On This Day

Events in Music in 1954

Music Recording

Jan 4 Elvis Presley records his 1st demo for Sun Records at a recording studio in Memphis, "It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You" and "I'll Never Stand In Your Way"

  • Jan 14 Sandy Wilson's musical "The Boy Friend" opens at Wyndham's Theatre, in London's West End

Musical Finale

Jan 16 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's musical "South Pacific", starring Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, closes at the Majestic Theater, NYC, after 1928 performances;, winning 10 Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prize

Music History

Jan 20 Herman Wouk's stage drama "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial", adpated from his novel "The Caine Mutiny", starring Henry Fonda, and directed by Charles Laughton, premieres at the Plymouth Theatre, NYC; runs for 415 performances

Music Concert

Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovich's "Concertino opus 94" premieres

Music History

Jan 29 Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne, Germany

  • Mar 5 "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • Mar 12 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's opera "Moses und Aaron", in a concert setting in Hamburg, Germany
  • Mar 20 "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
  • Mar 28 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon (Best Play) & Kismet (Best Musical) win
  • Apr 3 Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Me and Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 358 performances
  • Apr 8 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances

Music History

Apr 12 Bill Haley and the Comets record "Rock Around Clock"

  • Apr 20 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances

Music Concert

Apr 30 Darius Milhaud's 4th Concert for piano and orchestra premieres in Haifa, Israel

  • May 13 "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
  • Jun 12 "Girl in Pink Tights" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances
  • Jun 12 Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" is originally released
  • Jun 24 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 performances
  • Jul 3 "Wonderful Town" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances
  • Jul 5 Singer Elvis Presley's 1st professional recording session (with guitarist Scotty Moore & bass player Bill Black) takes place at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. The trio record four songs including their historic cover of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's song "That's All Right". [1]
  • Jul 19 Elvis Presley's debut single, a cover of Arthur Cruddup's "That's All Right" is released
  • Jul 28 Ernest Bloch's 4th string quartet premieres
  • Jul 30 Elvis Presley joins the Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71
  • Aug 4 The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla
  • Aug 7 "Golden Apple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances
  • Sep 6 WINS radio station in NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show

Music Premiere

Sep 14 Benjamin Britten's opera 'Turn of the Screw' premieres in Venice

Television Premiere

Sep 27 "The Tonight Show" 1st premieres on NBC hosted by Steve Allen

Film Premiere

Sep 29 The first remake of "A Star Is Born", starring Judy Garland & James Mason premieres at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles

Music Premiere

Sep 30 Sandy Wilson's musical "The Boy Friend", cast includes Julie Andrews, making her Broadway debut, opens at the Royale Theatre, NYC; runs for 485 performances

  • Oct 11 "On Your Toes" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • Oct 20 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC; runs for 152 performances
  • Nov 4 "Fanny" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances
  • Nov 27 "By the Beautiful Sea" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 270 performances
  • Dec 2 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances

Music History

Dec 3 Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard" premieres

  • Dec 3 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • Dec 4 Musical "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Dec 4 "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • Dec 9 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed honored guest of Royal Swedish Academy of Music
  • Dec 27 Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning opera "The Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater in ,NYC; runs for 92 performances

Music Premiere

Dec 30 Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's musical "House of Flowers" premieres at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 165 performances