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Events in Music


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Jan 18 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

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Jan 23 Arnold Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon" premieres in NYC

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

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Feb 7 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

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Mar 3 1st performance of corporal Samuel Barber's 2nd Symphony

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • Mar 5 1st performance of Walter Piston's 2nd Symphony
  • Apr 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 8th Symphony premieres in NY
  • May 3 "Meet Me in St Louis" opens on Broadway
  • May 3 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCary and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Best Picture 1945)
  • May 9 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes Governor of Louisiana
  • Aug 20 "Anna Lucasta" opens on Broadway
  • Aug 21 Grieg, Wright and Forrest's musical "Song of Norway" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 28 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)
  • Oct 5 Harold Arlen/ET Harburgs musical premieres in NYC
  • Oct 8 Samuel Barber's "Capricorn Concerto" premieres

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Oct 30 Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" premieres in Washinton DC

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • Dec 1 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres

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Dec 15 Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Dec 28 Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 246

  • Jan 2 Peter Eotvos, composer
  • Jan 3 David Atherton, English conductor
  • Jan 4 Volker Hornback, rocker (Tangerine Dream)
  • Jan 6 Van McCoy, US musician (The Hustle), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • Jan 7 Mike McGear, singer (Paul McCartney's brother), born in Liverpool, England

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Jan 9 Jimmy Page, rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London, England

Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • Jan 9 Scott Engel, vocalist (Walker Brothers-Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore)
  • Jan 10 Frank Sinatra Jr, American singer/bandleader (Golddigers), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Jan 11 York Georg Holler, composer
  • Jan 12 Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist
  • Jan 16 Jim Stafford, Eloise Fla, singer (Spiders & Snakes, My Girl Bill)
  • Jan 17 Françoise Hardy, French singer
  • Jan 18 Larry "Legs" Smith, rocker (Bonzo Dog Band-Urban Spaceman)
  • Jan 19 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, composer
  • Jan 19 Laurie London, English singer
  • Jan 21 Neely Bruce, American composer
  • Jan 23 Jerry Lawson, US singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk)
  • Jan 24 Klaus Nomi, German singer (d. 1983)
  • Jan 27 Kevin Coyne, English musician, born in Derby (d. 2004)
  • Jan 27 Nick Mason, English drummer (Pink Floyd), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 28 Arnold Muhren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats-Sailin' Home)
  • Jan 28 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (Chamber Bros-Time Has Come Today), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 28 John Tavener, composer (The Whale), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 28 Martin Fried, rocker (Cyrkle-Red Rubber Ball)
  • Jan 30 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 31 Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
  • Feb 1 Tommy Duffy, rocker (Echos)
  • Feb 2 Andrew Davis, Ashbridge, England, conductor (New Phil Orch-London)
  • Feb 2 Ursula Oppens, American pianist/co-founder (Speculum Musicae-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 3 Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • Feb 4 Florence LaRue Gordon, Penn, rocker (5th Dimension-One Less Bell)
  • Feb 5 Al Kooper, rock keyboards/vocalist (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die)
  • Feb 5 J R Cobb, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 6 Georgeanna Tillman, US singer (the Marvelettes), born in Inkster, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • Feb 10 Peter Allen, Australia, vocalist/pianist (I Go to Rio, Legs Diamond)
  • Feb 10 Rufus Reid, American musician, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 12 Moe Bandy, Meridian Ms, country vocalist (Just Good Ol' Boys)
  • Feb 15 Mick Avory, rock drummer (Kinks-Lola)
  • Feb 17 Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer
  • Feb 20 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 23 Johnny Winter, [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 23 Mike Maxfield, British rocker (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • Feb 24 Nicky Hopkins, rock pianist (Stones-Ruby Tuesday, Quicksilver)
  • Feb 29 David Briggs, record producer
  • Mar 1 Mike D'Abo, rock vocalist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)
  • Mar 1 Roger Daltrey, English rocker/actor/producer (The Who-Tommy)
  • Mar 2 Leif Segerstam, composer
  • Mar 4 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer/guitarist (Woman's Got to Have It), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • Mar 5 Lucio Battisti, Italian pop singer and composer, dies of cancer at 55
  • Mar 6 Kiri Te Kanawa, Gisborne NZ, operatic soprano (Don Giovanni)
  • Mar 6 Mary Wilson, vocalist (Supremes-Where Did Our Love Go), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 7 Townes Van Zandt, Texas, singer/songwriter (Kathleen, Loretta), (d. 1997)
  • Mar 8 Sergey Nikitin, Russian composer
  • Mar 8 Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • Mar 11 Ric Rothwell, drummer (Mindbenders-Games of Love)
  • Mar 15 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), born in Winchester, Hampshire (d. 2015)
  • Mar 15 Ralph MacDonald, rock percussionist (Graceland)
  • Mar 17 John Sebastian, American singer (Loving Spoonful, Welcome Back Kotter), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 17 Pat McCauley, N Ireland, rock drummer (Them)
  • Mar 19 Joseph Celli, composer
  • Mar 19 Myung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, cellist (Chung Trio)
  • Mar 21 Henrik Colding-Jorgensen, composer
  • Mar 21 Jamary Oliveira, composer
  • Mar 23 Michael Nyman, composer (Mesmer, Carrington)
  • Mar 26 Diana Ross, [Earle], (Supremes, Lady Sings Blues, Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 31 Rod Allen, [B Rodney Bainbridge] rock bassist/vocalist (Fortunes)
  • Mar 31 Mick Ralphs, English guitarist (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
  • Apr 3 Barry Pritchard, rock guitarist (Fortunes)
  • Apr 3 Tony Orlando, American singer (& Dawn-Tie a Yellow Ribbon), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 5 Dave Holland, heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law)
  • Apr 5 Nicholas Caldwell, Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Apr 6 Felicity Palmer, British mezzo-soprano
  • Apr 7 Carol Grimes, British singer (Delivery), born in London, England
  • Apr 10 Danny Woods, US musician (CEO of the Board)
  • Apr 12 John Kay [Joachim Krauledat], German-born Canadian rock singer (Steppenwolf), born in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
  • Apr 12 Karel Kryl, folk singer
  • Apr 13 Jack Casady, rock bassist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 15 Dave Edmunds, Wales, singer/guitarist (Rockpile-Baby I Love You)
  • Apr 15 Gerard Schoenaker, Dutch singer (Les Baroques)
  • Apr 16 Dennis Russell Davies, composer
  • Apr 17 John Lill, professor/pianist
  • Apr 18 Rudy Shackelford, composer
  • Apr 19 Bernie Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Apr 22 Joshua Rifkin, American conductor and musicologist who played a key rold in the ragtime revival of the 1970s, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 24 [Bernard] St Clair Lee [Calhoun], US singer (Rock the Boat)
  • Apr 24 Tony Visconti, US music producer (David Bowie's Space Oddity), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 27 Cuba Gooding, US singer (Everybody Plays the Fool)
  • Apr 27 Herb Pedersen, Berkley Ca, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited)
  • May 1 Rita Coolidge, singer (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 4 Peggy Santiglia, Belleville, New Jersey, American singer-songwriter (Angels)
  • May 7 Alison Margaret Bauld, composer
  • May 9 Richard Furay, Ohio, rock vocalist (Buffalo Springfield, Poco)
  • May 10 Jackie Lomax, English singer-songwriter (Is This What You Want), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2013)
  • May 12 James Purify, US singer (I'm Your Puppet)
  • May 13 Carolyn Franklin, US singer/songwriter (Baby Baby Baby, Angel)
  • May 14 Gene Cornish, rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • May 15 Ian "Tich" Amey, British rock musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury Wiltshire
  • May 16 Billy Cobham, Panama, jazz artist (Same Ole Love)
  • May 17 Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • May 17 Paul Crossley, concert pianist

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3 Comedian Jerry Lewis marries singer Patti Palmer

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

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Nov 11 Blues musician B.B. King (19) marries his first wife Martha Denton

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Country music star Hank Williams (21) weds Audrey Sheppard. It was her second marriage and his first.

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 19 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 1 Martin Lunssens, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 4 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  • Feb 7 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (b. 1874)
  • Feb 11 Ivan Sollertinski, friend of Russian composer D Sjostakovitsj, dies
  • Feb 16 Edmund von Borck, composer, dies at 37
  • Feb 19 Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, German composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 14 Pavel Grigor'yevich, composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 20 Felix Woyrsch, German composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 2 Mikulas Moyzes, composer, dies at 71
  • Apr 4 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
  • Apr 5 Willy Derby, [Dieben], singer (Hello Bandoeng), dies
  • Apr 9 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, composer, dies at 59
  • Apr 13 Cecile Chaminade, composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 18 Cécile Chamindale, composer, dies
  • Apr 22 Mezio Agostini, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • May 9 Ethel Mary Smyth, composer, dies at 86
  • May 16 Leone Sinigaglia, composer, dies at 75
  • Jun 5 Riccardo Zandonai, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 24 Rio Gebhardt, German composer, dies at 36
  • Jun 25 Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (b. 1906)
  • Jun 27 Werner Wehrli, composer, dies at 52
  • Jul 5 William Gillies Whittaker, composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 19 Will Marion Cook, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 27 Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 16 Roman Padlewski, composer, dies at 28
  • Aug 19 Henry J Wood, English conductor (My Life of Music, Proms), dies at 75
  • Aug 23 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 3 Frantisek Alois Drdla, composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 7 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Jan van Gilse, composer/Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 63
  • Sep 25 Leo Justinus Kauffmann, composer, dies at 43
  • Sep 26 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist ad critic, dies at 64
  • Oct 16 Eric Westberg, composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 17 Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer, murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp at 45 (b. 1899)
  • Oct 20 Gabriel Groulez, composer, dies at 65
  • Oct 30 Paul Emile Ladmirault, composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 12 Edgar Stillman Kelley, US composer (Gulliver), dies at 87
  • Nov 12 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), dies at 51
  • Nov 13 Paul Graener, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 14 Carl Flesch, Hungarian violinist, dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Vaclav Stepan, composer, dies at 54

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Dec 15 Glenn Miller, American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood), dies in a suspected plane crash at 40

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Dec 22 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, dies on 69th birthday
  • Dec 24 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 27 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist, dies at 77