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November 1951 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Nov 1 Johnny Mercer's "Top Banana" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 356 performances

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 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 saxophonist (Kool & The Gang), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Nov 2 Lindy Morrison, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), 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), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 13 Bill Gibson, American rock drummer (Huey Lewis & The News), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 14 Barry Brandt, American rock drummer (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 14 Sandahl Bergman, American actress (Conan, All that Jazz), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Nov 14 Stephen Bishop, American singer-songwriter ("On And On"; "Save It For A Rainy Day"), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 14 Alec John Such, American rock bassist (Bon Jovi, 1983-94 - "Wanted Dead or Alive"), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 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 21 Nick Gilder, English singer (Hot Child in the City), born in London
  • Nov 22 Kent Nagano, American conductor and opera administrator, born in Berkeley, California
  • Nov 25 Bill Morrissey, American folk singer-songwriter (Inside) born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • Nov 27 Kevin Kavanaugh, rocker (Asbury Jukes) [or 8/27] (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

Wedding of Interest

Nov 7 Entertainer Frank Sinatra (34) marries 2nd wife film star Ava Gardner (26)

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Louis Jordan

Nov 14 Musician Louis Jordan (43) weds dancer Vicky Hayes

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan

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 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), dies at 71
  • Nov 13 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 13 Nikolai Karlovich Metner, composer, 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