This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1937.
Specific locations [ edit ]
Specific genres [ edit ]
January 24 – Ernest John Moeran completes the revised version of his Symphony in G minor, dedicated to conductor Hamilton Harty. 
March 6 – Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears first meet, in London. 
May 12 – At the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Westminster Abbey, William Walton's ceremonial march, " Crown Imperial", originally written for his predecessor, King Edward VIII, is performed for the first time.
June 2 – The incomplete version of Alban Berg's opera is premièred in Lulu Zürich (it is later completed in a version premiered in 1979)
June 8 –
November 30 – Ruth Etting divorces Martin Snyder.
December 25 – At the age of 70, legendary Italian-born conductor Arturo Toscanini conducts the NBC Symphony Orchestra on U.S. radio for the first time, beginning his successful 17-year tenure with that orchestra. This first concert consists of music by Vivaldi (at a time when he is seldom played), Mozart, and Brahms. Millions tune in to listen, including U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Perry Como begins singing with the Ted Weems orchestra. Frankie Laine fills Como's vacated position with the Freddie Carlone band.
Hank Williams' musical career begins.
Sonny Boy Williamson's recording career begins.
Renato Carosone obtains his pianoforte diploma.
Natalino Otto introduces swing to Italy.
John Serry, Sr. joins the Shep Fields Rippling Rhythm Band with Bob Hope.
Biggest hit songs [ edit ]
The following songs achieved the highest
chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1937.
Sing, Sing, Sing 1937
Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982 (1937), US BB 3 of 1938, Peel list 3 of 1937, POP 3 of 1938, nuTsie 4 of 1930s, US Billboard 7 – 1938 (6 weeks), Music Imprint 16 of 1930s, Brazil 54 of 1939, RIAA 205, Acclaimed 526 (1937), WXPN 766
One O'Clock Jump 1937
US BB 1 of 1937, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1979 (1937), POP 1 of 1937, US Billboard 12 – Jun 1947 (2 weeks), nuTsie 12 of 1930s, Scrobulate 13 of swing, Music Imprint 18 of 1930s, RYM 21 of 1937, RIAA 211, Acclaimed 824 (1937)
They Can't Take That Away From Me 1937
US Billboard 1 – 1937 (11 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005 (1937), Oscar in 1937 (film 'Shall We Dance') (Nominated), US BB 3 of 1937, POP 3 of 1937, RYM 34 of 1937, Europe 89 of the 1930s (1937), Acclaimed 2182 (1937)
Sweet Leilani 1937
US Billboard 1 – 1937 (25 weeks), Your Hit Parade 1 of 1937, Oscar in 1937 (film 'Waikiki Wedding'), US BB 7 of 1937, POP 7 of 1937, Europe 29 of the 1930s (1937), nuTsie 75 of 1930s
US Billboard 4 – 1937 (18 weeks), RYM 6 of 1937, US BB 9 of 1937, POP 9 of 1937, Brazil 57 of 1938, nuTsie 58 of 1930s, Scrobulate 88 of jazz, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1937)
Number one hit songs (in order) [ edit ]
Published popular music [ edit ]
"Afraid To Dream" w.
Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel "After You" w.m.
Sam Coslow & Al Siegel "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" w.
Gus Kahn m. Bronislaw Kaper & Walter Jurmann "All You Want To Do Is Dance" w.
Johnny Burke m. Arthur Johnston. Introduced by Bing Crosby in the film . Double or Nothing "Always And Always" w. Bob Wright & Chet Forrest m. Edward Ward
"Am I In Love?" w.
Al Dubin m. Harry Warren. Introduced by Kenny Baker in the film . Mr. Dodd Takes the Air "
Azure" w. Irving Mills m. Duke Ellington "
(I've Got) Beginner's Luck" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film Shall We Dance "Blossoms On Broadway" w.
Leo Robin m. Ralph Rainger "
Blue Hawaii" w. Leo Robin m. Ralph Rainger. Introduced by Bing Crosby and Shirley Ross in the film Waikiki Wedding "Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight)" w.
Johnny Mercer m. Bernard Hanighen "Boo-Hoo" w. Edward Heyman m. John Jacob Loeb &
Carmen Lombardo "Broken Hearted Clown" w.m. Don Pelosi, Harry Leon
By Myself" w. Howard Dietz m. Arthur Schwartz "Camel Hop" m.
Mary Lou Williams "Can I Forget You?" w.
Oscar Hammerstein II m. Jerome Kern "
Caravan" w. Irving Mills m. Juan Tizol & Duke Ellington "Carelessly" w.
Charles Kenny & Nick Kenny m. Norman Ellis "Cause My Baby Says It's So" w. Al Dubin m.
Harry Warren "
Community Swing" m. Glenn Miller "Dear Mr Gable (You Made Me Love You)" w.
Joseph McCarthy m. James V. Monaco with extra lyrics Roger Edens "Did Anyone Ever Tell You?" w. Harold Adamson m. Jimmy McHugh. Introduced by
Virginia Bruce in the film When Love Is Young "Did Your Mother Come From Ireland?" w.m.
Jimmy Kennedy & Michael Carr "Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals" m.
Raymond Scott "The Dipsy Doodle" w.m.
Larry Clinton "The Donkey Serenade" w. Robert Wright, George Forrest m.
Rudolf Friml & Herbert Stothart "Down With Love"
E. Y. "Yip" Harburg, Harold Arlen. Introduced by Vivian Vance, Jack Whiting and June Clyde in the musical Hooray for What! "Dusk In Upper Sandusky" m.
Larry Clinton & Jimmy Dorsey "
Easy Living" w. Leo Robin m. Ralph Rainger "Everybody Sing" w.
Arthur Freed m. Nacio Herb Brown "
A Foggy Day" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film A Damsel in Distress "
The Folks Who Live on the Hill" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Jerome Kern "Foolin' Myself" w. Jack Lawrence m. Peter Tinturin
"For Dancers Only" w.
Don Raye & Vic Schoen m. Sy Oliver "The Girl On The Police Gazette" w.m.
Irving Berlin "God's Country" w. E. Y. Harburg m.
Harold Arlen "
Gone with the Wind" w. Herb Magidson m. Allie Wrubel "Goodnight Angel" w. Herb Magidson m. Allie Wrubel. Introduced by
Jack Oakie and Ann Miller in the revue and performed in the film version by Radio City Revels Kenny Baker. "Got a Pair of New Shoes" w.
Arthur Freed m. Nacio Herb Brown. Introduced by Judy Garland in the film . Thoroughbreds Don't Cry "
Harbour Lights" w. Jimmy Kennedy m. Hugh Williams "Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?" w.
Johnny Mercer m. Richard A. Whiting. Introduced by Priscilla Lane in the film . Varsity Show "
Have You Met Miss Jones?" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers "
Heigh-Ho" w. Larry Morey m. Frank Churchill "
High, Wide, and Handsome" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Jerome Kern "Home Town" w.m. Jimmy Kennedy & Michael Carr
I Can't Be Bothered Now" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film A Damsel in Distress "I Double Dare You" w. Jimmy Eaton m. Terry Shand
"I Know Now" w.
Al Dubin m. Harry Warren "
I See Your Face Before Me" w. Howard Dietz m. Arthur Schwartz "
I Used to Be Color Blind" w.m. Irving Berlin introduced by Fred Astaire in the 1938 film Carefree "
I Was Doing All Right" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin "
I Wish I Were in Love Again" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers "I'd Rather Be Right" w.
Lorenz Hart M. Richard Rodgers "If It's The Last Thing I Do" w.m.
Sammy Cahn & Saul Chaplin "I'll Take Romance" w.
Oscar Hammerstein II m. Ben Oakland "I'm Like A Fish Out Of Water" w.
Johnny Mercer m. Richard A. Whiting "I'm Wishing" w. Larry Morey m. Frank Churchill
In the Still of the Night" w.m. Cole Porter "It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom Lane" w. Edgar Leslie m. Joe Burke
"It's Raining Sunbeams" w. Sam Coslow m. Frederick Hollander
"It's The Natural Thing To Do" w.
Johnny Burke m. Arthur Johnston. Introduced by Bing Crosby in the film . Double or Nothing "It's Wonderful" w. Mitchell Parish m. Stuff Smith
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" w.m. Irving Berlin sung by Dick Powell & Alice Faye (in the film " On the Avenue") "I've Hitched My Wagon To A Star" w.
Johnny Mercer m. Richard A. Whiting "
Johnny One Note" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers "The Joint Is Jumpin"' w. Andy Razaf m.
Fats Waller & James C. Johnson "
The Lady Is a Tramp" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers "
The Lambeth Walk" w. Douglas Furber, L. Arthur Rose m. Noel Gay "Leaning On A Lamp Post" w.m.
Noel Gay "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" w.
Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film Shall We Dance "Let's Dance At The Make Believe Ballroom"
Andy Razaf, Paul Denniker "Lisbon Antigua (In Old Lisbon)" w. Harry Dupree m. Raul Portela, J. Galhardo & A. Do Vale
"Love Is Good For Anything That Ails You"
Cliff Friend, Matt Malneck "
Love Is Here to Stay" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin "Me And My Girl" w.m.
Noel Gay & Douglas Furber "The Meanest Thing You Ever Did Was Kiss Me" w.m. Al Lewis, Murray Mencher & Charles Newman
The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" w.m. Cliff Friend & Dave Franklin "Moanin' In The Mornin' " w. E. Y. Harburg m.
Harold Arlen "The Mood That I'm In" w.m.
Abner Silver & Al Sherman "The Moon Got In My Eyes" w.
Johnny Burke m. Arthur Johnston. Introduced by Bing Crosby in the film . Double or Nothing "
The Moon of Manakoora" w. Frank Loesser m. Alfred Newman. Introduced by Dorothy Lamour in the film The Hurricane "Moonlight On The Campus" w.
Johnny Mercer m. Richard A. Whiting "
The Morning After" w.m. Tommy Dorsey, Moe Jaffe & Clay Boland "My Fine Feathered Friend" w.
Harold Adamson m. Jimmy McHugh "
My Funny Valentine" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers "
Never in a Million Years" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel "
Nice Work If You Can Get It" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film A Damsel in Distress "
On a Little Bamboo Bridge" w. Archie Fletcher m. Al Sherman "On The Sentimental Side" w.
Johnny Burke m. James V. Monaco "
Once In A While" w. Bud Green m. Michael Edwards "
One O'Clock Jump" m. Count Basie "One Song" w. Larry Morey m.
Frank Churchill "Peter And The Wolf" m.
Sergei Prokofiev "A Reckless Night On Board An Ocean Liner" m.
Raymond Scott "Remember Me?" w. Al Dubin m.
Harry Warren "
Rosalie" w.m. Cole Porter "Sail Along, Silvery Moon" w. Harry Tobias m.
Percy Wenrich "A Sailboat In The Moonlight" w.m. John Jacob Loeb &
Carmen Lombardo "Satan Takes A Holiday" m.
Larry Clinton "Sentimental and Melancholy" w.
Johnny Mercer m. Richard Whiting "
September In The Rain" w. Al Dubin m. Harry Warren. Introduced by James Melton in the film . Melody for Two "Shall We Dance?" w.
Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film Shall We Dance "Sing Me A Song With Social Significance" w.m.
Harold Rome "
Slap That Bass" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Fred Astaire and Dudley Dickerson in the film Shall We Dance "
Slumming on Park Avenue" w.m. Irving Berlin "
So Rare" w. Jack Sharpe m. Jerry Herst "
Some Day My Prince Will Come" w. Larry Morey m. Frank Churchill. Sung by Adriana Caselotti in the animated film Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs "Somebody Else is Taking My Place" w.m. Dick Howard,
Russ Morgan & Bob Ellsworth "South Rampart Street Parade" m. Ray Bauduc &
Bob Haggart "
Stiff Upper Lip" Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Gracie Allen in the film A Damsel in Distress "Stop! You're Breaking My Heart" w.
Ted Koehler m. Burton Lane "
Sweet Leilani" w.m. Harry Owens. Introduced by Bing Crosby in the film Waikiki Wedding "Sweet Someone" w.
Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel. Introduced by Simone Simon in the film Love and Hisses "Swing High, Swing Low" w.
Ralph Freed m. Burton Lane "Ten Pretty Girls" w.m. Will Grosz &
Jimmy Kennedy "
That Old Feeling" w. Lew Brown m. Sammy Fain "That's What I Like 'Bout The South" w.m.
Andy Razaf "Then It Isn't Love" w.
Leo Robin m. Ralph Rainger "There's A Gold Mine In The Sky" w.m. Charles Kenny & Nick Kenny
"There's A Lull In My Life" w. Mack Gordon m.
Harry Revel "
They All Laughed" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Ginger Rogers in the film Shall We Dance "
They Can't Take That Away From Me" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film Shall We Dance "
Things Are Looking Up" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the film A Damsel in Distress "
This Year's Kisses" w.m. Irving Berlin "Thrill of a Lifetime" w.
Sam Coslow & Carmen Lombardo m. Frederick Hollander. Introduced by Dorothy Lamour in the film Thrill of a Lifetime "Tomorrow Is Another Day" w.
Gus Kahn m. Bronislaw Kaper & Walter Jurmann from the film A Day at the Races "
Too Marvelous for Words" w. Johnny Mercer m. Richard A. Whiting "The Toy Trumpet" w. Sidney D. Mitchell &
Lew Pollack m. Raymond Scott "Triplets" w. Howard Dietz m. Arthur Schwartz
"Trusting My Luck"
Maurice Sigler, Arthur Johnston "Turn Off The Moon" w.m.
Sam Coslow. Introduced by Kenny Baker in the film of the same . name "Twilight In Turkey" m.
Raymond Scott "Vieni, Vieni" w. (It & Fr) George Koger & Henri Varna (Eng)
Rudy Vallee m. Vincent Scotto "Wake Up And Live" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel
"Walter, Walter" w.m. W. E. Haines, J. Harper & Eugene Butler
"Was It Rain?" w.
Walter Hirsch m. Lou Handman. Introduced by Frances Langford in the film The Hit Parade "When Love Is Young" w. Harold Adamson m. Jimmy McHugh. Introduced by
Virginia Bruce in the film When Love Is Young "
Where Or When" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers. Introduced by Ray Heatherton and Mitzi Green in the musical Babes In Arms "Whispers In The Dark" w.
Leo Robin m. Frederick Hollander. Introduced by Connie Boswell in the film Artists and Models "
Whistle While You Work" w. Larry Morey m. Frank Churchill. Sung by Adriana Caselotti in the animated film Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs "
With A Smile And A Song" w. Larry Morey m. Frank Churchill. Sung by Adriana Caselotti in the animated film Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs "You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming" w.m. Dave Franklin & Cliff Friend
You're Laughing At Me" w.m. Irving Berlin. Introduced by Dick Powell in the film . On the Avenue
Top blues records [ edit ]
Classical music [ edit ]
Premieres [ edit ]
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta 1937-01-21
Basel Chamber Orchestra – Sacher 
Overture to an Italian Comedy 1937-03-02
London [unknown ensemble] –
Voice in the Wilderness 1937-01-21
Borisoff / Los Angeles Philharmonic – Klemperer 
On this Island 1937-11-19
Wyss, Britten 
Brosa, Reizenstein 
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge 1937-08-27
Salzburg ( Festival)
Boyd Neel Orchestra – Neel 
El Salón México 1937-08-27
Mexico Symphony – Chávez 
Prairie Journal 1937-07-25
New York City
Columbia Symphony – Barlow 
Tre laudi 1937-09-08
Venice ( Festival)
Vivante / Grupo Strumentale Italiano – Sanzogno 
Harp Concertino 1937-03-11
Molnár / [unknown ensemble] – Kenessey 
Danzas Argentinas 1937-10-27
De Raco 
Ginastera, Alberto Suite from
Buenos Aires [unknown ensemble] –
(1899) Psalm 67 1937-05-06
New York City
The Madrigal Singers – Engel 
Gérar, D'Aleman 
Trois Chants des Hommes 1937-06-04
Bastard / Paris Conservatory Concerts Society Orchestra – Modesti
Piano Concerto 1937-07-12
Oborin / Moscow Philharmonic – Steinberg 
Fêtes des belles eaux 1937-07-25
Paris ( Expo 37) [unknown ensemble]
Poèmes pour Mi 1937-06-04
Bunlet / Paris Conservatory Concerts Society Orchestra – Désormière 
Suite provençale 1937-09-12
Venice ( Festival) [unknown ensemble] – Milhaud
Symphony No. 17 1937-12-17
USSR State Symphony – Gauk 
Symphony No. 18 1937-10-01
USSR State Symphony – Gauk 
Prokofiev, Sergei Suite No. 2 from
Romeo and Juliet 1937-04-15
Leningrad Philharmonic – Mravinsky 
Cello Concertino 1937-02-06
Fournier / Concerts Poulet Orchestra – Siohan 
Symphony No. 1 1937-04-30
BBC Symphony – Boult 
String Quartet No. 4 1937-01-08
Kolisch Quartet 
String Quartet No. 1 1937-04-10
Coolidge Quartet 
Symphony No. 5 1937-11-21
Leningrad Philharmonic – Mravinsky 
Variations for Piano 1937-10-26
Compositions [ edit ]
Musical theater [ edit ]
, starring 52nd Street Leo Carrillo, Ian Hunter, Pat Paterson, Ella Logan, Sid Silvers, Zasu Pitts and Kenny Baker. Directed by Harold Young.
, starring Ali Baba Goes to Town Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, Roland Young and June Lang and featuring Raymond Scott & his Quintet. Directed by David Butler.
, starring The Broadway Melody of 1938 Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Binnie Barnes, Buddy Ebsen, Sophie Tucker and Judy Garland.
, starring Calling All Stars Bert Ambrose, Carroll Gibbons, Evelyn Dall, Sam Browne, Larry Adler, Elisabeth Welch and The Nicholas Brothers.
starring The Champagne Waltz Gladys Swarthout, Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie and Veloz and Yolanda.
, starring Chintamani M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
, starring Command Performance (1937 film) Arthur Tracy and Lilli Palmer
, starring A Damsel in Distress Fred Astaire, Joan Fontaine, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Ray Noble.
, released June 11, starring the A Day at the Races Marx Brothers and Allan Jones, and featuring Ivie Anderson
, released September 1, starring Double or Nothing Bing Crosby and Martha Raye, and featuring Harry Barris and Frances Faye.
, starring Duniya Na Mane Shanta Apte
, starring Every Day's a Holiday Mae West, Edmund Lowe and Louis Armstrong, Directed by A. Edward Sutherland.
, starring Fight for Your Lady John Boles, Ida Lupino and Jack Oakie.
, starring The Firefly Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones.
, starring Gangway Jessie Matthews
, starring Glamorous Night Mary Ellis, Otto Kruger and Victor Jory.
, starring Head Over Heels Jessie Matthews
, starring Hideaway Girl Shirley Ross, Robert Cummings and Martha Raye. Directed by George Archainbaud.
starring High, Wide, and Handsome Irene Dunne, Dorothy Lamour, Randolph Scott and William Frawley.
, starring Hit Parade of 1937 Frances Langford and Phil Regan and featuring Ivie Anderson and Duke Ellington and his orchestra.
, starring Hollywood Hotel Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane and Lola Lane, and featuring Frances Langford and Benny Goodman & his Orchestra.
, starring Jericho Paul Robeson
, starring La Habanera Zarah Leander
, starring Let's Make a Night of It Charles "Buddy" Rogers and June Clyde
, released September 3, starring The Life of the Party Joe Penner, Gene Raymond, Harriet Hilliard and Helen Broderick
, starring The Lilac Domino (film) Michael Bartlett, June Knight, Fred Emney and S.Z. Sakall.
, starring Love and Hisses Walter Winchell, Ben Bernie, Simone Simon, Bert Lahr and Joan Davis
, starring Make A Wish Bobby Breen, Basil Rathbone, Marion Claire, Henry Armetta, Ralph Forbes and Leon Errol. Directed by Kurt Neumann.
, starring Mayfair Melody Keith Falkner, Chili Bouchier and Bruce Lester.
, starring Maytime Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy and John Barrymore.
, starring Melodías porteñas Enrique Santos Discépolo
, starring Melody for Two James Melton, Patricia Ellis and Wini Shaw
, released August 21, starring Mr Dodd Takes the Air Kenny Baker and Jane Wyman.
, starring My Song Goes Forth Paul Robeson
, starring On the Avenue Dick Powell, Alice Faye, Madeleine Carroll and The Ritz Brothers.
, starring 100 Men and a Girl Deanna Durbin
, starring Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm Gene Autry
, starring Rosalie Nelson Eddy, Eleanor Powell and Ray Bolger.
, starring Shall We Dance Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
, starring The Singing Marine Dick Powell and Doris Weston
, animated feature with Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Adriana Caselotti providing the voice of Snow White.
, starring Something to Sing About James Cagney and Evelyn Daw
, directed by Song at Midnight Ma-Xu Weibang.
, starring Song of the Forge Stanley Holloway.
, starring Stardust Ben Lyon and Lupe Vélez.
, released March 15, starring Swing High, Swing Low Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray and Dorothy Lamour.
, starring This Way Please Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Betty Grable and Ned Sparks
Top of the Town, starring Doris Nolan, George Murphy and Ella Logan, and featuring Gertrude Niesen
, starring Turn Off the Moon Charles Ruggles and Eleanore Whitney and featuring Kenny Baker and Phil Harris. Directed by Lewis Seiler.
, starring Varsity Show Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane and Priscilla Lane and featuring Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians and Buck and Bubbles
, starring Waikiki Wedding Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Martha Raye and Shirley Ross.
, starring Wake Up And Live Walter Winchell, Alice Faye, Ben Bernie and Patsy Kelly. Directed by Sidney Lanfield.
, starring When You're in Love Grace Moore and Cary Grant.
, starring You Can't Have Everything Alice Faye, Don Ameche, The Ritz Brothers and Gypsy Rose Lee.
, starring You're a Sweetheart Alice Faye and George Murphy.
January 4 – Grace Bumbry, operatic mezzo-soprano
January 6 – Doris Troy, R&B singer (d. 2004)
January 8 – Shirley Bassey, singer
January 19 – Clarence "Frogman" Henry, R&B singer
January 22 – Ryan Davies, singer, songwriter and comedian (d. 1977)
January 27 – John Ogdon, pianist (d. 1989)
January 29– Bobby Scott, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 1990)
January 31 – Philip Glass, composer
February 2 – Martina Arroyo, operatic soprano
February 8 – Joe Raposo, composer and lyricist (d. 1989)
February 9 – Hildegard Behrens, operatic soprano (d. 2009)
February 10 – Don Wilson ( The Ventures)
February 14 – Magic Sam, American singer and guitarist (d. 1969)
February 20 – Nancy Wilson, singer
February 27 – David Ackles, singer-songwriter (d. 1999)
March 1 – Jimmy Little, Australian guitarist, actor and educator (d. 2012)
March 17 – Adam Wade, singer, drummer and actor
March 20 – Jerry Reed, country musician (Smokey and the Bandit) (d. 2008)
March 24 – Billy Stewart, scat singer (died 1970)
April 5 – Marisa Robles, harpist
April 17 – Don Buchla, pioneer of the synthesizer (died 2016)
April 21 – David Lucas, American rock and roll composer, singer, and music producer
May 1 – Bo Nilsson, composer and lyricist
May 4 – Dick Dale, surf rock guitarist
May 15 – Trini Lopez, singer
May 22 – Kenny Ball, jazz trumpeter
June 2 – Jimmy Jones, singer-songwriter
June 4 – Freddy Fender, country musician (died 2006)
June 7 – Neeme Järvi, conductor
June 14 – Renaldo "Obie" Benson ( The Four Tops) (died 2005)
June 15 – Waylon Jennings, country singer (died 2002)
June 30 – Larry Henley, American singer-songwriter ( The Newbeats) (died 2014)
July 12 – Guy Woolfenden, composer (died 2016)
July 22 – Chuck Jackson, R&B singer
July 26 – Al Banks ( The Turbans)
August 2 – Garth Hudson, Canadian keyboard player, songwriter, and producer ( The Band and The Call)
August 6 – Baden Powell de Aquino, bossa nova guitarist (died 2000)
August 16 – David Behrman, composer and record producer
August 27 – J. D. Crowe, banjoist
September 17 – Phil Cracolici ( The Mystics)
September 30 – Valentin Silvestrov, composer
October 9 – Joan Carden, operatic soprano
October 13 – Loris Tjeknavorian, conductor and composer
October 21 – Norman Wright ( Del Vikings)
October 24 – Santo Farina ( Santo & Johnny)
October 31 – Tom Paxton, folk singer-songwriter
November 1 – Bill Anderson, country singer-songwriter
November 2 – Earl Speedo Carroll ( The Cadillacs, The Coasters)
November 6 – Eugene Pitt ( The Jive Five)
November 15 – Little Willie John, singer (died 1968)
November 19 – Ray Collins ( The Mothers of Invention)
December 1 – Gordon Crosse, composer
December 14 – Warren Ryanes ( The Monotones)
December 17 – Art Neville ( The Neville Brothers)
December 25 – O'Kelly Isley, Jr. ( The Isley Brothers) (died 1986)
December 28 – Rita Orlandi-Malaspina, operatic soprano
December 30 – John Hartford, folk and country musician and composer (died 2001)
date unknown – Farhad Fakhreddini, conductor and composer, founder of Iran's National Orchestra
February 14 – Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (born 1875)
March 22 – Thorvald Aagaard, composer (b. 1877)
March 29 – Karol Szymanowski, composer (b. 1882)
April 8 – Arthur Foote, composer (b. 1853)
April 11 – Minnie Bell Sharp, pianist and singer (b. 1865)
April 20 – Virgilio Ranzato, composer (b. 1883)
May 2 – Arthur Somervell, composer (b. 1863)
May 4 – Noel Rosa, singer, songwriter and guitarist (b. 1910)
May 7 – W. O. Forsyth, pianist (b. 1859)
May 11 – Viliam Figuš-Bystrý, composer (b. 1875)
June 2 – Louis Vierne, organist and composer (b. 1870)
July 11 – George Gershwin, composer (b. 1898)
July 17 – Gabriel Pierné, organist and composer (b. 1863)
July 23 – Charles Henry Mills, composer and music teacher (b. 1873)
August 23 – Albert Roussel, composer (b. 1869)
September 6 – Henry Kimball Hadley, composer and conductor (b. 1871)
September 26 – Bessie Smith, blues singer (b. 1895)
October 6 – Blind Uncle Gaspard, Cajun vocalist and guitarist (b. 1878)
October 17 – Paul Lhérie, operatic tenor/baritone (b. 1844)
October 22 – Frank Damrosch, organist, conductor and music teacher (b. 1859)
November 3 – Winthrop Ames, theatrical director (b. 1870)
November 24 – Tell Taylor, songwriter (b. 1876)
November 25 – Lilian Baylis, founder of Sadler's Wells ballet company (b. 1874)
November 29 – Ferdinand Buescher, instrument manufacturer (b. 1861)
December 10 – Rosa Valetti, cabaret singer (b. 1878)
December 28 – Maurice Ravel, composer (b. 1875)
References [ edit ]