1940 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1940.

Events[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Biggest hit songs[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1940.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Glenn Miller In the Mood 1940 United States Europe 1 of the 1940s, US BB 2 of 1940, POP 2 of 1940, RYM 4 of 1939, Scrobulate 4 of swing, RIAA 11, UK 13 – Jan 1976, Netherlands 15 – Aug 1972, Party 45 of 1999, Acclaimed 477
2 Artie Shaw Frenesi 1940 United States US 1940s 1 – Aug 1940, US 1 for 13 weeks Dec 1940, US BB 6 of 1940, POP 6 of 1940, Scrobulate 48 of swing, Europe 71 of the 1940s
3 Bing Crosby Only Forever 1940 United States US 1940s 1 – Sep 1940, US 1 for 9 weeks Oct 1940, US BB 15 of 1940, POP 15 of 1940, Europe 24 of the 1940s, RYM 87 of 1940
4 Tommy Dorsey I'll Never Smile Again 1940 United States US 1940s 1 – Jul 1940, US 1 for 12 weeks Jul 1940, US BB 8 of 1940, POP 8 of 1940, Europe 17 of the 1940s
5 Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) When You Wish Upon a Star 1940 United States Oscar in 1940, AFI 7, RYM 20 of 1940, RIAA 55, Acclaimed 1090

Top hit records[edit]

Clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw in 1940

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Donald (ed) (1991). Letters From A Life: Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, Vol. 2 1939-45. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-160581. pp. 628, 657
  2. ^ Mitchell (1991): p. 629
  3. ^ http://www.overthefootlights.co.uk/London%20Musicals%201940-1944.pub.pdf