September 1938 in Music

Events in Music

  • Sep 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 6 Joan Tower, composer (Breakfast Rhythms), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Sep 11 Charles Patrick, rocker (Monotones)
  • Sep 12 Judy Clay [Guions], soul and gospel singer, born in St Paul, North Carolina (d. 2001)
  • Sep 12 Tatiana Troyanos, American mezzo-soprano (Octavian-Der Rosenleavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 19 Zygmunt Krauze, composer
  • Sep 19 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet and political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • Sep 20 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Sep 20 Jane Manning, English soprano, born in Norwich
  • Sep 21 Atli Heimir Sveinsson, composer
  • Sep 21 Yuji Takahashi, composer
  • Sep 22 Sol Amarfio, Ghanaian musician (Osibisa)
  • Sep 28 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), born in Henderson, North Carolina

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 30 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) divorces pianist Lil Armstrong (40) after more than 14 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 28 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, dies at 48