1941 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 3 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 15 Duke Ellington first records "Take the A Train"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Feb 22 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres
  • Mar 14 Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Mar 29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
  • Mar 29 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • May 7 Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
  • May 13 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • May 16 1st US radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • May 21 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Beethoven's 5th symphony)

  • Oct 1 H Martin/R Blane's musical "Best Foot Forward" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 29 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" premieres in New York City
  • Nov 17 Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
  • Dec 21 David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres
  • Dec 27 Siberia: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 7th Symphony

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 235

  • Jan 3 Van Dyke Parks, Alabama, actor/musician (Bonino, Billy Crystal Hour)
  • Jan 4 John Bennett Perry, singer/actor (Falcon Crest), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Jan 5 Grady Thomas, US rock vocalist (Parliaments, Funkadelic, Maggot Brain)
  • Jan 7 Robert Hicks, rocker (Paul Butterfield Blues Band)
  • Jan 7 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (d. 2004)
  • Jan 8 Little Anthony [Anthony Gourdine], American rhythm and blues singer (Little Anthony and the Imperials-Goin' Out of My Head), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 9 Joan Baez, folk singer/human rights advocate, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jan 12 Long John Baldry, England, blues vocalist (Don't try to Lay No Boogie)
  • Jan 15 Captain Beefheart, [Don Van Vliet], rocker (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast)
  • Jan 17 Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist
  • Jan 18 Bobby Goldsboro, Marianna Fla, singer (Honey)
  • Jan 18 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations (My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), born in Whynot, Mississippi (d. 1991)
  • Jan 20 Pierre Lalonde, Quebec singer and television host
  • Jan 21 Placido Domingo, opera tenor (Pinkerton-Mme Butterfly), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jan 21 Richie Havens, American folk singer (Here Comes the Sun), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • Jan 24 Aaron Neville, US singer/keyboardist (Neville Brothers)
  • Jan 24 Michael Chapman, Leeds England, rocker (Looking for 11)

Person of interestNeil Diamond

Jan 24 Neil Diamond, American singer-songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
  • Jan 30 Joe Terranoua, rocker (Danny & The Juniors)
  • Feb 2 Serge Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, composer
  • Feb 3 Angelo D'Aleo, tenor (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 3 Chuck Tharp, rock vocalist (Fireballs)
  • Feb 4 John Steel, rock drummer (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • Feb 5 Barrett Strong, vocalist (Money, That's What I Want), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 5 Rick Laird, jazz musician (Gerry Niewood & Timepiece)
  • Feb 6 Stephen Albert, composer
  • Feb 8 Tom Rush, NH, rock guitarist/vocalist (Circle Game, Urge For Going)
  • Feb 11 Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil '66/'77/'88)
  • Feb 15 Brian Holland, American pianist, songwriter and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 17 Gene Pitney, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Feb 18 David Blue, [Cohen], follk musician (Cupid's Arrow), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1982)
  • Feb 18 Herb Santiago, vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools Fall)
  • Feb 18 Irma Thomas, [Lee], US vocalist (It's Raining)
  • Feb 19 Carlos Roque Alsina, composer
  • Feb 20 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)
  • Feb 24 Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
  • Feb 25 Ramon Pagayon Santos, composer
  • Feb 28 Marty Sanders, American musician (Jay and the Americans)
  • Mar 8 Ivana Loudova, composer
  • Mar 8 Yvar Emilian Mikhashoff, composer
  • Mar 10 Daniel Kirkland Lentz, composer
  • Mar 10 Piotr Warzecha, composer
  • Mar 15 Mike Love, California, rock saxophonist/vocalist (Beachboys-In My Room)
  • Mar 17 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2016)
  • Mar 17 Clarence Collins, US singer (Imperials-Tears on my pillow)
  • Mar 17 Edward Harper, composer

Person of interestWilson Pickett

Mar 18 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2006)

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • Mar 22 Jeremy Clyde, English musician (Chad & Jeremy) and actor (The Iron Lady), born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire
  • Mar 28 Alf Clausen, orchestra leader (Mary, Simpsons), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 2 Leon Russell, musician and singer-songwriter (Carny), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • Apr 3 Jan Berry, American rock and roll vocalist (Jan and Dean-Dead Man's Curve), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 3 Philippé Wynne, American musician (d. 1984)
  • Apr 6 Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian musician
  • Apr 8 Peggy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 9 Kaye Adams, American country singer
  • Apr 12 Julio B Euson, Aruban singer (I Use the Soap)
  • Apr 17 Adolphus Hailstork, composer
  • Apr 18 Mike Vickers, rock guitarist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)
  • Apr 19 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian singer
  • Apr 23 Jacqueline Boyer, French singer
  • Apr 24 John Williams, Australian guitarist (Acad Award), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Apr 25 Chris Augustine, rocker (Every Mother's Son)
  • Apr 26 John Mitchell, American composer
  • Apr 27 Friedrich Goldmann, composer
  • Apr 27 Judith Blegen, opera singer (Papagena-Magic Flute), born in Missoula, Montana
  • Apr 30 Johnny Farina, rocker (Santo & Johnny)
  • Apr 30 Wilfried Jentzsh, composer
  • May 1 Juraj Hatrick, composer
  • May 4 David LaFlamme, Utah, electric violinist (It's a Beautiful Day)
  • May 8 Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer
  • May 9 Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • May 10 Danny Rapp, rocker (Danny & Juniors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 11 Eric Burdon, Walker-on-Tyne England, rock vocalist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • May 12 Anthony Newman, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 12 Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
  • May 12 Ruud de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • May 13 Joe Brown, singer/guitarist
  • May 13 Ritchie Valens, singer (Donna, La Bamba)
  • May 15 K T Oslin, Crossett Ar, country singer (80's Ladies)
  • May 15 Lainie Kazan, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 15 Richard Edward Wilson, composer
  • May 16 Maurice Henry Weddington, composer
  • May 17 David Howell Cope, composer
  • May 17 Malcolm Hale, musician (Spanky and Our Gang), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1968)
  • May 19 Marc-Antonio Consoli, composer
  • May 21 Ronald Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 21 Martin Carthy, English musician
  • May 22 Sebastian Forbes, composer
  • May 23 Jackson Hill, composer
  • May 23 General George Norman Johnson, US singer (Down at the Beach Club)

Person of interestBob Dylan

May 24 Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter (Blowin' in Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin') and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • May 24 Brian Dennis, composer
  • May 24 Konrad Boehmer, composer
  • May 24 Tony Valentino, rocker (Standells-Dirty Water)
  • May 25 Bill Young, rocker, born in Daingerfield, Texas (d. 1999)
  • May 26 Imants Kalnins, composer
  • May 29 Roy Crewsdon, Manchester, rocker (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • May 31 Johnny Paycheck, Greenfield OH, singer (Take This Job & Shove It)
  • May 31 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist/professor (Barnard, Bkln), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 1 Edo de Waart, Amsterdam Holland, conductor (Houston Opera-1976)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 4 Actress Vera-Ellen (19) weds fellow dancer Robert Hightower

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 17 Actress Doris Day (19) weds trombonist Albert Jorden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (26) weds trombonist Jimmy Monroe

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 26 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Mischa Levitzki, composer, dies at 42
  • Jan 10 Frank Bridge, English violinist/composer (Sea), dies at 61
  • Jan 23 Dobri Khristov, composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Iver Holter, Norwegian composer, dies at 90
  • Feb 5 Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
  • Feb 19 Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists", dies at 61
  • Feb 20 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)
  • Mar 4 Edoardo Mascheroni, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 7 Arnold Schering, German musicologist, dies at 63
  • Mar 8 Jose Serrano Simeon, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 9 Carlos Pedrell, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 11 Walford Davies, English composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 12 Charles Sanford Skilton, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 17 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • Apr 19 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63
  • May 8 Heinrich Zollner, composer, dies at 86
  • May 23 Slavko Osterc, composer, dies at 45
  • Jun 17 Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 78

Person of interestIgnacy Jan Paderewski

Jun 29 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish statesman and pianist, dies in NY at 80

Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • Jul 5 Oskar Fried, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 8 Philippe Gaubert, composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 10 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, pioneer jazz pianist, dies in LA at 56
  • Jul 18 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 3 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austria composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Helen Morgan, American singer, actress, dies of liver ailment at 41
  • Dec 3 Johann Christian August Sinding, composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 7 Cecil Forsyth, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 22 Leopoldo Mugnone, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 24 Siegfried Alkan, German composer (b. 1858)
  • Dec 31 Sigwart Aspestrand, Norwegian composer, dies at 85