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Year 1945 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 13 Sergei Prokofiev's 5th Symphony premieres by the USSR State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Prokofiev, in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
  • 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 awardsAcademy 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)

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Richard Strauss completes his "Metamorphosis"

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • Apr 19 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 5 Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 Noël Coward's revue "Sigh no More" premieres in London

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 9th Symphony

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Music releaseMusic Recording

Nov 26 Charlie "Bird" Parker leads recording session for the Savoy label marketed as the "greatest Jazz session ever" with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis

Jazz Saxophonist and Composer Charlie
Jazz Saxophonist and Composer
Charlie "Bird" Parker
Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 26 "Brief Encounter", based on Noël Coward's one-act play "Still Life", directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard is released

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
Actor Trevor Howard
Actor
Trevor Howard
  • Dec 21 "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 264

  • Jan 3 Stephen Stills, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"; Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 4 JayDee Maness, American pedal steel guitar player (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Loma Linda, California
  • Jan 7 Dave Cousins [David Joseph Hindson], English singer-songwriter (Strawbs), born in Hounslow, England

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, Scottish rock vocalist, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jan 14 Maina Gielgud, British ballet dancer and administrator, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 17 William Hart, American singer (4 Gents; Delfonics - "I'm Sorry"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 17 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter, born in Gwalior, India
  • Jan 17 Ivan Karabits, Ukrainian composer, conductor, and educator, born in Yalta, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine (d. 2002)
  • Jan 19 Charles Amirkhanian, American composer, born in Fresno, California
  • Jan 20 Eric Stewart, English rock singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer (10cc - "I'm Not in Love"), born in Droylsden, United Kingdom
  • Jan 21 Chris Britton, British rock guitarist (Troggs - "Wild Thing"; "Love Is All Around"), born in Watford, England
  • Jan 26 Jacqueline du Pré, English cellist, born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 1987)
  • Jan 26 Ashley Hutchings, British folk-rock bassist, vocalist, songwriter, and record producer (Fairport Convention; Steeleye Span), born in Southgate, London England
  • Jan 28 José Luis Perales, Spanish pop singer-songwriter ("Quisiera Decir tu Nombre" (I Would Like to Say Your Name)), born Castejón, Spain
  • Jan 28 Robert Wyatt, English progressive rock musician (Soft Machine), born in Bristol, England
  • Jan 30 Robert Wittinger, Austrian-born German composer, born in Knittelfeld, Austria
  • Jan 31 Noah Creshevsky, American electroacoustic composer, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2020)
  • Feb 1 Ole Buck, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 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 (Exodus, One Love), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Feb 12 Joe Schermie, American bass player (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2002)
  • Feb 13 Keith Nichols, English jazz musician, born in Essex, England
  • Feb 13 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • Feb 13 Roy Dyke, English rock drummer (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 14 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights, Taps), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • Feb 14 Vic Briggs, England, rocker (Animals)
  • Feb 15 John Helliwell, British rock Saxophonist (Supertramp - "The Logical Song"), born in Todmorden, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Feb 16 Pete Christlieb, American jazz bebop saxophonist (Deacon Blues, Unforgettable), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 20 Alan Hull, British folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Lindisfarne - "Lady Eleanor"), born in Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1995)
  • Feb 22 Oliver [William Oliver Swofford], American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean), born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • Feb 23 John Halsey, British rock drummer (The Rutles - "Barry Wom"), born in Highgate, North London
  • Feb 25 Elkie Brooks [Elaine Bookbinder], British rock singer ("Pearl's A Singer"), born in Manchester, England
  • Feb 26 Mitch Ryder, American rocker (& Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress), born in Hamtramck, Michigan
  • Feb 28 Ronnie Rosman, American rock organist, and accordion player (Tommy James & The Shondells - "I Think We're Alone Now"; "Crystal Blue Persuasion"), born in Greensburg, PA
  • Mar 2 Derek Watkins, British trumpet player and composer ("The Spy Who Loved Me"; "Skyfall"), born in Reading, England (d. 2013)
  • Mar 4 Dieter Meier, Swiss singer/children book writer (Yello)
  • Mar 6 Hugh Grundy, British rock drummer (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), born in Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • Mar 7 Arthur Lee, American rock singer-songwriter (Love - Forever Changes; Vindicator), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • Mar 8 Micky Dolenz, American singer and actor (Circus Boy, The Monkees), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 8 Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • Mar 9 Laura Lee, American soul and gospel singer (Dirty Man, Women's Love Rights), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 9 Robin Trower, English 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 Chuck Jackson, American singer (Playboy, Independents), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Mar 23 Franco Battiato, Italian singer, songwriter and filmmaker
  • Mar 28 Chuck Portz, bassist (Turtles-Happy Together), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 29 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), born in Ealing, London (d. 2002)

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
  • Mar 30 Richard Evans, British graphic designer, album cover designer (The Who; The Doors; Pink Floyd; Louis Armstrong), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire
  • Apr 1 John Barbata, American drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Elenore), born in Passiac, New Jersey
  • 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 [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • Apr 12 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 12 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • Apr 13 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Little Feat - Dixie Chicken), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1979)
  • Apr 13 Stacy Johnson, American 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 19 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), born in Pendleton, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • Apr 19 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer and co-founder and guitarist for We Five, born in Riverside County, California (d. 2002)
  • Apr 20 Jimmy Winston [James Langwith], British organist and actor (Doctor Who, Small Faces), born in London, England
  • Apr 21 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (d. 2000)
  • Apr 24 Doug Clifford, American rock drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 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 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, American rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 26 Michael "Mike" Finnigan, American keyboard player and vocalist, born in Troy, Ohio
  • Apr 29 Tammi Terrell [Thomasina Montgomery], singer (Ain't No Mountain High Enough), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • May 1 Rita Coolidge, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 2 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • May 2 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • May 2 Judge Dread [Alexander Hughes] English reggae musician, born in Kent, England (d. 1998)
  • May 4 Georg Wadenius, Swedish rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 6 Bob Seger, American singer and songwriter (Old Time Rock and Roll, Hollywood Nights), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 6 Victoria Bond, American conductor and composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 7 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2004)
  • May 7 Christy Moore, Irish folk singer and songwriter, born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  • May 8 Keith Jarrett, American jazz and classical pianist and composer (The Köln Concert), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • May 9 Steve Katz, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • May 12 "Little" Jayotis Washington, American cappella singer (The Persuasions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 12 Ian McLagan, English rock keyboardist (Small Face; Faces), born in Hounslow, Middlesex, (d. 2014)
  • May 13 Magic Dick [Richard Salwitz], American harmonicaist and musician (J Geils Band- "Centerfold"), born in New London, Connecticut
  • May 13 Louis "Blue Lou" Marini, American saxophonist, arranger, and composer (Blues Brothers), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • May 15 Lasse Berghagen, Swedish pop singer-songwriter (Teddybjörnen Fredriksson), born in Enskede, Sweden

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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 Sándor Vándor, Hungarian Jewish composer, murdered in the Holocaust at 43 [1]
  • Jan 22 Carlo Felice Boghen, composer, dies a day before 76th birthday
  • Jan 27 Gideon Klein, Moravian pianist and composer, dies in a Nazi labor camp at 26 (date approximate)
  • Jan 30 William Busch, British composer, dies at 43
  • Feb 3 José Roló, Mexican composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 11 Al Dubin, Swiss-American songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
  • Mar 3 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, killed in bombing raid at 75
  • Mar 6 Rudolf Karel, Czech composer (Three Hairs of the Wise Old Man), dies of dysentery and pneumonia while in Theresienstadt concentration camp at 64
  • Mar 13 Herbert Bedford, English author and composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 30 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • Apr 24 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, dies at 61
  • May 1 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, dies at 59
  • May 13 Tubby Hall, American musician (b. 1895)
  • Jun 7 Rubén M. Campos, Mexican novelist (Claudio Oranos) and musicologist (El folklore y la musica mexicana), 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, Austrian composer (Donna Diana), dies at 85
  • Aug 2 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), dies at 81
  • Aug 16 Nico Richter, Dutch composer, dies at 29
  • Aug 17 Gino Marinuzzi, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 10 Väinö Raitio, Finnish composer, dies at 54
  • Sep 15 Anton (Friedrich Wilhelm) von Webern, Austrian composer, shot by American soldier on patrol at 61
  • Sep 16 John McCormack, Irish-American tenor (Irish folksongs), dies at 61
  • Sep 18 "Blind" Willie Johnson, American gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), dies of malarial fever, syphilis and blindness at 48

Person of interestBéla Bartok

Sep 26 Béla Bartok, Hungarian composer and pianist (Concerto for Orchestra), dies at 64

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • Nov 3 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 80

Person of interestJerome Kern

Nov 11 Jerome Kern, American composer (Sally, Leave it to Jane), dies at 60

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern
  • Dec 1 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 8 Alexander Siloti, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 14 Constantino Gaito, Argentinian composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 24 Francisco Pujol, composer, dies at 67