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Jan

1

  • Country Joe McDonald born (Washington, DC) American rock singer, songwriter, bandleader, activist. Member of Country Joe & the Fish and solo artist.
  • Jaroslav Ježek (35) dies in New York of kidney disease

3

  • Julius Conus (72) dies in Melenki, Vladimir Oblast, Russia. Some sources list cause of death as starvation

4

  • John McLaughlin born (Doncaster) English jazz guitarist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Tony Williams, Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti.
  • Leon Jessel (70) dies in Berlin of injuries received during torture by the Gestapo

5

  • Maurizio Pollini born (Milan) Italian classical pianist.

6

  • Emma Calvé (83) dies in Montpelier, France of hepatitis

7

  • Horaţiu Rădulescu born (Bucharest) Franco-Romanian composer, theorist. Died 2008
  • Aaron Copland’s Statements: Militant, Cryptic, Dogmatic, Subjective, Jingo, Prophetic for orchestra premiered in New York

8

  • Bill Goodwin born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz drummer, session musician, teacher. Worked with Gary Burton, Phil Woods and many others.
  • John Peterson born (Rudyard, MI) American pop drummer. Member of the Beau Brummels from 1964 to 1966 and Harper’s Bizarre. Died 2007
  • Catharinus Elling (83) dies in Oslo

11

  • Clarence Clemons born (Norfolk, VA) American rock saxophonist. Member of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band. Died 2011
  • Henry Cowell’s Suite for Piano and String Orchestra premiered in Boston

12

  • Willie Cornish (66) dies in New Orleans
  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No. 22 premiered in Tbilisi, Georgia

15

  • Chico Marx’s orchestra play their first show in Brooklyn, NY

16

  • Barbara Lynn Ozen born (Beaumont, TX) American soul singer, guitarist, songwriter.
  • Benjamin Britten’s Diversions for piano and orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

17

  • Ulf Grahn born (Solna, Sweden) Swedish composer, teacher.

19

  • Nara Leão born (Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil) Brazilian bossa nova singer, songwriter, actress. Died 1989
  • Frank Sinatra makes his first solo recordings for Bluebird in Hollywood, CA with an orchestra conducted by Axel Stordahl. Tracks cut include Night And Day & The Night We Called It A Day

20

  • William Powell born (Canton, OH) American soul singer. Member of the O’Jays. Died 1977

21

  • Morris Mac Davis born (Lubbock, TX) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor.
  • Edwin Starr aka Charles Edwin Hatcher born (Nashville, TN) American soul singer. Died 2003
  • Henryk Opieński (72) dies in Morges, Switzerland

22

  • William Schuman’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Cleveland

23

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto da camera for violin, piano, percussion and string orchestra premiered in Basel

25

  • Art Murphy born (Princeton, NJ) American jazz and classical pianist, composer. Worked with the Steve Reich Ensemble and Philip Glass. Died 2006

26

  • Henry Cowell’s Little Concerto for piano and band premiered in West Point, NY
  • Alex North’s ballets Prelude; Will-o-Wisp & Trineke premiered in New York

27

  • Petr Kotik born (Prague) Czech composer, flautist, conductor.
  • (& 30 Jan) Paul Robeson records the album Songs of Free Men for Columbia in New York with Lawrence Brown (p)

28

  • Pablo Luna (62) dies in Madrid

29

  • Desert Island Discs is broadcast for the first time on BBC Radio presented by Roy Plomley

30

  • Marty Balin aka Martyn Jerel Buchwald born (Cincinnati, OH) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

releases

  • Louis Jordan – I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town / Knock Me A Kiss (Decca)
  • Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra – Blues in the Night parts 1 and 2 (Decca)
  • Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys – Goodnight Little Sweetheart / Corinne Corrina (Okeh)

Alex North 1910-91

Feb

2

  • Graham Nash born (Blackpool) English rock and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
  • James Blood Ulmer born (St Matthews, SC) American jazz and blues guitarist, singer, composer, bandleader.
  • New Orleans trumpeter Bunk Johnson, aged 62, makes his first recordings at his home in New Iberia, LA recorded by jazz researcher Mary Karoley

5

  • William Grant Still’s Incantation and Dance for oboe and piano premiered in New York

8

  • Terry Melcher born (New York) American record producer, songwriter. Son of Doris Day (b.1924). Died 2004
  • Stanley Bate’s Second Piano Concerto op. 28 premiered in New York
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Danses concertantes for chamber orchestra premiered in Los Angeles

9

  • Carole King aka Carol Klein born (New York, NY) American pop singer, songwriter, pianist.

10

  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra’s Chattanooga Choo Choo is the first record to be certified Gold with sales of 1.2 million

11

  • Otis Clay born (Waxhaw, MS) American soul and Gospel singer.

13

  • Peter Tork born (Washington, DC) American pop and folk singer, multi-instrumentalist, actor. Member of the Monkees.

15

  • Stanislav Binički (69) dies in Belgrade

17

  • Stanley Beckford born (Portland, Jamaica) Jamaican mento and reggae singer, songwriter. Died 2007

19

  • Phil Coulter born (Derry) Irish folk and pop songwriter, pianist, record producer.
  • The Rosemont Ballroom in Brooklyn is destroyed by fire

20

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Island God premiered in New York, lib. Menotti

22

  • Steven Lubin born (Brooklyn, NY) American pianist, musicologist, teacher.
  • Vera Timanova (87) dies of starvation during the siege of Leningrad
  • Stefan Zweig (60) and his wife, Lotte, commit suicide by barbiturate overdose in Petropolis, Brazil

23

  • Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko’s opera Suvorov premiered in Moscow. Lib. S. D. Krzhizhanovsky

24

  • Paul Jones aka Paul Pond born (Portsmouth) English blues, rock and pop singer, harmonica player, broadcaster, actor. Member of Manfred Mann and the Blues Band.
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s oratorio Svensk lagsaga [Swedish law saga] premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm

25

  • Leo Ascher (61) dies in New York

26

  • Yōsuke Yamashita born (Tokyo) Japanese jazz pianist, composer, writer, teacher.
  • Bernard Herrmann’s music for William Dieterle’s film All That Money Can Buy [aka The Devil and Daniel Webster] wins the best dramatic score Oscar at the 14th Academy Awards. Frank Churchill & Oliver Wallace’s music for The Disney film Dumbo wins the award for best musical score

28

  • Brian Jones born (Cheltenham) English rock multi-instrumentalist. Member of the Rolling Stones. Died 1969

releases

  • Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra – Things Ain’t What They Used to Be / Squaty Roo (Bluebird)
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Glenn Miller 1904-1944

Mar

1

  • Ernst Krenek’s Lieder nach Worten von Franz Kafka [Songs with words by Franz Kafka] premiered in Poughkeepsie, NY
  • John Cage’s Imaginary Landscape no.3 for six percussionists premiered in Chicago

2

  • Lou Reed born (Brooklyn, NY) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Velvet Underground and solo artist.
  • Charlie Christian (25) dies in New York of tuberculosis

3

  • Mike Pender born (Liverpool) English pop guitarist, singer, songwriter. Founder member of the Searchers.

5

  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’ premiered in Kuibyshev, Russia

6

  • Robin Kenyatta born (Monk’s Corner, SC) American jazz alto saxophonist, bandleader. Worked with the Jazz Composers’ Orchestra, Archie Shepp, Andrew Hill and others. Died 2004
  • Flora Purim born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian jazz singer, bandleader. Worked with Return to Forever, United Nations Orchestra, Airto Moreira and Fourth World. Wife of Airto Moreira (b.1941).
  • Charles Tolliver born (Jacksonville, FL) American jazz trumpeter, composer. Worked with Jackie McLean, Andrew Hill, Booker Ervin and others.

7

  • Michael Tippett’s Fantasia on a Theme of Handel for piano and orchestra premiered in London

9

  • John Cale born (Crynant, Wales) Welsh rock singer, songwriter, viola player, multi-instrumentalist, record producer. Member of the Velvet Underground and solo artist.
  • Mark Lindsay born (Eugene, OR) American pop singer, songwriter, saxophonist. Member of Paul Revere & the Raiders.
  • Gary Walker aka Gary Leeds born (Glendale, CA) American pop singer, drummer. Member of the Walker Brothers and solo artist.

12

  • Elliott Carter’s The Defense of Corinth for speaker, chorus and piano premiered in Cambridge, MA, text M. Van Doren

15

  • Alexander von Zemlinsky (70) dies in Larchmont, NY of pneumonia

16

  • Jerry Jeff Walker aka Ronald Crosby born (Oneonta, NY) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Sinfonietta giocosa for piano and orchestra premiered in New York

19

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Cello Sonata no.2 premiered in New York

21

  • Amina Claudine Myers born (Blackwell, AR) American jazz pianist, organist, singer, composer. Worked with Lester Bowie, Muhal Richard Abrams and Charlie Haden.

22

  • Jorge Ben aka Jorge Duilio Lima Menezes born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian samba, funk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.

23

  • Libby Holman & Josh White record the album Blues Till Dawn for Decca in New York

25

  • Aretha Franklin born (Detroit, MI) American soul and Gospel singer, songwriter, pianist.

26

  • Larry Butler born (Pensacola, FL) American country songwriter, record producer. Died 2012
  • Gustav Hinrichs (91) dies in Mountain Lakes, NJ

28

  • Samuel Ramey born (Colkby, KS) American bass singer.

31

  • Leo Adde (37) dies in New Orleans

unk

  • Valeida Snow is sent to a concentration camp by the Nazis after being arrested in Denmark in 1941. She was released through a prisoner exchange in May

releases

  • Lena Horne – Stormy Weather / Ill Wind (Victor)
  • Harry James & His Orchestra – Sleepy Lagoon / Trumpet Blues (Columbia)
  • Frank Sinatra – Night And Day / The Night We Called It A Day (Bluebird)
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Charlie Christian 1916-1942

Apr

2

  • Leon Russell aka Claude Russell Bridges born (Lawton, OK) American rock singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, session musician.

3

  • Billy Joe Royal born (Valdosta, GA) American country singer, guitarist, pianist.
  • Paul Gilson (76) dies in Brussels

5

  • Allan Clarke born (Salford) English pop singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Hollies.

7

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2 premiered in Moscow

8

  • Roger Chapman born (Leicester) English rock singer, songwriter. Member of Family, Streetwalkers and solo artist.

9

  • Capitol Records is incorporated (initially as Liberty – the name is changed before the first records are issued)
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Circus Polka for circus band premiered in New York

11

  • Frederick Hobbs (61) dies in Norwich

16

  • Samuel Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra premiered in New York

17

  • Han Bennink born (Zaandam, Netherlands) Dutch jazz drummer, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist. Worked with Peter Brötzmann and solo.
  • Charles ‘Buster’ Williams born (Camden, NJ) American jazz bassist, bandleader, session player. Worked with Herbie Hancock and others.
  • Alfred Hertz (69) dies in San Francisco from heart disease

19

  • David Fanshawe born (Paignton, Devon) English composer, ethnomusicologist. Died 2010
  • Alan Price born (Fatfield, Durham) English pop and rock singer, keyboard player, songwriter. Member of the Animals and solo artist.

21

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata premiered in Boston

23

  • Henry Cowell’s Woman in War for piano premiered in New York

24

  • Barbra Streisand born (Brooklyn, NY) American pop singer, actress, film producer.

25

  • Columbia announces that its Okeh subsidiary will be scrapped due to shellac shortages

26

  • Bobby Rydell aka Robert Louis Ridarelli born (Philadelphia, PA) American pop singer, actor, drummer.

27

  • Jim Keltner born (Tulsa, OK) American rock drummer, session musician.
  • Emil von Sauer (79) dies in Vienna

30

  • David Diamond’s Concerto for cello and orchestra premiered in Rochester, NY

unk

  • Stefan Wolpe’s ballet The Man from Midian premiered in New York

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Moon Mist / The “C” Jam Blues (Victor)  
  • Ella Fitzgerald – My Man / Who Are You? (Decca)
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Emil von Sauer 1862-1942

May

4

  • Enrique Bátiz Campbell born (Mexico City) Mexican conductor, pianist.

5

  • Jim King aka Alec Woodburn born (Kettering) English rock saxophonist, harmonica player, singer. Member of Family. Died 2012
  • Tammy Wynette born (Itawambe, MS) American country singer. Died 1998

7

  • Justin Hinds born (St Anns, Jamaica) Jamaican ska and reggae singer. Died 2005
  • Felix Weingartner (78) dies in Winterthur, Switzerland
  • John Cage’s Imaginary Landscape no.2 (March) for tin cans, conch shell, ratchet, bass drum, buzzers, water gong, metal wastebasket, lion’s roar and amplified coil of wire premiered in San Francisco

8

  • Jim Sherwood born (Arkansas City, KS) American rock saxophonist, singer, percussionist. Member of the Mothers of Invention. Died 2011

9

  • Tommy Roe born (Atlanta, GA) American pop singer, songwriter.

10

  • Carl Douglas born (Kingston, Jamaica) Anglo-Jamaican pop singer, music publisher.

12

  • Ian Dury born (Upminster) English rock singer, songwriter, actor. Member of  Kilburn & the High Roads and Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Died 2000
  • Arto Noras born (Turku, Finland) Finnish cellist, teacher.
  • Billy Swan born (Cape Girardeau, MO) American pop and country singer, songwriter, keyboard player, guitarist.

14

  • Frank Churchill (40) dies in Castaic, CA of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
  • Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait for speaker and orchestra premiered in Cincinnati
  • Virgil Thomson’s Mayor LaGuardia Waltzes for orchestra premiered in Cincinnati

15

  • Joe Bataan born (New York) American soul and Latin pianist, singer, songwriter, bandleader.
  • Kurt Adler’s parents Siegfried and Olga murdered in Bełżec extermination camp, Poland

17

  • Taj Mahal aka Henry Saint Clair Fredericks born (New York, NY) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter.

18

  • Rod Dillard born (Salem, MO) American folk guitarist and dobro player. Member of the Dillards. Brother of Doug Dillard (1937-2012).
  • Arthur Honegger’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Zürich

22

  • Calvin Simon born (Backley, WV) American soul, funk and R&B singer. Member of the Parliaments and Parliament – Funkadelic.

25

  • Emanuel Feuermann (39) dies in New York following an operation to remove haemorrhoids
  • Aaron Copland’s Las agachadas for chorus premiered in New York

26

  • Philip Bračanin born (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia) Australian composer, musicologist, teacher.
  • Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra record a session for Decca in New York. Cat Anderson, Lamar Wright, Roy McCoy, Joe Morris (tp) Al Hayse, Booty Wood, Fred Beckett (tb) Earl Bostic, Gus Evans (as) Al Sears, Arnett Cobb (ts) Charlie Fowlkes (bars) Lionel Hampton (vib, p) Milt Buckner (p) Eric Miller (g) Vernon King (b) Fred Radcliffe (d). Tracks cut include Flying Home & In the Bag

29

  • Bing Crosby records White Christmas in Los Angeles for the Decca soundtrack to the film Holiday Inn accompanied by the Kim Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Perdido / Raincheck (Victor)  
  • Vera Lynn – The White Cliffs of Dover / I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time (Decca UK)
  • Glenn Miller – American Patrol / Soldier Let Me Read Your Letter (Victor)
  • Mills Brothers – Paper Doll / I’ll Be Around (Decca)
  • Libby Holman – Blues Till Dawn (Decca) 3 x 78 rpm records
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Score for John Cages Imaginary Landscape No.2

Jun

1

  • Ernest Pingoud (57) commits suicide in Helsinki by throwing himself in front of a train

2

  • Bunny Berigan (33) dies in New York of cirrhosis
  • Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart’s musical By Jupiter opens on Broadway (427 performances)

3

  • Curtis Mayfield born (Chicago, IL) American soul and funk singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer. Member of the Impressions and solo artist. Founder of Curtom Records. Died 1999
  • Yvonne Fair aka Flora Yvonne Coleman born (Richmond, VA) American soul singer. Died 1994

6

  • Michael Curtiz’s biopic of George M. Cohan Yankee Doodle Dandy opens, starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie & Walter Huston. Songs by George M. Cohan

8

  • Arthur Pryor (71) dies in St Louis, MO

11

  • Geoffrey Toye (53) dies in London

12

  • Len Barry born (Philadelphia, PA) American pop singer, songwriter, record producer.
  • Walter Leigh (36) killed in action near Tobruk, Libya

13

  • James Carr born (Coahoma, MS) American soul singer, songwriter. Died 2001

15

  • André Jolivet’s piano version of Cinq danses rituelles premiered in Paris

16

  • Eddie Levert born (Canton, OH) American soul singer, songwriter, drummer, pianist. Member of the O’Jays. Father of Gerald (1966-2006) and Sean (1968-2008) Levert.

17

  • Jessie Bond (89) dies in Worthing, Sussex

18

  • Paul McCartney born (Liverpool) English rock singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer. Member of the Beatles, Wings and solo artist.
  • Hans Vonk born (Amsterdam) Dutch conductor. Died 2004
  • Daniel Alomía Robles (71) dies in Lima, Peru of septicaemia

20

  • Brian Wilson born (Hawthorne, CA) American pop singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer. Member of the Beach Boys and solo artist. Brother of Dennis (1944-83) and Carl (1946-98) Wilson.
  • Claudette Rogers Robinson born (Detroit, MI) American soul singer. Member of the Miracles.

21

  • Eumir Deodato born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian jazz keyboard player, songwriter, record producer. Some sources give year as 1943.

22

  • Eddie Prévost born (Hitchin) English jazz and improv drummer, percussionist, writer. Founding member of AMM.

24

  • Arthur Brown born (Whitby) English rock singer, songwriter. Member of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Kingdom Come.
  • Benjamin Britten’s May for choir and piano premiered on BBC radio

25

  • Joe Chambers born (Stoneacre, VA) American jazz drummer, pianist, composer, bandleader, teacher. Worked with Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson and others.
  • Volker David Kirchner born (Mainz) German composer, viola player.

26

  • Gilberto Gil born (Salvador, Brazil) Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist, politician, environmentalist.
  • Larry Taylor born (New York, NY) American blues and rock bassist, session player. Member of Canned Heat and worked with Bluesbreakers, Tom Waits and others.
  • American Federation of Musicians president James C Petrillo announces that a recording ban will be enforced on 1 Aug 1942 in a dispute over royalty payments on transcription discs

27

  • Bruce Johnston born (Peoria, IL) American singer, songwriter, bassist. Member of the Beach Boys.
  • John McGuire born (Artesia, CA) American composer, pianist, organist, music editor.

29

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Valiant for Truth for chorus premiered in London
  • Capitol Records releases its first six singles by Paul Whiteman, Freddie Slack, Johnny Mercer, Dennis Day, Martha Tilton and Gordon Jenkins

releases

  • Roy Acuff – Wreck on the Highway / Fire Ball Mail (Okeh) 
  • Charlie Barnet Orchestra – I Like to Riff / Shady Lady (Decca)
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra – I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town / Basie Blues (Columbia) 
  • Big Bill [Broonzy] – I Feel So Good / Tell Me Baby (Okeh)
  • Erskine Hawkins – Jumpin’ in a Julep Joint / Bicycle Bounce (Bluebird)
  • Lucky Millinder – I Want a Tall Skinny Papa / Shout Sister Shout (Decca)
  • Freddie Slack & his Orchestra – Cow Cow Boogie / Here You Are (Capitol) one of the label’s first half dozen releases
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra – I’ve Found a New Baby / The General Jumped at Dawn (Capitol) one of the label’s first half dozen releases

Poster for Michael Curtizs film Yankee Doodle Dandy

Jul

2

  • William Henry Reed (65) dies
  • Jay McShann and His Orchestra make their first recordings for Decca in New York. Buddy Anderson, Bob Merrill, Orville Minor (tp) Lawrence Anderson, Joe Taswell Baird (tb) John Jackson, Charlie Parker (as) Fred Culliver, Bob Mabane (ts) James Coe (bars) Jay McShann (p) Leonard Enois (g) Gene Ramey (b) Doc West (d) Walter Brown, Al Hibbler (vo)

3

  • Eddy Mitchell aka Claude Moine born (Paris) French rock singer, songwriter, actor.
  • Lonnie Smith born (Lackawanna, NY) American jazz organist, pianist, composer, bandleader.
  • Henry Cowell’s Festive Occasion for band premiered in New York

4

  • Peter Rowan born (Boston, MA) American bluegrass and rock guitarist, mandolin player, singer, songwriter. Member of Earth Opera and solo artist.
  • Irving Berlin’s musical revue This is the Army opens in New York (113 performances)

5

  • Matthias Bamert born (Ersigen, Switzerland) Swiss composer, conductor.

10

  • Ronnie James Dio born (Portsmouth, NH) American rock singer, bassist, songwriter. Member of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio. Died 2010
  • Ernst Bachrich (60) murdered at the Majdanek concentration camp, Lubin, Poland

11

  • Tomasz Stanko born (Rzeszów, Poland) Polish jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader.

12

  • Richard Stoltzman born (Omaha, NE) American classical clarinetist, teacher.

13

  • Roger (Jim) McGuinn born (Chicago, IL) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Byrds, solo artist.
  • Fats Waller makes his final recordings for Victor in New York

14

  • Swamp Dogg aka Jerry Williams born (Portsmouth, VA) American soul singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer.
  • (& 15 Jul) Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys record two sessions for Columbia in Hollywood, CA. Bob Wills (vln, vo) Leon Huff (g, vo) Doyle Salathiel (g) Leon McAuliffe (steel g, vo) Darrell Jones (b) Morris Billington (p) Joe Holley (vln) Louis Tierney ((vln, as) Woodie Wood, George Balay (cl, as) Benny Strickler, Alex Brashear (tp) Danny Alguire (tp, vo) Neil Duer (tb) Don Harlan (cl) Bob Fitzgerald (d). Tracks cut include We Might As Well Forget It; Home In San Antone; You’re From Texas & Ten Years

15

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Choros no.9 for orchestra & Rudepoema for piano premiered in Rio de Janeiro
  • Lester Young & the Nat Cole Trio record a session together for Philo in Los Angeles. Lester Young (ts) Nat King Cole (p) Red Callender (b). Tracks cut include Indiana; Body and Soul; I Can’t Get Started & Tea For Two

17

  • Son House records several more songs for Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in Clarksdale, MS (see 24 Aug 1941)

18

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Choros no.6 for orchestra & no.11 for piano and orchestra premiered in Rio de Janeiro

20

  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No.23 premiered in Moscow

23

  • Madeline Bell born (Newark, NJ) American soul singer, songwriter.
  • Valdemar Poulsen (72) dies in New York
  • Virgil Thomson’s Canons for Dorothy Thomson for orchestra premiered in New York

24

  • Heinz Burt born (Detmold, Germany) German pop bassist, singer. Member of the Tornados and solo artist. Died 2000
  • Count Basie records the album Blues By Basie for Columbia in Los Angeles. Count Basie (p) Freddy Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) Buck Clayton (tp) Don Byas (ts)
  • Henry Cowell’s Gaelic Symphony (Symphony no.3) for band and strings premiered in Saugerties, NY

25

  • Marcel Delannoy’s opera Ginevra premiered in Paris. Lib. Julien Luchaire

30

  • Jimmy Blanton (23) dies in Los Angeles of tuberculosis

releases

  • Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra – Flying Home / In The Bag (Decca)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra – Kalamazoo / At Last (Victor)
  • Almanac Singers – Dear Mr President (Keynote) 3 x 78rpm records
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The Ink Spots

Aug

1

  • Jerry Garcia born (San Francisco, CA) American rock guitarist, songwriter, singer. Founder member of the Grateful Dead. Died 1995
  • The American Federation of Musicans’ recording ban begins over royalty issues
  • John Cage’s Credo in Us for piano, percussion and radio premiered in Bennington, VT

4

  • David Bennett Cohen born (Brooklyn, NY) American rock keyboard player, session musician. Worked with Country Joe & the Fish and many others.
  • Alberto Franchetti (81) dies in Viareggio, Italy
  • Mark Sandrich’s film Holiday Inn opens starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Music by Irving Berlin

5

  • Joe Boyd born (Boston, Mass) American record producer, writer, manager. Founder of Hannibal Records.

7

  • Billy Joe “B. J.” Thomas born (Hugo, CA) American pop and country singer, songwriter.
  • Caetano Veloso born (Santo Amaro da Purificação, Bahia, Brazil) Brazilian guitarist, composer, folk singer, writer, activist.
  • Mario Lanza makes his stage debut in Tanglewood, MA in Otto Nicolai’s opera The Merry Wives of Windsor

8

  • Johnny Gustafson born (Liverpool) English rock bassist, session musician. Worked with the Big Three, Merseybeats, Quatermass, Ian Gillan Band and others.

9

  • Jack DeJohnette born (Chicago, IL) American jazz drummer, composer, pianist, bandleader. Worked with Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker and many others.

10

  • Hans Krása arrested by the Nazis in Prague

12

  • Pasquale Amato (64) dies in New York

14

  • Edmund Rubbra’s Symphony No.4 premiered in London

15

  • Pete York born (Redcar) English rock drummer, session musician. Member of the Spencer Davis Group.

16

  • Robert Lester born (McComb, MS) American soul singer. Member of the Chi-Lites. Died 2010

18

  • Erwin Schulhoff (48) dies of tuberculosis at the Wülzburg concentration camp in Bavaria

20

  • Isaac Hayes born (Covington, TN) American soul and funk singer, songwriter, keyboard player, record prodcuer, actor. Died 2008
  • Henry Cowell’s Banners: A Choreographic Chorale in Two Scenes for soprano, chorus and chamber orchestra premiered in Lee, MA

24

  • Joseph Chambers born (Lee County, MS) American soul and rock guitarist, singer. Member of the Chambers Brothers with brothers Lester (b.1940), George (b.1931) and Willie (b.1938) Chambers.
  • Marshall Thompson born (Chicago, IL) American soul singer. Member of the Chi-Lites.
  • Henry Eichheim (72) dies in Santa Barbara, CA

25

  • Walter Williams born (Canton, OH) American soul singer. Member of the O’Jays.

28

  • Lothar Meid born (Germany) German rock bassist, composer. Member of Embryo and Amon Düül II.
  • Sterling Morrison born (Poughkeepsie, NY) American rock guitarist. Member of the Velvet Underground. Died 1995

releases

  • Earl Hines & His Orchestra – Stormy Monday Blues / Second Balcony Jump (Bluebird)  
  • Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy – Take It and Git / Hip Hip Hooray (Decca)
  • Holiday Inn (Decca) film soundtrack featuring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, the Bob Crosby & JS Trotter orchestras

Erwin Schulhoff 1894-1942

Sep

1

  • Marc Moulin born (Brussels) Belgian journalist, jazz, pop and rock keyboard player, record producer. Member of Aksak Maboul and Telex. Died 2008

3

  • Al Jardine born (Lima, OH) American pop singer, guitarist. Member of the Beach Boys.
  • Gary Walker aka Gary Leeds born (Glendale, CA) American pop and rock singer, drummer, songwriter. Member of the Walker Brothers.

4

  • Merald “Bubba” Knight born (Atlanta, GA) American soul singer. Member of Gladys Knight & the Pips) Brother of Gladys Knight (b.1944).

5

  • Eduardo Mata born (Mexico City) Mexican conductor, teacher. Died 1995

6

  • Andrew White born (Washington, DC) American musicologist, publisher, jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer.

7

  • Vivian Fine’s Sonatina for Oboe and Piano premiered in Buenos Aires

8

  • Sal Valentino aka Salvatore Spampinato born (San Francisco, CA) American pop singer. Member of the Beau Brummels from 1964 to 1968.
  • Viktor Ullmann deported to the concentration camp at Theresienstadt, Czech Rep.

9

  • Danny Kalb born (Mt Vernon, NY) American blues guitarist, singer. Member of the Blues Project.
  • Dee Dee Warwick born (Newark, NJ) American soul singer. Sister of Dionne Warwick (b. 1940). Died 2008
  • William Murdoch (54) dies in Holmbury St Mary, Surrey

10

  • Glenn Miller enlists in the US army as captain

12

  • Tomás Marco Aragón born (Madrid) Composer, writer.

14

  • Oliver Lake born (Marianna, AR) American jazz saxophonist, flautist, composer, bandleader. Founder member of the World Saxophone Quartet .
  • Eliso Virsaladze born (Tbilisi) Georgian concert pianist.

16

  • Bernie Calvert born (Brierfield, Lancashire) English rock and pop bass guitarist. Member of the Hollies from 1966 to 1981.

17

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Coastal Command suite from the film of the same name premiered on BBC Radio

19

  • Freda Payne born (Detroit, MI) American soul singer, stage actress.

21

  • U-Roy aka Ewart Beckford born (Jonestown, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae soundsystem DJ, toaster, singer.

22

  • Marlena Shaw born (New Rochelle, NY) American jazz, R&B and soul singer.

23

  • Ugo Marotta born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian bossa nova conductor, arranger, composer, keyboard player, vibraphonist.
  • Benjamin Britten’s song suite Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo premiered in London

24

  • Phyllis Allbut born (Orange, NJ) American pop singer. Member of the Angels. Sister of Barbara Allbut (b.1940).
  • Gerry Marsden born (Liverpool) English pop singer, songwriter, guitarist. Led Gerry & the Pacemakers.

25

  • Billy Mundi aka Antonio Salas born (San Francisco, CA) American rock drummer, session player. Worked with Earth Opera, Mothers of Invention, Rhinoceros and others.

27

  • Alvin Stardust aka Bernard Jewry aka Shane Fenton born (London) English pop singer, musical theatre actor.

29

  • Jean-Luc Ponty born (Avranches, France) French jazz violinist, composer, bandleader.

30

  • Gus Dudgeon born (Surrey) English record producer. Died 2002
  • Frankie Lymon born (Washington Heights, NY) American R&B and pop singer. Led the Teenagers and worked solo. Died 1968
  • Dewey Martin born (Chesterville, Canada) Canadian rock drummer. Member of Buffalo Springfield. Died 2009

unk

  • Frank Sinatra leaves the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

releases

  • Spike Jones – Der Fuehrer’s Face / I Wanna Go Back to West Virginia (Bluebird)
  • Paul Whiteman Orchestra – Trav’lin’ Light / You Were Never Lovelier (Capitol)
Poster for Walt Disney's propaganda short Der Fuehrer's Face starring Donald Duck

Poster for Walt Disney’s propaganda short Der Fuehrer’s Face starring Donald Duck

Oct

2

  • Thomas Sanderling born (Novosibirsk, Russia) German conductor. Son of Kurt Sanderling (1912-2011).

5

  • Donald Ayler born (Cleveland Heights, OH) American jazz trumpeter. Brother of Albert Ayler (1936-70). Died 2007
  • Richard Street born (Detroit, MI) American soul singer. Member of the Distants, the Monitors, the Temptations and solo artist. Died 2013

9

  • Alex North’s ballet A Streetcar Named Desire premiered in Montreal

11

  • Leonid Nikolayev (64) dies in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

12

  • Melvin Franklin born (Birmingham, AL) American soul bass singer. Member of the Temptations. Died 1995

13

  • The Acuff-Rose publishing company set up by Roy Acuff and Fred Rose in Nashville, TN (incorporation date)

15

  • Marie Tempest (78) dies in London

16

  • Aaron Copland’s ballet Rodeo premiered in New York

18

  • Boris Blacher’s Concerto for String Orchestra premiered in Hamburg

20

  • Frederick Stock (69) dies in Chicago

21

  • Elvin Bishop born (Tulsa, OK) American rock and blues guitarist, singer, bandleader. Member of Paul Butterfield Blues Band and solo artist.

22

  • Bobby Fuller born (Baytown, TX) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Led the Bobby Fuller Four. Died 1966
  • Robin Maconie born (Auckland, New Zealand) New Zealand composer, pianist, writer.
  • John Alden Carpenter’s Symphony no.2 premiered in New York

23

  • Ralph Rainger (41) dies in a plane crash near Palm Springs, CA

24

  • Billboard publishes the first Harlem Hit Parade, the precursor to the R&B chart. The first numer one is Take It and Git by Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy
  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera I capricci di Callot [The vagaries of Callot], lib. Malipiero after E.T.A. Hoffmann, premiered in Rome

25

  • Terumasa Hino born (Tokyo) Japanese jazz trumpeter.

26

  • Milton Nascimento born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist.

27

  • Lee Greenwood born (Los Angeles) American country singer, songwriter.

28

  • Richard Strauss’ opera Capriccio premiered in Munich, lib. C. Krauss and Strauss

30

  • Henry Cowell’s Fanfare to the Forces of our Latin-American Allies for brass premiered in Cincinnati

31

  • Bing Crosby’s White Christmas is the Billboard number one single for the first time. It will top the charts again in 1945 and go on to sell more than 50 million copies

releases

  • Bing Crosby – White Christmas / Let’s Start the New Year Right (Decca) sales estimates range from 50 to 100 million.
  • Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra – Brazil / Chiu Chiu (Columbia)
  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Hayfoot, Strawfoot / Sherman Shuffle (RCA Victor)
  • Ink Spots – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore / Street of Dreams (Decca)  
  • Brownie McGhee – Workingman’s Blues / Step It Up and Go No.2 (Okeh)
  • Tampa Red – Let Me Play With Your Poodle / My First Love Blues (Bluebird)

Roy Acuff 1903-92 and Fred Rose 1898-1954

Nov

1

  • Hugo Distler (34) commits suicide in Berlin by gassing himself in his oven

2

  • Hilding Rosenberg’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Stockholm

3

  • Michael Heming (22) killed at the Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt

5

  • George M. Cohan (64) dies in New York of cancer

7

  • Johnny Rivers aka John Henry Ramistella born (New York, NY) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s incidental music for the spectacle Otchizna [Native Country] premiered in Moscow
  • Savoy Records announces its launch in Billboard magazine with records by the Savoy Dictators and the Bunny Banks Trio

9

  • Richard Greene born (Los Angeles, CA) American folk, jazz and classical violinist, teacher. Worked with Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band and Bill Monroe.

10

  • Michel Tabachnik born (Geneva) Swiss conductor, composer, teacher.
  • Xavier Montsalvatge’s Ritmes for piano premiered in Barcelona

12

  • Karel Ančerl and his family are sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp in the Czech Rep. where he becomes leader of the Terezín String Orchestra

13

  • John P. Hammond born (New York, NY) American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player. Son of John Hammond Sr (1910-87).
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Boston
  • Darius Milhaud’s Concerto for two pianos and orchestra no.1 premiered in Pittsburgh

14

  • Béla Bartók’s Concerto for 2 pianos, percussion and orchestra premiered in London

15

  • Daniel Barenboim born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian-Israeli pianist, conductor.

16

  • Joseph Schmidt (38) dies following a heart attack in a Swiss refugee camp in Gyrenbad near Zürich

17

  • Bob Gaudio born (Bergenfield, NJ) American pop singer, songwriter, record producer, keyboard player. Member of the Four Seasons.

20

  • Meredith Monk born (New York, NY) American composer, film maker, choreographer, singer.
  • Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for two pianos premiered in New York

22

  • Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia for choir premiered on BBC radio
  • Nino Rota’s opera Ariodante premiered in Parma, lib. E. Trucchi

24

  • Chinary Ung born (Takéo, Cambodia) Cambodian composer, teacher.

27

  • Jimi Hendrix born (Seattle, WA) American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, bandleader. Died 1970

28

  • A fire breaks out at the Cocoanut Grove Club in Boston, MA killing 487 people

29

  • Sergei Bortkiewicz’s Piano Sonata No.2 premiered in Vienna

30

  • Rafael Andia born (Mont-de-Marsan, France) French classical guitarist, composer, musicologist.

releases

  • Benny Goodman & His Orchestra – Why Don’t You Do Right / Six Flats Unfurnished (Columbia)
  • Louis Jordan – What’s The Use In Getting Sober / The Chicks I Pick Are Slender And Tender And Tall (Decca)
milhaud

Darius Milhaud 1892-1974

Dec

3

  • Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (75) dies in Östersund, Sweden

4

  • Bob Mosley born (Paradise Valley, CA) American rock bassist, songwriter, singer. Founder member of Moby Grape.

5

  • Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols for choir and harpsichord premiered in Norwich

7

  • Harry Chapin born (Brooklyn, NY) American pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, activist. Died 1981
  • Jonathan Donald Kramer born (Hartford, CT) American composer, theorist, teacher. Died 2004

8

  • Toots Hibbert born (Clarendon, Jamaica) Jamaican ska and reggae singer, songwriter. Led the Maytals from 1963.

9

  • Leonard Dillon born (Port Antonio, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter. Founder member of the Ethiopians. Died 2011
  • Vakhtang Jordania born (Tbilisi) Georgian conductor. Died 2005
  • Aram Khachaturian’s ballet Gayane premiered in Perm, Russia
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Madrigal-Sonata for piano, flute and violin premiered in New York
  • Darius Milhaud’s String Quartet no.11 premiered in New York

11

  • Ernst Krenek’s I Wonder as I Wander op.94 for orchestra premiered in Pittsburgh

15

  • Dave Clark born (London) English pop drummer, singer, songwriter, record producer, film stuntman. Led the Dave Clark Five.

16

  • Virgil Thomson’s Seven Choruses from the Medea of Euripedes premiered in New York

17

  • Paul Butterfield born (Chicago, IL) American blues and rock singer, harmonica player, bandleader. Led the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Died 1987

18

  • Hilding Rosenberg’s oratorio Djufars visa [Djufar’s song] premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm, lib. V. von Heidenstam

21

  • Carla Thomas born (Memphis, TN) American soul singer. Daughter of Rufus Thomas (1917-2001).

27

  • Mike Heron born (Edinburgh) Scottish rock and folk singer, multi-instrumentalist. Founder member of the Incredible String Band and Heron.

29

  • Rick Danko born (Green’s Corner, Ontario) Canadian rock bassist, songwriter. Founder member of the Band. Died 1999

30

  • Michael Nesmith born (Harris County, TX) American pop and country singer, songwriter, actor.Founder of Pacific Arts. Member of the Monkees and solo artist.
  • Robert Quine born (Akron, OH) American rock guitarist, session player, writer. Worked with the Voidoids, Lou Reed and others. Died 2004

31

  • Andy Summers born (Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire) English rock guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Member of Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band, Dantalion’s Chariot, Soft Machine, the Animals and the Police.

releases

  • Harry James & His Orchestra – I’ve Heard That Song Before / Moonlight Becomes You (Columbia)

date unknown

  • Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram born (Chennai) Indian percussionist (Shakti). Father of V. Selvaganesh (b. 1966)
  • Arnold Bax appointed Master of the King’s Music, succeeding Walford Davies
  • Arthur Bliss appointed director of music at the BBC

Songs published

  • Let’s Get Lost (Frank Loesser, Jimmy McHugh); That Old Black Magic (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen); White Christmas (Irving Berlin); Why Don’t You Do Right? (Joe McCoy)
Paul Robeson - Songs of Free Men (Columbia)

Paul Robeson – Songs of Free Men (Columbia)

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