1930 in Music

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 18 Dmitri Shostakovich's satirical opera "The Nose" premieres in Leningrad

  • Feb 1 Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt
  • Feb 8 "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Benny Mereoff hits #1
  • Feb 26 "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater
  • Mar 28 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 1 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 14 George Gershwin and Ira Gershin's musical "Girl Crazy" starring Ginger Rogers and Ethel Merman premieres in NYC

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • Oct 22 1st concerto of BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Adrian Boult
  • Oct 26 Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "Zolotoy Vyek" premieres in Leningrad
  • Nov 17 Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 18 Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 28 Howard Hanson's 2nd Symphony "Romantic" premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Dec 3 Richard Rodgers/L Hart's musical "Evergreen" premieres in London
  • Dec 8 Cole Porter's musical "NYCers" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 163

  • Jan 1 Werner Heiden, composer
  • Jan 2 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jan 5 Frederick Charles Tillis, composer
  • Jan 5 Richard Hayes, singer/emcee (Name That Tune), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jan 10 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues singer
  • Jan 12 Glenn Yarborough, singer (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee)
  • Jan 14 Edgar Sergeyi Hovhanesyan, composer
  • Jan 17 Robert Ceely, composer
  • Jan 23 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), (d. 1969)
  • Jan 26 A N Solomons, chairman (Singer & Friedlander)
  • Jan 26 Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoa conductor, pianist and composer, born in Curaçao
  • Jan 27 Bobby "Blue" Bland, Rosemark TN, blues singer (Call on the Drummer), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 28 Luis de Pablo, composer
  • Jan 29 Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (d. 2005)
  • Feb 8 Manuel Castillo, composer
  • Feb 9 Emil Petrovics, composer
  • Feb 10 Peter Phillips, composer [or Jun 18]
  • Feb 11 C H Dearnley, organist
  • Feb 13 Dotty McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Feb 16 Peggy King, American jazz and pop vocalist, former TV personality and actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 17 Usko Merilainen, composer
  • Feb 26 Lazar Berman, Leningrad Russia, pianist (Budapest 3rd place-1956)
  • Mar 1 Pierre Max Dubois, composer
  • Mar 2 John Cullum, American singer and actor (Hamlet, Hawaii, Northern Exposure), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mar 6 Lorin Maazel, French conductor (NBC Symphony Orch 1941), born in Neuilly France, (d. 2014)
  • Mar 9 Thomas Schippers, American conductor (Amahl & Night Visitors), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1977)

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

Mar 9 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • Mar 10 Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer
  • Mar 12 Stanko Horvat, composer
  • Mar 13 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • Mar 13 Jan Howard [Lula Grace Johnson], American country music singer, born in West Plains, Missouri
  • Mar 13 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1979)
  • Mar 14 Dieter Schnebel, German vicar/composer
  • Mar 16 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, born in Tokushima (d. 2011)
  • Mar 18 Maurice Peress, American conductor (KC Philharmonic 1974-80), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 Pat Halcox, British musician, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 19 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer (Torpedo-Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Mar 20 Michel Magne, composer
  • Mar 21 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1987)
  • Mar 22 Stephen Sondheim, American lyricist (West Side Story, Company), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 25 David Russell Burge, composer
  • Mar 26 Cristobal Halffter, composer
  • Mar 28 Robert Ashley, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Mar 28 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer, born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire
  • Mar 29 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • Apr 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Apr 1 Joan Franks-Williams, composer
  • Apr 2 Girolamo Arriego, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Apr 8 John Reardon, American baritone (Falke-Die Fledermaus), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 11 Kazuo Fukushima, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • Apr 12 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1976)
  • Apr 15 Richard Davis, American jazz bassist described as "the greatest bass ever heard on a rock album" (Van Morrison's Astral Weeks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 16 Herbie Mann, jazz flute/sax (Just Wallin'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 17 Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
  • Apr 17 Genevieve, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 17 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 18 Clive Revill, New Zealand singer and actor (Legend of Hell House), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Apr 24 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 28 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • May 1 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • May 4 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 8 Gary Snyder, [Japhy Ryder], beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)
  • May 8 Heather Harper, soprano
  • May 16 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist/composer (Hangman's Songs)
  • May 19 Hans Kox, Dutch composer, born in Arnhem
  • May 22 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)
  • May 24 Hans-Martin Linde, composer
  • May 27 Eino Tamberg, composer
  • May 28 Julian Penkivil Slade, composer
  • May 29 Eleanor Fazan, opera/show choreographer (Lassiter, Ruling Class)
  • May 30 David Evatt Tunley, Australian composer, born in Australia
  • Jun 1 Edward Woodward, British singer and actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 2009)
  • Jun 3 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer, born in Pittsburgh (d. 2007)
  • Jun 4 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), born in Pleasantville, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 4 Pentti Raitio, composer
  • Jun 5 Nikolay Nikolayevich Sidel'nikov, composer
  • Jun 8 Yannis Ioannidis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • Jun 9 Barbara, French singer (d. 1997)
  • Jun 12 Jim Nabors, American actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), born in Sylacauga, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • Jun 17 Romuald Twardowski, composer
  • Jun 19 Jul Levi, Bulgarian composer and conductor, born in Salonica, Greece
  • Jun 28 Nikolay Nikolayevich Karetnikov, composer
  • Jun 30 June Valli, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 30 Nikolai Karetnikov, composer
  • Jul 3 Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (Bavarian State Orchestra 1968-97), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • Jul 3 Pete Fountain, jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk TV show 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • Jul 5 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 7 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist
  • Jul 9 Buddy Bregman, American orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 10 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in Aracati, Ceará, Brazil (d. 1982)
  • Jul 14 Eric Norman Stokes, composer
  • Jul 14 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Rhoda-Winds of War, The Helen Morgan Story), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2014)
  • Jul 16 John Everett Watts, American composer, born in Maryville, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • Jul 17 Ryohei Hirose, composer
  • Jul 18 Siegfried Kurz, German conductor and composer, born in Dresden
  • Jul 20 Sally Ann Howes, British singer and actress (Truly Scrumptious-Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Brigadoon), born in London, England
  • Jul 21 Anand Bakshi, Indian lyricist (d. 2002)
  • Jul 22 Leoncjusz Ciuciura, composer
  • Jul 25 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Ressurection Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • Jul 25 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), born in London

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 29 Singer and actor Bing Crosby (27) marries actress Dixie Lee (18)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 27 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, dies at 52
  • Feb 23 Horst Wessel, German nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22
  • Apr 1 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner, dies at 92
  • Apr 3 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (b. 1847)
  • May 8 Lvar Henning Mankell, composer, dies at 61
  • May 18 João Marcellino Arroyo, Portuguese composer, dies at 68
  • Jul 15 Leopold von Auer, Hungarian-American violinist, dies at 85
  • Jul 29 Alexander von Fielitz, composer, dies at 69
  • Aug 4 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, dies at 61
  • Oct 1 Ricardo Drigo, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 17 Peter Warlock [Philip Heseltine], British composer, dies of a probable suicide at 36
  • Dec 24 Oskar Nedbal, Czech composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 25 Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer (Lyrics of the Red Man), dies at 65