1932 in Music

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
  • Nov 8 "Make Mine Music" debuts
  • Nov 29 Cole Porters musical "Gay Divorcee" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 27 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City

Birthdays in Music

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  • Jan 14 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer and singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Jan 15 Enrique Raxach, composer
  • Jan 24 Werner Steger, composer
  • Jan 26 Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer
  • Jan 31 Rick Hall, country/R&B singer
  • Feb 4 Ivan Davis, Electra Texas, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)
  • Feb 8 John Towner Williams, composer/conductor (Boston Pops), born in Flushing, New York

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], Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco)
  • Feb 11 Jerome Lowenthal, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 16 Otis Blackwell, composer/singer
  • Feb 17 Buck Trent, Spartanburg SC, banjoist/singer (Hee Haw)
  • Feb 19 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 24 Michel Legrand, composer (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind)
  • Feb 25 Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone)
  • Feb 25 Martin William Karlins, composer

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 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, singer (Grammy 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Mar 11 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 15 Arif Melikov, Turkish-American music producer (Queen, Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin, Phil Collins), 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), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 1 Jiri Smutny, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • Apr 4 Clive Davis, American record producer and music industry executive, 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, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Apr 9 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (d. 2006)
  • 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 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 musician (Tip Toe), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1996)
  • Apr 13 Karl Kroeger, composer

Person of interestLoretta Lynn

Apr 14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter (Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Butcher's Hollow Kentucky

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Apr 16 Vince Hill, singer (Roses of Picardy, La Vie en Rose)
  • Apr 17 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
  • Apr 22 Michael Colgrass, composer (Best Wishes), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 26 Francis Lai, French film music composer
  • Apr 27 Francois Bayle, composer
  • Apr 27 Maxine Brown, country music singer (Browns), born in Campti, Louisiana
  • Apr 27 Petar Ozgijan, composer
  • Apr 28 Marek Kopelent, composer
  • Apr 30 Anton Larrauri, composer
  • May 2 Malcolm Leyland Lipkin, composer
  • May 4 Fausto Razzi, composer
  • May 5 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest (d. 2008)
  • May 6 Gunther Hauk, composer
  • May 7 Derek Taylor, English publicist for the Beatles, born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 1997)
  • May 16 Isaac "Redd" Holt, US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd)
  • May 19 Alma Cogan, English singer (d. 1966)
  • May 21 Robert Sherlaw Johnson, composer
  • May 24 Elaine Malbin, opera singer
  • May 27 [Herman] Junior Parker, Arkansas, blues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)
  • May 27 Jeffrey Bernard, singer
  • May 28 Henning Christiansen, composer
  • May 30 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • May 30 Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi, composer
  • Jun 2 Sammy Turner, Patterson, NJ, singer (Lavender Blue Moods)
  • Jun 4 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (d. 1975)
  • Jun 8 Hans Gunter Helms, composer
  • Jun 14 Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, composer
  • Jun 19 Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican guitarist (Studio One, Jimmy Cliff), born in Manchester, Jamaica
  • Jun 21 Lalo [Boris] Schifrin, composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jun 21 Ocie Lee "OC" Smith, US jazz singer (Little Green Apples) d. 2001
  • Jun 22 Michael Horvit, composer
  • Jun 27 Hugh Wood, British composer, born in Parbold, Lancashire
  • Jun 27 Anna Moffo, US soprano (Adventurers), born in Wayne, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 27 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, born in Izmir, Turkey (d. 2015)
  • Jun 30 Martin Mailman, composer
  • Jul 1 Bobby Day, [Robert Byrd], rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 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 Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (d. 2007)
  • Jul 11 Alex Hassilev, actor and musician (Limeliters), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 11 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ( I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • Jul 13 Per Norgard, Danish composer, born in Gentofte
  • Jul 16 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Jul 17 Niccolo Castiglioni, composer
  • Jul 17 Wojciech Kilar, Lwów, Second Polish Republic, composer (The Pianist), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 19 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • Jul 25 Gibson N Kente, composer
  • Jul 31 Morey Carr, American singer (Playmates) (d. 1987)
  • Aug 2 Marvin David Levy, composer
  • Aug 5 Tera de Marez Oyens, composer
  • Aug 8 Mel Tillis [Lonnie Melvin Tillis], American country singer (Who's Julie, M-M-Mel), born in Pahokee, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Aug 10 Alexander Goehr, composer
  • Aug 12 Sergey Mikhaylovich Slonimsky, composer
  • Aug 16 Eydie Gorme [Edithe Gormezano], American singer (Bossa Nova), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • Aug 23 Mark Russell, political satirist/pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 24 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • Aug 27 Francois Glorieux, composer
  • Aug 28 Carlene Polite, US dancer/activist/author (Sister X)
  • Aug 31 Roy Castle, English dancer and television entertainer (Record Breakers), born in Scholes, Yorkshire (d. 1994)
  • Sep 6 Gilles Tremblay, Canadian composer, born in Saguenay, Canada (d. 2017)

Person of interestPatsy Cline

Sep 8 Patsy Cline, American country singer (Crazy) born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1963)

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline

Weddings in Music

  • May 13 Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitch marries Nina Varsar

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 20 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 (b. 1906)
  • 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, US composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 77

  • Mar 26 Jean Cartan, composer, dies at 25
  • Apr 2 Hugo Kaun, German composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 19 Wladyslaw Rzepko, composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 7 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor, dies at 76
  • Jun 9 Natalia Janotha, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 31 Francesco Paolo Neglia, 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, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 10 Percy Fletcher, composer, dies at 52
  • Sep 13 Julius Rontgen, composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 14 Jean Emile Paul Cras, 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, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 24 Eyvind Alnaes, composer, dies at 60