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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1936.
January 4 – magazine publishes its first music Billboard hit parade
March 28 – Inaugural concert of the São Paulo City Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ernst Mehlich
April 19 – In Barcelona, Alban Berg's is given its première, by Violin Concerto Louis Krasner
May 2 – (Петя и волк, Peter and the Wolf Petya i volk), a Russian fairy tale of Sergei Prokofiev's composition, debuts at the Nezlobin Theater in Moscow, Soviet Union, but attracts little attention at this time.
December 24 – Release of the film in Natalka Poltavka Ukraine, the first filmed Russian opera.
Nat King Cole's recording career begins.
Count Basie begins recording with his own band, which includes Lester Young.
José Iturbi becomes conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Published popular music [ edit ]
"At The Codfish Ball" w. Sidney D. Mitchell m.
Lew Pollack. Introduced by Shirley Temple and Buddy Ebsen in the film Captain January "Au Revoir (But Not Goodbye)" w.m. Joe Gilbert
"Awake in a Dream" w.
Leo Robin m. Frederick Hollander. Introduced by Marlene Dietrich in the film . Desire "Bojangles Of Harlem" w.
Dorothy Fields m. Jerome Kern. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film . Swing Time "
By Strauss" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Gracie Barrie and Robert Shafter in the revue The Show is On "Christopher Columbus" w.
Andy Razaf m. Leon Berry "Cloudy" m.
Mary Lou Williams "
Cool Water" w.m. Bob Nolan "Does Your Heart Beat For Me?" w.
Mitchell Parish m. Russ Morgan "
Down in the Depths (on the Ninetieth Floor)" w.m. Cole Porter. Introduced by Ethel Merman in the musical . Red, Hot and Blue "
Easy To Love" w.m. Cole Porter. Introduced by James Stewart and reprised by Frances Langford in the film Born to Dance "Empty Saddles" w.
J. Keirn Brennan m. Billy Hill "Everybody Swing" w.
Sidney Clare m. Harry Akst "Fancy Meeting You" w.
E. Y. Harburg m. Harold Arlen. Introduced by Dick Powell and Jeanne Madden in the film Stage Struck. "Farewell To Dreams" w.
Gus Kahn m. Sigmund Romberg "
A Fine Romance" w. Dorothy Fields m. Jerome Kern. Introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film . Swing Time "
Gee! But You're Swell" w. Charles Tobias m. Abel Baer "
Get Thee Behind Me Satan" w.m. Irving Berlin. Introduced by Harriet Hilliard in the film Follow the Fleet "
Glad To Be Unhappy" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers. Introduced by Doris Carson and David Morris in the musical On Your Toes "
Gloomy Sunday" w. (Eng) Sam M. Lewis m. Rezső Seress "The Glory Of Love" w.m. Billy Hill
Goodnight, Irene" w.m. Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter "
Goodnight My Love" w. Harry Revel m. Mack Gordon "
Goody Goody" w.m. Johnny Mercer & Matty Malneck "Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?" w.m.
Noël Coward "He Ain't Got Rhythm" w.m.
Irving Berlin. Introduced by Alice Faye in the film . On the Avenue "He Hasn't a Thing Except Me" w.
Ira Gershwin m. Vernon Duke. Introduced by Fanny Brice in the revue . Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 "I Can't Escape From You" w.m.
Leo Robin & Richard A. Whiting. Introduced by Bing Crosby in the film . Rhythm on the Range "
I Love To Sing-a" w. E. Y. Harburg m. Harold Arlen. Introduced by Al Jolson and Cab Calloway in the film . The Singing Kid "
If I Should Lose You" w. Leo Robin m. Ralph Rainger. Introduced by Gladys Swarthout and John Boles in the film . Rose of the Rancho "
I'm An Old Cow Hand" w.m. Johnny Mercer. Introduced by Bing Crosby in the film . Rhythm on the Range "
I'm in the Mood for Love" Introduced by Darla Hood in a clubhouse and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer on a radio in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) short, (1936). The Pinch Singer "
I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket" w.m. Irving Berlin. Introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film . Follow the Fleet "
In The Chapel In The Moonlight" w.m. Billy Hill "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" w.
Irving Caesar & Sammy Lerner "
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie" w.m. Billy Mayhew "
It's De-Lovely" w.m. Cole Porter. Introduced by Ethel Merman and Bob Hope in the musical Red, Hot and Blue "It's Got to Be Love" w.
Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers. Introduced by Ray Bolger and Doris Carson in the musical . On Your Toes "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'" w.
Arthur Freed m. Nacio Herb Brown "
I've Got You Under My Skin" w.m. Cole Porter. Introduced by Virginia Bruce in the film . Born to Dance "Keep a Twinkle In Your Eye"
Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom "
Let Yourself Go" w.m. Irving Berlin. Introduced by Ginger Rogers in the film Follow the Fleet "Let's Call a Heart a Heart" w.
Johnny Burke m. Arthur Johnston from the film Pennies From Heaven "
Let's Face the Music and Dance" w.m. Irving Berlin. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film . Follow the Fleet "Life Begins at Forty"
Yellen, Shapiro "Little Old Lady" w. Stanley Adams m.
Hoagy Carmichael "The Love Bug Will Bite You" w.m. Pinky Tomlin
"Me and the Moon" w. Walter Hirsch m.
Lou Handman "
Moonburn" w. Edward Heyman m. Hoagy Carmichael. Introduced by Bing Crosby in the film Anything Goes "Moonlight and Shadows" w.
Leo Robin m. Frederick Hollander. Introduced by Dorothy Lamour in the film The Jungle Princess "Music in May" w.
Christopher Hassall m. Ivor Novello. Introduced by Dorothy Dickson in the musical Careless Rapture "
Never Gonna Dance" w. Dorothy Fields m. Jerome Kern. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film Swing Time "The Night Is Young and You're So Beautiful" w. Billy Rose & Irving Kahal m. Dana Suesse
On The Beach At Bali-Bali" w.m. Al Sherman, Jack Meskill & Abner Silver "The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart)" w.m. Del Lyon & Lani McIntyre
"One, Two, Button Your Shoe" w.
Johnny Burke m. Arthur Johnston "Oooh! Look-A There, Ain't She Pretty?" w. Clarence Todd m.
Carmen Lombardo "
Organ Grinder's Swing" w. Mitchell Parish & Irving Mills m. Will Hudson "
Pennies from Heaven" w. Johnny Burke m. Arthur Johnston "
Pick Yourself Up" w. Dorothy Fields m. Jerome Kern. Introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film Swing Time "Play, Orchestra, Play" w.m.
Noël Coward "Poinciana" w. (Sp) Manuel Lliso (Eng)
Buddy Bernier m. Nat Simon "Poor Little Angeline" w.m. Will Grosz &
Jimmy Kennedy "Rainbow on the River" w.
Paul Francis Webster m. Louis Alter "
Ridin' High" w.m. Cole Porter "
San Francisco" w. Gus Kahn m. Bronislaw Kaper & Walter Jurmann "Sing Me A Swing Song" w. Stanley Adams m.
Hoagy Carmichael "
Sing, Sing, Sing" w.m. Louis Prima "
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" m. Richard Rodgers "There's A Bridle Hangin' On The Wall" w.m.
Carson Robison "
There's a Small Hotel" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers "To You, Sweetheart, Aloha" w.m. Harry Owens
"Too Good for the Average Man" w.
Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers "The Touch Of Your Lips" w.m.
Ray Noble "Waltz In Swingtime" w.
Dorothy Fields m. Jerome Kern "
The Way You Look Tonight" w. Dorothy Fields m. Jerome Kern. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film Swing Time "We Saw The Sea" w.m.
Irving Berlin. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film Follow the Fleet "When a Lady Meets a Gentleman Down South" w.m. Michael Cleary, Jacques Krakeur & David Oppenheim
"When Did You Leave Heaven?" w. Walter Bullock m.
Richard A. Whiting "When I'm With You" w.
Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel. Introduced by Shirley Temple and Tony Martin in the film . Poor Little Rich Girl "When My Dreamboat Comes Home" w.m.
Cliff Friend & Dave Franklin "
The Window Cleaner" George Formby, Gifford, Cliffe "With My Shillelagh Under My Arm" w.m. Billy O'Brien & Raymond Wallace
"With Plenty of Money and You" w.
Al Dubin m. Harry Warren "Would You?" w.
Arthur Freed m. Nacio Herb Brown "You (Gee But You're Wonderful)" w.
Harold Adamson m. Walter Donaldson "You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes" w.m. Milton Ager, Charles Newman & Murray Mencher
"You Gotta S-M-I-L-E to Be H-A-P-P-Y" w.m.
Mack Gordon & Harry Revel "
You Turned the Tables on Me" w. Sidney D. Mitchell m. Louis Alter "You Were There" w.m.
Noël Coward "
(If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)" w.m. Sam Coslow
Biggest hit songs [ edit ]
The following songs achieved the highest
chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1936.
Pennies From Heaven 1936
US Billboard 1 - 1936 (15 weeks), US BB 1 of 1936, Your Hit Parade 1 of 1936, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1936), POP 1 of 1936, Oscar in 1936 (film 'Pennies from Heaven') (Nominated), Music Imprint 8 of 1930s, nuTsie 23 of 1930s, Europe 32 of the 1930s (1936), RYM 41 of 1936, RIAA 129, Acclaimed 1222 (1936)
The Way You Look Tonight 1936
US Billboard 1 - 1936 (17 weeks), Oscar in 1936 (film 'Swing Time'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1936), US BB 2 of 1936, Your Hit Parade 2 of 1936, POP 2 of 1936, Brazil 26 of 1937, nuTsie 38 of 1930s, RYM 40 of 1936, AFI 43, Europe 94 of the 1930s (1936), Song of 1936
Europe 1 of the 1930s (1936), RYM 2 of 1936, US Billboard 12 - 1936 (2 weeks), nuTsie 70 of 1930s, Scrobulate 84 of jazz
Goody Goody 1936
US Billboard 1 - 1936 (13 weeks), Your Hit Parade 5 of 1936, US BB 6 of 1936, POP 6 of 1936, Brazil 32 of 1936, nuTsie 71 of 1930s
Glory of Love 1936
US Billboard 1 - 1936 (15 weeks), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1936, US BB 10 of 1936, POP 10 of 1936, Brazil 67 of 1936, nuTsie 96 of 1930s
Top hit recordings [ edit ]
Classical music [ edit ]
starring Anything Goes Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman
released November 27 starring Born To Dance Eleanor Powell, Virginia Bruce, James Stewart, Frances Langford, Buddy Ebsen and the vocal group The Foursome.
starring Cain and Mabel Marion Davies, Clark Gable and Allen Jenkins
starring Can This Be Dixie? Jane Withers, Slim Summerville, Helen Wood and Thomas Beck. Directed by George Marshall
starring Captain January Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee and Slim Summerville. Directed by David Butler.
released January 22 starring Collegiate Jack Oakie and Frances Langford and featuring songwriters Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.
starring Dancing Pirate Charles Collins, Frank Morgan and Steffi Duna
starring Everybody Dance Cicely Courtneidge
starring Everything Is Rhythm Harry Roy and Princess Pearl (actress) and featuring Mabel Mercer
starring Follow the Fleet Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
starring The Great Ziegfeld William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan, Fanny Brice, Virginia Bruce and Ray Bolger.
starring Hats Off Mae Clark and John Payne. Directed by Boris Petroff.
starring Her Master's Voice Edward Everett Horton and Peggy Conklin
starring King of Burlesque Alice Faye, Jack Oakie and Warner Baxter and featuring Fats Waller and Kenny Baker
starring Pigskin Parade Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, Betty Grable, Dixie Dunbar and Judy Garland and featuring The Yacht Club Boys
released July 24 starring Poor Little Rich Girl Shirley Temple, Alice Faye, Jack Haley and featuring Tony Martin.
starring Public Nuisance No. 1 Frances Day.
released July 1 starring Rhythm on the Range Bing Crosby and Frances Farmer.
starring Rose-Marie Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy
starring Show Boat Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, Paul Robeson and Hattie McDaniel
film Soft Lights and Sweet Music revue featuring Ambrose & his Orchestra, Evelyn Dall, Turner Layton and Elisabeth Welch
starring Stage Struck Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Frank McHugh, Jeanne Madden and The Yacht Club Boys.
starring Suzy Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Cary Grant and Inez Courtney
starring Swing Time Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Three Smart Girls
January 12 – Raimonds Pauls, composer and piano player
January 14 – Clarence Carter, soul singer
January 23 – Cécile Ousset, pianist
February 6 – Donnie Brooks, singer (died 2007)
February 8 - Larry Verne, American singer (died 2013)
February 9 – Stompin' Tom Connors, folk musician
February 19 – Bob Engermann ( The Lettermen)
February 22 – Ernie K-Doe, R&B singer (died 2001)
March 4 – Aribert Reimann, pianist and composer
March 17 – Ladislav Kupkovič, composer
March 20 – Lee "Scratch" Perry, reggae artist
March 26 – Fred Parris ( The Five Satins)
March 29 – Richard Rodney Bennett, composer and pianist
April 10 – Bobby Smith (R&B singer) ( The Spinners)
April 13 – Dieter Klöcker, clarinetist ( )
April 17 – Pete Graves ( The Moonglows)
April 22 – Glen Campbell, folk singer ( The Beach Boys)
April 23 – Roy Orbison, singer-songwriter (died 1988)
May 2 – Engelbert Humperdinck, singer
May 6 – Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson ( Mickey & Sylvia)
May 14 – Bobby Darin, singer (died 1973)
May 25 – Tom T. Hall, country singer
June 6 – Levi Stubbs, vocalist ( The Four Tops) (d. 2008)
June 20 – Billy Guy ( The Coasters)
June 22 – Kris Kristofferson, singer-songwriter and actor
June 30 – Dave Van Ronk, folk singer (died 2002)
July 10 – David Zinman, violinist and conductor
July 13 – Vaza Azarasvili, Georgian composer
July 30 – Buddy Guy, blues guitarist
August 4 – Elsbeary Hobbs ( The Drifters)
August 7 – Charles Pope ( The Tams)
August 23 – Rudy Lewis ( The Drifters)
September 7 – Buddy Holly, singer and songwriter (died 1959)
October 5 – George Jones Jr. ( The Edsels)
October 7 – Charles Dutoit, conductor
October 24 – Bill Wyman ( The Rolling Stones)
November 11 – Jack Keller, songwriter
November 14 – Antonio Gades, flamenco dancer
November 18 – Don Cherry, jazz musician
December 14 – Arve Tellefsen, violinist
December 17 – Tommy Steele, singer
January 1 – Harry B. Smith, US songwriter, 75
January 7 – Guy d'Hardelot, composer and pianist, 77
January 22 – Louis Glass, composer, 71
January 23 – Dame Clara Butt, operatic contralto (b. 1872)
January 25 – Hermann Bischoff, composer (b. 1868)
February 11 - Florence Smithson, singer, 51. [2 ]
March 6 – Rubin Goldmark, pianist and composer (b. 1872)
March 21 – Alexander Glazunov, composer (b. 1865)
March 26 – Maximilian Maksakov, opera singer (b. 1869)
April 7 – Marilyn Miller, US actress, dancer and singer
April 18 – Ottorino Respighi, composer, 56
April 24 – Bernard van Dieren, composer (b. 1887)
May 5 - Eva von der Osten, operatic soprano, 54
May 24 – Claudia Muzio, opera singer, 47
May 25 – Ján Levoslav Bella, composer and conductor (b. 1843)
June 27 – Mike Bernard, ragtime musician (b. 1881)
August 15 – Sir Henry Lytton, Gilbert & Sullivan comic baritone (b. 1865)
August 19 – Harry Plunket Greene, concert baritone (b. 1865)
August 28 – Albert Périlhou, French composer, organist and pianist (b. 1846)
September 5 – Béla Szabados, composer (b. 1867)
October 11 – Antonio José, Spanish composer (b. 1902)
October 22 – Anne Caldwell, librettist and lyricist (b. 1867)
November 11 – Sir Edward German, composer, 74
November 17 – Ernestine Schumann-Heink, contralto
December 6 – Emil Adamič, composer, 58
December 31 – Oreste Riva, composer, 76
Charlie Green, jazz trombonist (b. c. 1900) Albert Gorter, German conductor and composer (
) (b. 1862)
References [ edit ]