On This Day

Year 1928 in Music History

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 22 Noël Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 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 and Lardner's musical "Elmer the Great" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 8 Cole Porter and E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • Oct 8 Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 2 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony, L Stokovski premieres in Philadelphia

  • Nov 8 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel first performed publicly (Paris)

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • Dec 4 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee!" premieres on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC
  • Dec 13 George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres (NYC)
  • Dec 28 Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 190

  • Jan 2 Tiberiu Olah, composer
  • Jan 2 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2017)
  • Jan 9 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Polignano A Mare, Apulia (d. 1994)
  • Jan 10 Wallace Berry, Canadian-American composer (d. 1991)
  • Jan 12 Ruth Brown, American actress & singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Jan 14 Gerald Arpino, American dancer & choreographer, born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jan 16 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Jan 16 Pilar Lorengar [Lorenza Pilar García], Aragones soprano, born in El Gancho, Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1996)
  • Jan 17 Jean Barraqué, French composer, born in Hauts-de-Seine, France (d. 1973)
  • Jan 19 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident), born in Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2020) dies at 96
  • Jan 20 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • Jan 27 Jean-Michel Damase, French pianist and composer, born in Bordueax (d. 2013)
  • Jan 29 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2000)
  • Jan 30 Harold Prince, American producer & director (West Side Story, Evita), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2019)
  • 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 2 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist
  • Feb 9 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 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 15 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto, born in Cleethorpes, Engand (d. 2017)
  • 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, Latvian composer, born in Užava parish, Soviet Union

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)
  • Feb 29 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer, born in Tennille, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • Mar 2 John Manduell, British-based South African composer and educator (Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, 1973-96), born in Johannesburg, Union of South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 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 pop singer (w/ husband Louis Prima -"That Old Black Magic"; "I Wish You Love"), 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 13 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English television composer (Are You Being Served?, The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin), born in Dukinfield, England (d. 2007)
  • Mar 15 Nicolas Flagello, composer
  • Mar 16 Christa Ludwig, German soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1955-94; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-93), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Mar 16 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, born in Madrid (d. 2008)
  • Mar 17 Edino Krieger, composer
  • Mar 19 (Allan Thomas) "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Mar 19 Clarence Paul [Pauling], American songwriter, and record producer (Motown; Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips"), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • Mar 21 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), born in Kalispell, Montana (d.2019)
  • Mar 24 Byron "Yanks" Janis, American concert pianist (debut with NBC Symphony Orchestra at age 15), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 26 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • Mar 27 Antonín Tučapský, Czech composer, teacher, and choral conductor, born in Opatovice, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (d. 2014)
  • Mar 28 José Luis de Delás, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 2018)
  • Mar 29 Václav Felix, Czech composer, and pedagogue, born in Prague (d. 2008)
  • Mar 29 Derek Simpson, British cellist (Aeolian String Quartet, 1956-81; Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever), and teacher, born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 2007)
  • Mar 30 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Mar 30 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2010)
  • Apr 2 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 Don Gibson, American country musician and songwriter ("Sweet Dreams"; "I Can't Stop Loving You"), born in Shelby, North Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Apr 4 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • Apr 4 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), born in Santa Clara, Cuba (d. 2016)
  • Apr 5 David Farquhar Andress, New Zealand composer (Ring Around the Moon; A Unicorn for Christmas), born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • Apr 5 Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters, 1953-59 - "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • Apr 6 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • Apr 6 Bob Efford, British jazz and session baritone saxophonist and reed player, born in London (d. 2019)
  • Apr 8 Fred Ebb, American musical theater lyricist, with John Kander (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • Apr 9 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), born in Stepney, London (d. 2010)
  • Apr 9 Tom Lehrer, American musician ("The Elements"), satirist (That Was The Week That Was), and mathematician, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 10 Rosco Gordon, American R&B pianist, singer, and songwriter ("Booted"; "No More Doggin'"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2002)
  • Apr 12 Jean-François Paillard, French conductor, born in Vitry-le-François, France (d. 2013)
  • Apr 16 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008) [1]
  • Apr 18 Ken Colyer, British New Orleans jazz devotee trumpeter, cornetist, and bandleader, born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England (d. 1988)
  • Apr 19 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (Blues Inc - "Bootleg Him"), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • 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 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters-Yakety Yak), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 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, American avant-garde composer, born in New York City
  • 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, musician and producer for Motown (Tears of a Clown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • May 14 Will "Dub" Jones, American bass singer (The Coasters - Charlie Brown), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • May 22 Roscoe Robinson, American gospel singer, born in Dermott, Arkansas
  • 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, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • May 27 Thea Musgrave, Scottish composer (Mary Queen of Scots, Pontalba), born in Barnton, Edinburgh
  • May 30 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, born in 's-Graveland, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 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 Strouse, American composer (Bye Bye Birdie, Annie), 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 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 (d. 1984)
  • Jun 25 William Joseph Russo, American trombonist, jazz, classical and theater composer (Titans Symphony) and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Jun 25 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus; Windows), 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)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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 [Thomas Barrett], British musical theater composer (Florodora), dies at 64
  • Mar 28 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 13 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, Basque priest, organist and composer of religious music, dies at 36
  • Apr 18 Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor, dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Apr 24 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, dies at 72
  • May 7 Alexander Spendiaryan, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 56
  • May 9 Constantin Dimitrescu, Romanian composer (Dans ţănănesc), dies at 81
  • May 19 Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, American composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 6 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 13 Damaso Ledesma, composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 23 Thomas H. Rollinson, American composer, dies at 84
  • Aug 6 W. H. Grattan Flood, Irish author and composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 12 Leoš Janáček, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 Fernand de La Tombelle, French organist and 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, French composer and violinist, dies at 55