1928 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 10 George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie" premieres in New York

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 1 Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Mar 13 Rudolph Friml's musical "Three Musketeers" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 22 Noel Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London
  • Aug 31 Brecht & Weil's play " The Threepenny Opera " premieres
  • Sep 15 Stothard, Kalmar & Ruby's musical "Good Boy" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 24 Cohan/Lardner's musical "Elmer the Great" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 8 Cole Porter & E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 8 Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.
  • Nov 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony, L Stokovski premieres in Philadelphia
  • Nov 8 George & Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 4 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 28 Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 164

  • Jan 2 Tiberiu Olah, composer
  • Jan 9 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Polignano A Mare, Apulia (d. 1994)
  • Jan 10 Wallace Berry, composer
  • Jan 12 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Jan 16 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Jan 16 Pilar Lorengar, Spanish soprano (d. 1996)
  • Jan 17 Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
  • Jan 19 Edward Gerard Schurmann, composer
  • Jan 27 Jean-Michel Damase, composer
  • Jan 29 Bengt Hambraeus, composer
  • Jan 30 Harold Prince, US producer/director (West Side Story, Evita)
  • Jan 30 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • Jan 31 Chuck Willis, American rock vocalist (C C Rider), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1958)
  • Feb 1 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • Feb 2 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist
  • Feb 11 Conrad Janis, American jazz trombonist and actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • Feb 17 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer (La Divina Infiel, The Shadow of the Bat), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2013)
  • Feb 26 Aldonis Kalnins, composer

Person of interestFats Domino

Feb 26 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ’n’ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2017)

Singer Fats Domino
Singer
Fats Domino
  • Feb 26 Monique Leyrac, French Canadian singer and actress (Lights of My City, Act of the Heart), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 29 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • Mar 4 Samuel Adler, composer
  • Mar 6 Ronald Stevenson, composer
  • Mar 8 Frank Michael Beyer, composer
  • Mar 8 Judy Johnson, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Mar 9 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and popular music singer (Mrs Louie Prima), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • Mar 10 Sara Montiel, Spanish actress and singer (The Last Torch Song, The Violet Seller), born in Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, Spain (d. 2013)
  • Mar 12 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan musician (d. 2007)
  • Mar 15 Nicolas Flagello, composer
  • Mar 16 Christa Ludwig, soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Mar 16 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, born in Madrid (d. 2008)
  • Mar 17 Edino Krieger, composer
  • Mar 19 Alam Thomas "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Mar 21 Evelyn Ruth Anderson, composer
  • Mar 24 Byron "Yanks" Janis, McKeesport Pa, pianist (NBC Symphony Orchestra)
  • Mar 26 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • Mar 28 Jose Luis de Delas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona
  • Mar 29 Vaclav Felix, composer, born in Prague (d. 2008)
  • Mar 30 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Mar 30 Diether de la Motte, composer
  • Apr 2 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 Don Gibson, American country musician (Sweet Dreams), born in Shelby, North Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Apr 4 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • Apr 5 David Farquhar Andress, New Zealand composer, born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • Apr 5 Tony Williams, American singer (Platters-Only You, Harbor Lights), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • Apr 6 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • Apr 8 Monty Sunshine, jazz bandleader (Gotta Travel On)
  • Apr 8 Fred Ebb, American composer, born in Manhattan, NYC (d. 2004)
  • Apr 9 Tom Lehrer, American musician, satirist and mathematician (That Was The Week That Was), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 18 Jean-Francois Pailliard, Vitry-le-Francois France, conductor
  • Apr 19 Alexis Korner, musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 24 Gustav Krivinka, Czech composer, born in Doubravice nad Svitavou, Czech Republic (d. 1990)
  • Apr 24 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • Apr 29 Big Jay McNeely, R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 29 Carl Gardner, rock vocalist (Coasters-Searchin), born in Tyler, Texas
  • May 3 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), born in Spencer, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • May 4 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (Roulette), born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • May 5 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), born in Bryson City, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • May 8 William Jay Sydeman, composer
  • May 9 Páll Pampichier Pálsson, Austrian-Icelandic composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1966)
  • May 12 Burt Bacharach, composer (I'll Never Fall in Love Again), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • May 12 Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter (d. 2002)
  • May 14 Will "Dub Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000)
  • May 22 Roscoe Robinson, US gospel singer
  • May 23 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • May 23 Jeannie Carson [Shufflebottom], British-born comedian, actress, singer and dancer (As Long as They're Happy, An Alligator Named Daisy), born in Yorkshire, England
  • May 23 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (d. 1998)
  • May 25 Frigyes Hidas, composer
  • May 27 Thea Musgrave, Scottish composer (Mary Queen of Scots, Pontalba), born in Barnton, Edinburgh
  • May 30 Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch Harpsichordist, organist and conductor
  • May 31 Jacob Lateiner, pianist/professor (Juiliard), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jun 4 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), born in Thilbodaux, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • Jun 7 Charles Louis Strouse, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 12 Richard Sherman, American composer and lyricist (The Sherman Brothers - Mary Poppins), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 12 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer (On the Street Where You Live), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 16 Sergiu Comissiona, Buch Romania, conductor (Haifa Symph 1959-64)
  • Jun 20 Robert Satanowski, composer
  • Jun 20 Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)
  • Jun 21 Judith Raskin, American soprano (Susanna-Le Nozze di Figaro), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 25 William Joseph Russo, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Jun 25 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus I Auerole), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Jun 28 Andrew Gordon Speedie-Pask, English cybernetician stage producer and lyricist, born in Derby (d. 1996)
  • Jul 1 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor and composer (Sinfonia Notturna), born in Berlin (d. 2014)
  • Jul 4 Cathy Berberian, American mezzo-soprano and composer (Stripsody), born in Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • Jul 8 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jul 9 Vince Edwards, American actor, director, and singer (Ben Casey, The Devil's Brigade, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Jul 11 Robert Washburn, American composer and teacher, born in Bouckville, New York (d. 2013)
  • Jul 12 Barbara Cowsill, singer and mother of The Cowsills, born in Cranston, Rhode Island (d. 1985)
  • Jul 13 Donal Michalsky, composer
  • Jul 13 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz bassist
  • Jul 14 Ole Schmidt, Danish composer and conductor, born in Copenhagen (d. 2010)
  • Jul 14 Pierre Olaf [Trivier], French actor (Camelot, Don't Drink the Water, Kraft Music Hall), born in Caudéran, Bordeaux (d. 1995)
  • Jul 16 Bella Davidovich, Jewish Soviet-American pianist (Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel), born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Jul 16 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor, born in Copenhagen (d. 1993)
  • Jul 17 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz musician and composer (peanuts TV specials), born in San Francisco (d. 1976)
  • Jul 20 Peter Ind, jazz musician
  • Jul 22 Georg Dreyfus, German-born Australian composer, born in Elberfeld
  • Jul 22 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005)
  • Jul 23 Leon Fleisher, pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symph 1973-77), born in San Francisco, California

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (61) weds dancer and writer Olga Ivanovna


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 8 Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 16 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), dies at 71
  • Mar 1 Herbert Brewer, English composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 1 Jacob Adolf Hägg, Swedish composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 27 Leslie Stuart, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 28 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 13 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, composer, dies at 36
  • Apr 18 Henryk Melcer-Szczawinski, composer, dies at 58
  • Apr 24 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, dies at 72
  • May 7 Alexander Afanasii Spendiaryan, composer, dies at 56
  • May 9 Constantin Dimitrescu, composer, dies at 81
  • May 19 Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, American composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 6 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 13 Damaso Ledesma, composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 23 Thomas H Rollinson, composer, dies at 84
  • Aug 6 William Henry Grattan Flood, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 12 Leoš Janáček, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 Fernand de La Tombelle, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 30 Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, American musicologist, dies at 55
  • Nov 19 Achille Simonetti, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 18 Lucien Capet, composer, dies at 55