Music anniversaries 2011

February
5 February 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Jussi Bjorling, Swedish tenor
10 February 1941 – 70th anniversary of the first gold record awarded to Glenn Miller for Chattanooga Choo-Choo
15 February 1981 – 30th death anniversary of Karl Richter, German conductor
20 February 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Percy Grainger, Australian-born American composer
23 February 1931 – 80th death anniversary of Dame Nellie Melba, Australian operatic soprano

March
3 March 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian one-armed pianist for whom Ravel composed.
3 March 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Jean Harlow, American actress.
6 March 1951 – 60th death anniversary of Ivor Novello, Welsh composer and actor.
6 March 1961 – 50th death anniversary of George Formby, British entertainer.
8 March 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Sir Thomas Beecham, British conductor.
26 March 1961 – 50th birth anniversary of Leigh Bowery, Australian performance artist.
31 March 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano.
31 March 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Freddie Green, Jazz guitarist.

April
26 April 1886 – 125th birth anniversary of Ma Rainey, American Blues singer.

May
18 May 1911 – 100th death anniversary of Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer.
24 May 1941 – 70th birth anniversary of Bob Dylan, American folk singer and poet.
29 May 1911 – 100th death anniversary of W.S.Gilbert, English librettist and dramatist.

June
29 June 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Bernard Hermann, American composer.

July
6 July 1971 – 40th death anniversary of Louis Armstrong, American Jazz trumpeter.
7 July 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian- American composer and librettist.
16 July 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer.

August
27 August 1886, 125th birth anniversary of Rebecca Helferich Clarke, English classical composer.
27 August 1886, 125th birth anniversary of Eric Coates, English composer.

September
11 September 1711 – 300th birth anniversary of William Boyce, English organist and composer.

October
18 October 1961 – 50th anniversary of opening of West Side Story as a film; music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
22 October 1811 – 200th birth anniversary of Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer.

December
3 December 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Nino Rota, Italian composer, famous for score of Godfather trilogy.
5 December 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Władysław Szpilman, Jewish-Polish pianist.
25 December 1886 – 125th birth anniversary of Kid Ory, Jazz trombonist and bandleader.

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