1947 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 4 "Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 4 "Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 417 performances
  • Jan 9 "Street Scene" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 148 performances
  • Jan 9 Roger Sessions' 2nd Symphony premieres in San Francisco
  • Jan 10 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 725 performances
  • Jan 18 "Red Mill" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 831 performances
  • Jan 21 "Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances
  • Jan 21 Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel
  • Feb 15 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" closes at Century Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Feb 16 Morton Gould's 3rd Symphony, premieres
  • Feb 18 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 12 "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater NYC for 69 performances
  • Mar 13 "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 581 performances
  • Mar 29 "Beggar's Holiday" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 111 performances
  • Apr 3 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 108 performances
  • Apr 26 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
  • May 10 "Chocolate Soldier" closes at Century Theater NYC after 69 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • May 17 "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 148 performances
  • Jun 2 "Louisiana Lady" opens at Century Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Jun 4 "Louisiana Lady" closes at Century Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Jul 5 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 108 performances
  • Aug 1 "Medium & The Telephone" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 211 performances
  • Sep 27 "Sweethearts" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 288 performances
  • Oct 2 "Music in My Heart" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 124 performances
  • Oct 3 "Under the Counter" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 27 performances
  • Oct 9 Julie Styne & Sam Cohn's musical "High Button Shoes" premieres in NYC for 727 performances
  • Oct 10 Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Allegro" premieres at Majestic Theater NYC for 318 performances
  • Oct 25 "Under the Counter" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 27 performances
  • Oct 30 Darius Milhauds 3rd Symphony "Hymnus Ambrosianus," premieres in Paris
  • Nov 1 "Medium & The Telephone" closes at Barrymore NYC after 211 performances
  • Dec 8 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • Dec 11 Bob Hilliard and Sigman's musical "Angel in the Wings" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Dec 13 "Caribbean Carnival" closes at International NYC after 11 performances
  • Dec 26 "Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater NYC for 34 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 239

  • Jan 1 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer
  • Jan 1 Paula Tsui, Hong Kong singer
  • Jan 4 Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • Jan 6 Sandy Denny, country singer (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England
  • Jan 7 David Porcelijn, Dutch composer/conductor

Person of interestDavid Bowie

Jan 8 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jan 13 John Lees, British progressive rock guitarist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham
  • Jan 17 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer
  • Jan 21 Jimmy Ibbotson, Penn, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • Jan 21 Pye Hastings, English singer and musician (Caravan)
  • Jan 21 Michel Jonasz, French singer and composer
  • Jan 24 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Excitable Boy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Jan 26 Michel Sardou, French singer
  • Jan 27 Nedra Telley, American vocalist (Ronettes-Be My Little Baby), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer (d. 1999)
  • Jan 29 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), born in Epping, England (d. 1985)
  • Jan 29 Marián Varga, Slovak musician
  • Jan 30 Martin Christoph Redel, composer
  • Jan 30 Steve Marriott, rock guitarist/vocalist (Humble Pie-Eat It, Faces)
  • Jan 31 Jim Nollman, American theatre composer, born in Boston
  • Feb 1 Mike Brant, Israeli pop singer (d. 1975)
  • Feb 1 Normie Rowe, Australian singer
  • Feb 2 Derek Shulman, Scottish musician (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow
  • Feb 2 Peter Lucia, rock drummer (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue)
  • Feb 3 Chose Alberts, [Krommenhoek], vocalist (Yet Many Years)
  • Feb 3 Dave Davies, rock vocalist/guitarist (Kinks-Lola), born in London, England
  • Feb 3 Koos Alberts, [Krommenhoek], Dutch vocalist (Many More Years to Come)
  • Feb 3 Melanie, [Safka], Astoria, vocalist/songwriter (Candles in Rain)
  • Feb 9 Joe Ely, Amarillo Tx, country vocalist (Honky Tonk Masquerade)
  • Feb 9 Major Harris, American R&B singer (Love Won't Let Me Wait), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • Feb 10 Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
  • Feb 10 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • Feb 11 Joselito, Spanish singer
  • Feb 12 Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
  • Feb 13 Tony Butler, rock bassist (Big Country-It's a Big Country, Wonderland)
  • Feb 14 Tim Buckley, singer-songwriter, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • Feb 15 John Adams, composer (Nixon in China), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 15 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana) (d. 2000)
  • Feb 17 Ben Cramer, Dutch vocalist (Clown)
  • Feb 18 Dennis De Young, vocalist (Styx-Babe), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Lonnie Turner, bassist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
  • Feb 24 Rupert Holmes, English musician
  • Feb 27 Gidon Kremer, Riga Latvia, violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970)
  • Feb 27 Louis Clark, British musical arranger and keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Kempston, England
  • Mar 1 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Mar 4 Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
  • Mar 5 Eddie Hodges, Miss, actor/singer (High Hopes, Adv of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Mar 5 Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer
  • Mar 6 Kiki Dee, Yorkshire England, singer (Don't Go Breaking My Heart)
  • Mar 7 Donna Loren, singer/actress (Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 8 Mike Allsup, Modesto Ca, rock guitarist (Three Dog Night)
  • Mar 8 Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter (On My Own, That's What Friends Are For) and wife of Burt Bacharach, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Mar 10 Tom Scholz, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Boston-More Than a Feeling)
  • Mar 11 Mark Stein, singer/organist/keyboardist (Vanilla Fudge)
  • Mar 13 Lesley Collier, English ballet dancer, born in Orpington, England
  • Mar 13 Beat Richner, Swiss physician (founder of children's hospitals in Cambodia) and cellist, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Mar 15 Ry[land] Cooder, LA, blues guitarist (Crossroads)
  • Mar 15 Stomu Yamash'ta, composer
  • Mar 17 Ian Gomm, rock guitarist
  • Mar 17 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • Mar 18 Barry Wilson, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale)
  • Mar 18 Elliot Ray Scheiner, American Grammy winning music producer, mixer and engineer (History of the Eagles), born in the US
  • Mar 20 Carl Palmer, drummer (Asia-Heat of the Moment, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
  • Mar 21 Franco Mussida, Italian progessive rock musician (Premiata Forneria Marconi), born in Milan
  • Mar 22 Harry Vanda, [Vandenberg], Hague Neth, rock guitarist (Easybeats)
  • Mar 24 Mike Kellie, rock drummer (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • Mar 24 Meiko Kaji, Japanese singer and actress

Person of interestElton John

Mar 25 Elton John [Reginald Kenneth Dwight], English singer (Rocketman), born in Pinner, Middlesex

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Mar 26 Carmen Krolis, Suriname/Neth singer
  • Mar 31 Al Goodman, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown)
  • Apr 1 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • Apr 2 Emmylou Harris, American country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 4 Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Apr 6 Tony Cooner, Essex, drummer (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • Apr 7 Patricia Bennett, US singer (He's So Fine)
  • Apr 7 Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • Apr 7 Charles 'skip' Pitts, soul and blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • Apr 8 Steve Howe, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout), born in London, England
  • Apr 8 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Apr 10 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 13 Thanos Mikroutsikos, Greek composer & former minister
  • Apr 15 Bojoura, [Raina GB van Melzen], Dutch singer/wife of Hans Cleuver
  • Apr 15 Michael DeBello, singer (Maniac)
  • Apr 15 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
  • Apr 15 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 2010)
  • Apr 16 Gerry Rafferty, Paisley Scotland, guitarist/vocalist (Baker Street)
  • Apr 17 Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • Apr 19 Murray Perahia, American pianist (Avery Fischer Prize-1975, Grammy 1988), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 20 Björn Skifs, Swedish singer (Blue Swede), born in Vansbro, Dalarna, Sweden

Person of interestIggy Pop

Apr 21 Iggy Pop [James Osterberg], American rocker (Zombie Birdhouse), born in Muskegon, Michigan

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • Apr 21 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • Apr 22 Barry Guy, English composer and double bass player, born in London
  • Apr 23 Saskia, [Trudy van den Berg], singer (S & Serge, Spinning Wheel)
  • Apr 23 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull-Thick as a Brick), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 24 Hubert Ann Kelly, US singer (Hues Corporation/Rock the boat)
  • Apr 25 Bill Fontana, composer
  • Apr 27 Ann Peebles, Missouri, singer (I Can't Stand the Rain)
  • Apr 27 Herbie Murrell, US soul singer (Stylistics-You are My Everything)
  • Apr 27 Pete Ham, Welsh rock vocalist (Badfinger-Come & Get It), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Apr 27 Peter Gena, American composer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 10 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (30) weds bass player Ray Brown (21)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 11 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born singer and entertainer (b. 1879)
  • Jan 26 Grace Moore, American soprano/actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • Jan 28 Reynaldo Hahn, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Luigi Russolo, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 8 Ernest Samuel Williams, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 5 Alfredo Casella, Italian composer and conductor (La Giara), dies at 63
  • Mar 6 Ludwig Weber, composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 11 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • Mar 19 Willem F J Pijper, Dutch composer/critic, dies at 52
  • Mar 28 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, composer, dies at 57
  • Apr 6 Vaclav Kapral, composer, dies at 58
  • Apr 9 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, composer, dies at 43
  • May 11 Ture Rangstrom, composer, dies at 62
  • May 30 Sidney Nicholson, English composer, dies at 72
  • May 30 Georg von Trapp, Austrian WWI submarine commander and inspiration for "The Sound of Music" character, dies at 67
  • May 31 Henri Casadesus, French violist/composer (viola d'amour), dies at 67
  • Jun 2 Herman Darewsky, British composer, dies at 64
  • Jun 12 Jazeps Medins, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 1 Clarence Lucas, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 12 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • Jul 15 Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (b. 1893)
  • Jul 24 Ernest Austin, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 13 Johan H T Norlind, Swedish musicologist, dies
  • Sep 12 Harry Rowe Shelley, composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 28 Francisco Santiago, composer, dies at 58
  • Oct 6 Leevi Antti Madetoya, composer, dies at 60
  • Oct 29 Theodore Samuel Holland, composer, dies at 69