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Jan

1

  • Marvin Camras born (Chicago, IL) American engineer, inventor, pioneer of wire and magnetic tape recording. Died 1995
  • Antonio Estévez born (Calabozo, Venezuela) Venezualan conductor, composer, oboist, teacher. Died 1988

3

  • Maxene Andrews born (Minneapolis, MN) American popular singer. Member of the Andrews Sisters with sisters Laverne (1911-67) and Patty (b.1918) Andrews. Died 1995
  • Bernard Greenhouse born (Newark, NJ) American classical cellist, teacher. Worked with the Beaux Arts Trio. Died 2011

4

  • Bulee ‘Slim’ Gaillard born (Detroit, MI) American jazz & R&B singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter, actor. Died 1991
  • Lionel Newman born (New Haven, CT) American film composer, conductor, arranger, pianist. Brother of Alfred (1901-70) and Emil (1911-84) Newman. Uncle of David (b.1954), Thomas (b.1955) and Randy (b.1943) Newman. Died 1989

6

  • Philip Bezanson born (Athol, MA) American composer, teacher. Died 1975

12

  • William Pleeth born (London) English cellist, teacher. Died 1999
  • Jay McShann born (Muskogee, OK) American jazz bandleader, pianist, singer. Died 2006

14

  • Maxwell Davis born (Independence, KS) American saxophonist, record producer. Music director at Modern & Aladdin Records. Worked with Fletcher Henderson and Jay McShann. Died 1970
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Der Sterngucker [the astronomer] premiered in Vienna, lib. F. Löhner
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s opera The Critic (An Opera Rehearsed) premiered in London, lib. L.C. James

15

  • Artie Shapiro born (Denver, CO) American jazz bassist. Worked with Joe Marsala, Eddie Condon, Chu Berry, Paul Whiteman, Jack Teagarden, Benny Goodman and others. Died 2003
  • Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky (65) dies in Moscow
  • Heinrich Berté’s operetta Das Dreimäderlhaus [the three maiden house], with music by Franz Schubert, premiered in Vienna

17

  • Granville Bantock’s Hebridean Symphony premiered in Glasgow

20

  • Henry Cowell’s incidental music for F.L. Giffin’s play Red Silence premiered in San Francisco

22

  • Henri Dutilleux born (Angers, France) French composer, teacher. Head of music production for Radio France 1945-63.

28

  • Enrique Granados’s opera Goyescas premiered in New York, lib. F. Periquet
  • Ethel Smyth’s opera The Boatswain’s Mate premiered in London. Lib. Smyth

29

  • Edward Elgar’s Une voix dans le désert op.77 [a voice in the desert] for speaker and orchestra premiered in London, lib. E. Cammaerts
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite op.20 for orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

30

  • Henry Burstow (89) dies in Horsham, Sussex
Granville Bantock 1868-1946

Granville Bantock 1868-1946

Feb

1

  • Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 4 premiered in Copenhagen

4

  • Adolphe Biarent (44) dies in Mont-sur-Marchienne, Belgium

5

  • Daniel Santos born (Santurce, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican popular singer, songwriter. Died 1992
  • Francesco Marconi (62) dies in Rome
  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for E. Christiansen’s play Faedreland [fatherland] premiered in Copenhagen

8

  • Jimmy Skidmore born (London) English jazz tenor saxophonist. Worked with George Shearing and Humphrey Lyttleton. Died 1998
  • Geraldine Farrar marries author Lou Tellegen in New York

10

  • Darius Milhaud’s Trois poèmes en prose de Lucile de Chateaubriand op.10 [Three prose poems by Lucile de Chateaubriand] for voice and piano premiered in Paris

11

  • Alexander Taneyev’s opera Metel [the blizzard], lib. M. Svetlov, premiered in St Petersburg
  • The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert performance

16

  • Bill Doggett born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz and R&B pianist, organist. Died 1996
  • Charles Fowlkes born (New York, NY) American jazz baritone saxophonist. Worked with Tiny Bradshaw, Lionel Hampton, Arnett Cobb and Count Basie. Died 1980

23

  • George Clement Martin (71) dies in London
  • Felix Weingartner’s opera Dame Kobold premiered in Darmstadt. Lib. Weingartner

26

  • Jackie Gleason born (Brooklyn, NY) American comedian, actor, conductor, composer. Died 1987

28

  • Svend Asmussen born (Copenhagen) Danish jazz violinist.

29

  • Dinah Shore born (Winchester, TN) American pop and jazz singer, actress. Died 1994

Alexander Taneyev 1850-1918

Mar

1

  • George Gershwin signs his first publishing contract with the Harry von Tilzer Publishing Company
  • Nick LaRocca moves from New Orleans to Chicago to join Johnny Stein’s Band

2

  • Bernard Stevens born (London) English composer, teacher. Died 1983

3

  • Stein’s Dixie Jass Band play their first Chicago gig at Schiller’s Café

5

  • Growling Tiger aka Neville Marcano born (Diego Martin, Trinidad) Trinidadian calypso singer, percussionist. Died 1993
  • Ian Parrott born (London) English composer, teacher, writer. Died 2012
  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Die toten Augen [the dead eyes], lib. Achille-Georges d’Ailly-Vaucheret, premiered in Dresden

6

  • Red Callender born (Haynesville, VA) American jazz bassist, tuba player. Worked with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Charles Mingus and many others. Died 1992

12

  • Charles Tournemire’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Paris

15

  • Harry James born (Albany, GA) American jazz and popular bandleader, trumpeter. Worked with Ben Pollack, Benny Goodman and led his own bands. Died 1983

17

  • Ray Ellington born (London) English jazz bandleader, singer, drummer. Part of the Goon Show cast 1951-60. Died 1985

21

  • Walter ‘Choker’ Campbell born (Shelby, MS) American R&B bandleader, saxophonist. Died 1993
  • Bismillah Khan born (Bihar, India) Indian shehnai player, actor, teacher. Died 2006

24

  • Enrique Granados (48) is among fifty killed when passenger ship Sussex sunk by a German U-Boat in the English Channel. His wife Amparo is also killed

28

  • Hubert Parry’s setting of William Blake’s Jerusalem for choir and orchestra premiered in London
  • Cole Porter and T.L. Riggs’s musical See America First premiered in New York (15 performances)

30

  • Jean Sibelius’ Two Pieces for violin or cello and orchestra op.77 premiered in Helsinki

unk

  • Maurice Ravel is made a driver in the French army’s motor transport corps

Sheet music for Hubert Parry and William Blake’s Jerusalem

Apr

2

  • Oleg Lundstrem born (Chita, Russia) Russian jazz composer, conductor, bandleader, violinist. Died 2005
  • Hans Huber’s opera Die schöne Bellinda [the lovely Belinda], lib. Gian Bundi, premiered in Berne
  • Erik Satie’s Choses vues à droite et à gauche [Things seen on the right and left] for violin and piano & Trois Poèmes d’amour [three love poems] for voice and piano premiered in Paris

6

  • Max Reger’s Quintet for clarinet and strings op.146 premiered in Stuttgart

9

  • Claude Debussy’s Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maison [Christmas for homeless children] for voice and piano premiered in Paris
  • Manuel de Falla’s Noches en los jardines de España [Nights in the gardens of Spain] for piano and orchestra premiered in Madrid

11

  • Alberto Ginastera born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, teacher. Died 1983

12

  • Russell Garcia born (Oakland, CA) American film and television composer, arranger, conductor. Died 2011

14

  • Denis ApIvor born (Westmeath, Ireland) Irish-Welsh composer. Died 2004

16

  • Scott Joplin records piano rolls for Connorized, including Maple Leaf Rag & Magnetic Rag

20

  • Béla Bartók’s Két portré [Two Portraits] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

22

  • Yehudi Menuhin born (New York, NY) American-Swiss-British violinist, conductor. Died 1999

27

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Goffredo Mameli premiered in Genoa, lib. Leoncavallo and G. Belvederi

28

  • Edison Records carries out a public “comparison test” between live and recorded singing at Carnegie Hall, New York, that features soprano Marie Rappold

30

  • Robert Shaw born (Red Bluff, CA) American conductor. Died 1999
Manuel de Falla 1876-1946

Manuel de Falla 1876-1946

May

9

  • Bernard Rose born (London) English organist, composer, choirmaster, conductor. Teacher. Died 1996

10

  • Milton Babbitt born (Philadelphia, PA) American composer, electronic musician, teacher. Died 2011

11

  • Max Reger (43) dies in Leipzig of heart failure

13

  • Clara Louise Kellogg (73) dies in New Hartford, CT
  • Paul Rubens, Seymour Hicks, Adrian Ross & Sidney Jones’s musical The Happy Day opens in London

14

  • Lloyd “Skip” Martin born (Robinson, IL) American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger. Worked with Count Basie, Charlie Barnet, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown and others. Died 1976

16

  • Dud Bascomb born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Erskine Hawkins. Brother of Paul Bascomb (1912-86). Died 1972
  • Erik Satie’s Trois mélodies [three melodies] for voice and piano premiered in Paris

17

  • Paul Quinichette born (Denver, CO) American jazz tenor saxophonist. Worked with Jay McShann, Louis Jordan, Count Basie and others. Died 1983

25

  • Moondog aka Louis Hardin born (Marysville, KS) American blind composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, inventor, street musician. Died 1999
Winifred Barnes (1892-1935), star of Paul Rubens' musical The Happy Day

Winifred Barnes (1892-1935), star of Paul Rubens’ musical The Happy Day

Jun

5

  • Stein’s Dixie Jass Band, minus drummer Johnny Stein, plays its first gig in Chicago under its new name, the Original Dixieland Jass Band

6

  • James Bodie Davis born (Greenville, SC) American Gospel singer. member of the Dixie Hummingbirds. Died 2007
  • John Mehegan born (Wethersfield, CT) American jazz pianist, writer, critic, teacher. Died 1984

8

  • Freddie Webster born (Cleveland, OH) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines and Jimmie Lunceford. Died 1947

10

  • Max Vogrich (64) dies in New York

12

  • The Ziegfeld Follies Of 1916 Broadway revue opens (112 performances)

15

  • Horacio Salgán born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian tango composer, pianist, bandleader, arranger.

17

  • Einar Englund born (Ljugarn, Finland) Finnish composer. Died 1999
  • Terry Gilkyson aka Hamilton Henry Gilkyson born (Phoenixville, PA) American folk singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of the Easy Riders from 1954 to 1960 and solo artist. Died 1999

24

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for H. Rode’s Prologen ved Mindefesten for Shakespeare [Prologue to the Shakespeare Memorial Celebrations] premiered in Elsinore, Denmark

26

  • Karlrobert Kreiten born (Bonn) German-Dutch classical pianist. Died 1943

28

  • Paul Hindemith’s Concerto for cello and orchestra op.3 premiered in Frankfurt
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Jul

7

  • Lloyd ‘Tiny’ Grimes born (Newport News, VA) American jazz and R&B guitarist, bandleader. Worked with Art Tatum and led the Rocking Highlanders. Died 1989

9

  • Edward Heath born (Broadstairs, Kent) English Prime Minister, conductor, organist, yachtsman. Died 2005

12

  • Sam “The Man” Taylor born (Lexington, TN) American jazz and R&B saxophonist. Worked with Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner and others. Died 1990

18

  • Darius Milhaud’s Trois poèmes op.37 for voice and piano premiered in Paris

24

  • Bob Eberly born (Mechanicville, NY) American jazz and pop singer. Worked with Jimmy Dorsey. Brother of Ray Eberle (1919-79). Died 1981

25

  • Alfred Hill’s String Quartet No. 4 completed

27

  • Karl Klindworth (85) dies in Stolpe, Germany

29

  • Charlie Christian born (Dallas, TX) American jazz guitarist. Worked with Benny Goodman. Died 1942

Alfred Hill 1869-1960

Aug

2

  • Hamish MacCunn (48) dies in London

3

  • Claude Demetrius born (Bath, ME) American popular, R&B and rock songwriter. Died 1988
  • Oscar Asche & Frederic Norton’s musical Chu Chin Chow opens in London (2,238 performances)

5

  • George Butterworth (31) killed by a sniper at the Battle of the Somme

8

  • Friedrich Baumfelder (80) dies in Dresden
  • Franz Eckert (64) dies of stomach cancer in Seoul

9

  • Mike Bryan born (Byhalia, MS) American jazz guitarist. Worked with Red Nichols and Benny Goodman. Died 1972
  • Marion Harris makes her first recordings for Victor in Camden, NJ

13

  • Fritz Steinbach (61) dies in Munich

14

  • Rutland Boughton’s opera The Round Table premiered in Glastonbury, lib. R. Buckley and Boughton

18

  • Moura Lympany born (Saltash) English concert pianist. Died 2005

24

  • Léo Ferré born (Monaco) French popular singer, songwriter. Died 1993

27

  • Martha Raye born (Butte, MT) American popular singer, actress, comedian. Died 1994

29

  • Frank Osmond Carr (58) dies in Uxbridge following a heart attack

Page from a 1917 edition of The Tatler illustrating some of the costumes used in Oscar Asche & Frederic Norton’s musical Chu Chin Chow

Sep

2

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s operetta Prestami tua moglie [lend me your wife] premiered in Montecatini, lib. E. Corradi

10

  • Friedrich Gernsheim (77) dies in Berlin

12

  • William ‘Cat’ Anderson born (Greenville, SC) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Duke Ellington. Died 1981

13

  • Dick Haymes born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian-American popular singer, actor. Worked with Harry James. Died 1980

15

  • Julius Fucík (44) dies in Berlin of cancer

16

  • Madurai Shanmukhavadivu “MS” Subbulakshmi born (Madurai, India) Indian Carnatic singer. Died 2004
Friedrich Gernsheim 1839-1916

Friedrich Gernsheim 1839-1916

Oct

3

  • David Mann born (Philadelphia, PA) American popular songwriter. Died 2002

12

  • Karol Szymanowski’s Masques op.34 for piano premiered in St Petersburg

15

  • Calvin Boze born (Trinity Co, TX) American R&B trumpeter, bandleader. Died 1970
  • Al Killian born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Don Redman, Count Basie, Charlie Barnet, Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington. Died 1950

16

  • Peter Dodds McCormick (c.82) dies in Sydney
  • Richard Strauss’s opera Ariadne auf Naxos premiered in Vienna, lib. H. von Hofmannsthal (second and final version)

19

  • Karl-Birger Blomdahl born (Växjö, Sweden) Swedish composer, conductor. Died 1968
  • Emil Gilels born (Odessa) Russian classical pianist, teacher. Died 1985

26

  • Charles ‘Crown Prince’ Waterford born (Jonesboro, AR) American R&B singer. Worked with Andy Kirk, Jay McShann and solo. Died 2007

27

  • Variety magazine prints an article describing “Jass” bands

28

  • Bill Harris born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz trombonist. Worked with Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Eddie Condon and Woody Herman. Died 1973

29

  • Hadda Brooks aka Hattie Hapgood born (Los Angeles, CA) American R&B singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 2002

30

  • Peter Paul Fuchs born (Vienna) Austrian-American conductor, teacher, composer. Died 2007

31

  • Alcide Nunez fired from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band due to his drinking and unreliability
Alcide Nunez 1884-1934

Alcide Nunez 1884-1934

Nov

5

  • Jean Sibelius’s incidental music for H. von Hofmannsthal’s play Jokamies [Everyman] premiered in Helsinki

6

  • Ray Conniff born (Attleboro, MA) American pop bandleader, arranger. Died 2002
  • Irving Berlin, Victor Herbert and H. Blossom’s musical revue The Century Girl opens in New York (200 performances)

7

  • Lee DeForest’s experimental 2XG radio station in New York broadcasts the 1916 election results

10

  • Billy May born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz and popular songwriter, arranger, trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Charlie Barnet, Glenn Miller and his own bands. Died 2004

16

  • Herb Abramson born (Brooklyn, NY) American record executive. Co-founder of Atlantic Records. Died 1999

17

  • Frederick Delius’s String Quartet premiered in London (3 movement version)

18

  • Vítezslav Novák’s opera Karlstejn premiered in Prague. Lio. Otokar Fischer

19

  • Erik Satie’s Trois Valses distinguées du précieux dégoûté [Three Waltzes distinguished from valuable disgust] for piano premiered in Paris

21

  • Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov’s opera Olye iz Nordlanda [Ole from Nordland], lib. Ippolitov-Ivanov, premiered in Moscow

23

  • Eduard Nápravník (77) dies in St Petersburg
  • Gabriel Fauré’s Barcarolle no.12 op.106 for piano & Nocturne no.12 op.107 for piano premiered in Paris
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ Elégie op.143 for violin and piano premiered in Paris

24

  • John Francis Barnett (79) dies in London

26

  • Valentino Bucchi born (Florence) Italian composer. Died 1976

releases

  • Marion Harris – I ain’t got nobody much / Avon Comedy Four – Way out yonder in the golden west (Victor)
Lee DeForest 1873-1961

Lee DeForest 1873-1961

Dec

2

  • Charlie Ventura born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz bandleader, tenor saxophonist. Worked with Gene Krupa and his own bands. Died 1992
  • Paolo Tosti (70) dies in Rome

5

  • Veronika Dudarova born (Baku, Azerbaijan) Ossetian conductor. Died 2009
  • Hans Richter (73) dies in Bayreuth, Germany
  • Arnold Bax’s Moy Mell: An Irish Tone Poem premiered in London
  • Gustav Holst’s opera Savitri premiered in London, lib. Holst

6

  • Wilhelm Kienzl’s opera Das Testament [the testrament], lib. Kienzl, premiered in Vienna

10

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s The Ugly Duckling op.18 for voice and piano; Humoresque Scherzo op.12b for bassoon quartet; Five Poems for voice and piano op.23; Sarcasms for piano op.17 & Toccata op.11 for piano premiered in St Petersburg

11

  • Perez Prado born (Matanzas, Cuba) Cuban mambo bandleader, composer. Died 1989

12

  • Hubert Parry’s The Chivalry of the Sea for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

15

  • Buddy Cole born (Irving, IL) American popular and jazz bandleader, pianist. Died 1964
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s Adagio from withdrawn Symphony premiered in Stockholm

18

  • Betty Grable born (St Louis, MO) American actress, singer, dancer. Died 1973
  • Paul Hindemith’s Eight Waltzes op.6 for piano 4 hands premiered in Frankfurt

21

  • Claude Debussy’s En Blanc et Noir [in white and black] for two pianos premiered in Paris

24

  • Carlo Rustichelli born (Carpi, Italy) Italian film composer. Died 2004

25

  • Oscar Moore born (Austin, TX) American jazz guitarist. Member of the Nat Cole Trio and the Three Blazers. Brother of Johnny Moore (1906-69). Died 1981
  • Graciela Naranjo born (Maiquetía, Venezuela) Venezuelan bolero singer, actress. Died 2001
  • Alfred Bruneau’s opera Les Quatre journées [the four days], lib. Bruneau after Émile Zola, premiered in Paris

26

  • Helmut Eder born (Linz, Austria) Austrian composer, teacher. Died 2005

28

  • Eduard Strauss (81) dies in Vienna
  • Harry Lauder’s son John is killed in action at Poiziers on the Western Front

29

  • Max Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra premiered in Philadelphia
  • Ernest Bloch’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in New York

31

  • Ernst Rudorff (76) dies in Berlin

Date unknown

  • Carl Nielsen gets a teaching job at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Clarinet Sonata op.129 premiered in London

Songs published

  • Beale Street Blues (W. C. Handy); Bugle Call Rag (Eubie Blake, Carey Morgan); Joe Turner Blues (Walter Hirsch, W. C. Handy); Pretty Baby (Gus Kahn, Tony Jackson, Egbert Van Alstyne); Roses of Picardy (Frederick Weatherly, Haydn Wood); Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty (A. J. Mills, Fred Godfrey, Bennett Scott); That Funny Jas Band From Dixieland (Henry I. Marshal); When you want ’em, you can’t get ’em, when you’ve got ’em, you don’t want ’em (George Gershwin & M. Roth)
Tony Jackson 1876-1921

Tony Jackson 1876-1921

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