1998 Clara Ward stamp
April 21, 1924

Birth of Clara Ward

Gospel singer Clara Mae Ward was born on April 21, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a talented singer who helped push gospel out of churches into nightclubs, which earned her both praise and criticism.

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Samuel Barber stamp
March 9, 1910

Happy Birthday, Samuel Barber

Composer and pianist Samuel Osmond Barber II was born on March 9, 1910, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was one of America’s most celebrated composers, enjoying early success that lasted throughout his long career.

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Bob Wills stamp
March 6, 1905

Happy Birthday, Bob Wills

Western swing musician James Robert Wills was born on March 6, 1905, in Kosse, Texas. Wills developed his own brand of country music and was known as the “King of Western Swing.”

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1987 Happy Birthday stamp
March 4, 1924

“Happy Birthday to You”

On March 4, 1924, the song and melody of “Happy Birthday to You” were printed in a songbook.  One of the world’s most famous songs, it has been the center of controversy over ownership and copyright status for years.

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George Gershwin stamp
February 28, 1973

American Arts Series

On February 28, 1973, the USPS issued the first of seven stamps in its new American Arts Series. The stamps in the series honored artists from several different genres, including painting, music writing, and filmmaking.

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Harold Arlen stamp
February 15, 1905

Happy Birthday Harold Arlen

Composer Harold Arlen was born Hyman Arluck on February 15, 1905, in Buffalo, New York. He composed over 500 songs during his lifetime, including “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.

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US #2988 – from the 1995 Jazz Musicians Issue
February 7th, 1887

Birth of Eubie Blake

Happy Birthday to pianist and composer Eubie Blake. He’s most well-known for his work on the musical “Shuffle Along” and the songs “Charleston Rag” and “I’m Just Wild About Harry.”

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 US #3557 – Hughes was the 25th honoree in the Black Heritage Series.
February 1, 1901

Happy Birthday Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1901, in Joplin, Missouri.

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 US #2110 was issued for Kern’s 100th birthday.
January 27, 1885

Happy Birthday, Jerome Kern

Jerome David Kern was born on January 27, 1885, in New York City, New York. 

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