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Year 1927 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Dmitri Shostakovich' Octet opus 11 premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 21 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 Noël Coward's "Marquise" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Feb 18 1st US radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts"
  • Feb 21 Franz Lehár'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

Jazz Singer Sounds Death Knell for Silent MoviesJazz Singer Sounds Death Knell for Silent Movies

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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An advertising  poster for The Jazz Singer distributed by Warner Brothers
An advertising poster for The Jazz Singer distributed by Warner Brothers
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 George Gershwin's "Funny Face" premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 27 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in New York City

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

Birthdays in Music

  • 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, American composer, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1995)
  • Jan 14 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist & Holocaust survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • Jan 15 Francis Routh, British composer, born in Worcestershire, England
  • 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, activist, and actress (Batman - "Catwoman"), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Jan 25 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter & composer (Getz/Gilberto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • Jan 28 Ronnie Scott [Schatt], British jazz saxophonist and club-owner, born in Aldgate, East London (d. 1996)
  • Jan 28 Roy Caton, American trumpet player and session musician, born in Frackville, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Jan 30 Ahmed Abdul-Malik [Jonathan Tim, Jr.], American jazz double bassist and oud player (Odetta; Thelonius Monk), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • 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 7 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, born in Montpellier, France (d. 2020) [1]
  • Feb 7 Laurence "Laurie" Johnson, British film and television score composer (Dr. Strangelove; The Avengers), born in Hampstead, England
  • Feb 8 Zdeněk Zouhar, Czech composer, and teacher, born in Kotvrdovice, Czechoslovakia[ (d. 2011)

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 10 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • Feb 11 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • Feb 15 Gottfrid Gräsbeck, Finnish choral director, and composer, born in Turku, Finland (d. 2010)
  • Feb 21 Pierre Mercure, Canadian composer (Kaléidoscope), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1966)
  • Feb 22 David Ahlstrom, American composer, born in Lancaster, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 22 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Feb 23 Ivan Hrušovský, Slovak composer and educator (Rytmus), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2001)
  • Feb 25 Jacques Monod, composer
  • Feb 25 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • Feb 26 Donald Gramm, American bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 28 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys), born in New Brockton, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • Mar 1 Harry Belafonte, Jamaican-American calypso singer ("Banana Boat Song"; actor (Buck & the Preacher), and human rights activist , born in Harlem, New York
  • Mar 1 Lusine Amara, opera/concert singer
  • Mar 2 Siegfried Kohler, German composer (Tausend Sterne sind ein Dom), born in Meissen, Germany (d. 1984)
  • Mar 2 Witold Szalonek, Polish composer, born in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland (d. 2001)
  • Mar 4 Robert DiDomenica, American flautist, composer and educator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 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 Columbia
  • 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 Joubert, British South African composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • Mar 23 Osvaldo Lacerda, composer
  • Mar 24 János Decsényi, Hungarian composer (Farewell to a Vanished Century), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Mar 27 Mstislav Leopold Rostropovich, Soviet-Russian cellist and conductor, born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR (d. 2007)
  • Mar 31 Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • Apr 1 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • Apr 6 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • Apr 7 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), born in Ajido, Lagos (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. 2008)
  • Apr 17 Christopher Whelen, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • Apr 19 Don Barbour, American singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana (d. 1961)
  • Apr 22 Pascal Bentoiu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2016)
  • Apr 22 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer and one of the pioneers of Jamaican ska music, born in Cuba (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)
  • Apr 29 Big Jay [Cecil James] McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • May 1 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • May 20 David Frederick Barlow, composer
  • May 20 Walter Aschaffenburg, German-American composer, born in Essen, Germany (d. 2005)
  • May 28 Bernhard Lewkovitch, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen
  • 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, Italian composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 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 composer and conductor, born in Berlin (d. 2019)
  • Jun 18 Simeon Pironkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2000)
  • Jun 19 Karel Kupka, Czech composer, born in Rychvald
  • Jun 20 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania [1]
  • 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, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • Jul 6 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, born in Tarija, Bolivia (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, Italian composer and conductor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • Jul 18 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), born in Breig (d. 2015)
  • Jul 20 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor/composer
  • Jul 24 Wilfred Josephs, English composer, born in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1997)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 30 Friedrich Ernst Koch, German composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 4 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71
  • Feb 19 Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer, and teacher (Vienna Conservatory, 1875-1912), 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
  • Apr 15 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 58
  • Jun 2 Friedrich Hegar, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 5 Paul Lacombe, French composer, dies at 89

Person of interestIsadora Duncan

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, Italian musician and 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