On This Day

Events in Music in 1931

  • Feb 7 US opera "Peter Ibbetson" by Deems Taylor premieres at Metropolitan Opera, New York City

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 10 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "America's Sweetheart" premieres on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Composer
Richard Rodgers
  • Mar 3 "Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution
  • Mar 3 Cab Calloway records "Minnie Moocher" (Jazz's 1st million seller)
  • Mar 25 Hal Kemp & his orchestra record Whistles, with Skinnay Ennis

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Apr 8 Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "The Arrow" premieres

  • May 1 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
  • Jun 6 "There Ought To Be A Moonlight Saving Time" by Guy Lombardo hits #1

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Sep 2 Bing Crosby makes his solo radio debut

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Sep 17 Operetta "Viktoria & Her Hussar" by Paul Abraham (adapted for English by Harry Graham) premieres in London at Palace Theatre h
  • Oct 13 Musical "Everybody's Welcome" with T/J Dorsey premieres in NYC

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Oct 13 Noël Coward's "Cavalcade" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Nov 2 Warren, Dixon and Young's musical "Laugh Parade" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 11 Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building in San Francisco

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Nov 12 Jean Sibelius and Ashton's ballet "Lady of Shalott" premieres in London

Composer Jean Sibelius
Composer
Jean Sibelius
  • Dec 25 NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Dec 26 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" by George and Ira Gershwin premieres on Broadway, New York City

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin