Year 1920 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 10 Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds record “Crazy Blues” for Okeh Records, first significant Blues hit by African American artist
  • Nov 1 Eugene O'Neill's drama "Emperor Jones" opens at Provincetown Playhouse, NYC; runs for 204 performances
  • Dec 12 Maurice Ravel's ballet "La Valse" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 21 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 24 Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance, with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC

Musicians Married in 1920


Musicians Who Died in 1920

  • Jan 16 Reginald De Koven, American composer, dies at 60
  • Feb 12 Émile Sauret, French violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 23 Alexander Alexandrovich Il'yinsky, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 3 Homer Newton Bartlett, American pianist, organist and composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 8 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (White Peacock), dies of influenza at 35

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