1920

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Jan

3

  • Renato Carosone born (Naples) Italian popular pianist, bandleader. Died 2001
  • Arthur Honegger’s symphonic poem Le chant du Nigamon [The song of Nigamon] premiered in Paris

5

  • Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli born (Brescia) Italian classical pianist. Died 1995

8

  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record the fifth of seven sessions for EMI Columbia in London. Tracks cut include My Baby’s Arms; Tell Me & I’ve Got My Captain Working For Me Now.

9

  • Al Jolson records a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Swanee

10

  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record the sixth of seven sessions for EMI Columbia in London. Tracks cut include I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles; Mammy O’ Mine &  I’ve Lost My Heart In Dixieland.
  • Mamie Smith records a trial session for Victor in New York but nothing comes from it

12

  • Ted Lewis makes his first recordings as leader for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include When My Baby Smiles At Me & Bo-la-bo

14

  • Michael Heming born (London) English composer. Died 1942

16

  • Reginald de Koven (60) dies in Chicago
  • Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Germaine Tailleferre, Louis Durey, Francis Poulenc and Georges Auric proclaimed as ‘Les Six’
  • Bela Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances for small orchestra premiered in Cluj

19

  • Luciano Chailly born (Ferrara) Italian composer, music director. Father of Riccardo Chailly (b.1953). Died 2002
  • The Salzburg Festival is established

21

  • John Henry Maunder (61) dies in Brighton
  • Franz Schreker’s opera Der Schatzgräber [the treasure hunter], lib. Schreker, premiered in Frankfurt

24

  • Jimmy Forrest born (St Louis, MO) American jazz and R&B tenor saxophonist. Worked with Jay McShann, Andy Kirk and Duke Ellington. Died 1980
  • Percy French (65) dies in Formby, Lancashire of pneumonia

26

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes op.34 premiered in New York

29

  • Paul Gayten born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B bandleader, pianist, composer, talent scout, producer. Died 1991
  • Emil von Reznicek’s opera Ritter Blaubart [Sir Bluebeard], lib. Herbert Eulenberg, premiered in Darmstadt

31

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera Cleopatra’s Night premiered in New York. Lib. Alice Leal Pollock
  • Richard Strauss’s suite Le Bourgeois gentilhomme [the bourgeois gentleman] for orchestra premiered in Vienna
Irving Caesar & George Gershwin's "Swanee" sheet music

Irving Caesar & George Gershwin’s “Swanee” sheet music

Feb

2

  • Jerome Kern and Anne Caldwell’s musical The Night Boat opens on Broadway (313 performances)
  • Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pesnya solov′ya (Chant du rossignol) [Song of the Nightingale] premiered in Paris (staged performance)

7

  • Oscar Brand born (Winnipeg, Manitoba) Canadian folk singer, songwriter, writer, broadcaster.
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Quatre chants russes [4 Russian songs] for voice and piano premiered in Paris

12

  • Émile Sauret (67) dies in London
  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Der letzte Walzer [the last waltz]. lib. Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald, premiered in Berlin

13

  • Boudleaux Bryant born (Shellman, GA) American country songwriter. Wrote with wife Felice Bryant (1925-2003). Died 1987
  • Eileen Farrell born (Willimantic, CT) American soprano singer, teacher. Died 2002
  • Joaquín Turina’s Danzas fantasticas op.22 for orchestra premiered in Madrid

14

  • Erik Satie’s symphonic drama Socrate premiered in Paris
  • Mamie Smith makes her first recordings for Okeh in New York, the first African-American woman to do so. Line-up: Mamie Smith (vo) Ed Cox (cor) Dope Andrews (tb) Ernest Elliott (cl) Leroy Parker (vln) Willie “The Lion” Smith (p). Tracks cut include You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down & That Thing Called Love

16

  • Karsten Andersen born (Fredrikstad, Norway) Norwegian conductor. Died 1997

18

  • Rolande Falcinelli born (Paris) French organist, pianist, composer, teacher. Died 2006

21

  • Frederick Delius’s Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra premiered in London
  • Darius Milhaud’s ballet Le Bœuf sur le toit [The Ox on the Roof] premiered in Paris

23

  • Hall Overton born (Bangor, MI) American classical and jazz composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1972
  • Alexander Ilyinsky (61) dies in Moscow
  • Guglielmo Marconi starts the first UK radio broadcasts from Chelmsford, Essex

24

  • Eddie Chamblee born (Atlanta, GA) American jazz and R&B tenor- and alto-saxophonist, singer. Worked with Sonny Thompson, Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington and his own groups. Died 1999

26

  • Frederick Delius’s The Song of the High Hills for choir and orchestra premiered in London
  • Paul Hindemith’s Three Hymns of Walt Whitman op.14 for baritone and piano premiered in Frankfurt
  • Leos Janáček’s The Czech Legion for tenor, bass and chorus premiered in Kromeriz

28

  • Paul Hindemith’s In einer Nacht…/Träume und Erlebnisse op.15 [In a Night… / Dreams and experiences] for piano premiered in Stuttgart
  • Arthur Honegger’s Violin Sonata no.2 premiered in Paris

releases

  • Selvin’s Novelty Orchestra – Dardanella / My Isle of Golden Dreams (Victor)
Sheet music for Felix Bernard, Johnny Black and Fred Fisher's song Dardanella

Sheet music for Felix Bernard, Johnny Black and Fred Fisher’s song Dardanella

Mar

3

  • Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Serenade op.31 for orchestra premiered in Gothenburg

10

  • Charles Tournemire’s Symphony No.5 premiered in The Hague

11

  • Darius Milhaud’s Machines agricoles op.56 [agricultural machines] for voice and septet premiered in Paris

12

  • Julius Buths (68) dies in Düsseldorf
  • Louis Thern (71) dies in Budapest

15

  • Nikolay Kashkin (80) dies in Kazan, Russia

16

  • John Addison born (Chobham, Surrey) English film composer. Died 1998

21

  • Leos Janáček’s The Ballad of Blanik for orchestra premiered in Brno

23

  • Geoffrey Bush born (London) English composer, organist, teacher, writer, musicologist. Died 1998

25

  • Gustav Holst’s The Hymn of Jesus for choir and orchestra premiered in London

26

  • Marion Harris makes her first recordings for Columbia after leaving Victor. Tracks cut include Left All Alone Blues

unk

  • Franz Schreker appointed director of the Hochschüle für Musik in Berlin, a post he holds until June 1932

releases

  • Art Hickman’s Orchestra – Rose Room / Cairo (Columbia)
Marion Harris 1896-1944

Marion Harris 1896-1944

Apr

4

  • Jean Sibelius’s Maan virsi [Hymn to the Earth] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Helsinki

7

  • Ravi Shankar born (Benares, India) Indian sitar player, composer. Father of Norah Jones (b.1979) and Anoushka Shankar (b.1981). Died 2012

8

  • Carmen McRae born (New York, NY) American jazz singer, songwriter, pianist, actress. Died 1994
  • Charles Griffes (35) dies in New York of influenza
  • August Enna’s opera Komedianter [comedians], lib. Enna and O. Hansen, premiered in Copenhagen
  • Zoktan Kodály’s Serenade op.12 for two violins and viola premiered in Budapest

9

  • Art Van Damme born (Norway, MI) American jazz accordionist, session player, broadcaster. Died 2010

10

  • Paul Hindemith’s Violin Sonata op.11 premiered in Frankfurt
  • Francis Poulenc’s Suite en ut [Suite in C] for piano premiered in Paris

11

  • Ottorino Respighi’s symphonic poem Ballata delle Gnomidi [Ballad of Gnomidi] premiered in Rome

13

  • Ken Nordine born (Cherokee, IO) American spoken word artist, jazz poet, voiceover artist.

16

  • Bela Bartók’s Sonatina for piano premiered in Bratislava
  • Marion Harris records a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include St Louis Blues & Homesickness Blues

17

  • Maurice Ravel’s Deux mélodies hébraïques [Two Hebrew melodies] for voice and piano premiered in Paris

19

  • Frank Fontaine born (Cambridge, MA) American comedian, popular singer. Died 1978
  • Mathilde Mallinger (73) dies in Berlin

20

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s An Irish Concertino op.161 for violin, cello and orchestra premiered in Bournemouth

21

  • Bruno Maderna born (Venice) Italian conductor, composer. Died 1973

23

  • Louis Barron born (Minneapolis, MN) American electronic music pioneer, engineer. Worked with wife Bebe (1925-2008). Died 1989
  • Leoš Janáček’s opera Výlety páně Broučkovy [The Excursions of Mr Brouček] premiered in Prague, lib. Janáček

27

  • Guido Cantelli born (Novara, Italy) Italian conductor. Died 1956
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Ragtime for jazz orchestra premiered in London

28

  • Paul Graener’s opera Schirin und Gertraude premiered in Dresden. Lib. Ernst Hardt

29

  • Harold Shapero born (Lynn, MA) American composer, teacher.

unk

  • Sergei Prokofiev moves to Paris

releases

  • Al Jolson – Swanee / Frank Crumit – My Gal (Columbia)
Igor Stravinsky 1882-1971

Igor Stravinsky 1882-1971

May

3

  • John Lewis born (LaGrange, IL) American jazz pianist, composer. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie. Member of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Died 2001
  • Ernst Krenek’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in Salzburg

6

  • Hortense Schneider (87) dies in Paris

10

  • Bert Weedon born (London) English guitarist, guitar teacher, author of guitar playing tutorial books. Died 2012

11

  • Beryl Bryden born (Norwich) English jazz singer, washboard player. Worked with Chris Barber, Lonnie Donegan, Humphrey Lyttleton and others. Died 1998

13

  • Gareth Morris born (Clevedon, Somerset) English classical flautist, teacher. Died 2007
  • Felix Weingartner’s operas Die Dorfschule [the village school] & Meister Andrea premiered in Vienna. Both libs. Weingartner

14

  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band record the last of seven sessions for EMI Columbia in London. Tracks cut include Sphinx;  Alice Blue Gown &  Soudan.

15

  • Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella premiered in Paris

17

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff records a session for Victor in Camden, NJ including Prelude In G Minor op.23/5

21

  • Bill Barber born (Hornell, NY) American jazz tuba player, session player. Worked with Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others. Died 2007

23

  • Bea Booze aka Muriel Nicholls born (Baltimore, MD) American R&B singer, guitarist. Worked with Andy Kirk and solo. Died 1975
  • Helen O’Connell born (Lima, OH) American jazz singer, actress. Worked with Jimmy Dorsey and solo. Died 1993

25

  • Georg Jarno (51) dies in Wrocław, Poland

26

  • Peggy Lee aka Norma Deloris Egstrom born (Jamestown, ND) American jazz and pop singer, songwriter, actress. Worked with Benny Goodman and solo. Died 2002
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes premiered in New York

28

  • Frederick Delius’s An Arabesque for choir and orchestra premiered in Newport, Gwent, text J.P. Jacobsen
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Die blaue Mazur [the blue Mazur] premiered in Vienna, lib. B. Jenbach and L. Stein

30

  • Vladimir Horowitz makes his debut public appearance in Kiev

releases

  • Ted Lewis and his Band – When My Baby Smiles at Me / Kentucky Serenaders – Rose of Washington Square (Columbia)
Georg Jarno 1868-1920

Georg Jarno 1868-1920

Jun

1

  • Arthur Honegger’s overture Aglavaine et Sélisette premiered in Paris

4

  • Britt Woodman born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz trombonist. Worked with Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus. Died 2000

5

  • A revival of John Gay’s 1728 The Beggar’s Opera, restored and arranged by Frederic Austin, opens in London (1463 performances)

6

  • Karel Weis’s opera Lesetinský kovár [the Lesetinska blacksmith], lib. Ladislav Novák, premiered in Prague

7

  • Erik Satie’s dramatic symphony Socrate premiered in Paris in its orchestral version
  • George White’s Scandals Of 1920 Broadway revue opens (134 performances)

9

  • Vincent d’Indy’s opera La légende de Saint-Christophe premiered in Paris, lib. d’Indy

10

  • Bonnie Davis aka Melba Smith born (Bessemer, AL) American R&B singer. Mother of Melba Moore (b.1945). Died 1976

11

  • Shelly Manne born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, bandleader. Worked with Stan Kenton and others. Died 1984
  • Hazel Scott born (Port of Spain, Trinidad) Trinidadian-American jazz and classical pianist, actress. First black woman to have her own US TV show (1950). Died 1981

15

  • Karol Szymanowski’s pantomime Mandragora, lib. Riszard Boleslawski and Leon Schiller, premiered in Warsaw

19

  • Johnny Douglas born (London) English film composer, arranger, conductor, broadcaster. Died 2003

20

  • Danny Cedrone born (Jamesville, NY) American country and rock guitarist. Member of Bill Haley and His Comets. Died 1954

22

  • The Ziegfeld Follies of 1920 Broadway revue opens (123 performances)
  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonatina for piano no.6 “super Carmen” premiered in London

27

  • Wilfrid Holland born (Hull) English composer, Conductor, pianist, teacher. Died 2005

Mary Eaton 1901-48, a performer in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1920

Jul

11

  • Karl Michael Ziehrer’s operetta Die verliebte Eskadron [the amorous squadron], lib. Rudolf Oesterreicher and Wilhelm Sterk, premiered in Vienna

12

  • Paul Gonsalves born (Brockton, MA) American jazz tenor saxophonist. Worked with Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington. Died 1974

20

  • Isaac Stern born (Kremenetz, Ukraine) Ukrainian-American classical violinist. Died 2001

23

  • Amália Rodrigues born (Lisbon) Portuguese fado singer, actress. Died 1999

28

  • Richard Rodgers, Sigmund Romberg, Lorenz Hart, Alex Gerber, Lew Fields and George Campbell’s musical Poor Little Ritz Girl premiered in New York (93 performances)

unk

  • The Paul Whiteman Orchestra relocates from San Francisco to New York
Sheet music for a selection of songs from the musical Poor Little Ritz Girl

Sheet music for a selection of songs from the musical Poor Little Ritz Girl

Aug

3

  • Charlie Shavers born (New York, NY) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with John Kirby, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. Died 1971

8

  • Jimmy Witherspoon born (Gurdon, AR) American blues and R&B singer. Died 1997

9

  • The Paul Whiteman Orchestra makes its first recordings for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include Wang-Wang Blues

10

  • Mamie Smith records her second session for Okeh, the first where she is accompanied by Johnny Dunn’s Jazz Hounds. Line-up: Mamie Smith (vo) Johnny Dunn (cor) Dope Andrews (tb) Ernest Elliott (cl) Leroy Parker (vln) Perry Bradford (p). Tracks cut include Crazy Blues & It’s Right Here For You

12

  • Percy Mayfield born (Minden, LA) American R&B singer, songwriter. Died 1984

15

  • Leonard Gaskin born (New York) American jazz bassist, session player. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Cootie Williams, Charlie Parker, Don Byas, Erroll Garner, Eddie Condon and others. Died 2009

16

  • Rutland Boughton’s opera The Birth of Arthur premiered in Glastonbury, lib. R. Buckley and Boughton

17

  • George Duvivier born (New York, NY) American jazz bassist, session player. Worked with Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway, Bud Powell, Eddie Davis and others. Died 1985

18

  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No. 5 premiered in Moscow

20

  • Rutland Boughton’s opera The Seraphic Vision premiered in Glastonbury, lib. L. Housman
  • 8MK Radio station in Detroit becomes the first in the world to broadcast regular news reports

23

  • Paul Whiteman and his Ambassador Orchestra record a session for Victor. Tracks cut include Whispering, a two million seller

27

  • Sociedad Radio Argentina airs a live performance of Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal from the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires

29

  • Charlie Parker born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz alto- and tenor-saxophonist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Jay McShann, Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie and his own bands. Died 1955
  • Gustav Jenner (54) dies in Marburg, Germany

30

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Symphony no. 1 “O Imprevisto” premiered in Rio de Janeiro

unk

  • Nikolai Roslavets’s Violin Sonata No.4 completed

releases

  • Marion Harris – St Louis Blues / Homesickness Blues (Columbia)
Mamie Smith 1883-1946

Mamie Smith 1883-1946

Sep

5

  • Peter Racine Fricker born (London) English composer, teacher. Died 1990

7

  • Al Caiola born (Jersey City, NJ) American jazz and popular guitarist, session player.

11

  • Joaquín Turina’s Sinfonia sevillana [Seville symphony] premiered in Madrid

12

  • Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds record their third session for Okeh records

16

  • Enrico Caruso makes his final recordings for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include Gioacchino Rossini’s Domine Deus & Crucifixus

18

  • Willie Redstone, Cole Porter, Clifford Grey, George Grossmith, Jr. and Arthur Miller’s musical A Night Out opens in London (309 performances)

19

  • Karen Surenovich Khachaturian born (Moscow) Russian composer. Nephew of Aram Khachaturian (1903-78). Died 2011
  • Alexander Lazarevich Lokshin born (Biysk, Russia) Russian composer. Died 1987

23

  • Alexander Arutiunian born (Yerevan) Armenian composer, pianist. Died 2012

28

  • Irma Baltuttis born (Leipzig) German popular singer. Died 1958

30

  • Ghazaros (Lazar) Saryan born (Rostov, Russia) Armenian composer, teacher. Died 1998

Joaquín Turina 1882-1949

Oct

1

  • Vladimir Rebikov (54) dies in Yalta, Ukraine

2

  • Max Bruch (82) dies in Friedenau, Germany

9

  • Yusef Lateef aka William Huddleston born (Chattanooga, TN) American jazz flautist, saxophonist, oboist, composer, bandleader, teacher.

13

  • Albert Hague (Marcuse) born (Berlin) German-American popular songwriter, actor. Died 2001
  • Pablo Casals conducts the first concert of his Orquesta Pau Casals in Barcelona

16

  • Alberto Nepomuceno (56) dies in Rio de Janeiro

23

  • Maurice Ravel’s La Valse [the waltz] premiered in Paris (piano version)

26

  • Darius Milhaud’s Second Orchestral Suite premiered in Paris

29

  • Arnold Bax’s symphonic poem The Garden of Fand premiered in Chicago

unk

  • Léon Theremin in St Petersburg demonstrates the ‘etherphone’ (later known as the Termenvox, Thereminvox or simply the Theremin) for the first time
Alberto Nepomuceno 1864-1920

Alberto Nepomuceno 1864-1920

Nov

2

  • KDKA in Pittsburgh begins broadcasting as the first commercial radio station in the US
  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Piano Sonata No.1 premiered in London

4

  • Paul-Henri-Joseph Lebrun (57) dies in Leuven, Belgium

5

  • Jerome Richardson born (Oakland, CA) American jazz bassist, bandleader, session player. Worked with Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines and others. Died 2000
  • (& 6th) Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds record 2 sessions for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include Mem’ries Of Mammy; If You Don’t Want Me BluesDon’t Care Blues & Loving Sam From Alabam

8

  • Maurice Ravel’s ballet Le tombeau de Couperin [Couperin’s tomb] premiered in Paris

11

  • Annisteen Allen born (Champaign, IL) American blues and R&B singer. Worked with Lucky Millinder, Joe Morris and solo. Died 1992

15

  • Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite for orchestra given its first public performance in London

18

  • Arnold Bax’s November Woods for orchestra premiered in Manchester

19

  • Gottfried Eschenbach (78) dies in Leipzig

20

  • Ottorino Respighi’s ballets La pentola magica [the magic pot]; La pirrica [the Pyrrhic] & Fantasia indiana [Indian fantasy] premiered in Rome

23

  • Arnold Bax’s Symphonic Variations premiered in London
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Concertino for string quartet premiered in New York

25

  • Arthur Honegger’s puppet ballet Vérité? Mensonge? [Truth? Lie?] premiered in Paris

26

  • John Alden Carpenter’s symphonic poem A Pilgrim Vision premiered in Philadelphia

27

  • Ottorino Respighi’s ballets Canzoni arabe [Arabic songs] & Scherzo veneziano [Venetian prank] premiered in Rome

unk

  • Lucille Hegamin makes her first recordings for Arto in New York, making her the second blues singer after Mamie Smith to record. Line-up: Lucille Hegamin (vo) Ralph Euscudero (tu) Clarence Harris (as) Bill Hegamin (p) Charlie Irvis (tb) Wesly Johnson (tp) Kaiser Marshall (d). Tracks cut include Jazz Me Blues & Everybody’s Blues

releases

  • Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds – Crazy Blues / It’s Right Here For You (Okeh)
  • Paul Whiteman and his Ambassador Orchestra – Whispering / The Japanese sandman (Victor) 

Lucille Hegamin 1894-1970 with her band

Dec

1

  • Alfred Bruneau’s opera Le Roi Candaule [King Candaules], lib. Maurice Donnay, premiered in Paris

2

  • Robert Moevs born (Le Crosse, WN) American composer, teacher. Died 2007
  • Géo Voumard born (Biel, Switzerland) Swiss jazz pianist, composer. Co-founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival (1967). Died 2008
  • Arthur Honegger’s Viola Sonata premiered in Paris

4

  • Walter Braunfels’s opera Die Vögel [the birds], lib. Braunfels after Aristophenes, premiered in Munich
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s opera Die tote Stadt [the dead city], lib. Korngold and his father Julius, premiered in Hamburg and Cologne

6

  • Dave Brubeck born (Concord, CA) American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader. Died 2012

10

  • Peerie Willie Johnson born (Yell, Shetland) Scottish folk guitarist, bassist. Died 2007

11

  • Eddie Johnson born (Napoleonville, LA) American blues and jazz tenor saxophonist. Worked with Cootie Williams, Louis Jordan, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Died 2010
  • Enrico Caruso suffers a throat haemorrhage during a performance in New York

12

  • Paul Lacôme (82) dies in Le Houga, France
  • Maurice Ravel’s La Valse [the waltz] premiered in Paris (orchestral version)

13

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Edipo re [Oedipus Rex] premiered in Chicago, lib. G. Forzano (completed by G. Pennacchio)

14

  • Clark Terry born (St Louis, MO) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, teacher, composer. Worked with Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones.
  • Darius Milhaud’s Sérénade for orchestra op.62 premiered in Winterthur

21

  • Jerome Kern, Clifford Grey & Guy Bolton’s musical Sally opens on Broadway (570 performances)

24

  • Dave Bartholomew born (Edgard, LA) American R&B singer, trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer.

releases

  • Paul Whiteman and his Ambassador Orchestra – Wang-wang blues / Anytime, anyday, anywhere (Victor)

Guy Bolton 1884-1979

Date unknown

  • The Eureka Brass Band founded in New Orleans by Willie Wilson (disbands in 1975). Alumni include George Lewis, Peter Bocage & Percy Humphrey
  • The Pace & Handy Music Company is renamed Handy Brothers Music Company when Harry Pace leaves the partnership
  • The Silver Leaf Quartet (or Quartette) founded in Norfolk, VA. Gospel group. Recorded 1928-31 and disbanded in 1979.
  • Igor Stravinsky moves to France
  • Clarence Williams moves to Chicago and opens three record stores

publications

  • Josef Matthias Hauer’s book Vom Wesen der Musikalischen (On the Essence of Music) published in Vienna, laying out his twelve-tone theory of composition
  • Cecil Sharp’s English Folk Songs published in London

songs published

  • Crazy Blues (Perry Bradford); I Belong To Glasgow (Will Fyffe); Margie (Benny Davis, Con Conrad, J. Russel Robinson); Palesteena (Con Conrad, J. Russell Robinson); Rose Of Washington Square (Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley); Wang Wang Blues (Leo Wood, Gus Mueller, Buster Johnson, Henry Busse); Whispering (Malvin Schonberger, John Schonberger)

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