1934 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 22 Dmitri Shostakovitch's opera "Lady MacBeth" premieres in Leningrad

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Feb 10 Howard Hanson's "Merry Mount" premieres in NYC

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Feb 10 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera Four Saints in Three Acts premieres in NYC
  • Feb 20 Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in NYC

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 22 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay 1935)

Actor Clark Gable
Actor
Clark Gable
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actress Claudette Colbert
Actress
Claudette Colbert

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 12 "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Aug 27 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yips Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC

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Sep 17 RCA Victor releases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording (Beethoven's 5th)

  • Oct 20 Richard Strauss completes his opera "Die Schweigsame Frau"
  • Dec 27 Vernon Duke & James Hanley's musical premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 155

  • Jan 3 Bryan George Kelly, composer
  • Jan 6 Bobby Lord, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida
  • Jan 9 Julian B Coco, Antilles, guitarist/tutor (Princess Christina)
  • Jan 16 Marilyn Horne, Bradford, Pa, mezzo-soprano
  • Jan 16 Richard Wernick, composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • Jan 26 Huey "Piano" Smith, American rhythm and blues pianist (Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu, Having a Good Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 29 Noel Harrison, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 29 Paul Gutama Soegijo, composer
  • Jan 30 Tammy Grimes, American actress (Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Jan 31 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist
  • Feb 1 Bob Shane, vocalist (Kingston Trio-Scarlet Ribbons)
  • Feb 4 Jouko Sakari Linjama, composer
  • Feb 7 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 7 King Curtis [Curtis Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1971)
  • Feb 11 Francesco Pennisi, composer
  • Feb 13 George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane)
  • Feb 14 Florence Henderson, actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Feb 14 Michel Corboz, Swiss conductor
  • Feb 16 Austin "Ted" Taylor, US gospel/R&B-singer (Be Ever Wonderful)
  • Feb 16 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 2005)
  • Feb 18 Skip Battin, singer-songwriter (The Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • Feb 18 Aldo Ceccato, conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 18 Bobby Taylor, American singer and producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), born in Washington, D.C. (birth year contested-1939) (d. 2017)
  • Feb 22 Thomas Paul, bass (NYC Opera 1963-70), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Renata Scotto, soprano and opera director (Violetta-La Traviata), born in Savona, Italy
  • Feb 24 Shuko Mizuno, composer
  • Feb 28 Willie Bobo, American jazz drummer (Cos), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 2 Bernard Rands, composer (Wildtrack), born in Sheffield, England
  • Mar 4 Barbara McNair, singer/actress (Barbara McNair Show), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Mar 4 John Duffey, bluegrass musician
  • Mar 4 Mario Davidovsky, composer (Synchronisms), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Mar 7 Giorgos Katsaros, Greek musician and composer
  • Mar 8 Christian Wolff, composer
  • Mar 10 Judith Jamison, artistic director (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater)
  • Mar 11 Joep Straesser, composer (Blossom songs, Ramasasiri)
  • Mar 14 Shirley Scott, swing/blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine)
  • Mar 15 Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter
  • Mar 15 Wolfgang Hufschmidt, composer
  • Mar 17 Erhard Grosskopf, composer
  • Mar 17 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
  • Mar 18 Pavle Despalj, composer
  • Mar 23 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (d. 2006)
  • Mar 25 Johnny Burnette, guitarist (Trains Kept A-Rollin, You're 16), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 27 Arthur Mitchell, African-American choreographer (Dance Theater of Harlem), born in New York
  • Mar 28 Siegfried Thiele, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • Mar 29 Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, German composer, born in Berlin
  • Mar 30 Lanny Morgan, American jazz alto saxophonist, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Mar 31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • Apr 1 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • Apr 5 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • Apr 6 Reijo Jyrkiainen, composer
  • Apr 7 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • Apr 10 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, born in Szeged (d. 1997)
  • Apr 13 Horace Kay, US singer (Tams-You Lied to Your Daddy)
  • Apr 13 Siegfried Matthus, composer
  • Apr 17 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2011)
  • Apr 18 Jan Klusak [Jan Porges], Czech composer, born in Prague
  • Apr 18 George Shirley, American tenor
  • Apr 19 Dickie Goodman, parody singer (Flying Saucer)
  • Apr 19 Jan Helge Guttorm Bark, composer
  • Apr 30 Jerry Lordan, English composer and singer (d. 1995)
  • May 3 Georg Kröll, German composer, born in Linz
  • May 3 Frankie Valli [Francesco Stephen Castelluccio], American singer (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 5 Ace Cannon, American saxophonist
  • May 7 Heinz Marti, Swiss composer, born in Bern
  • May 14 Frederik von Pallandt, singer
  • May 19 Jan Wijn, Dutch pianist
  • May 22 Peter Nero, American conductor/pianist (A Sunday in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • May 24 Barry Rose, English choir-trainer and organist
  • May 28 Julian Slade, composer
  • May 28 Rob du Bois, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2013)
  • May 31 Karl-Erik Welin, composer
  • Jun 1 Charles "Pat" Boone, American singer, actor (April Love, Cross & Switchblade, No More Mr. Nice Guy) and TV personality (The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 2 Johnny Carter, US singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Jun 7 Philippe Entremont, French pianist and conductor (Vienna Chamber Orchestra), born in Reims, France
  • Jun 7 Samuel Lipman, American pianist and music critic, born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1994)
  • Jun 9 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • Jun 9 Paul Karolyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • Jun 9 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist
  • Jun 10 Nicolas Roussakis, composer
  • Jun 11 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2007)
  • Jun 16 Carl (Little Caesar) Burnett, vocalist (Little Caesar & the Romans)
  • Jun 16 Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer
  • Jun 20 Cornel Taranu, composer
  • Jun 26 Luís Filipe Pires, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2015)
  • Jun 26 Dave Grusin, American composer and pianist, born in Littleton, Colorado
  • Jun 29 Henning Kronstam, Danish dancer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1995)
  • Jul 7 Vinko Globokar, composer
  • Jul 12 Van Cliburn, American pianist (Tchaikovsky Competition winner, 1958), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • Jul 13 Roger Reynolds, composer
  • Jul 15 Harrison Birtwistle, English composer. born in Accrington, Lancashire
  • Jul 17 Philippe Capdenat, composer
  • Jul 24 Jimmy Holiday, American singer (How Can I Forget), born in Sallis, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • Jul 26 Anthony Gilbert, composer
  • Jul 28 Jacques d'Amboise, Dedham Mass, ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Company)
  • Jul 30 Andre Prevost, composer
  • Jul 30 Ben Piazza, actor (Blues Brothers, Ben Casey, Dallas), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Aug 5 Vern Gosdin, Woodland Al, country singer (Set 'em Up Joe)
  • Aug 10 James Carl Tenney, American composer, born in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 2006)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 30 Actor and comedian Lou Costello marries burlesque dancer Anne Battler

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 13 Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (23) weds "All Quiet on the Western Front" actor Lew Ayres (25)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 12 Pawel Kochanski, Polish violinist, composer and arranger (b. 1887)
  • Jan 16 Annie Patterson, Irish composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 19 Armand Parent, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 2 Ernesto Nazareth, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 22 Willem Kes, violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 78
  • Feb 23 Edward William Elgar, English composer (Coronation Ode), dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Daniel Protheroe, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 3 Norman O'Neill, English composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 13 Fritz Cortolezis, composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 21 Franz Schreker, Austrian composer, dies after suffering from a stroke at 55
  • Apr 4 Braulio Dueno Colon, Puerto Rican composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 5 Salvatore Di Giacomo, composer, dies at 74
  • May 1 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer, dies at 35
  • May 7 Edward Naylor, English composer, dies at 67
  • May 25 Gustav Theodore Holst, English composer (Ode to Death), dies at 59
  • Jun 10 Frederick Delius, British composer (A Mass of Life, Brigg Fair, In a Summer Garden), dies at 72
  • Jun 15 Alfred Bruneau, composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 18 Francisco Lacerda, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 27 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, dies in air crash at 56
  • Jul 9 Otakar Zich, Czech composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 1 Piotr Maszyński, Polish composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 2 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), is shot at 26
  • Sep 2 Alcide Nunez, American musician (b. 1884)
  • Sep 10 George Henschel, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 15 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 17 Edmund van der Straeten, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Edwin Lehare, composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 29 Gustavo Emilio Campa, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 8 Bernhard Seklas, composer, dies at 62