On This Day

1946 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 5 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances
  • Jan 9 "Would-Be Gentleman" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Jan 12 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Jan 21 "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Feb 2 "Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Feb 6 "Lute Song" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 142 performances
  • Feb 8 Béla Bartók's 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Philadelphia, PA, US
  • Feb 13 "The Duchess Misbehaves" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 16 "The Duchess Misbehaves" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 7 "Three to Make Ready" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 323 performances
  • Mar 16 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto"

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • Mar 30 "St Louis Woman" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • Apr 5 1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony
  • Apr 14 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • Apr 18 Rome, Auerbach and Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 One-act ballet "Symphonic Variations" choreographed by Frederick Ashton with music by César Franck danced by Sandler's Wells Ballet debuts at Covent Garden, London

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 "Annie Get Your Gun" musical by Irving Berlin, Dorothy and Herbert Fields opens at Imperial Theater NYC, starring Ethel Merman and featuring "There's no Business Like Show Business"

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • May 26 Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
  • Jun 8 "Lute Song" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 142 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jun 14 Nat King Cole records "The Christmas Song" for the first time

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Jun 29 "Are You with It?" closes at Century Theater NYC after 264 performances
  • Jun 29 "Billion Dollar Baby" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 219 performances
  • Jul 6 "St Louis Woman" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Jul 8 "Tidbits of 1946" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jul 12 Benjamin Britten's "Rape of Lucretia" premieres at Glyndebourne Opera Festival
  • Jul 13 "Tidbits of 1946" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Aug 17 Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique" premieres
  • Sep 5 "Yours Is My Heart" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Sep 17 "Gypsy Lady" opens at Century Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • Sep 17 "If the Shoe Fits" opens at Century Theater NYC for 20 performances
  • Oct 5 "Yours Is My Heart" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 36 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 18 Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony premieres

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • Nov 4 "Park Avenue" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Nov 7 "Bal Negre" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 54 performances
  • Nov 23 "Gypsy Lady" closes at Century Theater NYC after 79 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Dec 14 "Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 performances
  • Dec 19 Noel Cowards musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London
  • Dec 20 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres
  • Dec 21 "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • Dec 22 "Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • Dec 26 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances
  • Dec 26 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 250

  • Jan 2 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)

Person of interestJohn Paul Jones

Jan 3 John Paul Jones [John Baldwin], English rock bassist and songwriter (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London

Musician John Paul Jones
Musician
John Paul Jones
  • Jan 4 Arthur Conley, McIntosh County, Georgia, US soul singer (Sweet Soul Music), (d. 2003)
  • Jan 4 Susannah McCorkle, American jazz singer (d. 2001)

Person of interestSyd Barrett

Jan 6 Syd Barrett, English guitarist and early vocalist of the band Pink Floyd, born in Cambridge, England (d. 2006)

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • Jan 7 Jann S Wenner, American publisher (Rolling Stone), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (Doors-Light My Fire), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 10 Aynsley Dunbar, English drummer (Journey, Jefferson Starship), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 10 Bob Lang, English bassist (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders)
  • Jan 11 Naomi Judd, [Diana Ellen], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)
  • Jan 11 Tony Kaye [Anthony John Selvidge], English musician (Yes), born in Leicester, England
  • Jan 12 Cynthia Robinson, American musician (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2015)
  • Jan 12 George Duke, American keyboard pioneer & composer, born in San Rafael, California (d. 2013)
  • Jan 13 Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
  • Jan 16 Katia Ricclarelli, Italian soprano & actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy

Person of interestDolly Parton

Jan 19 Dolly Parton, American country singer (Dolly, 9 to 5), born in Sevierville, Tennessee

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton

Person of interestMalcolm McLaren

Jan 22 Malcolm McLaren, British band manager (the Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 2010)

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • Jan 28 Rick Allen, Ark, rock bassist (Box Tops-Letter)
  • Jan 29 Bettye LaVette [Betty Jo Haskins], American soul singer (I've Got My Own Hell to Raise), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • Jan 31 Terry Kath, American musician & songwriter (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • Feb 2 Howard Bellamy, American pop and country vocalist (Bellamy Bros - Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • Feb 3 Stan Webb, English blues musician (Chicken Shack), born in London
  • Feb 6 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • Feb 6 Richie Hayward, American drummer (Little Feat), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • Feb 8 Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra, Mexican blues-rock drummer (Canned Heat), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 10 Kenneth "Kenny" Edwards, American musician and singer-songwriter (The Stone Poneys, Bryndle), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)
  • Feb 12 Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer and actress, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Feb 18 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 19 Paul Dean, rock guitarist/vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 19 Pierre van der Linden, Dutch drummer (Brainbox)
  • Feb 20 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 23 Norman "Rusty" Young, American rock musician, singer and songwriter (Poco- In the Heart of the Night, Crazy Love), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 1 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Blackburn (d. 2001)
  • Mar 1 Gerry Boulet, French-Canadian singer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 4 Ralph Kirshbaum, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival), born in Denton, Texas
  • Mar 5 Murray Head, British singer (One Night in Bangkok), born in London
  • Mar 5 Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 2007)

Person of interestDavid Gilmour

Mar 6 David Gilmour, English rock guitarist (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall), born in Cambridge, England

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • Mar 7 Matthew Fisher, English rock keyboardist (Procol Harum), born in London, England
  • Mar 7 Peter Wolf [Blankenfeild], American rock singer (J Giels Band-Centerfold, Freeze Frame), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Mar 8 Randy Meisner, rock bassist/vocalist (Poco, Eagles-Take it Easy)
  • Mar 9 Jim Cregan, English rock musician, born in Yeovil, Somerset
  • Mar 10 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Reconstruction, Honey Dripper)

Person of interestLiza Minnelli

Mar 12 Liza Minnelli, American singer/actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Mar 15 David Wall, English ballet dancers/director (Royal Academy of Dancing)
  • Mar 15 Howard Scott, San Pedro Cal, rock guitarist/vocalist (War, Cisco Kid)
  • Mar 16 Hubert Soudant, Dutch conductor
  • Mar 17 Harold Brown, rock drummer (War-Summer, Galaxy), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 17 Michael Peter Finnissey, composer
  • Mar 19 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies-Never Even Thought), born in Cuffley, Hertfordshire (d. 2004)
  • Mar 19 Ruth Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-I'm So Exicted)
  • Mar 20 Ranger Doug, [Douglas Green], Ill, singer (Riders in Sky-Cowboy Way)
  • Mar 22 Serge, [Ruud Schaap], Dutch singer/guitarist (Saskia & Serge)
  • Mar 24 Lee Oskar, Danish rock harmonicist (War-Why Can't We Be Friends)
  • Mar 24 Klaus Dinger, German musician (Neu!, Kraftwerk), born in Scherfede, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Mar 27 Olaf Malolepski, German musician (Die Flippers), born in Madgeburg, Germany
  • Mar 28 Richard Sussman, American jazz musician and composer
  • Mar 29 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), born in Manchester (d. 2007)
  • Mar 31 Al Nichol, rock guitarist/vocalist (Turtles), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Apr 1 John Barbata, drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)
  • Apr 1 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl), born in London, England
  • Apr 2 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 1997)
  • Apr 3 Dee Murray [David Murray Oates], English bassist (Elton John backing band), born in Gillingham, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • Apr 4 Dave Hill, English rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You), born in Holbeton, Devon
  • Apr 5 Jennifer Penney, Canadian ballerina, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Apr 5 Larry Frederick Wendt, American composer, born in Napa, California
  • Apr 6 Daniel Kortchmar, American musician, producer and songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 7 Barbara Benary, American composer (Gamelon Son Of Lion), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York (d. 2019)
  • Apr 9 Les Gray, English vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In), born in Carshalton, Surrey (d. 2004)
  • Apr 10 Armand [Herman van Loenhout], Dutch singer (Blommenkinders), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • Apr 10 Anne Boyd, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • Apr 12 René Krijnen, Dutch keyboardist (Les Baroques)
  • Apr 13 Al Green, American soul singer (Let's Stay Together), born in Forest City, Arkansas
  • Apr 14 Patrick Fairley, guitarist (Marmalade - "Ob La Di, Ob La Da")
  • Apr 18 Skip [Alexander Lee] Spence, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 18 Lenny Baker, American musician (Sha Na Na), born in Whitman, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Apr 21 Doug MacLeod, American blues musician (Blues Music Awards' Acoustic Artist of the Year, 2014, 2016 and 2017), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 24 Bruce Stuart Saylor, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, born in Nice, France (d. 2019)
  • Apr 25 Digby Fairweather, British jazz trumpeter, born in Rochford, Essex, England
  • Apr 28 Glenn Ross Campbell, American steel guitarist (The Misunderstood), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 28 Ginette Reno, French Canadian singer, songwriter and actress
  • May 1 Jerry Weiss, American jazz musician (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • May 1 Nick Fortuna, American rock bassist (The Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 2 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • May 7 Bill Danoff, American vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • May 7 Bill Kreutzmann, American rock drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Palo Alto, California
  • May 10 Graham Gouldman, English bassist and singer-songwriter (10cc), born in Manchester, England
  • May 10 Dave Mason, Worcester England, singer/songwriter (We Just Disagree)
  • May 10 Donovan [Philips Leitch], Scottish musician (Sunshine Superman, Catch the Wind), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 11 Plume Latraverse, Quebec singer and musician
  • May 14 Alan David Marks, pianist/composer
  • May 16 Robert Fripp, British guitarist (King Crimson), born in Wimborne Minster, Dorset
  • May 16 Roger Earl, English drummer (Foghat), born in London, England
  • May 17 Udo Lindenberg, German musician, born in Gronau, Westphalia

Person of interest Cher

May 20 Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask), born in El Centro, California

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • May 23 Danny Klein, American rock bassist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York
  • May 24 Steve Upton, British-Welsh rock drummer (Wishbone Ash-There's the Rub, Locked In), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • May 25 Timothy "Tim" Hinkley, British singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Jody Grind), born in London
  • May 26 Mick Ronson, English musician (d. 1993)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 30 Actress Doris Day (23) weds saxophonist George Weidler

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 24 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson (49) weds Margaret Elizabeth Nelson at the Chautauqua Institution in New York

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Playwright Moss Hart (41) weds singer and actress Kitty Carlisle (35)

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 16 Famous ballet choreographer George Balanchine (42) weds ballerina Maria Tallchief (21)

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Ballerina
Maria Tallchief

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 11 "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock 'n' roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 5 Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
  • Jan 7 Adamo Didur, Polish tenor (b. 1874)
  • Jan 17 Gottfried Rudinger, German composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 18 Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 29 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), dies at 84
  • Feb 20 Hugh Allen, musician, dies
  • Mar 13 Thomas Frederick Dunhill, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 23 Alexandru Zirra, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 24 Gustaf Heintze, Swedish composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 5 Vincent Youmans, American composer and songwriter (Tea for Two), dies at 47
  • Apr 13 William Henry Bell, English composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 23 Jesus Castillo, Guatemalan composer, dies at 68
  • May 1 Edward Bairstow, English composer, dies at 71
  • May 1 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, dies at 42
  • May 25 Patty Smith Hill, American composer, teacher and songwriter (Happy Birthday to You), dies at 78
  • Jun 1 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jun 16 Miloje Milojevic, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 21 Heinrich Kaminski, German composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 30 Michael Zadora, composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 8 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Russian composer {Alexnadrov Ensemble}, dies at 63
  • Aug 13 Valery Viktorovich Zhelobinsky, composer, dies at 33
  • Aug 29 Milan Harašta, Czech composer, dies at 26
  • Aug 31 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63
  • Sep 3 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • Sep 16 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63
  • Oct 16 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), dies at 78
  • Nov 5 Sigismond Stojowski, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 6 Zygmunt Denis Antoni Stojowski, composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 14 Manuel de Falla, Spanish composer (b. 1876)
  • Nov 24 Alfonso Broqua, Uruguayan composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 6 Maximilian Steinberg, Russian composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 15 Gordon Frederic Norton, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 28 Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer, dies at 65