November 1951 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Nov 1 Johnny Mercer's "Top Banana", starring Phil Silvers, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 356 performances, winning a Tony Award

  • Nov 12 "Paint Your Wagon" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 289 performances
  • Nov 13 Janet Collins is the first 1st African-American dancer to appear at the Metropolitan Opera, in a production of Aida
  • Nov 24 "17" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances
  • Nov 24 "Music in the Air" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 56 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 Ronald Bell, American rock singer, saxophonist, arranger, and songwriter (Kool & The Gang), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Nov 2 Lindy Morrison, Australian drummer (The Go-Betweens - "Cattle and Cane"), born in Queensland, Australia
  • Nov 7 Kevin Macmichael, Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Cutting Crew - "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), born in St. John, New Brunswick (d. 2002)
  • Nov 8 Larry Burnett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Firefall, 1974-81 - "You Are The Woman"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 11 Paul Cowsill, American rock keyboardist (The Cowsills - "We Can Fly"), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Nov 13 Bill Gibson, American rock drummer (Huey Lewis & The News), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 14 Alec John Such [Szűcs], American rock bassist (Bon Jovi, 1983-94 - "Wanted Dead or Alive"), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2022)
  • Nov 14 Barry Brandt, American rock drummer (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 14 Frankie Banali, American heavy metal drummer (Quiet Riot - "Cum on Feel the Noize"), born in Queens, NewYork City (d. 2020)
  • Nov 14 Stephen Bishop, American singer-songwriter ("On And On"; "Save It For A Rainy Day"), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 17 Dean Paul Martin, Jr, American pop singer (Dino, Desi & Billy), and actor (Misfits of Science), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1987)
  • Nov 18 Heinrich Schiff, Austrian cellist and conductor, born in Gmunden, Austria (d. 2016)
  • Nov 22 Kent Nagano, Japanese-American conductor (Berkely Symphony, 1978-2009; Montreal Symphony, 2006-20), opera administrator (Lyon National, 1988-98; LA opera, 2003-06; Bavarian State, 206-13), and new music advocate, born in Berkeley, California
  • Nov 25 Bill Morrissey, American folk singer-songwriter (Inside), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • Nov 27 Kevin Kavanaugh, American rock keyboard player (Asbury Jukes), born in West Orange, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • Nov 29 Barry Goudreau, American rock guitarist (Boston - "More Than A Feeling"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 29 Roger Troutman, American funk musician (Zapp), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 1999)

Weddings in Music

Ava Gardner & Frank Sinatra

Nov 7 American entertainer Frank Sinatra (35) marries 2nd wife American film star Ava Gardner (26); divorce in 1957

Louis Jordan

Nov 14 American swing musician Louis Jordan (43) weds dancer Vicky Hayes

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 5 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer and pedagogue (Fundamentals of the Classical Dance), dies at 72
  • Nov 5 Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, Czech organist and composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 9 Resurreccion Maria de Azkue, composer, dies at 87
  • Nov 9 Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian/American composer (Blossom Time), dies at 64
  • Nov 13 Hugo Leichtentritt, German Jewish composer and musicologist, dies at 77
  • Nov 13 Nikolai Karlovich Metner, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 13 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), dies at 71
  • Nov 18 Václav Kálik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 18 Will Vodery, African-American composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 20 Thomas Quinlan, English opera impresario, dies at 70