On This Day

Year 1933 in Music History

Events in Music


Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 5 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
Actor and Director Frank Lloyd
Actor and Director
Frank Lloyd

Film PremierKing Kong Premieres

Mar 2 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

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Poster for the 1933 film
Poster for the 1933 film "King Kong", the first in a series of movies about the giant gorilla
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  • Mar 23 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes premieres in Moscow

  • Jul 1 Strauss & von Hofmannsthal's opera "Arabella," premieres in Dresden
  • Jul 22 Caterina Jarboro sings "Aida" at the New York Hippodrome, becoming the 1st black female opera singer to perform in the US

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 25 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 Billie Holiday's second song and first hit, "Riffin' the Scotch", is released

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 2 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 Josephine Baker performs in Amsterdam

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Anders Bo Leif Linde, Swedish composer
  • Jan 1 Bo Linde, Swedish neo-classical composer, born in Gävle, Sweden (d. 1970)
  • Jan 10 Akira Miyoshi, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)
  • Jan 11 Goldie Hill, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Karnes County, Texas
  • Jan 17 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1987)
  • Jan 20 Ron Townson, American rock vocalist (The 5th Dimension - "Up, Up And Away"), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2001)
  • Jan 22 Jean-Louis Viale, French jazz drummer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1984)
  • Jan 23 Chita Rivera, American actress (West Side Story, Sweet Charity), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 23 Joel Spiegelman, American composer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jan 24 Zeke Carey, American R&B singer (Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!), born in Bluefield, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Jan 29 Sacha Distel, French singer ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" cover), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • Jan 30 Richard Dufallo, American clarinetist & conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Feb 1 Sadao Watanabe, Japanese jazz and bossa nova saxophonist, and flute player, born in Utsunomiya, Japan
  • Feb 2 Tony Jay, British-American actor, voice artist, and singer (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - "Frollo"), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • Feb 5 Ron Wilson, US percussionist (Joy of Cooking)
  • Feb 8 Elly Ameling, Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
  • Feb 9 Maria Dybbro, Danish jazz saxophonist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Feb 10 Don Wilson, American guitarist (The Ventures, Hawaii 5-0 Theme), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 14 Andrey Mikhaylovich Volkonsky, Russian composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 2008)
  • Feb 14 Bertram Turetzky, American classical, jazz, klezmer double bassist, composer, pedagogue, and author (The Contemporary Contrabass) born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • Feb 18 Elly Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano

Person of interestYoko Ono

Feb 18 Yoko Ono Lennon [Mrs. John Lennon], Japanese artist, poet, and singer, born in Tokyo, Empire of Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Feb 20 Charles Kynard, American soul, jazz, and funk Hammond B-3 organ player (Reelin' With The Feelin'), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • Feb 20 Jan Henrik Kayser, Norwegian concert pianist (Grieg Prize, 1978), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 2016)

Person of interestNina Simone

Feb 21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and civil rights activist (“Mississippi Goddam”; “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, “Feeling Good”; “Wild Is The Wind”), born in Tyron, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • Feb 22 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), born in Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • Feb 24 David "Fathead" Newman, American jazz saxophonist (Ray Charles - "The Right Time"), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Mar 1 Istvan Lang, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest
  • Mar 3 Marco Antonio Munoz, Mexican spanish singer (Murmullos)
  • Mar 4 Ann Burton [Anna Rafalowicz], Dutch singer
  • Mar 5 Norbert Linke, German composer
  • Mar 6 Dorothy "Dolly" Ann Collins, English folk musician and composer
  • Mar 8 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, born in Kilgore, Texas (d. 1986)
  • Mar 9 Lloyd Price, American R&B singer ("Lawdy Miss Clawdy"; "Stagger Lee"; "Personality"), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 2021) [1]
  • Mar 9 W. Francis McBeth, American composer (Of Sailors and Whales), conductor, and pedagogue (Ouachita Baptist University, 1957-96), born in Ropesville, Texas (d. 2012)
  • Mar 9 Anatoly Kremer, Russian composer and conductor (Eksperiment), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2015)
  • Mar 10 Bernadetta Matuszczak, Polish composer
  • Mar 13 Mike Stoller, American composer (Lieber & Stoller-Hound Dog, Charlie Brown), born in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York

Person of interestQuincy Jones Jr

Mar 14 Quincy Jones (Jr.), American jazz trumpeter. composer, arranger, record producer (Michael Jackson; Frank Sinatra; "We Are The World"), and film producer (The Color Purple), born in Chicago, Illinois

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • Mar 15 Cecil Percival Taylor, American pianist and poet (University of Wisconsin)
  • Mar 15 Ronald Roseman, American composer
  • Mar 18 Dayton "Bones" Howe, American record producer and sound engineer (The 5th Dimension; The Association; Tom Waits), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 20 Jacquez Guyonnet, Swiss composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mar 23 Norman Bailey, British bass-baritone (Flying Dutchman), in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 23 Dave Frishberg, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist ("I'm Just A Bill"), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Mar 24 David Harries, Welsh composer (Epithalamium), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2003)
  • Mar 28 Vincente "Tete" Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1997)
  • Apr 4 Seoirse Bodley, Irish composer and professor of music (University College Dublin), born in Dublin
  • Apr 8 Jaroslav Smolka, Czech composer
  • Apr 10 Philip Corner, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 10 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), born in Asakusa, Tokyo (d. 2016)
  • Apr 12 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2018)
  • Apr 13 Shani Wallis, Irish-American singer and actress (Oliver), born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England
  • Apr 14 Morton Subotnick, American composer (Wild Bull), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 15 Roy Clark, American country and bluegrass singer, guitarist, and banjo player (Hee Haw; The Tonight Show), born in Meherrin, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • Apr 16 Perry Botkin Jr, American orchestra leader (Bert Convy Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 21 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • Apr 24 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter ("Cry to Me"), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2007)
  • Apr 25 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller - "Hound Dog"; "JAilhouse Rock"; "Is That All There Is?"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • Apr 28 Karl Heinz Wahren, German pianist and composer, born in Bonn, Germany
  • Apr 28 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1994)
  • Apr 29 Darijan Božič, Slovenian composer and conductor, born in Slavonski Brod, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2018)
  • Apr 29 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • Apr 29 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter ("Love's Been Good to Me"; "Jean"; "Without A Worry In The World"), and poet (Lonesome Cities), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestWillie Nelson

Apr 29 Willie Nelson, American country singer-songwriter ("Crazy"; "On the Road Again"; ), born in Abbott, Texas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • May 2 Bunk Gardner [John Guarnera], American saxophone and woodwind player (Mothers Of Invention), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestJames Brown

May 3 James Brown, American soul singer ("Hot Pants"; "Living in America"; "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag") and originator of funk music, born in Barnwell, South Carolina (d. 2006)

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • May 7 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer ‘the Nightingale of Kosovo’ and actress, born near Malishevë, Kosovo (d. 2020)
  • May 12 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • May 13 Alden Ashforth, composer
  • May 13 Stig Gustav Schonberg, composer
  • May 14 Frank Harte, Irish singer and song collector
  • May 21 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, born in Alès, France (d. 2012)
  • May 21 Gene “Joe” Byrd, American jazz bassist (Charlie Byrd Trio), born in Chuckatuck, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • May 22 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in Crumpsall, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • May 23 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award, 1956), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Gary Burden, American artist and pioneer of album cover art (Neil Young; Graham Nash; The Doors), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • May 29 Helmuth Rilling, German conductor (founder of the Gächinger Kantorei), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jun 2 Bob Rozario, American pianist (Louis Prima), and orchestra leader (Bobby Darin; Tony Orlando; Donny & Marie), born in Shanghai, China (d. 2013)
  • Jun 15 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer (Marianne), born in Pola, Istria, Italy (now Croatia) (d. 2005)
  • Jun 17 Christian Ferras, French violinist and conductor, born in Le Touquet, France (d. 1982)
  • Jun 18 Tommy [Charles] Hunt, American soul singer (Flamingos-"Lovers Never Say Goodbye"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 18 Colin Brumby, Australian composer, conductor, and educator (Fibonacci Variations), born in Melbourne (d. 2018)
  • Jun 22 Libor Pešek, Czech conductor (Czech Philharmonic; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 26 Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (La Scala, 1969-86; London Symphony, 1979-87; Berlin Philharmonic, 1989-2002), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)
  • Jun 28 Gunnar Reynir Sveinsson, composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Jul 2 David Lewin, American composer, born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • Jul 9 Nodar Gabunia, Georgian composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • Jul 10 Jerry Herman, American composer (Hello Dolly), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • Jul 14 Del Reeves, singer and guitarist
  • Jul 15 Frederico Davia, opera singer
  • Jul 15 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • Jul 16 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops), born in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Jul 18 R. Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), music educator, and environmentalist, born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Jul 20 Buddy Knox, American rock vocalist (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), born in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)
  • Jul 20 José Vicente Asuar, Chilean electronic music composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2017)
  • Jul 22 Bertice Reading, American stage and screen actress and singer (The Jazz Train; Requiem For A Nun; Moon In The Gutter), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Jul 27 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), born in San Diego, California (d. 2008)
  • Aug 4 Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch choreographer/ballet dancer (Painted Birds) (d. 2012)
  • Aug 8 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington, Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1982)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 12 Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 18 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (38) weds broadway singer Hannah Williams (22)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 6 Vladimir de Pachmann, Russian-German pianist, dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Václav Suk, Czech-born Russian composer and violinist, dies at 71
  • Jan 25 William Faulkes, English organist, transcriber and composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 12 Henri Duparc, French composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 17 Henri Viotta, Dutch conductor and composer (Handbook of Music), dies at 84
  • Feb 19 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 26 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • Mar 4 Willie Walker, US jazz singer and guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
  • Mar 26 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", dies at 30
  • Mar 29 Alexander Schmuller, Russian-Dutch violinist and conductor, dies at 52
  • Apr 9 Sigfrid Karg-Elert, German composer, dies at 55

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

May 26 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, dies of a pulmonary hemorrhage at 35

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • Jun 14 Albert Ross Parsons, American composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 24 Sissieretta Joyner Jones, "Black Patti", American singer, dies at about 64
  • Jul 6 Robert Kajanus, Finnish conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Freddie Keppard, American jazz cornetist (Original Creole Orchestra), dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • Jul 23 Max Schillings, German composer/conductor (Mona Lisa), dies at 65
  • Jul 24 Max von Schillings, German composer and conductor (Der Pfeifertag), dies at 65
  • Jul 29 Gerhard Schjelderup, Norwegian opera composer and musicologist, dies at 73
  • Aug 3 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet), dies at 69
  • Aug 13 Paul Joseph Guillaume Hillemacher, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 29 Georgy Eduardovich Konyus, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 6 Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili, composer, dies at 62
  • Oct 27 Julius Klengel, German cellist and composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 30 Guillermo M. Tomás, Cuban composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 5 Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)
  • Nov 26 Edward Julius Biedermann, American organist and composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 2 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 3 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 12 Theodore Moses Tobani, German composer, dies at 78