On This Day

February 1932 in Music History

Events in Music


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

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 4 Ivan Davis, Electra Texas, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)

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, pianist/prof (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, composer/singer
  • Feb 16 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 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, 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

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