On This Day

November 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 4 "Fanny" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances
  • 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], English punk rocker ("Goody Two Shoes"; "Antmusic"), born in London
  • 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 Rickie Lee Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Chuck E's In Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 8 Jeanette McGruder, American singer (P Funk; Brides of Funkenstein), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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 Yanni [Chryssomallis], Greek new age musician (Live at the Acropolis, Sand Dance), born in Kalamata, Greece
  • Nov 15 Ab Bryant, rock bassist/vocalist (Chilliwack)
  • Nov 15 Mitch Easter, American record producer (REM), 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 18 John Parr, British pop singer (St. Elmo's Fire), born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire
  • 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 film maker (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, rock bassist (Little River Band Melbourne
  • Nov 30 June Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-I'm So excited)

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 Dink Johnson, American musician, dies at 62
  • Nov 30 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (b. 1886)