Events in Music in 1942

  • Jan 24 Musical "Star & Garter" premieres in NYC

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Feb 10 Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Feb 19 Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah"

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 5 World première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in Kuybyshev, Russia

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Apr 8 Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire" premieres in NYC

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 29 Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", world's best-selling single (estimated 100 million copies sold)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 29 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)

Actor James Cagney
Actor
James Cagney
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • Jun 8 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night"
  • Jun 22 European broadcast première of Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony in London conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jul 5 1st performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Choros 6/9/11
  • Jul 19 US première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in NYC by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini in a concert broadcast nationwide on NBC radio
  • Jul 20 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich on its cover

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jul 24 Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Aug 9 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, dedicated to city of Leningrad is performed in Leningrad during seige by Nazi forces. Performed by starving musicians and broadcast to German forces by loudspeaker.

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Oct 16 Aaron Copland and Agnes de Mille's ballet "Rodeo," premieres in NYC

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • Oct 23 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")