1945 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 13 Prokofchev's 5th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 15 "Make Mine Manhattan" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 429 performances
  • Jan 27 S Romberg, H&D Fields' musical premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 "Rum & Coca Cola" by Andrews Sisters hits #1

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 15 17th Academy Awards: "Going My Way", Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman win

Actress Ingrid Bergman
Actress
Ingrid Bergman
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Mar 15 Billboard publishes its 1st album chart (King Cole Trio is #1)

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Mar 27 Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record "It's Only a Paper Moon"

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Apr 19 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway
  • Jun 5 Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" premieres in London
  • Aug 30 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 9th Symphony

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Oct 3 Elvis Presley's 1st public appearance at the age of 10

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Oct 27 "Carib Song" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Nov 8 "Girl from Nantucket" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Nov 10 "Are You with It?" opens at Century Theater NYC for 264 performances
  • Nov 17 "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 performances

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Nov 18 Arnold Schoenberg's Prelude for orchestra & mixed choir, premieres

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Nov 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 9th Symphony under J Mravinski premieres
  • Nov 22 "Day before Spring" opens at National Theater NYC for 167 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 26 Charlie "Bird" Parker leads a record date for the Savoy label, marketed as the "greatest Jazz session ever"

Jazz Saxophonist and Composer Charlie
Jazz Saxophonist and Composer
Charlie "Bird" Parker
  • Dec 21 "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances

Birthdays in Music

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  • Jan 3 Stephen Stills, songwriter/guitarist (Cosby Stills & Nash), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 4 Jay Dee Maness, Loma Linda Ca, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited)
  • Jan 7 Dave Cousins [David Joseph Hindson], English singer-songwriter (Strawbs), born in Hounslow, England
  • Jan 8 John Peters, rock drummer (Harpers Bizarre)
  • Jan 8 Terry Sylvester, rocker (Hollies)

Person of interestRod Stewart

Jan 10 Rod Stewart, British singer (Maggie Mae, Do You Think I'm Sexy), born in London, England

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Jan 12 Maggie Bell, rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jan 14 Maina Gielgud, British ballet dancer and administrator
  • Jan 17 William Hart, US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry)
  • Jan 17 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter
  • Jan 19 Charles Amirkhanian, composer
  • Jan 20 Eric Stewart, rock guitarist (10cc-I'm Not in Love)
  • Jan 21 Chris Britton, rocker (Troggs-Rock & Roll Goldmine)
  • Jan 26 Jacqueline du Pré, English cellist (d. 1987)
  • Jan 28 José Luis Perales, Spanish singer
  • Jan 28 Robert Wyatt, English musician
  • Jan 30 Robert Wittinger, composer
  • Jan 31 Noah Creshevsky, composer
  • Feb 1 Ole Buck, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen
  • Feb 2 Ronnie Goodson, American singer (Hi-Lites), born in New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • Feb 3 Johnny Cymbal, rocker (Mr Bass Man)
  • Feb 3 Willeke Alberti, [Verbruggen], Dutch vocalist/actress (Small Truth)

Person of interestBob Marley

Feb 6 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician and singer-songwriter (Wailers-No Woman), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Feb 12 Joe Schermie, US bass player (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2002)
  • Feb 13 Keith Nichols, jazz pianist
  • Feb 13 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • Feb 13 Roy Dyke, rock drummer (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 14 Gregory Hines, American actor/dancer (White Nights, Taps), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 14 Vic Briggs, England, rocker (Animals)
  • Feb 15 John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
  • Feb 20 Alan Hull, singer/composer
  • Feb 22 Oliver [William Oliver Swofford], American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean), born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • Feb 25 Elkie Brooks, rocker (Pearl's a Singer), born in Manchester, England
  • Feb 26 Mitch Ryder, rocker (& Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress)
  • Feb 28 Ronnie Rosman, rocker (Tommy James Shondells-Crystal Blue Persuasion)
  • Mar 4 Dieter Meier, Swiss singer/children book writer (Yello)
  • Mar 6 Hugh Grundy, Winchester England, drummer (Zombies-She's Not There)
  • Mar 7 Arthur Lee, rocker (Vindicator)
  • Mar 8 Micky Dolenz, actor (Circus Boy)/singer (Monkees), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 8 Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • Mar 9 Laura Lee, [Rundless], singer (Dirty Man, Women's Love Rights)
  • Mar 9 Robin Trower, guitarist (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale), born in London, England
  • Mar 9 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), born in Pretoria (d. 1988)
  • Mar 11 Harvey Mandel, rock guitarist (Drei Amerikanische LP's)
  • Mar 12 Hans van Emden, Dutch guitarist (Les Baroques)
  • Mar 14 Herman[us J] van Veen, Neth, cabaretier/singer/composer/writer
  • Mar 14 Michael Martin Murphey, country singer (Wildfire), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Mar 14 Walt Parazaider, rock saxophonist (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 17 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (d. 1982)
  • Mar 18 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), born in Glasgow (d. 2009)
  • Mar 21 Rosemary Stone, vocalist/pianist (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People)
  • Mar 21 Vernon Guy, US gospel singer (Cool Sounds, Sharpees)
  • Mar 22 Alan Opie, baritone (Boughton Bethlehem, Britten 5 Canticles)
  • Mar 22 Charles "Chuck" Jackson, US singer (Playboy, Independents)
  • Mar 23 Franco Battiato, Italian singer, songwriter and filmmaker
  • Mar 28 Chuck Portz, bassist (Turtles-Happy Together), born in Santa Monica, California

Person of interestEric Clapton

Mar 30 Eric Clapton, English singer and guitarist (Tears in Heaven), born in Ripley, Surrey, England

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Apr 1 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • Apr 7 Megas, Icelandic singer, songwriter and writer
  • Apr 9 Gus Hardin, [Carol Ann Blankenship], country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Apr 12 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 13 Lowell George, rock vocalist/guitarist (Little Feat-Time is a Hero)
  • Apr 13 Raymond van Geytenbeek, Dutch singer/drummer (Les Baroques)
  • Apr 13 Stacy Johnson, US singer (Sharpees-Tired of Being Alone)

Person of interestRitchie Blackmore

Apr 14 Ritchie Blackmore, English guitarist (Rainbow-Stone Cold, Deep Purple), born in Weston-super-Mare, England

  • Apr 16 Stefan Grossman, American country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 20 Jimmy Winston, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park), born in London, England
  • Apr 21 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (d. 2000)
  • Apr 24 Doug Clifford, rock drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary)
  • Apr 24 Eugene O'Brien, American composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Apr 24 Robert Knight, American singer (Everlasting Love), born in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Apr 24 Doug Riley, Canadian musician (d. 2007)
  • Apr 25 Björn Ulvaeus, Swedish songwriter, producer and singer (ABBA), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Apr 25 Michael Kogel, German musician, born in Berlin
  • Apr 25 Stu Cook, rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary)
  • Apr 29 Tammi Terrell [Thomasina Montgomery], singer (Ain't No Mountain High Enough), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • May 2 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Kinks-Waterloo Sunset)
  • May 2 Goldy McJohn, rocker (Steppenwolf)
  • May 2 Randy Cain, US soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics)
  • May 2 Robert Henrit, England, rocker (Argent)
  • May 2 Judge Dread, English musician (d. 1998)
  • May 4 George Wadenius, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • May 5 Jiri Svoboda, composer (Accumulator 1)
  • May 6 Bob Seger, Dearborn Mich, rock & Roll artist (Silver Bullet Band-Shake Down)
  • May 6 Victoria Bond, composer
  • May 8 Keith Jarrett, jazz musician/film composer (Nachtfahrer)
  • May 9 Steve Katz, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • May 10 Pamelo Mounk'a, musician
  • May 12 Jayotis Washington, rocker
  • May 12 Ian McLagan, English rocker (Faces), born in Hounslow, Middlesex, (d. 2014)
  • May 15 Lasse Berghagen, Swedish singer
  • May 16 Nicky Chinn, English songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)

Person of interestPete Townshend

May 19 Peter Townshend, English rock guitarist, vocalist and composer (The Who-Tommy), born in London, England

  • May 23 Misty Morgan, country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard)
  • May 26 Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)
  • May 27 Bruce Cockburn, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • May 28 John Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California
  • May 29 Gary Brooker, rock keyboardist (Procol Harum)
  • May 30 Steve Smith, American singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 1 Linda Scott, singer (Hey Look at Me Now)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Actress Ava Gardner (22) weds band leader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Vit Nejedly, Czech composer, dies at the front during WWII at 33
  • Jan 3 Théodore "Fyodor" Akimenko, Ukrainian composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 14 Sandor Vandor, composer, dies at 43
  • Jan 22 Carlo Felice Boghen, composer, dies a day before 76th birthday
  • Jan 30 William Busch, composer, dies at 43
  • Feb 3 José Roló, Mexican composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 10 Juan de Hernandez, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 11 Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
  • Mar 3 Koos Speenhoff, Dutch singer, killed in bombing raid at 75
  • Mar 6 Rudolph Karel, Czech composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 13 Herbert Bedford, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 30 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • Apr 5 Huldreich Georg Fruh, composer, dies at 41
  • Apr 24 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, dies at 61
  • May 1 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer, dies at 59
  • May 13 Tubby Hall, American musician (b. 1895)
  • Jun 7 Ruben Marcos Campos, composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 26 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 54
  • Jun 26 Nikolay Nikolayevich Tcherepnin, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 2 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, composer (Donna Diana), dies at 85
  • Aug 2 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), dies at 81
  • Aug 16 Nico Richter, composer, dies at 29
  • Aug 17 Gino Marinuzzi, composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 10 Vaino Raitio, composer, dies at 54
  • Sep 15 Anton Friedrich Wilhelm von Webern, Austrian composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 16 John McCormack, Irish singer (Irish national anthem/folk songs), dies
  • Sep 18 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist (b. 1897)
  • Sep 26 Béla Bartok, Hungarian pianist and composer (Concerto for Orchestra), dies at 64
  • Nov 3 Alessandro Longo, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 11 Jerome Kern, US composer (Sally, Leave it to Jane), dies at 60
  • Dec 1 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 8 Alexander Siloti, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 13 Vittorio Mario Vanzo, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 14 Constantino Gaito, composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 24 Francisco Pujol, composer, dies at 67