1932

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Jan

1

  • Giuseppe Patanè born (Naples) Italian conductor. Died 1989

5

  • Johnny Adams born (New Orleans, LA) American blues singer. Died 1998
  • Henry Cowell’s Dance of Sport for chamber orchestra premiered in New York
  • Darius Milhaud’s opera Maximilien premiered in Paris, lib. R.S. Hoffman
  • Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand premiered in Paris

11

  • János Gonda born (Budapest) Hungarian jazz pianist, composer, teacher, writer, theorist.

14

  • Grady Tate born (Durham, NC) American jazz drummer, singer, session player. Worked with Oliver Nelson, Kenny Burrell, his own bands and many others.
  • Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major premiered in Paris

15

  • Eddie Lang and Carl Kress record a session for Brunswick. Tracks cut include Pickin’ my Way
  • Joaquín Turina’s Danzas gitanas op.55 [gypsy dances] for piano premiered in Madrid

17

  • Bertolt Brecht, Slatan Dudow, Günter Weisenborn and Hanns Eisler’s verse/prose/musical play Die Mutter [The Mother] premiered in Berlin

19

  • Léon Theremin demonstrates the Rhythmicon, the world’s first electronic drum machine, in New York

20

  • Franz Ries (85) dies in Berlin

23

  • Cyril Davies born (Denham, Bucks) English blues singer, harmonica player. member of Blues Incorporated and the R&B All Stars. Died 1964
  • Ottorino Respighi’s ballet Belkis, regina di Saba [Belkis, Queen of Sheba] premiered in Milan

25

  • (& 27 Jan) Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra record two sessions for Okeh in Chicago. Louis Armstrong (tp, vo) Zilner Randolph (tp) Preston Jackson (tb) Lester Boone (cl, as) George James (reeds) Albert Washington (cl, ts) Charlie Alexander (p) Mike McKendrick (bj, g) John Lindsay (b) Tubby Hall (d). Tracks cut include Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea; Kickin’ The Gong Around; All Of Me & Home (When Shadows Fall)
  • Béla Bartók’s Erdélyi táncok [Transylvanian Dances] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

26

  • Clement Dodd aka Sir Coxsone born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican record producer, soundsystem DJ. Founder of Studio One Records. Died 2004
  • Kilza Setti born (São Paulo) Brazilian ethnomusicologist, composer, pianist.
  • Robert Levin makes his performance debut in Oslo

28

  • Régine Wieniawski (52) dies in London following a heart attack

29

  • George Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody for piano and orchestra premiered in Boston

31

  • Ottilie Patterson born (Comber, Co. Down) Irish blues and jazz singer. Worked with Chris Barber. Died 2011

unk

  • King Solomon Hill makes his only recordings in Grafton, WN for Paramount. Tracks cut include Whoopee Blues; Down On My Bended Knee; My Buddy Blind Papa Lemon; Times Has Done Got HardThe Gone Dead Train & Tell Me Baby

releases

  • Gene Autry – That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine / Mississippi Valley Blues (Banner)  
  • Carter Family – Sunshine in the Shadows / Weary Prodigal Son (Victor) 
  • Skip James – Drunken Spree / [Son House] – What Am I to Do Blues (Paramount) 

The Rhythmicon

Feb

2

  • Arthur Lyman born (Kauai, HA) American jazz and easy listening vibraphone and marimba player, percussionist, singer. Worked with Martin Denny and led the Arthur Lyman Group. Died 2002

5

  • Cab Calloway and his Orchestra record a session for Brunswick. Tracks cut include The Scat Song & Cabin In the Cotton

7

  • Rogério Duprat born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian composer, arranger. Died 2006

8

  • Lillian Roxon born (Savano, Italy) Italian-Australian journalist, writer. Author of Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia published in 1969, the first rock reference work. Died 1973
  • John Williams born (New York, NY) American film music composer, conductor, pianist.

9

  • Harry Partch’s 17 Lyrics of Li Po; By the Rivers of Babylon (psalm cxxxvii); Potion Scene from Romeo and Juliet & The Lord is My Shepherd (psalm xxiii) all for voice and adapted viola premiered in San Francisco

10

  • Rockin’ Dopsie aka Alton Rubin born (Carencro, LA) American zydeco accordionist, singer, songwriter. Died 1993
  • Arnold Bax’s Winter Legends for piano and orchestra premiered in London

11

  • Axel Grandjean (84) dies in Copenhagen

14

  • Berthold Goldschmidt’s opera Der gewaltige Hahnrei [The mighty cuckold], lib. Goldschmidt, premiered in Mannheim

16

  • Charles Ives’ Set for Theatre or Chamber Orchestra premiered in New York

17

  • Irving Berlin & Moss Hart’s revue Face the Music opens on Broadway (165 performances)

18

  • Ernest Bloch’s Helvetia for orchestra premiered in Chicago

19

  • Aaron Copland’s Symphonic Ode premiered in Boston

21

  • Henry Cowell’s Two Appositions: One Movement for orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Charles Ives’s A Symphony: New England Holidays – III The Fourth of July premiered in Paris
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Four Songs with orchestra op.22 premiered in Frankfurt

22

  • Gordon “Whitey” Mitchell born (Hackensack, NJ) American jazz bassist, television producer. Brother of Red Mitchell (1927-92). Died 2009

24

  • Michel Legrand born (Paris) French film music composer, arranger, conductor, pianist.

25

  • Faron Young born (Shreveport, LA) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1996

26

  • Johnny Cash born (Kingsland, AR) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2003

29

  • Frank Teschemacher (25) dies in Chicago in a car accident

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) / Rose Room (Brunswick)
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Creole Rhapsody parts 1 and 2 (Victor)
Frank Teschemacher 1906-32

Frank Teschemacher 1906-32

Mar

3

  • Eugen d’Albert (67) dies in Riga, Latvia

4

  • Miriam Makeba born (Johannesburg) South African folk, jazz and pop singer, activist. Died 2008

6

  • John Philip Sousa (77) dies in Reading, PA of heart failure
  • George Antheil’s Concert for Chamber Orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Alexandre Tansman’s Symphony No.3 Symphonie Concertante premiered in Brussels

9

  • Mickey Roker born (Miami, FL) American jazz drummer. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Pearson, Horace Silver and others.
  • Keely Smith aka Dorothy Keely born (Norfolk, VA) American pop and jazz singer.

10

  • Kurt Weill and Caspar Neher’s opera Die Bürgschaft [the guarantee] premiered in Berlin

11

  • Leroy Jenkins born (Chicago, IL) American jazz violinist, viola player, composer. Died 2007

12

  • Don Drummond born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican ska and reggae trombonist, composer. Member of the Skatalites. Died 1969

15

  • Arif Mardin born (Istanbul) Turkish-American record producer. Died 2006

16

  • Ottorino Respighi’s opera Maria egiziaca [Maria the Egyptian], lib. Claudio Guastalla, premiered in New York
  • Arnold Bax’s Symphony no.4 premiered in San Francisco

18

  • Chancellor Olcott (73) dies in Monte Carlo
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Les Rondes [the rounds] for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, two violins and piano premiered in Paris

21

  • Frederick Delius’s Songs of Farewell for choir and orchestra premiered in London, text W. Whitman

23

  • Pietro Mascagni’s opera Pinotta idillio [Pinotta idyll] premiered in San Remo, Italy. Lib. G. Targioni-Tozzetti

25

  • Ernst Krenek’s Gesänge des späten Jahres [Songs of the late year] op.71 for voice and piano premiered in Dresden

27

  • Little Junior Parker born (West Memphis, AR) American blues singer, songwriter, harmonica player. Died 1971

releases

  • Carter Family – The Dying Soldier / Motherless Children (Victor)
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Arnold Bax 1883-1953

Apr

1

  • Debbie Reynolds born (El Paso, TX) American popular singer, actress.

2

  • Harold Boatrite born (Philadelphia, PA) American composer, teacher.
  • Hugo Kaun (69) dies in Berlin

3

  • Lucille Hegamin makes her final recordings for Okeh before her rediscovery in the 1960s
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Gothenburg

6

  • Josh White makes his first solo recordings for Banner in New York. Tracks cut include  Howlin’ Wolf Blues

9

  • Carl Perkins born (Tiptonville, TN) American country and rockabilly singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1998

11

  • Joel Grey aka Joel David Katz born (Cleveland, OH) American film and musical theatre actor, singer, dancer.

12

  • Henri Lazarof born (Sofia) Bulgarian composer, teacher.

14

  • Loretta Lynn née Webb born (Butcher Hollow, KY) American country singer, guitarist. Sister of Crystal Gayle (b.1951).

17

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Two Sonatinas op.54 for piano premiered in London

20

  • Cab Calloway and his Orchestra record a session for Brunswick. Tracks cut include Minnie the Moocher’s Wedding Day

21

  • Locksley Wellington “Slide” Hampton born (Jeannette, PA) American jazz trombonist, flugelhorn player, composer, arranger, bandleader. Worked with his own groups, McCoy Tyner, Charles Mingus and others.

22

  • Michael Colgrass born (Chicago, IL) Canadian-American composer, percussionist, teacher.
  • Isao Tomita born (Tokyo) Japanese electronic musician, composer, keyboard player.

23

  • The Communist Party’s resolution on the ‘Reconstruction of Literary and Artistic Organisations’ leads to the founding of the Union of Soviet Composers

24

  • Zoltán Kodály’s incidental music for the traditional play Székely fonó [The Transylvanian Spinning-Room] premiered in Budapest

25

  • Willis “Gator” Jackson born (Miami, FL) American jazz and R&B tenor saxophonist, composer. Died 1987

26

  • Francis Lai born (Nice) French film music composer, accordionist.

27

  • François Bayle born (Toamasina, Madagascar) French electro-acoustic, musique concrète composer.
Hilding Rosenberg 1892-1985

Hilding Rosenberg 1892-1985

May

4

  • Carleton Coon (c.39) dies in Chicago of blood poisoning from a jaw abscess

5

  • Antonio Agri born (Rosario, Argentina) Argentinian tango and classical violinist, composer, conductor. Died 1998

6

  • Ludwig Rottenberg (66) dies in Frankfurt

7

  • Derek Taylor born (Liverpool) English journalist, writer, publicist. Press Officer for the Beatles. Died 1997

9

  • Emil Hertzka (62) dies in Vienna
  • Adele Astaire retires from the stage

13

  • Yuri Ahronovitch born (St Petersburg) Russian-Israeli conductor. Died 2002
  • Igor Markevitch’s Partita for piano and orchestra premiered in Paris

19

  • Alma Cogan born (London) English pop singer. Died 1966
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play Hamlet premiered in Moscow

20

  • James “Bubber” Miley (29) dies in New York of tuberculosis
  • Osvald Chlubna’s opera Nura [the cradle] premiered in Brno. Lib. O. Dymov

21

  • Robert Sherlaw Johnson born (Sunderland) English composer, pianist, teacher. Died 2000

30

  • Pauline Oliveros born (Houston, TX) American composer, teacher

31

  • Ed Lincoln aka Eduardo Lincoln Barbosa de Sabóia born (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil) Brazilian jazz, Latin and easy listening bassist, keyboard player, composer, arranger. Died 2012

releases

  • Bessie Smith – Long Old Road / Shipwreck Blues (Columbia)

Adele Astaire 1896-1981

Jun

4

  • Oliver Nelson born (St Louis, MO) American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, bandleader. Died 1975
  • Joaquín Turina’s Recuerdos de la antigua Espana op.48 [Memories of old Spain] for piano premiered in Paris

6

  • Spike Hughes’s jazz ballet High Yellow premiered in London
  • Constant Lambert’s ballet Adam and Eve premiered in London

7

  • Harold Floyd “Tina” Brooks born (Fayetteville, NC) American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, bandleader. Brother of Bubba Brooks (1922-2002). Died 1974

9

  • Natalia Janotha (76) dies in Den Haag, Netherlands
  • Cab Calloway and his Orchestra record a session for Brunswick. Tracks cut include Reefer Man & You Gotta Ho-de-Ho
  • Edward Elgar’s Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode: So many true princesses who have gone for choir and military band premiered in London, text J. Masefield

12

  • Charlie Feathers born (Holly Springs, MS) American country and rockabilly singer, guitarist. Died 1998

13

  • Francis Poulenc’s cantata Le Bal masqué [The Masked Ball] premiered in Paris

16

  • Roberto Gerhard’s Six Catalan Folksongs for voice and orchestra premiered in Vienna

20

  • Paul Hindemith’s cantata Mahnung an die Jugend, sich der Musik zu befleißigen [Exhortation to the young to covet the music] premiered in Berlin

21

  • Jamil Nasser aka George Joyner born (Memphis, TN) American jazz bassist, tuba player. Worked with Ahmad Jamal, Al Haig, Randy Weston and others. Died 2010
  • Lalo Schifrin born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian film music composer, pianist, conductor.

22

  • Claire Delbos marries Olivier Messiaen in Paris

27

  • Anna Moffo born (Wayne, PA) American soprano singer. Died 2006
  • Hugh Wood born (Parbold, Lancs) English composer, writer.

unk

  • Blind Blake makes his final recordings for Paramount in Grafton, WN. Tracks cut include Champagne Charlie & Depression’s Gone From Me Blues

releases

  • Mills Brothers – St. Louis Blues / Sweet Sue – Just You (Brunswick)  
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Blind Blake 1893-1933

Jul

3

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Festive Overture for the Sokol Festival premiered in Prague

7

  • Joe Zawinul born (Vienna) Austrian jazz keyboard player, composer. Worked with Maynard Ferguson, Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Weather Report. Died 2007

11

  • Billy Davis born (Detroit, MI) American songwriter, record producer. Died 2004

13

  • Per Nørgård born (Gentofte, Denmark) Danish composer.

16

  • John Chilton born (London) English jazz trumpeter, bandleader, writer.

17

  • Niccolò Castiglioni born (Milan) Italian composer, pianist, writer. Died 1996
  • Wojciech Kilar born (Lviv, Ukraine) Polish classical and film music composer.

20

  • Nam June Paik born (Seoul) Korean-American visual, sound and video artist. Died 2006

22

  • Florenz Ziegfeld (65) dies in Hollywood, CA of pleurisy
  • Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy for string quintet premiered in London

unk

  • Louis Armstrong leaves the US for the first time for a tour of Britain

releases

  • Cab Calloway and his Orchestra – Reefer Man / You Gotta Ho-De-Ho (To Get Along With Me) (Brunswick)
  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Blue Ramble / The Sheik (Of Araby) (Brunswick)
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra - Reefer Man (Brunswick)

Cab Calloway and his Orchestra – Reefer Man (Brunswick)

Aug

5

  • Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand premiered in Vienna
  • Art Tatum makes his first recordings for Brunswick backing singer Adelaide Hall

6

  • Dorothy Ashby born (Detroit, MI) American jazz harpist, composer. Died 1986

10

  • Alexander Goehr born (Berlin) English composer, teacher. Son of Walter Goehr (1903-60).

12

  • Sergei Slonimsky born (St Petersburg) Russian composer, pianist, musicologist.

13

  • Geraldine Ulmar (71) dies in Merstham, Surrey

16

  • Pietro Floridia (72) dies in New York
  • George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture premiered in New York

17

  • Columbus Calvin “Duke” Pearson born (Atlanta, GA) American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, record producer. Died 1980

21

  • Frederick Corder (80) dies in London

23

  • Sinn Sisamouth born (Stung Treng, Cambodia) Cambodian popular singer, songwriter. Died 1976

24

  • Richard Meale born (Sydney) Australian composer, teacher. Died 2009

releases

  • Blind Willie McTell – Searching the Desert for the Blues / Lonesome Day Blues (Victor)

Art Tatum 1909-56

Sep

1

  • Oscar Straus’s operetta Eine Frau, die weiss was sie will [A woman who knows what she wants], lib. Alfred Grünwald, premiered in Berlin

2

  • Walter Davis, Jr. born (Richmond, VA) American jazz pianist, composer. Worked with Donald Byrd, Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins. Died 1990

5

  • Francis Poulenc’s Concerto in d for two pianos and orchestra premiered in Venice

6

  • Hiroyuki Iwaki born (Tokyo) Japanese conductor, percussionist. Died 2006
  • Gilles Tremblay born (Montreal) Canadian composer, teacher.

8

  • Patsy Cline aka Virginia Patterson Hensley born (Winchester, VA) American country singer. Died 1963
  • Joseph Achron’s Golem suite for orchestra premiered in Venice
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Magnificat for contralto, chorus, flute and orchestra premiered in Worcester

12

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras no.1 [Brazilian Bachianas] for 8 cellos premiered in Rio de Janeiro

13

  • Bengt Hallberg born (Gothenburg) Swedish jazz pianist, composer, accordionist.
  • Julius Röntgen (77) dies in Utrecht, Netherlands

14

  • Jean Cras (53) dies in Brest, France
  • Charles H. Gabriel (76) dies in Hollywood, CA

15

  • The New Orleans Feetwarmers make their first recordings for Victor in New York. Sidney Bechet (ss, cl) Henry Duncan (p) Tommy Ladnier (tp) Billy Maxey (vo) Ernest Meyers (b, vo) Morris Morland (d) Teddy Nixon (tb). Tracks cut include Lay your racket; I want you tonight; Sweetie Dear; Maple Leaf Rag & I’ve Found A New Baby

16

  • Noël Coward’s revue Words and Music opens in London (164 performances)

19

  • Lol Coxhill born (Portsmouth) English jazz and avant-garde soprano saxophonist. Died 2012

25

  • Glenn Gould born (Toronto) Canadian classical pianist, writer. Died 1982

26

  • Giacomo Manzoni born (Milan) Italian composer.
  • Pierre De Geyter (83) dies in Saint-Denis, Paris

28

  • Víctor Jara born (Chillán Viejo, Chile) Chilean folk singer, songwriter, activist. Died 1973

29

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Mister Wu premiered in Dresden. Lib. Karl Michael von Levetzow

releases

  • Big Bill Broonzy – Worrying You Off My Mind / Worrying You Off My Mind No. 2 (Banner)
  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Blue Harlem / Best Wishes (Brunswick)

Joseph Achron 1886-1943

Oct

3

  • Albert Collins born (Leona, TX) American blues guitarist, singer. Died 1993
  • Charles Seeger marries Ruth Crawford in New York

7

  • The London Philharmonic Orchestra plays its first concert in London, conducted by co-founder Thomas Beecham

9

  • Karol Szymanowski’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Poznan

10

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto for string quartet and orchestra premiered in London

12

  • Jean-Pierre Marty born (Paris) French pianist, conductor.

16

  • Henry Lewis born (Los Angeles) American bassist, conductor. Married to Marilyn Horne (b.1934). Died 1996

19

  • Arthur Friedheim (72) dies in New York

21

  • Al Hopkins (c.43) dies in a car accident in Winchester, VA
  • John Alden Carpenter’s Patterns for piano and orchestra premiered in Boston

27

  • Asaf Zeynally (23) dies in Baku, Azerbaijan, probably of tuberculosis

28

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Duo Concertant for violin and piano premiered on Berlin Radio

29

  • Cecil Armstrong Gibbs’s Symphony No.1 premiered on BBC Radio, London
  • Franz Schreker’s opera Der Schmied von Gent [the smith from Ghent], lib. Schreker, premiered in Berlin

31

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5 premiered in Berlin

unk

  • Malcolm Sargent nearly dies of tuberculosis, taking two years to recover
  • Karol Szymanowski’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Poznań

releases

  • New Orleans Feetwarmers – Shag / I Found a New Baby (Victor)

Yip Harburg 1896-1981, lyricist for the hit song Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Nov

1

  • Joaquín Achúcarro born (Bilbao) Basque classical pianist.

3

  • Alfred Bachelet’s opera Un Jardin sur l’Oronte [A Garden on the Orontes], lib. Maurice-Étienne Legrand, premiered in Paris

4

  • Henry Cowell’s Polyphonica for 12 instruments or chamber orchestra premiered in New York

8

  • Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern’s musical Music in the Air opens on Broadway (342 performances)

10

  • Paul Bley born (Montreal) Canadian jazz pianist, composer, bandleader.

15

  • Petula Clark born (Ewell, Surrey) English pop singer, actress, songwriter.
  • Clyde McPhatter born (Durham, NC) American R&B singer. Member of Billy Ward & the Dominoes, the Drifters and solo artist. Died 1972

19

  • Harry Robertson born (Elgin) Scottish film music composer, arranger, songwriter, bandleader. Also recorded as Lord Rockingham. Died 1996
  • Jaromír Weinberger’s opera Lidé z Pokerflatu [People from Pokerflatu], lib. Milos Kares, premiered in Brno

22

  • Olivier Messiaen’s Thème et variations for violin and piano premiered in Paris

23

  • Percy Pitt (62) dies in London
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s ballet Caixinha de boas festas [Little box of Happy Holidays] premiered in Rio de Janeiro

24

  • Hilding Rosenberg’s opera Resa till Amerika [Journey to America] premiered in Stockholm, lib. A. Henrikson

25

  • Florent Schmitt’s Symphonie Concertante premiered in Boston

26

  • B. G. De Sylva, Nacio Herb Brown and Richard A. Whiting’s musical Take a Chance opens on Broadway (243 performances)

27

  • Evelyn Preer (36) dies in Los Angeles of pneumonia
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata for two violins op.56 premiered in Moscow

28

  • Anton van Rooy (62) dies in Munich

29

  • France Clidat born (Nantes) French concert pianist, teacher. Died 2012
  • Cole Porter, Kenneth Webb & Samuel Hoffenstein’s musical Gay Divorce opens on Broadway (248 performances)
  • Charles Koechlin’s symphonic poem La course de printemps op.95 [The spring race] & Cinq chorals dans les modes du moyen-âge op.117 [Five chorale modes of the Middle Ages] for orchestra premiered in Paris

30

  • Bob Moore born (Nashville, TN) American country and pop bassist, session musician.

releases

  • Carter Family – Meet Me by Moonlight, Alone / Wabash Cannonball (Victor)
  • Bing Crosby – Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? / Let’s Put Out the Lights (And Go to Sleep) (Brunswick)
  • New Orleans Feetwarmers – Sweetie Dear / Maple Leaf Rag (Victor)

Playbill for Porter, Webb and Hoffenstein’s musical Gay Divorce

Dec

1

  • Amadeo Vives (61) dies in Madrid following an asthma attack

3

  • Emil Kreuz (65) dies in London
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Partita for string orchestra premiered in Prague

4

  • Eyvind Alnæs (60) dies in Oslo

5

  • Little Richard aka Richard Penniman born (Macon, GA) American R&B and rock singer, songwriter, pianist.

8

  • Frank Bridge’s opera The Christmas Rose premiered in London. Lib. Bridge

9

  • Donald Byrd born (Detroit, MI) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, teacher, composer. Died 2013
  • Billy Edd Wheeler born (Boone County, WV) American folk and country singer, songwriter, guitarist, playwright.
  • Albert Roussel’s String Quartet op.45 premiered in Brussels

10

  • Melbourne R. “Bob” Cranshaw born (Evanston, IL) American jazz bassist. Worked with Duke Pearson, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery and others.

12

  • Benjamin Britten’s Three Two-Part Songs for choir and piano premiered in London

13

  • Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra makes its final recordings for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include New Orleans; Lafayette; Prince of Wails; Two Times; The Blue Room; Milenberg Joys; Toby & Moten Swing

14

  • Charlie Rich born (Colt, AR) American country singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist. Died 1995

15

  • Jesse Belvin born (San Antonio, TX) American R&B singer, songwriter, pianist. Died 1960
  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera trilogy Il mistero di Venezia [Mystery of Venice]: Le aquile di Aquileia [The Eagles of Aquileia]; Il finto Arlecchino [The fake Harlequin] & I corvi di San Marco [The crows of San Marco] premiered in Coburg, Germany. Lib. Malipiero

16

  • Rodion Shchedrin born (Moscow) Russian composer, pianist.
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Na Dnepre [On the Dnieper] (Sur le Borysthène) premiered in Paris

21

  • (& 22 Dec) Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra record two sessions for Victor in Camden, NJ. Arthur Whetsol, Cootie Williams, Freddie Jenkins (tp) Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Johnny Hodges (cl, ss, as) Otto Hardwicke (cl, as, bars) Harry Carney (cl, as, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (bj) Wellman Braud (b) Sonny Greer (d). Tracks cut include Any Time, Any Day, Anywhere; Diga Diga Doo; I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (with Ethel Waters) & Porgy (with Ethel Waters)

22

  • Masayuki Takayanagi born (Tokyo) Japanese jazz and avant-garde guitarist. Died 1991

23

  • Fritz Kreisler’s operetta Sissy premiered in Vienna. Lib. Ernst & Hubert Marischka

26

  • Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle’s musical revue Shuffle Along of 1933 premiered in New York, lib. F.E. Miller

27

  • Radio City Music Hall opens in New York

28

  • Dorsey Burnette born (Memphis, TN) American rockabilly and country singer. Member of the Rhythm Rangers and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio. Brother of Johnny Burnette (1934-64). Died 1979

releases

  • Leo Reisman and His Orchestra feat. Fred Astaire – Night and Day / I’ve Got You on My Mind (Victor)
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Bohuslav Martinů 1890-1959

Date unknown

  • The Folk-Song Society and the English Folk Dance Society merge to form The English Folk Dance and Song Society
  • Hilding Rosenberg appointed musical director of the Swedish Royal Opera
  • US record sales fall to 6 million from a 1927 high of 104 million

publications

  • English folk songs from the southern Appalachians, collected by Cecil J. Sharp edited by Maud Karpeles published in Oxford

Songs published

  • April in Paris (E. Y. Harburg, Vernon Duke); How Deep Is The Ocean? (Irving Berlin); I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You (Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Victor Young); I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen); It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) (Irving Mills, Duke Ellington); Mad About The Boy (Noel Coward); Night And Day (Cole Porter); Try a Little Tenderness (Harry Woods, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly); Willow Weep for Me (Ann Ronell); You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)

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