1951 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1951.

Events[edit]

Albums released[edit]

US No 1 hit singles[edit]

These singles reached the top of US Billboard magazine's charts in 1951.

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
March 3, 1951 1 "If" Perry Como
March 10, 1951 1 "Be My Love" Mario Lanza
March 17, 1951 5 "If" Perry Como
April 21, 1951 9 "How High the Moon" Les Paul & Mary Ford
June 23, 1951 5 "Too Young" Nat King Cole
July 28, 1951 6 "Come On-a My House" Rosemary Clooney
September 8, 1951 8 "Because of You" Tony Bennett
November 3, 1951 6 "Cold, Cold Heart" Tony Bennett
December 15, 1951 2 "(It's No) Sin" Eddy Howard
December 29, 1951 11 "Cry" Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1951.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Johnnie Ray Cry 1951 United States US 1940s 1 – Dec 1951, US 1 for 11 weeks Dec 1951, US BB 2 of 1951, DDD 4 of 1951, RYM 5 of 1951, POP 6 of 1952, Italy 68 of 1955, Acclaimed 1084
2 Nat King Cole Unforgettable 1951 United States US BB 1 of 1952, POP 1 of 1952, RYM 4 of 1951, US 1940s 14 – Nov 1951, DDD 25 of 1951, Europe 63 of the 1950s, Scrobulate 78 of vocal, WXPN 500
3 Les Paul & Mary Ford How High the Moon 1951 United States US 1940s 1 – Mar 1951, US 1 for 9 weeks Apr 1951, DDD 10 of 1951, US BB 12 of 1951, POP 12 of 1951, RYM 19 of 1951, RIAA 317, Acclaimed 514
4 Nat King Cole Too Young 1951 United States US 1940s 1 – Apr 1951, US 1 for 5 weeks Jun 1951, POP 1 of 1951, DDD 5 of 1951, RYM 10 of 1951
5 Mario Lanza Be My Love 1951 United States US 1940s 1 – Dec 1950, US 1 for 1 weeks Mar 1951, US BB 9 of 1951, POP 9 of 1951, Europe 79 of the 1950s, RYM 137 of 1951

Top hits on record[edit]

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Top R&B hits on record[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Anon. "Riviera Dei Fiori"; Anon. "Sanremo 1951", Sanremo Festival Website (Accessed November 30, 2009).
  2. ^ Henry Cowell, "Current Chronicle: New York" (Subscription Access), The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 3 (July): 396–402. Citation is on pp. 399–400.
  3. ^ Henry Cowell, "Current Chronicle: New York" (Subscription Access), The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 3 (July): 396–402. Citation is on p. 396.
  4. ^ Everett Helm, "Current Chronicle: Berlin" (Subscription Access), The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 4 (October): 590–97.
  5. ^ "Queen Elisabeth Competition 1951–2008", p. 3.
  6. ^ Anonymous, 'First Performance of a Haydn Opera', The Times, issue 52024 (Monday, June 10, 1951): p. 4, col G.
  7. ^ A. J., "Cheltenham Festival", The Musical Times 92, no. 1303 (Sep., 1951): 416–17.
  8. ^ Anon., "The Haslemere Festival", The Musical Times 92, no. 1301 (July 1951): 312.
  9. ^ Adolf Aber, "Tradition and Revolution at Bayreuth", The Musical Times 92, no. 1304 (October 1951): 453–57.
  10. ^ David Cherniavsky, "The Salzburg Festival", The Musical Times 92, no. 1305 (November 1951): 517–18.
  11. ^ Anonymous, 'Berlin Festival of the Arts: Turn of Western Culture', The Times, issue 52091 (Tuesday, August 28, 1951): p. 3, col G.
  12. ^ Margaret Reece-Evans, "The Swansea Festival", Musical Times 92, no. 1305 (November): 516.
  13. ^ Donaueschinger Musiktage: Programme seit 1921.
  14. ^ Anonymous, 'Royal Opera House: "Turandot"', The Times, issue 52139 (Tuesday, October 23, 1951): p. 6, col F.
  15. ^ Anonymous, 'Visit of Hamburg Radio Orchestra: Series of Concerts', The Times, issue 52164 (Wednesday, November 21, 1951): p. 2, col F.
  16. ^ Anonymous, 'Opening of the Season at La Scala: Two First Performances', The Times, issue 52179 (Saturday, December 8, 1951): p. 5, col C.
  17. ^ Everett Helm, "Current Chronicle: Berlin", The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 4 (October): 590–97. Citation on p. 594.
  18. ^ Wilfrid H. Mellers, "Current Chronicle:London" (Subscription Access), The Musical Quarterly 37, no. 4 (October): 580–8.