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Year 1943 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 Plane crash in the Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal kills 23 with 15 survivors including singer Jane Froman

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • Feb 28 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on Broadway with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan
  • Apr 28 1st performance of Marc Blitzstein's "Freedom Morning"

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 29 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 11 Richard Strauss' 2nd Horn Concert, premieres

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • Oct 7 Weill, Perelman and Nash' musical "One Touch of Venus" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 19 Theater Guild presentation of "Othello" opens at Shubert

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 3 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony premieres in Moscow

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 3 Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Dec 20 "Internationale" is no longer USSR National Anthem
  • Dec 23 1st telecast of a complete opera (Hansel & Gretel), Schenectady, NY
  • Dec 31 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 308

  • Jan 2 Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television producer (d. 1999)
  • Jan 3 Van Dyke Parks, American songwriter/producer/arranger (Song Cycle; Orange Crate Art), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Jan 3 Petras Bingelis, Lithuania conductor, founder and artistic director (Kaunas State Choir, 1969-2020), born in Mardasava, Lithuania (d. 2020)
  • Jan 3 HK Gruber, Austrian double bassist, conductor, and composer (Frankenstein!!), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 7 Leona Williams, American country music singer (Ladies Get the Blues), born in Vienna, Missouri
  • Jan 7 Richard Armstrong, British conductor, born in Leicester, England
  • Jan 8 Lee Jackson, English bass guitarist & singer-songwriter (Nice), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • Jan 8 Marcus Hutson, American musician (Whispers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 9 Dick Yount, American rock bassist and singer (Harpers Bizarre - "Feelin' Groovy") (d. 2019)
  • Jan 9 Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, American R&B singer (Manhattans - "Kiss And Say Goodbye"), born in New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • Jan 9 Rob Hoeke, Dutch pianist & singer (Drinking on My Bed), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1999)
  • Jan 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), born in Huyton, United Kingdom (d. 2019)
  • Jan 9 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • Jan 9 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2018)
  • Jan 10 Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter ("Time in a Bottle"; "Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • Jan 11 William Albert Penn, composer
  • Jan 13 William Duckworth, American composer (Time Curve Preludes), teacher (Bucknell, 1973-2011), and internet pioneer (PitchWeb), born in Morganton, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Jan 14 Jose Luis Rodriguez, Venezuelan singer (Dueno De Nada), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Jan 14 Mariss Jansons, Latvian conductor (Bavarian RSO (2003-2019); Royal Concertgebouw (2004-2015), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2019)
  • Jan 16 Brian Ferneyhough, British composer, born in Coventry, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Gavin Bryars, English composer, born in Goole, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Ronnie Milsap, American country singer (Legend in My Time), born in Robbinsville, North Carolina
  • Jan 17 (Ezekiel Christopher) "Chris" Montez, American rock guitarist and singer ("Let's Dance"; "Call Me"), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestJanis Joplin

Jan 19 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Jan 20 Farhad [Mehrad], Iranian pop, rock and folk singer-songwriter ("Jomeh"), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2002)
  • Jan 23 Jimmy Castor, American pop & funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jan 23 Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator, born in Anderson, Indiana
  • Jan 26 Jean Knight [Caliste], American soul, funk and R&B singer (Mr. Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 26 Peter Kenton Winkler, American pianist, symphonic and theatrical composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 28 Dick Taylor, English rock guitarist (The Pretty Things - "S.F. Sorrow"), born in Dartford, England
  • Jan 28 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • Jan 29 Tim Souster, British composer, born in Bletchley, England (d. 1994)
  • Jan 30 Sandy Deane, American rocker (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 2 Peter MacBeth, rocker (Foundations)
  • Feb 3 Dennis Edwards, American lead singer of The Temptations (Papa Was A Rollin' Stone), born in Fairfield, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Feb 3 Eric Haydock, bassist (Hollies-He Aint Heavy He's My Brother)
  • Feb 4 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • Feb 4 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • Feb 5 Ivan Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, French-American composer of Russian and Chinese parentage (Le va et le vient), born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France (d. 2003)
  • Feb 5 Larry Tamblyn, American rock guitarist (Standells-Dirty Water), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 6 Fabian [Fabiano Anthony Forte], American vocalist (Turn Me Loose, Tiger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 7 Walter Scott, American singer (Bob Kuban) whose murder was featured on "Forensic Files", born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1983)
  • Feb 8 Creed Bratton [William Schneider], American rock guitarist (Grass Roots - "Sooner or Later"), and actor (The Office -"Creed Bratton"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 8 Jose de Almeida Prado, composer
  • Feb 9 Barbara Lewis, American singer (Hello Stranger), born in Salem, Michigan
  • Feb 9 Ryland Davies, Welsh tenor, born in Cwm, Gwent
  • Feb 10 Ralph "Ral" Donner, American rock and roll singer ("You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)", born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • Feb 11 Serge Lama [Chauvier], French singer ("Je suis malade"), born in Bordeaux, France
  • Feb 13 Bill Szymczyk, American sound engineer, and record producer (Eagles; Joe Walsh), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • Feb 14 Eric Anderson, American vocalist (Avalanche, Be True to You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 14 Maceo Parker, American tenor saxophonist (James Brown; Parliament-Funkadelic, King's One, Mo' Roots), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • Feb 16 Anthony Dowell, ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in London, England
  • Feb 19 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], American singer-songwriter ("Lightnin' Strikes"), born in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 21 David Geffen, American record producer (Geffen Records, Asylum) and film studio executive (DreamWorks SKG), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 21 Duncan Swift, British jazz stride pianist, born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England (d. 1997)
  • Feb 24 Pablo Milanés, Cuban musician

Person of interestGeorge Harrison

Feb 25 George Harrison, British guitarist, singer, songwriter, and sitar player (Beatles -"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; "Here Comes The Sun"; solo - "If Not For You"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2001)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 25 Maryann Amacher, composer
  • Feb 26 Bob "Bear" Hite, American vocalist (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country), born in Torrance, California (d. 1981)
  • Feb 26 Paul Cotton, American rocker (Poco), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 27 Morten Lauridsen, American composer, born in Colfax, Washington
  • Feb 28 Barbara Acklin, American soul singer ("Love Makes A Woman"), and songwriter ("Have You Seen Her"), born in Oakland, California (d. 1998)
  • Feb 28 Donnie Iris [Dominic Ierace], American rock musician (The Cruisers), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 28 Charles Bernstein, American American composer of film and television scores, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 1 Piet Veerman, Dutch rock vocalist/guitarist (Cats-Sailin' Home)
  • Mar 2 Tony Meehan [Daniel Meehan], English rocker (Drifters, Vipers), born in London, England
  • Mar 2 Stephen Dickman, composer
  • Mar 4 Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian composer and educator (Franz Liszt Academy, 1995-2019), born in Szolnok, Hungary (d. 2019)
  • Mar 5 Lucio Battisti, Italian pop singer and composer, born in Poggio Bustone, Italy (d. 1998)
  • Mar 7 Chris White, American rock singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer (The Zombies-Never Even Thought), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Mar 7 Leon Sylvers III, American rocker and producer (The Sylers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 10 Alfred Whitford 'Fred' Lerdahl, American composer (Arches), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Mar 10 Stephen Montague, composer
  • Mar 14 Jim Pons, bassist (Turtles, Mothers of Invention), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 15 Sly Stone, Dallas, funk musician (Sly & the Family Stone-Everyday People), born in Denton, Texas
  • Mar 17 Tony Newman, English drummer (Sounds Incorporated, T.Rex), born in Southampton, England
  • Mar 17 Jim Weatherly, American pop and country songwriter ("Midnight Train To Georgia"), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2021)
  • Mar 21 Vivian Stanshall, songwriter/comic
  • Mar 21 Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
  • Mar 22 George Benson, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 22 Joseph Schwantner, American composer (Aftertones of Infinity), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 22 Keith Relf, British musician and vocalist (the Yardbirds-For Your Love, Renaissance), born in Richmond, England (d. 1976)
  • Mar 23 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish Sami writer (The Sun, My Father) and musician, born in Enontekiö, Finland (d. 2001)
  • Mar 25 Ronald Jeffers, composer
  • Mar 28 Richard Eyre, English film, theatre, television and opera director (National Theatre), born in Barnstaple, Devon, England
  • Mar 29 Vangelis [Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou], Greek composer and keyboardist (Chariots of Fire), born in Agria, Greece
  • Mar 29 Chad Allan [Allan Kowbel], Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 30 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • Mar 30 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (d. 1998)
  • Apr 2 Glen Dale [Richard Garforth], rock vocalist (Fortunes Deal)
  • Apr 2 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Apr 3 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock pianist and vocalist (The Band), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1986)
  • Apr 3 Mario Lavista, Mexican composer and writer, born in Mexico City
  • Apr 7 Mick Abrahams, Luton, rock guitarist (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig)
  • Apr 7 Roberta Shore, Monterrey Park, California, actress/singer (Virginian)
  • Apr 9 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Eve Graham, Scottish singer (The New Seekers), born in Auchterarder, Scotland
  • Apr 15 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), born in Depok, Buitenzorg, Dutch East Indies (d. 2017)
  • Apr 15 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Apr 16 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London, England (d. 2000)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 5 Actress Betty Grable (26) weds big band leader Harry James (27)

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 17 One of the world's greatest contraltos Marian Anderson (46) weds architect Orpheus H. Fisher in Bethel, Connecticut

LovePerson of Interest

Dec 5 Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Actor and comedian Carl Reiner (21) weds singer Estelle Lebost (29)

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 14 Adolf Sandberger, German composer and musicologist, dies at 78
  • Jan 20 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 21 Otakar Sini, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 14 Dora Gerson, German-Jewish actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (Caravan of Death), dies in Auschwitz concentration camp at 43
  • Feb 15 William Victor Harris, American composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 17 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, dies at 54
  • Mar 19 Vicente Ripollés, Spanish composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 23 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer, dies at 47
  • Mar 28 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov, Russian composer and pianist, dies at 69
  • Apr 4 Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 4 Hartzell "Tiny" Parham, American jazz pianist, theater organist, and bandleader, dies at 43
  • Apr 14 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 15 Raffaele Casimiri, Italian musicologist & composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 19 Gustave Doret, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 29 Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist/composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
  • Apr 29 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 30 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, dies in Sobibór extermination camp at 42
  • May 3 Leslie Heward, English composer, dies at 45
  • May 12 Albert Stoessel, American composer, dies at 48
  • May 29 Hermann Hans Wetzler, German-American composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 8 (Wilford) "Min" Leibrook was an American jazz tuba player and bassist (Paul Whiteman Orchestra), dies of meningitis at 40
  • Jul 10 Arthur Nevin, American composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 30 Benjamin James Dale, composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 3 Edward "Corky" Cornelius, American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Gene Krupa), dies of kidney failure at 28
  • Aug 12 Georges Martin Witkowski, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 23 Johann Zilcher, German composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 27 Waclaw Gieburowski, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • Oct 2 Robert Nathaniel Dett, Canadian pianist and composer (In The Bottoms), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Oct 5 Leon Roppolo, American musician (b. 1902)
  • Oct 18 Benedictus H Dancer, botanist, dies at 52
  • Oct 22 Josef Venantius von Woss, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 27 Bela Reinitz, composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 17 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer, dies at 74
  • Nov 22 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (I Could Write A Book, My Funny Valentine) and half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hart, dies of pneumonia from exposure after drinking heavily in NYC at 48
  • Nov 22 Pietro Alessandro Yon, Italian organist and composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 6 Hermann Löhr, British composer, dies at 72

Person of interestFats Waller

Dec 15 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin', Hot Chocolate), dies at 39

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • Dec 25 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer, dies at 62
  • Dec 25 Raymond Huntington Woodman, composer, dies at 82