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Number of Records Matching Query: 36
Dana Andrews
Date Born: Friday 1 January 1909
Description: Actor, Singer, USA
Summary: Born in Mississippi, the third of nine children of the Rev. Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister and his wife Annis. He is the brother of actor Steve Forrest.Dana Andrews was trained as a singer before he began his movie career, but the only time he sang in a movie, State Fair (1945), and then his voice was dubbed.

Victor Borge
Date Born: Sunday 3 January 1909
Description: Pianist, Comedian, Danish
Summary: His parents, Bernhard and Frederikke Rosenbaum, were both musicians his father was a violinist in the Royal Danish Chapel, and his mother played piano.

Jose Ferrer
Date Born: Friday 8 January 1909
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: Ferrer, who was born in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1933 he graduated from Princeton University.

Danny Barker
Date Born: Wednesday 13 January 1909
Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Banjo, Ukelele, USA
Summary: He was a rhythm guitarist for some of the best bands of the day, including Cab Calloway, Lucky Millinder and Benny Carter throughout the 1930s.

Gene Krupa
Date Born: Friday 15 January 1909
Description: Drummer, USA
Summary: Many consider Krupa to be one of the most influential drummers of his time in with regard to the development of the drum kit. He used Slingerland drums. But he had already made history in 1927 as the first kit drummer ever to record using a bass drum pedal.

Ann Sothern
Date Born: Friday 22 January 1909
Description: Actress, Comedienne, USA
Summary: Named Harriet, the first of three daughters born to Annette Yde and Walter Lake. She was raised by her mother, an opera singer and diction coach. Harriet's maternal grandfather was Danish violinist Hans Nilson. P/A

Ed Lewis
Date Born: Friday 22 January 1909
Description: Trumpeter, USA
Summary: Lewis played early in his career in Kansas City.

George Beverly Shea
Date Born: Monday 1 February 1909
Description: Vocalist, Canada
Summary: According to the Guinness Book of Records, Shea holds the world record for singing in person to the most people ever, with an estimated cumulative live audience of 220 million people. Died 16th April 2013 aged 104.

Carmen Miranda
Date Born: Tuesday 9 February 1909
Description: Vocalist, Actress,Dancer, USA
Summary: She was nicknamed Carmen by her father, because of his love of the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. She was the second daughter of José Maria Pinto Cunha (1887 - 1938) and Maria Emília Miranda (1886 - 1971).

Tommy Trinder
Date Born: Wednesday 24 March 1909
Description: Comedian, Actor, UK
Summary: After the war, as a national figure he was soon recruited to television. In 1955, he became the first compere for the new ITV television programme Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

Chips Rafferty
Date Born: Friday 26 March 1909
Description: Actor, Australia
Summary: He was born John William Pilbean Goffage in Broken Hill, New South Wales to John Goffage, an English-born stock agent, and Australian-born Violet Maude Joyce.

Ben Webster
Date Born: Saturday 27 March 1909
Description: Saxophonist, Composer, USA
Summary: Ben Webster was considered one of the "big three" of swing tenors along with Coleman Hawkins (his main influence) and Lester Young.

Moon Mullican
Date Born: Monday 29 March 1909
Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA
Summary: In 1976, he was posthumously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Eddie Duchin
Date Born: Thursday 1 April 1909
Description: Pianist, USA
Summary: He first became a pharmacist before turning full-time to music and beginning his new career with Leo Reisman's orchestra at the Central Park Casino in New York.

Tom Ewell
Date Born: Thursday 29 April 1909
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: He claimed never to have seen any of his films, including The Seven Year Itch, and had only ever seen glimpses of himself onscreen when his wife was watching television.

James Mason
Date Born: Saturday 15 May 1909
Description: Actor, UK
Summary: Mason was once considered to play James Bond in a 1958 TV adaptation of From Russia with Love, which was ultimately never produced.

Bob Dyer
Date Born: Saturday 22 May 1909
Description: Entertainer, radio personality, banjoist, Australia/USA
Summary: Dyer is best known for the long-running radio and then television quiz show, Pick a Box

Dick Stable
Date Born: Saturday 29 May 1909
Description: Saxophonist, USA
Summary: After the war he moved to Los Angeles, where he began working with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis from 1949 up to his death.

Benny Goodman
Date Born: Sunday 30 May 1909
Description: Clarinetist, Arranger, USA
Summary: Clarinetist and band leader during the big band era joining his first band in 1934 for Billy Rose’s Music Hall.

Jessica Tandy
Date Born: Monday 7 June 1909
Description: Actress, USA
Summary: Tandy, the last of three children, was born to mother, Jessie Helen, was the head of a school for mentally handicapped children, and her father, Harry Tandy, was a travelling salesman.

Burl Ives
Date Born: Monday 14 June 1909
Description: Vocalist, Actor, Composer
Summary: Burl Ives the son of Levi Frank Ives 1880-1947 and Cordelia "Dellie" White (882-1954. He had six siblings. His father was at first a farmer and then a contractor who did work for the county and others.

Ethel Merman
Date Born: Wednesday 16 June 1909
Description: Vocalist Actress, USA
Summary: Merman was born to Edward Zimmermann, was an accountant, and her mother, Agnes, was a school teacher.

Errol Flynn
Date Born: Sunday 20 June 1909
Description: Actor, Australian
Summary: Errol Flynn was born to Theodore Thomson Flynn, a lecturer 1909, and professor 1911 of biology at the University of Tasmania UTAS. His mother was born Lily Mary Young.

Joe Loss
Date Born: Tuesday 22 June 1909
Description: Band Leader, Arranger, Violinist, UK
Summary: The youngest of four children of Israel and Ada Loss, Russian Jews who were first cousins. His father was a cabinet maker who had an office furnishing business, and his wife, Ada Loss.

Tom Parker
Date Born: Saturday 26 June 1909
Description: Manager, USA
Summary: His management of Elvis Presley re-wrote the role of the manager and was seen as central to the astonishing success of Presley's career.

Arnold Shaw
Date Born: Monday 28 June 1909
Description: Pianist, Researcher, Author, USA
Summary: Shaw entered the field of popular music during the 1940s, as a pianist and composer.

Leo Fender
Date Born: Tuesday 10 August 1909
Description: Guitar, Designer, USA
Summary: Leo Fender has been recognized in "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Lester Young
Date Born: Friday 27 August 1909
Description: Saxophonist, Band Leader, USA
Summary: Born in Mississippi and grew up in a musical family. Young's father, Willis Handy Young, was a respected teacher, his brother Lee Young was a drummer, and several other relatives played music professionally.

Elie Kazan
Date Born: Tuesday 7 September 1909
Description: Director, Films, Producer, USA
Summary: One of the many greats during the forties to the late seventies.Kazan directed one of the Studio's brightest young talents, Marlon Brando, in the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire.

Stuff Smith
Date Born: Tuesday 14 September 1909
Description: Violinist - U.S.A.
Summary: Smith was critical of the bebop movement, although his own style represented a transition between swing and bebop.

Art Tatum
Date Born: Wednesday 13 October 1909
Description: Pianist, US
Summary: For a musician of such stature, there is very little published information available about Tatum's life. Only one full-length biography of Tatum has been published, Too Marvelous for Words, by James Lester.

Johnny Mercer
Date Born: Monday 8 November 1909
Description: Actor, Arranger, Band Leader, Composer, USA
Summary: Winner of 4 Academy Awards. One of the true great composers of the 29th Century.

Robert Ryan
Date Born: Thursday 11 November 1909
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: Ryan was the bad guy in films as just looking at his fface gave the imperession, you don't trust this guy.

Robert Nighthawk
Date Born: Tuesday 30 November 1909
Description: Guitarist, USA
Summary: Within a few years he reappeared as the electric slide-guitarist Robert Nighthawk, and began recording for Chess Records.

Douglas Fairbanks Jr
Date Born: Thursday 9 December 1909
Description: Actor, USA
Summary: Fairbanks has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures at 6318 Hollywood Boulevard and one for television at 6665 Hollywood Boulevard.

Mitchell Ayres
Date Born: Friday 24 December 1909
Description: Conductor, Arranger, Composer, Violinist, USA
Summary: He began working for Columbia Records as a musical director, working with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Pearl Bailey, and others signed to the record label, including Dinah Shore.

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