1942 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 24 Musical "Star & Garter" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 10 Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Feb 19 Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah"
  • Mar 5 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony premieres in Siberia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire" premieres in NYC

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 29 Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", world's best-selling single (estimated 100 million copies sold)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 29 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)

Actor James Cagney
Actor
James Cagney
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • Jun 8 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night"
  • Jun 29 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 7th Symphony premieres
  • Jul 19 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony premieres in USA
  • Jul 20 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovitch on its cover

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jul 24 Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Aug 9 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 7th Symphony performed in Leningrad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Aaron Copland and Agnes de Mille's ballet "Rodeo," premieres in NYC

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 22 "Now, Voyager" film directed by Irving Rapper starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rain premieres in New York

  • Oct 23 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 238

  • Jan 1 Country Joe McDonald, California, rock guitarist/vocalist (& the Fish)
  • Jan 1 George Couroupos, composer
  • Jan 1 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
  • Jan 4 John McLaughlin [Mahavishnu], American rock guitarist (Sentimental Journey/Clouds of Joy), born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
  • Jan 5 Maurizio Pollini, pianist, born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 8 John Peterson, American drummer the Beau Brummels), born in Rudyard, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Jan 10 Jim Croce, rock vocalist (Time in a Bottle) (d. 1973), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 11 Clarence Clemons, American rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E Sreet Band), born in Norfolk County, Virginia (d. 2011)
  • Jan 15 Edward "Sonny" Bivins, US singer (Manhattans-Kiss & Say Goodbye)
  • Jan 16 Barbara Lynn, US singer (You'll Lose a Good Thing),
  • Jan 16 Bill Francis Mobile Al, rocker (Dr Hook)
  • Jan 16 William Francis, rocker
  • Jan 17 Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist
  • Jan 19 Michael Crawford [Michael Patrick Smith], British Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • Jan 20 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • Jan 21 Edwin Starr, [Charles Hatcher], US singer (War)
  • Jan 21 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Jan 27 Petr Kotik, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • Jan 29 Claudine Longet, French former Mrs Andy Williams/singer
  • Jan 30 Andres, [Dries Holten], Dutch singer (Sandra & Andres)
  • Jan 30 Marty Balin, singer (Jefferson Starship-Miracles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 31 Gerald Chanberlain, rocker
  • Feb 2 Graham Nash, British-American musician and singer-songwriter (the Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Feb 4 Johnny Gamble, rocker (Classics)
  • Feb 5 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 6 John London, American songwriter and bassist (Michael Nesmith band), born in Brazos County, Texas
  • Feb 8 Terry Melcher [Terrence Jorden], American record producer and musician, Doris Day's son (the Rip Chords, The Byrds), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 9 Carole King, American singer-songwriter (Tapestry), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 9 Charlie Morrow, composer
  • Feb 9 Milos Stedron, composer
  • Feb 11 Leon Haywood, US vocalist/keyboardist (It's Got to be Mellow)
  • Feb 11 Otis Clay, US gospel/R&B-singer (That's how it is)
  • Feb 11 Tony Colton, rock producer (On the Boards)
  • Feb 12 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • Feb 12 Rick Frank, American drummer (Elephant's Memory)
  • Feb 13 Peter Tork, American musician and actor (The Monkees)
  • Feb 16 Gabriel Brncic, composer
  • Feb 20 Charlie Gillett, Lancashire, rock broadcaster (Sound of the City)
  • Feb 24 Paul Jones, England, rocker (Manfried Mann-Mighty Quinn)
  • Feb 28 Brian Jones [Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones], English musician (Rolling Stones), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1969)
  • Mar 1 Jerry Fisher, American R&B singer (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in DeKalb, Texas
  • Mar 1 Peter Guber, producer (Flashdance)
  • Mar 1 Michael Giles, British drummer (King Crimson, Giles, Giles & Fripp), born in Waterlooville, Hampshire
  • Mar 2 Lou Reed, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Velvet Underground), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Mar 2 Luc Plamondon, French Canadian lyricist
  • Mar 3 Mike Pender, vocalist/guitarist (Searchers-Needles & Pins), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 7 Tammy Faye Bakker, gospel singer/wife of Jim Baker (PTL)
  • Mar 9 John Cale, Welsh musician, composer and singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), born in Garnant, Wales
  • Mar 9 Mark Lindsay, American rock vocalist (Paul Revers & Raiders), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • Mar 9 Gary Walker [Leeds], American musician (the Standells, the Walker Brothers), born in Glendale, California
  • Mar 12 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), born in Liverpool (d. 1999)
  • Mar 13 William "Bill" Curbishley, British music and film producer and band manager (The Who, Judas Priest, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant), born in London, England
  • Mar 15 Hughie Flint, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • Mar 16 Jerry Jeff Walker [Ronald Clyde Crosby], American country music singer and songwriter (Mr Bojangles), born in Oneonta, New York
  • Mar 17 Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek composer, singer and actor
  • Mar 19 Jeff Neighbour, US bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • Mar 19 Robin Luke, rocker (Susie Darlin')
  • Mar 23 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)

Person of interestAretha Franklin

Mar 25 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" (Respect) and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Mar 30 Graeme Edge, England, rock drummer (Moody Blues-Your Wildest Dreams)
  • Apr 1 Alan Blakley, rocker (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • Apr 1 Danny Brooks, rocker (Dovells)
  • Apr 1 Phil Margo, rock vocalist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 2 Leon Russell [Claude Russell Bridges], American musician and singer-songwriter (Tight Rope, Delta Lady, Carney), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • Apr 3 Billy Joe Royal, country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • Apr 3 Wayne Newton, American singer and entertainer (Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Apr 3 Herb “Herbie” Greene, American photographer best known for his portraits for rock and roll luminaries (The Grateful Dead), born in Indio, California
  • Apr 4 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Apr 5 Allan Clarke, English rock vocalist (Hollies-Air That I Breathe), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Apr 6 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, born in Rome, Italy (d. 2017)
  • Apr 8 Roger Chapman, Leicester, rock vocalist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • Apr 12 Daniel Schmidt, American composer and builder of American gamelan
  • Apr 13 Bill Conti, composer (For Your Eyes Only, Rocky IV), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Apr 19 Alan Price, England, rock keyboardist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • Apr 19 Edwin "Eddie" Kramer, Suth African recording producer and engineer (the Beatles, David Bowie, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Apr 21 Bobby McClure, US gospel singer (Don't Mess Up a Good Thing)

Person of interestBarbra Streisand

Apr 24 Barbra Streisand, American singer, actress and award winner (People), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 25 John Martin Dalby, Scottish composer, born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Apr 26 Bobby Rydell, rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 27 James Lee "Jim" Keltner, American drummer, described as "the leading session drummer in America", born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 4 Ronnie Bond, English drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing), born in Andover, Hampshire

Person of interestTammy Wynette

May 5 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer (Stand by your Man), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • May 8 Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood [Euclid James Sherwood], American rock musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • May 9 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Bromborough, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • May 9 Tommy Roe, rocker (Hooray for Hazel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 9 Val Garay, American record producer and engineer (Bette Davis Eyes), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 10 Bill Coday, American musician and singer (You’re Gonna Want Me), born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • May 10 Ingram Douglas Marshall, composer
  • May 12 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
  • May 12 Billy Swan, Cape Giradeau La, rocker (I Can Help)
  • May 13 Jim Douglas, jazz guitarist
  • May 14 Gerald Mark Shapiro, composer
  • May 17 Taj Mahal [Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr.], American singer-songwriter (Real Thing), born in Harlem, New York
  • May 18 Rodney Dillard, rocker (Glittergrass)
  • May 20 Paula, [Jill Jackson], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • May 22 Calvin Simon, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-1 Nation Under a Groove)
  • May 22 Malika A Sabirova, Russian dancer
  • May 24 Derek Quinn, guitarist (Freddie & Dreamers-I'm Telling You Now)
  • May 25 Brian "Blinky" Davison, rocker
  • May 26 Ray Ennis, England, guitar (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 12 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) weds dancer Lucille Wilson (28)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 2 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) divorces Alpha Smith after 4 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Jaroslav Jezek, composer, dies at 35
  • Jan 4 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), dies at 70
  • Jan 6 Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • Jan 8 Arvo Hannikainen, Finnish composer, dies at 44
  • Jan 17 Frederick Jerome Work, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 21 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/musicologist/conductor, dies at 72
  • Jan 25 Eugene Samuel-Holeman, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 28 Pablo Luna y Carne, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 29 Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, composer, dies at 92
  • Jan 30 Vasily Pavovlich Kalafati, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 15 Guido Adler, Austrian musicologist, dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Stanislav Binicki, composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Guido Gasperini, Italian composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, dies at 61
  • Mar 4 Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 12 Enrique Morera, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 15 Alexander van Zemlinsky, Austrian and US composer (African Dance), dies at 70
  • Mar 20 Theodoro Valcarcel, composer, dies at 41
  • Apr 3 Albert Siklós, Hungarian composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 3 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 8 Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • Apr 30 Catherine Murphy Urner, composer, dies at 51
  • May 7 Felix Paul von Weingartner, Austria conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • May 10 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields), dies at 74
  • May 13 Hyam Greenbaum, composer, dies at 41
  • May 17 Alfred Hollins, British composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 1 Ernest Pingoud, composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 12 Walter Leigh, composer, dies at 36
  • Jun 18 Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, dies at 71
  • Jul 8 Catherinus Elling, composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 4 Alberto Franchetti, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 11 Richard Heinrich Stein, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 18 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech-Russian composer and pianist (Ogelala), dies at 48
  • Aug 22 Henry Eichheim, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 22 Mikhailmichel Fokine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, dies
  • Aug 25 Panayot Pipkov, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 11 Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolayev, composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 23 Ralph Rainger, composer, dies at 41
  • Nov 1 Hugo Distler, composer, dies at 34

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

Nov 5 George M Cohan, father of musical comedy, dies of cancer at 64

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • Nov 16 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß, A Star Fell from Heaven), dies from a heart atack at 38
  • Nov 19 Edouard Combe, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 3 Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Swedish composer and music critic, dies at 75
  • Dec 13 Eleanor Everest Freer, composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 20 Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld], German composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 24 Friedrich Klose, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Vojislav Vuckovic, composer, dies at 32