On This Day

Year 1932 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 10 "Mickey Mouse" & "Silly Symphony" comics syndicated

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 3 "Shanghai Express" directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook and Anna Mae Wong premieres in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 17 Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 Bizet, Massine & Mira's "Jeux d'Enfants" premieres in Monte Carlo

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet
  • May 10 Government declares "Wilhelmus" as the Netherlands' national anthem
  • Jun 19 1st concert given in San Francisco's Stern Grove
  • Nov 8 "Make Mine Music" debuts

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 29 Cole Porter's musical "Gay Divorcee" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 22 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • Dec 27 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 12 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, singer and comedian, born in Stepney, London (d. 2020)
  • Jan 12 John Berg, American art director (Columbia Records, 1961-85), winner of 4 Grammy Awards for album art, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2015)
  • Jan 14 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer & singer, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • Jan 15 Enrique Raxach, Dutch composer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 25 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 2020)
  • Jan 25 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), born in Union Church, Mississippi (d. 1984)
  • Jan 26 Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, Jamaican record producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2004)
  • Jan 31 Rick Hall, American record producer, songwriter, and creator of the "Muscle Shoals sound" (FAME Studio), born in Forest Grove, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • Jan 31 [Anna] Ottilie Patterson, Irish blues and jazz singer (Chris Barber Jazz Band), born in Comber, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • Feb 4 Ivan Davis, Jr., American concert pianist, and teacher, born in Electra,Texas (d. 2018)

Person of interestJohn Williams

Feb 8 John Williams, American composer responsible for some of the most recognizable film scores (Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, India Jones, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), born in NYC, New York

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • Feb 10 Rockin Dopsie Sr [Alton Jay Rubin], American Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco), born in Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • Feb 11 Jerome Lowenthal, American concert pianist, and educator (Julliard; Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 16 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer and animal rights activist (Silk Stockings), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 Otis Blackwell, American songwriter ("Fever"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; All Shook Up"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Feb 16 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • Feb 17 Charles "Buck" Trent, American banjoist and singer (Hee Haw), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Feb 19 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 24 Michel Legrand, French composer and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), born in Paris, France (d. 2019)
  • Feb 25 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • Feb 25 Martin William Karlins, composer
  • Feb 25 Åke Persson, Swedish bebop jazz trombonist (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, 1963–71), born in Hässleholm Sweden (d. 1975)

Person of interestJohnny Cash

Feb 26 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Feb 28 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice; Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 29 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
  • Mar 1 Jacques Leduc, Belgian composer, born in Jette (d. 2016)
  • Mar 4 Guido Baggiani, composer
  • Mar 4 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2008) [1]
  • Mar 7 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), born in Glendale, California (d. 2006)
  • Mar 11 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 15 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records: Aretha Franklin; Bee Gees), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2006)
  • Mar 17 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • Mar 20 Tod Dockstader, composer
  • Mar 21 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1955-84), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 23 Louisiana Red [Iverson Minter], American blues guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("Sweet Blood Call"), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Mar 27 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician ("Mystery Train"), born in Bobo, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • Apr 1 (Mary Frances) "Debbie" Reynolds, American actress and singer (Singin' In The Rain -"Kathy Selden"; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Apr 1 Jiri Smutny, Czech composer, born in Prague

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

Apr 4 Anthony Perkins, American actor (Psycho; Friendly Persuasion;, Fear Strikes Out; Pretty Poison), and singer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

  • Apr 4 Clive Davis, American record producer and music industry executive (Columbia, Arista, Sony), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 5 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • Apr 7 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues singer
  • Apr 9 Carl Perkins, American rockabilly singer and songwriter ("Blue Suede Shoes"; "Honey Don't"), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • Apr 9 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor, born in Luzern, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • Apr 9 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist known for his works used on music album covers (Santana's Abraxus; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Osibisa's Heads; Jon Hassel's Dream Theory), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Apr 10 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 2000)
  • Apr 10 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - "I Only Have Eyes for You"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • Apr 10 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, born in Bombay (d. 2017)
  • Apr 11 Joel Grey [Katz], American Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning actor and singer (Cabaret; Remo Williams; 7% Solution), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 11 Max Schubel, American composer (Opus One Records), born in New York (d. 2010)
  • Apr 12 Henri Lazarof, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2013)
  • Apr 12 Tiny Tim [Herbert Khaury], American singer and ukulele player ("Tiptoe Through The Tulips"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1996)
  • Apr 13 Karl Kroeger, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestLoretta Lynn

Apr 14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter ("Coal Miner's Daughter"; "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man"), born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Apr 16 Vince Hill, English pop singer ("Roses of Picardy"; "La Vie en Rose"), born in Holbrooks, Coventry, England
  • Apr 17 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer, born in Turin, Italy
  • Apr 17 Arthur "Art" Ellefson, Canadian jazz saxophonist, born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Apr 20 Gerry Granahan, American rocker (Dickey Doo & The Dont's), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 21 Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton, American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, born in Jeanette, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 22 Michael Colgrass, American-Canadian composer ("Déjà vu" - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1978), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • Apr 26 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), born in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France (d. 2018)
  • Apr 27 François Bayle, French electronic music composer, born in Toamasina, Madagascar
  • Apr 27 Petar Ozgijan, Yugoslav composer, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1979)
  • Apr 28 Marek Kopelent, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 30 Antón Larrauri, Spanish composer, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • May 2 Malcolm Lipkin, English composer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2017)
  • May 4 Fausto Razzi, Italian composer, born in Rome
  • May 5 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest (d. 2008)
  • May 6 Günther Hauk, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1979)
  • May 6 Konrad Ragossnig, Austrian classical guitarist and lutenist, born in Klagenfurt, Austria. (d. 2018)
  • May 7 Derek Taylor, English publicist for the Beatles, born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 1997)
  • May 14 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2015)
  • May 16 Isaac "Redd" Holt, US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd)
  • May 19 Alma Cogan, English singer (d. 1966)
  • May 19 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor, born in Joliette, Canada (d. 2006)
  • May 21 Robert Sherlaw Johnson, composer
  • May 24 Elaine Malbin, American opera singer, born in NYC, New York
  • May 28 Henning Christiansen, composer
  • May 30 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • May 30 Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, born in Oulu, Finland (d. 1981)
  • Jun 2 Sammy Turner, Patterson, NJ, singer (Lavender Blue Moods)
  • Jun 4 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • Jun 7 Tina Brooks, American blues and funk saxophonist (True Blue), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1974)
  • Jun 8 Hans G. Helms, German writer and composer, born in Teterow, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Jun 14 Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Jun 19 Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican guitarist (Studio One, Jimmy Cliff), born in Manchester, Jamaica
  • Jun 21 (Boris) "Lalo" Schifrin, Argentine-American jazz pianist and composer (Mission Impossible), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jun 21 O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), born in Mansfield, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • Jun 22 Michael Horvit, American composer, born in New York City
  • Jun 27 Hugh Wood, British composer, born in Parbold, Lancashire
  • Jun 27 Anna Moffo, American soprano (Adventurers), born in Wayne, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Jun 27 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, born in Izmir, Turkey (d. 2015)
  • Jun 30 Martin Mailman, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • Jul 1 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1990)
  • Jul 2 Sammy Turner, vocalist (Lavender Blue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jul 6 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • Jul 7 [Josef] Joe Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (Weather Report - "Birdland") (d. 2007)
  • Jul 11 Alex Hassilev, American actor and folk musician (The Limeliters), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 11 Bob McGrath, American musician, voice artist and actor (Sesame Street), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • Jul 11 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter (I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

May 13 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich marries Nina Varsar

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 18 Actress Bette Davis (24) weds musician Harmon Nelson (25)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 20 American blues musician Muddy Waters (19) weds Mabel Berry

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 28 Franz Xavier Arens, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 1 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist, killed in a car accident at 25
  • Mar 3 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), dies at 67

Person of interestJohn Philip Sousa

Mar 6 John Philip Sousa, American composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 77

  • Mar 26 Jean Cartan, French composer, dies at 25
  • Apr 2 Hugo Kaun, German composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 19 Władysław Rzepko, Polish composer, dies at 77
  • May 20 James "Bubber" Miley, American jazz trumpet and cornet player (Duke Ellington, 1923-29 - "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo"; "Black And Tan Fantasy"), dies of tuberculosis at 29
  • Jun 7 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor, dies at 76
  • Jun 9 Natalia Janotha, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 31 Francesco Paolo Neglia, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 2 Gheorghe Cucu, composer, dies at 50
  • Aug 20 Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 20 Tadeusz Joteyko, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 21 Frederick Corder, British composer (The Nabob's Pickle), dies at 80
  • Aug 24 Gheorghe Cucu, Romanian composer, dies at 50
  • Sep 10 Percy Fletcher, British composer, dies at 52
  • Sep 13 Julius Röntgen, German-Dutch composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 14 Jean Cras, French composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 15 Charles Hutchison Gabriel, composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 19 Arthur Friedheim, Russian composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 23 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), dies at 63
  • Dec 1 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 24 Eyvind Alnaes, Norwegian composer, dies at 60