Category: Music

  • Wed, 1915-04-07

    *Billie Holiday was born on this date in 1915. She was an African American vocalist.

    Born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, she spent an...

  • Mon, 1915-04-26

    *Johnny Shines was born on this date in 1915. He was an African-American blues musician.

    Shines was from Frayser, Tennessee, one of the...

  • Mon, 1915-06-28

    *David "Honeyboy" Edwards was born on this date in 1915. He was an African American blues musician.

    From in Shaw, Mississippi, Edwards...

  • Thu, 1915-07-01

    Willie Dixon was born on this date in 1915. He was an African American blues musician who influenced the emergence of an eclectic blues and rock...

  • Tue, 1915-07-13

    *Paul Williams was born on this date in 1915. He was an African American musician.

    From Lewisburg, Tennessee he was the only child of...

  • Wed, 1915-07-21

    On this date in 1915, Floyd McDaniel, an African American blues singer and musician, was born.

    Born in Athens, Alabama, he spent much of...

  • Mon, 1915-08-16

    *Albert George Hibbler was born on this date 1915. He was an African American jazz singer.

    Born blind in Tyro, Mississippi, after moving...

  • Sun, 1915-10-10

    Harry Edison, an African American musician, was born on this date in 1915 born in Columbus, Ohio.

    Harry “Sweets” Edison was a trumpeter...

  • Mon, 1915-11-15

    *On this date in 1915, Conrad Johnson was born.  He was an African American jazz saxophonist and music teacher.

    From Victoria, Texas...

  • Mon, 1915-11-29

    On this date in 1915, Billy Strayhorn was born. He was an African American composer and jazz pianist.

    William Thomas Strayhorn was born...

  • Tue, 1915-11-30

    On this date, Brownie McGhee was born in 1915. He was an African American blues singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter, and longtime partner of...

  • Sun, 1915-12-26

    On this date in 1915, Una Mae Carlisle was born. She was an African American pianist and singer.

    Born the day after Christmas in Xenia,...

  • Wed, 1916-01-12

    This date marks the birth of Jay McShann in 1916. He was an African American jazz pianist and composer.

    McShann, from Muskogee, OK,...

  • Sat, 1916-07-29

    On this date in 1916, Charlie Christian was born. He was an African American musician who gave birth to modern jazz guitar style.

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  • Sat, 1916-10-21

    Hadda Brooks was born on this date in 1916. She was an African American pianist and singer.

    She was born in Los Angeles, and at the age...

  • Wed, 1917-02-21

    *Tadd Dameron was born on this date in 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was an African American jazz pianist, arranger, composer, and bandleader,...

  • Mon, 1917-03-26

    *On this date Rufus Thomas was born in 1917. He was an African American singer and songwriter.

    From Cayce, Mississippi, the son of a...

  • Wed, 1917-10-10

    Thelonious Monk was born on this date in 1917. He was an African American jazz pianist and musical genius.

    Monk was from Rocky Mount, NC...

  • Sun, 1917-10-21

    On this date in 1917, Dizzy Gillespie was born. He was an African American jazz trumpeter and band leader.

    Born in Cheraw, SC, he began...

  • Tue, 1917-12-18

    Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson was born on this date in 1917. He was an African American blues musician.

    Vinson was born and raised in Houston...