On This Day

Events in Music in 1954

Music releaseMusic 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"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 8 Jerry Vivino, American rock and R&B saxophonist (Max Weinberg 7; Vivino Brothers), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jan 14 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
  • Jan 16 "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

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

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

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Mar 5 "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • Mar 12 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"
  • 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 "Me & Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
  • Apr 8 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances

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

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • Apr 20 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud
  • 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 Elvis Presley records his debut single, a cover of Arthur Cruddup's "That's All Right, Mama"
  • 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 (Mama)". [1]
  • 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 NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

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

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Sep 30 "Boy Friend" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 483 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

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

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • Dec 3 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • Dec 4 "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 opera "Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater in NYC for 92 performances

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Dec 30 Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's musical "House of Flowers" premieres at Alvin Theater in NYC