On This Day

Year 1931 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 22 Jazz trumpeter Clyde McCoy records "Sugar Blues" for Columbia Records; sells over 14 million copies internationally
  • Feb 7 American opera "Peter Ibbetson" by Deems Taylor premieres at Metropolitan Opera, New York City
  • Feb 10 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "America's Sweetheart" premieres on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, NYC
  • Mar 3 "The Star-Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution; lyrics by Francis Scott Key in 1814, set to John Stafford Smith's 18th century tune "The Anacreontic Song"
  • Mar 3 Cab Calloway records "Minnie the Moocher" (Jazz's 1st million seller)
  • Mar 25 Hal Kemp & his orchestra record Whistles, with Skinnay Ennis
  • Apr 8 Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "The Arrow" premieres
  • May 1 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running association with CBS radio, various programs continue until 1945
  • Jun 6 "There Ought To Be A Moonlight Saving Time" by Guy Lombardo hits #1
  • Jun 6 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Girl Crazy" starring Ginger Rogers and featuring debut of Ethel Merman, closes at the Alvin Theater, NYC, after 272 performances, and making stars of Rogers and Merman
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Musicians Married in 1931