1950 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 6 "Happy as Larry" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Jan 7 "Happy as Larry" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Jan 14 "As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 performances
  • Jan 17 "Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Jan 20 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • Jan 21 "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Feb 2 "Arms & the Girl" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 134 performances
  • Feb 11 "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hits #1
  • Feb 18 "Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • Feb 22 Brockway & Weinstock publish "Men of Music" (rev ed)
  • Feb 28 "Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Mar 15 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances
  • Mar 18 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Mar 23 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Mar 27 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Apr 8 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Apr 24 "Peter Pan" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Apr 27 "Tickets, Please" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances
  • May 6 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • May 11 Eugene Ionesco's first play "La Cantatrice Chauve" (The Bald Soprano ) premieres in Paris
  • May 12 Darius Milhauds opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris
  • May 18 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 27 "Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • Jun 27 "Liar" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 28 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 278 performances
  • Jul 1 "Lost in the Stars" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 281 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 10 "Sunset Boulevard", American film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

  • Sep 9 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 293 performances
  • Sep 9 "Where's Chartev?" closes at St James Theater NYC after 792 performances
  • Oct 5 "Pardon Our French" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • Oct 12 "Call Me Madam" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 644 performances
  • Oct 27 Paul Creston's 3rd Symphony "Triumph of St Joan" premieres
  • Oct 30 David Diamond's 3rd Symphony, premieres
  • Nov 2 "Barrier" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Nov 4 "Barrier" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Nov 4 "Consul" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 269 performances
  • Nov 23 Howard Swanson's "Short Symphony" premieres
  • Nov 24 "Guys & Dolls" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1200 performances
  • Nov 25 "Tickets, Please" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • Dec 11 Hindemiths Concerto for clarinet, premieres
  • Dec 13 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Dec 14 "Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Dec 16 "Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Dec 21 Cole Porte's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC for 157 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 201

  • Jan 1 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • Jan 2 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist
  • Jan 3 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jan 5 Chris Stein, American rock guitarist and co-founder of Blondie (Heart of Glass, Call Me) born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 7 Juan Gabriel, [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, born in Michoacan state (d. 2016)
  • Jan 9 David Johansen, [Buster Poindexter], NY, singer (Hot! Hot! Hot!)
  • Jan 9 Rio Reiser, German rock singer (Ton Steine Scherben), (d. 1996)
  • Jan 15 David Lynn Jones, Bexar Ark, country singer (Bonnie Jean)
  • Jan 16 Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 16 Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer (Can)
  • Jan 18 Claudia de Colombia, Bogato Columbia, spanish singer (Yo Creo En Ti)
  • Jan 20 Henk Batenburgh, cabaret performer/singer (Waaldrecht)
  • Jan 21 Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)
  • Jan 21 Richie Ranno, American rocker (Starz), born in The Bronz, New York
  • Jan 23 Bill Cunningham, American original bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 23 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rocker and musician (E Street Band), born in Flemington, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • Jan 23 John Greaves, English musician (Henry Cow, National Health)
  • Jan 23 Luis Alberto Spinetta, rock musician (Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2012)
  • Jan 25 Michael Cotten, American rock synthesizer (Tubes) and art designer, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jan 28 Bob Hay, American songwriter and musician
  • Feb 1 Mike Campbell, American guitarist (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers-Breakdown), born in Panama City, Florida
  • Feb 4 James Dunn, American vocalist (Stylistics), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 4 Philip Ehart, rock drummer (Kansas)
  • Feb 4 Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • Feb 5 Ann Sexton, US vocalist (You're Gone too Long)

Person of interestNatalie Cole

Feb 6 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Feb 6 Punky Meadows, rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 8 Michael Goodroe, rock bassist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • Feb 11 Rochelle Fleming, US soul vocalist (First Choice, Smarty Pants)
  • Feb 12 Steve Hackett, English rock guitarist (Genesis-GTR), born in Pimilco, London
  • Feb 13 Peter Gabriel, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes)
  • Feb 14 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist/actor (Brussels by Night)
  • Feb 14 Roger Fisher, American musician (Heart)
  • Feb 16 Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer
  • Feb 16 Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Rick Medlocke, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blackfoot)
  • Feb 19 Andy Powell, rocker (Wishbone Ash)

Person of interestWalter Becker

Feb 20 Walter Becker, American rock bassist and record producer (Steely Dan-Peg), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Musician and Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Producer
Walter Becker
  • Feb 22 Ellen Greene, American vocalist/actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer
  • Feb 23 Steve Priest, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes), born in London, England

Person of interestGeorge Thorogood

Feb 24 George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist (The Delaware Destroyers-Bad to the Bone), born in Wilmington, Delaware

Singer and Guitarist George Thorogood
Singer and Guitarist
George Thorogood
  • Feb 25 Emitt Rhodes, musician (Merry-go-Round)
  • Feb 26 Jonathan Cain, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Journey, Babys), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 28 Stephen Chatman, composer
  • Mar 2 Karen Carpenter, vocalist/drummer (We Only Just Begun), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Mar 3 Re Styles, rock vocalist (Tubes)
  • Mar 4 Emilio Estefan, Cuban-American musician and producer (Miami Sound Machine), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Mar 5 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2011)
  • Mar 7 Iris Chacon, Puerto Rican singer and dancer
  • Mar 10 Ted McKenna, rocker (Alex Harvey Band)
  • Mar 11 Bobby McFerrin, American vocalist and conductor (Don't Worry Be Happy-Grammy 1989), born in New York, New York
  • Mar 13 Steve Hill, country vocalist (A Winning Hand)
  • Mar 15 Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer
  • Mar 18 James Conlon, American conductor (Cincinnati May Festival-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 John Hartman, Falls Church Va, rock drummer (Doobie Brothers)
  • Mar 21 Roger Hodgson, rock vocalist (Supertramp-It's Raining Again)
  • Mar 25 Ronald "Ronnie" McDowell, American country singer (The King is Gone), born in Portland, Tennessee
  • Mar 25 Chuck Greenberg, American musician (Shadowfax) (d. 1995)
  • Mar 26 Teddy Pendergrass, singer (Turn Off the Lights), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future, Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 27 Maria Ewing, American opera singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 27 Tony Banks, English musician and rock keyboardist (Genesis), born in East Hoathly, Sussex
  • Mar 29 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), born in Albadaria, Guinea
  • Mar 30 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), born in Birmingham (d. 2015)
  • Mar 30 Eugene Bowen, composer (Wonder's Edge)
  • Mar 30 Rupert Greenall, rock keyboardist (Fixx)
  • Mar 31 Richard Hughes, rocker (Johnny Winter Band)
  • Apr 1 Billy Currie, English rock keyboardist and violinist (Ultravox), born in Huddersfield
  • Apr 3 Curtis Stone, American singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry), born in Hollywood, California

Person of interestAgnetha Fältskog

Apr 5 Agnetha Fältskog [Anna Ulvaeus], Swedish singer (ABBA), born in Jönköping, Sweden

  • Apr 5 Mildred Douglas, Surinames/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • Apr 5 Paul Oscher, American blues musician (Muddy Waters Blues Band), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 10 Eddie Hazel, American pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Uncle Jam Wants You), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 12 David Cassidy, American singer and actor (Keith-Partridge Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Apr 13 Riff West, rock bassist (Molly Hatchet)
  • Apr 22 Peter Frampton, guitarist/vocalist (Frampton Comes Alive), born in Kent, England
  • Apr 25 Steve Ferrone, Sussex, rock drummer (Average White Band)
  • Apr 26 Howard "Leon" Reeder, rock guitarist (Champaign)
  • Apr 26 Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
  • May 2 Lou Gramm, rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 3 Mary Hopkin, South Wales, singer (Those Were the Days)
  • May 4 Darryl Hunt, English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes)
  • May 5 Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal, I See a Star)
  • May 5 Googoosh, Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین), Iranian, Persian Singer & actress
  • May 6 Robbie McIntosh, drummer (Avg White Band-Show your Hand)
  • May 7 Prairie Prince, rocker (Tubes)
  • May 9 Tom Petersson, rock bassist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • May 12 Billy Squier, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don't Say No)
  • May 12 Jocko Marcellino, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • May 13 Danny Kirwan, rocker (Fleetwood Mac), born in London, England
  • May 13 John "Jocko" Marcellino, rocker/actor (Tagget, Hot to Trot, Rain Man)

Person of interestStevie Wonder

May 13 Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Love), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • May 16 Jock Bartley, rocker (Firefall)
  • May 16 Ray Condo, Canadian rockabilly musician
  • May 17 Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
  • May 22 Bernie Taupin, British singer and lyricist (writes with Elton John), born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • May 29 Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, singer (R U Tuff Enuff), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jun 1 Charlene [D'Angelo], singer (I've Never Been To Me)
  • Jun 3 Suzi Quatro[cchio], singer (Stumblin')/actress (Happy Days), born in Detroit, Michigan

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 12 Koos van de Griend, composer, dies at 44
  • Feb 10 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, dies at 70
  • Feb 19 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), dies at about 75
  • Mar 8 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 3 Adolf Wiklund, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 3 Kurt Julian Weill, German composer (Dreigroschenoper), dies at 50
  • Apr 8 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • Apr 19 Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th baron Berners/composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 27 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor, dies
  • May 17 Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67
  • May 26 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies
  • Jun 22 Julio Fonseca, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 28 Henry Balfour Gardiner, English composer and musician, dies at 72
  • Jul 1 Edward Faber Schneider, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 1 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
  • Jul 6 Fats Navarro, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1923)
  • Jul 11 Timotei Popovici, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 21 Albert Riemenschneider, American musician and composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 8 Nicolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 15 Vojtech Rihovsky, composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 23 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64
  • Nov 19 Thomas Wood, English composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 20 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer ( Adriana Lecouvreur), dies at 84
  • Dec 1 Ernest John Moeran, British composer, dies at 55
  • Dec 2 Dino Lipatti, composer, dies at 33
  • Dec 15 Robert Muller-Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 16 Otto Vrieslander, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Walter Johannes Damrosch, German-American composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 23 Vincenzo Tommasini, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 26 Emile Enthoven, composer, dies at 47
  • Dec 31 Charles Koechlin, French composer (Jungle Book), dies at 83