1938

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Jan

5

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s cantata Songs of Our Day op.76 for mezzo-soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra premiered in Moscow

6

  • Adriano Celentano born (Milan) Italian popular singer, songwriter, actor, comedian, television personality, film director.
  • El Hachemi Guerouabi born (Algiers) Algerian chaâbi singer, composer, footballer. Died 2006

7

  • Paul Revere Dick born (Harvard, NE) American pop and rock organist. Member of Paul Revere and the Raiders.

8

  • Benjamin Britten’s Mont Juic for orchestra premiered on BBC radio

13

  • Paavo Heininen born (Järvenpää, Finland) Finnish composer, pianist, teacher.
  • Shivkumar Sharma born (Jammu, India) Indian classical santoor player.
  • Ernest John Moeran’s Symphony in G minor premiered in London

14

  • John Allan ‘Jack’ Jones born (Los Angeles) American pop and jazz singer.
  • Billie Jo Spears born (Beaumont, TX) American country singer. Died 2011
  • Allen Toussaint born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B pianist, songwriter, singer, record producer.

16

  • Bela Bartók’s Sonata for two pianos and percussion premiered in Basel
  • Benny Goodman’s band play Carnegie Hall, the first jazz group to do so. Buck Clayton, Cootie Williams, Harry James (tp) Bobby Hackett (cor) Vernon Brown (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Johnny Hodges (as, ss) Lester Young (ts) Harry Carney (bars) Count Basie, Teddy Wilson (p) Lionel Hampton (vib) Freedie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Gene Krupa (d) Martha Tilton (vo)
  • A ‘jazz contest’ takes place at the Savoy Ballroom in New York between the Chick Webb and Count Basie orchestras

17

  • Eddie Condon & his Windy City Seven record a session in New York for Commodore. Bobby Hackett (cor) Jack Teagarden (tb) Pee Wee Russell (cl) Bud Freeman (ts) Jess Stacy (p) Eddie Condon (g) Artie Shapiro (b) George Wettling (d). Tracks cut include Love is just around the corner & Ja Da

18

  • Paul Hindemith’s Organ Sonatas nos. 1 and 2 premiered in London

21

  • Wolfman Jack aka Robert Weston Smith born (Brooklyn, NY) American disc jockey. Died 1995
  • Igor Markevitch’s Le Nouvel Âge [the new age] for orchestra premiered in Warsaw

22

  • Richard Franck (80) dies in Heidelberg

23

  • David Diamond’s ballet Icaro premiered in New York
  • Vivian Fine’s ballet The Race of Life premiered in New York

24

  • Julius Hemphill born (Fort Worth, TX) American jazz saxophonist, composer, sculptor, bandleader. Founder of World Saxophone Quartet. Died 1995

25

  • Etta James aka Jamesetta Hawkins born (Los Angeles, CA) American R&B singer. Died 2012
  • Vladimir Vysotsky born (Moscow) Russian singer, songwriter, actor, poet. Died 1980

27

  • Constant Lambert and Frederick Ashton’s ballet Horoscope premiered in London

28

  • The Monroe Brothers make their final recordings together for Bluebird in Charlotte, NC before splitting

29

  • Carl Venth (77) dies in San Antonio, TX

30

  • Darius Milhaud’s L’Oiseau [the bird] op.181 for orchestra premiered in Paris

31

  • Samuel Barber’s God’s Grandeur for chorus premiered in Shippensburg, PA

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Harmony in Harlem / Black Butterfly (Brunswick)
  • Benny Goodman Quartet – Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Means That You’re Grand) / part 2 (Victor)
  • Songs from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Victor) 3 x 78rpm discs. The first commercially issued film soundtrack
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Samuel Barber 1910-1981

Feb

1

  • Jimmy Carl Black aka James Inkanish, Jr. born (El Paso, TX) American rock drummer, singer. Worked with the Mothers of Invention, Geronimo Black and Arthur Brown. Died 2008
  • Igor Kuljerić born (Šibenik, Croatia) Croatian composer, conductor. Died 2006
  • Darius Milhaud’s opera Esther de Carpentras premiered in Paris, lib. A. Lunel
  • Jabbo Smith and his orchestra make their only recordings for Decca in New York. Jabbo Smith (tp, vo) Elmer James (b) Leslie Johnakins, Ben Smith (as) Jimmy Reyolds (p) Sam Simmons (ts) Alfred Taylor (d) Connie Wainwright (g)

2

  • Rusty Kershaw born (Tiel Ridge, LA) American Cajun guitarist, singer. Brother of Doug Kershaw (b.1936).
  • Arthur Honegger’s ballet Le cantique des cantiques [the song of songs] premiered in Paris

5

  • Roy Acuff makes his Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville, TN

10

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Duo Concertant for two violins and orchestra premiered in Lausanne

11

  • Ernest Bloch’s Evocations for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

13

  • Arthur Honegger and Jacques Ibert’s operetta Les petites cardinal [the little cardinals] premiered in Paris, lib. A. Willemetz and P. Brach

16

  • John Corigliano born (New York, NY) American composer, teacher.
  • Count Basie and His Orchestra record a session for Decca in New York. Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Buck Clayton (tp) Benny Morton, Dan Minor (tb) Eddie Durham (tb, g) Earle Warren (as) Jack Washington (as, bars) Lester Young, Herschel Evans (ts) Count Basie (p) Freddy Greene (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) Jimmy Rushing (vo). Tracks cut include Every Tub; Now Will you Be Good; Sent for you yesterday and here you come today & Swinging the Blues
  • Benny Goodman & his Orchestra record a session for Victor in New York. Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Chris Griffin (tp) Red Ballard, Vernon Brown (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Hymie Schertzer, George Koenig (as) Arthur Rollini, Babe Russin (ts) Jess Stacy (p) Allen Reuss (g) Harry Goodman (b) Gene Krupa (d) Count Basie (arr). Tracks cut include Don’t be that way & One O’clock Jump

17

  • Slim & Slam aka Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart record a session for Vocalion. Tracks cut include Tipi-tin; That’s What You Call Romance; Flat Foot Floogie & Chinatown My Chinatown

18

  • Virgil Thomson’s ballet Filling Station premiered in New York

21

  • Bobby Charles born (Abbeville, LA) American R&B singer, songwriter. Died 2010

22

  • Bobby Hendricks born (Columbus, OH) American R&B singer. Member of the Drifters.

23

  • Aaron Copland’s Signature for orchestra premiered in New York

24

  • Geirr Tveitt’s ballet Baldur’s Dreams premiered in Leipzig

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Riding on a Blue Note / Lost in Meditation (Brunswick)
  • Chick Webb and his Orchestra – I Got a Guy / Harlem Congo (Decca)
  • Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra [feat. Billie Holiday] – When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) / I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love With Me (Brunswick)

Slim & Slam – Slim Gaillard 1916-91 and Slam Stewart 1914-87

Mar

1

  • George Barnes plays the first electric guitar on record at a Big Bill Broonzy session for Vocalion in Chicago. Tracks cut include Sweetheart Land & It’s A Low Down Dirty Shame

2

  • Simon Estes born (Centerville, IO) American bass-baritone singer, teacher, activist.
  • Lawrence Payton born (Detroit, MI) American soul singer. Member of the Four Tops. Died 1997
  • Ben Harney (65) dies in Philadelphia following a heart attack

3

  • Willie Chambers born (Flora, MS) American R&B and rock guitarist, singer. Member of the Chambers Brothers with brothers Joe (b.1942), Lester (b.1940) and George (b.1931) Chambers.
  • Douglas Leedy born (Portland, OR) American composer, teacher.

4

  • Angus MacLise born (Bridgeport, CT) American avant-garde percussionist, drummer, composer. Worked with LaMonte Young and the Velvet Underground. Died 1979

5

  • Bruce Smeaton born (Brighton, Victoria) Australian film composer.

9

  • Roy Brooks born (Detroit, MI) American jazz drummer. Worked with Blue Mitchell, Horace Silver, Yusef Lateef and others. Died 2005

10

  • Charles Previn and Frank Skinner’s music for Henry Koster’s film One Hundred Men and a Girl wins the best score Oscar at the 10th Academy Awards

11

  • Georg Solti makes his conducting debut in Budapest with Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro

12

  • Dimitri Terzakis born (Athens) Greek composer.

13

  • Erma Franklin born (Duncan, MA) American soul and Gospel singer. Sister of Aretha (b.1942) and Carolyn (1944-88) Franklin. Died 2002
  • Hans-Joachim Hespos born (Emden, Germany) German composer.

14

  • Takehisa Kosugi born (Tokyo) Japanese composer, violinist.
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Trio for flute, violin and bassoon premiered in Paris

15

  • Charles Lloyd born (Memphis, TN) American jazz saxophonist, flautist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Chico Hamilton and his own bands.

16

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s opera Julietta premiered in Prague, lib. Martinů
  • Noël Coward’s musical Operette opens in London (132 performances)

17

  • Rudolf Nureyev born (near Irkustk, Russia) Russian ballet dancer, choreographer. Died 1993
  • Zola Taylor born (Los Angeles, CA) American R&B singer. Member of the Platters. Died 2007

18

  • Charley Pride born (Sledge, MS) American country singer, guitarist.
  • Jean-Claude Risset born (Le Puy, France) French composer, electronic musician.
  • Cyril Rootham (62) dies in Cambridge

24

  • Holger Czukay born (Gdansk) German rock and avant-garde bassist, electronic musician, record producer, composer. Member of Can.
  • Don Covay born (Orangeburg, SC) American soul and blues singer, songwriter.

25

  • Hoyt Axton born (Duncan, OK) American country singer, songwriter, actor. Died 1999

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart / The Gal From Joe’s (Brunswick)
  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Don’t Be That Way / One O’Clock Jump (Victor)
  • Robert Johnson – Stop Breakin’ Down Blues / Honeymoon Blues (Vocalion)
Georg Solti 1912-97

Georg Solti 1912-97

Apr

2

  • Booker Little born (Memphis, TN) American jazz trumpeter, composer. Worked with Max Roach and Eric Dolphy. Died 1961

3

  • Jeff Barry aka Joel Adelberg born (Brooklyn, NY) American popular songwriter. Wrote with Ellie Greenwich.

4

  • Declan Mulligan born (Fethard, Ireland) Irish-American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of the Beau Brummels.

7

  • Spencer Dryden born (New York, NY) American rock drummer. Member of Jefferson Airplane and New Riders of the Purple Sage. Died 2005
  • Freddie Hubbard born (Indianapolis, IN) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Philly Joe Jones, Quincy Jones, Jazz Messengers, Max Roach and others. Died 2008
  • Alexander von Schlippenbach born (Berlin) German jazz pianist, composer.

10

  • Joe “King” Oliver (52) dies in Savannah, GA of arteriosclerosis

12

  • Feodor Chaliapin (65) dies in Paris of leukaemia

13

  • Frederic Rzewski born (Westfield, MA) American composer, pianist, co-founder of Musica Elettronica Viva.

15

  • Hilding Rosenberg’s oratorio Huvudskalleplats [Calvary] premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm, lib. H. Gullberg

18

  • Hal Galper born (Salem, MA) American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, teacher. Worked with Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods.

19

  • Jonathan Tunick born (New York, NY) American theatre and film composer, arranger, conductor.

21

  • Benjamin Britten’s Irish Reel premiered on BBC Radio

26

  • Duane Eddy born (Corning, NY) American rock and pop guitarist.
  • Maurice Williams born (Lancaster, SC) American R&B, doowop singer. Led the Zodiacs.

28

  • David Diamond’s Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel for brass, strings & percussion premiered in New York

29

  • Klaus Voormann born (Berlin) German graphic designer, record producer, bassist, multi-instrumentalist. Worked with Manfred Mann, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

releases

  • Count Basie and his Orchestra – Every Tub / Now Will You Be Good (Decca)
  • Count Basie and his Orchestra – Topsy / Don’t You Miss Your Baby (Decca)
  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Lullaby in Rhythm / That Feeling Is Gone (Victor)
  • Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – Back in Your Own Back Yard / When a Woman Loves a Man (Vocalion)
  • Slim and Slam – Flat Fleet Floogee / Chinatown My Chinatown (Vocalion)

Peetie Wheatstraw 1902-41

May

2

  • Francis Poulenc’s cantata Sécheresses [drought] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Chick Webb and his Orchestra record a session for Decca in New York. Ella Fitzgerald (vo) Mario Bauza, Taft Jordan, Bobby Stark (tp) Georges Matthews, Nat Story, Sandy Williams (tb) Garvin Bushell, Louis Jordan (as) Wayman Carver, Ted Mcrae (ts) Chauncey Haughton (cl) Tommy Fulford (p) Bobby Johnson (g) Beverly Peer (b) Chick Webb (d, cond) Charlie Dixon (arr). Tracks cut include A-tisket, A-tasket & I’m Just A Jitterbug

3

  • Lindsay Kemp born (South Shields, Tyne & Wear) English dancer, actor, choreographer, teacher, mime.

4

  • Tyrone Davis born (Greenville, MS) American soul singer. Died 2005
  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Antonio e Cleopatra premiered in Florence. Lib. Malipiero after Shakespeare

6

  • Henry Cowell’s Celtic Set for concert band premiered in Selinsgrove, PA

7

  • Papa Charlie Jackson (c.53) dies in Chicago

8

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ for chamber orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

9

  • Lothar Mendes’s film Moonlight Sonata starring Ignacy Jan Paderewski as himself opens

10

  • Henry Fambrough born (Detroit, MI) American soul singer. Member of the Spinners.
  • Maxim Shostakovich born (Leningrad) Russian classical pianist, conductor. Son of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75).

11

  • Woody Guthrie begins writing his column, “Woody Sez,” for Los Angeles-based newspaper, People’s World
  • Charles Ives’s Three Improvisations for piano premiered in New York
  • Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart’s musical I Married an Angel opens on Broadway (338 performances)

12

  • Glen Carter-Varney born (Euroa, Victoria) Australian composer, pianist, teacher.
  • Kokomo Arnold makes his final recordings for Decca in Chicago after which he quits the music industry to work in a factory
  • Arthur Honegger’s oratorio Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher [Joan of Arc in Bucher] premiered in Basel

13

  • Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra record a session for Decca in New York. Louis Armstrong (tp, vo) Shelton Hemphill (tp) JC Higginbotham (tb) Rupert  Cole (cl, as) Charlie Holmes (as) Bingie Madison (cl, ts) Luis Russell (p) Lee Blair (g) Pops Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (d). Tracks cut include So Little Time (So Much To Do); Mexican Swing; As Long As You Live (You’ll Be Dead If You Die) & When The Saints Go Marching In

17

  • Pervis Jackson born (New Orleans, LA) American soul singer. Member of the Spinners. Died 2008

18

  • Darius Milhaud’s Cantate de l’enfant et de la mère op.185 [Cantata of the child and the mother] premiered in Brussels

19

  • Herbie Flowers born (Isleworth, Middx) English jazz, rock and pop bassist, session musician.

23

  • David Diamond’s Trio for violin, viola and cello premiered in Washington, DC
  • (to 12 Jun) Jelly Roll Morton records eight hours of music and interviews with Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in Washington, DC

24

  • Tommy Chong born (Edmonton, Alberta) Canadian guitarist, comedian, actor. Member of Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers and Cheech & Chong.

25

  • Dick McDonough (33) dies in New York from causes related to alcoholism

26

  • William Bolcom born (Seattle, WA) American composer, pianist, teacher.
  • Jaki Liebezeit born (Dresden) German rock and electronica drummer. Member of Can.
  • Teresa Stratas born (Toronto) Canadian soprano singer.

27

  • Elizabeth Harwood born (Kettering, Northamptonshire) English soprano singer. Died 1990
  • Herbert Zipper arrested in Vienna and sent to Dachau concentration camp

28

  • Prince Buster aka Cecil Bustamente Campbell born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican ska singer, songwriter, record producer.
  • The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra make their final recordings for Vocalion in Chicago. Dick Vance, Emmett Berry, Russell Smith (tp) George Hunt, Fred Robinson, Albert Wynn, Ed Cuffee (tb) Eddie Barefield (cl, as) Budd Johnson (as) Franz Jackson, Chu Berry (ts) Fletcher Henderson (p) Lawrence Lucie (g) Israel Crosby (b) Pete Suggs (d) Chu Berry (vo)
  • Paul Hindemith’s opera Mathis der Maler [Mathis the Painter] premiered in Zurich, lib. Hindemith

30

  • Walter Piston’s ballet The Incredible Flutist premiered in Boston

31

  • Johnny Paycheck aka Donald Eugene Lytle born (Greenfield, OH)_American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2003
  • Peter Yarrow born (New York, NY) American folk and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, activist. Member of Peter, Paul & Mary.

releases

  • Robert Johnson – Little Queen of Spades / Me and the Devil Blues (Vocalion)

Walter Piston 1894-1976

Jun

2

  • Vittorio Giannini’s opera Das Brandmal [The Scarlet Letter], lib. Giannini, premiered in Hamburg

5

  • Benjamin Britten’s The World of the Spirit for speakers, chorus and orchestra premiered on BBC radio

9

  • Charles Wuorinen born (New York, NY) American composer.

12

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Music for Two Pianos & Music for the Dance for piano premiered in Brookline, MA

13

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Paris

14

  • Julie Felix born (Santa Barbara, CA) American folk singer, guitarist.

15

  • Jean-Claude Éloy born (Rouen) French composer
  • Tony Oxley born (Sheffield) English jazz drummer, bandleader, session player.
  • Franz Schmidt’s oratorio The book with seven seals premiered in Vienna

17

  • Anton Webern’s Das Augenlicht [eyesight] op.26 for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

18

  • The last broadcast of The Woody and Lefty Lou Show (Woody Guthrie and Maxine Crissman) takes place on KFVD Los Angeles

20

  • Mickie Most aka Michael Peter Hayes born (Aldershot) English record producer, record executive. Founder of RAK Records. Died 2003

22

  • Ernst Krenek’s opera Karl V premiered in Prague. Lib. Krenek

23

  • Alan Vega born (Brooklyn, NY) American rock and electronic singer, songwriter. Member of Suicide from 1971.

26

  • James Weldon Johnson (77) dies in an automobile accident near his holiday home in Wiscasset, ME

releases

  • Count Basie and his Orchestra – Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) / Swinging the Blues (Decca)  
  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Pyramid / When My Sugar Walks Down the Street (Brunswick)  
  • Blind Boy Fuller – Meat Shakin’ Woman / I’m a Good Stem Winder (Vocalion)  
  • Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – You Go to My Head / The Moon Looks Down and Laughs (Vocalion)  
  • Chick Webb and his Orchestra – A-Tisket A-Tasket / Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away) (Decca) 

Woody Guthrie and Lefty Lou (Maxine Crissman)

Jul

1

  • Hariprasad Chaurasia born (Allahabad, India) Indian composer, bansuri (flute) player.

2

  • John Cage’s Music for an Aquatic Ballet for flute and percussion premiered in Los Angeles

4

  • Bill Withers born (Slab Fork, WV) American soul singer, songwriter, pianist.

6

  • Franco aka François Luambo Makiadi born (Sona Bata, DR Congo) Congolese jazz guitarist, singer, songwriter. Led OK Jazz. Died 1989

8

  • Ian Stewart born (Pittenweem, Fife) Scottish rock and blues keyboard player. Unofficial ‘sixth member’ and road manager of the Rolling Stones. Died 1985

9

  • Paul Chihara born (Seattle, WA) American composer.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ England’s Pleasant Land for chorus and military band premiered in Westcott, Surrey

10

  • Lee Morgan born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer. Died 1972

15

  • Granville Bantock’s incidental music for A.L. Coburn’s play Fairy Gold premiered in Liverpool
  • Alexander Mosolov’s eight year sentence in the Gulag is commuted to five years exile from Moscow and Leningrad after he has served nine months

18

  • Dudu Pukwana born (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) South African jazz alto saxophonist, composer, pianist. Member of the Blue Notes and Zila. Died 1990

20

  • Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for oboe and piano premiered in London

21

  • Paul Hindemith’s opera Nobilissima visione [noble vision] premiered in London, lib. Hindemith and L. Massine

24

  • Richard Strauss’ opera Friedenstag [Day of Peace] premiered in Munich, lib. J. Gregor
  • Artie Shaw and his orchestra make their first recordings for Bluebird in New York. Chuck Peterson, Claude Bowen, John Best (tp) George Arus, Ted Vesely, Harry Rodgers (tb) Artie Shaw (cl) Les Robinson, Hank Freeman (cl, as) Tony Pastor (cl, ts, vo) Ronnie Perry (cl, ts) Les Burness (p) Al Avola (g) Sid Weiss (b) Cliff Leeman (d) Billie Holiday (vo). Tracks cut include Begin the Beguine; Indian Love Call; Any Old Time & Back Bay Shuffle

26

  • Joanne Brackeen born (Ventura, CA) American jazz pianist, composer.

27

  • James Thornton (76) dies in New York

29

  • David Diamond’s Heroic Piece for orchestra premiered in Zürich

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – The Stevedore’s Serenade / La De Doody Doo (Brunswick)
  • Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – I’m Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key) / I Wish I Had You (Vocalion)
  • Slim and Slam – Tutti Frutti / Look-A-There (Vocalion)
  • Sonny Boy Williamson – Decoration Blues / Down South (Bluebird)
  • Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Empty Bed Blues / Keep Knocking (But You Can’t Come In) (Vocalion)
Artie Shaw and his orchestra

Artie Shaw and his orchestra

Aug

4

  • Simon Preston born (Bournemouth) English organist, conductor, composer. Organist of Westminster Abbey 1981-87.

9

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra record a session for Brunswick in New York. Wallace Jones, 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) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Billy Taylor (b) Sonny Greer (d). Tracks cut include Prelude to A Kiss: Lambeth Walk; Hip Chic & The Buffet Flat

12

  • David Diamond’s Overture no.1 premiered in New York

13

  • Dave “Baby” Cortez aka David Cortez Clowney born (Detroit, MI) American pop and R&B organist.

14

  • Landon Ronald (65) dies in London

15

  • Nesbert “Stix” Hooper born (Houston, TX) American jazz drummer. Member of the Crusaders.

16

  • Robert Johnson (27) in Greenwood, MS. It is suspected that he was poisoned with strychnine-laced whiskey
  • Paul Hindemith leaves Germany for Switzerland

18

  • Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto op.13 premiered in London

21

  • Kenny Rogers born (Houston, TX) American country singer, songwriter, actor, record producer.

22

  • Count Basie and His Orchestra record a session for Decca in New York. Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Buck Clayton (tp) Benny Morton, Dan Minor, Dickie Wells (tb) Earle Warren (as) Jack Washington (as, bars) Lester Young, Herschel Evans (ts) Count Basie (p) Freddy Greene (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) Jimmy Rushing (vo). Tracks cut include Jumpin’ at the Woodside

23

  • Roger Greenaway born (Bristol) English popular songwriter.

24

  • Roland Bader born (Wangen im Allgäu, Germany) German choral conductor, teacher.
  • David Freiberg born (Cincinnati, OH) American rock bassist. Member of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane.

26

  • Jet Black aka Brian Duffy born (Ilford, Essex) English rock drummer. Member of the Stranglers.

30

  • James Scott (53) dies in Kansas City, KS

31

  • John ‘Spider’ Koerner born (New York) American folk and blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player. Member of Koerner, Ray and Glover and solo artist.

releases

  • Count Basie and his Orchestra – Blue and Sentimental / Doggin’ Around (Decca)
  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Lambeth Walk / Prelude to a Kiss (Brunswick)
  • Lonnie Johnson – Friendless and Blue / Devil’s Got the Blues (Decca)
  • Artie Shaw and his Orchestra – Begin the Beguine / Indian Love Call (Bluebird)
Robert Johnson's grave in Greenwood, MS. One of three claimed locations, but most likely the true one

Robert Johnson’s grave in Greenwood, MS. One of three claimed locations, but most likely the true one

Sep

1

  • Alton Ellis born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter. Died 2008
  • Borys Lyatoshynsky’s opera Shchors, lib. I. Kociergi and M. Rïlhsky, premiered in Kiev

2

  • Mark Sandrich’s film Carefree opens, starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Music by Irving Berlin and Victor Baravalle.

3

  • James Kendrick Pyne (86) dies in Ilford, Essex

6

  • Joan Tower born (New Rochelle, NY) American composer, pianist, conductor.
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Tre Ricercari for chamber orchestra premiered in Venice

8

  • Reinbert de Leeuw born (Amsterdam) Dutch pianist, conductor, composer.

13

  • Frank Bridge’s String Quartet No.4 premiered in Berkshire, MA

17

  • Perry Robinson born (New York, NY) American jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Henry Grimes and Archie Shepp. Son of Earl Robinson (1910-91).

20

  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s Suite for Jazz Orchestra no.2 premiered on Moscow Radio

19

  • Zygmunt Krauze born (Warsaw) Polish composer, pianist, teacher.

20

  • Eric Gale born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz guitarist, session player. Died 1994

21

  • Atli Heimir Sveinsson born (Reykjavik) Icelandic composer.
  • Yūji Takahashi born (Tokyo) Japanese composer, pianist, writer.
  • Cole Porter and R. Leigh’s musical You Never Know opens in New York (78 performances)

22

  • Anton Webern’s String Quartet premiered in Pittsfield, MA
  • John “Ole” Olsen, Harold “Chic” Johnson, Sammy Fain and Charles Tobias’s musical revue Hellzapoppin’ opens on Broadway (1,404 performances)

23

  • Herbert Zipper transferred from Dachau to Buchenwald concentration camp

27

  • Artie Shaw & his Orchestra record a session in New York for Bluebird. Chuck Peterson, Claude Bowen, John Best (tp) George Arus, Russell Brown, Harry Rodgers (tb) Artie Shaw (cl) George Koenig, Hank Freeman (cl, as) Tony Pastor (cl, ts, vo) Ronnie Perry (cl, ts) Les Burness (p) Al Avola (g) Sid Weiss (b) Cliff Leeman (d). Tracks cut include Nightmare & Non Stop Flight

28

  • Ben E. King born (Henderson, NC) American soul and R&B singer. Member of the Drifters and solo artist.

releases

  • Count Basie and his Orchestra – Mama Don’t Want No Peas an’ Rice an’ Coconut Oil / Texas Shuffle (Decca)
  • Count Basie and his Orchestra – Stop Beatin’ Round the Mulberry Bush / London Bridge Is Falling Down (Decca)
  • Larry Clinton and his Orchestra – Heart and Soul / Dodgin’ the Dean (Victor)
  • Artie Shaw and his Orchestra – Back Bay Shuffle / Any Old Time (Bluebird)
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Tommy Dorsey 1905-1956

Oct

3

  • Eddie Cochran born (Oklahoma City, OK) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 1960

4

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Kol Nidre op.39 for narrator, chorus and orchestra premiered in Los Angeles

5

  • Johnny Moore born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican ska trumpeter. member of the Skatalites and the Soul Vendors. Died 2008
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music for sixteen vocal soloists and orchestra premiered in London

6

  • Dennis Brain makes his first concert appearance playing horn at the Queen’s Hall, London
  • Aaron Copland’s ballet Billy the Kid premiered in Chicago

7

  • Judy Garland records Over The Rainbow for the film The Wizard Of Oz in Hollywood, CA. This, the version of the song used in the movie, is not issued until 1956

10

  • Gloria Coates born (Wausau, WN) American composer.
  • Dimitri Shostakovitch’s String Quartet No. 1 premiered in St Petersburg

15

  • Marv Johnson born (Detroit, MI) American soul and R&B singer. Died 1993
  • Fela Kuti born (Abeokuta, Nigeria) Nigerian afrobeat multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, activist. Father of Femi Kuti (b.1962) and Seun Kuti (b.1983). Died 1997
  • Richard Strauss’ opera Daphne premiered in Dresden, lib. J. Gregor
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music recorded by Henry Wood at Abbey Road

16

  • Nico aka Christa Päffgen born (Cologne) German singer, model, actress, harmonium player. Worked with the Velvet Underground and solo. Died 1988

18

  • Wayne Barlow’s The Winter’s Passed for oboe and strings premiered in Rochester, NY

19

  • Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson’s musical Knickerbocker Holiday opens on Broadway (168 performances)

20

  • César Isella born (Salta, Argentina) Argentinian folk singer, songwriter, guitarist
  • Kathy Kirby aka Kathleen O’Rourke born (Ilford, Essex) English popular singer. Died 2011
  • The Erskine Hawkins Orchestra make their first recordings for Bluebird in New York. Erskine Hawkins, Sammy Lowe, Dud Bascomb, Marcellus Green (tp) Bob Range, Edward Sims (tb) Bill Johnson, Jimmy Mitchell (as) Julian Dash (ts) Heywood Henry (bars, cl) Avery Parrish (p) Bill Mclemore (g) Leemie Stanfield (b) James Morrison (d)

27

  • Khadija Gayibova (55) executed in Baku, Azerbaijan for espionage during the Stalinist purges. Posthumously exonerated
  • Alma Gluck (54) dies in New York of liver failure

28

  • Howard Blake born (London) English composer, pianist, arranger.
  • John Kirby’s Onyx Club Boys aka Sextet make their first recordings for Decca. John Kirby (b) Charlie Shavers (tp) Buster Bailey (cl) Russell Procope (as) Billy Kyle (p) O’Neill Spencer (d)

29

  • Peter Stampfel born (Milwaukee, WN) American folk and rock singer, songwriter, violinist. Member of the Holy Modal Rounders.

31

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe makes her first recordings for Decca in New York. Tracks cut include The Lonesome Road & Rock Me

releases

  • Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra – Boogie Woogie / Weary Blues (Victor)  
Fats+Waller

Fats Waller 1904-1943

Nov

4

  • Julien Duvivier’s biopic of Johann Strauss II, The Great Waltz, starring Fernand Gravet, Luise Rainer and Miliza Korjus opens
  • Ernst Krenek’s Piano Concerto no.2 premiered in Boston

5

  • Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings & First essay for orchestra premiered in New York

6

  • Paul Hindemith’s Bassoon Sonata premiered in Zürich

7

  • Delectus “Dee” Clark born (Blytheville, AR) American soul and R&B singer. Died 1990
  • Dan W. Quinn (79) dies in New York

9

  • 80 year old composer Siegfried Alkan is beaten up and has all his instruments smashed during Kristallnacht
  • Cole Porter, B. and S. Spewack’s musical Leave It to Me! opens on Broadway (291 performances)

10

  • John Cage’s Metamorphosis for piano premiered in Seattle

11

  • Michael Tippett’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in London

12

  • Terry “Buzzy” Johnson born (Baltimore, MD) American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer. Member of the Flamingos.

14

  • Cornell Gunter born (Coffeyville, KS) American R&B singer. Member of the Coasters. Brother of Shirley Gunter (b.1934). Died 1990

15

  • Narvel Felts born (Keiser, AR) American country singer, songwriter.

17

  • Gordon Lightfoot born (Orillia, Ontario) Canadian folk and country singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist.
  • Aleksander Michałowski (87) dies in Warsaw

19

  • Hilding Rosenberg’s ballet Orfeus i sta’n [Orpheus in Town] premiered in Stockholm

21

  • Leopold Godowsky (68) dies in New York of stomach cancer

23

  • Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart & George Abbott’s musical The Boys from Syracuse opens on Broadway (235 performances)

26

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto premiered in Moscow

28

  • Charles Ives’s Piano Sonata no.2 “Concord, Mass., 1840-1860” premiered in Cos Cob, CT
  • (to 30 Nov) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys record 3 sessions for Vocalion in Dallas. Tracks cut include San Antonio Rose; The Convict and the Rose; Whoa Babe; Little Girl Go Ask Your Mama; That’s What I Like About the South; I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do; You’re Okay; Liza, Pull Down the Shades; Yearning; Silver Bells; Beaumont Rag; Waltz You Saved Me; Carolina in the Morning; Ida Red; My Window Faces the South; Dreamy Eyes Waltz; Prosperity Special; If I Could Bring Back My Buddy; Don’t Let the Deal Go Down & Drunkard’s Prelude

releases

  • Roy Acuff – Wabash Cannon Ball / Freight Train Blues (Vocalion)  
  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Prologue to Black and Tan Fantasy / Please Forgive Me (Brunswick) 
  • Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – The Very Thought of You / I Can’t Get Started (Vocalion) 
  • Artie Shaw and his Orchestra – Nightmare / Non Stop Flight (Bluebird) 
  • Fats Waller and his Rhythm – Two Sleepy People / I’ll Never Forgive Myself (Bluebird) 

playbill for Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart & George Abbott’s musical The Boys from Syracuse

Dec

1

  • Sandy Nelson born (Santa Monica, CA) American rock drummer, composer.

3

  • José Serebrier born (Montevideo) Uruguayan composer, conductor.

4

  • Dina Appeldoorn (53) dies in Den Haag

5

  • John Weldon “JJ” Cale born (Oklahoma City, OK) American blues, rock and country singer, songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist.

8

  • Bernie Krause born (Detroit, MI) American electronic musician, bioacoustician. Member of Beaver and Krause with Paul Beaver.

10

  • Yuri Temirkanov born (Nalchik, Russia) Russian conductor.
  • Mario Pilati (35) dies in Naples of cancer
  • Antonín Dvořák’s opera Alfred premiered in Olomouc, lib. K.T. Körner

11

  • Roger LaVern aka Roger Jackson born (Kidderminster) English rock keyboard player. Member of the Tornados.
  • McCoy Tyner born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz pianist, composer. Worked with John Coltrane and solo.

12

  • Judy Clay born (St Pauls, NC) American soul and Gospel singer. Member of the Drinkard Singers and worked with Billy Vera and solo). Died 2001
  • Connie Francis aka Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero born (Newark, NJ) American pop singer.
  • Michael Parsons born (Bolton) English composer, teacher, writer. Member of the Scratch Orchestra.

13

  • Alvin Curran born (Providence, RI) American composer, electronic musician, teacher. Member of Musica Elettronica Viva.

14

  • Gary Usher born (Grafton, MA) American rock and pop songwriter, singer, record producer. Died 1990
  • Maurice Emmanuel (76) dies in Paris

15

  • Ernest Bloch’s Violin Concerto premiered in Cleveland

16

  • Aaron Copland’s An Outdoor Overture premiered in New York
  • Edmund Rubbra’s Symphony No.2 premiered in London

18

  • Chas Chandler born (Heaton) English rock bassist, record producer, manager. Member of the Animals, manager of Jimi Hendrix. Died 1996
  • Silvestre Revueltas’s tone poem Sensemayá premiered in Mexico City

20

  • John Harbison born (Orange, NJ) American composer.
  • Louis Jordan’s band make their first recordings for Decca in New York backing singer Rodney Sturgis. Courtney Williams (tp) Louis Jordan (cl, as, bars) Lemuel Johnson (ts) Clarence Johnson (p) Charlie Drayton (b) Walter Martin (d)

23

  • The first From Spirituals To Swing concert takes place at Carnegie Hall, New York. Acts taking part include Count Basie, Hot Lips Page, Helen Humes, Meade Lux Lewis, Joe Turner, Albert Ammons, Rosetta Tharpe, Mitchell’s Christian Singers, New Orleans Feetwarmers, Bill Broonzy (replacing the deceased Robert Johnson), Sonny Terry and James P Johnson

24

  • Mesías Maiguashca born (Quito, Ecuador) Ecuadorian composer.

28

  • Charles Neville born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B singer, saxophonist. Member of the Neville Brothers with brothers Art (b.1937), Aaron (b.1941) and Cyrille (b.1948) Neville.

29

  • David Diamond’s Concerto for string quartet premiered in Washington, DC

30

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo i Dzhuletta [Romeo and Juliet] premiered in Brno
  • Pete Johnson and Joe Turner make their first recordings for Vocalion in New York. Tracks cut include Goin’ Away Blues & Roll ’em Pete

releases

  • Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra – When the Saints Go Marching In / As Long as You Live (You’ll Be Dead If You Die) (Decca)  
  • Count Basie and his Orchestra – Jumpin’ at the Woodside / Dark Rapture (Decca)  
  • Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing – Jeepers Creepers / Mutiny in the Nursery (Decca) 

Silvestre Revueltas 1899-1940

Date unknown

  • Brian Hodgson born (Liverpool) English composer, sound engineer (BBC Radiophonic Workshop).
  • Mary Stafford (c. 43) dies in Atlantic City, NJ
  • Reinhold Glière appointed chair of the Soviet Composers Association, a post he holds until 1948
  • Yuri Shaporin appointed teacher at the Moscow Conservatory
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky flees Vienna for the United States

songs published

  • Cherokee (Ray Noble); Heart And Soul; Two Sleepy People (both Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael); I’ll Be Seeing You (Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain); September Song (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill)

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