1917

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Jan

1

  • Hilding Rosenberg’s 3 Intermezzi for piano premiered in Stockholm

3

  • Leon McAuliffe born (Houston, TX) American country and western swing guitarist, bandleader, singer. Member of the Light Crust Doughboys, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and leader of Leon McAuliffe and His Western Swing Band and Leon McAuliffe and His Cimarron Boys. Died 1988

5

  • Bela Bartók’s Four Slovak Folk Songs for voice and piano premiered in Budapest

7

  • Ulysses Kay born (Tucson, AZ) American composer, teacher, administrator. Died 1995

10

  • Jerry Wexler born (Bronx, NY) American record producer, record executive, journalist. Worked for Atlantic Records and Warner Brothers. Died 2008

13

  • Albert Niemann (85) dies in Berlin

14

  • Billy Butterfield born (Middleton, OH) American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader. Worked with Austin Wylie, Bob Crosby, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. Died 1988

17

  • Oskar Morawetz born (Světlá nad Sázavou, Czech Rep) Czech-Canadian composer, pianist, conductor, teacher. Died 2007
  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band begin a residency at Reisenweber’s Restaurant in New York

21

  • Billy Maxted born (Racine, WN) American jazz pianist, arranger. Worked with Red Nichols, Ben Pollack, Benny Goodman and Claude Thornhill. Died 2001
  • Alfredo Casella’s Symphony no.3 ‘Elegia eroica’ premiered in Rome

22

  • Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan record a session for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland, the first recorded song to mention jazz in the title

23

  • Frederic Lee Beckett born (Nettleton, MS) American jazz trombonist. Worked with Andy Kirk, Lionel Hampton and others. Died 1946

24

  • Avery Parrish born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz pianist, songwriter. Worked with Erskine Hawkins. Part-paralysed in a Los Angeles bar fight in 1942 and never played again. Died 1959

29

  • John Raitt born (Santa Ana, CA) American musical theatre actor, singer. Father of Bonnie Raitt (b.1949). Died 2005

30

  • Alexander von Zemlinsky’s opera Eine florentinische Tragödie [A Florentine Tragedy], lib. Max Meyerfeld after Oscar Wilde, premiered in Stuttgart

31

  • Henry Bracy (71) dies in Sydney of cerebrovascular disease
  • The Original Dixieland Jass Band record a session for Columbia in New York but the results are deemed unreleasable and are scrapped. The existence of this session is disputed.
Gus Kahn and Henry Marshall's "That Funny Jas Band From Dixieland" sheet music

Gus Kahn and Henry Marshall’s “That Funny Jas Band From Dixieland” sheet music

Feb

5

  • Leos Janácek’s cantata The Eternal Gospel premiered in Prague

8

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s incidental music for A. de Musset’s play On ne badine pas avec l’amour [You do not mess with love] premiered in Paris

10

  • Emile Pessard (73) dies in PAris
  • Harold Fraser-Simson, James W. Tate, Harry Graham & Frederick Lonsdale’s musical The Maid of the Mountains opens in London (1352 performances)

13

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in Rio de Janeiro

18

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Five Poems for voice and piano op.27 premiered in Moscow

20

  • Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse’s musical Oh, Boy! opens on Broadway (463 performances)

21

  • Tadd Dameron born (Cleveland, OH) American jazz bandleader, pianist, composer, arranger. Died 1965

24

  • Myra Taylor born (Bonner Springs, KS) American jazz singer, songwriter, actress. Worked with Baby Dodds, Lil Hardin, Lonnie Johnson, Harlan Leonard, Eubie Blake and solo. Died 2011

25

  • Paul Rubens (41) dies in Falmouth, Cornwall of tuberculosis

26

  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record their first issued material for Victor in Camden, NJ. Line-up: Nick LaRocca (cor) Eddie Edwards (tb) Larry Shields (cl) Henry Ragas (p) Tony Spargo (d). Tracks cut include Livery Stable Blues & Dixie Jass Band One-Step
Original Dixieland Jass Band - Livery Stable Blues (Victor)

Original Dixieland Jass Band – Livery Stable Blues (Victor)

Mar

2

  • Desi Arnaz aka Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III born (Santiago de Cuba) American bandleader, actor, television producer. Husband of Lucille Ball (1911-89). Died 1986
  • John Gardner born (Manchester) English composer, teacher.

4

  • Julius Bechgaard (73) dies in Frederiksberg, Denmark

6

  • Paul Hindemith’s Three Movements for cello and piano op.8 premiered in Frankfurt

9

  • Claude Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp premiered in Paris

11

  • Pierre Mascagni’s La Ballata di Maggio [the ballad of May] for voice and orchestra premiered in Florence
  • Ottorino Respighi’s Fontane de Roma [Fountains of Rome] for orchestra premiered in Rome
  • Erik Satie’s Heures séculaires et instantanées [Hours secular and instantaneous] for piano premiered in Faubourg St. Honoré, France

12

  • Leonard Chess aka Lejzor Czyz born (Motal, Belarus) Polish-American record executive. Co-founder of Chess and Checker records. Brother of Phil Chess (b.1921). Died 1969

14

  • John Graas born (Dubuque, IO) American jazz and classical french horn player, composer, arranger. Worked with Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton. Died 1962

17

  • Brian Boydell born (Howth, Ireland) Irish composer, teacher, conductor, broadcaster, writer. Died 2000
  • Robert Erickson born (Marquette, MI) American composer, teacher. Died 1997
  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s debut 78 is released on Victor, regarded as the first jazz record (see 26 Feb 1917)

18

  • Riccardo Brengola born (Naples) Italian classical violinist, teacher. Died 2004
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody no.5 op.147 for orchestra premiered in London

19

  • Dillon ‘Curley’ Russell born (New York, NY) American jazz bassist. Worked with Tadd Dameron, Charlie Parker and Art Blakey. Died 1986
  • Dinu Lipatti born (Bucharest) Romanian composer, pianist. Died 1950

20

  • Vera Lynn born (London) English popular singer.
  • Emilio De Marchi (56) dies in Milan
  • Edward Elgar’s ballet The Sanguine Fan op.81 premiered in London

21

  • Teresa Carreño plays her final concert in Havana

23

  • Johnny Guarnieri born (New York, NY) American jazz pianist. Worked with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, June Christy and others. Died 1985
  • Oscar Shumsky born (Philadelphia, PA) American classical violinist, conductor, teacher. Died 2000
  • Ernest Bloch’s Three Jewish Poems for orchestra premiered in Boston

25

  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s Sept Improvisations for organ op.150 premiered in Marseille

26

  • Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio for flute, viola and harp premiered in London

27

  • Rufus Thomas born (Cayce, MS) American R&B, soul and funk singer, comedian, disc jockey. Father of Carla Thomas (b. 1942). Died 2001
  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera La rondine [the swallow] premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. G. Adami

29

  • Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse’s musical Leave It to Jane opens on Broadway (167 performances)

30

  • Rudolf Brucci born (Zagreb) Croatian composer, teacher. Died 2002
  • Victor de Sabata’s opera Il Macigno [the boulder], lib. Alberto Colantuoni, premiered in Milan

releases

  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Dixieland Jass Band One Step / Livery Stables Blues (Victor)
Arnold Bax 1883-1853

Arnold Bax 1883-1853

Apr

1

  • Scott Joplin (48) dies in New York, probably of syphilis
  • Edgard Varèse makes his US conducting debut in New York

3

  • Bill Finegan born (Newark, NJ) American jazz bandleader, pianist, arranger, composer, teacher. Worked with Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and co-led the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. Died 2008

6

  • Walter Horton born (Horn Lake, MS) American blues harmonica player. Worked with Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Johnnie Shines and others as well as leading his own groups. Died 1981

7

  • Manuel de Falla’s pantomime El corregidor y la molinera [The mayor and the miller] premiered in Madrid, lib. G. Martínez Sierra

12

  • Helen Forrest born (Atlantic City, NJ) American jazz and popular singer. Worked with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Harry James. Died 1999

13

  • Carl Nielsen’s Chaconne op.32 for piano premiered in Copenhagen

14

  • Edward Elgar’s Le drapeau belge op.79 [the Belgian flag] for speaker and orchestra premiered in London, lib. E. Cammaerts

15

  • Pietro Grossi born (Venice) Italian composer, electronic music and multimedia pioneer. Died 2002
  • August Enna’s opera Gloria Arsena premiered in Copenhagen. Lib. Enna and O. Hansen

16

  • Bobby Robinson born (Union, SC) American record producer. Founder of Fire, Fury and Red Robin Records. Died 2011

17

  • Spyridon Samaras (55) dies in Athens

22

  • Charles Ives’ Sonata no.3 for violin and piano premiered in New York

25

  • Ella Fitzgerald born (Newport News, VA) American jazz singer, bandleader. Worked with Chick Webb, her own groups and solo. Died 1996

27

  • Denzil Best born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, composer. Worked with Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, George Shearing, Erroll Garner and others. Died 1965

29

  • Florence Farr (56) dies in Colombo of breast cancer

30

  • Bea Wain born (New York, NY) American jazz and popular singer.
  • Pietro Mascagni’s opera Lodoletta premiered in Rome, lib. G. Forzano

unk

  • Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band make their first recordings for Pathe. Line-up: Wilbur Sweatman (cl) Piccolo Jones, Vess Williams (as) Henry Minton (ts) Charlie Thorpes (bars) Frank Withers (bs). Tracks cut include Dancing An American Rag; I Wonder WhyJoe Turner Blues & A Bag Of Rags

publications

  • George M Cohan’s Over There published

releases

  • Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan – That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland / American Quartet – The Honolulu hicki boola boo (Victor)

Wilbur Sweatman 1882-1961

May

1

  • Danielle Darrieux born (Bordeaux) French actress, singer.

3

  • Betty Comden born (Brooklyn, NY) American lyricist, playwright, screenwriter. Wrote with Adolph Green. Died 2006
  • Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo for cello and orchestra & the Israel Symphony premiered in New York

5

  • Claude Debussy’s Violin Sonata premiered in Paris

11

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s operas Arlecchino oder Die Fenster [Arlecchino or the window], lib. Busoni & Turandot, lib. Busoni, premiered in Zürich

12

  • Béla Bartók’s ballet A fából faragott királyfi [The Wooden Prince] premiered in Budapest

13

  • James Penberthy born (Melbourne) Australian composer, journalist. Died 1999

14

  • Lou Harrison born (Portland, OR) American composer. Died 2003

15

  • Jodie Edwards aka Butterbeans marries Susie Hawthorne on stage in Greenville, SC

16

  • Vera Rózsa born (Budapest) Anglo-Hungarian alto and mezzo-soprano singer, voice teacher. Died 2010

18

  • Erik Satie’s ballet Parade premiered in Paris. Choreography by Jean Cocteau and costumes by Pablo Picasso

19

  • Petar Stojanović’s opera Das Liebchen am Dache [The sweetheart in the attic], lib. Viktor Léon, premiered in Vienna

25

  • Jimmy Hamilton born (Dillon, SC) American jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger, teacher. Worked with Lucky Millinder, Teddy Wilson and Duke Ellington. Died 1994
  • Léon Vasseur (72) dies in Asnières-sur-Seine, France

27

  • Gustav Holst’s Three Festival Choruses: Let all mortal flesh, Turn back O Man, A Festival Chime for choir and orchestra premiered in Thaxted

28

  • Papa John Creach born (Beaver Falls, PA) American rock violinist. Member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Died 1994
  • Edgar Villchur born (New York, NY) American scientist, educator, writer. Inventor of the acoustic suspension loudspeaker and pioneer of hearing aid technology. Died 2011

31

  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Darktown Strutters’ Ball & Indiana 

unk

  • James P Johnson cuts his first piano rolls for Universal in New York
  • Ernest John Moeran, working as a despatch rider, wounded in the Battle of Arras and discharged
Costumes from Erik Satie's ballet Parade designed by Pablo Picasso

Costumes from Erik Satie’s ballet Parade designed by Pablo Picasso

Jun

4

  • Robert Merrill born (Brooklyn, NY) American baritone singer. Died 2004
  • Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band make their first recordings for Victor in New York. Line-up: Walter Kahn (tp) Harry Raderman (tb) Ted Lewis (cl) Earl Fuller (p) John Lucas (d). Tracks cut include Slippery Hank & Yah-de-dah

6

  • Georgi Atanasov’s opera Gergana premiered in Sofia. Lib. Lubomir Bobevski

7

  • Dean Martin aka Dino Paul Crocetti born (Steubenville, OH) American popular singer, actor, comedian. Died 1995

11

  • Edward Elgar’s The Fringes of the Fleet for 4 baritones and orchestra premiered in London, lib. R. Kipling

12

  • Teresa Carreño (63) dies in New York
  • Hans Pfitzner’s opera Palestrina premiered in Munich, lib. Pfitzner
  • Joaquín Turina’s Mujeres espanolas op.17 [Spanish women] for piano premiered in Paris

18

  • Jovdat Hajiyev born (Shaki, Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani composer, teacher. Died 2002

19

  • Dave Lambert born (Boston, MA) American jazz singer. Member of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Died 1966

20

  • Hugo Alpen (74) dies in Strathfield, New South Wales

27

  • Prenkë Jakova born (Shkodër, Albania) Albanian composer, teacher, author of the first Albanian opera, Mrika. Died 1969

28

  • The American Quartet record a session for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include Over There. Line-up: John Bieling, Billy Murray (tenor) Steve Porter (baritone) William F. Hooley (bass)

30

  • Lena Horne born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz singer, actress. Worked with Noble Sissle, Charlie Barnet and solo. Died 2010
Hans Pfitzner 1869-1949

Hans Pfitzner 1869-1949

Jul

14

  • Roshanlal Nagrath aka Roshan born (Gujranwala, Pakistan) Indian film composer. Died 1967

16

  • Philipp Scharwenka (70) dies in Bad Nauheim, Germany
  • John Lomax fired from his job at the University of Texas

18

  • Henri Salvador born (Cayenne, French Guiana) French popular singer, broadcaster, guitarist. Died 2008

24

  • Henri Betti aka Ange-Eugène Betti born (Nice) French popular songwriter, film composer, pianist. Died 2005
  • Robert Farnon born (Toronto) Canadian composer, conductor, arranger, trumpeter. Died 2005

unk

  • Noble Sissle makes his first recordings for Pathé. Tracks cut include A Little Bit O’ Honey & Stay In Your Own Back Yard

releases

  • Arthur Fields – Everybody Loves A ‘Jass’ Band (Edison)

Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake (seated)

Aug

3

  • Antonio Lauro born (Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela) Venezuelan composer, guitarist. Died 1986

4

  • Herman Darewski, Percival Knight, James Heard, Bruce Bairnsfather and Arthur Elliott’s musical comedy The Better ‘Ole opens in London (811 performances)

6

  • Hidayat Inayat Khan born (London) English composer, conductor, Sufi scholar and teacher.

7

  • Mose Vinson born (Holly Springs, MS) American boogie-woogie, blues and jazz pianist. Died 2002
  • Basil Hood (53) dies in London

10

  • James Charles ‘J. C.’ Heard born (Dayton, OH) American jazz drummer. Worked with Teddy Wilson, Benny Carter, Charlie Parker, Erroll Garner and others. Died 1988

13

  • Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Jazzin’ around; A coon band contest; The old grey mare & Beale Street blues

16

  • Roque Cordero born (Panama City) Panamanian composer, teacher, administrator. Died 2008
  • Sigmund Romberg, & Rida Johnson Young’s musical Maytime opens on Broadway (492 performances)

18

  • Henry Cowell’s opera The Building of Bamba premiered in Halcyon, CA, lib. Varian

22

  • John Lee Hooker born (Coahoma County, MS) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 2001

23

  • Sollie ‘Tex’ Williams born (Ramsey, IL) American country singer, guitarist. Died 1985

unk

  • Eubie Blake makes his first recordings for Pathé in New York. Tracks cut include Hungarian Rag – One Step & American Jubilee

Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band: Harry Raderman, Ted Lewis, John Lucas, Earl Fuller, Walter Kahn

Sep

1

  • Velma Middleton born (St Louis, MO) American jazz singer. Worked with Louis Armstrong. Died 1961

2

  • Laurindo Almeida born (Sao Paulo) Brazilian classical and jazz guitarist. Worked with Stan Kenton. Died 1995

5

  • Art Rupe aka Arthur Goldberg born (Greensberg, PA) American record executive. Founder of Specialty Records.
  • Marie Hanfstängl (69) dies in Munich

8

  • Charles-Edouard Lefebvre (74) dies in Aix-les-Bains, France

11

  • Myrta Silva born (Arecibo, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican popular singer, songwriter. Died 1987

13

  • Robert Ward born (Cleveland, OH) American composer, teacher.

14

  • Zoltán Kodály’s incidental music for Z. Móricz’s play Pacsirtaszó [Lark Song] premiered in Budapest
  • Fred Thompson, Percy Greenbank, Lionel Monckton, Howard Talbot & Adrian Ross’ musical The Boy opens in London (801 performances)

15

  • Richard Arnell born (London) English composer. Died 2009

17

  • Isang Yun born (Tongyeong, South Korea) Korean-German composer, activist. Died 1995

18

  • The ukulele is patented by the Honolulu Ad Club in an attempt to stop copies being made outside of Hawaii

22

  • (to 25th) WC Handy’s Memphis Orchestra make their first recordings for Columbia over four days. Line-up: WC Handy (cor) Edward Alexander, Darnell Howard, William Tyler (vln) Sylvester Bevard (tb) Henry Graves (cel) Charles Harris, Nelson Kincaid (cl, ts) Alex Poole (cl, as) Charles Hillman (p) Archie Walls (b) Jasper Taylor (d, xyl). Tracks cut include Sweet Child; Old Town Pump; Bunch Of Blues; Moonlight Blues; Livery Stable Blues; That Jazz Dance Everyone Is Crazy About; Hooking Cow Blues; Ole Miss Rag; Snaky Blues & Fuzzy Wuzzy Rag

30

  • Buddy Rich born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, bandleader. Worked with Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and his own bands. Died 1987

releases

  • American Quartet – Over There / I May Be Gone For A Long Long Time (Victor)
  • Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band – Slippery Hank / Yah-de-dah (Victor)
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Darktown Strutters’ Ball / Indiana (Columbia)

WC Handy’s Memphis Orchestra

Oct

2

  • Francis Jackson born (Malton, Yorks) English organist, composer.

4

  • Edward Elgar’s The Spirit of England op.80 for choir and orchestra premiered in Birmingham (parts 2 and 3 premiered 3 May 1916 in Leeds)

10

  • Thelonious Monk born (Rocky Mount, NC) American jazz pianist, composer. Died 1982

11

  • Maurice Ravel’s Trois chansons pour choeur mixte sans accompagnement [Three songs for mixed choir without accompaniment] premiered in Paris

17

  • Norman Leyden born (Springfield, MA) American conductor, arranger, clarinettist.

18

  • George Webb born (London) English jazz pianist, bandleader. Died 2010

19

  • John Alden Carpenter’s Symphony no.1 “Sermons in Stone” premiered in Chicago

21

  • John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie born (Cheraw, SC) American jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader. Worked with Teddy Hill, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine and his own bands. Died 1993

24

  • Leopold Stokowski makes his first recordings conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra for Victor. Tracks cut include Brahms’ Hungarian dance no.5 & Hungarian dance no.6

26

  • Modest Musorgsky’s opera Sorochinskaya yarmarka [Sorochintsï Fair] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Musorgsky. Completed by César Cui
  • Jean Sibelius’ Six Songs op.88 for voice and piano premiered in Helsinki

27

  • Jascha Heifetz, aged 17, makes his US debut at Carnegie Hall, New York

28

  • Alexander Glazunov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 op.100 premiered in St Petersburg

29

  • Victor Herbert and Henry Blossom’s musical Eileen opens on Broadway (64 performances)

30

  • Anna Marly née Anna Yurievna Betulinskaya born (St Petersburg) Franco-Russian popular singer, songwriter. Writer of the Free French anthem Chant des Partisans. Died 2006
Jascha Heifetz 1901-87

Jascha Heifetz 1901-87

Nov

2

  • Fred Billington (63) dies in London
  • Bernhard Sekles’s opera Scheherezade premiered in Mannheim. Lib. Gerdt von Bassewitz

5

  • The musical revue Miss 1917 opens on Broadway (72 performances)

6

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonatina no.3 for piano premiered in Zürich

7

  • Howard Rumsey born (Brawley, CA) American jazz bassist, bandleader. Worked with Stan Kenton, Charlie Barnet, Barney Bigard and led the Lighthouse All Stars.

9

  • Jascha Heifetz makes his first recordings for Victor in Camden, NJ with pianist André Benoist. Tracks cut include Riccardo Drigo’s Valse bluette; Henri Wieniawski’s Scherzo-tarantelle & Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria aka Ellens Gesang

10

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Violin Sonata no.2 op.108 premiered in Paris

11

  • Tofig Guliyev born (Baku, Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani composer, conductor, teacher, music director. Died 2000
  • Liliuokalani (79) dies in Honolulu following a stroke
  • Aleksandr Glazunov’s Piano Concerto no.2 premiered in St Petersburg

12

  • Jo Stafford born (Coalinga, CA) American popular singer. Died 2008
  • The Storyville area of New Orleans is closed by order of the US Navy

14

  • Leos Janácek’s The Fiddler’s Child for orchestra premiered in Prague

22

  • Jean-Etienne Marie born (Pont-l’Évêque, Calvados, France) French composer, microtonal and electro-acoustic pioneer. Died 1989

24

  • Ernest Fanelli (57) dies in Paris

26

  • Nesuhi Ertegun born (Istanbul, Turkey) Turkish-American record producer, executive at Atlantic Records. Brother of Ahmet Ertegun (1923-2006). Died 1989

29

  • Merle Travis born (Rosewood, KY) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1983
  • Gustav Holst’s Phantasy on British Folk Songs for striung quartet premiered in London
  • Carl Nielsen’s Theme with Variations op.40 for piano premiered in Copenhagen

30

  • Emil Ábrányi’s opera Don Quijote premiered in Budapest. Lib. Emil Ábrányi sr. after Cervantes

unk

  • Arthur Benjamin joins the Royal Flying Corps
  • Noble Sissle records a session for Pathé. Tracks cut include Can’t Yo’ Heah Me Callin’, Caroline & Little Alabama Coon

releases

  • Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band – The old grey mare / Beale Street blues (Victor)
Arthur Benjamin 1893-1960

Arthur Benjamin 1893-1960

Dec

1

  • Edgard Varèse makes his American conducting debut with Berlioz’s Requiem in New York

3

  • Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Band record a session for Pathé. Tracks cut include Boogie Rag

7

  • Ludwig Minkus (91) dies in Vienna of pneumonia
  • Arnold Bax’s ballet From Dusk Till Dawn premiered in London

11

  • Francis Poulenc’s Rapsodie nègre [negro rhapsody] for voice and septet premiered in Paris

15

  • Bela Bartók’s Five Slovak Folk Songs for chorus and orchestra premiered in Vienna

18

  • Eddie Vinson born (Houston, TX) American jazz and R&B saxophonist, singer. Worked with Cootie Williams and his own bands. Died 1988

26

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera Azora, the Daughter of Montezuma premiered in Chicago. Lib. David Stevens

28

  • Leo Ascher’s operetta Bruder Leichtsinn [Brother levity], lib. Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald, premiered in Vienna

31

  • Irving Berlin and George M. Cohan’s musical revue The Cohan Revue of 1918 opens in New York

Date unknown

  • Furry Lewis loses a leg in a railway accident

publications

  • Cecil Sharp & O.D. Campbell’s English Folk-Songs from the Southern Appalachians published in London

songs published

  • The Darktown Strutters’ Ball (Shelton Brooks); Good-bye-ee (R. P. Weston, Bert Lee); Livery Stable Blues (Alcide Nunez, Ray Lopez); Oh It’s A Lovely War (Maurice Scott); Over There (George M. Cohan); Rose Room (Harry Williams, Art Hickman); Tiger Rag (Harry De Costa, Edwin B. Edwards, Nick La Rocca, Tony Sbarbaro, Henry Ragas, Larry Shields)

Sheet music for George M Cohan’s Over There

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