On This Day

Events in Music in 1936

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

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

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

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman

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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

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer
Dmitri Shostakovich

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

MurderMurder of Interest

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

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • 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

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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)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 4 "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers