Famous 19th Century Singers

Find out more about the greatest 19th Century Singers, including Fred Astaire, Bessie Smith, Noël Coward, Al Jolson and Paul Robeson.

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Jenny Lind
(Opera Singer)

Jenny Lind
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Birthdate: October 6, 1820
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 2, 1887
Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, also known as the "Swedish Nightingale,” was a prominent 19th-century soprano and performed all over Europe. She also donated generously to various charities, especially to the cause of free schools in Sweden. She also taught at the Royal College of Music in London. 

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Florence Foster Jenkins
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Birthdate: July 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 26, 1944

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite who was often ridiculed and mocked for her poor singing ability, which in turn made her popular. Known as the world's worst opera singer, Jenkins became a musical cult-figure in New York City due to her technical incompetence as an amateur soprano. Her life inspired several plays and films, including Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Nellie Melba
(Opera Singer)

Nellie Melba
8
Birthdate: May 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond
Died: February 23, 1931

Nellie Melba was an Australian singer. One of the most popular singers of the early 20th century, Melba was the first Australian classical musician to achieve international recognition. Also known for her charity work during the First World War, Nellie Melba was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918.

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 4 
Enrico Caruso
(Operatic tenor)

Enrico Caruso
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Birthdate: February 25, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: August 2, 1921

Enrico Caruso was an operatic tenor who performed at prominent opera houses in the Americas and Europe. His commercially released recordings made him an international star in the early-1900s. Thanks to his illustrious career that spanned 25 years, Caruso became one of the most popular entertainers of his generation. In 1987, he was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Jack Haley
(Vaudevillian)

Jack Haley
3
Birthdate: August 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: June 6, 1979

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Lead Belly
(Folk and blues singer)

Lead Belly
3
Birthdate: January 23, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mooringsport, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 6, 1949

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Alessandro Moreschi
(Singer, Opera singer)

Alessandro Moreschi
3
Birthdate: November 11, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Monte Compatri
Died: April 21, 1922
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Marian Anderson
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Birthdate: February 27, 1897
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: April 8, 1993

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George M. Cohan
(American playwright)

George M. Cohan
3
Birthdate: July 3, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died: November 5, 1942

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Jimmie Rodgers
(Singer-songwriter and musician)

Jimmie Rodgers
3
Birthdate: September 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States
Died: May 26, 1933

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Walter Pidgeon
(Former Actor who starred in The Bad and the Beautiful and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)

Walter Pidgeon
3
Birthdate: September 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint John, Canada
Died: September 25, 1984

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Lily Pons
(American-French operatic soprano)

Lily Pons
4
Birthdate: April 12, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Draguignan, France
Died: February 13, 1976

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Beniamino Gigli
(Opera singer)

Beniamino Gigli
3
Birthdate: March 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Recanati, Italy
Died: November 30, 1957

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Adelina Patti
(Opera Singer)

Adelina Patti
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Birthdate: February 10, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: September 27, 1919

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Kirsten Flagstad
(Opera Singer)

Kirsten Flagstad
3
Birthdate: July 12, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hamar, Norway
Died: December 7, 1962

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Ethel Waters
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor)

Ethel Waters
3
Birthdate: October 31, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chester County
Died: September 1, 1977

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Constanze Mozart
3
Birthdate: January 5, 1762
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zell im Wiesental, Germany
Died: March 6, 1842

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Rosa Ponselle
(Operatic Soprano)

Rosa Ponselle
1
Birthdate: January 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Meriden, Connecticut, United States
Died: May 25, 1981

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Lauritz Melchior
(Opera singer)

Lauritz Melchior
1
Birthdate: March 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 18, 1973

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Lotte Lehmann
(Soprano)

Lotte Lehmann
1
Birthdate: February 27, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Perleberg, Germany
Died: August 26, 1976

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Mississippi John Hurt
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Birthdate: March 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Teoc, Mississippi, United States
Died: November 2, 1966

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Gracie Fields
(Actress, Singer who was highest paid film star in the world in 1937)

Gracie Fields
3
Birthdate: January 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 27, 1979

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Sara Carter
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

Sara Carter
2
Birthdate: July 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copper Creek, Virginia
Died: January 8, 1979

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Julia Pastrana
(Performer)

Julia Pastrana
4
Birthdate: 1834 AD
Birthplace: Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: March 25, 1860

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Sophie Tucker
2
Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966

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Big Bill Broonzy
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Birthdate: June 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lake Dick, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 15, 1958

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Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient
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Birthdate: December 6, 1804
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: January 26, 1860

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Anna Held
(Actress, Singer)

Anna Held
2
Birthdate: March 19, 1872
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 12, 1918

Anna Held was a Polish singer and stage performer. Although her personal life and relationship with Florenz Ziegfeld overshadowed her professional career, Anna Held's uninhibited style inspired the popular theatrical revue productions on Broadway, The Ziegfeld Follies. Her relationship with Florenz Ziegfeld also inspired films like The Great Ziegfeld and Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women.

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Agustín Lara
(Composer, Singer, Actor, Songwriter)

Agustín Lara
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Birthdate: October 30, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tlatlauquitepec Municipality
Died: November 6, 1970

Agustín Lara was a Mexican composer and songwriter. Apart from gaining popularity in Mexico, Lara's work has also been appreciated in places like the Caribbean, United States, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Central and South America. Many of his songs have been recorded by several international singers like Enrico Caruso. Lara's life inspired the 1959 film The Life of Agustín Lara.

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Gertrude Lawrence
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Birthdate: July 4, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newington, London, United Kingdom
Died: September 6, 1952

Gertrude Lawrence was an English actress, singer, and dancer. She also performed musical comedy in the West End of London and on Broadway in New York. She was introduced to the entertainment world as a child and grew up to become a famous multi-faceted performer. She won several awards. In her later years, she taught acting. 

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E.Y. Harburg
(Lyricist)

E.Y. Harburg
2
Birthdate: April 8, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: March 5, 1981

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Roots Manuva
(Rapper, Producer)

Roots Manuva
2
Birthdate: September 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

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Marilyn Miller
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Birthdate: September 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana, United States
Died: April 7, 1936

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Tommy Johnson
(American musician)

Tommy Johnson
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Birthdate: September 1, 1898, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Terry, Mississippi, United States
Died: November 1, 1956

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Beatrice Lillie
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Birthdate: May 29, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: January 20, 1989

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Cicely Courtneidge
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Birthdate: April 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: April 26, 1980

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Lillian Russell
(Former Actress, Singer known for her beauty and style, as well as for her voice and stage presence)

Lillian Russell
2
Birthdate: December 4, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Clinton, Iowa, United States
Died: June 6, 1922

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Eva Mylott
(Opera singer)

Eva Mylott
2
Birthdate: February 27, 1875
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tuross Head, New South Wales, Australia
Died: March 20, 1920

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Adele Spitzeder
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Birthdate: February 9, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 28, 1895

 40 
Mistinguett
(Actress)

Mistinguett
2
Birthdate: April 5, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Enghien-les-Bains, France
Died: January 5, 1956

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Grace Moore
(Opera Singer & Actress)

Grace Moore
3
Birthdate: December 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Del Rio, Tennessee, United States
Died: January 26, 1947

Sir Harry Lauder
2
Birthdate: August 4, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portobello
Died: February 26, 1950

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Alberta Hunter
(American singer)

Alberta Hunter
1
Birthdate: April 1, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: October 17, 1984

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Marie Lloyd
(Singer)

Marie Lloyd
2
Birthdate: February 12, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hoxton, London, United Kingdom
Died: October 7, 1922

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Richard Bruno Heydrich
2
Birthdate: February 23, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leuben, Dresden, Germany
Died: August 24, 1938

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Arletty
(Actress)

Arletty
2
Birthdate: May 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Courbevoie, France
Died: July 23, 1992

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Polaire
(Singer)

Polaire
1
Birthdate: May 14, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Algiers, Algiers, Algeria
Died: October 11, 1939

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Richard Tauber
(Opera singer)

Richard Tauber
1
Birthdate: May 16, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linz, Austria
Died: January 8, 1948

Richard Tauber was an Austrian tenor and film actor. The son of an actress, he often toured with his mother and developed a love for the theater. He also enjoyed singing and studied at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. He went on to become a tenor and an actor and also conducted at the Theater an der Wien. 

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Rim Banna
(Singer)

Rim Banna
1
Birthdate: December 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel
Died: March 24, 2018

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John McCormack
(Irish singer)

John McCormack
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Birthdate: June 14, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Athlone, Ireland
Died: September 16, 1945