On This Day

Events in Music in 1927

Music History

Jan 9 Dmitri Shostakovich' Octet opus 11 premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 21 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)

Music History

Feb 16 Noël Coward's "Marquise" premieres in London

  • Feb 17 Deems Taylor's opera "The King's Henchman", with libretto by Edna St. Vincent Millay, premieres at the Metropolitan Opera, NYC
  • Feb 18 1st US radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts"
  • Feb 21 Franz Lehár's opera "Der Zarewitsch" premieres
  • Apr 22 Roger Sessions' 1st Symphony in E premieres with Serge Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • May 5 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in Berlin
  • May 14 "Ain't She Sweet?" hits #1 on the singles chart by Ben Bernie

Music History

Aug 1 Influential country music group the Carter family make their first recording with producer Ralph Peer in Bristol, Tennessee

  • Sep 6 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Good News" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 12 Sigmund Romberg's musical "My Maryland," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 26 St James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St, NYC

Jazz Singer Sounds Death Knell for Silent Movies

Oct 6 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)

Music History

Oct 26 Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song"

Music Premiere

Nov 3 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee", based on Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court", opens at the Vanderbilt Theatre, NYC; runs for 421 performances

Music Premiere

Nov 22 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Funny Face", starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire, opens at the new Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs 244 performances

  • Nov 28 J McHugh & D Fields' musical "Delmar's Revels" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 4 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 4 Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem
  • Dec 10 "Grand Ole Opry" first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee

Music History

Dec 27 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in New York City

Music Premiere

Dec 28 Arthur Honegger's opera "Antigone" premieres with a libretto by Jean Cocteau, sets by Pablo Picasso and costumes by Coco Chanel at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels