1936

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Jan

1

  • Harry B Smith (75) dies in Atlantic City, NJ following a heart attack

2

  • Iván Eröd born (Budapest) Austro-Hungarian composer, pianist.
  • Roger Miller born (Fort Worth, TX) American country singer, songwriter, actor, guitarist, fiddler, drummer. Died 1992

4

  • The first Billboard music chart published, a list of the most popular songs

7

  • Eldee Young born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bassist, cellist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Ramsey Lewis and co-led Young-Holt Unlimited. Died 2007
  • Guy d’Hardelot (77) dies in London

8

  • Zdeněk Mácal born (Brno) Czech conductor.

9

  • Hilding Rosenberg’s Symphonie concertante for orchestra premiered in Gothenburg

12

  • Raimonds Pauls born (Riga) Latvian composer, pianist, politician.

14

  • Clarence Carter born (Montgomery, AL) American soul singer, songwriter, record producer. Blind from birth.

15

  • Obo Addy born (Accra, Ghana) Ghanaian drummer, dancer, composer, teacher.

18

  • Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta Kaiserin Josephine, lib. Paul Knepler and Géza Herczeg, premiered in Zürich
  • Nino Rota’s incidental music for S. Tofano’s play L’isola dei pappagalli [the island of parrots] premiered in Turin

21

  • Snooks Eaglin born (New Orleans, LA) American blues singer, guitarist. Blind from infanthood due to glaucoma. Died 2009
  • George Gershwin’s Catfish Row for orchestra premiered in New York

22

  • Louis Glass (61) dies in Copenhagen
  • Franco Alfano’s opera Cyrano de Bergerac premiered in Rome. Lib. Henri Cain after Edmond Rostand
  • Paul Hindemith’s Trauermusik [funeral music] for viola and orchestra premiered on BBC radio in tribute to the late George V

23

  • Clara Butt (63) dies in Oxford of spinal cancer

24

  • Doug Kershaw born (Tiel Ridge, LA) American Cajun fiddler, singer, songwriter. Brother of Rusty Kershaw (b.1938).
  • Jack Scott aka Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr. born (Windsor, Ontario) Canadian rock and pop singer.
  • John Mills Jr. (24) dies in Bellefontaine, OH of pneumonia connected to tuberculosis
  • Osvald Chlubna’s opera V den pocátka [on the first day], lib. Chlubna, premiered in Brno
  • Benny’s Goodman & his Orchestra record a session in Chicago for Victor. Tracks cut include It’s Been So Long; Goody Goody; Stomping at the Savoy & Breaking In a New Pair of Shoes
  • Lewis Milestone’s film Anything Goes opens, starring Bing Crosby & Ethel Merman. Music by Cole Porter

25

  • Hermann Bischoff (68) dies in Berlin

26

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Nothing is Here for Tears for chorus premiered on BBC radio

28

  • Franco Casavola’s opera Astuzie d’amore [Tricks of love], lib. Arturo Rossato, premiered in Bari
  • The article ‘Chaos instead of Music’ appears in Pravda, an attack on Shostakovich and his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. It marks the beginning of the era of ‘socialist realism’

29

  • James Jamerson born (Charleston, SC) American R&B and soul bassist, session musician. Worked with the Motown backing group the Funk Brothers. Died 1983
  • Constant Lambert’s cantata Summer’s Last Will and Testament premiered in London
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto for harpsichord and chamber orchestra premiered in Paris

30

  • Horst Jankowski born (Berlin) German easy listening composer, pianist, bandleader. Died 1998

31

  • Marvin Junior born (Harrell, AR) American R&B and soul singer. Member of the Dells.

releases

  • Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra – I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You / I’ve Got a Note (Victor)
  • Big Joe Williams – Stack o’ Dollars / Worried Man Blues (Bluebird)
  • Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra [feat. Billie Holiday] – You Let Me Down / Spreadin’ Rhythm Around (Brunswick)

Poster for Lewis Milestone’s film Anything Goes

Feb

1

  • John Tilbury born (London) English classical and avant-garde pianist, improviser. Member of AMM.

4

  • Alexander Mosolov expelled from the Soviet Composers’ Union after a drunken brawl

5

  • June Tyson born (Albemarle, NC) American jazz singer, violinist. Worked with Sun Ra. Died 1992

8

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Giulio Cesare premiered in Genoa. Lib. Malipiero after Shakespeare
  • The Nuovo Teatro Regio in Turin, built in 1740, is destroyed by fire. Rebuilding doesn’t begin until 1963

9

  • Stompin’ Tom Connors born (Saint John, New Brunswick) Canadian folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2013

11

  • Stuff Smith makes his first recordings for Vocalion in New York. Jonah Jones (tp) Stuff Smith (vo, vln) Raymond Smith (p) Bobby Bennett (g) Mack Walker (b) John Washington (d)

12

  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera Il campiello [the little square] premiered in Milan, lib. M. Ghisalberti

16

  • Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5 for flute premiered in New York

17

  • The Monroe Brothers (Bill and Charlie) make their first recordings for Bluebird. Tracks cut include The World Is Not My Home; What Would You Give in Exchange?; Drifting Too Far from the Shore; What Is Home Without Love?; Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy & My Long Journey Home

18

  • Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for violin and piano no.3 premiered in Geneva
  • Isaac Stern makes his stage debut aged 15 in San Francisco

20

  • Mark Sandrich’s film Follow the Fleet opens, starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Music by Irving Berlin & Max Steiner

22

  • Ernie K-Doe aka Ernest Kador, Jr. born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B singer. Died 2001

25

  • Benjamin Britten’s Three Divertimenti for string quartet premiered in London

26

  • Antonio Scotti (70) dies in Naples
  • David Diamond’s Divertimento for piano and small orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

27

  • (& 28 Feb) Duke Ellington and his Orchestra record two sessions for Brunswick in New York. Arthur Whetsol, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart (tp) Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Barney Bigard (cl, ts) Johnny Hodges (as, ss) Otto Hardwicke (as, cl) Harry Carney (as, cl, bars) Pete Clark (as) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Hayes Alvis, Billy Taylor (b) Sonny Greer (d) Ivie Anderson (vo). Tracks cut include  Isn’t Love The Strangest Thing; No Greater Love; Clarinet Lament; Echoes Of Harlem; Love Is Like A Cigarette; Kissin’ My Baby Goodnight & Oh Babe, Maybe Someday
  • Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur [The Nativity of the Lord] for organ premiered in Paris

28

  • Henry Cowell’s Salutation for flute, piano and percussion premiered in Millbrook, NY
  • Josef Bohuslav Foerster’s opera Bloud [the fool], lib. Foerster, premiered in Prague

releases

  • Fred Astaire – Let’s Face the Music and Dance / Let Yourself Go (Brunswick)
  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Goody Goody / It’s Been So Long (Victor)
  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Stompin’ at the Savoy / Breaking in a Pair of Shoes (Victor)
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Benjamin Britten 1913-1976

Mar

2

  • David Diamond’s Ballade for chamber orchestra premiered in New York

4

  • Aribert Reimann born (Berlin) German opera composer, pianist.

5

  • Max Steiner’s music for John Ford’s movie The Informer wins the best score Oscar at the 8th Academy Awards

6

  • Sylvia Robinson aka Sylvia Vanderpool born (New York) American R&B singer, record executive, founder of Sugar Hill Records. Worked with Mickey Baker as Mickey & Sylvia. Died 2011
  • Rubin Goldmark (62) dies in New York
  • Josef Stránský (63) dies in New York

7

  • Balint Vazsonyi born (Budapest) Hungarian concert pianist, journalist, political philosopher. Died 2003

8

  • Gábor Szabó born (Budapest) Hungarian jazz guitarist, composer. Died 1982
  • Granville Bantock’s Pagan Symphony premiered in London
  • Benjamin Britten’s Russian Funeral for brass and percussion premiered in London

13

  • Benjamin Britten’s Suite for violin and piano premiered on BBC radio
  • George Enescu’s opera Œdipe premiered in Paris, lib. E. Fleg

15

  • Howard Greenfield born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular songwriter. Wrote with Neil Sedaka. Died 1986

16

  • Fred Neil born (Cleveland, OH) American folk singer, songwriter. Died 2001

17

  • Ladislav Kupkovič born (Bratislava) Slovak composer, conductor.
  • Stephen Osita Osadebe born (Atani, Nigeria) Nigerian Highlife musician, bandleader, singer, songwriter, record producer. Died 2007

19

  • Amancio D’Silva born (Mumbai) Anglo-Indian jazz guitarist, composer, bandleader. Died 1996

20

  • Harold Mabern born (Memphis, TN) American jazz pianist, teacher, bandleader. Worked with Roland Kirk, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and others.
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry born (Kendal, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae record producer, musician, singer, studio owner. Led the Upsetters.

21

  • Marek Stachowski born (Piekary Śląskie, Poland) Polish composer, teacher. Died 2004
  • Mike Westbrook born (High Wycombe, Bucks) English jazz pianist, composer, bandleader.
  • Alexander Glazunov (70) dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

22

  • David Diamond’s Dance of Liberation for piano premiered in New York

26

  • Erich Urbanner born (Innsbruck) Austrian composer, teacher.

28

  • Ernst Mehlich conducts the inaugural concert of São Paulo City Symphony Orchestra

29

  • Richard Rodney Bennett born (Broadstairs) English composer, teacher, jazz pianist. Died 2012
  • David Diamond’s Partita for oboe, bassoon and piano premiered in New York

30

  • Karel Hoffmann (63) dies in Prague of cancer

unk

  • Josh White severely injures his hand during a fight, nearly leading to amputation

releases

  • Bunny Berigan and his Boys – I’d Rather Lead a Band / Let Yourself Go (Vocalion)
  • Big Bill [Broonzy] – Ash Hauler / Bricks in My Pillow (Melotone)
  • Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra – Meditation / What Harlem Is to Me (Decca)

Ernst Mehlich 1888-1977

Apr

3

  • Scott LaFaro born (Newark, NJ) American jazz bassist. Worked with Bill Evans. Died 1961
  • Jimmy McGriff born (Germantown, PA) American jazz organist, composer, bandleader. Died 2008
  • Harold Vick born (Rocky Mount, NC) American jazz saxophonist, flautist, bandleader. Worked with Jack McDuff, Grant Green, Horace Silver and others. Died 1987

4

  • Sandor Harmati (43) dies in Flemington, NJ

7

  • Marilyn Miller (37) dies in New York following surgery on her sinuses

8

  • Robert Z. Leonard’s film The Great Ziegfeld opens, starring William Powell & Myrna Loy. Music by Walter Donaldson & Irving Berlin

9

  • The American Guild of Musical Artists is incorporated in New York, the country’s first musicians’ union

10

  • Bobby Smith born (Detroit, MI) American soul singer. Member of the Spinners. Died 2013

11

  • Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart & George Abbott’s musical On Your Toes opens on Broadway (315 performances)
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Music for Children op.65 for piano premiered in Moscow

15

  • Elliott Carter’s incidental music for Plautus’s play Mostellaria premiered in Cambridge, MA

17

  • David Axelrod born (Los Angeles, CA) American popular composer, arranger, record producer. (some sources give 1931 or 1933 as the year)

18

  • Ottorino Respighi (56) dies in Rome of heart failure
  • The Harlem Hamfats make their first recordings for Decca in Chicago. Joe McCoy (g, vo) Charlie McCoy (g, mand) Herb Morand (tp, vo) Odell Rand (cl) John Lindsay (b) Horace Malcolm (p) Pearlis Williams (d). Tracks cut include Oh! Red & Lake Providence Blues

19

  • Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto premiered in Barcelona

20

  • William Godvin “Beaver” Harris born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz drummer. Worked with Archie Shepp and others. Died 1991

21

  • Benjamin Britten’s Suite for violin and piano op.6 premiered in Barcelona

22

  • Glen Campbell born (Delight, AR) American country and pop singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor.

23

  • Roy Orbison born (Vernon, TX) American pop singer, songwriter. Died 1988
  • Fred Elizade’s Sinfonia concertante premiered in Barcelona

24

  • Bernard van Dieren (48) dies in London of kidney disease

25

  • Olivier Messiaen’s Pièce pour le Tombeau de Paul Dukas [Piece for the Tomb of Paul Dukas] for piano premiered in Paris

28

  • Manuel de Falla’s Pour le Tombeau de Paul Dukas [for the Tomb of Paul Dukas] for piano premiered in Paris

29

  • Zubin Mehta born (Mumbai) Indian conductor. Son of Mehli Mehta (1908-2002).

30

  • Arthur Honegger’s Nocturne for orchestra premiered in Brussels

releases

  • Lead Belly – Becky Deem, She Was a Gamblin’ Gal / Pig Meat Papa (Melotone)
  • Washboard Sam – You Done Tore Your Play House Down / Mama Don’t ‘Low No Low Down Hangin’ Round (Bluebird)
roots24a

Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy

May

1

  • Hermine Bosetti (60) dies in Munich
  • The Ink Spots headline for a week at the Apollo Theater, Harlem

2

  • Engelbert Humperdinck aka Arnold Dorsey born (Madras) English popular singer.
  • Michael Rabin born (New York) American concert violinist. Died 1972
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf for orchestra premiered in Moscow

4

  • Hoagy Lands aka Victor I. Hoagland born (New Brunswick, NJ) American soul singer. Died 2002
  • The Quintet of the Hot Club of France make their first recordings for HMV in Paris. Stephane Grappelli (vn) Django Reinhardt, Joseph Reinhardt, Pierre Ferret (g) Lucien Simoens (b) with Freddy Taylor (vo). Tracks cut include I’se A Muggin’ ; Oriental Shuffle; Limehouse Blues; I Can’t Give You Anything But Love; After You’ve Gone & Are You In The Mood?

6

  • Hans Jelmoli (59) dies in Zürich

7

  • Cornelius Cardew born (London) English composer, avant-garde musician, activist. Worked with AMM and the Scratch Orchestra. Died 1981

11

  • Carla Bley née Borg born (Oakland, CA) American jazz composer, keyboard player, bandleader. Worked with the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra and her own groups.

12

  • The Ink Spots record their first session for Decca in New York more than a year after being dropped by Victor. Tracks cut include Your Feet’s Too Big & Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 premiered in Moscow
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ opera The Poisoned Kiss premiered in Cambridge, lib. E. Sharp

14

  • Bobby Darin aka Walden Robert Cassotto born (New York, NY) American popular singer. Died 1973
  • Charlie Gracie born (Philadelphia) American rockabilly singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • James Whale’s film Show Boat opens, starring Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Allan Jones & Helen Morgan. Music by Jerome Kern

17

  • Philippe Boesmans born (Tongeren, Belgium) Belgian composer, radio producer.

18

  • Roberto Gerhard’s ballet Ariel premiered in Barcelona

19

  • David Diamond’s Sonata for cello and piano premiered in Princeton, NJ

20

  • Rufus Harley born (Raleigh, NC) American jazz piper. Died 2006
  • Les Paul makes his first recordings for Montgomery Ward billed as Rhubarb Red

21

  • Henry Cowell arrested in Menlo Park, CA and charged with homosexual conduct

24

  • Harold Budd born (Los Angeles, CA) American composer, keyboard player.
  • Claudia Muzio (47) dies in Rome, probably of heart failure although suicide has been claimed by some sources

25

  • Tom T. Hall born (Olive Hill, KY) American country singer, songwriter.
  • Ján Levoslav Bella (92) dies in Bratislava

31

  • Hwang Byungki born (Seoul) Korean composer, gayageum player, teacher, administrator.

releases

  • Bunny Berigan and his Boys – I Can’t Get Started / Rhythm Saved the World (Vocalion)
  • Big Bill [Broonzy] – Match Box Blues / Big Bill Blues (Melotone)
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Clarinet Lament (Barney’s Concerto) / Echoes of Harlem (Cootie’s Concerto) (Brunswick)
  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – China Boy / Oh Lady Be Good (Victor)
  • Harlem Hamfats – Oh! Red / Lake Providence Blues (Decca) recorded 18 Apr 1936
  • Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy – Until the Real Thing Comes Along / Walkin’ and Swingin’ (Decca) recorded 2 Apr 1936; 2 Mar 1936
  • Pinewood Tom [Josh White] – No More Ball and Chain / Silicosis Is Killin’ Me (Melotone) recorded 26 Feb 1936
  • Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Spanish Two Step / Blue River (Vocalion) recorded 23 Sep 1935

Poster for James Whale’s film Showboat

Jun

2

  • Otis Williams born (Cincinnati, OH) American R&B singer. Member of the Charms and solo artist.
  • Chick Webb and his Orchestra record a session for Decca in New York. Ella Fitzgerald (vo) Edgar Sampson (as) Pete Clark (as, cl) Teddy McRae (ts) Wayman Carver (ts, fl) Bobby Stark, Mario Bauza, Taft Jordan (tp) Nat Story, Sandy Williams (tb) John Trueheart (g, bjo) Joe Steele (p) Bill Thomas (b) Chick Webb (d). Tracks cut include Go Harlem & Devoting My Time to You

6

  • Levi Stubbs born (Detroit, MI) American soul singer. Member of the Four Tops. Died 2008

14

  • Renaldo ‘Obie’ Benson born (Detroit) American soul singer, songwriter. Member of the Four Tops. Died 2005

19

  • Shirley Goodman born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B singer. Worked with Leonard Lee as Shirley and Lee. Died 2005

20

  • Billy Guy born (Itsaca, TX) American R&B singer. Member of the Coasters. Died 2002

21

  • Dave Godin born (London) English journalist, soul music historian. Died 2004

22

  • Verne Allison born (Chicago, IL) American R&B and soul singer. Member of the Dells.
  • Kris Kristofferson born (Brownsville, TX) American country singer, songwriter, actor.
  • Hermeto Pascoal born (Lagoa da Canoa, Brazil) Brazilian jazz and classical composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer.

23

  • David Diamond’s A Sinfonietta for orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

27

  • Mike Bernard (55) dies in New York

29

  • Leonard Lee born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B singer. Worked with Shirley Goodman as Shirley and Lee. Died 1976

30

  • Dave Van Ronk born (Brooklyn, NY) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, activist, writer. Died 2002

releases

  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) / In a Sentimental Mood (Victor) 
  • Ink Spots – Your Feet’s Too Big / Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do (Decca) 
  • Meade Lux Lewis – Yancey Special / Celeste Blues (Decca) 
  • Fats Waller and his Rhythm – It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie / Big Chief De Sota (Victor)  
  • Chick Webb and his Orchestra – Sing Me a Swing Song (And Let Me Dance) / Facts and Figures (Decca)  
artie-shaw

Artie Shaw 1910-2004

Jul

1

  • Syl Johnson born (Holly Springs, MS) American soul singer, guitarist, record producer.
  • Norman Taurog’s film Rhythm on the Range opens, starring Bing Crosby & Frances Farmer. Music by various songwriters including Johnny Mercer, Sam Coslow, Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger

8

  • Henry Cowell gaoled for an “immoral act” with a teenaged boy. He is released on parole in 1940 and pardoned in 1942

9

  • David Zinman born (New York, NY) American conductor, violinist.

10

  • Billie Holiday makes her first recordings as leader for Vocalion in New York. Bunny Berigan (tp) Artie Shaw (cl) Joe Bushkin (p) Dick McDonough (g) Arthur ‘Pete’ Peterson (b) Cozy Cole (d) Billie Holiday (vo). Tracks cut include Summertime & Billie’s Blues

11

  • Joe Bussard born (Frederick, MD) American record collector, musicologist, broadcaster.

13

  • Albert Ayler born (Cleveland, OH) American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, bandleader. Died 1970

14

  • Charles Koechlin’s incidental music for R. Rolland’s play Le 14 juillet: Liberté premiered in Paris

22

  • Don Patterson born (Columbus, OH) American jazz organist. Died 1988

29

  • Frans Geysen born (Oostham, Belgium) Belgian composer, writer.

30

  • Buddy Guy born (Lettsworth, LA) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter.

releases

  • Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – No Regrets / Did I Remember (Vocalion)
  • Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra [feat. Billie Holiday] – These Foolish Things / Why Do I Lie to Myself About You (Brunswick)
Charles Koechlin 1867-1950

Charles Koechlin 1867-1950

Aug

1

  • Uziah Thompson born (Mannings Mount, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae percussionist, singer, session musician. Has appeared on more Jamaican records than anybody else.

2

  • Anthony Payne born (London) English composer, writer.

3

  • Jack Wilson born (Chicago, IL) American jazz pianist. Died 2007

5

  • Mitja Nikisch (37) commits suicide in Venice following the banning of swing bands in Germany

10

  • Charles H. “Chuck” Israels born (New York, NY) American jazz bassist, composer, arranger. Worked with Bill Evans and others.
  • Julien Tiersot (79) dies in Paris

12

  • Gérard Masson born (Paris) French composer.

15

  • Henry Lytton (71) dies in London

17

  • Pierre-Octave Ferroud (36) dies in a road accident in Debrecen, Hungary
  • Elliott Carter’s ballet Pochahontas premiered in Keene, NH

19

  • Harry Plunket Greene (71) dies in London

21

  • The Benny Goodman Quartet makes its first recordings for Victor in Hollywood, CA. Benny Goodman (cl) Teddy Wilson (p) Lionel Hampton (vib) Gene Krupa (d). Tracks cut include Moonglow & Love Me Or Leave Me 

23

  • Rudy Lewis born (Philadelphia, PA) American soul singer. Member of the Drifters. Died 1964

27

  • George Stevens’ film Swing Time opens, starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Music by Jerome Kern

28

  • Chuck Brown born (Gaston, NC) American funk singer, guitarist, songwriter, bandleader. Member of the Soul Searchers and solo artist. Died 2012
  • Albert Périlhou (90) dies in Tain-l’Hermitage, France

29

  • Gilbert Amy born (Paris) French composer, conductor, music administrator.

releases

  • Fred Astaire – A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song) / The Waltz in Swing Time (Brunswick)
  • Fred Astaire – The Way You Look Tonight / Pick Yourself Up (Brunswick)
  • Big Bill [Broonzy] – W.P.A. Blues / I’m a Southern Man (Romeo)
  • Ham Gravy [Washboard Sam] – Mama Don’t Allow No. 1 / Who Pumped the Wind in My Doughnut (Vocalion)
  • Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – Summertime / Billie’s Blues (Vocalion)

Pierre-Octave Ferroud 1900-36

Sep

1

  • Emmett Miller makes his final recordings for Bluebird in New York
  • Felix von Weingartner leaves his position as superintendent of the Vienna State Opera

2

  • David Blake born (London) English composer, teacher.
  • Zoltán Kodály’s Budavári Te Deum for chorus and orchestra premiered in Budapest

4

  • Colin McPhee’s Tabuh-Tabuhan for orchestra premiered in Mexico City

5

  • Béla Szabados (68) dies in Budapest

7

  • Charles “Buddy” Holly born (Lubbock, TX) American pop and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer. Member of the Crickets and solo artist. Died 1959

8

  • Erskine Hawkins and His ‘Bama State Collegians make their first recordings for Vocalion in New York. Tracks cut include Swinging In Harlem & Swingy Little Rhythm

11

  • Byron G. Harlan (75) dies in Orange, NJ

16

  • Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande (76) dies in Mumbai

19

  • Gene Dinwiddie born (Louisville, KY) American blues and jazz saxophonist. Worked with James Cotton, BB King and was a member of the Butterfield Blues Band. Died 2002

20

  • Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Divadlo za bránou [The Suburban Theatre] premiered in Brno, lib. Martinů

21

  • James “Sunny” Murray born (Idabel, OK) American jazz drummer, bandleader. Worked with Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler and others.

22

  • Leoš Janáček’s opera Výlet pana Broučka do měsíce [The Excursion of Mr Brouček to the Moon] premiered on Prague radio, lib. Janáček

25

  • Izabella Arazova born (Rostov, Russia) Armenian composer, teacher.
  • Benjamin Britten’s Our Hunting Fathers for voice and orchestra premiered in Norwich
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits for alto, chorus and orchestra premiered in Norwich

27

  • Brunhilde Sonntag born (Kassel, Germany) German composer, musicologist, teacher, writer. Died 2002

28

  • Emmett Chapman born (Santa Barbara, CA) American jazz bassist, inventor of the Chapman Stick.
BobWills

Bob Wills 1905-1975

Oct

2

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Dona nobis pacem [Give Us Peace] for soloists, chorus and orchestra premiered in Huddersfield

3

  • Steve Reich born (New York, NY) American composer.

4

  • Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony no. 1 premiered in Brno

6

  • Marina Goglidze-Mdivani born (Tbilisi) Georgian concert pianist, teacher.
  • Ralph Lundsten born (Ersnäs, Sweden) Swedish electronic music composer, musician, film director, author.
  • Mitchell Leisen’s movie The Big Broadcast of 1937 opens, featuring the screen debut of Benny Goodman’s orchestra
  • Bohuslav Martinů’s radio opera Hlas lesa [The Voice of the Forest] premiered on Czechoslovak Radio, Prague, lib. V. Nezval

7

  • Charles Dutoit born (Lausanne, Switzerland) Swiss conductor.

9

  • Lester Young makes his first recordings for Vocalion in Chicago as a member of Jones – Smith Incorporated. Carl Smith (tp) Lester Young (ts) Count Basie (p) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d). Tracks cut include Shoe Shine Boy & Oh, Lady Be Good

11

  • Billy Higgins born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz drummer. Worked with Ornette Coleman, Lee Morgan and others. Died 2001

15

  • The Quintet of the Hot Club of France record a session for HMV in Paris. Stephane Grappelli (vn) Django Reinhardt, Joseph Reinhardt, Pierre Ferret (g) Louis Vola (b) with Freddy Taylor (vo). Tracks cut include Nagasaki; Sweet Chorus; Georgia On My Mind; Shine; Swing Guitars & In The Still Of The Night

16

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Concertino for piano, violin, cello and orchestra premiered in Basel

20

  • (& 21 Oct) Roy Acuff makes his first recordings for Vocalion. Tracks cut include Great Speckled Bird; My Mountain Home Sweet HomeWabash Cannonball & Freight Train Blues

24

  • Bill Wyman aka William George Perks born (London) English rock bassist, writer. Member of the Rolling Stones and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.
  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No. 16 premiered in Moscow

26

  • Al Casey born (Long Beach, CA) American rock and country guitarist, session player. Died 2006

27

  • Ernest Tubb makes his first recordings for Bluebird in San Antonio, TX. Tracks cut include The Passing Of Jimmie Rodgers & The Last Thoughts Of Jimmie Rodgers

28

  • Charlie Daniels born (Leland, NC) American rock and country singer, songwriter, fiddler, guitarist, bandleader.
  • Carl Davis born (New York, NY) American conductor, composer.
  • Ted Hawkins born (Biloxi, MS) American folk, blues and soul singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1995

29

  • Cole Porter, H. Lindsay and R. Crouse’s musical Red, Hot and Blue opens on Broadway (183 performances)
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Russian Overture op.72 premiered in Moscow

30

  • William Grant Still’s symphonic poem Dismal Swamp premiered in Rochester, NY

unk

  • All Paul Hindemith’s works are banned by the National Socialist party in Germany

releases

  • Blind Boy Fuller – Babe You Got to Do Better / Truckin’ My Blues Away (Perfect)
  • Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song) / I Can’t Pretend (Vocalion)
  • Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – Let’s Call a Heart a Heart / One, Two, Button Your Shoe (Vocalion)

Roy Acuff 1903-92

Nov

3

  • Filip Lazăr (42) dies in Paris
  • William Grant Still’s Ebon Chronicle for orchestra premiered in Ft. Worth

5

  • Darius Milhaud’s Pastorale for oboe, clarinet and bassoon op.147 premiered in Bourges

6

  • Barbara Heller born (Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany) German composer, pianist.
  • David Ward-Steinman born (Alexandria, LA) American composer, teacher.
  • Woody Herman makes his first recordings as leader for Decca
  • The Ink Spots perform on the first NBC/RCA live television demonstration, becoming the first black artists to appear on American TV
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 premiered in Philadelphia

11

  • Jack Keller born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter, record producer. Died 2005
  • Edward German (74) dies in London of cancer

12

  • Mort Shuman born (New York, NY) American popular songwriter. Wrote with Doc Pomus. Died 1991
  • Johnny Temple makes his first recordings for Decca in Chicago. Tracks cut include New Vicksburg Blues & Louise Louise Blues

13

  • The BBC broadcasts the world’s first televised opera in a programme containing nearly half an hour’s worth of excerpts from  Albert Coates’s Pickwick. Audience numbers are estimated at around 400

14

  • Antonio Gades aka Antonio Esteve Ródenas born (Elda, Alicante, Spain) Spanish flamenco dancer, choreographer. Died 2004
  • Cornell Gunter born (Coffeyville, KS) American R&B singer. Member of the Platters, the Flairs and the Coasters. Died 1990
  • Albert Roussel’s opera Le testament de la tante Caroline [The will of Aunt Caroline], lib. Michel Veber, premiered in Paris

15

  • Robert Russell Bennett’s Hollywood Introduction and Scherzo for orchestra premiered on NBC radio

17

  • Ernestine Schumann-Heink (75) dies in Hollywood, CA of leukaemia
  • Francis Poulenc’s Litanies à la Vierge Noire [Litanies to the Black Virgin] for chorus and organ premiered on BBC Radio

18

  • Don Cherry born (Oklahoma City, OK) American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader. Worked with Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, New York Contemporary Five, Albert Ayler and others. Stepfather of Neneh Cherry (b.1964). Died 1995

19

  • Ray Collins born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer. Member of the Mothers of Invention. Died 2012
  • Michel Decoust born (Paris) French composer, conductor, teacher, administrator.
  • Ella Fitzgerald records her first session as leader for Decca in New York. Tracks cut include My Last Affair; Darktown Strutters’ Ball; Shine & Organ Grinder’s Swing
  • Kurt Weill’s musical Johnny Johnson opens on Broadway, lib. P. Green (68 performances)

22

  • Hans Zender born (Wiesbaden, Germany) German composer, conductor.

23

  • (& 26 Nov) Robert Johnson makes his first recordings at the Gunter Hotel, Dallas, TX for Vocalion. Tracks cut include Kind Hearted Woman Blues; Terraplane Blues; 32-20 Blues; Last Fair Deal Gone Down; I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom; Dead Shrimp Blues; Cross Road Blues; Ramblin’ On My Mind; Come On In My Kitchen; They’re Red Hot; Sweet Home Chicago & Walkin’ Blues
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s incidental music for A. Afinogenov’s play Salyut, Ispaniya [Hail, Spain] premiered in St Petersburg

26

  • Darius Milhaud’s Introduction et marche funèbre op.153 for large band premiered in Paris

27

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Julia suite premiered in Moscow
  • Roy Del Ruth’s movie musical Born to Dance opens starring Eleanor Powell and James Stewart. Music by Cole Porter

28

  • Roy McCurdy born (Rochester, NY) American jazz drummer. Worked with Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley and others.

releases

  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Goodnight, My Love / Take Another Guess (Victor)
  • Harlem Hamfats – Weed Smoker’s Dream / Little Girl (Decca)
  • Mississippi Jook Band – Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind on Jesus) / Blind Roosevelt Graves – I’ll Be Rested (When the Roll Is Called) (Melotone)
  • Fats Waller and his Rhythm – Dinah / Latch On (Victor)
  • Chick Webb and his Orchestra – (If You Can’t Sing It) You’ll Have to Swing It / Vote for Mr. Rhythm (Decca)
  • Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra [feat. Billie Holiday] – The Way You Look Tonight / Easy to Love (Brunswick)
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Robert Johnson 1911-38

Dec

1

  • Francis Poulenc’s Les Soirées de Nazelles [Evenings in Nazelles] for piano premiered on BBC Radio

5

  • Arthur Honegger’s Prelude, arioso, fughette sur le nom de Bach [Prelude, arioso, fughetta on the name of Bach] for piano premiered in Paris

6

  • Emil Adamič (58) dies in Ljubljana
  • Bela Bartók’s Petite Suite for piano premiered in Békéscsaba

9

  • Darius Milhaud’s Fragments dramatiques op.154 for orchestra premiered in Paris

12

  • Albert Roussel’s Rapsodie flamande [Flemish rhapsody] for orchestra premiered in Brussels

13

  • Samuel Barber’s Symphony in One Movement premiered in Rome

14

  • Arve Tellefsen born (Trondheim) Norwegian classical violinist.
  • Samuel Barber’s String Quartet op.11 premiered in Rome

15

  • Eddie Palmieri born (New York, NY) American jazz, Latin and salsa pianist, composer, bandleader.
  • Benjamin Britten’s song suite Two Ballads & Temporal Variations for oboe and piano premiered in London

16

  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Toccata No.2 for piano premiered in Glasgow

17

  • Tommy Steele aka Thomas Hicks born (London) English pop singer, guitarist, actor, writer, sculptor.

23

  • Karel Navrátil (69) dies in Prague

24

  • Chris McGregor born (Somerset West, South Africa) South African jazz pianist, composer, bandleader. Founder of the Blue Notes, Brotherhood of Breath. Died 1990

26

  • Arturo Toscanini conducts the inaugural concert of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra in Tel-Aviv

27

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Concertino for flute, violin and orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s oratorio Den heliga natten [The Holy Night] premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm, lib. H. Gullberg

releases

  • Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight – My Last Affair / Darktown Strutters’ Ball (Decca)
  • Harlem Hamfats – I Feel Like a Millionaire / Bad Luck Man (Decca)
  • Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra [feat. Billie Holiday] – Pennies From Heaven / That’s Life I Guess (Brunswick)

Date unknown

  • The Jeune France group formed by André Jolivet, Yves Baudrier, Daniel-Lesur and Olivier Messiaen
  • Eugene Ormandy appointed associate conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, making music director in 1938
  • Pierre Schaeffer joins Radiodiffusion Française in Paris

publications

  • John & Alan Lomax’s Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly published in New York

Songs published

  • A Fine Romance; The Way You Look Tonight (both Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern); Glad To Be Unhappy; Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; There’s a Small Hotel (all Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers); Gloomy Sunday (Sam M. Lewis, Rezső Seress); Goodnight, Irene (Huddie Ledbetter); I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter); Let’s Face the Music and Dance (Irving Berlin); Pennies from Heaven (Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston)

The ‘Jeune France’ group. Clockwise from top left: Olivier Messiaen, Yves Baudrier, Daniel-Lesur and André Jolivet

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