On This Day

Events in Music in 1945

  • Jan 13 Sergei Prokofiev's 5th Symphony premieres by the USSR State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Prokofiev, in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
  • Jan 15 "Make Mine Manhattan" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 429 performances
  • Jan 27 S Romberg, H&D Fields' musical premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 "Rum and Coca-Cola" by the Andrews Sisters hits #1
  • Mar 15 Billboard publishes its 1st album chart (King Cole Trio is #1)

Music Recording

Mar 27 Ella Fitzgerald and Delta Rhythm Boys record the Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg-Billy Rose song "It's Only a Paper Moon"

Music History

Apr 12 Richard Strauss completes his "Metamorphosen"

  • Apr 19 Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Carousel" opens at the Majestic Theatre, NYC; runs for 890 performances

Music Recording

Apr 24 Miles Davis makes recording debut with the Herbie Fields Orchestra, backing singer "Rubberlegs" Wilson, at Savoy Records Studio, Newark, New Jersey

Music Premiere

Jun 5 Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" premieres in London

Music History

Aug 22 Noël Coward's revue "Sigh no More" premieres in London

Music History

Aug 30 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 9th Symphony

  • Sep 23 First Cavalcade of Jazz outdoor concert held at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles with Count Basie, Valaida Snow and others
  • Sep 27 Baldwin Bergerson's musical "Carib Song" opens at Adelphi Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances

Music History

Oct 3 Elvis Presley's 1st public appearance at the age of 10

  • Oct 27 "Carib Song" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Nov 8 Muscial "The Girl from Nantucket" opens at Adelphi Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances
  • Nov 10 Harry Revel and Arnold B. Horwitt's musical comedy "Are You with It?" opens at Century Theater, NYC, later moving to the Shubert Theatre; runs for 264 performances
  • Nov 17 "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 performances

Music History

Nov 18 Arnold Schoenberg's Prelude for orchestra & mixed choir, premieres

Music Recording

Nov 26 Charlie "Bird" Parker leads recording session for the Savoy label marketed as the "greatest Jazz session ever" with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis

Film Release

Nov 26 "Brief Encounter", based on Noël Coward's one-act play "Still Life", directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard is released

  • Dec 21 "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances