1954 in music

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Flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya in 1954

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1954.

Events[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the set of charts available for 1954.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 The Chordettes Mr Sandman 1954 United States US Billboard 1 - Oct 1954 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1954 (8 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1954, US CashBox 1 - Oct 1954 (23 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks - Jan 1955, Australia 1 for 4 weeks - Apr 1955, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1954), Peel list 1 of 1954, US BB 5 of 1954, DZE 5 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 6 of 1954, POP 7 of 1954, RYM 9 of 1954, UK 11 - Dec 1954 (8 weeks), Brazil 27 of 1955, DDD 45 of 1954, RIAA 252, Acclaimed 1006 (1954)
2 Doris Day Secret Love 1954 United States UK 1 - Apr 1954 (29 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Jan 1954 (22 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1954 (20 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1954, US CashBox 1 - Nov 1953 (30 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 7 weeks - May 1954, Oscar in 1953 (film 'Calamity Jane'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1953), UKMIX 7, DZE 8 of 1954, US BB 11 of 1954, POP 11 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 12 of 1954, RYM 12 of 1953, Brazil 17 of 1954, Italy 54 of 1954
2 The Crew-Cuts Sh-Boom 1954 United States US Billboard 1 - Jul 1954 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1954 (20 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Aug 1954, US CashBox 1 - Jul 1954 (24 weeks), Australia 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1954, DZE 1 of 1954, US BB 3 of 1954, Flanders 3 - Dec 1954 (3 months), POP 3 of 1954, UK 12 - Oct 1954 (9 weeks), Brazil 13 of 1954, France (50s) 20 of 1954, RYM 22 of 1954, Italy 95 of 1955
4 Kitty Kallen Little Things Mean a Lot 1954 United States UK 1 - Jul 1954 (23 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Apr 1954 (26 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1954 (25 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks - Jun 1954, US CashBox 1 - Apr 1954 (28 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 12 weeks - Jul 1954, Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Oct 1954, DZE 2 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1954, US BB 15 of 1954, POP 15 of 1954, UKMIX 28, RYM 145 of 1954
5 Rosemary Clooney Hey There 1954 United States US Billboard 1 - Jul 1954 (27 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1954 (23 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks - Sep 1954, US CashBox 1 - Jul 1954 (31 weeks), Australia 1 for 4 weeks - Feb 1957, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1954), UK 4 - Oct 1955 (11 weeks), DZE 7 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1954, US BB 18 of 1954, POP 21 of 1954, Brazil 31 of 1954, RYM 34 of 1954, DDD 66 of 1954

US No. 1 hit singles[edit]

These singles reached the top of US Billboard magazine's charts in 1954.

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
January 2, 1954 8 "Oh! My Pa-Pa" Eddie Fisher
February 27, 1954 2 "Secret Love" Doris Day
March 13, 1954 1 "Make Love to Me" Jo Stafford
March 20, 1954 1 "Secret Love" Doris Day
March 27, 1954 2 "Make Love to Me" Jo Stafford
April 10, 1954 8 "Wanted" Perry Como
June 5, 1954 9 "Little Things Mean a Lot" Kitty Kallen
August 7, 1954 7 "Sh-Boom" Crew-Cuts
September 25, 1954 6 "Hey There" Rosemary Clooney
November 6, 1954 1 "This Ole House" Rosemary Clooney
November 13, 1954 3 "I Need You Now" Eddie Fisher
December 4, 1954 7 "Mr. Sandman" The Chordettes

Top hits on record[edit]

A-J[edit]

L-S[edit]

T-Y[edit]

Top Rhythm & Blues and Country hits on record[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

A-G[edit]

H[edit]

I-L[edit]

M-P[edit]

R-T[edit]

W-Y[edit]

Other notable songs[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Brian, Havergal Symphony No. 8 (1949) 1954-02-01 United Kingdom London London PhilharmonicBoult [5]
Chávez, Carlos Symphony No. 3 1954-12-09 Venezuela Caracas Venezuela SymphonyChávez[6]
Dohnányi, Ernő American Rhapsody 1954-02-21 United States Athens, OH  ? – Dohnányi[7]
Enescu, George String Quartet No. 2, Op. 22, No. 2 1954-02-07 United States Boston Stradivarius Quartet[8]
Goeyvaerts, Karel Nummer 5 1954-10-19 West Germany Cologne (Musik der Zeit)[9] electronic music
Jolivet, André Symphony No. 1 1954-05-30 Israel Haifa (ISCM Festival) [unknown orchestra and conductor] [10]
Korngold, Erich W. Symphony 1954-10-17 Austria Vienna Vienna Symphony - Harold Byrns1[11]
Lutoslawski, Witold Concerto for Orchestra 1954-11-26 Poland Warsaw Warsaw PhilharmonicRowicki[12]
Persichetti, Vincent Symphony No. 4 1954-12-17 United States Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy[13]
Rubbra, Edmund Symphony No. 6 1954-11-17 United Kingdom London BBC SymphonySargent[14]
Shchedrin, Rodion Piano Concerto No. 1 1954-11-07 Soviet Union Moscow Shchedrin / Moscow Conservatory SymphonyRozhdestvensky[15]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Festive Overture 1954-11-06 Soviet Union Moscow Bolshoi Orchestra - Nebolsin[16]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Klavierstücke I–V 1954-08-21 West Germany Darmstadt (Ferienkurse) Mercenier[17]
Karlheinz Stockhausen Studie I + Studie II 1954-10-19 West Germany Cologne (Musik der Zeit)[18] electronic music
Stravinsky, Igor In memoriam Dylan Thomas 1954-09-20 United States Los Angeles (Monday Evening Concerts) Robinson, Baker, Babitz, Figelski, Neikrug, Bohannon, Howard, Ulyate, ZeldinCraft[19][20]
Thomson, Virgil Concerto for Flute, Strings, Harp and Percussion 1954-09-17 Italy Venice (Biennale) La Fenice PhilharmonicSanzogno[21]
Varèse, Edgard Déserts 1954-12-02 France Paris Henry / French Radio National OrchestraScherchen[22]
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Tuba Concerto 1954-06-13 United Kingdom London Catelinet / London SymphonyBarbirolli[23]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Odisseia de uma raça, symphonic poem 1954-05-30 Israel Haifa (ISCM Festival) Israel PhilharmonicTaube[24]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Rudá (Dio d'amore), symphonic poem and ballet 1954-08-30 France Paris French Radio National OrchestraVilla-Lobos[25]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor String Quartet No. 14 1954-08-11 United States USA Stanley Quartet[26]

Compositions[edit]

Witold Lutoslawski in 1952/53. The Concerto for Orchestra launched his international career

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Ethel Merman sings the title number of the 1954 film There's No Business Like Show Business.

Musical television[edit]

Births[edit]

January–April[edit]

May–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anon. "Arnold Schoenberg: Moses und Aaron". Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast Information Center (Archived copy from 14 April 2012, accessed 20 April 2013).
  2. ^ Bill Haley at AllMusic. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
  3. ^ Anon., "'Maggio Musicale': Spontini Opera to Be Revived", The Times Issue 52830 (15 January 1954): 10D; Anon., "Opening of 'Maggio Musicale': Orchestra's Anniversary", The Times Issue 52927 (10 May 1954): 9D.
  4. ^ Gulla, Bob (2008). Icons of R&B and Soul: An Encyclopedia of the Artists Who Revolutionized Rhythm. ABC-CLIO. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-313-34044-4. 
  5. ^ Havergal Brian Society
  6. ^ Ronpenndorf.com
  7. ^ Virginia University
  8. ^ Masterworks of George Enescu, page 475
  9. ^ Marietta Morawska-Büngeler, Schwingende Elektronen: ine Dokumentation über das Studio für Elektronische Musik des Westdeutschen Rundfunks in Köln 1951–1986 (Cologne-Rodenkirchen: P. J. Tonger Musikverlag, 1988): 115.
  10. ^ IRCAM
  11. ^ Composers Datebook
  12. ^ Ninateka
  13. ^ Persichetti Association
  14. ^ The Tablet
  15. ^ Sikorski
  16. ^ Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  17. ^ Universal Edition
  18. ^ Marietta Morawska-Büngeler, Schwingende Elektronen: ine Dokumentation über das Studio für Elektronische Musik des Westdeutschen Rundfunks in Köln 1951–1986 (Cologne-Rodenkirchen: P. J. Tonger Musikverlag, 1988): 115.
  19. ^ Stravinsky: the composer and his works
  20. ^ Anon., "New Stravinsky Work to Be Featured at First Monday Concert", Los Angeles Times (19 September 1954): D6.
  21. ^ Venice Biennale
  22. ^ Classical 20
  23. ^ Musicweb International
  24. ^ Villa-Lobos, sua obra, second edition ([Rio de Janeiro]: MEC/DAC/Museu Villa-Lobos, 1972): 117.
  25. ^ Villa-Lobos, sua obra, second edition ([Rio de Janeiro]: MEC/DAC/Museu Villa-Lobos, 1972): 119.
  26. ^ David P. Appleby, Heitor Villa-Lobos: A Bio-Bibliography, Bio-Bibliographies inMusic 9 (New York, Westport, London: Greenwood Press, 1988): 116.
  27. ^ Musicweb International