This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1953.
February 6 – Contralto Kathleen Ferrier, already terminally ill with cancer, leaves Covent Garden Opera House on a stretcher after being taken ill on the second night of her run in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.
February 11 – The Louisville Orchestra, conducted by the composer, premieres Carlos Chávez's Fourth Symphony (. Sinfonía romántica)
March 12 – Heinrich Sutermeister's opera Romeo and Juliet receives its first UK performance at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, conducted by James Robertson.
May 26 – Werner Meyer-Eppler, Fritz Enkel, Herbert Eimert, and Robert Beyer open a pioneering electronic music studio at the Cologne studios of the NWDR (Morawska-Büngeler 1988, 11–12).
July 16– July 29 – The Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik are held at Darmstadt.
July 18 – Elvis Presley makes his first recordings.
September 27 – Helen Traubel ends her long association with the Metropolitan Opera, after having appeared in Chicago as a night-club singer (Anon. 1953). October – Sir
Arthur Bliss replaces Sir Arnold Bax as Master of the Queen's Music.
October 5 – Wilhelm Furtwängler and the soloist's in the Vienna State Opera's production of publicly protest the suspension of Don Giovanni Egon Hilbert as administrator of the Burg Theater and State Opera.
October 19 – Opening of the Covent Garden opera season, with a production of Wagner's . Die Walküre
October 30 – Ernst Marboe is announced as the new administrator of the Vienna State Opera and Burg Theater, replacing Egon Hilbert.
November 2 – the Metropolitan Opera announces that a new two-year contract has been agreed with the musicians' union, averting a threatened strike by the orchestra.
November 17 – Carl Ebert is announced as the new Intendant of the Städtische Oper, (West) Berlin.
December 7 – the La Scala opera season opens with a production of Alfredo Catalani's , to mark the hundredth anniversary of the composer's birth. La Wally
Alfred Schnittke becomes a student of Evgeny Golubev.
Frank Sinatra begins recording at Capitol.
Frankie Laine sets the all-time United Kingdom record for weeks at Number One in a given year on the UK Singles Chart, when his hit singles "Answer Me," "Hey Joe!" and "I Believe" held the top slot for 27 weeks: a little over half a year. "I Believe," which was Number One for 18 weeks also holds the all-time record for a single. Over 50 years later, both records still hold.
Eddie Fisher becomes "The Coca-Cola Kid" on the television show, at a salary of one million dollars a year. Coke Time
The Platters form in Los Angeles. "
Crazy Man, Crazy", recorded by Bill Haley & His Comets, becomes the first rock and roll single to make the national American musical charts. Billboard The
Erato Records label is founded to promote French classical music.
Albums released [ edit ]
Biggest hit singles [ edit ]
The following singles achieved the highest
chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1953.
That's Amore 1953
US BB 1 of 1953, POP 1 of 1953, UK 2 – Jan 1954, US 1940s 2 – Nov 1953, RYM 2 of 1953, Scrobulate 47 of Italian, DDD 73 of 1953, Party 101 of 2007
Les Paul & Mary Ford
Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You) 1953
US 1940s 1 – Jun 1953, US 1 for 11 weeks Aug 1953, Italy 2 of 1954, US BB 3 of 1953, POP 3 of 1953, UK 7 – Nov 1953, RYM 24 of 1953, Europe 97 of the 1950s
Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes 1953
UK 1 – Jan 1953, US 1940s 1 – Dec 1952, US 1 for 5 weeks Jan 1953, US BB 20 of 1953, POP 20 of 1953, RYM 31 of 1953
I'm Walking Behind You 1953
UK 1 – May 1953, US 1940s 1 – May 1953, US 1 for 2 weeks Jul 1953, US BB 16 of 1953, POP 23 of 1953, RYM 119 of 1953
Your Cheatin' Heart 1953
RYM 1 of 1953, DDD 2 of 1953, US BB 4 of 1953, POP 4 of 1953, RIAA 34, Scrobulate 87 of country, Rolling Stone 213, Acclaimed 286
US No. 1 hit singles [ edit ]
These singles reached the top of US
Billboard magazine's charts in 1953.
Top hits on record [ edit ]
Top R&B and Country hits on record [ edit ]
Published popular music [ edit ]
And This Is My Beloved" w. & m. adapted Robert Wright & George Forrest "
Angel Eyes" w. Earl Brent m. Matt Dennis "Anna" w.(Eng) William Engvick (Ital) F. Giordano m. R. Vatro
Answer Me, My Love" w. (Eng) Carl Sigman (Ger) & m. Gerhard Winkler & Fred Ravich "
Baubles, Bangles And Beads" w. & m. adapt Robert Wright & George Forrest. Introduced by Doretta Morrow in the musical Kismet "
Bell Bottom Blues" w. Hal David m. Leon Carr "
Bimbo" w.m. Rodney Morris "
Black Hills Of Dakota" w. Paul Francis Webster m. Sammy Fain. Introduced by Doris Day in the film . Calamity Jane "
The Boy Friend" w.m. Sandy Wilson. "
Can-Can" w.m. Cole Porter "
Caribbean" w.m. Mitchell Torok "
C'est Magnifique" w.m. Cole Porter. Introduced by Lilo and Peter Cookson in the musical Can-Can "
Changing Partners" w. Joe Darion m. Larry Coleman "
Chicka Boom" w.m. Bob Merrill "
Crying In the Chapel" w.m. Artie Glenn "
Cry Me a River" w.m. Arthur Hamilton "
Dragnet" w.m. Walter Schumann "
Ebb Tide" w. Carl Sigman m. Robert Maxwell "
Eh, Cumpari!" trad Ital w. m. adapt. Julius LaRosa & Archie Bleyer "
Ev'rybody Loves Saturday Night" Campbell "
Fate" w. & m. adapt Robert Wright & George Forrest from music by Alexander Borodin Adapted from Symphony No. 2 in B Minor. It was introduced by Alfred Drake and Doretta Morrow in the musical . Kismet "
From Here to Eternity" w. Robert Wells m. Fred Karger "
Gambler's Guitar" w.m. Jim Lowe "
Gee!" w.m. Viola Watkins, Daniel Norton & William Davis "
Giddy-Up-A Ding Dong" w.m. Freddie Bell, Pep Lattanzi "
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" James Hudson, Calvin Carter "
Half a Photograph" w. Bob Russell m. Hal Stanley "
The Happy Wanderer" w.(Ger) Florenz Siegesmund & Edith Möller (Eng) Antonia Ridge m. Friedrich Wilhelm Möller "
Here's That Rainy Day" w. Johnny Burke m. Jimmy Van Heusen. Introduced by John Raitt in the musical . Carnival In Flanders "
Hold My Hand" w.m. Jack Lawrence & Richard Myers "
I Believe" w.m. Ervin Drake, Jimmy Shirl, Irvin Graham & Al Stillman "
(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely" w.m. Pat Ballard "
I Love Paris" w.m. Cole Porter. Introduced by Lilo in the musical Can-Can "
I Really Don't Want To Know" w. Howard Barnes m. Don Robertson "
I'm Walking Behind You" w.m. Billy Reid "
Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" w. Jimmy Kennedy m. Nat Simon "
It's All Right With Me" w.m. Cole Porter "It's Love" w.
Betty Comden & Adolph Green m. Leonard Bernstein. Introduced by George Gaynes in the musical . Performed in the 1955 London production by Wonderful Town Dennis Bowen. "
Just Walkin' In The Rain" w.m. Johnny Bragg & Robert S. Riley "
Little Things Mean a Lot" w.m. Carl Stutz & Edith Lindeman "
Look at That Girl" w.m. Bob Merrill "
Make Love to Me" w. Alan Copeland & Bill Norvas Music from " Tin Roof Blues" 1923. "
The Man That Got Away" w. Ira Gershwin m. Harold Arlen "
The Man With The Banjo" w. (Eng) Robert Mellin m. Fritz Schulz Reichel "
Marriage Type Love" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers. Introduced by Arthur Maxwell and Helena Scott in the musical . Me And Juliet "
Matilda, Matilda!" w.m. Harry Thomas "
Melancholy Serenade" m. Jackie Gleason "
Mexican Joe" w.m. Mitchell Torok "
Money Burns a Hole In My Pocket" w. Bob Hilliard m. Jule Styne. Introduced by Dean Martin in the 1954 film . Living It Up "
Money Honey" w.m. Jesse Stone "
My Love, My Love" w. Bob Haymes m. Nick Acquaviva "
No Other Love" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers. Introduced by Isabel Bigley and Bill Hayes in the musical . Me And Juliet "
Non Dimenticar" w.(Eng) Shelley Dobbins (Ital) Michele Galdieri m. P. G. Redi "
Not Since Nineveh" w. & m. adapt Robert Wright & George Forrest From Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances". "
Oh! My Pa-Pa" w. John Turner & Geoffrey Parsons m. Paul Burkhard "
The Olive Tree" w. & m. adapt Robert Wright & George Forrest from music by Alexander Borodin "
Rags to Riches" w.m. Richard Adler & Jerry Ross "
Ricochet" w.m. Larry Coleman, Joe Darion & Norman Gimbel "
Rock Around the Clock" w.m. Jimmy De Knight & Max C. Freedman "
Santa Baby" w.m. Joan Javits, Phil Springer & Tony Springer "
Satin Doll" w.m. Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington "
Secret Love" w. Paul Francis Webster m. Sammy Fain. Introduced by Doris Day in the film Calamity Jane "
Seven Lonely Days" w.m. Alden Shuman, Earl Shuman & Marshal Brown "
Shake a Hand" w.m. Joe Morris "
Sippin' Soda" adapt. P. Campbell "
The Song From "Moulin Rouge"" (a.k.a. "Where Is Your Heart") w. (Eng) William Engvick (Fr) Jacques Larue m. Georges Auric "
Stranger in Paradise" w. & m. adapt Robert Wright & George Forrest. Introduced by Doretta Morrow and Richard Kiley in the musical . Kismet "
Such a Night" w.m. Lincoln Chase "
Sway" (" Quien Será") w. (Eng) Norman Gimbel (Sp) Pablo Beltrán Ruiz m. Pablo Beltran Ruiz "
Teach Me Tonight" w. Sammy Cahn m. Gene De Paul "
Tell Me a Story" w.m. Terry Gilkyson "
Tell Us Where the Good Times Are" w.m. Bob Merrill "
That's Amore" w. Jack Brooks m. Harry Warren "
Vaya con Dios" w.m. Larry Russell, Inez James & Buddy Pepper "
Wanted" w.m. Jack Fulton & Lois Steele "
When Love Goes Wrong" w. Harold Adamson m. Hoagy Carmichael from the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes "
You Won't Forget Me" w. Kermit Goell m. Fred Spielman Introduced by India Adams dubbing for Joan Crawford in the film Torch Song "
You, You, You" w.(Eng) Robert Mellin (Ger) Walter Rothenberg m. Lotar Olias "
Young at Heart" w. Carolyn Leigh m. Johnny Richards
Premieres [ edit ]
for Viola and Orchestra Suite hébraïque 1953-01-01
Preves / Chicago Symphony – Kubelik 
book 1, for two pianos Structures 1953-05-04
Grimaud, Loriod 
String Quartet No. 1 1953-02-26
Walden Quartet 
Sinfonía romántica (Symphony No. 4) 1953-02-11
Louisville Orchestra – Chávez 
Symphony for Strings (Symphony No. 5) 1953-12-01
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – Chávez 
String Quartet No. 2 1953-07-14
London String Quartet 
Hartmann, Karl Amadeus
Concerto for piano, winds and percussion 1953-10-10
Donaueschingen ( Musiktage)
Bergmann / SWF Symphony – Rosbaud 
Sinfonia boreale (Symphony No. 8) 1953-03-05
Danish Radio Symphony – Kletzki 
A Christmas Cantata 1953-12-18
Basel Chamber Choir – Sacher 
String Quartet No. 2 1953-12-05
New York City
Kroll Quartet 
Piano Concerto No. 3 1953-??-??
Ashkenazy / Moscow Philharmonic – ? 
Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 1953-02-19
Veissi / Cleveland Orchestra – Szell 
Symphony No. 5 1953-10-16
RAI National Symphony – Milhaud 
for violin and orchestra Poema Concertante 1953-05-25
Szeryng / Barcelona Municipal Orchestra – Toldrà 
Racine Fricker, Peter
Viola Concerto 1953-09-03
Edinburgh ( Festival)
Primrose / London Philharmonia – Boult 
Viola Concerto 1953-04-15
BBC Symphony – Sargent 
String Quartet No. 5 1953-11-13
Beethoven Quartet 
Symphony No. 10 1953-12-17
Leningrad Philharmonic – Mravinsky 
Cologne ( ISCM World Music Days) members of the
WDR Symphony – Scherchen 
Munich ( Musica Viva)
Porth, Gschwendner, Peinkofer, Kaul 
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Sinfonia antartica (Symphony No. 7) 1953-01-14
Ritchie / Hallé Orchestra – John Barbirolli 
for orchestra Alvorada na Floresta Tropical 1953-??-??
Louisville Orchestra – Whitney 
Compositions [ edit ]
The Decembrists ( Yuri Shaporin) first staged 23 June 1953 at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.
The Dumb Wife ( Joseph Horovitz), premiered 21 November 1953 at the Guildhall School, London, by the Intimate Opera Company.
( Gloriana Benjamin Britten) composed 1953, first performed on 8 July 1953 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the presence of Elizabeth II.
( Irmelin Frederick Delius) composed 1890–92; first produced Oxford, 4 May 1953.
Lenora 40/50 ( Rolf Liebermann) first produced in Berlin on 12 February 1953 at the State Opera House in the British sector.
Man of Enterprise ( Denis Bloodworth) first produced on 8 December 1953 at Tiffin School, Kingston, Surrey, by the school operatic society.
Menna ( Arwel Hughes) premiered by the Welsh National Opera at the Pavilion in Cardiff on 9 November, with the composer conducting.
Nelson ( Lennox Berkeley), premiered in a concert performance 14 February 1953 by the English Opera Group at Wigmore Hall, London.
Sevil ( Fikrat Amirov)
Three's Company ( Antony Hopkins), premiered 21 November 1953 at the Guildhall School, London, by the Intimate Opera Company.
The Tinners of Cornwall ( Inglis Gundry), premiered 30 September 1953 at Rudolf Steiner Hall, conducted by Geoffrey Corbett.
starring The Affairs of Dobie Gillis Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van, Barbara Ruick and Bob Fosse
The Band Wagon
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
starring Calamity Jane Doris Day and Howard Keel
The Desert Song
starring The Farmer Takes a Wife Betty Grable, Dale Robertson, John Carroll, Thelma Ritter and Eddie Foy, Jr.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
starring I Love Melvin Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor
The Jazz Singer
starring Kiss Me Kate Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore
animated feature Peter Pan
starring Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds
starring Small Town Girl Jane Powell, Ann Miller, Farley Granger, S. Z. Sakall, Bobby Van, Billie Burke, Fay Wray and featuring Nat "King" Cole. Directed by László Kardos.
released July 15 starring So This Is Love Kathryn Grayson as Grace Moore.
released February 4 starring The Stooge Martin and Lewis.
starring Three Sailors and a Girl Jane Powell, Gordon MacRae and Gene Nelson
released October 23 starring Torch Song Joan Crawford and Michael Wilding
January 6 – Malcolm Young ( AC/DC)
January 10 – Pat Benatar, singer (Hit me with your Best shot etc.)
January 21 – Glenn Kaiser, American singer-songwriter and guitarist member of Resurrection Band
January 23 – Robin Zander ( Cheap Trick)
January 26 – Lucinda Williams, singer
February 3 – Joëlle, singer (d. 1982)
February 18 – Robin Bachman, drummer Bachman–Turner Overdrive and Brave Belt
February 20 – Riccardo Chailly, conductor
February 26 – Michael Bolton, American singer also former member of Blackjack
March 3 – Robyn Hitchcock, singer-songwriter and guitarist
March 12 – Ryan Paris, singer
March 19 – Ricky Wilson ( The B-52s)
March 23 – Chaka Khan, singer
April 4 – Chen Yi, Chinese classical composer and violinist
April 21 – Todd Phillips, American bassist and composer ( David Grisman Quintet)
April 28 – Pat Donohue, guitarist for The Guys All-Star Shoe Band on A Prairie Home Companion)
May 4 – Oleta Adams, American soul and jazz singer
May 15 – Mike Oldfield, composer & musician
May 16 – Richard Page ( Mr. Mister)
May 17 – George Johnson ( The Brothers Johnson)
June 6 – June Yamagishi, Japanese-American guitarist ( Papa Grows Funk and The Wild Magnolias)
June 12 – Rocky Burnette, rock singer
June 19 – Larry Dunn ( Earth Wind & Fire)
June 22 – Cyndi Lauper, singer-songwriter
June 29 – Colin Hay ( Men at Work)
July 2 - Mark Hart, American guitarist and keyboard player ( Crowded House and Supertramp)
July 6 – Nanci Griffith, singer (Blue Moon Orchestra)
July 18 – Warren Wiebe, American singer (d. 1998)
July 21 – Eric Bazilian ( The Hooters)
July 29 – Geddy Lee ( Rush)
July 31 – Hugh MacDowell ( Electric Light Orchestra)
August 1 – Robert Cray, blues guitarist and singer
August 2 – Marjo, Canadian singer-songwriter ( Corbeau)
August 12 – Peter Ostroushko, mandolinist, fiddler
August 16 – James "J.T." Taylor ( Kool & the Gang)
August 17 – Kevin Rowland, vocalist ( Dexys Midnight Runners)
August 24 – Ron Holloway, tenor saxophonist
August 27 – Alex Lifeson ( Rush)
August 29 – Rick Downey ( Blue Öyster Cult)
September 2 – John Zorn, composer
September 7 – Benmont Tench, keyboardist for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and others
September 11 – Tommy Shaw ( Styx)
September 27 – Greg Ham ( Men at Work)
September 28 – Jim Diamond, pop singer-songwriter ( Ph.D.) (d. 2015)
October 7 – Tico Torres, Bon Jovi
October 10 - Midge Ure, singer and songwriter
October 14 – Kazumi Watanabe, jazz performer
October 15 – Tito Jackson ( The Jackson 5)
October 16- Tony Carey ( Rainbow)
October 21 – Charlotte Caffey ( The Go-Go's)
October 26 – Keith Strickland ( The B-52s)
October 31 – Johnny Clegg, singer and instrumentalist
November 11 – Andy Partridge ( XTC)
November 22 – Urmas Alender, singer ( Ruja, Propeller)
December 26 – Harry Christophers, English choral conductor
January 1 – Hank Williams, country musician, 29
January 18 – Arthur Wood, composer, 78
February 2 – Gustav Strube, conductor and composer, 75
March 19 – Irène Bordoni, singer and actress, 68
March 29 – Arthur Fields, singer and songwriter, 64
April 23 – Peter DeRose, Tin Pan Alley composer, 53
April 29 – Kiki, "The Queen of Montparnasse", 51 (drug- and alcohol-related)
April 30 – Lily Brayton, musical theatre star, 76
May 15 – Mabel Love, dancer, 78
May 16 – Django Reinhardt, jazz guitarist, 43 (brain hemorrhage)
May 19 – Frank Mullings, tenor, 72
May 30 – Dooley Wilson, actor, singer and pianist, 67
June 3 – Florence Price, composer, 66
June 10 – Grzegorz Fitelberg, conductor, violinist and composer, 73
June 25 – Jules Van Nuffel, musicologist and composer, 70
July 5 – Titta Ruffo, operatic baritone, 76
July 17 - Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Dutch composer, 65
August 14 – Friedrich Schorr, operatic bass-baritone, 64
August 29 – Darrell Fancourt, bass-baritone, 67
September 1 – Jacques Thibaud, violinist, 72
September 21 – Roger Quilter, composer, 75
October 3 – Sir Arnold Bax, composer, 69
October 8 – Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto, 41 (cancer)
October 18 – Marguerite d'Alvarez, operatic contralto, exact age unknown
October 27 – Eduard Künneke, composer, 68
November 10 – Theodora Morse, lyricist, 70
November 18 – Ruth Crawford Seeger, composer, 52
November 21 – Larry Shields, jazz musician, 60
November 26 – Ivor Atkins, organist and choirmaster, 83
December 9 – Issay Dobrowen, pianist, conductor and composer, 62
December 11 – Albert Coates, conductor and composer, 71
December 29 – Violet MacMillan, Broadway star, 66
References [ edit ]
^ Naxos Records
^ Martin Iddon, New Music at Darmstadt: Nono, Stockhausen, Cage, and Boulez, Music since 1900 (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press): 69. ISBN 9781107033290.
^ Music of the Twentieth-Century Avantgarde: A Biocritical Sourcebook, page 106
^ Musicweb International
^ Music and History
^ Boosey & Hawkes
^ Schott Music
^ BIS Records
^ Hyperion Records
^ Forgotten Books
^ Naxos Records
^ Music Timeline; CPO (via Avaxhome)
^ Xavier Montsalvatge official website
^ Schott Music
^ Hyperion Records
^ Shostakovich in Dialogue
^ Shostakovich: A Life
^ Universal Edition
^ Universal Edition
^ CD41 Recordings
^ David P. Appleby, Heitor Villa-Lobos: A Bio-Bibliography, Bio-Bibliographies in Music 9 (New York, Westport, London: Greenwood Press, 1988): 114.
Anon. 1953. "Soprano Leaves New York Opera: Night Club Engagement".
The Times, issue 52738 (27 September): 6. Morawska-Büngeler, Marietta. 1988.
Schwingende Elektronen: Eine Dokumentation über das Studio für Elektronische Musik des Westdeutschen Rundfunks in Köln 1951–1986. Cologne-Rodenkirchen: P. J. Tonger Verlag.