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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1946.
January 6 – A somewhat revised and streamlined revival of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's opens on Broadway at the Show Boat Ziegfeld Theatre, the same theatre at which the original production played back in 1927. This production features newly designed sets and costumes, new, more extended choreography, and a new song, Nobody Else But Me, by Kern and Hammerstein.
January 24 – Igor Stravinsky's premièred by the Symphony in Three Movements New York Philharmonic, conducted by the composer. February –
Kathleen Ferrier's recording contract with Columbia Records expires, and she transfers to Decca.
February 8 – Béla Bartók's is premiered posthumously by Piano Concerto No. 3 György Sándor with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra August - Singer
Doris Day leaves Les Brown's band and begins solo career.
September 11 - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra holds its first rehearsal. [1 ]
Al Jolson rerecords his old hits for the soundtrack of his Columbia biopic , and becomes a superstar to the post-war generation as well The Jolson Story
B. B. King begins working as a professional musician in Memphis, Tennessee.
Chet Atkins makes his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Georgia Gibbs signs with the Majestic label.
Bill Haley's professional musical career begins as a member of The Down Homers. His earliest known recordings are made during a Down Homers radio performance, but will not be released until 2006.
Albums released [ edit ]
Biggest hit songs [ edit ]
The following songs achieved the highest
chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1946.
Prisoner of Love 1946
US 1940s 1 – Mar 1946, US BB 1 of 1946, US 1 for 3 weeks May 1946, POP 17 of 1946, Europe 73 Of The 1940s
Five Minutes More 1946
US 1940s 1 – Aug 1946, US 1 for 2 weeks Sep 1946, POP 10 of 1946, Europe 11 of the 1940s, US BB 15 of 1946, RYM 43 of 1946
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! 1946
US 1940s 1 – Dec 1945, US 1 for 5 weeks Jan 1946, US BB 4 of 1946, POP 4 of 1946, Europe 48 of the 1940s
Nat King Cole
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 1946
US 1940s 1 – Nov 1946, US 1 for 1 weeks Feb 1947, US BB 3 of 1946, POP 13 of 1946, RYM 15 of 1946
The Ink Spots
To Each His Own 1946
US 1940s 1 – Sep 1946, US 1 for 1 weeks Sep 1946, US BB 8 of 1946, POP 24 of 1946, Europe 92 of the 1940s
Top hit records [ edit ]
"A Fine Romance" by
Martha Tilton and Johnny Mercer "Aren't You Glad You're You?" by
Les Brown & His Orchestra featuring Doris Day "Candy" by Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford & the Pied Pipers
"Choo Choo Ch' Boogie" by
Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five "
The Christmas Song" by the King Cole Trio "
The Coffee Song" by Frank Sinatra "Coming Home" by
Dorothy Squires "
Day By Day" by Frank Sinatra "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" by
Dinah Shore with Spade Cooley & his Orchestra "
Five Minutes More", recorded by
"Fools Rush In" by
Jo Stafford "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" by the
King Cole Trio "
The Gypsy", recorded by
"Hawaiian War Chant" by
Spike Jones & his City Slickers "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop", recorded by
Lionel Hampton & his Orchestra Tex Beneke-Glenn Miller Orchestra with vocal by Tex Beneke
"Huggin' And Chalkin' " by
Hoagy Carmichael "
I Dream Of You" by Archie Lewis and The Geraldo Strings "
I Get A Kick Out Of You" by Margaret Whiting "
I Got The Sun In The Morning by Les Brown & His Orchestra featuring Doris Day "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time" by
Jo Stafford "I'm A Big Girl Now" by
Sammy Kaye & his Orchestra with vocal by Betty Barclay "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" by
Perry Como "
Laughing On The Outside", recorded by
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow", recorded by
Vaughn Monroe & his Orchestra with vocal by Vaughn Monroe (first charted December 1945)
Woody Herman and his Orchestra with vocal by Woody Herman "Oh What It Seemed To Be", recorded by
The Old Lamplighter", recorded by
"Ole Buttermilk Sky", recorded by
"One-Zy Two-Zy", recorded by
Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers "
Petit Papa Noël" by Tino Rossi "Pretending" by
Andy Russell "
Prisoner of Love", recorded by
"Rumors Are Flying", recorded by
"Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy", recorded by
"Sioux City Sue" by
Bing Crosby and The Jesters "South America, Take It Away", recorded by
"Stone Cold Dead In The Market" by
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan "Surrender" by
Perry Como "Symphony", recorded by
Take the A Train" by Duke Ellington "
The Things We Did Last Summer", recorded by
"They Say It's Wonderful", recorded by
To Each His Own", recorded by
We'll Gather Lilacs" by Geraldo and his Orchestra "
Winter Wonderland" by Perry Como "
You Won't Be Satisfied" by Les Brown & his Orchestra with vocal by Doris Day "You're The Top" by
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
Other recorded popular music [ edit ]
Published popular music [ edit ]
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" w.m. Alex Kramer & Joan Whitney "Ain't That Just Like A Woman?" w.m.
Fleecie Moore & Claude Demetrius "
All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)" w.m. Don Gardner "All The Cats Join In" A. Wilder,
Ray Gilbert, E. Sauter "Along With Me" w.m.
Harold Rome Introduced by Danny Scholl and Paula Bane in the musical Call Me Mister "The 'Ampstead Way" w.
Johnny Burke m. Jimmy Van Heusen "
The Anniversary Song" w.m. Al Jolson & Saul Chaplin "
Anything You Can Do" w.m. Irving Berlin "
Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did?" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Dick Haymes and Betty Grable in the 1947 film The Shocking Miss Pilgrim "
Blue Moon of Kentucky" w.m. Bill Monroe "Bumble Boogie" m.
Jack Fina "Changing My Tune" w.
Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Betty Grable in the film . The Shocking Miss Pilgrim "
The Christmas Song" w. Robert Wells m. Mel Tormé "Coax Me A Little Bit" w.
Charles Tobias m. Nat Simon "
The Coffee Song" w.m. Bob Hilliard & Dick Miles "
Come Rain Or Come Shine" w. Johnny Mercer m. Harold Arlen "Country Style" w.
Johnny Burke m. Jimmy Van Heusen "A Couple Of Song And Dance Men" w.m.
Irving Berlin "
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?" w.m. Eddie DeLange & Louis Alter. Introduced by Billie Holiday & Louis Armstrong in the 1947 film New Orleans. "
Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" w.m. Irving Berlin "Everybody's Got A Laughing Place" Allie Wrubel
"The Face on the Dime" w.m.
Harold Rome. Introduced by Lawrence Winters in the musical revue . Call Me Mister "Fantasy In F" m.
John Serry, Sr. "Feudin' And Fightin' " w.
Al Dubin & Burton Lane m. Burton Lane "
Five Minutes More" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jule Styne "
For You, For Me, For Evermore" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Dick Haymes in the 1947 film The Shocking Miss Pilgrim "
A Gal In Calico" w. Leo Robin m. Arthur Schwartz. Introduced by Jack Carson, Sally Sweetland dubbing for Martha Vickers, and Dennis Morgan in the film . The Time, the Place and the Girl "
The Girl That I Marry" w.m. Irving Berlin. Introduced by Ray Middleton in the musical and performed by Annie Get Your Gun Howard Keel in the 1950 film version. "Golden Earrings" w.
Jay Livingston & Ray Evans m. Victor Young "
The House Of Blue Lights" w.m. Don Raye & Freddie Slack "
How Are Things In Glocca Morra?" w. E. Y. Harburg m. Burton Lane "Huggin' And Chalkin' " w.m. Clancy Hayes & Kermit Goell
I Got Lost In His Arms" w.m. Irving Berlin. Introduced by Ethel Merman in the musical . Annie Get Your Gun "
I Got The Sun In The Morning" w.m. Irving Berlin. Introduced by Ethel Merman in the musical and performed by Annie Get Your Gun Betty Hutton in the 1950 film version. "I Guess I'll Get The Papers" w.m. Hughie Prince & Hal Kanner
If This Isn't Love" w. E. Y. Harburg m. Burton Lane "If You Smile at Me" w.m.
Cole Porter. Introduced by Victoria Cordova in the musical Around the World "I'm A Lonely Little Petunia" w.m. John N. Kamano, William E. Faber & Maurice Merl
I'm An Indian Too" w.m. Irving Berlin "
It's A Good Day" w.m. Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour "It's A Pity To Say Goodnight" w.m.
Billy Reid "
Laughing On The Outside" w. Ben Raleigh m. Bernie Wayne "Legalise My Name" w.
Johnny Mercer m. Harold Arlen "
Let The Good Times Roll" w.m. Fleecie Moore & Sam Theard "
Linda" w.m. Jack Lawrence "Lost In The Stars" w. Maxwell Anderson m.
Kurt Weill "
Managua, Nicaragua" w. Albert Gamse m. Irving Fields "Military Life" aka "The Jerk Song" w.m.
Harold Rome from the musical revue Call Me Mister "
Moonshine Lullaby" w.m. Irving Berlin "Mr. Jackson from Jacksonville" m.w.
Louis Armstrong, Claude Demetrius, Fritz Pollard "
My Defenses Are Down" w.m. Irving Berlin "My Heart Is A Hobo" w.
Johnny Burke m. Jimmy Van Heusen "My Sugar Is So Refined" w. Sylvia Dee m. Sidney Lippman
Old Devil Moon" w. E. Y. Harburg m. Burton Lane "
The Old Lamp-Lighter" w. Charles Tobias m. Nat Simon "The Old Soft Shoe" w. Nancy Hamilton m. Morgan Lewis. Introduced by
Ray Bolger in the revue . Three to Make Ready "Ole Buttermilk Sky" w.m.
Hoagy Carmichael "On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City" w. Mack Gordon m. Josef Myrow
"One-zy Two-zy" w.m. Dave Franklin &
Irving Taylor "
Open The Door, Richard" w. "Dusty" Fletcher & John Mason m. Jack McVea & Dan Howell "Put The Blame On Mame" w.m.
Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher. Introduced by Anita Ellis dubbing for Rita Hayworth in the film . Gilda "A Rainy Night In Rio" w.
Leo Robin m. Arthur Schwartz. Introduced by Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Janis Paige and Sally Sweetland dubbing for Martha Vickers in the film The Time, the Place and the Girl "The Red Ball Express" w.m.
Harold Rome. Introduced by Lawrence Winters in the musical revue . Call Me Mister "
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" w.m. Bobby Troup "
Rumors Are Flying" w.m. Bennie Benjamin & George David Weiss "Sooner Or Later" w.
Ray Gilbert m. Charles Wolcott "South America, Take It Away" w.m. Harold Rome Introduced by
Betty Garrett in the musical revue . Call Me Mister "
Stella by Starlight" w. Ned Washington m. Victor Young "
Stone Cold Dead in de Market" w.m. Wilmoth Houdini "
A Sunday Kind of Love" w.m. Barbara Belle, Anita Leonard, Stan Rhodes & Louis Prima "
Tenderly" w. Jack Lawrence m. Walter Gross "
That's All Right" w.m. Arthur Crudup "There's Good Blues Tonight"
Edna Osser, Glenn Osser "
There's No Business Like Show Business" w.m. Irving Berlin "
They Say It's Wonderful" w.m. Irving Berlin "
The Things We Did Last Summer" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jule Styne "
Time After Time" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jule Styne "
To Each His Own" w. Ray Evans m. Jay Livingston "Uncle Remus Said" w.m. Johnny Lange, Hy Heath & Eliot Daniel
Tchaikovsky arr. John Serry, Sr. "
La vie en rose" w. (Eng) Mack David (Fr) Édith Piaf m. Louiguy "When I Walk with You" w.
John Latouche m. Duke Ellington. Introduced by Alfred Drake and Jet MacDonald in the musical Beggar's Holiday "
Who Do You Love, I Hope" w.m. Irving Berlin "A Woman's Prerogative" w.
Johnny Mercer m. Harold Arlen "
You Call Everybody Darling" w.m. Sam Martin, Ben Trace & Clem Watts "
You Can't Get A Man With A Gun" w.m. Irving Berlin "
You Make Me Feel So Young" w. Mack Gordon m. Josef Myrow "
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" w. Ray Gilbert m. Allie Wrubel
Classical music [ edit ]
Musical theater [ edit ]
Musical films [ edit ]
starring The Bamboo Blonde Frances Langford
starring Breakfast in Hollywood Tom Breneman, Bonita Granville, Billie Burke and Zasu Pitts and featuring Andy Russell, The King Cole Trio and Spike Jones and his City Slickers. Directed by Harold D. Schuster.
starring Cinderella Jones Joan Leslie, Robert Alda, S.Z. Sakall and Edward Everett Horton. Directed by Busby Berkeley.
released May 17, starring Do You Love Me Maureen O'Hara, Dick Haymes and featuring Harry James and his Music Makers.
starring Doll Face Vivian Blaine and Dennis O'Keefe and featuring Perry Como and Carmen Miranda. Directed by Lewis Seiler.
starring Earl Carroll Sketchbook Constance Moore, William Marshall and Edward Everett Horton
starring Easy to Wed Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Lucille Ball and Keenan Wynn. Directed by Eddie Buzzell.
released July 22 starring Gaiety George Richard Greene and Ann Todd.
The Harvey Girls
starring Holiday In Mexico Jane Powell, José Iturbi, Walter Pidgeon, Roddy McDowall, Ilona Massey and Xavier Cugat. Directed by George Sidney.
The Jolson Story
released September 30 starring London Town Sid Fields, Greta Gynt, Petula Clark, Kay Kendall and Sonny Hale and featuring Tessie O'Shea and Beryl Davis.
starring No Leave, No Love Van Johnson, Pat Kirkwood, Keenan Wynn and Marie Wilson, and featuring Xavier Cugat & his Orchestra and Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra. Directed by Charles Martin.
Song Of The South
St. Louis Woman
starring Susie Steps Out David Bruce, Cleatus Caldwell and Margaret Dumont. Directed by Reginald Le Borg.
starring Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Phil Regan, Elyse Knox and Phil Brito and featuring Frankie Carle & his Orchestra
starring Swing Parade of 1946 Gale Storm, Phil Regan and The Three Stooges and featuring Connee Boswell and Louis Jordan. Directed by Phil Karlson.
starring Tars and Spars Janet Blair, Alfred Drake and Sid Caesar.
starring Three Little Girls in Blue June Haver, George Montgomery, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm and Vera Ellen. Directed by Bruce Humberstone.
Till the Clouds Roll By
released on December 28 starring The Time, the Place and the Girl Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Janis Paige and Martha Vickers.
starring Ziegfeld Follies Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Lucille Bremer, Fanny Brice, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly and Red Skelton. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.
January 3 – John Paul Jones ( Led Zeppelin)
January 4 – Arthur Conley, soul singer
January 6 – Syd Barrett ( Pink Floyd) (died 2006)
January 8 – Robby Krieger ( The Doors)
January 10 – Aynsley Dunbar, drummer ( Jefferson Starship, Journey)
January 12 – Cynthia Robinson ( Sly & the Family Stone)
January 19 – Dolly Parton, country singer and songwriter
January 22 – Malcolm McLaren, impresario and founder of the Sex Pistols (died 2010)
January 26 – Deon Jackson, soul singer
January 28 – Rick Allen ( Box Tops)
January 31 – Terry Kath ( Chicago)
February 1 – Carol Neblett operatic soprano
February 6 – Kate McGarrigle, folk singer-songwriter (d. 2010)
February 7 – Sammy Johns, country singer-songwriter
February 17 – Dodie Stevens, pop singer
February 20 – Jerome Geils of The J. Geils Band
February 23 – Rusty Young ( Poco)
February 24 – Jiří Bělohlávek, BBC Symphony Orchestra
March 1 – Tony Ashton ( Ashton, Gardner and Dyke)
March 8 – Randy Meisner ( Poco, The Eagles)
March 12 – Liza Minnelli, singer and actress
March 15 – Howard E. Scott ( War)
March 17 – Harold Brown ( War)
March 21 – Ray Dorset, Mungo Jerry
March 22 – Harry Vanda, The Easybeats
March 24 – Colin Petersen, drummer ( Bee Gees)
March 27 – Andy Bown ( The Herd)
March 30 – Dave Ball ( The Turtles)
April 1 – Ronnie Lane, singer, songwriter and guitarist ( The Faces) (d. 1997)
April 3 – Dee Murray ( Elton John Band)
April 4 – Dave Hill ( Slade)
April 11 – Bob Harris, DJ
April 16 – Pēteris Vasks, Latvian composer
April 17 – Bill Kreutzmann ( Grateful Dead)
May 1 – Jerry Weiss ( Blood, Sweat & Tears)
May 2 – Lesley Gore, singer
May 9 – Clint Holmes, English-American singer-songwriter and game show host
May 11 – Plume Latraverse, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
May 16 – Robert Fripp, guitarist, composer and record producer
May 24 – Steve Upton ( Wishbone Ash)
June 5 – Freddy Stone, Sly & the Family Stone
June 10 – Millie Small, singer
June 11 – John Lawton ( Uriah Heep)
June 18 – Maria Bethania, Brazilian singer (sister of Caetano Veloso)
June 20 – Anne Murray, country singer
July 9 – Bon Scott ( AC/DC) (died 1980)
July 15 – Linda Ronstadt, singer
July 18 – Tim Lynch (The Flamin' Groovies)
July 19 – Alan Gorrie ( Average White Band)
July 21 – Barry Whitwam ( Herman's Hermits)
July 23 – Andy Mackay, saxophonist, oboist, and composer
July 24 – Alan Whitehead ( Marmalade)
July 30 – Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond ( Jethro Tull)
August 5 – Jimmy Webb, songwriter
August 10 – Peter Karrie, star of West End musical productions
August 14 – Larry Graham ( Sly & The Family Stone)
August 19 – Beat Raaflaub, conductor
August 23 – Keith Moon, drummer ( The Who) (died 1978)
September 14 – Pete Agnew ( Nazareth)
September 18 – Alan King, Ace
September 19 – John Coghlan, drummer (Status Quo)
September 24 – Jerry Donahue ( Fairport Convention)
September 28 – Helen Shapiro, singer
September 30 – Sylvia Peterson, singer ( The Chiffons)
October 11 – Gary Mallaber, Steve Miller Band
October 13 – Dorothy Moore, singer
October 18 – Howard Shore, film composer
October 19 – Keith Reid ( Procol Harum)
October 21 – Lee Loughnane ( Chicago)
October 22 – Eddie Brigati ( Young Rascals)
October 24 – Jerry Edmonton ( Steppenwolf)
October 26 – Keith Hopwood ( Herman's Hermits)
October 29 – Peter Green, guitarist and singer
November 1 – Ric Grech ( Family, Traffic, Blind Faith)
November 8 – Roy Wood, singer and songwriter ( The Move, Wizzard)
November 11 – Chip Hawkes, vocalist and guitarist ( The Tremeloes)
November 17 – Martin Barre, Jethro Tull
November 19 – Joe Correro Jr., Paul Revere and The Raiders
November 20 – Duane Allman, The Allman Brothers (d. 1971)
November 22 – Aston Barrett, reggae musician
November 24 – Bev Bevan, drummer ( Electric Light Orchestra, Black Sabbath)
November 29 – Eamonn Campbell, The Dubliners
December 1 – Gilbert O'Sullivan, singer-songwriter
December 6 - Emílio Santiago (d. 2013)
December 10 – Walter Orange ( The Commodores)
December 12 – Clive Bunker ( Jethro Tull)
December 14 – Jane Birkin, UK actress and singer
December 15 – Carmine Appice ( Vanilla Fudge, Cactus)
December 17 – Jim Bonfanti, vocalist ( Raspberries)
December 21 – Carl Wilson ( The Beach Boys) (died 1998)
December 22 – Rick Nielsen ( Cheap Trick)
December 23 – Edita Gruberova, opera singer
December 24 – Jan Akkerman, guitarist ( Focus)
December 25 – Jimmy Buffett, singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and film producer
December 27 – Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group)
December 28 – Edgar Winter, multi-instrumentalist and singer
December 29 – Marianne Faithfull, singer and actress
December 30 – Patti Smith, poet, singer and songwriter
January 7 – Adamo Didur, operatic bass, 77
January 10 – Harry Von Tilzer, songwriter, 73
January 18 – Lew Pollack, US composer, 50
February 2 – Eduard Bass, singer and cabaret director, 58
February 15 – Putney Dandridge, jazz musician, 44
February 20 – Hugh Allen, organist and choral conductor, 76
April 5 – Vincent Youmans, US composer, 47
May 25 – Patty Hill, co-writer of "Happy Birthday to You", 78
June 1 – Leo Slezak, operatic tenor, 72
July 14 – Riley Puckett, country musician, 52 (blood poisoning)
July 20 – Tricky Sam Nanton, trombonist, 42
August 8 - Maria Barrientos, coloratura soprano, 63
August 24 – Antonio Paoli, operatic tenor, 75
August 31 – Paul von Klenau, Danish composer and conductor, 63
September 3 – Moriz Rosenthal, pianist, 83
September 4 – Paul Lincke, composer, 79
September 16 – Mamie Smith, vaudeville singer, dancer, pianist and actress, 63
October 9 - Enrica Clay Dillon, American opera singer, opera director, and voice teacher, 65
October 12 – Giuseppe Adami, opera librettist, 67
October 16 – Sir Granville Bantock, composer, 78
November 5 – Zygmunt Stojowski, composer and pianist, 76
November 14 – Manuel de Falla, composer, 69
December 6 – Maximilian Steinberg, composer and teacher, 63
December 28 – Carrie Jacobs-Bond, US songwriter, 84
December 30 – Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer, 65
date unknown - Teddy Brown, xylophone player
References [ edit ]
^ Jenkins, Lyndon (2005). While Spring and Summer Sang: Thomas Beecham and the music of Frederick Delius. Aldershot: Ashgate. ISBN 0754607216. , pp. 99–100