On This Day

November 1953 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 6 Masao Oki's symphony "Atomic Bomb" premieres

Music History

Nov 13 Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th String Quartet 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

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 3 Helios Creed [Barry Johnson], American hard rock guitarist (Chrome), born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 11 Andy Partridge, English rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter (XTC - "Mayor Of Simpleton"), born in Mtarfa, Malta
  • Nov 11 Kahil El'Zabar [Clifton Blackburn], American jazz percussionist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 12 Vasilis Karras [Kesoglidis], Greek folk singer (Tilefonise Mou), born in Kokkinohori, Greece
  • Nov 12 Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer and guitarist (The Traveller), born in Podor, French West Africa (now Senegal)
  • Nov 13 Andy "the Clobberer" Ranken, English Celtic-punk rock drummer (The Pogues), born in London
  • Nov 14 James Guthrie, English music producer and sound engineer (Pink Floyd), born in Edmonton, England
  • Nov 15 Alexander O'Neal, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Criticize"), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • Nov 17 Jilly Johnson, British model and pop vocalist (Blonde on Blonde), born in England
  • Nov 18 Alan Murphy, British rock session guitarist (Kate Bush), born in Islington, London, England (d. 1989)
  • Nov 21 Asa Brebner, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (Modern Lovers; The Chartbusters), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Nov 22 Urmas Alender, Estonian singer (d. 1994)
  • Nov 23 Francis Cabrel, French folk and country singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Agen, France
  • Nov 24 Tod Machover, composer
  • Nov 27 Boris Grebenshchikov, Russian singer (Aquarium), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • Nov 30 (Johnny) "Shuggie" Otis [Veliotes], American rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ("Strawberry Letter 23"; "Inspiration Information"), born in Los Angeles California
  • Nov 30 David Sancious, American session and touring keyboardist (E Street Band, 1972-74; Peter Gabriel; Stanley Clarke; Zuccchero), born in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 4 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, American pianist and philanthropist, dies at 89
  • Nov 6 John Parsons Beach, American composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 18 Ruth Crawford Seeger, American modernist classical and folk music composer (String Quartet, 1931; Rissolty, Rossolty), dies at 52
  • Nov 21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 60
  • Nov 24 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, dies at 73