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Year 1953 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 25 "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 559 performances
  • Mar 8 "Two's Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • Mar 28 "New Faces (of 1952)" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 performances
  • Mar 28 7th Tony Awards: "The Crucible" (Outstanding Play) & "Wonderful Town" (Outstanding Musical) win
  • Apr 18 Revival of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC, after 540 performances, winning 3 Tony Awards
  • May 7 Cole Porter's musical "Can-Can" opens at the Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 892 performances
  • Jun 14 Elvis Presley graduates from L. C. Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 2 Betty Jack Davis, American country singer (with Skeeter Davis in The Davis Sisters), killed in car crash at 21
  • Aug 5 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)
  • Sep 8 "Carnival in Flanders" opens at New Century Theater NY for 6 performances
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Musicians Married in 1953

  • Jun 18 Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)
  • Jun 19 Singer James Brown (20) weds Velma Warren at Trinity CME Church in Toccoa, Georgia; divorce in 1969
  • Jul 6 "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City

Musicians Divorces in 1953

  • Jul 7 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage
  • Aug 28 American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces American jazz bassist Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

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