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November 1936 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Recording

Nov 23 Legendary Delta Blues musician Robert Johnson's first recording session with producer Don Law at the Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 24 Noël Coward's "Tonight at 8:30" premieres in NYC

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 [Zephire] Andre Williams, American R&B musician (Shake a Tail Feather), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • Nov 6 David Ward-Steinman, American composer, born in Alexandria, Louisiana (d. 2015)

Person of interestMary Travers

Nov 9 Mary Travers, American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2009)

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • Nov 10 Izumi Tateno, Finnish-based Japanese concert pianist and educator (Sibelius Academy, 1968-81), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Nov 11 Juan Carlos Zorzi, Argentinian composer, and conductor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1999)
  • Nov 11 Jack Keller, American songwriter, and record producer ("Run To Him"; "Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart"; theme to Bewitched), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • Nov 14 Cornell Gunter, American R&B singer (Coasters - "Poison Ivy"; "Yakety-Yak"), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 1990)
  • Nov 15 Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter and East German dissident, born in Hamburg
  • Nov 16 Shirvani Chalayev, Daghestanian composer, born in Khosrekh, Daghestan, Russia
  • Nov 18 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • Nov 19 Robert White, American session guitarist (Temptations - "My Girl"), born in Billmeyer, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • Nov 19 Emin Aristakesian, Armenian composer, born in Yerevan, Armenia, USSR (d. 1996)
  • Nov 19 Michel Decoust, French composer and conductor (Symétrie; Interphone), born in Paris
  • Nov 21 James DePreist, American conductor (Mitropoulos Prize, 1964, Oregon Symphony, 1980-2003), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Nov 22 Hans Zender, German composer and conductor (Stephen Climax; Chief Joseph) born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2019)
  • Nov 23 Celin Romero, Spanish classical guitarist (the Romeros), born in Málaga, Spain
  • Nov 25 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 2017)
  • Nov 28 Trisutji Kamal, Indonesian classical pianist and composer (Prayer of Redemption), born in Jakarta, Indonesia (d. 2021)
  • Nov 29 Davide Anzagai, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 3 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, dies at 42
  • Nov 11 Edward German, English Welsh composer (Merrie England), dies at 74
  • Nov 17 Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)