TimeLine of Composers and Arrangers who created
works of Light Music, Easy Listening Music, Network Jingles,
Old-Time Radio Themes & Classic Television Themes

Below are listed more than 390 of the best composers and arrangers of an era. Stylistically they were trained in a tradition inherited from Europe, but many were infused with the influences of American idioms. Their Radio/TV themes and works of Light Music and Easy Listening were classics of these genres, and will long be remembered.

These were names that arose while researching the compositions and arrangements highlighted on this web site. Interestingly, more than one-fourth (28%) of these artists -- who created memorable music for U.S. radio and TV networks over many decades -- were born or lived their lives outside the United States.

Sadly, as of May, 2016, 91% of the wonderful artists below have now passed away. But wherever great orchestral music is admired, these are among the names that will be honored.


1850 - 1879

  • November 6, 1854 - John Phillip Sousa born in Washington, D.C.
  • April 12, 1859 - Emil Ascher (music publisher) born in Hamburg, Germany
  • April 12, 1859 - Franz Mahl (pseudonym of Emil Ascher as arranger and ghost writers of pub. co.)
  • May 14, 1872 - J. S. Zamecnik (John Stepan Zamecnik) born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • September 5, 1879 - Harold Sanford (Harold B. Sanford) born in Florence, Massachusetts


1880 - 1889

  • January 13, 1882 - Domenico Savino born in Taranto, Puglia, Italy
  • March 6, 1885 - Rosario Bourdon (Joseph Charles Rosario Bourdon) born in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
  • April 29, 1885 - Wallingford Riegger born in Albany, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • September 27, 1885 - Clarence Wheeler (Clarence E. Wheeler) born in Walnut, Kansas
  • August 6, 1887 - Oliver Wallace (aka: Ollie Wallace) (born Oliver George Wallace) in London, England, UK
  • May 10, 1888 - Max Steiner (Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner) born in Vienna, Austria
  • December 26, 1888 - Louis E. De Francesco born in Ales, Sardinia, Italy
  • May 20, 1889 - Felix Arndt born in New York City, New York
  • November 3, 1889 - Gus Haenschen (Walter Gustave Haenschen) born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • November 21, 1889 - Leon Flatow born in New York City, New York
  • December 25, 1889 - Nathaniel Shilkret (born Naftule Schüldkraut) in New York City, New York


1890 - 1899

  • February 26, 1891 - Josef Bonime (aka: Joseph Bonime) born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • May 22, 1891 - Lucien Cailliet born in Dijon, France
  • May 30, 1891 - Jack Virgil (born Frank Virgil) in Abie, Nebraska
  • November 10, 1891 - Carl Stalling (Carl William Stalling) born in Lexington, Missouri
  • March 27, 1892 - Ferde Grofé (aka: Ferdie Grofé) (Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofé Sr.) born in New York City, New York
  • May 1, 1892 - Howard Barlow (Howard Dunham Barlow) born in Plain City, Ohio
  • May 8, 1893 - Charles Williams (born Isaac Cozerbreit) in London, England, UK
  • August 14, 1893 - Lee Zahler (Leo A. Zahler) born in New York City, New York
  • October 2, 1893 - Leroy Shield (aka: Roy Shield) born in Waseca, Minnesota
  • December 24, 1893 - Harry Warren (born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna) in Brooklyn, New York
  • April 14, 1894 - Philip A. Scheib (aka: Phil Scheib) born in New York City, New York
  • May 10, 1894 - Dimitri Tiomkin (aka: Dmitri Tiomkine) (born Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin) in Kremenchuk, The Ukraine
  • June 15, 1894 - Robert Russell Bennett (aka: Russell Bennett) born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • June 17, 1894 - Harold A. Levey born in New York City, New York
  • June 26, 1894 - William ("Bill") Wirges (William Francis Wirges) [music publisher] born in Buffalo, New York
  • August 12, 1894 - Leonard Joy (Leonard Wakefield Joy) born in Claremont, New Hampshire
  • September 6, 1894 - Billy Mills (William R. Mills) born in Flint, Michigan
  • November 28, 1894 - Frank Black (Frank Jeremiah Black) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 18, 1895 - Lew White (Louis P. White) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • November 22, 1895 - Alexander László [born Sándor ("Sán") Totis] in Budapest, Hungary
  • December 2, 1895 - Jesse J. Crawford born in Woodland, California
  • January 14, 1896 - Hans Salter (Hans Julius Salter) born in Vienna, Austria
  • August 6, 1896 - Cyril Mockridge (Cyril John Mockridge) born in London, England, UK
  • August 24, 1896 - Edward Paul (Edward Tyler Paul) born in New York City, New York
  • May 29, 1897 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold born in Bruenn, Czechoslovakia
  • June 23, 1897 - Terig Tucci born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • August 2, 1897 - Eddie Dunstedter (Edward Jacob Dunstedter) born in Edwardsville, Illinois
  • September 16, 1897 - Milt Franklyn (Milton J. Franklyn) born in New York City, New York
  • October 9, 1897 - Robert Armbruster (John Robert Armbruster) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • July 8, 1898 - Vic Oliver (born Victor Oliver von Samek) in Vienna, Austria-Hungary
  • September 14, 1898 - Harry Salter born in Bucharest, Romania
  • December 25, 1898 - Isadore ("Izzy") Friedman born in Linton, Indiana
  • February 20, 1899 - Richard Himber (born Herbert Richard Imber) in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 13, 1899 - David Broekman (David Rendrines Broekman) born in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands


1900 - 1904

  • January 28, 1900 - Mahlon Merrick (aka: Gene LeGrande) (born Mahlon Legrand Merrick) in Farmington, Iowa
  • February 20, 1900 - Amadeo De Filippi born in Ariano Irpino, Avellino, Italy
  • March 27, 1900 - Jack Beaver [born John ("Jack") Beauer] in Clapham, London, England, UK
  • August 28, 1900 - Rudy Schrager (born Rudolph Noachim Schrager) in Czernowitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary
  • December 17, 1900 - Norman Cloutier (Norman Louis Cloutier) born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • December 30, 1900 - Joe Dubin (Joseph Simon Dubin) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • August 8, 1900 - Victor Young born in Chicago, Illinois
  • March 17, 1901 - Alfred Newman born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • May 24, 1901 - Lucien Moraweck (Lucien Alfred E. Moraweck) born in Belfort, Franche-Comté, France
  • May 31, 1901 - Alfredo Antonini (Alfredo A. Antonini) born in Milan, Italy
  • July 14, 1901 - William Meeder (aka: Bill Meeder) (William Henry Meeder Sr.) born in West Orange, New Jersey
  • July 28, 1901 - Felix Mills (born Gordon R. Mills) in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • August 30, 1901 - Conrad Salinger born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • September 15, 1901 - Romelle Fay (Romelle Fay Alford Mekar) born in Elroy, Wisconsin
  • September 16, 1901 - Roger Barsotti born in London, England, UK
  • October 20, 1901 - Frank Churchill (Frank Edwin Churchill) born in Rumford, Maine
  • December 23, 1901 - André Kostelanetz (Abram Naumovych Kostelanetz) born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1902 - Ken Warner (born Onslow Boyden Waldo Warner) in Chiswick, London, England, UK
  • May 24, 1902 - Wilbur J. Hatch born in Mokena, Illinois
  • June 2, 1902 - Rosa Rio (born Elizabeth Raub) in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • June 18, 1902 - Louis Alter born in Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • June 28, 1902 - Richard Rodgers (Richard Charles Rodgers) born in New York City, New York
  • August 3, 1902 - Ray Bloch (Raymond Arthur Bloch) born in Alsace-Lorraine, France
  • August 3, 1902 - Ray Llewellyn (pseudonym of ZIV-TV composers Ray Block, David Rose, Peter Yorke et al)
  • August 3, 1902 - David Buttolph (James David Buttolph Jr.) born in New York City, New York
  • August 23, 1902 - Charles F. Paul born in New York City, New York
  • October 1, 1902 - Joe Rines (Joseph Rines) born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • October 10, 1902 - Jacques Belasco (aka: Jacques Dallin) (born Leonid Jacob Berladsky) in Odessa, Russia (now Ukraine)
  • December 4, 1902 - Peter Yorke born in London, England, UK
  • February 10, 1903 - Lewis Allan (born Abel Meeropol) in Bronx, New York City, New York
  • March 11, 1903 - Lawrence Welk born in Strasburg, North Dakota
  • April 29, 1903 - Dick Leibert (sometimes mis-spelled Liebert) (Richard William Leibert) born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • May 21, 1903 - Sammy Timberg (Samuel Timberg) born in New York City, New York
  • July 26, 1903 - Donald Voorhees (Donald David Voorhees) born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • November 30, 1903 - Frank J. Worth born in Debrecen, Hungary
  • December 9, 1903 - Matty Malneck (Matty Michael Malneck) born in Newark, New Jersey
  • January 1, 1904 - Lou Kosloff born in Chicago, Illinois
  • January 13, 1904 - Richard Addinsell (Richard Stewart Addinsell) born in Woburn Square, London, England, UK
  • May 15, 1904 - Bert Shefter (Bert Abram Shefter) born in Poltova, Russia (now The Ukraine)
  • April 13, 1904 - Peter Van Steeden Jr. born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  • October 6, 1904 - Joseph Hooven (aka: Joe Hooven) (Joseph Davis Hooven) born in Weatherly, Pennsylvania
  • October 24, 1904 - Warren Foster (Warren B. Foster) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • November 7, 1904 - Helmy Kresa born in Meissen, Germany
  • December 31, 1904 - George Basil ("Buzz") Adlam born in Chelmsford, England, UK


1905 - 1907

  • March 29, 1905 - Van Phillips (Alexander Van Cleve Phillips) born in Iowa
  • April 3, 1905 - T. Marvin Hatley (Thomas Marvin Hatley) born in Reed, Oklahoma
  • April 7, 1905 - Herb Spencer (Herbert Winfield Spencer) born in Santiago, Chile
  • August 3, 1905 - Gaylord Carter (Gaylord Beach Carter) born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • November 1, 1905 - Eric Siday born in Croyden, London, England, UK
  • December 21, 1905 - Harry Revel born in London, England, UK
  • December 31, 1905 - Jule Styne born in London, England, UK
  • January 31, 1906 - Benjamin Frankel born in London, England, UK
  • February 3, 1906 - Paul Sawtell born in Gross Gilve, Prussia, Poland (now Germany)
  • June 6, 1906 - John Gart (aka: John Marion) born in Poland
  • June 26, 1906 - Arlo Hults (Joseph Arlo Hults) born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • June 28, 1906 - Anne Leaf (sometimes spelled: Ann Leaf) born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • July 1, 1906 - Stanley Davis (aka: Stan Davis) born in New York City, New York
  • July 13, 1906 - Harry Sosnik (Harold Sosnik) born in Chicago, Illinois
  • August 8, 1906 - Richard Cunliffe (aka: Dick Cunliffe) (Richard Robinson Cunliffe) born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • September 28, 1906 - Jack Meakin (John Brunker Meakin) born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • October 30, 1906 - Paul J. Smith (Paul Joseph Smith) born in Calumet, Michigan
  • December 29, 1906 - Henri René (born Harold M. Kirchstein) in New York City, New York
  • January 28, 1907 - Paul Durand (Paul Jules Durand) born in Sète, Hérault, France
  • March 14, 1907 - Edward Heyman born in New York City, New York
  • March 26, 1907 - Leigh Harline (Leigh Adrean Harline) born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • April 12, 1907 - Ivan Ditmars (Ivan Dale Ditmars) born in Olympia, Washington
  • April 18, 1907 - Miklós Rózsa born in Budapest, Hungary
  • June 5, 1907 - D'Artega (aka: Alfonso D'Artega) (born Alfonso Armando Antonio D'Artega-Fernandez) in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • June 21, 1907 - John Rox (born John Jefferson Barber Herring) in Des Moines, Iowa
  • September 30, 1907 - Harry Bluestone (born Harold B. Blostein) in London, England, UK
  • October 1, 1907 - Felton Rapley (aka: Peter Barrington) (Edmund Felton Rapley) born in Gosport, South Hampshire, England, UK
  • October 30, 1907 - Irving Szathmary born in Quincy, Massachusetts


1908 - 1909

  • January 7, 1908 - Eliot Daniel (Eliot Howard Daniel) born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • February 25, 1908 - George Duning (George William Duning) born in Richmond, Indiana
  • March 26, 1908 - Henry Sylvern (aka: Hank Sylvern) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • March 27, 1908 - Semprini (aka: Alberto Semprini) (born Fernando Riccardo Alberto Semprini) in Bath, England, UK
  • April 7, 1908 - Percy Faith born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • April 18, 1908 - Eric Spear born in Croyden, London, England, UK
  • April 19, 1908 - Parke Levy born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • April 21, 1908 - Frank Perkins (Frank Sutherland Perkins Jr.) born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • May 19, 1908 - David Marvin Gordon [music publisher] (aka: Melvyn Lenard) born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • June 5, 1908 - Sidney Torch (born Sidney Torchinsky) in London, England, UK
  • June 29, 1908 - Leroy Anderson born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • July 18, 1908 - Barry Gray (born John Livesey Eccles) in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK
  • August 5, 1908 - Vick Knight (Vick R. Knight) born in Moundsville, West Virginia
  • August 19, 1908 - Spud Murphy (born Lyle Murphy) in Berlin, Germany
  • August 20, 1908 - Raoul Kraushaar [production music packager] born in Paris, France
  • August 25, 1908 - Ray Heindorf (Raymond John Heindorf) born in Haverstraw, New York
  • September 6, 1908 - Paul Lavalle (born Joseph Usifer) in Beacon, New York
  • September 10, 1908 - Raymond Scott (aka: Harry Warnow) (born Harold Warnow) in Brooklyn, New York
  • September 14, 1908 - Bernie Green (born Bernard Greenwald) in New York City, New York
  • October 10, 1908 - Johnny Green (John Waldo Green) born in New York City, New York
  • October 18, 1908 - René Garriguenc (Aime René Garriguenc) born in Vesoul, Franche-Comté, France
  • November 24, 1908 - Ray Carter (born Maurice Krumbein) in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1909 - Austen Croom-Johnson (aka: Ginger Johnson) (born Austen Herbert Croom-Johnson) in Cumberland, England, UK
  • January 13, 1909 - Leith Stevens (Leith A. Stevens) born in Mount Moriah, Missouri
  • March 1, 1909 - Winston Sharples (Winston Singleton Sharples Sr.) born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • March 25, 1909 - Jerry Livingston (born Jerry Levinson) in Denver, Colorado
  • April 14, 1909 - Jack Shaindlin born in Qarasubazar (now Bilohirsk), Crimea, Ukraine (now Russia)
  • May 1, 1909 - George Melachrino (George Miltiades Melachrino) born in London, England, UK
  • May 1, 1909 - Charles Koff born in Duryea, Pennsylvania
  • May 13, 1909 - Ken Darby (Kenneth Lorin Darby) born in Hebron, Nebraska
  • June 4, 1909 - Frederick Herbert (Frederick Herbert Stahlberg) born in Manhattan, New York City, New York
  • June 23, 1909 - Clive Richardson born in Paris, France
  • August 13, 1909 - Lyn Murray (born Lionel Breeze) in London, England, UK
  • August 15, 1909 - Hugo Winterhalter (Hugo Frank Winterhalter Jr.) born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • September 13, 1909 - Leith Stevens (Leith A. Stevens) born in Mount Moriah, Missouri
  • September 15, 1909 - Chet Kingsbury (Chester Fredericks Kingsbury) born in New York City, New York
  • September 24, 1909 - Carl Sigman born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York
  • November 3, 1909 - Herbert Haufrecht born in New York City, New York
  • December 3, 1909 - Dana Suesse (Nadine Dana Suesse) born in Kansas City, Missouri


1910 - 1911

  • 1910 - Edward White (Edward George White) born in London, England, UK
  • January 23, 1910 - Walter Greene (Walter Wesley Greene) born in Tarkio, Missouri
  • February 15, 1910 - Wladimir Selinsky (aka: Ward Sills) born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • March 27, 1910 - Ben Ludlow (Benjamin Ludlow) born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • May 8, 1910 - Nathan Van Cleave (Nathan Lang Van Cleave) born in Bayfield, Wisconsin
  • June 5, 1910 - William Loose (aka: Bill Loose) (William George Loose) born in Wyandotte, Michigan
  • June 15, 1910 - David D. Rose (aka: Dave Rose) born in London, England, UK
  • July 2, 1910 - Jeff Alexander (Myer Goodhue Alexander) born in Seattle, Washington
  • July 15, 1910 - Ronald Binge born in Derby, England, UK
  • July 18, 1910 - Lou Busch (aka: Joe "Fingers" Carr) (born Louis Ferdinand Busch) in Louisville, Kentucky
  • August 1, 1910 - Walter Scharf born in New York City
  • October 1, 1910 - Paul Baron (born Paul Girlando) in Baltimore, Maryland
  • October 14, 1910 - Dave Kahn (born David Kohn) in Duluth, Minnesota
  • December 4, 1910 - Alex North born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • December 12, 1910 - Morris Mamorsky born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • January 20, 1911 - Emil Newman born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • March 18, 1911 - Rex Koury (born Reginald S. Koury) in London, England, UK
  • March 18, 1911 - William ("Bill") Lava (William B. Lava) born St. Paul, Minnesota
  • May 5, 1911 - Paul Taubman born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • May 31, 1911 - Franklyn Marks born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • June 29, 1911 - Bernard Herrmann (born Max Herrmann) in New York City, New York
  • July 11, 1911 - Gus Levene (born Gershun Levene) in Dallas, Texas
  • July 19, 1911 - Phil Green (Harry Philip Green) born in Whitechapel, London, England, UK
  • August 5, 1911 - Roger Roger born in Rouen, Upper Normandy, France
  • September 7, 1911 - Don Reid (Donald David Reid) born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • September 20, 1911 - Frank De Vol born in Moundsville, West Virginia
  • October 1, 1911 - Irwin Kostal born in Chicago, Illinois
  • October 19, 1911 - George Cates born in New York City, New York


1912 - 1914

  • March 12, 1912 - Paul Weston (born Paul R. Wetstein Jr.) in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • July 22, 1912 - Irv Orton (Irvine Campbell Orton) born in Scarsdale(??), New York
  • August 4, 1912 - David Raksin born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • October 3, 1912 - Mort Greene (born Morton S. Greenburger) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • November 11, 1912 - Hal Hopper (Harold Stevens Hopper) born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • November 27, 1912 - Muzzy Marcellino (born Maurice Marcellino) in San Francisco, California
  • December 2, 1912 - Harry Sukman (Harold Sukman) born in Chicago, Illinois
  • February 13, 1913 - King Palmer (Cedric King Palmer) born in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, UK
  • June 7, 1913 - Harry Geller (aka: Lionel Supran) (born Harold Max Sitkovetsky) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • June 7, 1913 - George F. Tibbles (George Frederick Tibbles) born in New York City, New York
  • June 14, 1913 - Stanley Black (born Solomon Schwartz) in Whitechappell, London, England, UK
  • August 1, 1913 - Jerome Moross born in Brooklyn, New York
  • August 8, 1913 - Axel Stordahl (born Odd Stordahl) in Staten Island, New York
  • September 4, 1913 - Henry Russell (Henry Russell Olson) born in Moorhead, Minnesota
  • October 1, 1913 - Charles Randolph Grean born in New York City, New York
  • October 8, 1913 - Walter Schumann born in New York City, New York
  • October 15, 1913 - David Carroll (born Rodell Walter "Nook" Schreier) in Taylorville, Illinois
  • November 25, 1913 - Lou Holzer born in Chicago, Illinois
  • December 27, 1913 - Frank Stanton (aka: Francis Hayward) (born Francis Hayward Stanton) in Norway, Maine
  • February 7, 1914 - George Bassman born in New York City, New York
  • February 10, 1914 - Larry Adler (Lawrence Cecil Adler) born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • February 14, 1914 - George Kleinsinger born in San Bernardino, California
  • March 22, 1914 - Sonny Burke (born Joseph Francis Burke) in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • March 28, 1914 - Bill Gale (aka: William Gula) (born Wasyl Gula) in New York City, New York
  • May 7, 1914 - Jack M. Elliot (John M. Elliot) born in Gowanda, New York
  • May 9, 1914 - Frank Chacksfield (Francis Charles Chacksfield) born in Battle, East Sussex, England, UK
  • June 5, 1914 - Stan Jones (Stanley Davis Jones) born in Douglas, Arizona
  • June 19, 1914 - Leon Klatzkin (Leon Steven Klatzkin) born in New York City, New York
  • June 26, 1914 - Richard Maltby (Richard Eldridge Maltby Sr.) born in Chicago, Illinois
  • July 3, 1914 - George Bruns (George Edward Bruns) born in Sandy, Oregon
  • August 8, 1914 - Pete King (Peter Dudley King) born in Greenville, Ohio
  • August 15, 1914 - Carl Brandt (Carl Edwin Brandt) born in Sacramento, California
  • August 28, 1914 - Glenn Osser (aka: Abe Osser) (Abraham Arthur Osser) born in Munising, Michigan
  • October 21, 1914 - Joseph Mullendore (Joseph Milton Mullendore Jr.) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • December 2, 1914 - Eddie Sauter (Edward Ernest Sauter) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • December 31, 1914 - Cyril Stapleton (H. Cyril Stapleton) born in Mapperley, Nottingham, England, UK


1915 - 1917

  • January 19, 1915 - Alvy West (Alvin A. Weisfeld) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • January 28, 1915 - Kermit Goell born in Brooklyn, New York
  • February 4, 1915 - Ray Evans (Raymond Bernard Evans) born in Salamanca, New York
  • February 14, 1915 - Irving Gordon born in Brooklyn, New York
  • March 28, 1915 - Jay Livingston (born Jacob Harold Levison) in McDonald, Pennsylvania
  • May 2, 1915 - Van Alexander (born Alexander Van Vliet Feldman) in New York City, New York
  • May 19, 1915 - Irving Gertz born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • June 9, 1915 - Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss) in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • June 22, 1915 - Dolf van der Linden (born David Gijsbert van der Linden) in Vlaardingen, Netherlands
  • September 15, 1915 - Jack Fascinato (born Arthur Lawrence Fascinato) in Bevier, Missouri
  • November 25, 1915 - Stanley Wilson (Stanley J. Wilson) born in New York City, New York
  • December 25, 1915 - Pete Rugolo (born Pietro Rugolo) in San Pietro Patti, Italy
  • 1916 - Rudi Revil (born Rudolf Heinrich Weil) in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine, France
  • January 4, 1916 - Lionel Newman born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • January 4, 1916 - Charles Wildman (born Wilhelm Franz Josef [Willy] Mattes) in Vienna, Austria-Hungary
  • January 9, 1916 - Vic Mizzy (Victor Mizzy) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • January 25, 1916 - Albert Glasser born in Chicago, Illinois
  • February 13, 1916 - Albert Harris born in London, England, UK
  • February 26, 1916 - Jackie Gleason (born John Herbert Gleason) in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
  • March 22, 1916 - George Wyle (born Bernard Weissman) in Manhattan, New York City, New York
  • March 26, 1916 - Harry Rabinowitz (born Sol Rabinowitz) in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • April 26, 1916 - Mart Manning (Martin Manning) born in Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • May 14, 1916 - Skip Martin (born Lloyd Vernon Martin) in Robinson, Illinois
  • July 25, 1916 - Joe Leahy (Joseph J. Leahy) born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • November 6, 1916 - Ray Conniff (Joseph Raymond Conniff) born in Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • November 10, 1916 - Billy May (born Edward William May Jr.) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • February 2, 1917 - Ronald Hanmer (Ronald Charles Douglas Hanmer) born in Reigate, Surrey, England, UK
  • March 23, 1917 - Johnny Guarnieri (John Albert Guarnieri) born in New York City, New York
  • April 7, 1917 - Robert Mersey (aka: Bob Mersey) (Robert David Mersey) born in New York City, New York
  • May 9, 1917 - Richard Shores (Richard Warren Shores) born in Rockville, Indiana
  • May 14, 1917 - Norman Luboff (Norman Kador Luboff) born in Chicago, Illinois
  • June 7, 1917 - Joe Lubin (Joseph Lubinsky) born in London, England, UK
  • June 28, 1917 - Wilfred Burns (born Bernard Wilfred Harris) in Kington, Herefordshire, England, UK
  • July 24, 1917 - Robert Farnon (Robert Joseph Farnon) born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • August 28, 1917 - Bill Walker (William Stearns Walker) born in River Forest, Illinois
  • October 17, 1917 - Norman Leyden (Norman Fowler Leyden) born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • November 12, 1917 - Henry Jerome (born Henry Jerome Pasnik) in New York City, New York


1918 - 1919

  • January 4, 1918 - Buddy Baker (born Norman Dale Baker) in Springfield, Missouri
  • January 9, 1918 - Buddy Weed (born Harold Eugene Weed) in Ossining, New York
  • January 18, 1918 - Richard LaSalle (Richard William LaSalle) born in Louisville, Colorado
  • January 27, 1918 - Skitch Henderson (born Lyle Russel Cedric Henderson) in Halstad, Minnesota
  • January 28, 1918 - Bob Hilliard (born Hilliard Goldsmith) in New York City, New York
  • February 7, 1918 - Eugene Cines (Eugene Seymour Cines) born in New York City, New York
  • April 20, 1918 - Herschel Burke Gilbert born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • June 5, 1918 - Robert Docker (Robert Ernest Docker) born in Paddington, London, England, UK
  • July 7, 1918 - Farlan Myers (Farlan Irving Myers) born in Los Angeles, California
  • July 10, 1918 - Jack Easton (John Easton) born in New York City, New York
  • August 3, 1918 - Les Elgart born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • August 25, 1918 - Leonard Bernstein (born Louis Bernstein) in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • September 15, 1918 - Max Harris (Max D. Harris) born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, UK
  • October 11, 1918 - Ray Martin (born Kurt Kohn) in Vienna, Austria-Hungary
  • December 2, 1918 - Milton DeLugg born in Los Angeles, California
  • January 22, 1919 - Sid Ramin (Sidney Norton Ramin) born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • February 13, 1919 - Tennessee Ernie Ford (born Ernest Jennings Ford) in Bristol, Tennessee
  • February 24, 1919 - Dick Charles (born Richard Charles Krieg) in Newark, New Jersey
  • March 6, 1919 - Bernie Wayne (born Bernard Weitzner) in Paterson, New Jersey
  • April 3, 1919 - Ervin Drake (born Irving Maurice Druckman) born in Manhattan, New York City, New York
  • May 22, 1919 - Don Ferris (born Dominic Anthony Frissore) in Boonton, New Jersey
  • June 23, 1919 - John P. Atherton (John Peter Atherton) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • July 9, 1919 - Earle Hagen (Earle Harry Hagen) born in Chicago, Illinois
  • December 10, 1919 - Alexander Courage (Alexander Mair Courage Jr.) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


1920 - 1922

  • January 14, 1920 - Kurt Rehfeld (born Kurt Reinhold) in Aufhausen (now Bopfingen), Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • January 27, 1920 - Helmut Zacharias (Helmuth Zacharias) born in Berlin, Germany
  • February 13, 1920 - Boudleaux Bryant (Diadorius Boudleaux Bryant) born in Shellman, Georgia
  • February 27, 1920 - José Melis (José Melis-Guiu) born in Havana, Cuba
  • March 27, 1920 - Richard Hayman born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • May 11, 1920 - Kermit Levinsky (aka: Kermit Leslie) born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • August 15, 1920 - Stanley Keyawa (Stanley J. Keyawa) born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • December 6, 1920 - Dave Brubeck (David Warren Brubeck) born in Concord, California
  • April 1, 1921 - Steve Race (Stephen Russell Race) born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
  • April 19, 1921 - Robert Maxwell (born Max Rosen) in New York City, New York
  • May 17, 1921 - Bob Merrill (aka: Robert Merrill) (born Henry Robert Merrill LeVan) in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • May 27, 1921 - Ivor Slaney born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, UK
  • June 1, 1921 - Nelson Riddle (Nelson Smock Riddle Jr.) born in Oradell, New Jersey
  • July 21, 1921 - Keith Textor (Keith Vernon Textor) born in Coon Rapids, Minnesota
  • July 30, 1921 - Guenther Kauer (Guenther Max Kauer) born in Wieda, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • August 3, 1921 - Richard Adler born in New York City, New York
  • November 23, 1921 - Jack Marshall (Jack Wilton Marshall) born in El Dorado, Kansas
  • December 15, 1921 - Emil Cadkin (Emil M. Cadkin) born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • December 26, 1921 - Steve Allen (born Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen) in New York City, New York
  • January 20, 1922 - Ray Anthony (born Raymond Antonini) in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania
  • March 1, 1922 - Stanley Applebaum (Stanley Seymour Applebaum) born in Newark, New Jersey
  • March 13, 1922 - Les Baxter (Leslie Thompson Baxter) born in Mexia, Texas
  • March 20, 1922 - Larry Elgart born in New London, Connecticut
  • April 4, 1922 - Elmer Bernstein (Elmer W. Bernstein) born in New York City, New York
  • April 12, 1922 - Edwin Astley (Edwin Thomas Astley) born in Warrington, England, UK
  • June 4, 1922 - Irwin Bazelon (aka: Bud Bazelon) (Irwin A. Bazelon) born in Evanston, Illinois
  • June 17, 1922 - Jerry Fielding (born Joshua Itzhak Feldman) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • June 21, 1922 - Wade Denning (Wade Fulton Denning Jr.) born in Albermarle, North Carolina
  • August 11, 1922 - Ron Grainer (Ronald Erle Grainer) born in Atherton, Queensland, Australia
  • September 8, 1922 - Sid Caesar (born Isaac Sidney Caesar) in Yonkers, New York
  • September 9, 1922 - Hoyt Curtin (Hoyt Stoddard Curtin) born in Downey, California
  • September 12, 1922 - Harry Betts (Harold Richard Betts) born in New York City, New York
  • September 20, 1922 - Frank Comstock (Frank G. Comstock) born in San Diego, California
  • October 29, 1922 - Neal Hefti (Neal Paul Hefti) born in Hastings, Nebraska


1923 - 1924

  • January 26, 1923 - Sid Wayne (born Sidney ["Sid"] Weinberg) in Brooklyn, New York
  • February 19, 1923 - Marshall Barer (Marshall Louis Barer) born in Astoria, Queens, New York
  • February 24, 1923 - Fred Steiner (Frederick Steiner) born in New York City, New York
  • March 21, 1923 - Mort Lindsey (born Morton Lippman) in Newark, New Jersey
  • April 16, 1923 - Warren Barker (Warren E. Barker) born in Oakland, California
  • July 28, 1923 - Ray Ellis (aka: Yvette Blais) (Raymond Spencer Ellis) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • September 21, 1923 - Dick Boyell (Richard S. Boyell) born in Chicago, Illinois
  • October 16, 1923 - Bert Kaempfert (born Berthold Heinrich Kämpfert) in Barmbeck, Hamburg, Germany
  • October 25, 1923 - Don Banks (Donald Oscar Banks) born in South Melbourne, Australia
  • February 19, 1924 - André Popp (André Charles Jean Popp) born in Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendée, France
  • February 27, 1924 - Trevor Duncan (aka: Leonard Trebilco) (born Leonard Charles Trebilcock) in London, England, UK
  • April 14, 1924 - Shorty Rogers (born Milton Michael Adelstein) in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • April 16, 1924 - Henry Mancini (born Enrico Nicola Mancini) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • June 20, 1924 - Chet Atkins (born Chester Burton Atkins) in Union County, Tennessee
  • July 20, 1924 - Mort Garson (Morton S. Garson) born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • August 2, 1924 - Joe Harnell (Joseph Harnell) born in Bronx, New York City, New York
  • August 22, 1924 - Bob Thompson (Robert Lamar Thompson) born in San Jose, California
  • September 16, 1924 - Joe Reisman born in Dallas, Texas
  • September 19, 1924 - Ernest Tomlinson born in Lancashire, England, UK
  • October 18, 1924 - Allyn Ferguson (Allyn Malcolm Ferguson Jr.) born in San Jose, California
  • October 26, 1924 - Bob Cobert (Robert William Cobert) born in New York City, New York
  • October 28, 1924 - Edward Kean (aka: Eddie Kean) (Edward George Kean) born in Manhattan, New York City, New York
  • December 24, 1924 - J. F. Kuhn (Joseph Francis Kuhn) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


1925 - 1929

  • January 23, 1925 - Marty Paich (Martin Louis Paich) born in Oakland, California
  • February 7, 1925 - Marius Constant born in Bucharest, Romania
  • February 14, 1925 - Elliot Lawrence (Elliot Lawrence Broza) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • February 26, 1925 - Caesar Giovannini born in Chicago, Illinois
  • April 22, 1925 - Lou Garisto (Louis Albert Garisto) born in New York City, New York
  • May 10, 1925 - Acquaviva (aka: Tony Acquaviva) (born Anthony Michael Acquaviva) in Beacon, New York
  • June 18, 1925 - Johnny Pearson (John Valmore Pearson) born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
  • October 10, 1925 - Eddie Layton (Edward M. Layton) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • October 21, 1925 - Norman Paris (Norman Thaddeus Paris) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • October 27, 1925 - Sascha Burland (born Granville Alexander Burland) in New York City, New York
  • February 10, 1926 - Nico Carstens (Nicholaas Cornelius Carstens) born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • March 25, 1926 - Riz Ortolani (Riziero Ortolani) born in Pesaro, Italy
  • April 30, 1926 - Buddy Arnold (born Arnold Buddy Grishaver) in The Bronx, New York City, New York
  • June 9, 1926 - Bill Backer (William Montague Backer) born in Manhattan, New York City, New York
  • June 9, 1926 - Bill Pursell (William Whitney Pursell) born in Oakland, California
  • August 7, 1926 - Stan Freberg (Stanley Victor Freberg) born in Pasadena, California
  • September 23, 1926 - Richard Markowitz (Richard Allen Markowitz) born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1927 - Larry Greene born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • February 5, 1927 - Robert Allen (Robert Allen Deitcher) born in Troy, New York
  • February 7, 1927 - Laurie Johnson (Laurence Reginald Ward Johnson) born in Hampstead, London, England, UK
  • March 8, 1927 - Dick Hyman (Richard Roven Hyman) born in New York City, New York
  • March 29, 1927 - Gene Bianco (Eugene B. Capobianco) born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • May 8, 1927 - Ralph Carmichael born in Quincy, Illinois
  • May 27, 1927 - Nick Acquaviva (Nicholas Paul Acquaviva) born in Beacon, New York
  • August 6, 1927 - Jack Z. Elliott (born Irwin Elliott Zucker) in Hartford, Connecticut
  • September 10, 1927 - Johnny Keating (John Keating) born in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • November 17, 1927 - Robert Drasnin (Robert Jackson Drasnin) born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • January 30, 1928 - Mitch Leigh (born Irwin Michnick) in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 10, 1928 - Robert Arthur born in Flushing, Queens, New York
  • May 12, 1928 - Burt Bacharach (Burt Freeman Bacharach) born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • June 7, 1928 - Charles Strouse born in New York City, New York
  • June 27, 1928 - Sid Woloshin (Sidney Eliezer Woloshin) born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • July 17, 1928 - Geordie Hormel (George A. Hormel II) born in Austin, Minnesota
  • August 30, 1928 - Johnny Mann (John Russell Mann) born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • November 6, 1928 - Peter Matz born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • January 30, 1929 - Morton Stevens (aka: Mort Stevens) born in Newark, New Jersey
  • February 10, 1929 - Jerry Goldsmith (Jerrald King Goldsmith) born in Pasadena, California
  • February 24, 1929 - Charles Albertine born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • April 18, 1929 - Walter Levinsky (aka: Walt Levinsky, Walter Leslie) born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • June 14, 1929 - Cy Coleman (born Seymour Kaufman) in New York City, New York


1930 - 1939

  • May 11, 1930 - Gordon Langford (born Gordon Maris Colman) in Edgware, Middlesex, England, UK
  • May 14, 1930 - Roy Eaton (Roy Felix Eaton) born in Sugar Hill, Harlem, New York City, New York
  • July 9, 1930 - Buddy Bregman (born Louis I. Bregman II) in Chicago, Illinois
  • June 17, 1931 - Dominic Frontiere born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • January 13, 1932 - Lan O'Kun born in Manhattan, New York City, New York
  • February 8, 1932 - John Towner Williams (aka: Johnny Williams) born in Floral Park, Long Island, New York
  • June 21, 1932 - Lalo Schifrin (born Boris Claudio Schifrin) in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • July 11, 1932 - Billy Davis (Roquel Billy Davis) born in Detroit, Michigan
  • August 10, 1932 - Douglas M. Lackey born in Sacramento, California
  • April 16, 1933 - Perry Botkin Jr. (Perry Lafayette Botkin Jr.) born in New York City, New York
  • June 26, 1934 - Dave Grusin (Robert David Grusin) born in Littleton, Colorado
  • March 15, 1936 - Howard Greenfield born in Brooklyn, New York
  • November 7, 1936 - Jimmie Haskell (born Sheridan Pearlman) in Brooklyn, New York
  • November 11, 1936 - Jack Keller (Jack Walter Keller) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • January 31, 1937 - Steve Karmen (Stephen Karmen) born in The Bronx, New York City, New York
  • April 23, 1939 - Patrick Williams (aka: Pat Williams) (born Patrick Moody Williams) in Bonne Terre, Missouri


1940 - 1950

  • October 30, 1940 - Charles Fox (Charles Ira Fox) born in New York City, New York
  • April 1, 1942 - Frank Gari (born Frank Daniel Garofalo) in New York City, New York
  • April 13, 1942 - Bill Conti (William Conti Jr.) born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • July 25, 1943 - Tom Dawes (Thomas W. Dawes) born in Albany, New York
  • September 1, 1945 - Edd Kalehoff (Edward Woodley Kalehoff Jr.) born in Jackson, Mississippi


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