatic singer Demis Roussos, born 14 June 1946, died. He sold 60 million albums, and was also known for his excess weight, 23 stone at its peak. Because of his weight be began to wear kaftans for his stage performances, reverting to trousers when he began a weight loss programme in 1980.

20 January 2014, Italian conductor Claudio Abbado died in Bologna.

12 November 2013, English composer John Tavener died in Dorset.

27 February 2013, US pianist Van Cliburn died in Fort Worth, Texas.

24 December 2012, English composer Richard Rodney Bennett died in New York.

18 November 2012, English organist and choral conductor Philip Ledger died in the Cotswolds.

5 November 2012, US composer Elliott Carter died in New York.

11 February 2012, Whitney Houston, pop star, died.

25 January 2012, Finnish composer Paavo Berglund died in Helsinki.

17 September 2011, German conductor Kurt Sanderling died in Berlin.,

11 August 2011, Spanish violinist and conductor Jose Luis Garcia died in London.

23 July 2011, Singer Amy Winehouse died, aged 27.

29 March 2011, English tenor singer Robert Tear died in London.

30 January 2011, English composer of film music John Barry died in New York.

20 December 2010, English choral director John Alldis died in London.

12 November 2010, Polish composer Henryk Gorecki died in Katowice.

21 July 2010, English tenor singer Anthony Rolfe Johnson died in London.

14 July 2010, Australian conductor Charles Mackerras died in London.

5 September 2007, Luciano Pavarotti, singer, died aged 71.

27 April 2007, Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist, died (born 27 March 1927).

25 December 2006, Soul singer James Brown died aged 73.

20 December 2006, Mick Mulligan, trumpeter and bandleader, died (born 24 January 1928)

14 December 2006, Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, died (born 31 July 1923)

9 December 2006, Georgia Gibbs (Freda Lipschitz), singer, died (born 26 August 1919)

8 December 2006, Martha Tilton, singer, died (born 14 November 1915)

25 November 2006, Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer, died (born 1979)

26 October 2006, Hank Shaw, trumpeter, died (born 23 June 1926)

14 October 2006, Freddy Fender (Baldemar Garza Huerta), country singer, died (born 4 June 1937)

23 August 2006, Maynard Ferguson, trumpeter, died (born 24 May 1928)

21 August 2006, Bismillah Khan, musician, was born.

20 June 2006, Charles Smith, lead guitarist in Kool and the Gang, died (born 6 September 1848)

5 June 2006, Billy Preston, musician, died (born 9 September 1946)

19 May 2006, Freddie Garrity, pop singer, died (born 14 November 1936)

14 May 2006, Eva Norvind, can-can dancer, died (born 7 May 1944)

13 May 2006, Johnnie Wilder, lead singer in pop group Heatwave, died

15 February 2006, Anna Marly, singer, died (born 30 October 1917)

8 February 2006, Akira Ifukube, composer, died (born 31 May 1914)

29 January 2006, Nam June Paik, Korean composer, died aged 73

11 January 2006, DJ Spoon (Markus Loffell), pioneer of trance music, died (born 27 November 1966)

6 January 2006, Lou Rawls, singer, died.

3 January 2006, Margaret Hubicki, composer, died (born 2 July 1915).

25 December 2005, Swedish soprano singer Birgit Nilsson died in Vastra Karup.

24 December 2005, Constance Keen, pianist, died (born 9 February 1921)

20 November 2005, James King, operatic tenor, died (born 22 May 1925)

17 September 2005, Alfred Reed, composer, died.

10 September 2005, Clarence �Gatemouth� Brown, musician, died (born 18 April 1924)

30 August 2005, Andor Kovach, Romanian composer, died aged 90

27 August 2005, Bert Farber, US musician, died aged 92

12 August 2005, Francy Boland, Belgian pianist, died (born 6 November 1929)

3 August 2006, Arthur Lee, rock musician, died (born 3 July 1945)

23 June 2005, Isidore Cohen, violinist, died (born 16 December 1922)

19 June 2005, Chris Griffin, trumpeter, died (born 13 October 1915).

13 June 2005, David Diamond, composer, died (born 9 July 1915)

13 April 2005, Tutti Camarata, musician, died (born 11 May 1913).

27 March 2005, Gwydion Brooke, bassoonist, died (born 16 February 1912).

8 March 2005, Kathie Kay, singer, died (born 1919)/

28 February 2005, Chris Curtis, drummer and vocalist with pop group The Searchers, died 9born 8/1941).

15 February 2005, Marcello Viotti, conductor, died (born 29 June 1954).

13 February 2005, Sixten Ehrling, conductor, died (born 3 April 1918)

31 January 2005, The trial of musician Michael Jackson on child molestation charges began. Suspicions were aroused by a documentary from February 2003 by Martin Bashir about the experiences of children at Jackson�s Neverland ranch. Jackson was found not guilty; conviction would have brought a sentence of over 18 years.

29 January 2005, Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, died aged 74.

28 January 2005, Jim Capaldi, singer and drummer, died (born 2 August 1944)

25 January 2005, June Bronhill, soprano singer, died (born 26 June 1929)

13 January 2005, Nell Rankin, US operatic singer, died aged 81

30 December 2004, Artie Shaw, musician, died.

18 August 2004, US composer Elmer Bernstein died in California.

21 July 2004, Sacha Distel, singer, died.

13 July 2004, German conductor Carlos Kleiber died in Konjsica, Slovenia.

22 January 2004, Billy May, composer and ,musician, died.

21 October 2003, Elliot Smith, musician, died.

26 September 2003, Robert Palmer, singer, died.

19 September 2003, Slim Dusty, singer, died.

16 September 2003, English clarinettist Jack Brymer died in Redhill.

12 September 2003, Johnny Cash, US musician, died (born 1932).

7 September 2003, Warren Zevon, musician, died.

11 July 2003, Barry White, singer, died.

15 May 2003, June Carter Cash, US singer, died.

2 March 2003, Australian composer and Master of the Queen�s Music, Malcolm Williamson, died in Cambridge.

8 January 2003, English composer Ron Goodwin died in London.


20 October 2002, Jam Master Ray, rapper, died.

25 April 2002, Lisa �Left-eyes� Lopes, rap artist, died.

7 September 1996, In Las Vegas, Nevada, US rapper Tupac Shakur was shot four times, allegedly by a gang of rival rappers. He died 6 days later, aged 25, and his murderers were never found.


3 November 2002, Loonie Donegan, skiffle musician, died.

24 February 2002, Leo Ornstein, composer and pianist, died.

22 September 2001, Polish born US violinist Isaac Stern died in New York.

25 August 2001, Aaliyah, singer, died.

30 June 2001, Chet Atkins, guitarist, died.

20 May 2001, Renato Carosone, musician, died.

12 May 2001, Perry Como, singer, died.

20 April 2001, Conductor Guiseppe Sinopoli collapsed and died during Act III of Verdi�s Aida at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

23 December 2000, US pianist and comedic musician Victor Borge died in Greenwich, connecicut.

21 June 2000, US composer Alan Hovhannes died in Seattle.

20 May 2000, French flautist Jean Pierre Rampal died in Paris.

18 May 2000, Gideon William Waldrop, US composer died aged 80

17 January 2000, English trumpeter Philip Jones died in London.


CATS musical

10 September 2000, The final performance on Broadway of Andrew Lloyd Webber�s musical CATS. It premiered on 7 October 1982 and ran for 18 years and 7.485 performances.

26 May 1988, Andrew Lloyd Webber�s musical CATS opened in Moscow with a British and American cast.

7 October 1982, Andrew Lloyd Webber�s musical CATS premiered on Broadway. It ran for 18 years and 7.485 performances, until 10 September 2000.


6 July 1999, Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo died in Madrid.

5 June 1999, Mel Torme, singer and musician, died.

2 March 1999, Dusty Springfield, singer, died.

2 October 1998, Gene Autry, singer, died.

26 September 1998, Betty Carter, singer, died.

26 August 1998, Italian musicologist Remo Giazotto died in Pisa.

15 May 1998, Frank Sinatra died.

5 May 1998, Syd Lawrence, British bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra), died aged 74.

6 April 1998, Wendy O Williams, singer, died.

24 February 1998, Elton John, pop star, was knighted.

6 February 1998, Carl Wilson, musician (The Beach Boys), died.

26 January 1998, Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher, died.

11 January 1998, German conductor Klaus Tennstedt died in Kiel.

1 December 1997, Stephane Grappelli, violinist, died.

22 November 1997, Michael Hutchence, singer (INXS), died.

21 October 1997, Elton John�sCandle in the Wind�, a tribute to Diana Princess of Wales, sold 31.8 million copies, the best seller ever.

12 October 1997, John Denver, singer, died.

1 August 1997, Sbviatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, died.

11 March 1997, Sir Paul McCartney, musician, was knighted.

3 March 1997, Camila Cabello, singer, was born

18 February 1997, Eric Fenby, musician and assistant to Frederick Delius, died in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.


11 September 1996, The Bridgewater Concert Hall opened in Manchester, with a concert by Halle Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano.

13 August 1996, David Tudor, US composer, died in the USA (born 20 January 1926 in Philadelphia)

11 August 1996, Czech composer Rafael Kubelik died in Lucerne.

17 May 1996, Kevin Gilbert, singer and composer, was born.

24 March 1996, Jacob Druckman, US composer, died in New Haven, Connecticut (born 26 June 1928 in Philadelphia)

21 February 1996, Morton Gould, US composer, died in Orlando, Florida (born 10 December 1913 in Richmond Hill, New York)

4 January 1996, Ramon Vinay, Chilean baritone singer, died in Puebla, Mexico (born 31 August 1912 in Chillan)


8 December 1995, Rock band The Grateful Dead disbanded, 4 months after the death of their lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, 30 years after they formed.

21 November 1995, Jim Eanes, musician, died (born 6 December 1923)

31 October 1995, Alan Bush, English composer, died in Radlett (born 22 December 1900 in London)

2 September 1995, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland, Ohio.

21 August 1995, Anatole Fistoulari, Russian-born conductor, died in London (born 20 August 1907 in Kiev)

19 August 1995, Pierre Schaeffer, French composer, died in Aix (born 14 August 1910 in nancy)

27 July 1995, Miklos Rosza, Hungarian-born US composer, died in Los Angeles (born 18 April 1907 in Budapest)

18 July 1995, The oldest known musical instrument, a bear bone with 4 holes made along it, dated to 45,000 years ago, was discovered in the Indrijca River Valley, Slovenia.

27 June 1995, Efrem Kurtz, Russian-born US conductor, died (born 1 November 1900 in St Petersburg)

20 May 1995, Ulysses Kay, US composer, died in Englewood, New Jersey (born 7 January 1917 in Tucson)

4 May 1995, Louis Krasner, violinist, died.

14 January 1995, Scottish conductor Alexander Gibson died in London.

11 January 1995, Josef Gingold, US violinist, died in Bloomington (born 28 October 1909 in Brest-Litovsk)

5 January 1995, Francis Lopez, French operetta composer, died aged 78.


18 November 1994, Cab Calloway, band leader, died.

11 November 1994, Elizabeth Maconchy, English composer, died in Norwich (born 19 March 1907 in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire)

24 October 1994, Giocondo de Vito, Italian-born British violinist, died in Rome (born 26 July 1907 in Martina Franca)

16 September 1994, Karl Donch, German bass-baritone singer, died in Vienna (born 8 January 1815 in Hagen)

1 September 1994, Artur Balsam, Polish born US pianist, died in new York (born 8 February 1906 in Warsaw)

4 August 1994, Jurgen Jurgens, German conductor, died in Hamburg (born 5 October 1925 in Frankfurt)

19 July 1994, Rudolf Firkusay, Czech composer, died in Staatsburg, New York, USA (born 11 February 1912 in Napajedla, Moravia)

14 June 1994, US composer Henry Mancini died in Beverley Hills.

2 June 1994, Jerome Roche, English musicologist, died in Durham (born 22 May 1942 in Cairo)

23 May 1994, Radie Britain, US composer, died in Palm Desert, California (born 17 March 1903 in Silverton, Texas)

8 April 1994, Irene Eisinger, German soprano singer, died in Weston Super Mare (born 8 December 1903 in Kosel)

5 April 1994, US rock star Kurt Cobain, frontman of Nirvana, shot himself aged 27.

18 January 1994, Arthur Altman, songwriter, died aged 83.


4 December 1993, Frank Zappa, US rock musician, died.

3 November 1993, Leon Theremin, inventor of the Theremin musical instrument, died in Moscow.

11 October 1993, Jess Thomas, US tenor singer, died in San Francisco (born 4 August 1927 in Hot Springs, South Dakota)

21 September 1993, US Grunge band Nirvana released their third and final album In Utero. It topped the charts around the world and sold over 6 million copies

5 August 1993, Eugen Suchon, Slovak composer, died in Bratislava (born 25 September 1908 in Pezinok)

20 June 1993, Benjamin Mascolo, singer, was born

22 May 1993, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-born US pianist, died in Philadelphia (born 23 May 1892 in Lvov)

16 April 1993, Josef Greindl, German bass singer, died in Vienna (born 23 December 1912 in Munich)

23 February 1993, Jae Curtis, guitarist, was born.

1992, The Britten Sinfonia Orchestra was founded; it is based in Cambridge and Norwich.

27 December 1992, Stephen Albert, US composer, died in Truto, Cape Cod, USA (born 6 February 1941 in New York)

21 December 1992, Nathan Milstein, Russian-born US violinist, died in London (born 31 Dece,ber 1904 in Odessa)

22 November 1992, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Russian composer, died in San Francisco (born 4 May 1924 in Bezhiza)

21 November 1992, Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, died in Cassino (born 5 January 1919 in Frosinone)

13 November 1992, Maurice Ohana, English composer, died in Paris (born 12 June 1914 in Casablanca, Morocco)

19 September 1992, Geraint Evans, Welsh baritone singer, died in Aberystwyth (born 16 February 1922 in Pontypridd).

5 September 1992, Pop star Prince became the highest paid performer to date when he signed a US$ 100 million contract with Warner Bros.

12 August 1992, US composer John Cage died, aged 79.

28 April 1992, French composer Olivier Messiaen died aged 83. Also this day English painter Francis Bacon died in Madrid, aged 82.

17 April 1992, Hank Penny, country music singer, died aged 73 of heart failure

24 March 1992, Jeremy Rosado, US singer, was born.

15 February 1992, US composer William Schuman died, aged 81.

9 February 1992, Andor Foldes, Hungarian-born US pianist, died in Herrliberg, Switzerland (born 21 December 1913 in Budapest)


Blues, Jazz, Ragtime music

5 July 2007, George Melly, jazz musician, died (born 17 August 1926).

22 May 2006, Jack Fallon, pioneer of modern jazz, died (born 13 October 1915)

20 October 2005, Shirley Horn, jazz pianist, died (born 1 May 1934)

14 April 2005, Benny Bailey, jazz trumpeter, died (born 13 August 1925)

10 June 2004, Ray Charles, pianist, singer and saxophonist, who pioneered a fusion of gospel, jazz, blues and country music, died.

21 April 2003, Nina Simone, jazz and blues singer and songwriter, died aged70

21 June 2001, Blues musician John Lee Hooker died (born 1917).

12 September 2000, Stanley Turrentine, USjazz saxophonist, died aged 66

16 January 1995, William Dillard, American jazz trumpeter and Broadway singer died aged 83.

10 January 1995, Fred Bohler, Swiss jazz bandleader, pianist, and early proponent of the Hammond organ, died aged 82

4 July 1992, Joe Newman, US jazz trumpeter, died (born 1922).

6 January 1992, Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter, died.

18 October 1991, Gunnar Sonstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, died aged 78

28 September 1991, Miles Davis, US jazz musician, died.

16 October 1990, Art Blakey, jazz drummer, died.

29 November 1989, Ann Burton, jazz singer, died aged 56.

26 February 1989, Roy Eldridge, US jazz musician, died in New York (born 30 January 1911 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

13 May 1988, Chet Baker, US jazz trumpeter, died.

11 January 1988, Joe Albany, US jazz pianist, died (born 24 January 1924)

2 April 1987, Buddy Rich, US jazz musician, died aged 69 (born 1917).

31 July 1986, Theodore (Teddy) Shaw Wilson, US jazz pianist, died in New Britain, Connecticut (born 24 November 1912 in Austin, Texas)

1 December 1986, Lee Dorsey, US rhythm and blues singer, died in New Orleans (born 24 December 1924 in Portland, Oregon)

13 June 1986, Benny Goodman, US jazz musician, died.

12 November 1985, Wiliam Wells, US jazz trombonist, died in New York (born 10 June 1907 in Centreville, Tennessee)

15 September 1985, Charles Melvin (Cootie) Williams, US jazz trumpeter, died in New York (born 24 July 1908 in Mobile, Alabama)

3 September 1985, Jo Jones, US jazz drummer, died in New York (born 7 October 1911 in Chicago)

30 August 1985, Philly Joe Jones, US jazz drummer, died in Philadelphia (born 15 July 1923 in Philadelphia)

23 February 1985, John Haley, Zoot Sims, US jazz saxophonist, died in New York (born 29 October 1925)

16 November 1984, Vic Dickenson, US jazz trombonist, died in New York (born 6 August 1906 in Xenia, Ohio)

17 October 1984, Alberta Hunter, US blues singer, died in New York (born 1/4 January 1895 in Memphis)

26 April 1984, William �Count� Basie, US jazz composer, died in Hollywood, Florida (born 21 August 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey).

19 February 1984, Claude Hopkins, US jazz pianist, died in Riverdale, New York (born 24 August 1903 in Alexandria, Virginia)

30 January 1982, Lightnin� Sam Hopkins, US country blues singer, died in Houston, Texas (born 15 March 1912 in Centreville, Texas)

9 September 1981, Helen Humes, US jazz and blues singer, died in Santa Monica, California (born 23 June 1913 in Louisville, Kentucky)

28 May 1981, Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist, died in Durham, North Carolina (born 8 May 1910 in Atlanta, Georgia)

29 April 1981, Cat Anderson, US jazz trumpeter, died (born 12 September 1916)

27 June 1980, Barney Bigard, US jazz composer, died in Culver City, California (born 3 March 1906 in New Orleans).

20 July 1978, Teddy Bunn, US jazz and blues guitarist, died (born 1909 in Freeport, New York).

2 January 1977, Erroll Garner, US jazz pianist, died in Los Angeles (born 15 June 1923 in Pittsburgh)

7 June 1976, Bobby Hackett, US jazz trumpeter, died in West Chatham, Massachusetts (born 31 January 1915 in Providence, Rhode Island)

11 January 1976, Chester Arthur Burnett, US blues singer, died in Hines, Illinois (born 10 June 1910)

16 March 1975, Aaron Thibeaux, US blues singer, died in Los Angeles (born 28 May 1910 in Linden, Texas)

8 October 1974, Harry Carney, US jazz saxophonist, died in New York (born 1 April 1910 in Boston, USA)

24 May 1974, Duke Ellington, jazz musician, died of lung cancer aged 75.

4 August 1973, Eddie Condon, US jazz musician, died in New York (born 16 November 1905 in Goodland, Indiana)

27 August 1971, Lil Armstrong, US jazz pianist, died in Chicago (born 3 February 1898 in Memphis, Tennessee).

6 July 1971, Louis Armstrong, US jazz musician, died aged 69.

11 May 1970, John Cornelius Hodges, US jazz saxophonist, died in New York (born 25 July 1907 in Cambridge, Massachusetts)

19 May 1969, Coleman Hawkins, US jazz saxophonist, died in New York (born 21 November 1901)

29 April 1969, Jazz supremo Duke Ellington was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the USA.

15 February 1969, Charles Ellsworth Russell, US jazz clarinettist, died in Alexandria, Virginia (born 27 March 1906)

15 June 1968, Wes Montgomery, US jazz guitarist, died in Indianapolis (born 6 March 1925 in Indianapolis)

17 May 1967, Henry Allen, US jazz trumpeter, died in New York (born Algiers, Louisiana, 7 January 1908)

12 February 1967, Francis Joseph Spanier, US jazz cornetist, died in Sausalito, California (born 9 November 1906 in Chicago)

4 September 1966, Bireli Lagrene, French jazz guitarist, was born in Alsace, France.

28 June 1965, Red Nichols (Ernest Loring), US jazz cornettist, died in Las Vegas (born 8 May 1905 in Ogden, Utah)

29 June 1964, Eric Dolphy, US jazz saxophonist, died in Berlin (born 20 June 1928 in Los Angeles)

7 June 1964, Meade Lewis, US jazz composer, died in Minneapolis (born 4 September 1905 in Chicago)

1962, Bossa Nova jazz was becoming popular in the USA

22 February 1961, Nick la Rocca, US jazz musician, died in New Orleans (born 11 April 1889 in New Orleans)

30 October 1959, Saxophonists Ronnie Scott and Pete King opened Ronnie Scott�s Jazz Club in Gerrard Street, Soho, London.

15 August 1958, William Lee Conley, US blues singer, died in Chicago (born in Scott Missouri, 26 June 1893)

25 March 1958, Tom Brown, US dixieland jazz trombonist, died aged 69.

15 May 1956, Adrian Rollini, US jazz saxophonist, died in Homestead, Florida (born 28 June 1904 in New York)

4 March 1956, Kermit Driscoll, US jazz bassist, was born.

1955, Jazz music was becoming more Black-oriented.

8 October 1955, Lonnie Pitchford, US blues musician, was born in Lexington, Mississipi (died 1998)

16 May 1953, Django Reinhardt, Belgian jazz guitarist, died in Fontainebleau (born 23 January 1910 near Charleroi)

14 December 1952, John Lurie, US jazz saxophonist (Lounge Lizards), was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

24 March 1951, Sidney Catlett, US jazz drummer, died in Chicago (born 17 January 1910 in Evansville, Indiana)

18 March 1951, Bill Frisell, US jazz guitarist and composer, was born in Baltimore, Maryland

7 May 1950, Bertha Hill, US jazz singer, died in New York (born 15 March 1905 in Charleston, South Carolina)

1949, Rhythm n� Blues music came into fashion.

18 August 1949, Paul Mares, US jazz trumpeter, died in Chicago (born 15 June 1900 in New Orleans)

15 December 1943, US jazz musician Fats Waller died.

22 March 1943, George Benson, jazz musician, was born.

29 September 1942, Jean-Luc Ponty, violinist and jazz composer, was born in Avranches, France.

1941, Bebop, jazz and dance movement, began.

10 July 1941, �Jelly Roll� Morton, jazz band leader and pianist, died.

12 January 1940, Ronald Shannon Jackson, jazz drummer, was born in Fort Worth, Texas (died 2013)

21 February 1937, Graham Collier, British jazz composer, was born in Tynemouth.

13 July 1936, Albert Ayler, US jazz saxophonist, was born in Cleveland (died in New York 25 November 1970)

1 May 1934, Shirley Horn, jazz pianist, was born (died 20 October 2005)

29 November 1933, John Mayall, blues musician, was born

26 March 1933, Eddie Lang, US jazz guitarist, died in New York (born 25 October 1902 in Philadelphia)

5 March 1932, Bill Takas, US jazz musician, was born.

28 February 1932, Don Francks, Canadian jazz musician; was born in Vancouver (died 2016)

7 August 1931, Jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke died.

17 April 1930, Chris Barber, jazz trombonist, was born.

29 January 1930, Derek Bailey, British jazz guitarist, was born in Sheffield (died 2005)

7 September 1929, Sonny Rollins, US jazz saxophonist, was born in New York

23 September 1926, John Coltrane, jazz musician, was born.

15 September 1926, �Jelly Roll� Morton and his band, the Red Hot Peppers, released their first record. Their blend of ragtime with brass band style was a key stage in the development of jazz.

17 August 1926, George Melly, jazz musician, was born (died 5 July 2007).

25 May 1926, Jazz musician Miles Davis was born.

5 April 1926, Stan Levey, jazz drummer, was born (died 19 April 2005)

4 March 1926, Don Rendell, jazz musician, was born.

1 September 1925, Art Pepper, US jazz saxophonist, was born in Gardena, California (died 15 June 1982 in Los Angeles)

15 August 1925, Oscar Peterson, jazz pianist, was born.

13 August 1925, Benny Bailey, jazz trumpeter, was born (died 14 April 2005)

1923, A slow version of The Blues became popular in the UK, but was supplanted by the faster Foxtrot.

8 August 1923, Jimmy Witherspoon, US blues singer, was born in Gurdon, Arkansas.

13 August 1922, Tom Turpin, US ragtime pianist, died in St Louis (born 1873 in Savannah, Georgia)

6 August 1921, Buddy Collette, US jazz saxophonist, was born in Los Angeles.

24 July 1921, Billy Taylor, US jazz pianist, was born in Greenville, North Carolina

20 April 1921, Tony Jackson, US jazz composer, died in Chicago (born 5 June 1876 in New Orleans)

10 October 1920, Thelonious Monk, US jazz musician, was born (died 1982)

29 August 1920, Charlie Parker, jazz musician, was born.

26 May 1920, Peggy Lee, jazz singer, was born.

13 August 1919, George Shearing, jazz pianist, was born.

25 April 1918, Ella Fitzgerald, US jazz singer, was born (died 1996).

20 March 1918, Marian McPartland, US jazz musician, was born in Slough, England (died 2013)

21 October 1917, Dizzie Gillespie, US jazz musician, was born (died 1993).

11 October 1917, Thelonius Sphere Monk, US jazz pianist, was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (died 17 February 1982 in Englewood, New Jersey)

10 October 1917, Thelonius Monk, jazz pianist, was born.

7 March 1917. The Dixie Band One-Step was the world�s first jazz record to be released. Ironically it was by the all-white Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

14 January 1917, Billy Butterfield, US jazz trumpeter, was born in Middleton, Ohio (died 18 March 1988 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

1915, The Foxtrot dance arrived in the UK.

16 December 1915, Turk Murphy, US jazz composer, was born in Palermo, California (died 30 May 1987)

10 October 1915, Harry Edison, US jazz trumpeter, was born in Columbus, Ohio.

3 September 1915, Slim Memphis (Peter Chapman), US blues singer, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

7 April 1915, Billie Holiday, US jazz singer, was born.

27 March 1915, Robert Lockwood Jr, blues guitarist, was born (died 21 November 2006).

16 May 1913, Woody Herman, US jazz musician, was born (died 1987).

1912, The Blues, a style of Jazz characterised by a slow melancholic tempo and flattened 3rd and 7ths, was developed from Black southern USA secular songs, around 1905, and now entered popular music culture. After World War One jazz spread outwards from the Deep South and New Orleans to reach New York, Chicago and other large US cities by the 1920s. There was a �Jazz Age�, usually reckoned as being from 1919 to 1929 (from the Armistice to the Stock Market Crash).

24 November 1912, Theodore (Teddy) Shaw Wilson, US jazz pianist, was born in Austin, Texas (died 31 July 1986 in New Britain, Connecticut)

19 December 1911, Lu Watters, US jazz trumpeter, was born in Santa Cruz, California (died 5 November 1989 in Santa Rosa, California)

7 October 1911, Jonathan Jones, US jazz drummer, was born in Chicago (died 3 September 1985 in New York)

13 October 1910, Art Tatum, US jazz pianist, was born.

28 May 1910, Aaron Thibeaux (T-Bone) Walker, US blues singer, was born in Linden., Texas (died 16 March 1975 in Los Angeles)

1 April 1910, Harry Carney, US jazz saxophonist, was born in Boston (died in New York 8 October 1974)

17 January 1910, Sidney Catlett, US jazz drummer, was born in Evansville, Indiana (died 24 March 1951 in Chicago)

1909, The term jazz, for a form of ragtime dance, came into use. The term jazz music was first used in 1913. It was much played by Black musicians in the southern USA. Ragtime itself, short for �ragged time�, was a syncopated rhythm popular between 1890 and 1920; jazz replaced ragtime.

27 August 1909, Lester Willis Young, US jazz saxophonist, was born (died 15 March 1959 in New York)

30 May 1909, Benny Goodman, US jazz band leader, was born.

12 April 1909, Lionel Hampton, US jazz musician, was born in Louisville, Kentucky

27 March 1909, Benjamin Francis Webster, US jazz saxophonist, was born in Kansas City (died 20 September 1973 in Amsterdam)

17 March 1909, Lovie Lee ([Edward Lee Watson), US blues pianist, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (died 1997)

8 August 1907, Benny Carter, US jazz saxophonist, was born in New York

11 December 1906, Jack Purvis, US jazz trumpet player and composer, was born in Kokomo, Indiana (died 1962)

10 October 1906, Leo Mathisen, Danish jazz pianist and composer, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark (died 1969)

11 May 1906, Jack Higginbotham, US jazz trombonist, was born in Social Circle, near Atlanta (died 26 May 1973 in New York)

27 March 1906, Pee Wee (Charles Elsworth) Russell, US jazz clarinettist, was born (died15 February 1969 in Alexandria, Virginia)

23 January 1906, Charles W Hunter, US ragtime composer, died in St Louis, Missouri (born 16 May 1876 in Columbia, Tennessee)

21 August 1904, William �Count� Basie, US jazz composer, was born in Red Bank, New Jersey (died 26 April 1984 in Hollywood, Florida)

1 August 1904. Birth of American jazzman Count Basie.

26 August 1902, Jimmy Rushing, US jazz and blues singer, was born in Oklahoma City (died 8 June 1972 in new York)

3 January 1902, Preston Jackson, US jazz trombonist, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana (died 1983).

21 November 1901, Coleman Hawkins, US jazz saxophonist, was born.

13 February 1900, Wingy Manone, US jazz trumpeter, was born in New Orleans (died 9 July 1982 in Las Vegas)

25 January 1899, John Adam Estes, US blues singer, was born in Ripley, Tennessee (died 5 June 1977 in Brownsville, Tennessee)

14 May 1898, Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer, was born in Bunkei, Louisiana (died 14 July 1975 in New York)

11 March 1898, Miff Mole, US jazz trombonist, was born in Long Island, New York (died 29 April 1961 in New York)

3 February 1898, Lil Armstrong, US jazz pianist, was born in Memphis (died 27 August 1971 in Chicago).

25 November 1897, William Smith, US jazz pianist, was born in Goshen, New York (died 18 April 1973 in New York)

14 May 1897, Sidney Bechet, US jazz musician, was born in New Orleans (died in Paris 14 May 1959).

25 March 1896, Ida Cox, US blues composer, was born in Toccoa, Georgia (died in Knoxville, Tennessee)

12 March 1896, Jesse Fuller, US blues singer, was born in Jonesboro, Georgia (died 29 January 1976 in Oakland, California)

1 April 1895, Alberta Hunter, US blues singer, was born in Memphis (died 17 October 1984 in New York)

12 April 1892, Johnny Dodds, US jazz clarinettist, was born.

1890-1920, Jazz developed, mainly then as a White musical form

27 February 1890, Freddie Keppard, US jazz cornetist., was born in New Orleans (died 15 July 1933 in Chicago)

11 April 1889, Nick la Rocca, US jazz musician, was born in New Orleans (died 22 February 1961 in New Orleans)

26 April 1886, Ma Rainey, US blues singer and composer, was born in Columbus, Georgia (died 22 December 1939 in Columbus)

1 January 1884, Oscar Phillip Celestin, US jazz trumpeter, was born in Napoleonville, Louisiana (died 15 December 1954 in New Orleans)

7 February 1883, Eubie Blake, jazz musician, was born in Baltimore (died 12 February 1983 in Brooklyn, New York).

12 February 1885, James Sylvester Scott, US ragtime composer, was born (died 30 August 1938 in Kansas City)

5 June 1876, Tony Jackson, US jazz composer, was born in New Orleans (died 20 April 1921 in Chicago)

16 May 1876, Charles W Hunter, US ragtime composer, was born in Columbia, Tennessee (died 23 January 1906 in St Louis)

16 November 1873, William Christopher Handy, band leader, �Father of the Blues�, was born.



23 December 1991, Ernst Krenek, Austrian-born US composer, died in Palm Springs, California (born 23 August 1900 in Vienna)

30 May 1991, First performance, in London, of Harrison Birtwistle�s opera Gawain, based on the mediaeval legend.

21 April 1991, Austrian conductor and violinist Willi Bokovsky died in Wisp.

24 March 1991, Madonna was awarded an Oscar in Los Angeles.

12 March 1991, Michael Langdon, English bass singer, died in Hove (born 12 November 1920 in Wolverhampton)

1990, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall opened. The city had been without a concert hall since the St Andrew Hall burnt down in Autumn 1962.

29 December 1990, Aulikki Rautavaara, Finnish composer, died in Helsinki (born 2 May 1906 in Vaasa)

18 December 1990, Paul Tortelier, French composer, died in Villarceaux (born 21 March 1914 I Paris)

20 October 1990, Leonard Bernstein, US composer, died in New York (born 25 August 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts)

14 October 1990, Leonard Bernstein, US composer, died aged 72.

25 June 1990, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer, died aged77

22 June 1990, Akeo Watanabe, Japanese conductor, died in Tokyo (bornJune 1919 in Tokyo)

6 June 1990, Joe Loss, British bandleader, died in London (born 22 June 1909 in London)

24 February 1990, Johnnie Ray, singer, died.

8 February 1990, US pop singer Del Shannon shot himself.

1 February 1990, Peter Racine Fricker, English composer, died in Santa Barbara (born 5 February 1920 in London)

12 January 1990, Paul Pisk, Austrian-born US musicologist, died in Los Angeles (born 16 May 1893 in Vienna)


28 October 1989, Henry Hall, British composer, died in Eastbourne (born 2 May 1898 in Peckham, London)

22 October 1989, Ewan MacColl, folk songwriter, died in London (born 25 January 1915 in Auchterarder, Perthshire)

29 September 1989, Georges Ulmer, French composer died (born 1919)

20 September 1989, Musical �Miss Saigon� premiered in London.

1 August 1989, English pianist John Ogdon died in London.

16 July 1989, Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan died in Anif.

19 March 1989, Alan Civil, English horn player, died in London (born 13 June 1929 in Northampton)

13 March 1989, Carl Dahlhaus, German musicologist, died in Berlin (born 10 June 1928 in Hanover)

9 February 1989, Gia Farrell US pop singer-songwriter, was born in Suffern, New York.

31 January 1989, Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer, died in Tokyo (born 12 July 1925 in Tokyo)

6 January 1989, James Durbin, US pop singer, was born.

13 November 1988, Antal Dorati, Hungarian-born US conductor, died near Berne (born 9 April 1906 in Budapest)

19 October 1988, Son House, musician, died.

7 October 1988, Billy Daniels, US singer, died in Los Angeles (born 12 September 1915 in Jacksonville, Florida)

23 September 1988, Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, died aged 79.

26 August 1988, Rudolf Hartmann, German opera producer, died in Munich (born 1 October 1900 in Ingolstadt)

12 July 1988, Joshua Lockwood Logan, US composer, died in New York (born 5 October 1908 in Texarkana, Texas)

28 May 1988, Melvin James Oliver, US composer, died in New York (born 17 December 1910 in Battle Creek, Michigan)

6 May 1988, Paul Wilson, US singer, died aged 53.

17 March 1988, Grimes, Canadian musician, was born.

24 February 1988, Peter Chatman, Slim Memphis, died in Paris (born 3 September 1915 in Memphis, Tennessee)

14 February 1988, Frederick Loewe, composer, died in Palm Springs, Florida (born 10 June 1901 in Vienna)

5 February 1988, 3.8 million plastic noses were sold for the first ever Comic Relief Red Nose Day. �15 million was raised.

1987, Garage music, a New York variety of House Music, with heavy Soul influence, became popular. It had a strong vocal and lyrics element. It was named after Paradise Garage, a Manhattan dance club.

10 December 1987, Jascha Heifetz, Russian-US violinist, died in Los Angeles (born 2 February 1901 in Vilna)

26 November 1987, Emmanuel Bondeville, French composer, died in Paris (born 29 October 1898 in Rouen)

28 October 1987, Woody Herman, US composer, died in Los Angeles (born 16 May 1913 in Milwaukee)

14 October 1987, Rodolfo Halffter, Spanish composer, diedin Mexico City (born 20 October 1900 in Madrid)

28 September 1987, Hilary Duff, pop star, was born.

19 July 1987, Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti was born in West Kilbride.

10 July 1987, John Hammond, US record producer, died in New York (born 15 December 1910 in New York)

30 June 1987, Boudleaux Bryant, US songwriter, died in Gatlinbiurg, Tennessee (born 13 February 1920 in Shellman, Georgia)

26 June 1987, Henk Badings, Dutch composer, died in Maarheeze (born 17 January 1907 in Bandoeng, Java)

16 June 1987, Maria von Ilovsay, Hungarian mezzo singer, died in Hamburg (born 8 May 1913 in Budapest)

2 June 1987, Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia died in Madrid.

30 May 1987, Turk Murphy, US jazz trombonist, died (born 16 December 1915 in Palermo, California)

2 May 1987, Larry Clinton, US composer, died in Tucson, Arizona (born 17 August 1909 in Brooklyn, New York)

28 March 1987, Maria von Trapp, singer, died.

26 March 1987, Eugen Jochum, German conductor, died in Munich (born 1 November 1902 in Babenhausen)

14 February 1987, Bola Sete, guitarist, died aged 63.

4 February 1987. Death of US pianist Liberace, unofficially of AIDS. The official cause of death was a brain tumour.

23 January 1987, Felicia Brandstrom, Swedish singer, was born in Gothenburg.

11 January 1987, Albert Ferber, Swiss pianist, died in London (born 29 March 1911 in Lucerne)

1986, House music became popular. It featured drum machines and a heavy bass, alongside sparse reoetitive vocals and a fast beat.

26 December 1986, Swedish composer Lars Erik Larsson died in Helsingborg.

6 December 1986, Dan Donovan, British singer, died.

13 November 1986, Rudolph Schock, German singer, died in Berlin (born 9 April 1915 in Duisburg)

6 November 1986, Elisabeth Grummer, German soprano singer, died in Berlin (born 21 March 1921 in Alsace-Lorraine)

16 October 1986, Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist, died in Brussels 9born 21 March 1921 in Villers-Perwin)

9 October 1986, The musical play Phantom of the Opera opened at her Majesty�s Theatre, London

27 September 1986, Cliff Burton, musician (Metallica), died.

10 September 1986, Pepper Adams, US composer, died (born 8 October 1930)

20 August 1986, Thad Jones, musician, died in Copenhagen (born 28 March 1923 in Pontiac, Michigan)

26 July 1986, Vincente Minnelli, US musicals director, died in Los Angeles (born 28 February 1909 in Chicago)

3 July 1986, Rudy Vallee, singer, died.

24 June 1986, Maurice Durufle, French composer, died in Paris (born 11 January 1902 in Louviers, Eure)

17 June 1986, Kathryn Elizabeth, US singer, died in Raleigh, North Carolina (born 1 May 1907 in Greenville, Virginia)

16 June 1986, Benny Goodman, US composer, died in New York (born 30 May 1909 in Chicago)

14 June 1986, Alan Jay Lerner, singerin Camelot and My Fair Lady, died.

19 April 1986, Swedish composer Dag Wiren died in Stockholm.

11 March 1986, Saunders Terrell, US country blues singer, died in New York (born 24 October 1911 in Greenboro, North Carolina)

31 December 1985, Ricky Nelson, musician, died.

14 October 1985, Emil Gilels, Russian pianist, died in Moscow (born 19 October 1916 in Odessa)

8 September 1985, Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, died aged 84.

5 September 1985, Reginald Dixon, British organist, died in Blackpool (born 1905 in Sheffield)

29 August 1985, Alexander Abramsky, Russian composer, died in Moscow (born 22 January 1898 in Moscow)

24 August 1985, Paul Creston, US composer, died in San Diego (born 10 October 1906 in New York)

3 August 1985, Mosco Carner, Austrian-born English musician, died in Stratton, Cornwall (born 15 November 1904 in Vienna)

1 August 1985, Sam Wooding, US bandleader, died in New York (born 17 June 1895 in Philadelphia)

12 March 1985, Hungarian-born US conductor Eugene Ormandy died in Philadelphia.

13 February 1985, The Dresden Opera House reopened, exactly 40 years after being destroyed by Allied bombing.

12 February 1985, Leslie Sarony, British singer, died in London (born 22 January 1897 in Surbiton, Surrey)

7 February 1985, Matt Monro, British singer, died in Ealing, London (born 1 December 1930 in London)

21 January 1985, Joel Berglund, Swedish baritone singer, died in Stockholm (born 4 June 1903 in Torsaker)

9 January 1985, Anton Karas, Austrian composer, died in Vienna (born 7 July 1906 in Vienna)

21 November 1984, Gerhard Husch, German baritone singer, died in Munich (born 2 February 1901 in Hanover)

17 November 1984, Czech composer Jan Novak died in Neu Ulm, Germany.

9 November 1984, Delta Goodrem, singer and songwriter, was born.

3 October 1984, Ashlee Simpson, singer, was born.

27 September 1984, Avril Lavigne, singer, was born.

6 September 1984, Ernest Dale Tubb, US country singer, died in Nashville, Tennessee (born 9 February 1914 near Crisp, Texas)

11 August 1984, Percy Mayfield, US singer, died in Los Angeles (born 12 August 1920)

6 August 1984, Pop star Prince released Purple Rain. The album spend 24 consecutive weeks at number one in the Billboard Charts, and sold over 13 million copies in the USA alone.

28 June 1984, Mischa Spoliansky, composer, died in London (born 1898 in Bialystock)

15 June 1984, Meredith Wilson, composer, died.

12 June 1984, Janos Ferencsik, Hungarian conductor, died in Budapest (born 18 January 1907 in Budapest)

24 April 1984, Gordon Jenkins, US composer, died in Malibu, California (born 12 May 1910)

20 April 1984, Mabel Mercer, singer, died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (born 3 February 1900 in Burton on Trent, UK)

1 April 1984, Marvin Gaye, US soul singer, died.

28 March 1984, Carmen Dragon, US composer, died in Santa Monica, California (born 28 July 1914 in Antioch, California)

24 March 1984, First performance of Philip Glass�s opera, Akhnaten.

9 March 1984, Imogen Holst, English pianist, daughter of Gustav Holst, died in Aldeburgh (born 12 April 1907 in Richmond, Surrey).

20 February 1984, Fikret Amirov, Azerbaijani composer, died in Baku (born 22 November 1922 in Kirovabad)

21 January 1984, Jackie Wilson, US rock singer, died in Mount Holly, New Jersey (born 9 June .1934 in Detroit)

7 January 1984, Anna Case, US soprano singer, died in New York (born 29 October 1888 in Clinton, New Jersey)

1983, Gothic Music, called simply Goth from 1986, became popular. Its adherents adopted stark white and black face make up, black clothing and heavy metallic jewellery, with mystical or apocalyptic lyrics. A style of rock music derived from punk.

28 December 1983, Dennis Wilson, musician, died.

25 November 1983, Anton Dolin, English ballet dancer, died aged 79.

7 November 1983, French composer Germaine Tailleferre died in Paris.

29 October 1983, Sten Broman, Swedish composer, died in Lund (born 25 March 1902 in Uppsala)

20 October 1983, Merle Travis, US country singer, died in Tahlequah, Oklahoma (born29 November 1917 in Rosewood, Kentucky

1 October 1983, Freddy Martin, US saxophonist, died in Newport Beach, California (born 9 December 1906 in Cleveland)

17 August 1983, Ira Gershwin, singer, died.

30 July 1983, Howard Dietz, US songwriter, died in New York (born in New York 8 September 1896)

10 July 1983, Werner Egk, German composer, died near Munich (born 17 May 1901 in Bavaria)

5 July 1983, Harry James, US bandleader, died in Las Vegas (born 15 March 1916 in Albany, Georgia)

4 July 1983, Claus Adam, US composer, died in New York (born 5 November 1917 in Sumatra)

25 June 1983, Alberto Ginastera, Argentine composer, died in Geneva (born 11 April 1916 in Buenos Aires)

15 June 1983, German violinist Julia Fischer was born in Munich.

7 June 1983, Daniele Amphitheatrof, Russian composer, died (born 29 October 1901)

30 April 1983, George Balanchine, Russian dance director, died aged 79.

8 April 1983, Sigurd Bjorling, Swedish baritone singer, died in Helsingborg (born 2 Npovember 1907 in Stockholm)

23 February 1983, Sir Adrian Boult, English conductor, died in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, aged 93.

12 February 1983, Winifred Atwell, Trinidadian pianist, died (born 27 April 1914)

28 January 1983, Billy Fury (Ronald Wycherly), British rock singer, died in London (born 17 April 1941 in Liverpool)

2 January 1983, Donald Gramm, US bass baritone singer, died in New York (born 26 February 1927 in Milwaukee)

1982, Thrash (Thrash Metal from 1985) became popular. It was a style of loud, fast, harsh-sounding rock music combining Heavy Metal with Punk.

1982, Break Dancing, a style popular witrh Black people in the USA, began. It comprised a loud heavy beat to which energetic actrobatic dancing was performed. Body Popping was an alternative similar style originating in Los Angeles in the late 1970s.

20 December 1982, Artur Rubenstein, Polish-American pianist, died aged 95.

17 December 1982, Philipp Jarnach, Franco-Spanish composer, died near Bergedorf )born 26 July 1892 in Noisy)

26 November 1982, Juhan Aavik, Estonian composer, died in Stockholm (born 29 January 1884 in Reval)

7 November 1982, Salvador Contreras, Mexican composer, died aged 71

6 November 1982, Sowelu, Japanese pop singer, was born in Tokyo, Japan.

4 October 1982, Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist, died in Toronto (born 15 September 1932 9in Toronto)

29 September 1982, Albert Lancaster Lloyd, ethnomusicologist, died in Greenwich, London (born 29 February 1908 in London)

23 September 1982, Jimmy Wakeley, US composer, died (born 16 February 1914 in Mineola, Arkansas

28 July 1982, LeAnn Rimes, singer, was born.

5 July 1982, Frederick Jagel, US tenor singer, died in San Francisco (born 10 June 1897 in Brooklyn)

15 June 1982, Arthur Edward (Art) Pepper, US jazz saxophonist, died in Los Angeles (born 1 September 1925 in Gardena, California)

18 April 1982, Marie-�laine Thibert, Canadian singer, was born in Lasalle, Montreal, Quebec

16 April 1982, Anatol Alexandrov, Russian composer, died in Moscow (born 25 May 1888 in Plakhino)

14 April 1982, US cellist Alisa Weilerstein was born in Rochester, New York.

13 April 1982, Janice Vidal, singer, was born in Hong Kong

29 March 1982, German composer Carl Orff died in Munich.

26 March 1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder released the single �Ebony & Ivory� in the UK

1981, The British pop group Bananarama was formed.

2 December 1981, Britney Spears, pop singer, was born.

28 October 1981, The band Metallica was formed in San Francisco. They became the most successful metal band ever, selling over 100 million albums.

27 October 1981, Nico Dostal, Austrian composer, died in Vienna (born 27 November 1895 in Korneuberg)

8 October 1981, The new Leipzig Gewandhaus(concert hall) opened.

4 September 1981, Beyonce Knowles, singer, was born.

2 September 1981, Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer, died in Warsaw (born 26 July 1928)

19 August 1981, Jessie Matthews, British singer, died in London (born 11 March 1907 in London)

17 August 1981, Robert Russell Bennett, US composer, died in New York (born 15 August 1894 in Kansas City)

25 August 1981, In the USA, John Chapman was jailed fror life (minimum 25 years) for the murder of John Lennon.

14 August 1981, Karl Bohm, Austrian conductor, died in Salzburg (born 28 August 1894 in Graz)

16 July 1981, Harry Chapin, US songwriter, died in New York (born 7 December 1942 in New York)

1 June 1981, Jan Zdenek, Czech composer, died in Prague (born 4 June 1908)

25 May 1981, Roy James Brown, US composer, died in Pacoima, California (born 10 September 1925 in New Orleans)

11 May 1981, Bob Marley, reggae musician, died of cancer aged 36.

9 May 1981, Evgeny Brussilovsky, Russian composer, died in Moscow (born Rostov on Don, 12 November 1905)

27 April 1981, Paul McCartney's solo rock band Wings broke up

21 April 1981, Eddie Sauter, US composer, died in New York (born 2 December 1914 in Brooklyn, New York)

5 March 1981, Thursday (+13,085) EY Harburg, US songwriter, died in Los Angeles (born 8 April 1898 in New York)

27 February 1981, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder recorded the single �Ebony & Ivory�

26 February 1981, Howard Hanson, US composer, died in Rochester, New York (born 28 October 1896 in Wahoo, New England)

19 February 1981, Frank Merrik, composer, died aged 94.

26 January 1981, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel was born in Barquismeto.

23 January 1981, Samuel Barber, US composer, died aged 70.

4 January 1981, The Broadway show Frankenstein opened and closed on this night, losing US$ 2 million.

1980, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera was founded.

23 December 1980, Alec Wilder, US composer, died in Gainesville, Florida (born 16 February 1907 in Rochester, New York)

8 December 1980. John Lennon, born 9 October 1940 in Liverpool during an air raid, was shot dead in New York by Mark David Chapman. See 26 May 1969.

15 September 1980, Paul McCartney releases his single �Temporary Secretary�

4 September 1980, German violinist David Garrett was born in Aachen.

16 August 1980, Robert Hardy, musician, was born.

28 July 1980, Cecil Burleigh, US composer, died in Madison, Wisconsin (born in Wyoming, New York, 17 April 1885)

29 June 1980, Katherine Jenkins, Welsh singer, was born in Neath.

21 June 1980, Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, died of a stroke aged 56

14 May 1980, Carl Ebert, German opera producer and manager, died in :Los Angeles (born 20 February 1887 in Berlin)

1 May 1980, John Jacob Niles, US folk musician, died in Lexington, Kentucky (born 28 April 1892 in Louisville, Kentucky)

22 March 1980, Shannon Bex, US singer, was born.

28 January 1980, Nick Carter, singer, was born.

16 January 1980, David Whitfield, British singer, died in Sydney (born 2 February 1925 in Hull)

12 January 1980, Frederico de Freitas, Portuguese composer, died in Lisbon (born 15 November 1902 in Lisbon)

1979, Rap Music, Black music characterised by rapid rhythmic improvised speech over an instrumental backing, first appeared.

30 December 1979, Richard Rodgers, US composer, died aged 77.

27 November 1979, US violinist Hilary Hahn was born in Lexington.

13 October 1979, Rebecca Clarke, English composer, died in New York (born 27 August 1886 in Harrow)

11 October 1979, Dimitri Tiomkin, composer, died in London (born 10 May 1894 in St Petersburg, Russia)

25 August 1979, Stan Kenton, US composer, died in Los Angeles (born 15 February 1912 in Wichita, Kansas)

9 September 1979, Norrie Paramor, British composer, died in London (born 1914)

8 September 1979, Pink, singer, was born

6 September 1979, Ronald Binge, British composer, died in Ringwood (born 15 July 1910 in Derby)

15 August 1979, Peter Shukoff, US comedian and musician, was born.

28 June 1979, Paul Dessau, German composer, died in East Berlin (born 19 December 1894 in Hamburg)

11 May 1979, Lester Flatt, US singer, died in Nashville (born in Overton County, Tennessee, 28 June 1914)

16 April 1979, Maria Caniglia, Italian soprano singer, died in Rome (born 5 May 1905 in Naples)

14 January 1979, John Reuben, American singer, was born in Columbus, Ohio.

9 January 1979, Avery Claflin, composer, died aged 80.

1978, The UK�s National Children�s Orchestra was founded by Vivienne Price, to promte learning in music.

1978, Pop group Duran Duran formed.

18 November 1978, Lennie Tristano, US jazz pianist, died in New York (born 19 March 1919 in 19 March 1919)

28 October 1978, George Scott-Wood, British composer, died in London (born 27 May 1903 in Glasgow)

7 October 1978, English trumpeter Alison Balsom was born in Royston

24 August 1978, Louis Prima, US trumpeter, died in New Orleans (born 7 December 1911 in New Orleans)

2 December 1978, Nelly Furtado, pop singer, was born.

9 October 1978, Jacques Brel, musician, died.

14 August 1978, Victor Silvester, British author, died in Le Lavandou, France (born 25 February 1900 in Wembley, Middlesex)

21 June 1978, The musical Evita, score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.premiered at London�s Prince Edward Theatre.

12 March 1978, Tolchard Evans, British composer, died in London (born 1901 in London)

6 February 1978, Turner Layton, US composer, died in London (born 1894 in Washington DC)

18 January 1978, Ivan Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, died in Leningrad (born 9 April 1909 in Tambov).

1977, The Police, British rock group, was formed.

1977, Irish rock band U2 formed in Dublin

1977, The US rock group Dire Straits was formed.

1977, The electronic pop group Human League formed.

25 December 1977, Charlie Chaplin died in Switzerland, aged 88.

21 September 1977, Kurt Adler, US pianist, died in Butler, New Jersey (born 1 March 1907 in Neuhaus, Bohemia)

14 November 1977, Richard Addinsell, British composer, died in London (born 13 January 1904 in Oxford)

5 November 1977, Guy Lombardo, band leader, died.

20 October 1977, US violinist Leila Josefowicz was born in Toronto.

26 December 1976, Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabtits was born in Kiev.

30 September 1976, Louis Fourestier, French composer, died in Boulogne-Billancourt (born 31 May 1892 in Montpellier)

28 September 1977, Rosette Anday, Hungarian born mezzo singer, died in Vienna (born 22 December 1903 in Budapest)

13 September 1977, Leopold Stokowski, organist and conductor, died in Nether Wallop, Hampshire.

6 September 1977, Guido Pannain, composer, died aged 85.

20 August 1977. Julius, or Groucho Marx, US comedian of the famous Marx Brothers, died in Los Angeles.

18 August 1977, Regine Chassagne, Canadian musician, was born in Montreal, Quebec

25 March 1977, English cellist Natalie Clein was born in Poole.

23 January 1977, Dick Burnett, US musician, died aged 93

1976, Mike Oldfield released Portsmouth

20 December 1976, Ned Washington, US singer, died in Beverly Hills, California (born 15 August 1901 in Scranton, Pennsylvania)

4 December 1976. Death of composer Benjamin Britten, aged 63.

4 November 1976, Charles Dean Dixon, US conductor, died in Zug (born 10 january 1915 in new York)

28 September 1976, A free live concert by the rock band Queen in London's Hyde Park, attracted 150,000 spectators.

14 June 1976, Geza Anda, Hungarian pianist, died in Zurich (born 19 November 1921 in Budapest)

9 April 1976, Phil Ochs, US singer, died in Far Rockaway, New York (born 19 December 1940 in El Paso, Texas)

9 February 1976, Percy Faith, musician and composer, died.

28 January 1976, Ray Willis Nance, US jazz trumpeter, died in New York (born 10 December 1913)

19 January 1976, Jean Lenoir, French composer, died (born 1891)

6 January 1976, Oscar Espla, Spanish composer, died in Madrid (born 5 August 1886 in Alicante)

1975, Mike Oldfield released Omnadawn.

1975, British rock group Sex Pistols was formed.

1975, The Salsa, a Latin American dance, appeared.

11 December 1975, Lee Wiley, US singer, died in New York (born 9 October 1915 in Port Gibson, Oklahoma)

28 October 1975, Edward (Oliver Nelson, US composer, died in Los Angeles (born 4 June 1932)

31 August 1975, English conductor Daniel Harding was born in Oxford.

17 August 1975, Georges Dandelot, French composer, died in St Georges de Didonne (born 2 December 1895 in Paris)

9 August 1975. Death of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovitch.

14 July 1975, Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer, died in New York (born 14 May 1898 in Bunkei, Louisiana)

27 March 1975, Arthur Bliss, English composer, died aged 83.

19 February 1975, Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola died in Florence aged 71.

1974, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra was founded.

10 November 1974, Niko Hurme, Finnish musician, was born in Karkkila, Finland.

25 October 1974, Nick Drake, songwriter, died.

24 October 1974, Russian violinist David Oistrakh died in Amsterdam, aged 66.

9 September 1974, Mathias Farm, guitarist was born in Orebro, Sweden.

27 June 1974, Cliff Friend, US composer, died in las Vegas (born 1 October 1893 in Cincinnati)

4 May 1974, Gerald Bright, British bandleader, died in Vevey, Switzerland (born 10 August 1904 in London)

2 May 1974, Eric Winstone, British composer, died in Pagham, Sussex (born 1 January 1915)

1 May 1974, The musical Billy opened in Drury lane, London

17 April 1974, Victoria Beckham, singer, was born.

7 April 1974, Pete Wendling, US composer, died in New York (born 6/66/1888)


6 April 1974, Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Waterloo.

1973, Swedish pop group Abba were formed. They broke up in 1983.


22 March 1974, Sam Donahue, US musician, died in Reno, Nevada (born 8 March 1918 in Detroit).

3 February 1974, Om Kalsoum, famous Arab singer, died aged 77.

2 February 1974, Jean Absil, Belgian composer, died aged 80.

21 January 1974, Joseph Washburne, US singer, died in Santa Ana, California (born 28 December 1904 in Houston, Texas)

17 January 1974, Clara Edward, US singer, died aged 93

5 January 1974, Lev Oborin, Russian pianist and composer died aged 66

1973, The Academy of Ancient Music was founded by by conductor Christopher Hogwood. He wanted to perform music from the Baroque and Classical periods as the original composers intended, using the same instruments as existed then

1973, Heavy Metal music appeared; a loud vigorous rock music with electronically-amplified instruments anfd a fast beat.

1973, Mike Oldfield released Tubular Bells

10 November 1973, Nick Lachey, musician, was born.

6 November 1973, After singer Gram Parsons died of a drugs overdose (23 September 1973), his manager Phil Kaufman took his body to the Joshua Tree Desert where he poured petrol over it and cremated it, in accordance with Gram�s last wishes. Kaufman was charged with stealing and burninga coffin, as it was not a crime to steal a body.

22 October 1973, Pablo Casals, Spanish composer, died aged 96.

29 September 1973, English tenor singer Alfie Boe was born in Fleetwood.

19 September 1973, Gram Parsons, musician, was born.

17 August 1973, Jean Barraque, French composer, died in Paris (born 17 January 1928 in Paris)

6 July 1973, Otto Klemperer, Jewish-German composer, died aged 88.

16 June 1973, First performance of Benjamin Britten�s opera Death in Venice.

9 May 1973, Owen Brannigan, English bass singer, died in Newcastle (born 10 March 1908 in Annitsford, Northumberland)

5 April 1973, Pharrell Williams, musician, was born.

27 March 1973, Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, Bulgarian composer, died aged 72

23 February 1973, Andre Tannenberger, disc jockey, was born.

3 February 1973, Andy Razaf, US singer, died in Hollywood (born 16 December 1895 in Washington DC)

16 January 1973, Edgar Sampson, US composer, died in Englewood, New Jersey (born 31 August 1907 in New York)

13 January 1973, Peruvian tenor singer Juan Diego Florez was born in Lima.

12 November 1972, Rudolf Friml, Bohemian-US composer, died in Los Angeles (born 7 December 1879 in Prague)

10 November 1972, Francis Chagrin, composer, died in London (born 15 November 1905 in Bucharest)

3 November 1972, Harry Richman, US composer, died in Hollywood (born 10 August 1895 in Cincinnati, Ohio)

2 November 1972, Phil Baxter, US composer, died in Dallas (born 5 September 1896 in Navarro County Texas)

25 September 1972, Friedrich Schroder, German composer, died in Berlin (born 6 August 1910)

24 September 1972, Esther Budiardjo, Indonesian pianist was born in Jakarta

19 September 1972, Robert Casadesus, French pianist, died aged 73

29 August 1972, Amanda Meta Marshall, Canadian pop-rock singer, was born.

21 August 1972, Yvonne Gall, French soprano singer, died in Paris (born 6 March 1885 in Paris)

14 August 1972, Oscar Levant, US composer, died in Beverly Hills, California (born 27 December 1906 in Pittsburgh)

8 August 1972, The musical Jesus Christ Superstar premiered at the Palace Theatre, London.

5 August 1972, Milton Mesirow, US musician, died in Paris (born 9 November 1899 in Chicago)

2 August 1972, Rudolf Ganz, pianist, died in Chicago (born 24 February 1877 I Switzerland)

13 June 1972, Clyde McPhatter, US singer, diedin Tea Neck, New Jersey (born 15 January 1933 in Durham, North Carolina)


David Bowie

10 January 2016, David Bowie, born in 1947 as David Jones in Brixton, London, died of cancer two days after his 69th birthday.

6 June 1972, David Bowie�s album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was released, starting the era of Glam Rock.

11 July 1969, Philips Records released David Bowie's song Space Oddity (about a fictional astronaut, �Major Tom� in conjunction with the expected launch of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. Bowie had recorded the song three weeks earlier.

8 January 1947. David Bowie, British musician and rock star, was born in London as David Jones.


27 May 1972, Jack Strachey, British composer, died in London (born 25 September 1894 in London)

20 May 1972, Busta Rhymes, singer and rapper, was born.

26 April 1972, Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky was born in Moscow.

24 April 1972, Chad Ginsburg, US musician, was born.

21 April 1972, Severina Vuckovic, Croatian singer, was born.

24 February 1972, Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos was born in Leningrad.

27 January 1972, Mahalia Jackson, US gospel singer, died in Evergreen Park, Illinois (born 26 October 1911 in New Orleans)

1971, Punk Rock appeared.

1971, Paul McCartney set up the pop group Wings after the break up of The Beatles

1971, The City of London Sinfonia orchestra was founded by Richard Hickox.

1971, British rock group Queen was formed

28 December 1971, Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With The Wind), died agedt 83

25 December 1971, Dido, singer, was born.

22 November 1971, Zez Confrey, US composer, died in Lakewood, New Jersey (born 3 April 1895 in Peru, Illinois)

9 November 1971, Ivy St Helier, British composer, died in London (born 1890 in St Helier, Jersey)

5 November 1971, English rock composer, and member of Radiohead band, Johnny Greenwood, was born in Oxford.

20 October 1971, Dannii Minogue, singer, and Snoop Dogg, rapper, were born.

25 August 1971, Ted Lewis, US composer, died in New York (born 6 June 1892 in Circleville, Ohio)

21 August 1971, Liam Howlett, musician, was born.

8 August 1971, Joseph Santley, US actor, died in Los Angeles (born 10 January 1889 in Salt Lake City, Utah)

22 July 1971, Ted Fiorito, US composer, died in Scottsdale, Arizona (born in Newark, New Jersey, 20 December 1900)

12 June 1971, Bert Ambrose, British violinist, died in Leeds (born 1897 in London).

7 June 1971, Ben Pollack, US drummer, died in Palm Springs, California (born 22 June 1903 in Chicago)

29 May 1971, Max Trapp, composer, died.

6 May 1971, Dickie Valentine, British singer, died in Wales (born 4 November 1929 in London)

17 April 1971, Carmen Lombardo, Canadian composer, died in North Miami, Florida (born 16 July 1903 in London, Ontario)

6 April 1971. Igor Stravinsky, Russian-born composer, died in New York City aged 88.

1 April 1971, Method Man, rap artist, was born.

19 February 1971, US violinist Gil Shaham was born in Illinois.

17 February 1971, Martyn Bennett, musician, was born (died 31 January 2005).

1970, Roxy Music, British rock group, was formed.

14 December 1970, Elmer Schoebel, US composer, died in Miami, Florida (born 8 September 1896 in East St Louis, Illinois)

16 November 1970, Laurent Wold (Debuire), French musician, was born.

4 November 1970, Diddy Combs, rap artist, was born.

4 October 1970, Janis Lyn Joplin, US singer, died in Hollywood (born 19 January 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas).

18 September 1970, Rock musician Jimi Hendrix died of a drugs overdose.

8 September 1970, German pianist Lars Vogt was born in Duren.

2 September 1970, Kees van Baaren, Dutch composer, died in Degstgeest (born 27 October 1906 in Enschede)

20 August 1970, Fred Durst, singer with Limp Bizkit, was born.

29 July 1970, John Barbirolli, English conductor, died in London (born 2 December 1899 in London)

7 May 1970, Carlos Estrada, composer, died aged 60.

7 April 1970, Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes was born in Karmoy.

27 March 1970, Mariah Carey, singer, was born.

17 February 1970, Alfred Newman, US composer, died in Hollywood (born 17 March 1900 in New Haven, Connecticut)

27 January 1970, Swiss flautist Emmanuel Pahud was born in Geneva.

13 January 1970, Harry Woods, US composer, died in Phoenix (born4 November 1896 in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts)


30 December 1969, Jay Kay, singer (Jamiroquai) was born.

4 December 1969, Jack Payne, British bandleader, died in London (born 22 August 1988 in Leamington Spa)

25 November 1969, John Lennon returned his MBE to Buckingham Palace, in protest at British involvement in the Biafra civil war in Nigeria.

23 November 1969, Spade Cooley, US musician, died in Oakland, California (born 17 December 1910 in Back Saddle Creek, Oklahoma)

22 November 1969, Acario Cotapos, Chilean composer, died aged 80

18 November 1969, Edward Heath, British composer, died in Virginia Water, Surrey (born 30 May 1900 in Wandsworth, London).

16 November 1969, Bryan Abrams, US singer was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

9 November 1969. Allison Wolfe, US musician, was born in Memphis, Tennessee

27 October 1969, Eric Maschwitz, British songwriter, died in Ascot, Berkshire (born 10 June 1901 in Birmingham)

9 October 1969, PJ Harvey, musician, was born.

3 October 1969, Gwen Stefani, singer, was born.

5 September 1969, Joshua Daniel White, US blues singer, died in Manhasset, New York (born 11 September 1915 in Greenville, South Carolina)

31 August 1969, Bob Dylan starred in a pop festival on the Isle of Wight, drawing in 150,000 fans.

7 August 1969, Joseph Kosma, composer, died near Paris (born 22 October 1905 in Budapest)

6 August 1969, Theodor Adorno, German musicologist, died in Geneva (born 11 September 1903 in Frankfurt)

10 July 1969, German tenor Jonas Kaufmann was born in Munich.

3 July 1969, Elmo Jones (Lewis Brian Hopkin-Jones) of the Rolling Stones died in Sussex

18 June 1969, Milt Herth, US organist, died in New York

7 June 1969, Snape Maltings concert hall, venue for the Aldeburgh Festival, burnt down overnight after the opening night of the festival. It reopened in time for the 1970 Aldeburgh Festival.

5 June 1969, Vinton Freedley, US musician, died in New York (born 5 November 1891 in Philadelphia)

24 May 1969. The Black and White Minstrel Show at London�s Victoria Palace closed after 4,354 performances over seven years. It was the longest running musical show in Britain.

23 May 1969, Jimmy McHugh, US composer, died in Beverly Hills, California (born 10 July 1894 in Boston)

22 May 1969, English tenor singer Toby Spence was born in Hertford.

16 April 1969. Desmond Dekker became the first Jamaican artist to top the UK charts with The Israelites.

15 April 1969, The Woodstock music festival began in Bethel, New York.

2 April 1969, Jim Morrison, of pop group �The Doors� was arrested in the USA.

27 February 1969, John Boles, US singer, died in San Amgelo, Texas (born 27 October 1900 in Greeneville, Texas).

7 February 1969, Marvin Gaye�s I Heard It Through The Grapevine was released.

12 January 1969, British hard rock band Led Zeppelin released their first album.

5 January 1969, Marilyn Manson, singer, was born.

1968, British rock group Yes was formed

1968, Reggae Music, from Jamaica, began to become popular. Also about this time Ska Music, also Jamaican in origin, appeared. By 1990 this genre had given rise to Ragga, incorporating faster-beat styles from hip-hop and techno.

23 December 1968, Quincy Jones III, Swedish-US musician, was born in Wimbledon, London.

1968, Led Zeppelin, pop group, was formed.

1968, The London Sinfonietta chamber orchestra was founded by Nicolas Snowman and David Atherton.

1968, The Glyndebourne Touring Company was formed to make operatic tours to major provincial centres in the Midlands and southern England.

27 November 1968, Gino Roncaglia, Italian composer, died aged 85

28 October 1968, Ben Harper, musician, was born.

20 October 1968, Bud Flanagan, British singer, died in London (born 14 October 1896 in London)

17 October 1968, Ziggy Marley, musician, was born.

28 May 1968, Kylie Minogue, singer, was born.

30 April 1968, Frankie Lymon, US pop star, died of a heroin overdose.

30 March 1968, Celine Dion, singer, was born.

23 February 1968, Tom Jones released his song Delilah.

11 February 1968, Howard Lindsay, US musician, died in New York (born 29 March 1889 in Waterford, New York)

5 February 1968, Charles Roberts, US composer, died in New York (born 7 August 1887 in Philadelphia)

28 January 1968, Sarah McLachlan, singer, was born.

14 January 1968, LL Cool, rap singer, was born.

1967, British rock group Genesis was formed

1967, British rock band Status Quo was formed (formerly, the Spectres and Traffic Jam)

10 December 1967, Otis Redding, US singer, died.

10 November 1967, The Moody Blue�s single, Nights in White Satin was released.

17 October 1967, The Rock Musical Hair by James Rado and Gerome Ragni opened on Broadway.

21 September 1967, Faith Hill, singer, was born.

11 September 1967, Harry Connick Jr., singer, was born.

7 September 1967, Rex Stewart, US jazz cornettist, died in Los Angeles (born 22 February 1907 in Philadelphia)

26 August 1967, Andres Sas, Belgian-Peruvian composer, died aged 67

11 July 1967, Australian guitarist Craig Ogden was born in Perth.

29 May 1967, Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, composer, died aged 69.

8 May 1967, Laverne Andrews, US musician, died (born 6 July 1915 in Minneapolis).

5 April 1967, Mischa Elman, Russian-US violinist, died in New York (born 20 January 1891 in Talnoye, Russia).

23 March 1967, Pete Johnson, US pianist, died in Buffalo, New York (born 24 March 1904 in Kansas City)

11 March 1967, Geraldine Farrar, US opera singer, died in Ridgefield, Connecticut (born in Melrose, Massachusetts, 28 February 1882).

6 March 1967, Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly died.

24 February 1967, Franz Waxman, composer, died in Los Angeles (born 24 December 1906 in Konigshutte, Germany)

20 February 1967, Kurt Cobain, guitarist, was born.

15 January 1967, Albert Sirmay, composer, died in New York (born 2 July 1918 in Budapest)


The Beatles 1962-74

29 November 2001, George Harrison, musician for The Beatles, died.

30 December 1999, Former Beatle member George Harrison was stabbed several times in the chest by an intruder who broke into his house in Oxfordshire, England. He survived and lived another 2 years before dying of ;lung cancer.

25 January 1980, The US ordered the deportation of Beatle Paul McCartney after keeping him in prison for 9 days following the discovery of marijuana in his luggage.

18 October 1979, The Beatles staged a compilation show, Beatlemania, at the Astoria, London.

24 December 1974. The Beatles� legal partnership was formally dissolved.

8 May 1970. The Beatles� final album, Let It Be, was released.

9 April 1970, The Beatles pop group disbanded. There had been issues within the group since theor manager Brian Epstein�s death on 27 August 1967.A new manager, Alan Klein, had been appointed but Paul McCartney and him did not get on well.

20 March 1969. The Beatle John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.

12 March 1969, Beatle Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Registry Office, London.

30 January 1969. The Beatles performed together for the last time.

30 August 1968, The single Hey Jude was released by The Beatles.

5 December 1967. The Beatles opened their Apple store on Baker Street.

27 August 1967, Brian Epstein, who managed The Beatles rise to rock stardom, died in a swimming pool accident.

1 June 1967, The Beatles released their famous album, Sgt Pepper�s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

17 February 1967, The Beatles� hit, Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever single was released.

28 February 1966, The Cavern Club, where The Beatles first played, went into liquidation.

26 October 1965. The Beatles went to Buckingham Palace to be presented with their MBE�s.

12 June 1965. The Beatles were made MBEs in the Queen�s birthday honours.A number of other holders of the medal returned theirs in disgust.

8 February 1964, The Beatles began their first US tour.

7 February 1964, 25,000 fans gathered at Kennedy Airport to greet the Beatles on their first visit to America.

1 February 1964. EMI�s managing director announced that The Beatles were making over �500,000 a month.

13 January 1964. The Beatles entered the US Charts at no. 45 with I Wanna Hold Your Hand.

13 October 1963, The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) appeared on British TV in Saturday Night at the Palladium. Their popularity soared.

23 August 1963, The Beatles single She Loves You was released.

3 August 1963. The Beatles played in The Cavern, Liverpool, for the last time.

26 December 1962. The Beatles, an obscure group from Liverpool, just made no.17 in the charts with their single Love Me Do.

5 October 1962, The Beatles released their first hit, Love Me Do.

11 September 1962, The Beatles recorded their debut single Love Me Do at EMI studios, London.

16 August 1962, The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, sacked the drummer, Pete Best, and replaced him with Ringo Starr.

9 May 1962, The Beatles signed a recording contract with EMI�s Parlophone label.

8 March 1962, The Beatles performed live on BBC for the first time, on the show Teenager Turn.

21 January 1962 The Beatles and Cliff Richard were making the charts.

1 January 1962. The Beatles had their first audition with a record company in London. Their manager, Brian Epstein, was told, guitar groups are out, this group won�t make it, go back to Liverpool.

21 March 1961, The Beatles performed for the first time at the Cavern Club, Liverpool.

6 July 1957, John Lennon (16) and Paul McCartney (15) meet for the first time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at St. Peter's, Woolton's Parish Church in Liverpool

24 February 1943, George Harrison, musician (The Beatles), was born.

18 June 1942, Paul McCartney of The Beatles pop group was born in Liverpool.

19 September 1934, Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, was born.


The Rolling Stones 1962-2006

19 February 2006, The Rolling Stones held the world�s largest concert on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janiero, brazil. Over one million people attended.

12 March 2003, China ordered the Rolling Stones to cut 4 songs from their concerts in Shanghai and Beijing. The songs were, Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Woman, Beast of Burden, and Let�s Spend the Night Together.

4 September 1973. The Rolling Stones played in London for the first time in 2 � years, and then attended a party at Buckingham Palace which Mick Jagger described as �very dull�.

6 December 1969. A free concert given by the Rolling Stones, at Altamont, California, ended in tragedy when Hell�s Angels stabbed a man to death.

2 July 1969, Brian Jones, member of the Rolling Stones rock group, died.

24 May 1968, The Rolling Stones hit, Jumpin� Jack Flash was released.

1 November 1967, Rolling Stone Magazine started publication, the first Rock�n�roll periodical in the USA.

10 August 1964. An emergency casualty station had to be set up in Brighton to deal with a constant stream of hysterical girls overcome during a performance of the Rolling Stones.

16 July 1964, The Rolling Stones had their first UK No.1 hitwith It�s All Over Now.

3 June 1964, The Rolling Stones began their first US tour.

17 April 1964, The Rolling Stones released their first LP.

21 July 1962. The Rolling Stones made their first appearance at the Marquee Club in London.

1961, The British rock group Rolling Stones was formed.

1 June 1947, Ron Wood, guitarist for the Rolling Stones, was born.

26 July 1943, Mick Jagger, English rock singer (The Rolling Stones), was born as Michael Philip Jagger in Dartford


1966, The Grateful Dead, US rock band, was formed

1966, Sinfonia Cymru was founded, to assist young Welsh musicians and to promote classical music in Wales.

1966, British rock group Slade was formed

1966, British rock group Procul Harum was formed

1966, Pink Floyd, British psychedelic rock band, was formed in Cambridge

8 December 1966, Sinead O�Connor, singer, was born.

17 November 1966, Jeff Buckley, musician, was born.

24 November 1966, English singer Russell Watson was born in Salford.

14 November 1966, Desmond Cox, British composer, died in London.

20 October 1966, Mohamed Fawzi, Egyptian composer who wrote the music adopted in 1963 as the National Anthem of Algeria, died aged 48.

10 October 1966, Simon and Garfunkel released their album Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme.

17 September 1966, German tenor singer Fritz Wunderlich died in Berlin.

22 August 1966, GZA, rapper, was born,

20 August 1966, Dimebag Durrell, musician, was born.

4 June 1966, Cecelia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano singer, was born.

1 June 1966. Folk music fans at the Albert Hall booed Bob Dylan for performing with an electric guitar.

20 May 1966, English clarinettist Emma Johnson was born in London.

9 May 1966, Alfred Mendelsohn, composer, died.

9 February 1966, Sophie Tucker, last of the �red hot mamas�, died.

6 February 1966, Rick Astley, singer, was born.

2 February 1966, Go-Set, Australia's first pop music newspaper, was launched in Melbourne.

16 January 1966, Clarice Mayne, British singer, died in London (born 21 June 1886 in London)

1965, Simon and Garfunkel released �The Sound of Silence�.

23 December 1965, Eddie Vedder, rock singer (Pearl Jam) was born.

21 November 1965, Bjork Gudmundsdottir, singer, was born.

6 November 1965, US composer Edgar Varese died.

31 October 1965, Cork Opera House, which had burnt down in 1955, reopened.

5 October 1965, Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, composer, died aged 79.

12 September 1965, John Norwood Fisher, American ska-funk bassist (Fishbone), was born in California

30 August 1965, Bob Dylan released his Highway 61 Revisited album.

4 August 1965, Australian composer Richard Tognetti was born in Canberra.

6 July 1965, English violinist Anthony Marwood was born in London

8 May 1965, The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) was founded in Chicago.

1 May 1965, Spike Jones, US bandleader, died in Los Angeles (born 14 December 1911 in Long Beach, California)

2 March 1965, The Sound of Music went on release in the USA. It was an instant hit.

1964, The British rock group Moody Blues was set up.

1964, The Guarneri String Quartet was formed in Vermont, USA.

1964, The Who, British rock group, were discovered playing in a pub in Shepherds Bush, London.

25 December 1964, English tenor singer Ian Bostridge was born in London.

2 December 1964, Sammy H Stept, composer, died in Los Angeles (born 18 September 1897 in Odessa)

30 November 1964, Don Redman, US composer, died in New York (born 29 July 1900 in Piedmont, West Virginia)

29 November 1964, Don Cheadle, US actor, was born in Kansas City, Missouri.

19 September 1964, Trisha Yearwood, singer, was born.

1 August 1964, Johnny Burnette, US composer, died (born 25 March 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee)

19 July 1964, Mark Wigglesworth, conductor, was born

17 May 1964, Bob Dylan made his first major London appearance, at the Royal Albert Hall.

23 April 1964, Gianandrea Noseda, Italian pianist, was born.

15 March 1964, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton married in Montreal.

30 December 1963, German-born composer Paul Hindemith died.

28 December 1963, German composer Paul Hindemith died in Frankfurt

14 December 1963, Dinah Washington, US singer, died in Detroit (born 29 April 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

5 December 1963, Lynn Udall, US composer, died in Downey, California (born 4 February 1870 in Council Bluffs, Iowa)

30 November 1963, Phil Baker, US musician, died in Copenhagen (born 24 August 1896 in Philadelphia).

15 October 1963, Herbert von Karajan conducted the inaugural concert at Berlin�s new Philharmonie.

30 September 1963, J Russell Robinson, US composer, died in Palmdale, California (born 8 July 1892 in Indianapolis)

19 August 1963, Welsh soprano singer Rebecca Evans was born near Neath.

9 August 1963, Whitney Houston, US singer, was born.

29 July 1963, Russian mezzo-soprano singer Olga Borodina was born in Leningrad.

13 July 1963, Fatboy Slim, musician, was born.

9 July 1963, English tenor John Mark Ainsley was born in Cheshire.

29 June 1963, Anne Sophie Mutter, violinist, was born.

25 June 1963, George Michael, British pop musician, was born.

22 June 1963, Maria Tanase, Romanian folk singer, died aged 49.

7 June 1963, French tenor singer Roberto Alagna was born in Clichy sous Bois.

6 May 1963, Ted Weems, US bandleader, died in Tulsa, Oklahoma (born 26 September 1901 in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania)

19 April 1963, English composer Graham Fitkin was born in Cornwall.

16 April 1963, Jimmy Osmond, US singer, was born.

11 April 1963, Nigel Pulsford, English guitarist, was born.

31 March 1963, Harry Akst, US composer, died in Hollywood (born in New York, 15 August 1894)

28 March 1963, Alec Templeton, composer, died in Greenwich, Connecticut (born in Cardiff, Wales, 4 July 1909)

5 March 1963, Patsy Kline, singer, died.

25 January 1963, Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor singer, was born in Augusta, Sicily (died 2019)

24 January 1963, Otto Harbach, US singer, died in New York (born 18 August 1873 in Salt Lake City)

6 January 1963, Lina Arbanell, German singer, died (born 7 February 1895)

1962, The Scottish Opera was founded by conductor Alexander Gibson.

30 December 1962, US conductor Paavo Jarvi was born in Talinn.

7 December 1962, Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian opera singer, died aged 67.

3 October 1962, Tommy Lee, musician (Motley Crue) was born.

16 September 1962, Joanne Catherall, English singer (The Human League) was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

6 September 1962, Hanns Eisler, composer, died.

23 July 1962, Victor Moore, US actor, died in East Islip, New York (born 24 February 1876 in Hammonton, New Jersey)

12 June 1962, English composer John Ireland died in Sussex.

28 May 1962, Jesse Crawford, US organist, died in Sherman Oaks, California (born 2 December 1895 in Woodland, California)

16 April 1962, Ian MacKaye, musician, was born.

11 February 1962, Sheryl Crow, singer and musician, was born.

7 February 1962, Garth Brooks, singer, was born.

6 February 1962, Axl Rose, singer for Guns N� Roses, was born.

23 January 1962, English film composer David Armold was born in Luton.

1961, British Merseyside rock group Gerry and the Pacemakers was formed

1961, Soul Music, of Black origin, combining Rhythm and Blues with Gospel Music, appeared.

1961, The US pop group Beach Boys was formed.

20 December 1961, Moss Hart, US musician, died in Palm Springs (born 24 October 1904)

23 November 1961, Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair was born in Salzburg.

27 November 1961, Swedish trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger was born in Malmo.

22 November 1961, English pianist Stephen Hough was born in Heswell.

11 November 1961, Jan Kuehnemund, US guitarist, was born.

7 October 1961, Brian Mannix, Australian rock singer, was born in Melbourne, Australia.

9 November 1961, Jill Dando, British journalist and BBC television presenter, was born in Weston-super-Mare (murdered 1999).

11 October 1961, Chico Marx, the piano-playing member of the Marx Brothers comedy team, died.

26 September 1961, Peter Dawson, Australian composer, died in Sydney (born 31 January 1882 in Adelaide)

7 September 1961, French pianist Jean Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon.

25 August 1961, Billy Ray Cyrus, singer, was born.

23 August 1961, French composer Alexandre Desplat was born in Paris.

8 August 1961, The Edge, musician, was born.

18 June 1961, Alison Moyet, pop singer, was born.

15 June 1961, Miguel Anga Diaz, Cuban musician, was born (died 9 August 2006)

14 June 1961, Boy George, singer (Culture Club), was born

7 June 1961, Dave Catching, US musician, was born in Memphis, Tennessee

2 June 1961, George Kaufman, US playwright, died in New York (born 14 November 1889 in Pittsburgh)

10 May 1961, In Britain the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe mocked �The Establishment� (a term coined by the journalist Henry Fairlie in 1955 to describe those holding the power in Britain)

25 April 1961, Norwegian cellist Truls Mork was born in Bergen.

2 March 1961, Simone Young, conductor, was born.

20 February 1961, Australian composer Percy Grainger died in New York.

14 January 1961, Henry Ernest Geehl, British composer, died in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (born 28 September 1881 in London)

11 December 1960, English composer Rachel Portmann was born in Haslemere.

18 November 1960, Kim Wilde, singer, was born.

13 October 1960, Joey Belladonna, US heavy metal singer, was born in Oswego, New York.

4 October 1960, Afrika Baambaataa, musician, was born.

8 September 1960, Aimee Mann, musician, was born.

3 September 1990, Joseph Lamb, US composer, died in Brooklyn, New York (born 6 December 1887 in Montclair, New Jersey)

23 August 1960, Oscar Hammerstein, US theatrical producer, died aged 65.

14 August 1960, Sarah Brightman, English singer, was born in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire.

14 June 1960, Frank Silver, US composer, died in Brooklyn (born 8 September 1896 in Brooklyn)

11 June 1960, First performance in Aldeburgh of Benjamin Britten�s opera A Midsummer Night�s Dream.

10 June 1960, The musical Oliver opened at the Wimbledon Theatre, London. It moved to the West End on 30 June 1960

10 May 1960, Paul Hewson, singer with U2, was born.

2 May 1960, WLS-AM of Chicago became the first large radio station in the US Midwest to switch over to a rock 'n roll format

26 April 1960, Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"), was born in Birmingham, England

23 April 1960, Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), was born in Hillsborough, England (died 1991)

18 April 1960, Eddie Cochrane, US rock and roll star, was born.

12 April 1960, musician Ray Charles won Best Male Vocalist Grammy award.

15 February 1960, Mikey Craig, rock bassist, was born.

31 January 1960, English composer George Benjamin was born in London.

30 January 1960, Canadian baritone singer Gerard Finley was born in Montreal.

25 January 1960, Italian harpsichordist, organist and conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini was born in Rome.

22 January 1960, Michael Hutchence, musician, was born.

29 November 1959, Louise Winter, mezzo-soprano singer, was born

27 November 1959, Viktoria Mullova, violinist, was born

26 November 1959, Albert Ketelbey, British composer, died on the Isle of Wight.

22 November 1959, Sam M Lewis, US singer, died in New York (born 25 October 1885 in New York)

16 November 1959, The Sound of Music, with Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened at Lunt Fontaine Theatre, New York, USA.

13 October 1959, Marie Osmond, singer, was born.

28 August 1959, George W Meyer, US composer, died in New York (born 1 January 1884 in New York)

28 September 1959, English musician Gerard Hoffnung died in London.

3 August 1959, English baritone singer Simon Keenlyside was born in London.

19 July 1959, Licco Amar, Hungarian violinist, died in Freiburg (born 4 December 1891 in Budapest)

18 July 1959, English composer Jonathan Dove was born in London.

17 July 1959, Billie Holliday, US singer, died.

16 July 1959, James MacMillan, composer, was born.

15 July 1959, Ernest Bloch, Swiss born US composer, died in Portland, Oregon (born 24 July 1880 in Geneva)

2 June 1959, Lydia Lunch, US singer, was born.

29 April 1959, Scottish composer Craig Armstrong was born in Glasgow.

5 April 1959, English pianist Julius Drake was born in London.

1 April 1959, German conductor Christian Thielemann was born in Berlin

30 March 1959, Sabine Meyer, German clarinet player, was born.

11 March 1959, Haydn Wood, British composer, died in London (born 25 March 1882 in Slathwaite, Yorkshire)

27 February 1959, Frederic Durieux, French composer, was born

18 February 1959, Erich Zeisl, US composer, born 18 May 1905, died.

3 February 1959, Buddy Holly, US musician, was killed in an air crash in Iowa.

16 January 1959, Sade, singer, was born.

1958, The Jive Dance became popular, a twisting of the hips dance, as successor to the Jitterbugging dance. Its simplicity made it popular with teenagers and adults in the 1960s.

1958, The Royal Northern Sinfonia chamber orchestra was founded by Michael Hall.

1958, The Shadows music group was formed.

1958, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra was founded by Sir Neville mariner.

24 December 1958, Nicholas Brodszky, Russian-born composer, died in London.

19 December 1958, English cellist Steven Isserlis was born in London

9 December 1958, Rikk Agnew, US guitarist, was born in Newport Beach, California.

6 December 1958, Jose Collins, British actress, died in London (born 23 May 1887 in London)

26 November 1958, Tiny Bradshaw, US singer, died in Cincinatti (born 23 September 1905 in Youngstown, Ohio)

3 November 1958, Harry Revel, US composer, died in New York (born 21 December 1905 in London)

22 October 1958, Bobby Blotzer, US rock drummer was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

12 October 1958, Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned),wasborn in Barry, Wales (died 2015)

29 September 1958, Robert Mason Carlisle, US singer, was born.

22 September 1958, Andrea Bocelli, tenor singer, was born.

26 August 1958, Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer, died aged 85.

22 August 1958, Vernon Reid, musician, was born.

16 August 1958, Madonna, US singer, was born.

8 August 1958. Columbia Records signed up a 17-year-old singer called Cliff Richard.

25 July 1958, Thurston Moore, US guitarist, was born in Coral Gables, Florida.

30 July 1958, Alexander Albrecht, composer, died aged 72.

27 June 1958, Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg was born in Helsinki.

21 June 1958, Ford T Dabney, US composer, died in New York (born 15 March 1883 in Washington DC)

18 May 1958, Toyah Wilcox, singer, was born.

17 May 1958, Ivor Bolton, conductor, was born.

28 March 1958, William Christopher Handy, US composer, died aged 84.

10 April 1958, Israeli US pianist Yefim Bronfman was born in Tashkent.

8 March 1958, Gary Numan [Webb], British new wave rock musician ("Cars"), was born in Hammersmith, England

1 March 1958, English mezzo soprano singer Yvonne Howard was born in Stafford.

16 February 1958, Ice-T, rapper and songwriter, was born.


Elvis Presley

21 January 1997, Colonel Tom Parker, manager of Elvis Presley, died.

16 August 1977. The rock and roll star Elvis Presley died in Memphis, Tennessee, aged 42. He died in the bathroom of his home although he was actually pronounced dead at 3.30 pm in the emergency room of the Baptist Hospital, Memphis. Overweight, he died of heart failure. He was buried in Memphis on 18 August 1977. He was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, the survivor of twin boys, on 8 January 1935.

26 June 1977. Elvis Presley made his last ever live stage appearance at the Market Square Arena in Indianopolis.

20 December 1957. At the height of his career, Elvis Presley received his call-up papers.

2 November 1957, Elvis Presley set a record with 8 simultaneous UK top 30 entries.

19 March 1957, Elvis Presley paid the US$ 1,000 deposit on a mansion called Graceland, being sold by Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore.

13 January 1957, Elvis Presley recorded All Shook Up in a Hollywood studio.

9 September 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. By his 3rd appearance, the moralistic Ed Sullivan would only show him from the waist up, concerned about his hip-thrusting.

6 April 1956, Paramount Pictures signed Elvis for a three-film, five-year contract worth $450,000.

22 February 1956, Elvis Presley entered the Charts for the first time with Heartbreak Hotel.

10 February 1956, Elvis Presley walked into a recording studio and made his first record, Heartbreak Hotel.

13 May 1955, A riot took place at an Elvis Presley concert in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.


21 December 1957, Eric Coates, British composer, died in Chichester (born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, 27 August 1886)

9 December 1957, Donny Osmond, singer, was born.

29 November 1957, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, composer, died in Hollywood, USA (born 29 May 1897 in Brno, Czechoslovakia)

20 September 1957 Jean Sibelius, composer, died.

13 September 1957. The Mousetrap became Britain�s longest running play, reaching its 1,998th performance.

19 August 1957, Leonard Bernstein�s musical West Side Story premiered in the National Theatre, Washington, before moving to Broadway, New York.

16 August 1957, Madonna Louise Cicerone (�Madonna�), musician, was born.

11 August 1957, First performance, in Munich, of Paul Hindemith�s opera Die Harmonie der Welt (the Harmony of the World). A symphony from this opera had premiered in 1951.

3 July 1957, Laura Branigan, singer, was born.

2 June 1957, King Lizzard (Randall Colmus), US psychedelic rock singer, was born in Detroit, Michigan

9 May 1957, Ezio Pinza, Italian baritone singer, died in Stamford Connecticut (born 18 May 1892 in Rome)

14 April 1957, Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev was born in Archangelsk.

24 March 1957, Carson J Robison, US composer, died in Pleasant Valley, New York (born 4 August 1890 in Chetopa, Kansas)

25 February 1957, Gene Buck, US songwriter, died in Great Neck, New York (born 8 August 1895 in Detroit)

19 January 1957, Micky Virtue, musician, was born.

28 December 1956, Nigel Kennedy, violinist, was born.

7 December 1956, Henry Fillimore, US composer, died in Miami, Florida (born 2 December 1881 in Cincinatti)

30 November 1956, Jean Schwartz, composer, died in Sherman Oaks, California (born 4 November 1878 in Budapest)

26 November 1956, Tommy Dorsey, band leader, died.

11 November 1956, Billy Smith, US country singer, was born in Reidsville, North Carolina

10 November 1956, Victor Young, US composer, died in Palm Springs, California (born 8 August 1900 in Chicago)

19 October 1956, Isham Jones, US composer, died in Florida (born 31 January 1894 in Coalton, Ohio)

1 October 1956, Albert Von Tilzer, US composer, died in Los Angeles (born 29 March 1878 in Indianapolis)

27 September 1956, English composer Gerald Finzi died in Oxford.

2 September 1956, English oboist and conductor Paul Goodwin was born in Warwick.

26 June 1956, Chris Isaak, singer, was born.

30 May 1956, Valaida Snow, US singer, died in New York (born 2.6/1900 in Washington DC)

29 May 1956, Hermann Abendroth, German conductor, died in Jena (born 19 January 1883 in Frankfurt)

22 April 1956, Finnish conductor Jukka Pekka Saraste was born in Heinola.

21 March 1956, Ann Mackay, soprano singer, was born

26 February 1956, Keisuke Kuwata, singer, was born.

20 May 1956, Andre Charlot, French theatre director, died in Woodland, California (born in Paris 26 July 1882)

21 February 1956, Edwin Franko Goldman, US composer, died in new York (born 1 January 1978 in Louisville, Kentucky)

17 January 1956, Paul Young, singer, was born.

21 December 1955, Canadian violinist and conductor Peter Oundjan was born in Toronto.

3 December 1955, Charles Edward Davenport, US composer, died in Cleveland (born 23 April 1894 in Anniston, Alabama)

27 November 1955, Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer, died aged 63.

25 November 1955, Bruno Tonioli, Italian dancer, was born.

5 November 1955, The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopened with a performance of Beethoven�s Fidelio. It had been destroyed in an Allied bombing raid on 12 March 1945.

29 October 1955, Dmitri Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, originally completed in 1948, was premiered by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra.

27 October 1955, Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer, died aged 66

19 September 1955, Richard Burmer, US composer, was born in Owosso, Michigan (died 2006)

3 September 1955, Steve Jones, musician with the Sex Pistols, was born.

25 August 1955, Tom Costello, British music hall comedian, was born in London.

30 July 1955, English conductor and violinist Christopher Warren Green was born in Gloucestershire.

28 June 1955, John C Spikes, US songwriter, died in Pasadena, California (born 22 July 1882)

4 May 1955, Georges Enescu, Romanian composer and violinist, died in Paris, France (born 19 August 1881 in Liveni, Romania.

10 April 1955, Easter Sunday. Lesley Garrett, soprano singer, was born.

9 March 1955, Byron Adams, US composer, was born in Atlanta.

14 February 1955, Charles Cuvillier, French composer, died in Paris (born 24 April 1877 in Paris)

26 January 1955, Eddie van Halen, musician, was born.

19 January 1955, Simon Rattle, conductor, was born.


25 December 1954, Annie Lennox, singer, was born.

13 December 1954, Raymond Hubbell, US composer, died in Miami (born 1 June 1879 in Urbana, Ohio)

11 December 1954, Jermaine Jackson, singer, was born.

11 November 1954, John Rosamond Johnson, US composer, died in new York (born 11 August 1873 in Jacksonville, Florida)

8 November 1954, Rickie Lee Jones, singer and songwriter, was born.

24 October 1954, Jozef Raz, Slovak musician and singer, was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.

5 October 1954, Bob Geldof, rock musician and charity fundraiser, was born in Dublin.

25 August 1954, Elvis Costello, English musician, was born.

11 August 1954, Joe Jackson, singer, was born.

29 June 1954, Marcello Viotti, conductor, was born (died 15 May 2005).

5 June 1954, Nicko McBrain, musician (Iron Maiden), was born.

19 May 1954, Charles Ives, US composer died (born 1874).

11 May 1954, Judith Weir, composer, was born.

1 May 1954, Ray Parker Jr., singer and songwriter, was born.

5 April 1954, Stan Ridgway, US singer-songwriter, wasborn in Barstow, California.

26 March 1954, Louis Silvers, US composer, died in Hollywood (born 6 September 1889 in New York)

3 March 1954, Noel Gay, British composer, died in London (born 15 July 1898 in Wakefield)

6 February 1954, Paul Althouse, US tenor singer, died in new York (born 2 December 21889 in Reading, Pennsylvania)

10 January 1954, Fred Raymond, Austrian composer, died in Uberlingen (born 20 April 1900 in Vienna)

1953, The Drifters group was formed,

26 December 1953, English choral conductor Victor Hely-Hutchinson was born in Goudhurst.

24 October 1953, Ernest Irving, British composer, died in London (born 6 November 18777 in Godalming, Surrey)

20 October 1953, Fred E Ahlert, US composer, died in New York (born in New York 19 September 1892)

15 October 1953 Youth culture was yet to arrive, as was the word �teenager�. Top of the pop charts were Mantovani, Doris Day, and Dean Martin.

14 October 1953, Arthur Wimperis, British author, died in London (born 3 December 1874 in London)

21 September 1953, English composer Roger Quilter died in London.

7 September 1953, Benmont Tench, musician, was born.

14 August 1953, US composer James Horner was born in Los Angeles.

11 July 1953, English conductor Bramwell Tovey was born in Ilford.

22 June 1953, Cyndi Lauper, singer, was born.

17 May 1953, Leon Xanraf, French composer, died in Paris (born 9 December 1867 in Paris)

3 May 1953, English composer Stephen Warbeck was born in Southampton.

23 April 1953, Peter de Rose, US composer, died in New York (born 10 March 1900 in New York)

19 March 1953, Irene Bordoni, singer, died in New York (born in Corsica, 16 January 1895)

5 March 1953. Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer, died.

26 February 1953, Michael Bolton, singer, was born.

20 February 1953, Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly was born in Milan.

24 January 1953, Ukrainian viola player Yuri Bashmet was born in Rostov on Don.

22 January 1953, Korean conductor and pianist Myung Whun Chung was born in Seoul.

28 December 1952, Fletcher Henderson, US composer, died in New York (born 18 December 1897 in Cuthbert, Georgia)

27 December 1952, David Knopfler, musician, was born.

14 November 1952, Charts for pop singles were published in Britain for the first time, in New Musical Express.

9 October 1952, Sharon Osbourne, music manager, was born.

24 August 1952, Carlo Curley, organist, was born

21 August 1952, Joe Strummer, musician, was born.

17 July 1952, Phoebe Snow, singer, was born.

16 July 1952, Stewart Copeland, drummer with The Police, was born

12 June 1952, Oliver Knussen, composer, was born.

14 May 1952, David Byrne, US rock musician, was born in Dumbarton, Scotland

22 March 1952, Dave Macon, US country singer, died in Readyville, Tennessee (born 7 October 1870 in Readyville)

17 March 1952, Percy Wenrich, US composer, died in New York (born 23 January 1880)

5 March 1952, Vladimir Scherbachov, composer, died aged 63.

1 February 1952, Hungarian pianist Jeno Jando was born in Pecs.

29 January 1952, Tommy Ramone, musician and record producer, was born,

21 January 1952, Billy Ocean, musician, was born.

17 January 1952, Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto was born in Tokyo.

1 December 1951, First performance, in London, of Benjamin Britten�s opera Billy Budd.

22 November 1951, US conductor Kent Ngano was born in Morro Bay.

17 November 1951, George H Clutsam, Australian composer, died in London, UK (born 26 September 1866 in Sydney)

9 November 1951, Sigmund Romberg, composer, died in New York (born in Hungary, 29 July 1887)

7 October 1951, John Cougar Mellencamp, singer, was born.

2 October 1951, Sting, musician, was born.

15 September 1951, Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, died aged 56

10 September 1951, Giuseppe Mule, Italian composer, died aged 66

6 September 1951, Melih Kibar, Turkish composer, was born (died 2005)

21 August 1951, English composer Constant Lambert died in London.

16 August 1951, Louis Jouvet, French theatre director., died.

13 July 1951, Austrian-born composer Arnold Schoenberg died.

8 June 1951, Herman Hupfield, US composer, died in Montclair, New Jersey (born 1 February 1894 in Montclair)

4 June 1951, US double bassist Serge Koussevitzky died in Boston.

4 May 1951. Sigmund Esco, musician (Jackson Five), was born in Gary, Indiana.

2 May 1951, John Glascock, British bass guitarist and singer, was born in Islington, England (died 1979)

27 April 1951, Ace Frehley, musician in KISS, was born

26 April 1951, John Alden Carpenter, US composer, died aged 75.

24 April 1951, Nigel Harrison, British rock musician, was born in Stockport, Cheshire.

7 April 1951, Janis Ian, singer, was born.

6 March 1951, Ivor Novello, Welsh composer, died aged 58.

9 February 1951, Eddy Duchin, US composer, died on New York (born 1 April 1910 in Cambridge, Masachusetts)

31 January 1951, Phil Collins, rock musician, was born.

20 January 1951, Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer was born in Budapest.

9 December 1950, Joan Armatrading, singer, was born.

25 November 1950, Yvonne Kerry, opera singer, was born

20 October 1950, Tom Petty, musician, was born.

14 October 1950, Florence Aylward, English composer, died in St Leonards on Sea (born 10 March 1862 in Brede, East Sussex)

22 June 1950, Julio Fonseca, Costa Rican composer, died aged 65.

17 June 1950, Phoebe Snow, US musician, was born.

9 June 1950, Joe Burke, US composer, died in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania (born 18 March 1884)

13 May 1950, Stevie Wonder, US singer, was born.

17 April 1950, Brazilian pianist Cristina Ortiz was born in Bahia.

3 April 1950, Kurt Weill, German composer, died in New York (born 2 March 1900 in Dessau)

9 March 1950, English pianist and conductor Howard Shelley was born in London.

26 February 1950, Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer, died aged 79.

15 February 1950. John Adams, composer, was born.

4 February 1950, Philip Ehart, rock drummer, was born.

14 January 1950, English conductor, flautist and harpsichordist Nicolas McGegan was born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

1949, Sreel bands, from Trinidad, were becoming popular.

22 December 1949, Robin and Maurice Gibb, musicians, were born.

7 December 1949, Tom Waits, singer and songwriter, was born.

6 December 1949, Huddie William Ledbetter, US folk and blues singer, died in New York (born 10 January 1889 in Mooringsport, Louisiana.

2 December 1949, Albert Ammons, US pianist, died in Chicago (born 23 September 1907 in Chicago)

9 November 1949, Margit Bokor, Hungarian soprano singer, died in New York (born Losoncz 1905)

30 October 1949, English conductor James Judd was born in Hertfordshire.

22 October 1949, Stiv Bators, musician, was born.

11 October 1949, Daryl Hall, musician, was born.

4 October 1949, Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, died in Vienna (born 12 March 1874 in Vienna)

24 September 1949, Pierre Breville, composer, died aged 88.

22 September 1949, David Coverdale, English rock musician, was born.

28 August 1949, The Aspen Music Festival was founded in Colorado, USA.

27 August 1949, Ann Murray, mezzo-soprano singer, was born

12 August 1949, Mark Knopfler, musician, was born.

26 July 1949, Roger Taylor, drummer in Queen, was born.

15 July 1949, John Casken, composer, was born.

9 June 1949, Maria Cebotari, Russian-born Austrian soprano singer, died in Vienna (born 10 February 1910 in Kishinev)

8 June 1949, US pianist Emanuel Ax was born in Lvov.

29 May 1949, Francis Rossi, musician, was born.

21 May 1949, Rosalind Plowright, soprano singer, was born.

18 May 1949, Rick Wakeman, British composer, was born in Perivale, Middlesex

16 May 1949, Ferrucio Furlanetto, Italian bass singer, was born in Pordenone, Sicily.

9 May 1949. Billy Joel, American singer and songwriter, was born in the Bronx, New York.

14 April 1949, Scottish trumpeter and Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, John Wallace, was born in Methihill, Fife.

10 April 1949, Fred Thompson (Frederick James), British singer, died in London (born 24 January 1884 in London)

3 March 1949, Roberta Alexander, US soprano singer, was born in Lynchburg, Virginia.

26 February 1949, Emma Kirkby, soprano singer, was born.

15 February 1949, Hans Graf, Austrian conductor, was born in Linz.

11 February 1949, George Botsford, US composer, died in New York (born 24 February 1874 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

5 January 1949, Wilelmina Fernandez, US soprano singer, was born in Philadelphia.

1948, The UK�s National Youth Orchestra was fonded.

31 December 1948, Donna Summer, US singer, was born.

25 December 1948, Barbara Mandrell, US country singer, was born in Houston

18 December 1948, English conductor Claudio Scimone was born in Padua.

17 December 1948, Edgar Istel, German musicologist, died in Miami, Florida (born 23 February 1880 in Mainz)

25 October 1948, Diana Burrell, English composer, was born in Norwich.

11 October 1948, Daryl Hall, rock singer, was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania

10 October 1948, Siegmund Hausegger, Austrian composer, died in Munich (born 16 August 1872 in Graz)

4 October 1948, Jan Savitt, composer, died in Sacramento, California (born 4 September 1908 I St Petersburg, Russia)

9 October 1948, Jackson Browne, musician, was born.

8 October 1948, Johnny Ramone, musician, was born.

26 September 1948, Olivia Newton John, singer, was born.

27 August 1948, Oley Speaks, US composer, died in new York (born 28 June 1874 in Canal, Winchester, Ohio)

24 August 1948, Jean Michel Jarre, musician, was born

21 August 1948, Professor Derek Avis, cellist, was born.

13 August 1948, US soprano Kathleen Battle was born in Ohio.

6 August 1948, Faith Esham, US soprano singer, was born in Vanceburg, Kentucky.

21 July 1948, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), songwriter and musician, was born.

16 July 1948, Pinchas Zukerman, violinist, was born

29 May 1948, Linda Esther Gray, opera singer, was born.

2 May 1948, Arthur Fox Strangeways, English musicologist, died in Dinton, near Salisbury (born 14 September 1859 in Norwich)

28 May 1948, Cypriot violinist Levon Chilingirian, founder of the Chilingirian Quartet, was born in Nicosia.

12 May 1948, Steve Winwood, rock musician, was born.

4 May 1948, Jeannine Altmeyer, US soprano singer, was born in Pasadena.

29 April 1948, Australian pianist Leslie Howard was born in Melbourne.

17 April 1948, Jan Hammer, composer, was born.

15 April 1948, US composer Michael Kamen was born in New York.

20 March 1948, The TV network CBS broadcast a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra. This was the first concert to be televised in the USA.

4 March 1948, Shakin� Stevens (Michael Barratt), British rock and roll singer, in Ely, Wales.

26 March 1948, Kyung Wha Chung, violinist, was born.

22 March 1948, Andrew Lloyd Webber, British composer, was born.

28 March 1948, Easter Sunday. Milan Williams, keyboard player with the Commodores, was born (died 8 July 2006)

6 March 1948, Stephen Lawrence Schwartz, US composer, was born in New York

5 March 1948, Elaine Page, singer, was born.

10 February 1948, Conrad Cummings, US composer, was born in San Francisco.

7 February 1948, William �Red� McKenzie, US blues musician, died in New York (born 14 October 1899 in St Louis).

23 January 1948, Anita Pointer, singer, was born.

21 January 1948, Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari died in Venice.

11 January 1948, Eva Tanguey, vaudeville star, was born in Marbleton, Quebec.

9 January 1948, Paul King, British rock guitarist was born in Dagenham, Essex, England.

1947, The Hollywood String Quartet was founded in the USA.

31 December 1947, Burton Cummings, musician, was born.

26 December 1947, Marguerite Carre, French soprano singer, died in Paris (born 16 August 1880 in Cauborg)

19 December 1947, Karl Jorn, Latvian-born US tenor singer, died in Denver (born 5 January 1873 in Riga)

24 November 1947, Paul Griffiths, English musicologist, was born in Bridgend, Glamorgan.

18 October 1947, Laura Nyro, US composer, was born in New York.

3 October 1947, Kevin Richardson, rock guitarist, was born

3 September 1947, Susan Milan, flautist, was born

24 August 1947, The Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama was launched. It was an antidote to the prevailing austerity.

19 August 1947, US conductor and trumpeter Gerard Schwartz was born in Weehawkin, New Jersey.

10 August 1947, Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev was born in Moscow.

5 August 1947, Angry Anderson, singer, was born.

2 August 1947, Maria Santamaria, Spanish singer, was born in Madrid

23 July 1947, David Essex, singer, was born.

15 July 1947, Walter Donaldson, US composer, died in Santa Monica, California (born 15 February 1893 in Brooklyn, New York)

10 July 1947, Arlo Guthrie, musician, was born.

20 June 1947, First performance, at Glyndebourne, of Benjamin Britten�s opera Albert Herring.

14 June 1947, Annie Krull, German soprano singer, died in Schwerin (born 12 January 1876 in Rostock)

3 June 1947, First performance, in Paris, of Francis Poulenc�s opera Mamelles de Tiresias (Breasts of Tiresias), based on Guillaume Apollinaire�s surrealist play

28 April 1947, Nicola leFanu, composer, was born

22 April 1947, Barry Guy, English composer and double bass player, was born in London.

25 March 1947. Elton John, British musician, was born in Pinner, London, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

10 March 1947, Andrew Parrott, conductor, was born.

8 March 1947, Carol Bayer Sager, singer and songwriter, was born.

7 March 1947, Jane Relf, singer, was born in Richmond, Surrey, England

5 March 1947, Alfredo Casella, Italian composer, pianist and conductor, died aged 63

4 March 1947, Peter Skellern, composer, was born.

15 February 1947, John Coolidge Adams, composer, was born.

28 January 1947, Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French composer, died in Paris (born 9 August 1875 in Caracas)

27 January 1947, Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Austrian mezzo and soprano singer, died in Vienna (born 29 November 1872 in Vienna)

15 January 1947, Pete Waterman, record producer, was born.

1946, The Borodin String Quartet was founded in Russia

1946, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was founded by conductor Thomas Beecham. Now based at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea, London, its first performance was atvte Davis Theatre in Croydon.

1946, The Fine Arts String Quartet was founded in Chicago, USA.

28 December 1946, Carrie Jacobs Bond, US singer, died in Glendale, California (born 11 August 1862 in Janesville, Wisconsin)

23 December 1946, Edita Gruberova, Czech soprano singer, was born in Bratislava.

21 December 1946, Carl Wilson, of The Beach Boys group, was born

15 December 1946, Frederic Norton, British composer, died in Holford, Somerset (born 1875 in Manchester)

16 November 1946, Mahasti, Iranian pop singer; was born in Tehran (died 2007)

1 November 1946, Ernie Erdman, US songwriter, died in Rockford, Illinois (born 23 October 1879 in Pittsburgh)

29 October 1946, Peter Green, guitarist, was born in London

22 October 1946, Elizabeth Connell, Irish mezzo and soprano singer, was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

18 October 1946, Howard Shore, composer, was born.

17 October 1946, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, musical producer, was born.

15 October 1946, Richard Carpenter, composer, was born.

14 October 1946, Justin Hayward, singer, was born

3 October 1946, Tim James Brymn, US composer, died in New York (born 5 October 1881 in Kinston, North Carolina)

22 September 1946. English bass singer John Tomlinson was born in Oswaldtwistle.

5 September 1946, Freddie Mercury, pop star with Queen, was born.

3 September 1946, Karl Emil Paul Lincke, German composer, died near Gottingen (born 7 November 1866 in Berlin)

8 August 1946, Maria Barrientos, Spanish soprano singer, died in Giboure (born 10 March 1883 in Barcelona)

25 July 1946, Linda Ronstadt, singer, was born.

15 July 1946, Linda Ronstadt, singer, was born.

9 July 1946, Bon Scott, singer for AC/DC, was born.

17 June 1946, Barry Manilow, American singer and songwriter, was born in New York City.

15 June 1946. Demis Roussos, Greek operatic singer, was born; see 25 January 2015.

15 May 1946, Csaba Erdely, Hungarian viola player and conductor, was born in Biudapest.

11 May 1946, The La Scala Opera House in Milan reopened after being bombed in the war.

12 April 1946, Teddy Brown, US musician, died (born 1900)

13 April 1946, Welsh soprano singer Della Jones was born in Neath.

17 March 1946, Michael Finnissy, English composer, was born in London.

6 January 1946, Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, was born (died 7 July 2006)


26 November 1945, John McVie, bassist, was born in London

25 November 1945, Hakan Hagegard, Swedish baritone singer, was born in Karlstad

24 November 1945, Lee Michaels, US organist and singer, was born in Los Angeles, California

27 October 1945, The London Philharmonia Orchestra gave its first performance, in London�s Kingsway Hall with Thomas Beecham conducting. The orchestra was founded by record company Walter Legge, who wanted to establish a new virtuoso orchestra in London as World War Two ended.

29 September 1945, Leila Cuberli, US soprano singer, was born in Austin Texas.

27 September 1945, Mischa Dichter, Chinese-born US pianist, was born in Shanghai

26 September 1945. Bela Bartok, composer, died.

20 June 1945, Anne Murray, singer, was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada

8 June 1945, The Dresden Philharmonic began giving concerts once more after World War Two ended.

7 June 1945, First performance in London of Benjamin Britten�s opera, Peter Grimes, a story of frustrated homosexuality based on the 1810 poem The Borough by George Crabbe.

6 June 1945, Bob (Robert Nesta) Marley, reggae musician,was born in Jamaica.

19 May 1945, Pete Townshend, musician in The Who, was born,

16 May 1945, Nicky Chinn, songwriter, was born in London

1 March 1945, Roger Daltry, musician, was born.

10 February 1945, Juan de Hernandez, composer, died aged 63.

10 January 1945, Rod Stewart, British rock singer, was born in London.


11 December 1944, Brenda Lee, US singer, was born in Lithonia, Georgia.

24 June 1944, Rio Gebhardt, German composer, died aged 36

1 March 1944, Roger Daltry, rock singer, was born.

10 February 1944, Peter Allen, musician, was born

13 January 1944, Johnny Noble, Hawaiian composer, died in Manoa (born 17 September 1892 in Honolulu)

1943, The Welsh National Opera was founded.

18 December 1943, Keith Richards, musician, was born.

30 November 1943, Oscar Harris, Surinamese singer, was born.

24 November 1943, Robin Williamson, musician, was born in Glasgow

14 July 1943. Jules Bledsoe, US composer, died in Hollywood (born 29 December 1898 in Waco, Texas)

26 June 1943, Georgie Fame, singer, was born.

17 June 1943, Barry Manilow, musician, was born.

30 April 1943, Bobby Vee, singer, was born.

25 April 1943, Easter Sunday. Tony Christie, singer, was born.

28 April 1943, Sergei Rachmaninov, Russian composer, died in Beverley Hills, California.

7 December 1942, Harry Chapin, singer and songwriter, was born.

17 October 1942, Gary Puckett, musician, was born.

20 August 1942, Isaac Hayes, singer, was born.

30 July 1942, Jimmy Blanton, US jazz bass-player, died in Monrovia, California.

19 July 1942, Vikki Carr, US singer, was born in El Paso, Texas

24 June 1942, Mick Fleetwood, drummer, was born.

29 May 1942. Bing Crosby recorded the bestseller White Christmas for the soundtrack of the film Holiday Inn.

11 May 1942, Ian Drury, singer, was born.

19 April 1942, Alan Price, British singer, was born near Jarrow.

25 March 1942, Aretha Franklin, US singer, was born.

4 March 1942, Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer, died aged 62.

25 February 1942, Leo Ascher, Austrian composer, died in New York (born 17 August 1880 in Vienna)

13 February 1942, Peter Tork, musician, was born.

10 February 1942, American bandleader Glen Miller was presented with a gold record of his popular tune �Chattanooga Choo Choo�; the tune was the first to hit one million sales.

5 November 1941, Art Garfunkel, of Simon and Garfunkel, was born in New York.

2 November 1941, Bruce Welch, guitarist, was born.

28 October 1941, Hank Marvin, guitarist, was born.

26 October 1941, Victor Schertzinger, US composer, died in Hollywood (born 8 April 1880 in Mahanoy, Pennsylvania)

20 February 1941, Buffy Sainte-Marie, musician was born in Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada

21 January 1941, Placido Domingo, Spanish operatic tenor, was born in Madrid.

20 January 1941, Pierre Lalonde, Canadian singer, was born.

26 December 1940, Oley Speaks, US composer, was born in New York

24 December 1940, Billy Hill, US composer, died in Boston (born 14 July 1899 in Boston)

23 December 1940, Eugene Record, lead singer of the band Chi-Lites, was born (died 22 July 2005)

4 December 1940, John Cale, musician, was born.

9 October 1940. John Lennon, songwriter and musician in The Beatles pop group, was born in Liverpool.He was the son of a ship�s steward.

7 July 1940, Ringo Starr, drummer in the Beatles pop group, was born Liverpool as Richard Starkey.

8 June 1940, Nancy Sinatra, daughter of singer Frank Sinatra, was born.

13 April 1940, Lester Chambers, American rock and soul singer, was born.

12 April 1940, Herbie Hancock, composer, was born.

19 February 1940, Smokey Robinson, musician, was born.


3 August 1939, Eugust Enna, composer, died aged 80.

25 July 1939, Richard Akre Trythall, US composer, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee

20 July 1939, Daniel Eyers Godfrey, British musician, died (born 20 June 1868).

13 July 1939. Frank Sinatra made his first record, �From the Bottom of my Heart� with the Harry James band.

3 July 1939, Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-soprano singer, was born.

16 June 1939. Chick Webb, US composer, died in Baltimore (born 10 February 1909 in Baltimore)

9 June 1939, Ileana Cotrubas, Romanian soprano singer, was born in Galati.

6 June 1939, Giacomo Aragall, tenor singer, was born

2 June 1939, Charles Miller, US singer, was born in Olathe, Kansas (died 1980)

27 May 1939, Don Williams, country singer, was born.

1 May 1939, Judy Collins, US folk singer, was born in Denver, Colorado.

21 April 1939, Edna Savage, UK singer, was born (died 31 December 2000).

16 April 1939, Dusty Springfield (Mary O�Brien), British singer, was born in Hampstead, London

10 April 1939, Glen Miller recorded Little Brown Jug.

2 April 1939, Marvin Gaye, soul singer, was born.

13 March 1939, Neil Sedaka, singer and composer, was born.

1 March 1939. Leo Brouwer, composer and guitarist, was born in Havana, Cuba

11 February 1939, Gerry Goffin, US singer, was born in New York.

19 January 1939, Phil Everly, musician, was born.

9 January 1939, Johan III Strauss, musician, died in Berlin (born 16 February 1866 in Vienna)


20 December 1938, John Harbison, composer, was born in Orange, New Jersey.

13 December 1938, Alvin Curran, US composer, was born in Providence, Rhode Island.

12 December 1938, Connie Francis, singer, was born.

5 December 1938, JJ Cale, musician, was born.

21 November 1938, US composer Leopold Godowsky died in New York.

6 November 1938, PJ Proby, singer, was born

3 October 1938, Eddie Cochran, US singer, was born.

16 August 1938, Robert Johnson, US blues singer, died in Greenwood, Missouri (born 8 May 1911 in Hazlehurst, Missouri)

2 August 1938, Bjarni Thorsteinsson, Icelandic composer, died aged 76

27 July 1938, James Thornton, composer, died in Astoria, New York (born 5 December 1861 in LiverpoolUK)

21 June 1938, Don Black, singer, was born.

13 June 1938, Gwynne Howell, opera singer, was born

12 June 1938, Ian Partridge, tenor singer, was born.

5 June 1938, Moira Anderson, Scottish singer, was born in Kirkintilloch.

30 May 1938, Miguel Fleta, Spanish tenor singer, died in la Coruna (born 28 December 1893 in Albalate la Cinca)

27 May 1938, Elizabeth Harwood, English soprano singer, was born in Barton Seagrave, Northamptonshire (died 21 June 1990 in Ingatestone, Essex)

29 April 1938, Klaus Voormann, rock bassist, was born in Berlin, Germany

17 March 1938. Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev born in Irkutsk, Siberia.

8 March 1938, Edgar McPhail Smith, US actor, died in Bayside, New York (born 9 December 1857 in Brooklyn, New York)

16 February 1938, John Corigliano, US composer, was born.

10 February 1938, Richard A Whiting, US composer, died in Beverly Hills, California (born 12 November 1891 in Peoria)

1937, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, New York State, USA, was founded.

28 December 1937, Maurice Ravel, composer, died.

26 December 1937, Dan Beddoe, tenor singer, died in New York 9born in Ameraman, Wales, 16 March 1863)

7 November 1937, Mary Allin, pop-folk musician, was born.

27 September 1937, Franz Grundheber, German baritone singer, was born in Trier.

6 September 1937, Henry Hadley, US composer, died in New York (born 20 December 1871 in Somerville, Massachusetts.

21 August 1937, Kenny Rogers, US country music singer, was born in Houston

11 July 1937, US composer George Gershwin died, aged 38.

15 June 1937, Waylon Jennings, US composer, was born in Littlefield, Texas.

5 June 1937, An opera was televised in the UK for the first time. It was Charles Gounod�s Faust,

22 May 1937, Jon Hassell, US composer, was born in Memphis.

11 May 1937, Viliam Figus, composer, died aged 62.

4 May 1937, Marisa Robles, harpist, was born.

16 April 1937, David del Tredici, US composer, was born in Coverdale, California.

6 April 1937, Merle Haggard, US country and western singer, was born in Bakersfield, California.

31 March 1937, Herb Alpert, US composer, was born in Los Angeles.

24 March 1937, Benjamin Luxon, baritone singer, was born.

12 March 1937, French composer Charles-Marie Widor died in Paris.

9 February 1937, Hildegard Behrens, German soprano singer, was born in Oldenburg.

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31 January 1937, Philip Glass, US composer, was born.

19 January 1937, Giovanna Marini, singer, was born in Rome, Italy

8 January 1937, Shirley Bassey, British singer and entertainer, was born in Cardiff, Wales.

26 December 1936, The Palestine Symphony orchestra gave its first concert in Tel Aviv, with Artuto Toscanini conducting.

11 November 1936, Edward German, British composer, died in London (born in Whitchurch, Shropshire, 17 February 1862)

24 October 1936, Bill Wyman, musician, was born

10 October 1936, Nana Mouskouri, Greek singer, was born in Athens.

7 September 1936, Buddy Holly, US singer songwriter, was born.

12 August 1936, Piero Faggioni, Italian opera producer, was born in Carrera.

10 July 1936, US conductor David Zinman was born in New York.

22 June 1936, Kris Kristofferson, US country singer, was born in Brownsville, Texas.

25 May 1936, Tom Hall, US country singer, was born in Olive Hill, Kentucky.

20 May 1936, Rufus Harley, musician, was born (died 1 August 2006)

23 April 1936, Roy Orbison, singer, was born.

22 April 1936, Glen Campbell, US country singer, was born in Delight, Arkansas.

18 April 1936, Italian composer Ottorino Respighi died in Rome.

9 April 1936, Berta Foerstrova-Lautererova, Czech soprano singer, died in Prague (born 11 January 1869)

30 March 1936, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland, English musicologist, died in Carnforth, Lancashire (born 7 April 1856 in London)

22 March 1936, Roger Whittaker, British singer, was born in Nairobi, Kenya (son of an emigrant Staffordshire grocer)

21 March 1936, Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer, died aged 70

15 March 1936, Howard Greenfield, songwriter, was born in Brooklyn, New York (died 1986)

14 September 1936, Ossip Gabrilovich, Russian-born US pianist, died in Detroit (born 7 February 1878 in St Petersburg)

9 February 1936, William Rimmer, British composer, died in Southport (born 1862 in Southport)

2 February 1936, Martina Arroyo, US soprano singer, was born in Harlem

1 February 1936, Alex Hill, US composer, died in Little Rock, Arkansas (born 19 April 1906 in Little Rock, Arkansas)

13 January 1936, Renato Bruson, Italian baritone, was born near Padua.

7 January 1936, Guy d�Hardelot, French singer, died in Shepperton, Middlesex (born 1858 at Chateau d�Hardelot, Boulogne sur Mer.

1935, The Conga dance, Latin American but of Black origin, became popular.

24 December 1935, Alban Berg, Austrian composer, died in Vienna (born 9 February 1885 in Vienna)

7 December 1935, Jean-Claude Casadesus, French conductor, was born in Paris

5 December 1935, Richard Little, US rock singer, was born in Macon, Georgia.

28 October 1935, English composer Howard Blake was born in London.

11 September 1935, Estonian composer Arvo Part was born in Paide.

12 August 1935, Emil Fischer, pianist, was born in Budapest.

19 July 1935, Gerd Albrecht, German conductor, was born in Essen.

24 June 1935, Carlos Gardel, Uruguayan singer, died in Medellin, Colombia (born 11 December 1887 in Tacuarembo)

10 May 1935, Larry Williams, US rhythm and blues singer, was born in New Orleans (died 2 January 1980 in Los Angeles)

24 April 1935, Dan Stuart Godfrey, British musician, died (born 21 May 1893)

22 April 1935, Fiorenza Cossotto, Italian mezzo singer, was born in Vercelli.

2 April 1935, Bennie Moten, US composer, died in Kansas City (born 13 November 1894 in Kansas City)

30 March 1935, John Eaton, US composer, was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

22 January 1935, Sam Cooke, US composer, was born in Chicago (died 11 December 1964 in Los Angeles)

20 January 1935, Sandor Balassa, Hungarian composer, was born in Budapest.

1934, The opera house at Glyndebourne, East Sussex, England, was established by John Christie (1882-1962).

23 December 1934, Italian conductor Claudio Scimone was born in Padua.

24 November 1934, Alfred Schnittke, German composer, was born (died 1998)

15 November 1934, Peter Dickinson, English composer, was born in Lytham St Annes.

30 October 1934, Frans Bruggen, Dutch musician, was born in Amsterdam.

26 October 1934, French pianist Jacques Loussier was born in Angers.

13 October 1934, Nana Mouskouri, singer, was born in Chania, Crete, Greece.

3 October 1934, Benjamin Boretz, US composer, was born in New York

17 July 1934, Philippe Capdenat, French composer, was born in Bordeaux, France

15 July 1934, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, composer, was born

10 June 1934, British composer Frederick Delius died in France.

6 June 1934, Philippe Entremont, French pianist, was born in Rheims.

28 May 1934, The first Glyndebourne Festival began in Sussex, with Mozart�s opera Le Nozze di Figaro. The festival was begun by John Christie, husband of the opera singer Audrey Mildmay.

25 May 1934. composer Gustav Holst, who wrote The Planets, died aged 59. He was buried in Chichester Cathedral.

2 May 1934, Philip Braham, British composer, died in London.

29 April 1934, Otis Rush, musician, was born.

24 April 1934, Laurens Hammond filed a patent for an "electrical musical instrument" known today as the Hammond organ.

11 March 1934, John D Burgess, piper, was born (died 29 June 2005)

4 March 1934, Mario Davidovsky, US composer, was born in Buenos Aires.

28 February 1934, Sylvia Geszty, Hungarian soprano singer, was born in Budapest.

24 February 1934, Renata Scotto, soprano singer, was born

23 February 1934. Sir Edward Elgar, English composer, (born 2 June 1857), died of pneumonia in Worcester. On 10 November 1910 he conducted the first performance of his violin concerto, played by Fritz Kreisler, at the Queen�s Hall, London Applause was described as worthy of the Battle of Trafalgar.

18 February 1934, Yoko Ono, the widow of Jon Lennon, was born.

8 February 1934, Elly Ameling, Dutch soprano singer, was born in Rotterdam.


23 November 1933, Krzyszrof Penderecki, composer, was born

3 November 1933, John Barry, composer, was born.

18 October 1933, Ben Bagley, US musician, was born in Hardwick, Vermont.

2 October 1933, French conductor Michel Plasson was born in Paris.

10 September 1933, Adrian Ross, British singer, died in London (born 23 December 1859 in Lewisham, London)

11 August 1933, Tamas Vassary, pianist and conductor, was born.

8 August 1933, Joe Tex, (Joseph Arrington), US soul singer, was born in Baytown, Texas (died 13 August 1982 in Navasota, Texas)

15 July 1933, Julian Bream, guitarist, was born.

10 July 1933, Jerry Herman, US composer, was born in New York.

17 June 1933, Christian Ferras, French violinist, was born at Le Toquet (died 15 September 1982 in Paris)

4 May 1933, James Brown, musician, was born.

29 April 1933. Rod McKuen, US composer, was born in Oakland, California

21 April 1933, Easley Blackwood, US composer, was born in Indianopolis.

16 April 1933, Easter Sunday. Dusty Springfield, singer, was born.

12 April 1933, Montserrat Cahalle, opera and concert singer, was born.

10 March 1933, David Ellis, English composer, was born in Liverpool.

21 February 1933, Nina Simone, singer, was born.

12 February 1933, Henri Duparc, French composer, died in Mont de Marsan (born 21 January 1848 in Paris)

29 January 1933, Sacha Distel, French composer, was born in Paris.

6 January 1933, Vladimir de Pachmann, 84, renowned Russian pianist, died aged 84.

1932, The London Philharmonic Orchestra was founded by Thomas Beecham. It nearly went bankrupt when World war Two began in 1939 and was saved by a takeover by its players.

1 December 1932, Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, died in Madrid (born 18 November 1871 near Barcelona)

27 November 1932, James Ord Hume, British composer, died in London (born 14 September 1864 in Edinburgh)

15 November 1932, Petula Clark, singer, was born.

16 October 1932, Henry Lewis, US musician, was born.

11 October 1932, Dottie West, US country singer, was born in McMinnville, Tennessee

8 October 1932, The London Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert under its creator, Sir Thomas Beecham.

28 September 1932, Sir Jeremy Isaacs, Director-General, Royal Opera House, was born

13 September 1932, Bengt Hallberg, Swedish pianist and composer, was born.

10 September 1932, Percy E Fletcher, British composer, died in London (born in Derby 12 December 1879)

28 August 1932, Cristina Deutekom, Dutch soprano singer, was born in Amsterdam.

5 August 1932, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Russian conductor, was born in Leningrad.

27 June 1932, Hugh Wood, composer, was born.

21 June 1932, Lalo Schifrin, US composer, was born in Buenos Aires

22 April 1932, Michael Colgrass, US composer, was born in Chicago.

8 April 1932, Fred Ebb, US singer, was born in New York.

9 April 1932, Carl Perkins, musician, was born.

1 April 1932, Debbie Reynolds, US actress, was born in El Paso, Texas

27 March 1932, Easter Sunday. Walter Durr, German musicologist, was born in Berlin.

6 March 1932, John Philip Sousa, composer, died.

4 March 1932, Miriam Makeba, singer, was born.

26 February 1932, Johnny Cash, US singer, was born.

8 February 1932, John Williams, composer and conductor, was born.

7 February 1932, Henry E Pether, British songwriter, was born in London

11 January 1932, Mary Rodgers, US composer, was born in New York

1931, The Rumba dance became popular in New York. It is Cuban-African in origin, and was being played in Madrid in the mid-1800s.

20 December 1931. Skeeter Davis, US country singer, was born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky.

16 December 1931, Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist and organist, was born in Montreal.

2 December 1931, French composer Vincent d�Indy died in Paris.

24 November 1931, Marcel Demougeot, French soprano singer, died in Paris (born 18 June 1871 in Dijon)

21 November 1931, Australian composer Malcolm Williamson was born in Sydney.

3 October 1931. Death of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

8 September 1931, Jimmy Glover, British composer, died in Hastings (born 18 June 1861 in Kingstown, Dublin)

28 August 1931, John Shirley-Quirke, bass baritone singer, was born.

1 August 1931, Jack Elliott, US folk singer, was born in Brooklyn, New York.

30 July 1931, Moshe Atzmon, Israeli conductor, was born in Budapest

8 July 1931, Louis Ballard, Indigenous American composer, was born in Miami, Oklahoma.

21 May 1931, Swiss composer Heinz Holliger was born in Langenthal.

12 May 1931, French composer Eugene Ysaye died in brussels.

7 May 1931, Teresa Brewer, US singer, was born in Toledo.

4 May 1931, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor, was born.

27 April 1931 Igor Oistrakh, violinist, was born.

13 April 1931, Anita Cerquetti, Italian soprano, was born (died 2014).

6 April 1931, Joan Carlyle, soprano singer, was born.

23 March 1931, Dame Nellie Melba, Australian singer, died.

29 January 1931, Leslie Bricusse, composer, was born.

22 January 1931, Sam Cooke, singer, was born.

1930, The piano firm Boosey and Hawkes was formed form an amalgamation of Hawkes (military and brass band music published) and Boosey (music publishers)

1930, The British Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra was fpunded, with Adrian Boult as chief conductor.

22 December 1930, Charles Kassell Harris, US composer, died in New York (born 1 May 1867 in Poughkeepsie, New York State)

17 December 1930, English composer Philip Heseltine, who wrote music under the name Peter Warlock, died in London.

7 December 1930, Richard Felciano, US composer, was born in Santa Rosa.

3 December 1930, Andy Williams, US singer, was born.

1 December 1930, Matt Monro, British singer, was born in London (died 7 February 1985 in Ealing, west London)

22 November 1930, Marjorie Kennedy-Fraser, Scottish composer, died in Edinburgh (born 1.10/1857 in Perth).

12 October 1930, Cyril Tawney, British composer, was born in Gosport, Hampshire.

8 October 1930, Pepper Adams, US composer, was born in Highland, Michigan (died 10 October 1996 in New York)

26 September 1930, German tenor singer Fritz Wunderlich was born in Kusel.

11 September 1930, Clifford Grant, Australian bass singer, was born in Randwick, New South Wales.

11 August 1930, Heinz Werner Zimmermann, composer

25 July 1930, Maureen Forrester, Canadian contralto singer, was born in Montreal.

3 July 1930, Carlos Kleiber, conductor, was born.

30 May 1930, David Evatt Tunley, composer, was born in Australia

29 May 1930, The BBC formed its own symphony orchestra, under Adrian Boult.

28 May 1930, Julian Penkivil Slade, composer, was born.

22 May 1930, Kenny Ball, trumpeter, was born.

11 May 1930, Gordon Langford, British composer, was born in Edgware, Middlesex

8 May 1930, Heather Harper, soprano singer, was born.

12 April 1930, First performance, in Brno, of Leon Janacek�s opera From the House of the Dead/

9 March 1930, First performance, in Leipzig, of Kurt Weill�s opera Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahogany (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany).

22 March 1930, Stephen Sondheim, composer, was born.

2 March 1930, Stephen Sondheim, US composer, was born.

26 February 1930, Lazar Berman, pianist, was born (died 6 February 2005)

12 January 1930, First performance, in Leningrad, of Dmitri Shostakovich�s opera The Nose, based on Gogol�s short story.

1929, The British Federation of Banjoists, Mandolinists and Guitarists was founded.

23 December 1929, Chet Baker, US singer, was born in Yale, Oklahoma (died 13 May 1988 in Amsterdam)

21 December 1929, Philip Cannon, English composer, was born in Paris

28 November 1929. Berry Gordy, US musician, was born in Detroit

26 November 1929, Michele Esposito, Italian composer, died in Florence (born 29 September 1855 near Naples)

2 November 1929, The first News Theatre Cinema opened in New York, the Embassy.

12 October 1929, Magnus Magnusson, British writer and TV presenter, was born in Reykjavik, Iceland.

29 September 1929, Lata Mangeshkar, musician, was born.

8 September 1929, Christoph von Dohnanyi, German born conductor, was born in Berlin

19 August 1929, Sergei Diaghilev, Russian impresario, died.

11 August 1929, Professor Alun Hoddinott, composer, was born.

10 August 1929, John Aldis, conductor, was born.

30 July 1929, Christine McGuire, American singer, was born.

26 July 1929, Alexis Weissenberg, Bulgarian pianist, was born in Sofia (died 2012)

23 June 1929, June Carter Cash, singer, was born.

18 June 1929, The Royal College of Arts placed an order for 500 Theramins, a new musical instrument.

13 June 1929, Alan Civil, English horn player, was born in Northampton (died 19 March 1989 in London)

26 May 1929, Bodewalte J Lampe, composer, died in New York (born in Ribe, Denmark, 8 November 1869)

25 May 1929, Beverly Sills, soprano singer, was born.

13 May 1929, Burt Bacharach, composer, was born,

2 May 1929, Fred Lincoln Wray, rock guitarist, was born (died 5 November 2005)

17 April 1929, James Last, composer, was born.

8 April 1929, Jacques Brel, Belgian composer, was born in Brussels (died 9/10.1978 in Bobigny, Paris).

21 March 1929, First performance in London of Ralph Vaughan William�s opera Sir John in Love, based on Shakespeare�s play The Merry Wives of Windsor.

24 February 1929, Andre Messager, French composer, died in Paris (born 30 December 1853 in Montlucon)

10 February 1929, Jerry Goldsmith, US composer, was born in Los Angeles.

3 February 1929, Val Doonican, singer, was born.

28 January 1929, Acker Bilk, British clarinettist, was born in Pensford, Somerset.

22 January 1929, Petr Eben, Czech composer, was born in Zamberk.


31 December 1928, Ross Barbour, US musician, was born.

30 December 1928, Bo Diddley, US rock singer, was born in McComb, Missouri.

18 December 1928, Galt McDermot, Canadian composer, was born in Montreal

3 December 1928, Andy Williams, US singer, was born in Wall Lake, Iowa.

2 December 1928, Jorg Demus, Austrian pianist, was born in St Polten.

23 November 1928, Jerry Bock, US composer, was born in New Haven, Connecticut.

18 November 1928, Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer, was born in Tbilisi (died 1994)

1 November 1928, Evangeline Florence (Houghton), US soprano singer, died in London (born 12 December 1873 in Cambridge Massachusetts)

31 October 1928, August Everding, German musical director, was born in Bottrop

27 October 1928, Cleo Laine, British singer, was born in Southall, near London

9 October 1928, Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara was born in Helsinki.

23 September 1928, Frank Foster, saxophonist, was born.

12 September 1928, Howard Talbot, British composer, died in Reigate, Surrey (born 9 March 1865 in Yonkers, New York)

31 August 1928, First performance in Berlin of the opera Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera), with music by Kurt Weill, adapting John Gay�s The Beggar�s Opera (1728) to the setting of 1920s Soho, London.

26 August 1928, Actress Barbara Stanwyck and vaudeville comedian Frank Fay were married in St. Louis.

22 August 1928, Karlheinz Stockhausen, composer, was born

12 August 1928, Leos Janacek, Czech composer, died aged 74.

27 July 1928, Sakari Mononen, Finnish composer, was born in Korpiselka (died 1997)

25 June 1928, Bill Russo, US composer, was born in Chicago

12 June 1928, Vic Damone, US singer, was born in Brooklyn, New York.

27 May 1928, Thea Musgrave, composer, was born.

23 May 1928, Rosemary Clooney, US singer, was born in Maysville, Kentucky.

14 April 1928, Loren Driscoll, US tenor singer, was born.

27 March 1928, Leslie Stewart, British composer, died in Richmond, Surrey (born 15 March 1864 in Southport, Lancashire)

15 March 1928, Bob Wilber, US musician, was born in New York

26 February 1928, Fats Domino, US pianist, was born.

8 February 1928, Oslan Ellis, harpist, was born.

1927, First instance of tap dancing.

1927, The first all-electric jukeboxes were produced in Chicago. Mass production of them began in 1934 and by 1939 there were 350,000 of them in US bars and restaurants.

27 December 1927, First performance in New York of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II�s musical Show Boat.

3 December 1927, Andy Williams, singer, was born.

1 November 1927, Florence Mills, US singer, died in new York (born 25; January 1895 in Washington DC)

27 October 1927, Dominick Argento, US composer, was born in York, Pennsylvania.

24 October 1927, Gilbert Becaud, French composer, was born in Toulon.

25 September 1927, Colin Davis, conductor, was born

14 September 1927, US dancer Isadora Duncan, aged 49, was strangled to death when her long scarf became tangled in the rear wheel of a sports car.

13 August 1927, HermannAlbert, German musicologist, died in Stuttgart (born 25 March 1871, Stuttgart).

11 August 1927, Raymond Leppard, conductor, was born

19 June 1927, Karel Kupka, Czech composer, was born in Rychvald.

9 June 1927, Franco Donatoni, Italian composer, was born in Verona.

3 May 1927, Ernest R Ball, US composer, died in Santa Ana, California (born 21 July 1878 in Cleveland, Ohio)

10 April 1927, Luigi Alva, Peruvian tenor singer, was born in Lima.

27 March 1927, Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist, was born (died 27 April 2007)

23 March 1927, Regine Crispin, French soprano singer, was born in Marseilles.

18 March 1927, John Harold Kander, US composer, was born in Kansas City

10 February 1927, Leontyne Price, soprano singer, was born.

27 January 1927, Nina Milkina, Russian-born pianist, was born (died 29 November 2006)

1926, Ninette de Valois founded the Academy of Choreographic Art, which gave rise tp the Vic-Wells Ballet, then in 1939 the Sadlers Wells Ballet. This moved to Covent Garden in 1946 and became the Royal Ballet in 1956.

26 December 1926, Earle Brown, US composer, was born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

9 November 1926, Piero Cappuccilli, baritone singer, was born (died 12 July 2005)

7 November 1926, Dame Joan Sutherland, opera singer, was born.

28 October 1926, Jon Vickers, tenor singer, was born

18 October 1926, Chuck Berry, US singer, was born.

19 September 1926, Arthur Wills, composer, was born

14 August 1926, Buddy Greco, singer, was born

10 August 1926, Marie-Claire Alain, French organist, was born in St Germaine n Laye.

1 August 1926, Theo Adam, German bass-baritone singer, was born in Dresden.

2 July 1926, Hans Werner Henze, composer, was born.

23 June 1926, Hank Shaw, trumpeter, was born (died 26 October 2006)

6 June 1926, German conductor Klaus Tennestedt was born in Merseburg.

26 May 1926, Joseph Horowitz, composer, was born in Vienna

25 April 1926, First performance in Milan of Giacomo Puccini�s opera Turandot.

9 March 1926, Jerry Ross, US composer, was born in New York (died 11 November 1955 in New York)

13 February 1926, Barney Childs, US composer, was born in Spokane, West Virginia

10 January 1926, Derek Hammond-Stroud, operatic baritone singer, was born.


19 December 1925, Robert B Sherman, US songwriter, was born in New York

14 December 1925, First performance in Berlin of Alban Berg�s opera Wozzeck.

23 November 1925, Johnny Mandel, US composer, was born in New York

11 November 1925, Gunther Schuller, US composer, was born in Jackson Heights, New York

24 October 1925, Luciano Berio, Italian composer, was born in Onaglia.

8 October 1925, Irene Dalis, US mezzo singer, was born in San Jose, California.

17 September 1925, Leonard Borwick, English pianist, died in le Mans (born 26 February 1868 in London)

13 September 1925, Mel Torme, US composer, was born in Chicago.

10 September 1925, Roy Brown, US composer, was born in New Orleans (died in Pacoima, California, 25 May 1981)

30 August 1925, Donald O�Connor, US singer, was born in Chicago

29 July 1925, Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer, was born in Chios

6 July 1925, Bill Haley, musician, was born.

4 July 1925, Cathy Berberian, US soprano singer, was born in Atttleboro, Massachusetts (died 6 March 1983 in Rome)

1 July 1925, French composer Erik Satie died in Paris.

28 May 1925, Dietrich Fisher Dieskau, baritone singer, was born

25 May 1925, Henry Petrie, US composer, died in Paw Paw, Michigan (born 4 March 1857 in Bloomington, Illinois)

17 February 1925, Ron Goodwin, British composer, was born in Plymouth.

9 February 1925, Alvin Brehm, US composer, was born in New York.

2 February 1925, David Whitfield, British singer, was born in Hull (died 16 January 1980 in Sydney)

1924, The Quick Time Foxtrot Dance developed from the Foxtrot, becoming known as the Quickstep by 1927.

29 November 1924, Composer Puccini died in Brussels.

16 November 1924, Edward Everett Rice, US composer, was born in Brighton, Massachusetts.

26 October 1924, Lew Dockstader, US singer, died (born 1856).

25 September 1924, Karel Burian, Czech tenor singer, died in Senomaty (born near Rakovnik 12 January 1870)

19 September 1924, English composer Ernest Tomlinson was born in Rawtensall.

13 September 1924, Maurice Jarre, French composer, was born in Lyons

7 September 1924, Leonard Rosenman, US composer, was born in New York

29 August 1924, Dinah Washington, US singer, was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (died14 December 1963 in Detroit)

23 August 1924, Heinrich Berte, Hungarian composer, died in Vienna (born 8 May 1858 in Galgocz)

20 August 1924, Jim Reeves, US country singer, was born in Galloway, Texas (died 31 July 1964 in Tennessee)

14 August 1924, Lee Adams, US musician, was born in Mansfield, Ohio.

27 July 1924, Ferrucio Busoni, German-Italian composer, died in Berlin (born 1 April 1866 in Empoli)

14 July 1924, Piero Bellugi, Italian conductor, was born in Florence.

2 July 1924, Rick Besoyan, US composer, was born in Reedley, California (died in Sayville, Long Island, 13 March 1970)

17 June 1924, Sir Edward Downes, conductor, was born.

25 May 1924, Theodore F Morse, US composer, died in New York (born 13 April 1873 in Washington DC)

17 May 1924, Gabriel Baquier, French baritone singer, was born in Beziers.

18 April 1924, Clarence �Gatemouth� Brown, musician, was born (died 10 September 2005)

9 April 1924, Julian Budden, English musicologist, was born in Hoylake.

29 March 1924, Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford died in London.

27 March 1924, Sarah Vaughan, US singer, was born in Newark, New Jersey (died 3 April 1990 in Los Angeles)

6 March 1924, Sarah Caldwell, US composer, was born in Maryville, Missouri.

4 March 1924, Happy Birthday to You, a song written by two US teachers, the sisters Patty and Mildred Hill, first appeared in print in a book by Robert H Coleman.

27 February 1924, Trevor Duncan, English composer, was born in Cornwall.

18 February 1924, Victor Capoul, French tenor singer, died in Pujaudran sur Gers (born 27 February 1839 in Toulouse)

12 February 1924, First performance of George Gershwin�s Rhapsody in Blue.

2 February 1924, Elfi von Dassanowsky, singer and pianist, was born in Vienna, Austria (died 2007)

6 January 1924, Earl Scruggs, US country banjoist, was born.


6 December 1923, Jim Eanes, musician, was born (died 21 November 1995).

2 December 1923, Maria Callas, Greek-US soprano singer, was born.

1 November 1923, Victoria de los Angeles, soprano singer, was born (died 14 January 2005).

25 October 1923, Don Banks, Australian composer, was born in Melbourne (died 5 September 1980 in Sydney)

20 October 1923, Robert Craft, US conductor, was born in Kingston, New York.

15 October 1923, Harold Blumenfeld, US composer, was born in Seattle.

17 September 1923, Hank Williams, musician, was born.

1 August 1923, Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, was born in Shibuya, Tokyo (died 2000)

29 June 1923, Gustav Kerker, composer, died in new York (born 28 February 1857 in Herford, Germany)

26 June 1923, Syd Lawrence, British bandleader, was born in Shotton, near Chester

12 June 1923, Fa�ade was performed at the Aeolian Hall, London. English poet Edith Sitwell recited her poems to William Walton�s accompanying music.

1 June 1923, Karl Engel, Swiss pianist, was born in Birsfeld.

30 May 1923, Paul Chevillard, French composer, died in Chatou (born 14 October 1859 in Patis)

28 May 1923, Gyorgy Ligeti, Hungarian composer, was born (died 2006).

27 February 1923, Dexter Gordon, US jazz saxophonist, was born in Los Angeles (died 25 April 1990 in Philadelphia)

19 February 1923, Jeronomo Gimenez, Spanish composer, died in Madrid (born 10 October 1854 in Seville)

22 January 1923, Leslie Bassett, US composer, was born in Hanford, California.

6 January 1923, A British National Opera production of Engel Humperdinck�s Hansel and Gretel at Covent Garden was the first broadcast of a complete opera in Europe


10 November 1922, John Crook, British composer, died in London (born 1852 in Manchester).

11 August 1922, Ron Grainer, Australian composer, was born in Atherton, Queensland (died 1981 in London)

27 July 1922, Bob Thiele, US songwriter, was born in Brooklyn, New York

18 June 1922, Italian composer Vittorio Monti died

4 June 1922, Irwin Bazelon, US composer, was born in Evanston, Illinois (died 2 August 1995 in New York)

28 April 1922, Phil Tate, bandleader, was born (died 9 December 2005)

25 April 1922, John Bavichi, US composer, was born in Boston.

22 April 1922, Charles Mingus, musician, was born.

16 February 1922, Geraint Evans, Welsh baritone singer, was born in Pontypridd (died 19 September 1992 in Aberystwyth)

8 April 1922, Carmen McRae, US singer, was born in New York

26 January 1922, Luigi Denza, Italian composer, died in London (born 24 February 1846 in Castellamare di Stabia).

16 January 1922, Jean Cox, US tenor singer, was born in Gadsden, Alabama.

3 January 1922, Siegmund Nissel, German musician, was born.


28 December 1921, Johnny Otis, US singer, was born in Vallejo, California.

16 December 1921, French composer and organist Camille Saint-Saens died aged 86.

12 December 1921, Toni Blankenheim, German baritone singer, was born in Cologne.

7 December 1921, British military bands decided to standardise their instrumentation, removing the tenor horn and introducing the saxophone.

3 December 1921, Phyllis Curtin, US soprano singer, was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

19 November 1921, Geza Anda, Hungarian pianist, was born in Budapest (died 14 June 1976 in Zurich)

22 October 1921, Georges Brassens, French singer, was born in Sete (died 30 October 1981 in Sete).

27 September 1921, German composer Engelbert Humperdinck died.

3 September 1921, Robert Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist, was born in Kingston, Surrey (died 6 March 1971 in London)

2 August 1921. Death of the Italian tenor Enrico Caruso, whose funeral in Naples was attended by 50,000 people.

13 July 1921, Ernest Gold, Austro-US composer, was born in Vienna.

9 July 1921, Marianne Brandt, Austrian mezzo singer, died in Vienna (12 September 1842 in Vienna)

26 May 1921, Hal David, musician, was born.

17 May 1921, Bob Merrill, US composer, was born in Atlantic City

8 April 1921, Franco Corelli, Italian tenor singer, was born in Ancona.

3 April 1921, Annie Louise Cary, USoperatic contralto singer, died aged 79

9 January 1921, Seymour Barab, US composer, was born in Chicago.

1920, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was founded. Originally known as the City of Birmingham Orchestra, it changed its name in 1948.

20 November 1920, Armin Schibler, Swiss composer, was born.

13 October 1920, Albert Hague, US composer, was born in Berlin.

2 October 1920, German composer Max Bruch died near Berlin.

12 August 1920, Percy Mayfield, US singer, was born (died 11 August 1984)

26 June 1920, Leonid Hambro, pianist, was born (died 23 October 2006)

23 June 1920, Paul Des Marais, US composer, was born in Menominee, Michigan (died 2011)

23 May 1920, Helen O'Connell, US singer was born in Lima, Ohio (died 1993)

23 March 1920, Geoffrey Bush, English composer, was born in London

22 March 1920, English pianist Fanny Waterman was born in Leeds.

4 March 1920, US harp maker Victor Salvi was born in Chicago.


24 October 1919, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra gave its inaugural concert, in the Trinity Auditorium.

20 September 1919, Ravel Khoklov, Russian baritone singer, died in Moscow (born 2 August 1854 in Tambov)

16 September 1919, Sven Erik Back, Swedish composer, was born in Stockholm (died 10 January 1994 in Stockholm)

30 August 1919, Kitty Wells, singer, was born.

26 August 1919, Georgia Gibbs (Freda Lipschitz), singer, was born (died 9 December 2006)

24 August 1919, Nils Viggo Bentzon, Danish composer, was born in Copenhagen.

29 July 1919, Vic Lewis, British bandleader, was born in London.

28 July 1919, Milan Horvat, Croatian conductor, was born in Pakrac.

1 June 1919, Manuel Klein, US composer, died in New York (born in London, UK, 6 December 1876)

18 May 1919, Margot Fonteyne, English ballerina, was born (died 1991).

16 May 1919. Waldzin Valentino Liberace was born in Wisconsin. His father wanted him to be an undertaker.

9 May 1919, James Reese Europe, US musician, died in Boston, Massachusetts (born 22 February 1881 in Mobile, Alabama)

5 May 1919, George London (Burnstein), Canadian bass-baritone singer, was born in Montreal (died 24 March 1985 in Armonk, New York)

25 April 1919, Camille Erlanger, French composer, died in Paris (born 25 May 1863 in Paris)

28 March 1919, Paul Doktor, US violist, was born in Vienna (died 21 June 1989 in new York).

17 March 1919, Nat King Cole, singer, was born.

13 March 1919, Amy Woodforde-Finden, British composer, died in London (born 1860 in Valparaiso, Chile)

27 February 1919, Gustav Holst�s The Planets received its first performance at the Queen�s Hall, London, but without Venus and Neptune. Holst himself was nursing a broken foot in Greece and missed the performance.

2 February 1919, Lisa Della Casa, Swiss soprano singer, was born in Burgdorf, Berne.

20 January 1919, Stepan Lucky, composer, was born.

1918, The Shimmy Dance became fashionable. It was a type of foxtrot, and remained popular through the 1920s.

1918, The Lener Quartet, Hungary, was founded.

1918, The Cleveland Orchestra, USA, was founded.

16 October 1918, Felix Arndt, composer, died aged 29.

19 August 1918, Orville Gibson, US musician, died in Ogdensburg, New York.

6 August 1918, Norman Granz, US musician, was born in Los Angeles.

3 August 1918, Les Elgart, US bandleader, was born in New Haven, Connecticut

27 July 1918, Gustav Kobbe, US musicologist, died in Long Island (born 4 March 1857 in New York)

6 July 1918, Eugene List, US pianist, was born in Philadelphia (died 28 February 1985 in New York)

2 July 1918, Albert Sirmay, composer, was born in Budapest (died 15 January 1967 in New York)

24 May 1918, First performance of Bela Bartok�s opera A Kekszakallu Herceg Vara (Duke Bluebeard�s Castle) in Budapest.

17 May 1918, Birgit Nilsson, Swedish opera singer, was born (died 1999)

14 March 1918, Sari Barabas, Hungarian soprano singer, was born in Budapest.

3 April 1918, Sixten Ehrling, conductor, was born (died 13 February 2005)

25 March 1918, Claude Debussy, French composer, died of cancer in London aged 55.

15 March 1918, French composer Lili Boulanger died in Mezy.

24 January 1918, Gotteffried von Einem, Austrian composer, was born in Berne (died12 July 1996 in Obern Durnbach)

18 January 1918, Amalie Materna, Austrian soprano singer, died in Vienna (born 10 July 1844 in St Georgen, Styria)

1917, The Budapest String Quartet was founded (disbanded 1967)

18 November 1917, Pedro Infante, Mexican actor and singer, was born.

30 October 1917, Anna Marly, singer, was born (died 15 February 2006)

8 October 1917, George Webb, British pianist, was born in London

28 September 1917, Vaclav Kaslik, Czech composer, was born in Policna (died 4 June 1989 in Prague)

24 September 1917, Rudolf Baumgartner, Swiss violinist and conductor, was born in Zurich,

13 September 1917, Robert Ward, American composer, was born (died 2013)

22 August 1917, John Lee Hooker, singer, was born.

26 May 1917, Inge Borkh, German soprano singer, was born in Mannheim.

21 May 1917, Dennis Day, US singer, was born in New York (died 22 May 1988 in Brentwood, California)

14 May 1917, Lou Harrison, US composer, was born in Portland, Oregon.

1 April 1917, Scott Joplin, American composer, died in poverty in an asylum.

23 March 1917, Jerry Guarnieri, US jazz composer, was born in New York (died 7 January 1985 in New York)

20 March 1917. Dame Vera Lynn was born.

28 February 1917, George Malcolm, English pianist, was born in London.

20 January 1917, John Raite, baritone singer, was born (died 20 February 2005)

7 January 1917, Ulysses Simpson Kay, US composer, was born in Tucson (died 20 May 1995 in Englewood, New Jersey)

3 January 1917, Pierre Dervaux, French conductor, was born in Juvisy sur Orge (died 20 February 1992 in Marseilles)


28 December 1916, Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer, died in Vienna (born 15 March 1835 in Vienna)

2 December 1916, Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, died (born 1846)

6 November 1916, Ray Conniff, US trombonist, was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

8 August 1916, Toraksu Yamaha, founder of the Yamaha musical instrument company, died in Hamamatsu.

22 May 1916, Gordon Blinkerd, US composer, was born in Lynch, Nebraska.

13 May 1916, Clara Louise Kellogg, US soprano singer, died in New Hartford, Connecticut (born 9 July 1842 in Sumterville, South Carolina)

11 May 1916, German composer Max Reger died in Leipzig.

22 April 1916, Yehudi Menuhin, US violinist, was born.

11 April 1916, Alberto Ginastera, Argentine composer, was born in Buenos Aires (died 25 June 1983 in Geneva)

6 April 1916, Martha Lipton, US mezzo-soprano singer, was born in New York.

18 March 1916, Winton Dean, English musicologist, was born in Birkenhead.

4 March 1916, Cecil Aronowitz, South African born British viola player, was born in King William�s Town (died in Ipswich 7 September 1978)

22 January 1916, French composer Henri Dutilleux was born in Angers.

4 January 1916, Slim Gaillard, US musician, was born in Detroit.

3 January 1916, Bernhard Greenhouse, US cellist, was born in Newark, New Jersey.

1915, The Foxtrot dance was becoming popular in the USA.

9 December 1915, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, singer, was born.

2 December 1915, Adolph Green, US singer, was born in New York

30 November 1915, Brownie McGhee, US blues singer, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee

29 November 1915, Billy Strayhorn, US composer, was born in Dayton Ohio (died31 May 1967 in New York)

28 October 1915, The first performance of Richard Strauss�s �Alpine Symphony� in Berlin.

24 October 1915, Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone singer, was born (died 1984)

4 October 1915, George Edwardes, British musician, died in Clee, Lincolnshire (born 4 October 1855 in London)

12 September 1915, Billy Daniels, US singer, was born in Jacksonville, Florida (died 7 October 1988 in Los Angeles)

26 August 1915, Gerda Demphina Brouwenstijn, Dutch soprano singer, was born in Den Helder.

28 March 1915, Jay Livingstone, US composer, was born in McDonald, Pennsylvania.

31 July 1915, George Forest Chichester, US composer, was born in Brooklyn, New York.

15 June 1915, Eleanor Warren, cellist, was born (died 25 August 2005)

27 April 1915, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin died in Moscow.

24 September 1915, Ettore Gracis, Italian conductor, was born in La Spezia (died 12 April 1992 in Treviso)

9 April 1915, Rudolph Schock, German singer, was born in Duisburg (died13 November 1986 in Berlin)

2 March 1915, Anthony Lewis, English composer, was born in Bermuda (died 5 June 1983 in Haslemere)

28 February 1915, Zero Mostel (Joel Samuel), US actor, was born in Brooklyn, New York.

8 February 1915, Newell Jenkins, US conductor, was born in New Haven.

3 February 1915, Richard Bales, composer, was born.

27 January 1915, Jack Brymer, English musician, was bornin South Shields, England (died 2003)

14 January 1914, Rudolph Wurlitzer, who gave his name to the company that manufactured harps and organs, died in Cincinnatti.

10 January 1915, Buddy Johnson, US composer, was born in Darlington, South Carolina (died 9 February 1977 in New York)

5 January 1915, Jeanne Gerville-Reache, French contralto singer, died in New York (born26 March 1882 in Orthez, Pyrenees)

1914, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was founded.

1914, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was founded.

9 November 1914, Jean-Baptiste Faure, French opera singer, died.

7 October 1914, Alfred Drake, US singer, was born

29 June 1914, Czech-Swiss conductor Rafael Kubelik was born near Bychory.

31 May 1914, Akira Ifukube, composer, was born (died 8 February 2006)

24 May 1914, Harry Parr-Davies, British composer, was born in Briton Ferry, Glamorganshire (died 14 October 1955 in London)

14 April 1914, Jean Fournet, French conductor, was born in Rouen.

21 March 1914, French cellist and conductor Paul Tortelier was born in Paris.

6 March 1914, Kiril Knodrashin, Russian conductor, was born in Moscow (died 7 March 1981 in Amsterdam)

23 February 1914, Ronald Dowd, Australian tenor singer, was born in Sydney (died 18 March 1990 in Sydney)

16 February 1914, Jimmy Wakely, US composer, was born in Mineola, Arkansas (died23 September 1982)

13 February 1914, ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers was formed in New York, to protect the interests of music composers and publishers.

12 February 1914, Tex Beneke, US saxophonist, was born in Fort Worth, Texas.

11 February 1914, Matt Dennis, US composer, was born in Seattle

10 February 1914, Larry Adler, US composer, was born in Baltimore.

9 February 1914, Ernest Dale Tubb, US country singer, was born near Crisp, Texas (died 6 September 1984 in Nashville, Tennessee)

23 January 1914, Pina Carmirelli, Italian violinist, was born in Varzi (died 27 February 1993 in Carpena)

1913, The Houston Symphony Orchestra was founded.

10 December 1913, Morton Gould, US composer, was born in Richmond Hill, New York

22 November 1913, Benjamin Britten, English composer, was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

27 October 1913, Boyd Raeburn, US band leader, was born in Faith, South Dakota (died 2 August 1966 in New York)

16 October 1913, Gino Bechi, Italian baritone singer, was born in Florence (died 2 February 1993 in Florence)

8 October 1913, Helmut Krebs, German tenor singer, was born in Dortmund.

28 September 1913, Vivian Fine, US composer, was born in Chicago.

15 September 1913, Henry Dreyfus Brant, US composer, was born in Montreal

25 August 1913, Stephen Adams, English composer, died in Buxton (born 31 January 1884 in Liverpool)

1 August 1913, Jerome Moross, US composer, was born in Brooklyn, new York (died 25 July 1983 in Miami)

27 July 1913, Everett Helm, US composer, was born inMinneapolis.

16 July 1913, Sigismund Bachrich, Hungarian composer, died in Vienna (born 23 January 1841 in Zsambokreth)

28 June 1913, George Lloyd, English composer, was born in St Ives, Cornwall

18 June 1913, Sammy Cahn, US singer, was born in New York

10 June 1913, Tikhon Nikolaievich Khrennikov, Russian composer, was born in Elets.

29 May 1913, The Parisian premier of Stravinsky�s Rite of Spring caused protest and riots in the audience. The music was jerky and innovative, and some people were anti-Russian.

21 May 1913, Gina Bachauer, Greek pianist, was born in Athens (died 22 August 1976 in Athens)

11 May 1913, Tutti Camarata, musician, was born (died 13 April 2005).

1 May 1913, Walter Susskind, conductor, was born.

25 April 1913, Earl Bostic, US composer, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (died in Rochester, New York, 28 October 1965)

4 April 1913. Frances Langford, US singer, was born in Lakeland, Florida

24 March 1913, The Palace Theater, New York, opened on Broadway, 47th Street.

26 February 1913. Felix Draeseke, German composer, died in Dresden (born 7 October 1835 in Coburg)

26 January 1913, James Van Heusen, US composer, was born in Syracuse, New York (died 6 February 1990 in Rancho Mirage, California)

25 January 1913, Witold Lutosławski, Polish composer, was born in Warsaw (died 1994)

24 January 1913, Gustav Luders, US composer, died in Chicago (born 13 December 1865 in Bremen, Germany)


29 December 1912, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer, was born in Melbourne (died 25 June 1990 in Sydney)

22 December 1912, Tony Martin, US singer, was born in Oakland, California.

7 November 1912, The Deutscher Opernhaus (now Deutsche Oper Berlin) opened in Charlottenburg, Berlin.

21 October 1912, Hungarian-born British conductor Georg Solti was born in Budapest.

7 September 1912, Antonietta Fricci, Austrian soprano singer, died in Turin (born 8 January 1840 in Vienna)

6 September 1912, Wayne Barlow, US composer, was born in Elyria, Ohio.

5 September 1912, Composer John Cage was born

27 August 1912, Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first went into print as a magazine serial.

26 July 1912, Samuel Goldberg Clark, US singer, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (died 1 October 1949 in Los Angeles)

14 July 1912, Woody Guthrie, US folk singer, was born in Oklahoma.

1 July 1912, The first Royal Command Performance took place at the Palace Theatre, London, watched by King George V and Queen Mary.

9 June 1912, Edgar Evans, tenor singer, was born.

24 May 1912, Joan Hammond, New Zealand soprano singer, was born.

19 May 1912, Alphonse Hasselmans, composer, died in Paris (born 5 March 1845 in Liege)

13 May 1912, Gil Evans, Canadian jazz pianist, was born on Toronto (died 20 March 1988 in Mexico)

8 July 1912, Christel Goltz, German soprano singer, was born in Dortmund.

3 May 1912, Virgil Keel Fox, US organist, was born in Princeton, Illinois (died 25 October 1980 in West Palm Beach)

22 April 1912, Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer, was born in Higher Walton, Lancashire (died 8 October 1953 in London)

7 April 1912, Easter Sunday. Jack Lawrence, US composer, was born in New York

19 February 1912, Saul Chaplin, US composer, was born in Brooklyn, New York

16 February 1912, Gwydion Brooke, bassoonist, was born (died 27 March 2005).

2 February 1912, Burton Lane, US composer, was born in New York

7 January 1912, German conductor Gunter Wand was born in Elberfeld.

1911, The Quickstep (ballroom) Dance became popular.

1911, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, USA, was founded.

21 December 1911, Paul Burkhard, Swiss composer, was born in Zurich (died in Zell, near Zurich, 6 July 1977)

8 December 1911, The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra was founded.

3 December 1911, Nino Rota, Italian composer, was born in Rome (died 10 April 1979 in Rome)

26 October 1911, Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer, was born.

13 September 1911, Bill Monroe, US country guitarist, was born in Rosine, Kentucky.

29 July 1911, Jan Cikker, Slovak composer, was born in Banska Bystrica (died 21 December 1989 I Bratislava)

6 July 1911, Laverne Andrews, singer, was born.

29 June 1911, US composer Bernard Herrmann was born in New York.

14 June 1911, Johan Svendsen, Norwegian composer, died aged 70.

13 June 1911, First performance of Stravinsky�s ballet, Petrushka.

18 May 1911, The composer Gustav Mahler died of heart disease in Austria, aged 51.

13 May 1911, Maxine Sullivan, US singer, was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania (died 7 April 1987 in New York)

5 May 1911, James A Bland, US composer, died in Philadelphia (born 22 October 1854 in Flushing, New York)

10 April 1911, Charles Zwar, Australian composer, was born in Broadford, Victoria (died 2 December 1989 in Oxford)

19 February 1911, Nikola Hercigonja, Croatian composer, was born in Vinkovci (died 2000)

2 February 1911, Jussi Bjoerling, Swedish operatic singer, was born (died 1960).

29 January 1911, Bernard Hermann, US composer, was born in New York (died 24 December 1975 in Los Angeles)

4 January 1911, Noro Sanabia Morales, Puerto Rican composer, was born in San Juan (died 4 January 1964 in San Juan).


30 December 1910, Paul Bowles, US composer, was born in New York.

17 December 1910, Spade Cooley, violinist, was born in Oklahoma (died 23 November 1969 in Oakland, California)

15 December 1910, John Hammond, US record producer, was born in New York (died 10 July 1987 in New York)

7 December 1910, Edmundo Ros, bandleader, was born in Venezuela.

4 December 1910, Alex North, US composer, was born.

6 November 1910, Arthur Cohn, US composer, was born in Philadelphia.

5 September 1910, Julian Edwards, British composer, died in Yonkers, New York (born 11 December 1855 in Manchester)

4 September 1910, Musicologist Remo Giazotto was born in Rome.

3 September 1910,Samuel Barber, US composer, was born.

31 August 1910, Edmond Audran, French composer, died in Tierceville (born 12 April 1840 in Lyons)

7 August 1910, Frederic Charles Slack, US composer, was born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin (died 10 August 1965 in Hollywood)

6 August 1910, Friedrich Schroder, composer, was born in Naefels, Switzerland (died 25 September 1972 in Berlin)

15 July 1910, Ronald Binge, British composer, was born (died 6.9/1979).

29 June 1910, Frank Loesser, US composer, was born in New York (died 28 July 1969)

23 June 1910, Jean Anouilh, French dramatist, was born (died 1987)

29 May 1910, Mily Balakirev, Russian composer, died in St Petersburg (born 2 January 1837 in Nizhny-Novgorod)

23 May 1910, Artie Shaw, US composer, was born in New York.

9 May 1910, Leslie Julian Jones, British composer, was born in London.

2 May 1910, Lottie Collins, British comedienne, died in London

18 April 1910, Sylvia Fisher, Australian soprano singer, was born in Melbourne.

9 April 1910, Alan Melville, British songwriter, was born in Berwick on Tweed (died 27 December 1983 in London)

25 March 1910, Magda Olivero, Italian opera soprano, was born in Saluzzo (died 2014)

4 March 1910, Leopold Demuth, Austrian baritone singer, died in Czernowitz (born 2 November 1861 in Brno)

2 March 1910, Harry Blech, English violinist, was born in London.

10 February 1910, Maria Cebotari, soprano singer, was born in Kishinev, Russia (died 9 June 1949 in Vienna)

23 January 1910, Django Reinhardt, Belgian jazz guitarist, was born near Charleroi (died 16 May 1953 in Fontainebleau)


3 December 1909, Dana Suesse, US composer, was born in Kansas City.

20 October 1909, Adelaide Hall, US singer, was born in Brooklyn., New York

6 October 1909, Dudley Buck, US composer, died (born 10 March 1839).

30 September 1909, Benny Goodman, US bandleader, was born in Chicago (died in New York 13 June 1986)

25 August 1909, Ruby Keeler, US actress, was born in Halifax, Nova scotia.

17 August 1909, Larry Clinton, US composer, was born in Brooklyn, New York (died 2 May 1987 in Tucson Arizona)

13 August 1909,