1948 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 9 Walter Piston's 3rd Symphony in E, premieres in Boston
  • Jan 10 "Call Me Mister" closes at National Theater NYC after 734 performances
  • Jan 13 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • Jan 24 "Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • Jan 29 "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • Feb 7 "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater NYC after 34 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Mar 20 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90
  • Mar 21 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • Mar 27 Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall
  • Apr 30 "Inside USA" opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances
  • May 6 "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • May 18 "Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • May 24 Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres in Cambridge
  • Jun 3 The musical "Sleepy Hollow" opens at St James Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Jun 5 "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" single released by Stan Jones

  • Jun 8 "Sally" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Jun 12 "Hold It!" closes at National Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Jun 12 The musical "Sleepy Hollow" closes at St James Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 12 "William Tell" French opera by Gioachino Rossini premieres in Salle Le Peletier, Paris
  • Jul 10 "Allegro" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 318 performances
  • Jul 10 "Ballet Ballads" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 62 performances
  • Jul 10 "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 188 performances
  • Jul 18 "Marinka" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 168 performances
  • Jul 31 "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances
  • Aug 8 "Hold It!" opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Sep 4 "Angel in the Wings" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Sep 6 "Mr Strauss Goes to Boston" opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Sep 9 "Hilarities (of 1949)" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Sep 15 "Small Wonder" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 134 performances
  • Sep 16 "Heaven on Earth" opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Sep 16 "Mr Strauss Goes to Boston" closes at Century NYC after 12 performances
  • Sep 18 "Hilarities (of 1949)" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Sep 20 "Magdalena" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Sep 25 "Heaven on Earth" closes at Century Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Sep 27 "Carib Song" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Oct 2 "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 725 performances
  • Oct 6 "Polonaise" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • Oct 11 "Love Life" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 252 performances
  • Oct 11 "Where's Chartev?" opens at St James Theater NYC for 792 performances
  • Oct 16 "Red Mill" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 831 performances
  • Oct 19 "My Romance" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 95 performances
  • Nov 13 "As the Girls Go" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 420 performances
  • Nov 29 1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)
  • Dec 4 "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances
  • Dec 8 "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances
  • Dec 16 "Lend an Ear" opens at National Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Dec 29 "Rape of Lucretia" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Dec 30 "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 239

  • Jan 3 Larry McNeeley, banjo player (Glen Campbell Hour), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • Jan 7 Kaz Lux, Poland/Netherland, singer
  • Jan 7 Kenny Loggins, American singer (Loggins and Messina-This is it, Footloose), born in Everett, Washington
  • Jan 9 Bill Cowsill, rock guitarist/vocals (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), Newport, Rhode Island

Person of interestDonald Fagen

Jan 10 Donald Fagen, American rock vocalist and keyboardist (Steely Dan), born in Passaic, New Jersey

Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen
  • Jan 10 Mischa Maisky, Latvian cellist
  • Jan 12 John Etheridge, British guitarist (Soft Machine), born in Lambeth, England
  • Jan 14 Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett, American musician and producer, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 15 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jan 17 Mick Taylor, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
  • Jan 17 Anne Queffélec, French pianist
  • Jan 20 Melvyn "Mel" Pritchard, British progressive rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2004)
  • Jan 22 Gilbert Levine, American conductor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 23 Anita Pointer, rock vocalist (Pointer Sisters-She's So Shy), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 24 Michael Des Barres, British actor and rock singer
  • Jan 26 Laurence "Corky" Laing, Canadian rock drummer and songwriter (Mountain, Cork), born in Montreal, Canada
  • Jan 27 Mikhail Baryshnikov, Riga Latvia, ballet dancer (That's Dancing)
  • Jan 29 Felice Taylor, R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On)
  • Jan 29 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Person of interestRick James

Feb 1 Rick James [James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.], American funk musician ("Super Freak"), born in Buffalo New York (d. 2004)

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James

Person of interestAlice Cooper

Feb 4 Alice Cooper, [Vincent Furnier], rocker (School's Out), born in Detroit, Michigan

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • Feb 4 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 4 Mary Ann Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), born in Queens, New York (d. 1970)
  • Feb 5 David Denny, rock guitarist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
  • Feb 7 Jimmy Greenspoon, rock organist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 8 Dan Seals, American country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me), born in McCamey, Texas
  • Feb 10 Conrad Cummings, composer
  • Feb 14 Wally Tax, Dutch guitarist
  • Feb 17 José José, Mexican singer and actor
  • Feb 18 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (Doobie Brothers), born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • Feb 19 Mark Andes, American rock bassist (Spirit, Heart, Fireball), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 19 Tony Iommi, rock guitarist (Black Sabbath-Paranoid, Iron Man)
  • Feb 20 Barry Wordsworth, conductor
  • Feb 20 Billy Zoom, American guitarist (X), born in Savanna, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Tim Staffell, English singer
  • Feb 24 Neil Hubbard, British guitarist (Juicy Lucy, Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • Feb 27 Eddie Gray, rock guitarist (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue)
  • Mar 1 Burning Spear, [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer
  • Mar 1 Norman Connors, singer (You Are My Starship)
  • Mar 2 Larry Carlton, rock composer (Against All Odds, Who's the Boss)
  • Mar 2 Rory Gallagher, Donegal, Irish rock guitarist and songwriter (See Here)
  • Mar 4 Chris Squire, rock bassist (Yes-Fish Out of Water), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Mar 5 Eddy Grant, Guyana, reggae performer (Electric Avenue)
  • Mar 5 Jacques Kloes, singer (Dizzy Man's Band)
  • Mar 5 Richard Hickox, English musical conductor
  • Mar 5 Elaine Paige, English singer and actress
  • Mar 8 Little Peggy March, [Margaret Battavio], vocalist (I Will Follow Him)
  • Mar 9 Jeffrey Osborne, rock vocalist (On the Wings of Love), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 9 Jimmie Fadden, American singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 9 Christopher "Chris" Thompson, British singer and guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band- "Blinded By the Light"), born in Ashford, Kent
  • Mar 11 George Kooymans, Dutch guitarist/singer (Golden Earring)
  • Mar 12 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)
  • Mar 12 James Taylor, vocalist/guitarist (Up on the Roof), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 12 Les Holroyd, British progressive rock musician (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham England
  • Mar 16 Michael Owen Bruce, American rock musician (Alice Cooper), born in Kansas
  • Mar 17 Fran Byrne, musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 18 Robert "Bobby" Whitlock, American singer, songwriter and musician (Derek and the Dominos), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Person of interestAndrew Lloyd Webber

Mar 22 Andrew Lloyd Webber, English composer (Phantom of the Opera, Cats), born in London, England

  • Mar 22 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • Mar 23 David Olney, American singer-songwriter, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 25 Kelly Garrett, actress/singer (Holdin)
  • Mar 26 Kyung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, violinist (Chung Sisters)
  • Mar 26 Richard Tandy, rock bassist (ELO)
  • Mar 26 Steven Tyler, American rock vocalist (Aerosmith-Janie's Got a Gun), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 28 John Evans, British rock drummer (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Mar 30 Jim Dandy Mangrum, American vocalist (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Benton Harbour, Michigan
  • Mar 31 Thijs van Leer, Dutch singer/flutist (Focus, Introspection)
  • Apr 1 Jimmy Cliff [James Chambers], Jamaican Reggae singer, born in St James, Jamaica
  • Apr 1 Simon Crowe, rock drummer (Boomtown Rats-Maxinguaye)
  • Apr 2 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, born in Trikala, Greece (d. 2012)
  • Apr 3 Garrick Ohlsson, American pianist (Intl Busoni winner 1969), born in Bronxville, New York
  • Apr 4 David "Pick" Withers, English jazz drummer (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • Apr 5 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), born in Northampton, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 7 Carol Douglas, American singer
  • Apr 7 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • Apr 12 Lois Reeves, American singer (Martha and the Vandellas), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 14 Larry Ferguson, Nassau, keyboardist (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • Apr 15 Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
  • Apr 17 Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)
  • Apr 18 Catherine Malfitano, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 20 Craig Frost, American keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Apr 21 Paul Davis, Meridian Mi, country/rock vocalist (I Go Crazy)
  • Apr 27 Kate Pierson, American vocalist and guitarist (B-52's-Rock Lobster, Love Shack), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • Apr 28 Dorothée Berryman, French Canadian actress and singer
  • Apr 30 Wayne Kramer, American guitarist (MC5, Dangerous Madness), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 1 James Wise, US soul singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)
  • May 2 Larry Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Seminole, Texas
  • May 5 Bill Ward, heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • May 11 Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
  • May 12 Steve Winwood, England, musician (A Higher Love, Roll with it)
  • May 15 Brian Eno, Woodbridge England, rock keyboardist/singer (On Land)
  • May 16 Alto Reed, American saxophonist (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 18 Joe Bonsall, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 19 Grace Jones, Jamacian singer/actress (Vamp, A View to a Kill), born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine
  • May 19 Tom Scott, LA, saxophonist/bandleader (Pat Sajak Show)
  • May 21 Leo Sayer, British singer (You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need Love), born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
  • May 24 Ernst Jansz, Dutch keyboardist and singer (Doe Maar), born in Amsterdam
  • May 25 Klaus Meine, German musician (Scorpions)
  • May 26 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • May 27 Pete Sears, bassist (Jefferson Starship)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • May 15 Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 22 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Hermann K J Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • Jan 1 Willem Landré, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 8 Richard Tauber, Austrian tenor (b. 1891)
  • Jan 9 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician, dies at 75
  • Jan 21 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 7 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies at 48
  • Feb 21 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 3 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • Mar 27 Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • Apr 21 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 Joseph Wihtol, composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Manuel Marua Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Jāzeps Vītols, Latvian composer, dies at 84
  • May 8 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • May 12 Isidor Achron, composer, dies at 55
  • May 24 Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78
  • May 31 Jose Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 1 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • Jun 7 Georges Adolphe Hue, composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 8 Franz Carl Bornschein, composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 14 John Blackwood McEwen, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 20 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 27 George Templeton Strong, American composer, dies at 92
  • Jul 21 Donald Nichols Tweedy, American composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 27 Francesco Spetrino, composer, dies at 91
  • Aug 20 David John de Lloyd, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 26 Oscar L Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • Aug 27 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, composer, dies at 50
  • Oct 23 Eugeniusz Morawski-Dabrowa, Polish composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 24 Franz Lehar, Austrian/Hungarian composer (Wiener Frauen), dies at 78
  • Nov 12 Umberto Giordano, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 23 Uzeir Abdul Huseyn Hajibeyov, composer, dies at 63
  • Nov 24 Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 30 Franco Vittadini, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 7 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 14 R O Morris [Reginald Owen], British composer and music teacher, dies at 62
  • Dec 17 Edgar Istel, German composer, dies at 68