On This Day

Year 1943 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 22 Plane crash in the Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal kills 23 with 15 survivors including singer Jane Froman
  • Mar 31 Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" opens at the St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 2,212 performances
  • Apr 28 1st performance of Marc Blitzstein's "Freedom Morning"
  • Apr 29 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London
  • Apr 30 Noël Coward's play "This Happy Breed" premieres in London
  • Jul 21 "Stormy Weather", directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller (singing "Ain't Misbehavin'") premieres in the US
  • Aug 11 Richard Strauss' Second Horn Concert, premieres
  • Oct 7 Weill, Perelman and Nash' musical "One Touch of Venus" premieres in NYC
  • More Events in Music

Musicians Married in 1943

  • Jul 5 Actress Betty Grable (26) weds big band leader Harry James (27)
  • Jul 17 One of the world's greatest contraltos, American Marian Anderson (46) weds architect Orpheus H. Fisher in Bethel, Connecticut
  • Dec 5 Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)

Musicians Divorces in 1943

  • Jul 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (48) divorces broadway singer Hannah Williams (32) after 10 years of marriage

More Weddings & Divorces in Music