Events in Music in 1931

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

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Dec 4 "Frankenstein" opens at Mayfair
  • Dec 25 NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio
  • Dec 26 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" by George and Ira Gershwin premieres on Broadway, New York City