On This Day

Events in Music in 1928

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 10 George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie" premieres in New York

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 1 Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Mar 13 Rudolph Friml's musical "Three Musketeers" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 22 Noël Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 28 Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • Aug 31 Brecht & Weil's play " The Threepenny Opera " premieres
  • Sep 15 Stothard, Kalmar & Ruby's musical "Good Boy" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 24 Cohan and Lardner's musical "Elmer the Great" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 8 Cole Porter and E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" opens at the Music Box Theatre, NYC; runs for 195 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • Oct 8 Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 2 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony, L Stokovski premieres in Philadelphia

  • Nov 8 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel first performed publicly (Paris)

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • Dec 4 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee!" premieres on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC
  • Dec 13 George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres at Carnegie Hall, NYC, performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Walter Damrosch
  • Dec 28 Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made