November 1937 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 13 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio

Music Premiere

Nov 21 Dmitri Shostakovich's 5th Symphony premieres in Lenningrad, with the ovation lasting over an hour

  • Nov 27 Pro-labor musical revue "Pins & Needles" opens, produced by ILGWU

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 Bill Anderson, American country music singer and songwriter ("Still"; "Sometimes"; "I Can't Wait Any Longer"), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Nov 2 Earl "Speedoo" Carroll, American doo-wop vocalist (Cadillacs; The Coasters), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Nov 3 Paula Wayne [Watkins], American stage and Emmy Award-winning actress (Golden Boy; Everglade!), pop vocalist ("Everything's Great"), and civil rights activist, born in Mountain View, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • Nov 5 Jackie Verdell, American gospel singer (The Davis Sisters, 1955-66), pop singer-songwriter ("Why Not Give Me A Chance") and session vocalist (Wilson Picket; Van Morrison), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Nov 6 Edwin Roxburgh, English composer and conductor, born in Liverpool, England
  • Nov 11 Buddy Ace [Jimmie Lee Land], American Texas blues singer, born in Jasper, Texas (d. 1994)
  • Nov 13 Kamahl [Kandiah Kamalesvaran], Australian singer (Elephant Song), born in Kuala Lumpur
  • Nov 13 Tabu Ley Rochereau [Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu], African musician (Orchestre Afrisa International), born in Bagata, Bandundu, Belgian Congo (d. 2013)
  • Nov 14 Joseph Billingslea, Jr., American R&B singer (The Contours - "Do You Love Me"), born in Hamtramck, Michigan
  • Nov 15 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer (The Trammps - "Disco Inferno"), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Nov 15 William "Little Willie" John, American R&B singer ("Fever"; "Leave My Kitten Alone"), born in Cullendale, Arkansas (d. 1968)
  • Nov 19 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • Nov 19 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), born in Pomona, California (d. 2012)
  • Nov 20 René Kollo, German tenor, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Nov 22 Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, born in Horlivka, Soviet Ukraine (d. 2020)
  • Nov 24 Jeremy Taylor, British teacher, folk singer, songwriter ("Ag Pleez Deddy"; "Piece of Ground"), born in Newbury, England
  • Nov 26 Bob Babbitt [Robert Kreinar], Hungarian-American session bassist (Motown's The Funk Brothers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Nov 27 Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • Nov 30 Jimmy Bowen, American record producer and pop star ("I'm Stickin' With You"), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 2 Maude Valérie White, French-born English composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 4 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 23 Louis Victor Saar, Dutch-American composer, dies at 68