Events in Music in 1941

  • Jan 3 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia

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Feb 7 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

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Feb 15 Duke Ellington first records "Take the A Train"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Feb 22 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres
  • Mar 14 Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"

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Mar 24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Mar 29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
  • Mar 29 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • May 7 Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
  • May 13 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • May 16 1st US radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • May 21 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp

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Jul 19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Beethoven's 5th symphony)

  • Oct 1 H Martin/R Blane's musical "Best Foot Forward" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 29 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" premieres in New York City
  • Nov 17 Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
  • Dec 21 David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres
  • Dec 27 Siberia: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 7th Symphony