November 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 4 Harold Rome, S. N. Behrman, and Joshua Logan's musical romance "Fanny", starring Ezio Pinza, Walter Slezak, and Florence Henderson, opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances, winning one Tony Award
  • Nov 27 "By the Beautiful Sea" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 270 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 Chris Morris, Britsh rock guitarist and singer (Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"), born in Nottingham, England)
  • Nov 3 Adam Ant [Stuart Goddard], British punk rocker ("Goody Two Shoes"; "Antmusic"), born in London, Engalnd
  • Nov 4 Chris Difford, British lyricist, guitarist and vocalist (Squeeze - "Black Coffee In Bed"; "Tempted"), born in Greenwich, London
  • Nov 7 Pat Lupo, American rock bassist (Beaver Brown Band, 1972-94 - "On The Dark Side"; "Tough All Over"), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2021)
  • Nov 8 Jeanette McGruder, American singer (P-Funk; Brides of Funkenstein), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 8 Rickie Lee Jones, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Chuck E's In Love"; "We Belong Together"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 8 Ricky Lawson, American musician, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Nov 9 Dennis Stratton, British rock guitarist (Iron Maiden), born in London
  • Nov 9 Sue Upton, English actress (The Benny Hill Show) and dancer, born in Chadwell Heath, Essex, England
  • Nov 10 Mario Cipollina, American rock bassist (Huey Lewis & The News), born in San Rafael, California
  • Nov 12 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, born in Bombay, India (d. 2018)
  • Nov 14 Tawatha Agee, American singer-songwriter ("Juicy Fruit"), session and touring vocalist (James Mtume; Dave Matthews Band), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 14 Yanni [Chryssomallis], Greek new age musician (Live at the Acropolis, Sand Dance), born in Kalamata, Greece
  • Nov 15 Ab Bryant, Canadian rock bassist (Chilliwack, 1978-81 - "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)"), born in Canada
  • Nov 15 Mitch Easter, American record producer (REM), and rock musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Nov 15 Tony Thompson, American session and touring drummer (Chic; LaBelle; The Power Station), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • Nov 16 Luis Conte, Cuban session and touring percussionist (Madonna; Jackson Browne; James Taylor; Shakira), and bandleader, born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Nov 18 Carter Burwell, American film composer (Coen Brothers films, Twilight Saga), born in New York City
  • Nov 19 Annette Guest, American pop singer (First Choice - "Smarty Pants"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 19 Tom Scheckel, American rock drummer (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 20 Frank Marino, Canadian rock guitarist (Mahogany Rush), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 23 Bruce Hornsby, American pop, rock, and bluegrass, singer-songwriter, and piano player ("The Way It Is"), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Nov 24 Emir Kusturica, Serbian-French filmmaker (When Father Was Away on Business; Black Cat, White Cat), and punk rock bassist (No Smoking), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Nov 30 George McArdle, Australian rock bassist (Little River Band), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Nov 30 June Pointer, American pop and R&B singer (The Pointer Sisters -"Fire"; "He's So Shy"; "Jump (For My Love)'; "Slow Hand"), born in Oakland, California (d. 2006)

Weddings in Music

Sonny Bono

Nov 3 American aspiring songwriter Sonny Bono (19) weds American Donna Rankin; divorce in 1962

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 11 J. Rosamund Johnson, American composer ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), dies at 81
  • Nov 21 Karol Rathaus, German-Austrian composer, dies at 59
  • Nov 29 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, dies at 85
  • Nov 29 Ollie "Dink" Johnson, American Dixieland jazz clarinetist, pianist, and drummer, dies at 62
  • Nov 30 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor and composer, dies at 68