Events in Music in 1939

  • Feb 24 Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston
  • Mar 25 Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart

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Apr 9 Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

  • Apr 23 1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin
  • May 6 1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"

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May 23 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad

  • Jun 3 Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe

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Jul 13 Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Aug 17 "The Wizard of Oz" opens at Loews Capitol Theatre in NY
  • Aug 28 Sammy Fain and Jack Yellen's musical "George White's Scandals" premieres
  • Oct 14 BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) formed

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Oct 16 George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "The Man Who Came to Dinner" premieres in NYC, running until 1941 for 739 performances

Playwright Moss Hart
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Moss Hart
  • Oct 18 Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Harts musical "Too Many Girls" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 24 Benny Goodman records "Let's Dance"

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Nov 11 Kate Smith first sings Irving Berlin's "God Bless America"

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Dec 3 Dmitri Shostakovich's 6th Symphony premieres
  • Dec 6 Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry was a Lady" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland