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February 25 - First Nice Jazz Festival with Louis Armstrong, Stéphane Grappelli, Claude Luter, Mezz Mezzrow and Django Reinhardt. It is during this first edition that Suzy Delair sings for the first time the song " C'est si bon" to a cabaret where Louis Armstrong ended his evening.
March 20 - Renowned Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini makes his television debut, conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in the United States in a program featuring the works of Richard Wagner.
April 3 - Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is played on television in its entirety for the first time in a concert featuring Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The chorus is conducted by Robert Shaw.
May 20 - The Second International Congress of Composers and Music Critics 1948 opens in Prague.
June 5 - Opening of the first Aldeburgh Festival, founded by Benjamin Britten, Eric Crozier and Peter Pears. December -
Perry Como has his first television Christmas Special.
Al Jolson is voted the "Most Popular Male Vocalist" of the year by a Variety poll.
Patti Page becomes the first artist to use the technique of multi-track overdubbing (later popularized by Les Paul & Mary Ford).
Columbia Records introduces the 33⅓ rpm LP (“long playing”) record at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, featuring 25 minutes of music per side, compared to the four minutes per side of the 78 rpm record, the previous standard for gramophone records.
Otis Rush moves to Chicago and begins his musical career.
Igor Stravinsky and Robert Craft meet for the first time.
Quartetto Cetra dubs the choruses for the Italian release of Disney's . Dumbo
Gabriel von Wayditch begins work on his last opera The Heretics, which is still not completed when he dies in 1969. However, he completed the piano score of the massive 8.5 hour work, which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest opera.
Albums released [ edit ]
Biggest hit singles [ edit ]
The following singles achieved the highest
chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1948.
Pee Wee Hunt
Twelfth Street Rag 1948
US 1940s 1 - Jul 1948, US 1 for 8 weeks Aug 1948, Peel list 1 of 1947, US BB 4 of 1948, POP 7 of 1948, RYM 20 of 1948
I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover 1948
US 1940s 1 - Jan 1948, US BB 1 of 1948, US 1 for 3 weeks Feb 1948, POP 1 of 1948
Nat King Cole
Nature Boy 1948
US 1940s 1 - Apr 1948, US 1 for 7 weeks May 1948, US BB 9 of 1948, RYM 9 of 1948, POP 17 of 1948, Europe 90 of the 1940s, Acclaimed 1793
Buttons & Bows 1948
US 1940s 1 - Oct 1948, US 1 for 10 weeks Nov 1948, US BB 3 of 1948, POP 3 of 1948, Europe 91 of the 1940s, RYM 102 of 1948
The Woody Woodpecker Song 1948
US 1940s 1 - Jun 1948, US 1 for 6 weeks Jul 1948, US BB 13 of 1948, POP 21 of 1948, Europe 76 of the 1940s, RYM 95 of 1948
Top hits on record [ edit ]
Published popular music [ edit ]
'A' — You're Adorable" w.m. Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise & Sidney Lippman "
Always True to You in My Fashion" w.m. Cole Porter introduced by Lisa Kirk in the musical . Performed in the film version by Kiss Me, Kate Ann Miller and Tommy Rall "Another Op'nin', Another Show" w.m. Cole Porter introduced by
Annabelle Hill and the ensemble in the musical Kiss Me, Kate "
Baby, It's Cold Outside" w.m. Frank Loesser "
Be A Clown" w.m. Cole Porter introduced by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in the film The Pirate "
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo ( The Magic Song)" w.m. Mack David, Al Hoffman & Jerry Livingston "
Black Coffee" w. Paul Francis Webster m. Sonny Burke "Black Market" w.m. Frederick Hollander
Blue Christmas" w.m. Billy Hayes & Jay Johnson "The Blue Skirt Waltz" w.
Mitchell Parish m. Vaclav Blaha "Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes" w.m. Oakley Haldeman, Al Trace & Jimmy Lee
"Brush Up Your Shakespeare" w.m.
Cole Porter introduced by Harry Clark and Jack Diamond in the musical . Memorably Performed in the film version by Kiss Me, Kate Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore. "Busy Line" Semes, Stanton
Candy Kisses" w.m. George Morgan "Careless Hands" w.
Bob Hilliard m. Carl Sigman "Comme Ci, Comme Ça" w. (Eng)
Joan Whitney & Alex Kramer (Fr) Pierre Dudan m. Bruno Coquatrix "A Couple Of Swells" w.m.
Irving Berlin. Introduced by Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in the film Easter Parade "
The Deck Of Cards" w.m. T. Texas Tyler "Don't Look Now But My Heart Is Showing" w.
Ann Ronell m. Kurt Weill from the film version of One Touch of Venus "
Far Away Places" w.m. Joan Whitney & Alex Kramer "
Forever And Ever" w. (Eng) Malia Rosa (Ger) Franz Winkler m. Franz Winkler "Girls Were Made To Take Care Of Boys" w.m.
Ralph Blane "
Hair Of Gold, Eyes Of Blue" w.m. Sunny Skylar "Hang On The Bell, Nellie" w.m.
Tommie Connor, Clive Erard & Ross Parker "
Hooray for Love" w. Leo Robin m. Harold Arlen. Introduced by Tony Martin in the film Casbah "I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple" w.m.
Cole Porter. Introduced by Patricia Morison in the musical . Kiss Me Kate "I'm Beginning To Miss You" w.m.
Irving Berlin "I've Come To Wive It Wealthily In Padua" w.m.
Cole Porter introduced by Alfred Drake in the musical . Sung in the film version by Kiss Me, Kate Howard Keel. "
I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" w.m. Fred Heatherton "Make A Miracle" w.m.
Frank Loesser. Introduced by Ray Bolger and Allyn McLerie in the musical Where's Charley? "
My Darling, My Darling" w.m. Frank Loesser. Introduced in the musical by Where's Charley? Byron Palmer and Doretta Morrow "
My Happiness" w. Betty Peterson m. Borney Bergantine "N'yot N'yow (The Pussycat Song)" w.m. Dick Manning
O Mein Papa" w.m. Paul Burkhard "Once In Love With Amy" w.m.
Frank Loesser "Pecos Bill" w. Johnny Lange m. Eliot Daniel
Powder Your Face With Sunshine" w.m. Carmen Lombardo & Stanley Rochinski "
Red Roses For A Blue Lady" w.m. Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett "
Say Something Sweet" w.m. Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett "Shoes With Wings On" w.
Ira Gershwin m. Harry Warren "
So In Love" w.m. Cole Porter introduced by Patricia Morison in the musical . Performed in the film version by Kiss Me, Kate Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. "Sunflower"
Mack David "
Tennessee Waltz" w.m. Redd Stewart & Pee Wee King "
The Three Bells" w. (Eng) Bert Reisfeld m. Jean Villard Gilles "Time Out For Tears" w.m. Abe Schiff & Irving Berman
Tom, Dick or Harry" w.m. Cole Porter introduced by Lisa Kirk, Harold Lang, Edwin Clay and Charles Wood in the musical . Sung in the film version by Kiss Me, Kate Ann Miller, Tommy Rall, Bobby Van and Bob Fosse. "
Too Darn Hot" w.m. Cole Porter introduced by Lorenzo Fuller, Fred Davis and Eddie Sledge in the musical . Kiss Me, Kate Ann Miller sang and danced the number in the film version. "
A Tree In The Meadow" w.m. Billy Reid "Where Is The Life That Late I Led?" w.m.
Cole Porter introduced by Alfred Drake in the musical . Sung by Kiss Me, Kate Howard Keel in the film version. "
Why Can't You Behave?" w.m. Cole Porter introduced by Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang in the musical . Performed by Kiss Me, Kate Ann Miller in the film version. "Wunderbar" w.m.
Cole Porter introduced by Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison in the musical . Performed by Kiss Me, Kate Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson. "You Came A Long Way From St Louis" w. Bob Russell m. John Benson Brooks
You Can't Be True, Dear" w.(Eng) Hal Cotton (Ger) Gerhard Ebeler m. Hans Otten "You Say The Nicest Things, Baby" w. Harold Adamson m.
Jimmy McHugh "You Was" w.
Paul Francis Webster m. Sonny Burke "You're All I Want For Christmas" w.m. Glen Moore &
Seger Ellis "
You're Breaking My Heart" w.m. Pat Genaro & Sunny Skylar
Classical music [ edit ]
Premieres [ edit ]
Compositions [ edit ]
Musical theater [ edit ]
Musical films [ edit ]
starring April Showers Ann Sothern, Jack Carson, Robert Alda and S. Z. Sakall. Directed by James V. Kern.
starring Are You With It? Donald O'Connor, Olga San Juan and Martha Stewart. Directed by Jack Hively.
La Belle Meuniere
Bill and Coo
starring Casbah Yvonne DeCarlo and Tony Martin.
starring A Date with Judy Wallace Beery, Jane Powell and Elizabeth Taylor. Directed by Richard Thorpe.
starring Easter Parade Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford and Ann Miller. Directed by Charles Walter.
starring The Emperor Waltz Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine, Roland Culver, Richard Haydn and Lucille Watson. Directed by Billy Wilder.
Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' starring Donald O'Connor, Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride and Penny Edwards. Directed by George Sherman.
For the Love of Mary
A Foreign Affair
Give My Regards to Broadway
starring Glamour Girl Virginia Grey and Gene Krupa & his Band. Directed by Arthur Dreifuss.
The Glass Mountain
If You Knew Susie
The Kissing Bandit
starring Ladies of the Chorus Adele Jergens and Marilyn Monroe
Martin Block's Musical Merry Go Round
animated film including Melody Time and Johnny Appleseed Pecos Bill
A Miracle Can Happen
The Miracle of the Bells
starring On an Island with You Esther Williams, Peter Lawford and Jimmy Durante. Directed by Richard Thorpe.
One Night with You
starring One Sunday Afternoon Dennis Morgan and Janis Paige
released August, starring One Touch Of Venus Ava Gardner, Robert Walker and Dick Haymes.
starring The Paleface Bob Hope and Jane Russell
Rachel and the Stranger
Romance on the High Seas
So Dear to My Heart
starring A Song Is Born Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo and Benny Goodman
released on April 16 starring Summer Holiday Mickey Rooney and Gloria DeHaven
starring That Lady in Ermine Betty Grable and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Three Daring Daughters
Two Guys From Texas
starring Up In Central Park Deanna Durbin, Dick Haymes and Vincent Price. Directed by William Seiter.
starring When My Baby Smiles At Me Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, June Havoc, Jack Oakie, James Gleason and Richard Arlen. Directed by Walter Lang.
Words and Music
starring You Were Meant for Me Jeanne Crain, Dan Dailey and Oscar Levant. Directed by Lloyd Bacon.
January 2 - Kerry Minnear ( Gentle Giant)
January 7 - Kenny Loggins, singer and songwriter
January 8 - Paul King ( Mungo Jerry)
January 10 - Donald Fagen, singer and songwriter ( Steely Dan)
January 14 - T-Bone Burnett, record producer, artist
January 15 - Ronnie Van Zant, singer ( Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)
January 16 - John Carpenter, film-maker and composer
January 17 - Mick Taylor, guitarist ( John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Rolling Stones)
January 22 - Gilbert Levine, American conductor and academic
January 23 - Anita Pointer ( The Pointer Sisters)
January 26 - Corky Laing ( Mountain)
January 31 - Joyce Moreno, Brazilian singer-songwriter
February 1 - Rick James, singer, songwriter and record producer (d. 2004)
February 2 - Al McKay ( Earth, Wind & Fire)
February 4 - Alice Cooper, entertainer
February 7 - Jimmy Greenspoon, American keyboard player ( Three Dog Night)
February 18 - Keith Knudsen, American singer-songwriter and drummer ( The Doobie Brothers and Southern Pacific) (d. 2005)
February 19 - Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath
March 2 - Rory Gallagher
March 4 - Chris Squire, bassist ( Yes, The Syn) (d. 2015)
March 8 - Little Peggy March
March 12 - James Taylor, singer-songwriter
March 17 - Fran Byrne ( Ace)
March 24 - Lee Oskar ( War)
March 25 - Michael Stanley, singer-songwriter and DJ
March 30 - Jim Dandy ( Black Oak Arkansas)
April 7 - John Oates, Hall & Oates
April 17 - Jan Hammer, composer, pianist and keyboardist
April 20 - Craig Frost ( Grand Funk Railroad)
April 21 - Paul Davis, singer (d. 2008)
April 27 - Kate Pierson, The B-52's
April 30 - Wayne Kramer, MC5
May 2 - Larry Gatlin, country singer
May 5 - Bill Ward ( Black Sabbath)
May 6 - Mary MacGregor, singer
May 15 - Brian Eno, synthesizer virtuoso and composer
May 17 - Bill Bruford, Yes, King Crimson
May 19 - Tom Scott
May 21 - Leo Sayer, singer-songwriter
May 24 - Ernst Jansz ( Doe Maar)
May 25 - Klaus Meine ( Scorpions)
May 26 - Stevie Nicks, singer
May 27 - Pete Sears ( Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna)
May 29 - Michael Berkeley, composer and broadcaster
May 31 - John Bonham ( Led Zeppelin)
June 16 - Nick Drake, singer-songwriter
June 20 - Alan Longmuir, guitarist ( Bay City Rollers)
June 21 - Joey Molland ( Badfinger)
June 22 - Todd Rundgren, singer and producer
June 24 - Patrick Moraz ( Yes, The Moody Blues)
June 25 - Kenji Sawada, rock singer and songwriter
June 29 - Ian Paice ( Deep Purple)
July 3 - Paul Barrere ( Little Feat)
July 4 - Jeremy Spencer, guitarist ( Fleetwood Mac)
July 7 - Larry Reinhardt ( Iron Butterfly)
July 12 - Walter Egan, rock musician
July 18 - Philip Harris ( Ace)
July 19 - Keith Godchaux ( Grateful Dead)
July 21 - Cat Stevens, singer-songwriter
July 25 - Steve Goodman, folk singer-songwriter (d. 1984)
August 8 - Andy Fairweather-Low, singer ( Amen Corner)
August 10 - Patti Austin
August 12 - Tony Santini ( Sha Na Na)
August 13 - Kathleen Battle, opera singer
August 16 - Barry Hay ( Golden Earring)
August 20 - Robert Plant, singer ( Led Zeppelin)
August 24 - Jean Michel Jarre, composer
August 28 - Daniel Seraphine ( Chicago)
September 3 - Don Brewer ( Grand Funk Railroad)
September 6 - Claydes Smith ( Kool & the Gang)
September 11 - John Martyn, singer
September 13 - Nell Carter, US singer and actress
September 16 - Kenney Jones, drummer ( The Faces, The Who)
September 26 - Olivia Newton-John, singer and actress
September 29 - Mark Farner ( Terry Knight and the Pack, Grand Funk Railroad)
October 1 - Cub Koda ( Brownsville Station)
October 5 - Delroy Wilson, reggae artist (d. 1995)
October 8 - Johnny Ramone, guitarist ( Ramones) (d. 2004)
October 10 - Cyril Neville, The Neville Brothers
October 15 - Chris de Burgh, singer and songwriter
October 22 – Bo Holten, composer and conductor
November 3 - Lulu, singer and actress
November 16 - Robert John "Mutt" Lange, record producer
November 20 - Martti Wallén. opera singer
November 21 - Lonnie Jordan ( War)
November 22 - Dennis Larden ( Every Mother's Son)
December 1 - Eric Bloom ( Blue Öyster Cult)
December 3 - Ozzy Osbourne, rock singer
December 4 - John Lyon (Southside Johnny)
December 10 - Jessica Cleaves, The Friends of Distinction
December 17 - Jim Bonfanti, Raspberries
December 20 - Stevie Wright, The Easybeats
December 23 - Jim Ferguson, American guitarist, composer, author, educator, and music journalist
December 25 - Barbara Mandrell
December 28 - Larry Byrom, Steppenwolf
December 31 - Donna Summer, soul and disco singer (d. 2012)
January 8 - Richard Tauber, operatic tenor, 56 (lung cancer)
January 15 - Jack Guthrie, popular singer, 32 (tuberculosis)
January 21 - Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer of comic operas, 72
January 26 - Ignaz Friedman, pianist and composer, 65
February 21 - Frederic Lamond, pianist, 80
April 21 - Carlos López Buchardo, composer, 66
April 24 - Manuel Maria Ponce, composer, 65
April 25 - Fritz Crome, composer and music writer, 68
June 1 - José Vianna da Motta, pianist and composer
June 6 - Henrik Lund, lyricist
June 17 - Beryl Wallace, singer, dancer and actress
June 20 - George Frederick Boyle, composer, 61
June 27 - George Templeton Strong, composer, 92
August 13 - Elaine Hammerstein, Broadway star, 51 (car accident)
August 20 - David John de Lloyd, composer, 65
September 3 - Mutt Carey, jazz trumpeter, 61
September 12 - Rupert D'Oyly Carte, impresario, 70
September 14 - Vernon Dalhart, US singer, 65
October 10 - Mary Eaton, dancer, 47 (liver failure)
October 24 - Franz Lehár, composer, 78
November 12 - Umberto Giordano, composer, 81
December 2 - Chano Pozo, percussionist, 33 (murdered)
December 5 - Kerry Mills, US violinist and songwriter, 79
December 14 - R. O. Morris, British composer and teacher, 62
December 18 - William Arms Fisher, music historian, 87
December 22 - Donald Brian, actor, dancer and singer, 71
date unknown - Boris Fomin, Russian folk composer (b. 1900)
References [ edit ]