Year 1940 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 13 Walt Disney's animated film "Fantasia", starring Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mickey Mouse, and ballet dancing hippopotamuses, premieres at the Broadway Theatre, New York City
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Musicians Married in 1940

  • Feb 13 American actress Lana Turner (19) weds American bandleader Artie Shaw (29) in a Las Vegas elopement; divorce after 4 months
  • Nov 23 RAF pilot Guy Gibson (22) weds show dancer and actress Eve Moore in Penarth’s Anglican Church
  • Nov 30 "I Love Lucy" actress Lucille Ball (28) weds Cuban actor and singer Desi Arnaz (23) in Greenwich, Connecticut; divorce in 1960

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Musicians Who Died in 1940

  • Jan 24 Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • Feb 28 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian England-based musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, dies at 82
  • Mar 25 Ion Nonna Otescu, Romanian composer and educator (Bucharest Conservatory, 1913-40), dies at 51
  • Apr 6 AndrĂ©s Isasi, Spanish Basque composer, dies at 49
  • Apr 18 Florrie Forde [Flannagan], Australian singer and British music hall performer, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64

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