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Number of Records Matching Query: 43
 
PAUL HENREID
 
Date Born: Friday 10 January 1908
 
Description: Actor
 
Summary: Known professionally as Paul Henreid, was an Austrian actor and film director.

RUSS COLUMBO
 
Date Born: Tuesday 14 January 1908
 
Description: Actor, Singer, Violinist, USA
 
Summary: He started playing the violin while still very young, and debuted professionally at the age of 13.

JERRY BLAKE
 
Date Born: Thursday 23 January 1908
 
Description: Saxophonist, clarinetist. USA
 
Summary: He played violin before switching to reeds.

CRAWFORD WETHINGTON
 
Date Born: Sunday 26 January 1908
 
Description: Saxophonist, Composer, USA
 
Summary: A graduate of the Chicago College of Music. An early jazz saxophonist, Crawford Wethington's most significant musical associations were with trumpeter Louis Armstrong, and a popular dance band of the '30s.

STEPHANE GRAPPELLI
 
Date Born: Sunday 26 January 1908
 
Description: Violinist, French
 
Summary: Grappelli is rated as one of the greatest jazz violinist of all time.

HOT LIPS PAGE
 
Date Born: Monday 27 January 1908
 
Description: Trumpeter, Vocals, USA
 
Summary: He has been largely neglected by historians since his death due to mysterious circumstances in November 1954, but is considered by many to be one of the giants of the Swing Era and one of the founders of what came to be known as rhythm and blues.

MANNY KLEIN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 4 February 1908
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: He began with Paul Whiteman in 1928 and was active throughout the 1930s playing with several major bands of the era including the Dorseys and Benny Goodman.

JOHN MILLS
 
Date Born: Saturday 22 February 1908
 
Description: Actor, UK
 
Summary: An Academy Award winning English actor, who made more than 120 films in a career spanning seven decades.

REX HARRISON
 
Date Born: Thursday 5 March 1908
 
Description: Acting, UK
 
Summary: One of Harrison's best remembered film roles was that of Professor Henry Higgins in the stage and film versions of My Fair Lady. The role earned him a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award and Best Actor Oscar.

ARTHUR OCONNELL
 
Date Born: Sunday 29 March 1908
 
Description: Actor. USA
 
Summary: In 1962 O'Connell portrayed the father of Elvis Presley's character in the motion picture Follow That Dream.

RED NORVA
 
Date Born: Tuesday 31 March 1908
 
Description: Vibraphonist, USA
 
Summary: He played with bands such as the ’Paul Whiteman Orchestra’. One of jazz's early vibraphonists, known as "Mr. Swing". He helped establish the xylophone, marimba and later the vibraphone as viable jazz instruments.

BUDDY EBSEN
 
Date Born: Thursday 2 April 1908
 
Description: Actor, Dancer, Singer
 
Summary: His father, Christian Rudolf Ebsen, Sr., was Danish and his mother, Frances, was Latvian. He was raised in Belleville until age 10, when his family moved to Palm Beach County,

BETTE DAVIS
 
Date Born: Sunday 5 April 1908
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: In 1999, Davis was placed second, behind Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of all time.

PERCY FAITH
 
Date Born: Tuesday 7 April 1908
 
Description: Bandleader, Arranger, Canadian

BOB NOLAN
 
Date Born: Monday 13 April 1908
 
Description: Vacolist, Actor
 
Summary: In 1934, Bob Nolan began his career in film as the singing voice for Ken Maynard in the 1934 film, In Old Santa Fe. In 1935, the Sons of the Pioneers appeared in their first full-length Western movie,

EDEN AHBEZ
 
Date Born: Wednesday 15 April 1908
 
Description: Composer of music, USA
 
Summary: Ahbez was discovered living under the Hollywood Sign and became the focus of a media frenzy when Cole's version of "Nature Boy" shot to #1 on the Billboard charts and remained there for eight consecutive weeks

LIONEL HAMPTON
 
Date Born: Monday 20 April 1908
 
Description: Vibes, Composer, USA
 
Summary: Known to all as the most famous of all vibraphone players.Known mainly for his outstanding playing, he is also known for his hit - FLYING HOME.

BEVERIDGE WEBSTER
 
Date Born: Wednesday 13 May 1908
 
Description: Pianist, USA
 
Summary: He also studied in Berlin with Artur Schnabel. He made his New York debut in November 1934 with the New York Philharmonic

DON AMECHE
 
Date Born: Wednesday 13 May 1908
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: Ameche was a major radio star, heard on such shows as Empire Builders, The First Nighter Program, Family Theater and the Betty and Bob soap opera.

JAMES STEWART
 
Date Born: Wednesday 20 May 1908
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: The son of Elizabeth Ruth and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. Stewart's parents were Presbyterian and of Scottish origin.

ROBERT MORLEY
 
Date Born: Tuesday 26 May 1908
 
Description: Actor, UK
 
Summary: Morley attended Elizabeth College, Guernsey, RADA and made his West End stage debut in 1929 in Treasure Island at the Strand Theatre and his Broadway debut in 1938 in the title role of Oscar Wilde at the Fulton Theatre.

MEL BLANC
 
Date Born: Saturday 30 May 1908
 
Description: Vocal Characterizationist
 
Summary: At 16, he changed the spelling of his last name from “Blank,” reportedly because a teacher told him that he would amount to nothing and be, like his last name, “blank.” P/E

BILL KENNEDY
 
Date Born: Saturday 27 June 1908
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: On the old Superman TV series, he's the one who announces, "Faster than a Speeding Bullet... Able to Leap Tall buildings at a Single Bound!"

LEROY ANDERSON
 
Date Born: Monday 29 June 1908
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: In 1951 Anderson wrote his first hit, "Blue Tango", earning a Golden Disc and the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts.

LOUIS JORDAN
 
Date Born: Wednesday 8 July 1908
 
Description: Vocalist, Saxophonist, USA
 
Summary: Let The Good Times Roll, a Jordan biography, was written by British jazz historian John Chilton.

DONALD PEERS
 
Date Born: Friday 10 July 1908
 
Description: Vocalist , Wales
 
Summary: During one of his visits to Australia, he fell down a hole on stage in Sydney and broke his back.

MILTON BERLE
 
Date Born: Sunday 12 July 1908
 
Description: Actor, Comedian, USA
 
Summary: Born to Moses Berlinger, a paint and varnish salesman. His mother, Sarah (Sadie) Glantz Berlinger 1890–1968, eventually became stagestruck and changed her name to Sandra Berle when Milton became famous.

CHAMPION JACK DUPREE
 
Date Born: Thursday 23 July 1908
 
Description: Pianist, US
 
Summary: His biggest commercial success was "Walkin the Blues".

CLAUDE THORNHILL
 
Date Born: Monday 10 August 1908
 
Description: Pianist, Bandleader, Arranger, Composer
 
Summary: In 1984, Claude Thornhill was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

DON BRADMAN
 
Date Born: Thursday 27 August 1908
 
Description: An Australian cricketer, Australia
 
Summary: Bradman's Test batting average of 99.94 has become one of cricket's most famous, iconic statistics. No other player who has played more than 20 Test match innings has finished with a Test average of more than 61.

FRED MACMURRAY
 
Date Born: Sunday 30 August 1908
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: MacMurray is well known for his role in the 1944 film noir Double Indemnity, in which he starred with Barbara Stanwyck.

KATHRYN CRAWFORD
 
Date Born: Monday 5 October 1908
 
Description: Actress, Singer, USA
 
Summary: Born Katherine Moran in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, Crawford had a somewhat tumultuous childhood.

CAROLE LOMBARD
 
Date Born: Tuesday 6 October 1908
 
Description: Actress, USA
 
Summary: In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Lombard 23rd on its list of the 50 greatest American female screen legends.

STUART HAMBLEN
 
Date Born: Tuesday 20 October 1908
 
Description: Vocalist, USA
 
Summary: Hamblen was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, was presented the ACM Pioneer Award 1972, received the Gene Autry Golden Boot Award 1988, and was inducted into Texas Country Music Hall of Fame 2001.

PATSY MONTANA
 
Date Born: Friday 30 October 1908
 
Description: Vocalist , Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Blevins took her stage name from silent film star and world-champion roper, Monte Montana.

BUNNY BERIGAN
 
Date Born: Monday 2 November 1908
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: Berigan recorded his first vocal, "At Your Command", with Rich that year. From late 1932 through 1933, Berigan was also employed by Paul Whiteman, before playing with Abe Lyman's band in 1934.

BURGESS MEREDITH
 
Date Born: Monday 16 November 1908
 
Description: Actor, USA
 
Summary: His career spanning many years he entered the world of Television in ’BATMAN’ as the Penguin.

OLIVER MESSIAEN
 
Date Born: Thursday 10 December 1908
 
Description: Composer, Organist, France
 
Summary: Messiaen was appointed professor of harmony soon after his release in 1941, and professor of composition in 1966 at the Paris Conservatoire, positions he held until his retirement in 1978.

ELLIOTT CARTER
 
Date Born: Friday 11 December 1908
 
Description: Composer, USA
 
Summary: His compositions are known and performed throughout the world; they include orchestral, chamber music, solo instrumental, and vocal works.

BILL CARLISLE
 
Date Born: Saturday 19 December 1908
 
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, USA
 
Summary: Carlisle was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in September 2002.

DENNIS MORGAN
 
Date Born: Sunday 20 December 1908
 
Description: Vocalist, Actor, USA
 
Summary: He has a star on Hollywood Blvd but today remains a distant figure from the Golden Age of Film. His charm and good looks belied a solid actor who never gave a bad performance

JOHN KIRBY
 
Date Born: Thursday 31 December 1908
 
Description: Bassist, USA
 
Summary: In 1993 Kirby was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

JONAH JONES
 
Date Born: Thursday 31 December 1908
 
Description: Trumpeter, USA
 
Summary: His popularity during the fifties with his quartet helped modern Jazz become a popular item in music.

 
 
 
 

 
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