1952 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 "Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances
  • Jan 30 Paul Creston's 4th Symphony, premieres

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 B.B. King's “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard's R&B hit parade to become his first national hit

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 20 "African Queen" film directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is released in the US

  • Mar 15 "2 in the Aisle" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 276 performances
  • Mar 21 "3 Wishes for Jamie" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 94 performances
  • Mar 21 Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever
  • Mar 27 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC
  • Apr 16 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Apr 27 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • May 3 "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
  • May 8 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • May 8 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 10 "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • May 16 "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances
  • Jun 7 "3 Wishes after Jamie" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 94 performances
  • Jun 25 "Wish You Were Here" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • Jul 5 "Of Thee I Sing" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jul 19 "Paint Your Wagon" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 289 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 "Kaw-Liga" single recorded by Hank Williams

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Oct 4 "Top Banana" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 356 performances
  • Oct 14 "Buttrio Square" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Oct 18 "Buttrio Square" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Oct 27 "My Darlin' Aida" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 89 performances
  • Nov 6 Dmitri Shostakovitch's cantata "About our Fatherland" premieres
  • Nov 14 First regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express
  • Dec 15 "Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 90 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 182

  • Jan 2 Ricky Van Shelton, Grit Va, country singer (Wild-Eyed Dream)
  • Jan 2 Graeme Strachan, Australian rock singer (Skyhooks) (d. 2001)
  • Jan 8 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist
  • Jan 10 Scott Thurston, keyboardist/guitarist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • Jan 11 Lee Ritenour, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 12 Ricky Van Shelton, country musician
  • Jan 13 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Bros), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Jan 15 Melvyn Gale, rocker (ELO)
  • Jan 15 Boris Blank, Swiss artist and musician (Yello, Tranceonic), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jan 17 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and film composer (Academy Award 1988 for score to The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 18 R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer
  • Jan 19 Dewey Bunell, Yorkshire England, rock guitarist (America-Daisy Jane)
  • Jan 20 Ian Hill, bass guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin the Law)
  • Jan 20 Paul Stanley, [Eisen], rock guitarist (KISS-Beth)
  • Jan 22 Teddy Gentry, Fort Payne Ala, country music star (Alabama-Mt Music)
  • Jan 25 Sara Mandiano, French singer and songwriter
  • Jan 27 Peter Garland, composer
  • Jan 29 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2014)
  • Feb 4 Jerry Shirley, rock drummer (Humble Pie-Hot N Nasty, Eat It)
  • Feb 5 Daniel Balavoine, French singer and songwriter (d. 1986)
  • Feb 7 Vasco Rossi, Italian singer
  • Feb 8 Hans Van de Lubbe, Dutch bassist/singer (Dike)
  • Feb 12 Michael McDonald, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 13 Ed Gagliardi, American rock bassist (Foreigner-Cold As Ice), born in NYC, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 16 James Ingram, American vocalist (Just Once), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Feb 18 Juice Newton, [Judy Cohen], American vocalist (Angel of the Morning), born in Virginia
  • Feb 18 Veronica "Randy" Crawford, US vocalist (One Day I'll Fly Away)
  • Feb 21 Jean-Jacques Brunel, rock bassist (Stranglers-Dreamtime)
  • Feb 23 Bradley "Brad" Whitford, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith-Janie's Got a Gun, Last Child), born in Winchester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 25 Jerry Chamberlain, American musician
  • Feb 27 Henk Westbroek, Dutch singer (Good Cause)
  • Feb 27 Kevin Raleigh, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • Feb 28 Eddie Manion, saxophonist
  • Feb 28 William Finn, American composer
  • Mar 3 Robyn Hitchcock, rocker (Moss Elixir)
  • Mar 4 Umberto Tozzi, Italian singer
  • Mar 5 Alan Clark, keyboardist (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
  • Mar 7 Ernie Isley, US vocalist/guitarist (It's Your Thing, Heat is On)
  • Mar 12 Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • Mar 13 Wolfgang Rihm, German composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Mar 17 Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • Mar 19 Derek Longmuir, rock drummer (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 21 Chris O'Connell, rocker
  • Mar 22 Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer
  • Mar 27 Rocky Maffit, rocker (Champaign)
  • Apr 2 Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2001)
  • Apr 4 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • Apr 6 Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept-Balls to the Wall, Udo)
  • Apr 7 Bruce Gary, rock drummer (Knack-My Sharona), born in Burbank, California
  • Apr 8 Adam Woods, rock drummer/pianist (Fixx)
  • Apr 9 Magnar Åm, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim
  • Apr 12 J. D. Nicholas, English guitarist (Heatwave, Commodores), born in Watford, England
  • Apr 14 Kenny Aaronson, rocker
  • Apr 18 Jim Scholten, Midland Mich, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad)
  • Apr 19 Andy Shernoff, American musician (The Dictators), born in Queens, New York musician (The Dictators), born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 23 Narada, [Michael Walden], Mich, rocker (Don't Want Nobody Else)
  • Apr 25 Cory Day, rock vocalist, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 25 Ketil Bjørnstad, Norwegian pianist
  • Apr 29 Nora Dunn, comedienne (SNL, Miami Blues, Working Girl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 2 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress
  • May 5 Louis Cortelezzi, rock saxophonist (Mink DeVille)
  • May 10 Sly Dunbar, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • May 10 Kikki Danielsson, Swedish singer
  • May 10 Lee Brilleaux, British musician (Dr Feelgood), born in Durban, South Africa
  • May 11 Renaud Séchan, French composer
  • May 14 David Byrne, Dumbarton Scotland, rock guitarist/singer (Talking Heads-Burning Down the House)
  • May 17 Jody Pijper, Dutch (background) singer
  • May 18 George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • May 19 Barbara Loomis, rocker (BT Express)
  • May 20 Warren Cann, Victoria Canada, rock drummer (Ultravox)
  • May 23 James Mankey, rocker (Concrete Blonde)
  • May 23 Anne-Marie David, French singer
  • May 26 David Meece, Christian musician
  • May 30 Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian pianist and conductor, born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • May 31 Karl Bartos, German musician (Kraftwerk, Electronic)
  • Jun 3 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Jun 5 Carole Fredericks, American singer (d. 2001)
  • Jun 5 Daniel Katzen, American classical musician
  • Jun 6 Yukihiro Yakahashi, rocker (Yellow Magic Orchestra)
  • Jun 9 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (d. 2004)
  • Jun 11 Donnie Van Zant, rock vocalist (.38 Special)
  • Jun 12 Dale Krantz, singer (Rossington-Collins Band)
  • Jun 12 Oliver Knussen, composer (Chicara), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestPete Farndon

Jun 12 Pete Farndon, English musician (The Pretenders), born in Hereford, England (d. 1983)

Musician Pete Farndon
Musician
Pete Farndon
  • Jun 16 Gino Vannelli, Canadian singer (Living Inside Myself), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 16 Rob Kloet, pop drummer/singer (Nits-In the Dutch Mountains)
  • Jun 25 Brian MacLeod, rock guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist (Chilliwack)
  • Jun 25 Tim Finn, rocker (Split Enz, Crowded House, Puberty Blues)
  • Jul 1 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (d. 2006)
  • Jul 2 Johnny Colla, American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jul 2 Wayne Haner, rock bassist (Axe)
  • Jul 3 Andy Fraser, rock bassist (Free London), born in London, England
  • Jul 5 Michael Don McNabb, composer
  • Jul 6 Jesse Harms, musician, of REO Speedwagon
  • Jul 9 John Tesh, New age pianist/TV host (ET), born in Garden City, New York
  • Jul 10 Kim Mitchell, Canadian guitarist/singer
  • Jul 12 Liz Mitchell, Jamaica, rock vocalist (Boney M)
  • Jul 12 Philip Taylor Kramer, American bass guitar player (Iron Butterfly), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • Jul 14 George Louis Francis Lewis, composer
  • Jul 14 Bob Casale, AKA Bob 2, American Musician (Devo), (d. 2014)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 9 Country singer June Carter Cash (23) weds singer Carl Smith (25)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 31 Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Country music legend Hank Williams (29) weds Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Oct 18 Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico
  • Nov 18 "Rock Around The Clock" rock and roll pioneer Bill Haley (27) weds Barbara Cupchak

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 29 Country music legend Hank Williams and Audrey Sheppard granted divorce for the second and final time after seven years of marriage. Their first divorce was in 1948.

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 11 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor, dies at 66
  • Jan 14 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (b. 1878)
  • Jan 20 Arthur Farwell, American composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 2 Johann Babtist Thaller, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Alfred Einstein, German/US musicologist, dies at 71
  • Mar 5 Vladimir Scherbachov, Russian composer and professor (Blokovskaya, Thunderstorm), dies at 63
  • Mar 22 Uncle Dave Macon, American musician (b. 1870)
  • Apr 11 Wadih Sabra, Lebanese composer (Kulluna lil Watan), dies at 76
  • Apr 23 Elisabeth Schumann, singer, dies
  • Apr 30 Charles Radoux-Rogier, composer, dies
  • May 6 Alberto Savinio [Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico], Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), dies at 60
  • May 11 Giovanni Tebaldini, composer, dies at 87
  • May 15 Italo Montemezzi, composer, dies at 76
  • May 18 Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer, dies at 86
  • May 23 Georg Alfred Schumann, German composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 9 Adolf Busch, German composer (b. 1891)
  • Jun 17 Alberto Williams, Argentine composer (Etrerno Reposo), dies at 89
  • Jun 19 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (b. 1888)
  • Jun 24 Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 2 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cello player/pianist/composer, dies at 56
  • Jul 3 Daniel Zamudio, composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 3 Henriette Bosmans, composer, dies
  • Jul 10 Rued Immanuel Langgaard, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 22 Antonio Maria Valencia, Colombian composer, dies at 49
  • Jul 25 Herbert Murrill, composer, dies at 43
  • Jul 27 W de Basil, [US Voskresenski], Russian ballet dancer, dies
  • Aug 11 Riccardo Martin, composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 6 Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer, dies at 54

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

Sep 6 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, dies of liver and abdominal cancer at 54

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • Sep 28 Paul Hastings Allen, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 24 Frederick Jacobi, composer, dies at 61
  • Oct 25 Sergei Bortkiewicz, composer, dies at 75
  • Nov 23 Albert van Raalte, conductor (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 62
  • Nov 25 Antonio Guarnieri, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 25 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 28 Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)
  • Dec 29 Beryl Rubinstein, American pianist and composer, dies at 54