1949 in music

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List of years in music (table)

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1949.

Events[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Frank Sinatra in 1949

US No. 1 hit singles[edit]

These singles reached the top of the US charts in 1949.

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
January 8, 1949 1 "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" Spike Jones
January 15, 1949 1 "Buttons and Bows" Dinah Shore
January 22, 1949 7 "A Little Bird Told Me" Evelyn Knight
March 12, 1949 2 "Cruising Down the River" Blue Barron
March 26, 1949 7 "Cruising Down the River" Russ Morgan
May 14, 1949 11 "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" Vaughn Monroe
July 30, 1949 5 "Some Enchanted Evening" Perry Como
September 3, 1949 4 "You're Breaking My Heart" Vic Damone
October 1, 1949 8 "That Lucky Old Sun" Frankie Laine
November 26, 1949 6 "Mule Train" Frankie Laine

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1949.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Vaughn Monroe Ghost Riders In The Sky 1949 United States US BB 1 of 1949, US 1 for 11 weeks May 1949, POP 1 of 1949, Europe 33 of the 1940s, RIAA 297, Acclaimed 1303
2 Frankie Laine Mule Train 1949 United States US 1940s 1 – Nov 1949, US 1 for 6 weeks Nov 1949, US BB 7 of 1949, POP 12 of 1949, RYM 38 of 1949, Europe 51 of the 1940s, Italy 73 of 1955
3 Frankie Laine That Lucky Old Sun 1949 United States US 1940s 1 – Sep 1949, US 1 for 8 weeks Oct 1949, US BB 2 of 1949, POP 10 of 1949, Europe 40 of the 1940s, RYM 57 of 1949
4 The Andrews Sisters I Can Dream, Can't I? 1949 United States US 1940s 1 – Oct 1949, US 1 for 4 weeks Jan 1950, Europe 4 of the 1940s, US BB 11 of 1950, POP 23 of 1950, RYM 69 of 1949
5 Gene Autry Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1949 United States US 1940s 1 – Dec 1949, US 1 for 1 weeks Jan 1950, RYM 4 of 1949, RIAA 31, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1949, Acclaimed 1051

Top hit records[edit]

Top R&B and Country hit records[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Barber, Samuel Piano Sonata 1949-12-09 Cuba Havana Horowitz [4]
Britten, Benjamin Spring Symphony 1949-07-09 Netherlands Amsterdam (Holland Festival) Vincent, Ferrier, Pears / Netherlands Radio Choir, Concertgebouw OrchestraVan Beinum [5]
Cowell, Henry Symphony No. 5 (1948) 1949-01-05 United States Washington DC USA National SymphonyKindler [6]
Delius, Frederick Summer Evening, Winter Night and Spring Morning (1890) 1949-01-02 United Kingdom London [unknown orchestra] – Beecham [7]
Egge, Klaus Sinfonia giocosa (Symphony No. 2) (1947) 1949-07-09 Norway Oslo [unknown orchestra] – Grüner-Hegge [8]
Ginastera, Alberto Ollantay (1947) 1949-10-29 Argentina Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Regular OrchestraE. Kleiber [9]
Ginastera, Alberto String Quartet No. 1 (1948) 1949-10-24 Argentina Buenos Aires Mozart Quartet [10]
Henze, Hans Werner Symphony No. 2 1949-12-01 West Germany Stuttgart SDR Radio SymphonyMüller-Kray [11]
Howells, Herbert Music for a Prince (1948) 1949-01-23 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonySargent [12]
Lutoslawski, Witold Overture for Strings 1949-11-09 Czechoslovakia Prague Prague Radio SymphonyFitelberg [13]
Messiaen, Olivier Turangalîla Symphony (1948) 1949-12-02 United States Boston Loriod, Martenot / Boston SymphonyBernstein [14]
Milhaud, Darius Kentuckiana (1948) 1949-01-04 United States Louisville Louisville OrchestraWhitney [15]
Myaskovsky, Nikolai Cello Sonata No. 2 1949-03-05 Soviet Union Moscow Rostropovich, Dedyukhin [16] [17]
Ohana, Maurice La venta encantada (1940) 1949-04-29 France Paris Girard OrchestraGirard [18]
Rubbra, Edmund Symphony No. 5 (1947) 1949-01-26 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonyBoult [19]
Scelsi, Giacinto La nascita del Verbo 1949-10-28 France Paris RTF National Orchestra and ChorusDesormière [20]
Schoenberg, Arnold Phantasy for Violin and Piano 1949-09-13 United States Los Angeles Koldofsky, Stein [21]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Song of the Forests 1949-12-11 Soviet Union Leningrad [unknown chorus], Leningrad PhilharmonicMravinsky [22]
Ustvolskaya, Galina The Dream of Stepan Razin 1949-10-08 Soviet Union Leningrad [unknown baritone] / Leningrad PhilharmonicEvgeni Mravinsky [23]
Weinberg, Mieczyslaw Moldavian Rhapsody 1949-11-30 Soviet Union Moscow (USC Plenum) USSR Radio SymphonyGauk [24]

Compositions[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]