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Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 125

1815-04-11 - Klara Fey, German orchestra leader (Deutscher Arbeiterverein)
1886-11-25 - Rex Maupin, St Joseph Mo, orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV)
1890-03-28 - Paul Whiteman, Denver Co, orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club)
1890-08-12 - Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
1892-07-02 - Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader/impresario (Crazy Passage Show)
1894-06-26 - Bill Wirges, Buffalo NY, orchestra leader (Growing Paynes)
1894-07-31 - Roy Bargy, Mich, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show)
1896-01-17 - Harry Reser, Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
1898-12-30 - Vincent Lopez, Brooklyn New York, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard)
1900-07-29 - Don Redman, Piedmont WV, orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times)
1900-08-08 - Victor Young, Chicago Illinois, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show, In Old California)
1901-03-15 - Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader
1901-05-21 - Horace Heidt, Alameda California, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon)
1901-06-18 - Jimmy Dale, Bronx NYC, orchestra leader (Sonny & Cher)
1902-06-19 - Guy Lombardo, London Ontario Canada, orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne)
1902-08-03 - Ray Block, France, orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason)
1902-12-19 - Leonard Hirsch, British violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symph Orch)
1903-03-11 - Lawrence Welk, Strasburg ND, orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show)
1903-03-25 - Frankie Carle, Providence RI, orchestra leader (Golden Touch)
1904-02-29 - Jimmy Dorsey, Shenandoah Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show)
1904-04-03 - Peter Van Steeden, Amsterdam Neth, orchestra leader (Break the Bank)
1904-04-29 - Russ Morgan, Scranton Pa, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard)
1905-06-06 - John Gart, Russia, orchestra leader (Paul Winchell Show)
1905-11-15 - Annunzio Mantovani, Venice Italy, orchestra leader (Mantovani)
1905-11-19 - Tommy Dorsey, Mahanoy Plane Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show, Mahogany)
1906-06-18 - Kay Kyser, Rocky Mount NC, orchestra leader (Kay Kyser's Kollege)
1906-07-13 - Harry Sosnik, Chicago, orchestra leader (Jack Carter Show, Your Hit Parade)
1906-12-09 - Freddy Martin, Cleve Oh, orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin)
1907-01-26 - Eddie Ballantine, Chicago, orchestra leader (Don McNeill TV Club)
1907-05-27 - Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader
1907-08-18 - Enoch Light, Canton Ohio, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith)
1908-03-26 - Hank Sylvern, Brooklyn New York, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen)
1908-04-20 - Lionel Hampton, orchestra leader/vibraphone improviser (Depths Below)
1908-06-14 - John Scott Trotter, Charlotte NC, orchestra leader (George Gobel Show)
1908-09-10 - Raymond Harry Warnow Scott, Brooklyn New York, American composer ('The Toy Trumpet')
1908-09-14 - Bernie Green, NYC, orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show)
1908-11-24 - Ray Carter, Chicago Ill, orchestra leader (Arthur Murray Dance Party)
1909-06-12 - Archie Bleyer, Corona NY, orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey)
1910-03-13 - Sammy Kaye, Rocky River Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
1910-05-12 - Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
1910-06-15 - David Rose, London England, orchestra leader (Red Skelton Show, Stripper)
1910-06-18 - Ray McKinley, Fort Worth Tx, orchestra leader/drummer (Glenn Miller Time)
1910-12-07 - Edmundo Ros, English orchestra leader
1910-12-24 - Mitchell Ayres, Milwaukee Wisc, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace)
1911-07-01 - Alvino Rey, Cleve Ohio, orchestra leader (King Family)
1911-08-26 - Lester Lanin, orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits)
1911-09-20 - Frank Devol, Moundsville WV, orchestra leader (I'm Dickens He's Fenster)
1911-10-01 - Irwin Kostal, Chicago Ill, orchestra leader (Garry Moore Show)
1911-10-07 - Vaughn Monroe, Akron Oh, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show)
1911-10-19 - George Cates, NYC, orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show)
1912-03-12 - Paul Weston, Springfield Mass, orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour)
1912-03-14 - Les Brown, Reinerton Pa, American bandleader (d. 2001)
1912-03-19 - Russ Case, Hamburg Iowa, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show)
1912-05-04 - Lou Brown, Bkln, orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show)
1913-05-11 - Tutti Camarata, Glen Ridge NJ, orchestra leader (Vic Damone Show)
1913-06-02 - Bert Farber, Brooklyn New York, American orchestra leader (Arthur Gudfrey, Vic Damone)
1913-08-08 - Axel Stordahl, Staten Island NY, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show)
1913-08-23 - Bob Crosby, Spokane Wa, Bing's brother, orchestra leader (Bob Crosby Show)
1913-09-22 - Leroy Holmes, Pittsburgh Pa, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57)
1914-02-09 - Ralph Herman, Milwaukee Wisc, orchestra leader (Circus Time)
1914-05-09 - Frank Chacksfield, arranger/orchestra leader
1914-05-30 - Bobby Sherwood, Indianapolis Ind, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show)
1914-06-26 - Richard Maltby, orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show)
1914-08-28 - Glenn Osser, Munising Mich, orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue)
1915-01-19 - Alvy West, Brooklyn New York, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show)
1915-01-31 - Bobby Hackett, Providence RI, trumpeteer/orchestra leader (Air Time '57)
1915-05-02 - Van Alexander, NYC, orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show)
1915-09-11 - Jack Fascinato, Bevier Mo, pianist/orchestra leader (Kukla Fran & Ollie)
1916-01-09 - Vic Mizzy, Brooklyn New York, American orchestra leader (Don Rickles Show)
1916-01-17 - Joel Herron, Chicago Ill, orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show)
1916-03-22 - George Wyle, NYC, orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show, Flip Wilson Show)
1916-03-26 - Vic Schoen, Brooklyn New York, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show)
1916-11-10 - Billy May, Pitts Pa, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show)
1916-12-19 - Hal Hastings, NYC, orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway)
1917-03-13 - Ina Ray Hutton, Chicago Ill, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show)
1917-07-09 - Ted Steele, Hartford Ct, orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars)
1918-01-27 - Skitch Henderson, Birmingham England, orchestra leader (Tonight Show)
1918-09-04 - Gerald Wilson, Shelby Miss, orchestra leader (Redd Foxx)
1918-09-13 - Ray Charles, Chicago, orchestra leader (Perry Como)
1918-10-10 - Bobby Byrne, Columbus Ohio, orchestra leader (Club Seven)
1918-12-02 - Milton Delugg, Los Angeles California, orchestra leader (Tonight Show)
1918-12-25 - Eddie Safranski, Pitts Pa, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show)
1919-01-01 - Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist/pianist/orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
1919-01-16 - Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
1919-02-08 - Buddy Morrow, orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
1919-03-14 - Luther Henderson Jr, KC Mo, orchestra leader (Polly Bergen Show)
1919-04-07 - Ralph Flanagan, Loraine Ohio, orchestra leader (Let's Dance)
1920-02-27 - Jose Melis, Havana Cuba, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program)
1921-01-30 - Bernie Leighton, West Haven Ct, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime)
1921-07-04 - Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist/orchestra leader (Ripley's Game)
1921-07-21 - Billy Taylor, Greenville NC, orchestra leader (David Frost Show)
1921-10-13 - Harper MacKay, Boston Mass, orchestra leader (NBC Follies)
1922-01-20 - Ray Anthony, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show, Peter Gunn Theme)
1922-03-14 - Les Baxter, US, singer/orchestra leader/composer (Born Again)
1922-09-20 - Frank Comstock, SD California, orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
1922-10-29 - Neal Hefti, Hastings Neb, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show)
1923-03-21 - Mort Lindsey, Newark NJ, orchestra leader (Merv Griffin Show)
1923-08-06 - Jack Parnell, London England, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show)
1923-12-23 - Milt Okun, Brooklyn New York, American orchestra leader (Starland Vocal Band Show)
1924-04-07 - Nick Perito, Denver Colorado, orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 53 of 53

1944-12-16 - Glenn Miller, US jazz composer/orchestra leader (Danny boy), dies at 40
1956-02-27 - Frank Dailey, orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
1956-11-11 - Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
1957-06-12 - James F "Jimmy" Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53
1961-03-27 - Jack Kane, orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie, Andy Williams Show), dies at 37
1963-08-30 - Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50
1964-10-10 - Russ Case, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), dies at 52
1964-11-30 - Don Redman, orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 64
1965-01-27 - Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader, dies at 63
1965-09-27 - Harry Reser, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
1965-10-15 - Carl Hoff, orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
1967-12-29 - Paul Whiteman, US orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
1968-05-23 - Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
1969-08-07 - Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
1969-09-05 - Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), dies at 58
1972-01-10 - Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
1972-10-30 - Alan Roth, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 68
1973-05-21 - Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
1973-05-30 - Hal Hastings, orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
1974-01-05 - Roy Bargy, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
1975-03-11 - Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65
1975-10-29 - John Scott Trotter, orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
1975-12-20 - Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76
1976-06-07 - Bobby Hackett, jazz cornetist/orchestra leader (Air time '57), dies at 61
1977-04-22 - Charles Sanford, orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
1977-07-10 - Norman Paris, orchestra leader (For Your Pleasure), dies at 41
1977-11-05 - Guy Lombardo, orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75
1978-07-31 - Enoch Light, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
1979-01-05 - Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
1979-07-10 - Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
1979-08-25 - Stan Kenton, orchestra leader (Music 55), dies at 67
1980-03-29 - Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74
1981-01-23 - Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66
1983-09-30 - Freddy Martin, orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin), dies at 76
1984-02-19 - Ina Ray Hutton, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
1984-03-05 - Harry Salter, orchestra leader (Stop the Music), dies at 85
1984-05-01 - Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
1984-07-29 - Fred Waring, orchestra leader (Fred Waring Show), dies at 84
1985-03-18 - Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
1985-07-16 - Wayne King, orchestra leader (Wayne King Show), dies at 84
1985-12-25 - George Rhodes, orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66
1986-07-27 - Leroy Holmes, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
1986-12-01 - Horace Heidt, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
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1987-04-02 - Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69
1987-06-02 - Sammy Kaye, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 77
1988-05-27 - Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
1991-09-08 - Jo Budie, Dutch orchestra leader (KRO), dies
1991-12-08 - Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
1992-12-13 - Bernard Drukker, Dutch pianist/orchestra leader (duivelswiel), dies
1993-05-30 - Sun Ra, blues pianist/orchestra leader, dies of strokes at 79
1994-05-24 - Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
1996-01-15 - Les Baxter, singer/orchestra leader/composer (Born Again), dies at 73
2000-11-12 - Franck Pourcel, French popular orchestra leader (b. 1913)


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