Year 1948 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 9 Walter Piston's 3rd Symphony in E, premieres in Boston by the Boston Symphony Orchestra; conducted by Serge Koussevitzky; wins 1947 Pulitzer Prize
  • 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-T in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 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
  • Mar 16 Billie Holiday is released from prison early due to good behavior
  • Mar 20 1st live televised symphony performances: Eugene Ormandy leads Philadelphia Orchestra on CBS, followed 90 minutes later by Arturo Toscanini leading the NBC Orchestra on NBC
  • 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
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Musicians Married in 1948

  • Mar 28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York
  • May 15 American dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds American pop singer Tony Martin (34)

Musicians Divorces in 1948

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

Musicians Who Died in 1948

  • Jan 1 Hermann Zilcher, German pianist and composer (Dr Eisenbart, Die Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • Jan 1 Willem LandrĂ©, Dutch composer, and music educator, dies at 73
  • Jan 8 Richard Tauber [Denemy], Austrian-British operatic tenor and film actor, dies of lung cancer at 56
  • Jan 9 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (harpsichord and clavichord), dies at 75
  • Jan 21 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian light opera composer, dies at 72

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