November 1927 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

Nov 3 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee", based on Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court", opens at the Vanderbilt Theatre, NYC; runs for 421 performances

Music Premiere

Nov 22 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Funny Face", starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire, opens at the new Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs 244 performances

  • Nov 28 J McHugh & D Fields' musical "Delmar's Revels" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 4 Vittorio Fellegara, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 2011)
  • Nov 7 Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (Zulu, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate), born in Margam, Wales (d. 2007)
  • Nov 8 Chris Connor [Mary Jean Loutsenhizer], American jazz singer ("I Wonder What Became of Me"), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2009)
  • Nov 8 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 2014)
  • Nov 8 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer", born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England (d. 2018)

Patti PagePatti Page (1927-2013)

Nov 8 American pop singer ("With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming"; "Tennessee Waltz"), born in Claremore, Oklahoma

  • Nov 11 Mose Allison, American jazz and blues piano player, singer, and composer ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"; "Your Mind Is on Vacation"), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • Nov 14 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (Orquesta Nacionale 1947), born in Lorca ,Spain
  • Nov 17 Robert Drasnin, American clarinetist, composer, and film and television music supervisor (CBS, 1977-91), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • Nov 18 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • Nov 18 Lawrence Moss, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 19 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of Motown's house band - The Funk Brothers (1959-64), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 2007)
  • Nov 21 (Carlos) "Charlie" Palmieri, American salsa and charanga music bandleader, musical director, and piano player (Tito Puente; Alegré All-Stars), born in South Bronx, New York City (d. 1988)
  • Nov 22 Grady "Fats" Jackson, American tenor sax player, born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • Nov 24 Alfredo Kraus, Spanish bel canto tenor (Massenet - "Werther"; La Scala; New York Metroplolitan Opera, 1966-94), born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands (d. 1999)
  • Nov 24 Emma Lou Diemer, American classical composer (Songs for the Earth; Fantasy for Carillon), and educator, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Nov 25 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 1987)

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 1 Florence Mills [Winfrey], American cabaret singer, dancer and comedian, known as 'the Queen of Happiness', dies of tuberculosis at 31
  • Nov 9 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer, organist, and military bandleader, dies at 77
  • Nov 20 (Carl) Wilhelm Stenhammar, Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, dies of a stroke at 56