1927 in Music

Events in Music


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Jan 9 Dmitri Shostakovich' Octet opus 11 premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 21 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)
  • Feb 21 Franz Lehr's opera "Der Zarewitsch" premieres
  • Apr 22 1st performance of Roger Sessions' Symphony in E
  • May 5 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in Berlin
  • May 14 "Ain't She Sweet?" hits #1 on the singles chart by Ben Bernie
  • Sep 6 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Good News" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 12 Sigmund Romberg's musical "My Maryland," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 26 St James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St NYC
  • Oct 6 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)

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Oct 26 Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Nov 3 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 28 J McHugh & D Fields' musical "Delmar's Revels" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 4 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 4 Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem
  • Dec 10 "Grand Ole Opry" first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 151

  • Jan 1 Juliusz Luciuk, composer
  • Jan 10 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2003)
  • Jan 10 Johnnie Ray, American pop singer (Cry), born in Dallas, Oregon (d. 1990)
  • Jan 11 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist
  • Jan 12 Salvatore Martirano, composer
  • Jan 14 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • Jan 15 Francis Routh, composer
  • Jan 17 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Jan 25 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter and composer (Getz/Gilberto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • Jan 28 Ronnie Scott, jazz musician/club-owner
  • Feb 2 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer
  • Feb 2 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Feb 3 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, born in Waterford (d. 2015)
  • Feb 7 John Buller, British composer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • Feb 8 Zdenek Zouhar, composer

Person of interestLeontyne Price

Feb 10 Leontyne Price, American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess), born in Laurel, Mississippi

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • Feb 15 Gottfrid Grasbeck, composer
  • Feb 21 Pierre Mercure, composer
  • Feb 22 David Ahlstrom, composer
  • Feb 23 Ivan Hrušovský, Slovak composer and educator (Rytmus), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2001)
  • Feb 25 Jacques Monod, composer
  • Feb 25 Ralph Stanley, Amerian bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 26 Donald Gramm, bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 27 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Mar 1 Harry Belafonte, American calypso singer (Buck & the Preacher), born in Harlem, New York
  • Mar 1 Lusine Amara, opera/concert singer
  • Mar 2 Siegfried Kohler, composer
  • Mar 2 Witold Szalonec, composer
  • Mar 4 Robert Di Domenica, composer
  • Mar 5 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), born in Richmond Hill, Virginia (d. 1976)
  • Mar 6 Norman Treigle, bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 8 Jaromir Podesva, composer
  • Mar 8 Josef Berg, Czech composer (d. 1971)
  • Mar 9 Hans Ludwig Schilling, German composer, born in Mayen, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Mar 9 John Beckwith, Canadian composer, born in Victoria, British Colombia
  • Mar 10 Donn Trenner, orchestra leader (ABC's Nightlife), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Mar 15 Carl Smith, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Maynardville, Tennessee
  • Mar 16 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • Mar 17 Kenneth S Goldstein, folklorist/enthomusicologist
  • Mar 17 Sulkhan Ivanovich Nasidze, composer
  • Mar 18 John Kander, composer (Cabaret, Funny Lady, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mar 20 John Pierre Herman Joubert, composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet)
  • Mar 23 Osvaldo Lacerda, composer
  • Mar 24 Janos Decsenyi, composer
  • Mar 27 Mstislav Leopold Rostropovich, Soviet-Russian cellist and conductor, born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR (d. 2007)
  • Apr 1 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • Apr 6 Gerry Mulligan, British saxophonist/orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day)
  • Apr 7 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (d. 2003)
  • Apr 8 Oliver "Ollie" Mitchell, American musician and bandleader (The Wrecking Crew), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 11 Domenico Guaccero, Italian composer, born in Palo de Colle, Italy (d. 1984)
  • Apr 16 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), born in Kingston, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Apr 17 Christopher Whelen, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • Apr 19 Don Barbour, Greencastle Ind, singer (4 Freshmen)
  • Apr 22 Pascal Bentoiu, composer
  • Apr 22 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (d. 2005)
  • Apr 23 Russell Smith, American composer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • Apr 25 Ernst Widmer, Swiss-Brazilian composer, born in Aarau, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • Apr 27 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1994)
  • May 1 William Mitchell Byers, musician
  • May 5 Charles Rosen, American pianist/musicologist (Sonata Forms), born in NYC, New York
  • May 20 David Frederick Barlow, composer
  • May 20 Walter Aschaffenburg, German-American composer, born in Essen, Germany (d. 2005)
  • May 28 Bernhard Lewkovitch, composer
  • May 31 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish conductor (Royal Flemish Opera)
  • Jun 3 [Homer] Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (Yakety Sax), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • Jun 9 Franco Donatoni, composer
  • Jun 11 Beryl Grey, English prima ballerina, born in Highgate, London
  • Jun 11 Josef Anton Reidl, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Jun 13 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, born in Buvika (d. 2016)
  • Jun 13 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, born in Kempsey, New South Wales (d. 2003)
  • Jun 17 Martin Böttcher, German conductor
  • Jun 18 Simeon Pironkov, composer
  • Jun 19 Karel Kupka, Czech composer, born in Rychvald
  • Jun 20 John M Dengler, jazz bass sax/trumpet/trombone
  • Jul 1 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, born in Sandviken (d. 1999)
  • Jul 2 Brock Peters [George Fisher], American actor and singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Jul 5 Beverly Tyler, American singer and actress (Fireball, The Youngest Profession, Big Town), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • Jul 6 Charles Whittenberg, composer
  • Jul 6 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (d. 2004)
  • Jul 7 Charlie Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer (Louvin Brothers)
  • Jul 7 Doc Severinson, [Carl], bandleader/trumpeter on the Tonight Show, born in Arlington, Oregon
  • Jul 9 Ed Ames [Edmund Dantes Urick], American popular singer and actor (Ames Brothers, My Cup Runneth Over), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • Jul 11 Herbert Blomstedt, American conductor (Dresdner Staatskapelle, 1975-85; San Francisco Symphony 1985-95), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Jul 12 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Trieste (d. 2014)
  • Jul 18 Carlo Franci, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jul 18 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), born in Breig (d. 2015)
  • Jul 20 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor/composer
  • Jul 21 Stefan Niculescu, composer
  • Jul 24 Wilfred Josephs, English composer, born in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1997)
  • Jul 27 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (popularized "We shall Overcome"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Aug 4 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, born in Hot Springs, South Dakota (d. 1993)
  • Aug 5 Gunnar Bucht, composer
  • Aug 11 Raymond Leppard, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orchestra), born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Porter Wagoner, country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come), (d. 2007)
  • Aug 16 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Surrey, England
  • Aug 21 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Aug 22 Aleksandar Obradovic, Serbian composer, born in Bled, Slovenia (d. 2001)
  • Aug 23 Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer, born in Algiers, French Algeria

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 30 Friedrich Ernst Koch, German composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 4 Thomas Linnemann Laub, composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71
  • Feb 19 Robert Fuchs, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 23 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), dies at 79
  • Mar 17 James Scott Skinner, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Karl Prohaska, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • Jun 2 Friedrich Hegar, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 5 Paul Lacombe, French composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 14 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, dies at 50 due to her scarf becoming entangled in her car's wheel
  • Sep 22 Giannotto Bastianelli, composer, dies at 44
  • Oct 1 Wilhelm Harteveld, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 20 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 28 Eaton Faning, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 1 Florence Mills, dancer/singer, dies in NYC at 32
  • Nov 9 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 20 Wilhelm Stenhammar [Carl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar], Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, dies of a stroke at 56
  • Dec 12 Heinrich Reitsch, composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 16 Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer, dies at 88