On This Day

Events in Music in 1936

  • Jan 4 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade

Music History

Jan 9 Noël Coward's stage drama "Astonished Heart" premieres in London

Music Recording

Jan 24 Benny Goodman and orchestra record "Stompin' at the Savoy" on Victor Records

Music History

Jan 26 Joseph Stalin views Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth" but he and his officials leave early and the play is denounced in state press

Music History

Jan 28 Pravda criticizes Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District"

Murder of Interest

Apr 14 French singer Édith Piaf questioned after nightclub owner and her patron Louis Leplée murdered in Paris

  • Apr 26 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 4th Symphony
  • May 2 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow
  • May 12 Ralph Vaughan Williams' opera "Poisoned Kiss" premieres in London

Music History

Jun 29 George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (for raising war morale)

Music History

Jul 25 Jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker marries his childhood sweetheart Rebecca Ruffin

Film Release

Sep 4 RKO Radio Pictures releases "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Music Premiere

Oct 29 Cole Porters musical "Red Hot And Blue", starring Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, and Bob Hope, opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 183 performances

Music Recording

Nov 23 Legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson's first recording session with producer Don Law at the Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

  • Nov 24 Noël Coward's anthology "Tonight at 8:30" premieres in NYC, runs for 118 performances
  • Dec 26 Israel's Philarmonic Orchestra forms