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1934 in music

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1934 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1934.

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Events

  • March 12 - The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler given the world premiere of Paul Hindemith's symphony Mathis der Maler in Berlin.
  • May 28 - The Glyndebourne festival of opera is inaugurated in England.
  • June - Baritone Sir Henry Lytton retires from the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
  • November 7 - Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (written July 3–August 18 at the Villa Senar in Switzerland) is premiered with the composer at the piano at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland, with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. On December 24, the same ensemble make the first recording, at RCA Victor's Trinity Church Studio in Camden, New Jersey.
  • African American jazz musician Sun Ra's professional musical career begins.
  • Quintette du Hot Club de France is established to play continental jazz, launching the careers of violinist Stéphane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt.
  • Bengali poet Buddhadeb Bosu marries singer and writer Protiva Bose (née Ranu Shome).
  • The Fujiwara Opera, Japan's oldest professional western opera company, is founded in Tokyo by Yoshie Fujiwara.
  • Published popular music

  • "All I Do Is Dream Of You" w. Arthur Freed m. Nacio Herb Brown. Introduced by Gene Raymond in the film Sadie McKee
  • "All Through The Night" w.m. Cole Porter
  • "Annie's Cousin Fannie" w.m. Glenn Miller
  • "Anything Goes" w.m. Cole Porter
  • "As Long as I Live" w. Ted Koehler m. Harold Arlen. Introduced by Lena Horne and Avon Long in the revue Cotton Club Parade
  • "Autumn In New York" w.m. Vernon Duke
  • "Baby, Take A Bow" w. Lew Brown m. Jay Gorney
  • "Be Like The Bluebird" w.m. Cole Porter
  • "Be Still, My Heart" w.m. Allan Flynn & Jack Egan
  • "Beer Barrel Polka" w. (Czech) Vasek Zeman (Eng) Lew Brown m. Jaromir Vejvoda
  • "Believe It, Beloved" w. George Whiting & Nat Schwartz m. J. C. Johnson
  • "Big John's Special" m. Horace Henderson
  • "Blame It On My Youth" w. Edward Heyman m. Oscar Levant
  • "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" w.m. Cole Porter
  • "Blue Moon" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers
  • "The Bluebird Of Happiness" w. Edward Heyman & Harry Parr-Davies m. Sandor Hamati
  • "Cocktails for Two" w.m. Arthur Johnston & Sam Coslow
  • "College Rhythm" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel
  • "The Continental" w. Herb Magidson m. Con Conrad. Introduced by Ginger Rogers in the film The Gay Divorcee
  • "Dames" w. Al Dubin m. Harry Warren
  • "Don't Let It Bother You" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel from the film The Gay Divorcee
  • "Don't Let Your Love Go Wrong" w. George Whiting & Nat Schwartz m. J. C. Johnson
  • "Down South Camp Meeting" w. Irving Mills m. Fletcher Henderson
  • "Easy Come, Easy Go" w. Edward Heyman m. John Green
  • "Everything Stops For Tea" w.m. Maurice Sigler, Al Goodhart & Al Hoffman
  • "Faint Harmony" w. Desmond Carter m. Vivian Ellis from the musical Jill Darling
  • "Fair And Warmer" w. Al Dubin m. Harry Warren
  • "Fare Thee Well, Annabelle" w. Mort Dixon m. Allie Wrubel
  • "Flirtation Walk" w. Mort Dixon m. Allie Wrubel
  • "For All We Know" w. Sam M. Lewis m. J. Fred Coots
  • "Fun To Be Fooled" w. Ira Gershwin & E. Y. Harburg m. Harold Arlen
  • "Give Me A Heart To Sing To" w. Ned Washington m. Victor Young
  • "Goodnight, My Love" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel
  • "The Gypsy In My Soul" w. Moe Jaffe m. Clay Boland
  • "Hands Across The Table" w.(Eng) Mitchell Parish m. Jean Delettre
  • "Here Come The British" w. Johnny Mercer m. Bernard Hanighen
  • "Hold My Hand" w. Jack Yellen & Irving Caesar m. Ray Henderson
  • "An Hour Ago This Minute" James Dyrenforth, John W. Green
  • "The House Is Haunted" w. Billy Rose m. Basil G. Adlam. Introduced by Jane Froman in the revue Ziegfeld Follies of 1934
  • "I Get a Kick out of You" w.m. Cole Porter
  • "I Hate Myself" w. Benny Davis & Joe Young m. Milton Ager
  • "I Never Had A Chance" w.m. Irving Berlin
  • "I Only Have Eyes For You" w. Al Dubin m. Harry Warren
  • "I Saw Stars" w.m. Maurice Sigler, Al Goodhart & Al Hoffman
  • "I See Two Lovers" w. Mort Dixon m. Allie Wrubel
  • "I Think I Can" Douglas Furber, Ray Noble
  • "I Wish I Were Twins" w. Frank Loesser & Eddie DeLange m. Joseph Meyer
  • "If" w. Robert Hargreaves & Stanley Damerell m. Tolchard Evans
  • "If I Had A Million Dollars" w. Johnny Mercer m. Matty Malneck. Introduced by The Boswell Sisters in the film Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round.
  • "If It Isn't Love" Burton, Jason
  • "If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You" w. Howard Dietz m. Arthur Schwartz. Introduced by Georges Metaxa in the musical Revenge with Music
  • "I'll Follow My Secret Heart" w.m. Noël Coward, Introduced by Noël Coward and Yvonne Printemps in the musical Conversation Piece
  • "I'll String Along With You" w. Al Dubin m. Harry Warren
  • "Ill Wind" w. Ted Koehler m. Harold Arlen. Introduced by Aida Ward in the revue Cotton Club Parade
  • "I'm On A Seesaw" w. Desmond Carter m. Vivian Ellis from the musical Jill Darling
  • "In My Little Bottom Drawer" w.m. Will Haines, Jimmy Harper & Maurice Beresford
  • "Isle of Capri" w. Jimmy Kennedy m. Will Grosz
  • "It's All Forgotten Now" w.m. Ray Noble
  • "It's Foolish But It's Fun" w.m. Robert Stolz, Gus Kahn
  • "It's Funny To Everyone But Me" w.m. Dave Franklin & Isham Jones
  • "Judy" w.m. Hoagy Carmichael & Sammy Lerner
  • "June In January" w. Leo Robin m. Ralph Rainger Movie: "Here Is My Heart"
  • "Junk Man" w. Frank Loesser m. Joseph Meyer
  • "Lady Fair" w.m. Cole Porter
  • "Let's Take a Walk Around the Block" w. Ira Gershwin & E. Y. Harburg m. Harold Arlen. Introduced by Dixie Dunbar and Earl Oxford in the revue Life Begins at 8:40.
  • "Little Dutch Mill" w. Ralph Freed m. Harry Barris
  • "Little Man, You've Had A Busy Day" w. Maurice Sigler & Al Hoffman m. Mabel Wayne
  • "Little Rock Getaway" m. Joe Sullivan
  • "Lost In A Fog" w. Dorothy Fields m. Jimmy McHugh
  • "Love In Bloom" w. Leo Robin m. Ralph Rainger
  • "Love Is Just Around The Corner" w. Leo Robin m. Lewis E. Gensler
  • "Love Thy Neighbour" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel
  • "May I?" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel
  • "Midnight, The Stars And You" Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods
  • "Miss Otis Regrets" w.m. Cole Porter
  • "Moon Country" w. Johnny Mercer m. Hoagy Carmichael
  • "The Moon Was Yellow" w. Edgar Leslie m. Fred E. Ahlert
  • "Moonglow" w. Eddie DeLange m. Will Hudson & Irving Mills
  • "Moonlight Is Silver" Clemence Dane, Richard Addinsell
  • "My Old Flame" w. Sam Coslow m. Arthur Johnston
  • "A New Moon Is Over My Shoulder" w. Arthur Freed m. Nacio Herb Brown
  • "Nobody Loves A Fairy When She's Forty" w.m. Arthur Le Clerq
  • "The Object Of My Affection" w.m. Pinky Tomlin, Coy Poe & Jimmie Grier
  • "Okay Toots" w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson
  • "On The Good Ship Lollipop" w.m. Sidney Clare & Richard A. Whiting
  • "One Night Of Love" w. Gus Kahn m. Victor Schertzinger
  • "Over My Shoulder" w.m. Harry Woods
  • "Over Somebody Else's Shoulder" w.m. Al Sherman & Al Lewis
  • "P.S. I Love You" w. Johnny Mercer m. Gordon Jenkins
  • "Pardon My Southern Accent" w. Johnny Mercer m. Matty Malneck
  • "Rhythm Is Our Business" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jimmie Lunceford
  • "Ridin' Around in the Rain" w.m. Gene Austin & Carmen Lombardo
  • "Riptide" w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson
  • "Rock And Roll" w. Sidney Clare m. Richard A. Whiting
  • "Rug Cutter's Swing" m. Horace Henderson
  • "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" w.m. Haven Gillespie & J. Fred Coots
  • "She Reminds Me Of You" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel. Introduced by Bing Crosby in the film We're Not Dressing
  • "Sing As We Go" w.m. Harry Parr-Davies, Gracie Fields
  • "(In My) Solitude" w. Eddie DeLange & Irving Mills m. Duke Ellington
  • "Stars Fell on Alabama" w. Mitchell Parish m. Frank Perkins
  • "Stay As Sweet As You Are" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel. Introduced by Lanny Ross in the film College Rhythm
  • "Stompin' at the Savoy" w. Andy Razaf m. Benny Goodman, Chick Webb & Edgar Sampson
  • "Straight from the Shoulder (Right from the Heart)" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel. Introduced by Bing Crosby and Kitty Carlisle in the film She Loves Me Not
  • "The Sweetest Music This Side Of Heaven" w.m. Carmen Lombardo & Cliff Friend
  • "Take a Number from One to Ten" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel. Introduced by Lyda Roberti in the film College Rhythm.
  • "Thank You So Much, Mrs Lowsborough-Goodby" w.m. Cole Porter
  • "Then I'll Be Tired Of You" w. E. Y. Harburg m. Arthur Schwartz
  • "There Goes My Heart" w. Benny Davis m. Abner Silver
  • "Trust in Me" w. Ned Wever m. Milton Ager and Jean Schwartz. Recorded by Mildred Bailey in 1937.
  • "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" w.m. Bob Nolan
  • "Two Cigarettes In The Dark" w. Paul Francis Webster m. Lew Pollack
  • "The Very Thought Of You" w.m. Ray Noble
  • "Wagon Wheels" w. Billy Hill m. Peter De Rose
  • "What A Diff'rence A Day Made" w. (Eng) Stanley Adams (Sp) Maria Grever m. Maria Grever
  • "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" w.m. Harry Woods
  • "What Now?" Green, Dyrenforth
  • "What's The Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You)" w.m. Coy Poe, Jimmie Grier, Truman "Pinky" Tomlin & Earl Hatch
  • "When A Woman Loves A Man" w. Johnny Mercer m. Bernie Hanighen & Gordon Jenkins
  • "When I Grow Too Old To Dream" w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Sigmund Romberg
  • "When My Ship Comes In" w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson
  • "When You've Got A Little Springtime In Your Heart" w.m. Harry Woods. Introduced by Jessie Matthews in the film Evergreen
  • "Winter Wonderland" w. Richard B. Smith m. Felix Bernard
  • "With Every Breath I Take" w. Leo Robin m. Ralph Rainger
  • "With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm" w.m. R. P. Weston & Bert Lee
  • "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel. Introduced by Jack Oakie and Dorothy Dell in the film Shoot the Works. Performed by Dean Martin in the 1952 film The Stooge
  • "Wonder Bar" w. Al Dubin m. Harry Warren
  • "The World Owes Me a Living" w. Larry Morey m. Leigh Harline. Introduced by Pinto Colvig on the soundtrack of the animated short The Grasshopper and the Ants
  • "Wrappin' It Up" m. Fletcher Henderson
  • "You And The Night And The Music" w. Howard Dietz m. Arthur Schwartz
  • "You Oughta Be in Pictures" w. Edward Heyman m. Dana Suesse
  • "You're A Builder-Upper" w. Ira Gershwin & E. Y. Harburg m. Harold Arlen
  • "You're Not The Only Oyster In The Stew" w. Johnny Burke m. Harold Spina
  • "You're the Top" w.m. Cole Porter
  • "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" w.m. James F. Hanley. Introduced by Hal Le Roy and Eunice Healey in the Broadway revue Thumbs Up!
  • Biggest hit songs

    The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1934.

    Top hit recordings

  • "An Hour Ago This Minute" by Gertrude Lawrence
  • "Bugle Call Rag" by Benny Goodman
  • "The Carioca" by Enric Madriguera
  • "Close Your Eyes" by Al Bowlly
  • "Dancing On The Ceiling" by Jessie Matthews
  • "Did You Ever See A Dream Walking" by Frances Day
  • "Easy Come Easy Go" by Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Hotel Orpheans
  • "Everything I Have Is Yours" by Rudy Vallee
  • "For All We Know", recorded by:
  • Hal Kemp
  • Isham Jones
  • "Goin' To Heaven On A Mule" by Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees
  • "Honeysuckle Rose" by Fats Waller
  • "I'll String Along With You" by Dick Powell
  • "Isle Of Capri" by Gracie Fields
  • "It's Only A Paper Moon", recorded by
  • Cliff Edwards
  • Paul Whiteman
  • "Lazy River" by Hoagy Carmichael
  • "Let's Dance" by Benny Goodman
  • "Little Man, You've Had A Busy Day" by Paul Robeson
  • "London Bridge" by Eric Coates
  • "Love In Bloom" by Bing Crosby
  • "Miss Otis Regrets" by Douglas Byng
  • "Moonglow", recorded by:
  • Benny Goodman
  • Ethel Waters
  • "The Object Of My Affection" by Jimmie Grier, Coy Poe
  • "My Old Flame" by Ivie Anderson, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
  • "The Old Spinning Wheel In The Parlor" by Ray Noble & His Orchestra
  • "One Night Of Love" by Grace Moore
  • "Over Somebody Else's Shoulder" by Ozzie Nelson
  • "Out in the Cold Again" by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
  • "Play To Me Gypsy" by Gracie Fields
  • "Rude Interlude" by Duke Ellington
  • "The Scat Song" by Cab Calloway
  • "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", recorded by
  • Turner Layton
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  • "St.Louis Blues" by Paul Robeson
  • "Stars Fell On Alabama", recorded by
  • Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
  • Jack Teagarden
  • "Stay As Sweet As You Are" by Sam Browne, Ambrose and his Orchestra
  • "Stompin' At the Savoy" by Chick Webb & His Orchestra
  • "Take My Word by Benny Goodman
  • "Temptation" by Bing Crosby
  • "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" by Gene Autry
  • "Two Cigarettes In The Dark" by Bing Crosby
  • "The Very Thought Of You" by Al Bowlly
  • "With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm" by Stanley Holloway
  • "You're the Top" by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  • Top Christmas Hits

  • "Winter Wonderland"- Richard Himber & His Orchestra
  • "Winter Wonderland"- Guy Lombardo
  • Compositions

  • Henk Badings
  • Symphony No. 3
  • Sonate, for cello and piano
  • Béla Bartók - String Quartet No. 5
  • Benjamin Britten - Simple Symphony
  • Alexander Glazunov - Saxophone Concerto
  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann - Miserae
  • Qunihico Hashimoto - Cantata Celebrating the Birth of the Prince
  • Jacques Ibert - Flute Concerto
  • Darius Milhaud - Concertino de Printemps, for violin and orchestra
  • Sergei Prokofiev - Egyptian Nights suite
  • Nico Richter - Sonatine, for piano
  • Harald Sæverud - Canto Ostinato
  • Arnold Schoenberg - Suite in G major , for string orchestra
  • Leopold Spinner - Passacaglia
  • Germaine Tailleferre - Concerto for 2 Pianos, Eight Solo Voices, Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra
  • Eduard Tubin - Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1931–34)
  • Edgard Varèse - Ecuatorial (1932–34)
  • Kosaku Yamada - Nagauta Symphony
  • Opera

  • Vittorio Giannini - Lucedia
  • Gustav Holst - The Wandering Scholar
  • Leoš Janáček - Destiny
  • Dmitri Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
  • Virgil Thomson - Four Saints in Three Acts (libretto by Gertrude Stein)
  • Musical theater

  • Anything Goes - Broadway production opened at the Alvin Theatre on November 21 and ran for 420 performances
  • The Bing Boys Are Here - London revival
  • Caviar Broadway production opened at the Forrest Theatre on June 7 and ran for 20 performances
  • Cotton Club Parade - Cotton Club Harlem, starring Adelaide Hall ran for eight months.
  • Conversation Piece - London productions opened at His Majesty's Theatre on February 16 and ran for 177 performances
  • Conversation Piece - Broadway production opened at the 44th Street Theatre on October 23 and ran for 55 performances
  • The Great Waltz - Broadway production opened at the Center Theatre on September 22 and ran for 298 performances. The show returned only two months later for a further run of 49 performances.
  • Here's How London production opened at the Saville Theatre on February 22. Starring George Robey.
  • Jill Darling - London production opened at the Saville Theatre on December 19 and ran for 242 performances. Starring Frances Day, John Mills and Louise Browne.
  • Lucky Break - London production opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on November 14 and ran for 198 performances
  • Mr. Whittington London production opened at the Hippodrome on February 1. Starring Jack Buchanan and Elsie Randolph.
  • Revenge with Music Broadway production opened on November 28 at the New Amsterdam Theatre and ran for 158 performances
  • Sporting Love opened at the Gaiety Theatre on March 31 and ran for 302 performances
  • Streamline London production opened at the Palace Theatre on September 28
  • Thumbs Up! Broadway revue opened at the St. James Theatre on December 27 and ran for 156 performances.
  • Yes, Madam? (Music: Jack Waller and Joseph Tunbridge Lyrics: R. P. Weston and Bert Lee Book: R. P. Weston, Bert Lee and R. G. Browne) London production opened at the Hippodrome on September 27 and ran for 302 performances
  • Yours Sincerely London revue opened at Daly's Theatre on February 19. Starring Binnie Barnes.
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 Broadway revue opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on January 4 and ran for 182 performances
  • Musical films

  • Babes In Toyland starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
  • Bachelor of Arts starring Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Henry Walthall, Arline Judge and Mae Marsh. Directed by Louis King.
  • Belle of the Nineties starring Mae West
  • Blossom Time starring Richard Tauber
  • Boots! Boots! starring George Formby and Beryl Formby, and featuring Betty Driver and Harry Hudson & his Band
  • Bottoms Up starring Spencer Tracy, Pat Paterson, John Boles and Thelma Todd
  • The Cat and the Fiddle starring Ramon Novarro, Jeanette MacDonald, Frank Morgan and Vivienne Segal
  • Cockeyed Cavaliers starring Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee, Noah Beery and Thelma Todd. Directed by Mark Sandrich.
  • College Rhythm starring Joe Penner, Jack Oakie, Lyda Roberti and Lanny Ross
  • Dames starring Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler and Zasu Pitts.
  • Down to Their Last Yacht starring Mary Boland, Polly Moran and Ned Sparks. Directed by Paul Sloane.
  • Evergreen starring Jessie Matthews
  • The Gay Divorcee starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
  • Gay Love starring Florence Desmond and Sophie Tucker
  • George White's Scandals starring Alice Faye, Rudy Vallee, Jimmy Durante and Cliff Edwards
  • Gift of Gab starring Edmund Lowe, Ruth Etting and Ethel Waters
  • Give Her a Ring starring Wendy Barrie
  • The Grasshopper and the Ants animated short
  • Happiness Ahead starring Dick Powell and Dorothy Dare
  • Here Is My Heart starring Bing Crosby and Kitty Carlisle. Directed by Frank Tuttle.
  • Hips, Hips, Hooray! starring Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Thelma Todd and Ruth Etting
  • Hollywood Party starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Durante, Lupe Velez, Polly Moran, Charles Butterworth, Frances Williams, June Clyde and Mickey Mouse. Directed by Ray Rowland.
  • Kid Millions starring Eddie Cantor, Ann Sothern, Ethel Merman and George Murphy.
  • Melody in Spring starring Lanny Ross, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles and Ann Sothern.
  • The Merry Widow starring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Edward Everett Horton and Una Merkel
  • Moulin Rouge starring Constance Bennett and Franchot Tone and featuring Russ Columbo and The Boswell Sisters.
  • Mister Cinders starring W. H. Berry
  • Murder at the Vanities starring Carl Brisson, Kitty Carlisle, Victor McLaglen and Jack Oakie and featuring Duke Ellington.
  • Music in the Air starring Gloria Swanson and John Boles
  • Road House starring Violet Loraine
  • She Loves Me Not starring Bing Crosby, Miriam Hopkins and Kitty Carlisle.
  • Shoot the Works starring Jack Oakie, Ben Bernie and Dorothy Dell
  • Student Tour starring Jimmy Durante, Charles Butterworth, Maxine Doyle, Phil Regan, Monte Blue, Betty Grable and Nelson Eddy. Directed by Charles Reisner.
  • Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round released November 1, starring Gene Raymond, Nancy Carroll, Mitzi Green and Frank Parker and featuring The Boswell Sisters, Jean Sargent and Jimmie Grier and his Orchestra.
  • Wake Up and Dream starring Russ Columbo, June Knight and Wini Shaw.
  • We're Not Dressing starring Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Ethel Merman.
  • Wonder Bar starring Al Jolson, Kay Francis, Dolores del Rio and Dick Powell
  • Births

  • January 16 - Marilyn Horne, mezzo soprano
  • January 24 - Ann Cole, American singer (d. 1986)
  • January 26 - Huey Piano Smith, R&B pianist
  • January 30 - Tammy Grimes, actress and singer
  • February 1 - Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio)
  • February 2 - Skip Battin (The Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage) (d. 2003)
  • February 7
  • King Curtis, saxophonist (d. 1971)
  • Earl King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer (d. 2003)
  • February 14 - Florence Henderson, actress and singer
  • February 24 - Renata Scotto, operatic soprano
  • March 4 - John Dunn, DJ (d. 2004)
  • March 8 - Christian Wolff, composer
  • March 25 - Johnny Burnette, rockabilly pioneer (d. 1964)
  • March 29 - Delme Bryn-Jones, operatic baritone (d. 2001)
  • March 31
  • Shirley Jones, singer and actress
  • John D. Loudermilk, singer-songwriter
  • Richard Chamberlain, actor and singer
  • April 1 - Jim Ed Brown (The Browns)
  • April 16 - Robert Stigwood, music promoter (d. 2015)
  • April 19 - Dickie Goodman, pioneer of music sampling (d. 1989)
  • April 24 - Shirley MacLaine, born Shirley MacLean Beaty, American actress and singer
  • April 29 - Otis Rush, blues musician
  • May 1 - Shirley Horn, American singer (d. 2005)
  • May 3 - Frankie Valli, singer (The Four Seasons)
  • May 5 - Ace Cannon, saxophonist
  • May 6 - Oskar Gottlieb Blarr, composer
  • May 9 - Soo Bee Lee, operatic soprano (d. 2005)
  • May 24 - Dr Barry Rose, English choir-trainer and organist
  • June 1 - Pat Boone, singer
  • June 9 - Jackie Wilson, singer (d. 1984)
  • June 11 - James "Pookie" Hudson (The Spaniels) (d. 2007)
  • June 26 - Dave Grusin, American pianist and composer
  • July 8 - Alice Gerrard, American singer and banjo player
  • July 12 - Van Cliburn, American concert pianist (d. 2013)
  • July 15 - Harrison Birtwistle, composer
  • July 28 - Jacques d'Amboise, dancer and choreographer
  • July 30 - André Prévost, composer (d. 2001)
  • August 9 - Merle Kilgore, country singer/songwriter (d. 2005)
  • August 10 - James Tenney, composer and music theorist (d. 2006)
  • August 18 - Ronnie Carroll, Northern Irish popular singer (d. 2015)
  • September 3 - Freddie King, blues guitarist and singer (d. 1976)
  • September 7 - Little Milton, blues singer and guitarist (d. 2005)
  • September 8 - Peter Maxwell Davies, composer (d. 2016)
  • September 16 - Ronnie Drew, Irish folk musician (d. 2008)
  • September 19 - Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles (d. 1967)
  • September 21 - Leonard Cohen, poet and singer (d. 2016)
  • October 17 - Rico Rodriguez, ska trombonist (d. 2015)
  • October 20 - Eddie Harris, saxophonist
  • October 26 - Jacques Loussier, classical/jazz musician
  • November 1 - William Mathias, composer (d. 1992)
  • November 15 - Peter Dickinson (musician), composer
  • November 19 - Dave Guard, folk singer (The Kingston Trio) (d. 1991)
  • November 24 - Alfred Schnittke, composer (d. 1998)
  • December 1 - Billy Paul, soul singer (d. 2016)
  • December 9 - Alan Ridout, composer and music teacher (d. 1996)
  • December 30
  • Del Shannon, singer (d. 1990)
  • Russ Tamblyn, dancer, singer and actor
  • Deaths

  • January 12 - Paul Kochanski, violinist, composer and arranger, 46 (cancer)
  • January 18 - Otakar Ševčík, violinist, 81
  • February 4 - Ernesto Nazareth, pianist and composer, 70 (drowned)
  • February 23 - Edward Elgar, composer, 76
  • February 24 - Pyotr Slovtsov, operatic tenor, 47
  • March 21 - Franz Schreker, composer and conductor, 55
  • April 12 - Thaddeus Cahill, inventor of the teleharmonium
  • April 22 - Augusto de Lima, writer and musician
  • April 28 - Charlie Patton, blues musician, 42
  • May 7 - Edward Naylor, organist and composer, 57
  • May 19 - Émile Pierre Ratez, violist and composer, 82
  • May 25 - Gustav Holst, composer, 59 (complications following surgery)
  • May 26 - Robert Samut, composer of the Maltese national anthem
  • June 10 - Frederick Delius, composer, 82
  • June 13 - Charlie Gardiner, ice hockey player and amateur singer (b. 1904) (brain hemorrhage)
  • September 2
  • Russ Columbo, violinist, 26 (shot)
  • Alcide Nunez, jazz musician, 50
  • September 10 - Sir George Henschel, operatic baritone, pianist and conductor, 84
  • September 24 - Edwin Lemare, organist and composer, 68
  • October 3 - Henri Marteau, violinist, 60
  • October 13 - Theodore Baker, musicologist, 83
  • October 14 - Leonid Sobinov, operatic tenor, 62 (heart attack)
  • November 12 - Henri Verbrugghen, violinist and conductor, 61
  • December 15 - Bernhard Sekles, composer and music teacher, 62
  • December 19 - Francis Planté, pianist, 95
  • date unknown
  • Eddie Anthony, jazz violinist
  • Olimpia Boronat, operatic soprano
  • Alice Verlet, operatic soprano (b. 1873)
  • References

    1934 in music Wikipedia


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