1953 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 10 "My Darlin' Aida" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 89 performances
  • Feb 10 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • Feb 11 J Styne and Bob Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
  • Feb 18 "Maggie" opens at National Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 21 "Maggie" closes at National Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Feb 25 "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC 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
  • Apr 18 "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances
  • May 7 "Can Can" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances
  • May 23 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8
  • Jun 13 85th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 2:28.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Elvis Presley graduates from L. C. Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Aug 2 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash

Film release premierFilm Release

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)

Actor Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Aug 28 "Me & Juliet" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 358 performances
  • Sep 8 "Carnival in Flanders" opens at New Century Theater NY for 6 performances
  • Sep 12 "Carnival in Flanders" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Sep 19 "Hazel Flagg" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 190 performances
  • Sep 24 "Take a Giant Step" opens on Broadway
  • Oct 2 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances
  • Oct 19 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey
  • Oct 25 Dmitri Sjostakovitch completes his 10th Symphony
  • Nov 6 Masao Oki's symphony "Atomic Bomb" premieres
  • Nov 25 "Guys & Dolls" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,200 performances
  • Nov 28 "Wish You Were Here" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • Dec 3 "Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 583 performances
  • Dec 10 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" opens at Imperial NYC for 229 performances
  • Dec 17 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 10th Symphony premieres in Leningrad

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 167

  • Jan 1 Alpha Blondy, [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer (Jerusalem)
  • Jan 1 Kevin Hangon, composer
  • Jan 1 Rochelle S Abramson, violinist
  • Jan 1 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • Jan 5 Steve Archer, American singer (The Archers)
  • Jan 6 Malcolm Young, guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jan 7 Earl Wilber Force "Wire" Lindo, rocker (Bob Marley & the Wailers)
  • Jan 10 Pat Benatar, [Andrezejewski], American singer (Hell Is for Children), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 17 Sheila Hutchinson, rocker
  • Jan 22 Myung-Whun Chung, Seoul South Korea, pianist/conductor (Chung Trio)
  • Jan 23 Lamont Robin Zander, rocker (Cheap Trick)
  • Jan 25 Malcolm Green, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You)
  • Jan 26 Bert Heerink, Amsterdam, rock vocalist
  • Jan 26 Lucinda Williams, singer
  • Jan 29 Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (d. 1995)
  • Jan 31 Aart Mol, Dutch bassist (Catapult)
  • Feb 4 Kitaro, Japanese composer
  • Feb 10 Carl Joseph Stone, composer
  • Feb 11 Alan Rubin, music figure (Blues Brothers)
  • Feb 13 Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer
  • Feb 14 Wayne Siegel, composer
  • Feb 18 Derek Pellicci, rock drummer (Little River Band-Help Is On It's Way)
  • Feb 18 Nico Arzbach, rock guitarist/singer (Stampei, Dike)
  • Feb 18 Robin Bachman, Winnipeg, guitarist (BTO-You Aint Seen Nothing Yet)
  • Feb 20 Riccardo Chailly, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orchestra), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 20 Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
  • Feb 22 Graham Lewis, English musician (Wire)
  • Feb 26 Michael Bolton, Ct, rock vocalist (That's What Love Is All About)
  • Mar 2 William Simmons, sax/keyboardist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Mar 3 Dave Amato, rocker (REO Speedwagon-Can't Fight this Feeling)
  • Mar 7 Jules Shear, rock musician
  • Mar 8 Bob Brozman, American musician
  • Mar 10 Ronnie Earl [Ronald Horvath], American blues guitarist (The Broadcasters), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 11 Bernie LaBarge, Canadian musician
  • Mar 12 Labamba, [Richard Rosenberg], rocker (Asbury Jukes)
  • Mar 18 Jamie West-Oram, rocker (Fixx)
  • Mar 19 Billy Sheehan, rocker (Mr Big-Lean Into It)
  • Mar 19 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's-Love Shack), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Mar 21 Shotgun Johnson [Robert], rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band-Give it Up)
  • Mar 23 Chaka Khan [Yvette Marie Stevens], American singer and songwriter (Rufus, I am Every Woman), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 26 Michael Bonagura, country singer (Baille & Boys-Oh Heart), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Mar 31 Greg Martin, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mar 31 Sean Hopper, California, rock keyboardist (Huey Lewis & The News)
  • Mar 31 Dennis Kamakahi, Grammy Award-winning musician (d. 2014), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 2 David Robinson, drummer (Cars)
  • Apr 3 Huub van der Lubbe, Dutch rock singer (Stampei-The Dike)
  • Apr 3 Craig Taubman, Jewish singer
  • Apr 6 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer
  • Apr 9 Hal Ketchum, country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • Apr 10 Terre Roche, rocker (Roches)
  • Apr 11 Branimir "Johnny" Štulić, Croatian rock singer (Azra), born in Skopje, Yugoslavia

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 18 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • Apr 19 Rod Morgenstein, American musician (Winger), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Juhani Komulainen, Finnish composer
  • Apr 24 Porter Carroll Jr, drummer (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Apr 27 Arielle Dombasle, French singer and actress
  • Apr 28 Kim Gordon, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • Apr 30 Merrill Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • May 1 Felix Hanemann, rocker (Zebra)
  • May 1 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer
  • May 3 Bruce Hall, Champaign Ill, rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon)
  • May 3 Van McLain, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • May 8 Billy Burnette, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 8 Alex Van Halen, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Dutch drummer (Van Halen)
  • May 10 Steve Thomas, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • May 14 Tom Cochrane, Canadian rock vocalist/guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 15 Mike Oldfield, England, composer (Tubular Bells)
  • May 16 Richard Page, rocker (Mr Mister), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 17 George Johnson, rocker (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 18 [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)
  • May 25 Rich Alves, Pleasanton California, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake)
  • May 28 Arto Lindsay, rocker/actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 29 Danny Elfman, American composer (The Simspons Theme), born in Los Angeles, California

Composer Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman
  • May 29 Rick Henderson, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jun 4 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), born in Dumbarton (d. 1979)
  • Jun 4 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)
  • Jun 7 Johnny Clegg, South African musician "The White Zulu", born in Bacup, Lancashire
  • Jun 12 Rocky Burnette, rock vocalist (Towing the Line), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jun 14 David Thomas, US singer/songwriter (Pere Ubu)
  • Jun 16 Ian Mosley, Paddington London, drummer (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • Jun 18 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Jun 19 Larry Dunn, [Dunhill], US keyboardist (Earth Wind & Fire)
  • Jun 20 Alan Longmuir, rocker (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jun 21 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • Jun 22 Cyndi Lauper, American singer (Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Time After Time), born in New York City
  • Jun 26 Ralph Ezell, Union Miss, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • Jun 26 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 29 Billy Hinsche, American musician (Dino, Desi & Billy), born in Manila, the Philippines
  • Jun 29 Don Dokken, heavy metal rocker (Dokken-Alone Again)
  • Jun 29 Colin Hay, Kilwinning, Scotland, Scottish-Australian guitarist and singer (Men At Work)
  • Jun 30 Hal Lindes, Monterey CA, rocker (Dire Straits)
  • Jul 6 Nanci Griffith, US singer/songwriter (Poet in My Window)
  • Jul 7 Lynval Golding, rocker (Fun Boy Three)
  • Jul 9 Margie Gillis, Canadian dancer and choreographer
  • Jul 10 Rik "The Rocket" Emmett, rock vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 11 Benny DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • Jul 14 Bebe Buell [Beverle Lorence], Portsmouth, Virginia, American model/singer (Nov 1974 Playmate of the Month)
  • Jul 20 Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer
  • Jul 22 Jimmy Bruno, American jazz guitarist
  • Jul 24 Jon Faddis, jazz trumpeter

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 18 Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 19 Singer James Brown (20) weds Velma Warren at Trinity CME Church in Toccoa, Georgia

Singer James Brown
James Brown

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 6 "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 13 Academy award-winning actor José Ferrer (41) weds singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (25) in Durant, Oklahoma

  • Sep 24 Singer Dick Haymes (35) weds Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth (34) at The Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas

Divorces in Music

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 7 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 28 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces bass player Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Deaths in Music

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 1 Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Jan 8 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 10 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • Jan 12 Simeon Roncal, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 15 Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 25 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 26 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • Mar 5 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), dies at 61
  • Mar 17 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 26 Albert Spalding, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 27 Narciso Garay, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 30 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer, dies at 75
  • May 4 Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 16 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, dies at 43

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • May 17 Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73
  • May 22 Vaclav Klicka, composer, dies at 70
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67
  • Jun 10 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 17 Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 29 Jules van Nuffel, composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 30 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, dies at 32
  • Jul 10 Sidney Homer, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 12 Joseph Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 12 Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 17 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 13 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 27 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 30 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, dies at 51
  • Sep 15 Jacques Thibaud, French violinist, dies
  • Sep 17 Henry Holden Huss, composer, dies at 91
  • Sep 21 Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 3 Arnold Bax, English composer known for his orchestral music (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • Oct 8 Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
  • Oct 18 Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 24 Ernest Irving, English composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 29 William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • Oct 30 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71
  • Nov 4 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 6 John Parsons Beach, American composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1893)
  • Nov 24 George Alexander Russell, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 4 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42
  • Dec 15 Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46