This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1942.
March 5 - World première of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), given by the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra conducted by Samuil Samosud at Kuybyshev in Russia and broadcast across the Soviet Union. Premières in Moscow, London and New York follow by the end of July.
March 27 - Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva, and Glenn Wallichs take the first legal steps towards founding Capitol Records.
June 22 - The Paronyan Musical Comedy Theatre of Yerevan opens in Yerevan, Armenia.
July 8 - Music variety show Uncle Walter's Doghouse is broadcast for the last time on NBC radio.
July 21 - In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Goldman Band performs a unique concert, playing all original works. This is the first time a concert of music originally composed for the wind ensemble has been performed.
August 9 - Leningrad première of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 with the city still under siege.
Bunk Johnson makes his first recordings.
James Petrillo, leader of the American Federation of Musicians, orders a ban on musicians recording new material. The labels Decca and Capitol negotiate an end to the ban in 1943, but RCA Victor and Columbia Records hold out until 1944. The strike does not include live performances in concerts and on the radio.
Song Hits from Holiday Inn - Bing Crosby
Selections from George Gershwin's Folk Opera Porgy and Bess - Various Artists
1942 in music Wikipedia
The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1942."A String of Pearls"" by Glenn Miller
"American Patrol" by Glenn Miller
"Be Careful It's My Heart" by Bing Crosby
"Blues In the Night" by Woody Herman
"Cow-Cow Boogie" by Freddie Slack and Ella Mae Morse
"Der Fuehrer's Face" by Spike Jones
"Deep in the Heart of Texas" recorded by
Ted Weems and His Orchestra With Perry Como
"Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" recorded by
The Andrews Sisters
The Four King Sisters
"Flying Home" by Lionel Hampton
"For Me And My Gal" by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly
"He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings" by Kay Kyser
"He's My Guy" by Harry James
"I Don't Want To Walk Without You" by Harry James
"I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen" by Sammy Kaye
"I'm Gonna Leave You on the Outskirts of Town" by Louis Jordan
"Jersey Bounce" by Benny Goodman
"Jitterbug Waltz" by Thomas “Fats” Waller and His Rhythm
"Jingle, Jangle, Jingle" by Kay Kyser
"Kalamazoo" by Glenn Miller
"Manhattan Serenade" by Harry James
"Mister Five by Five" recorded by
The Andrews Sisters
"Moonlight Cocktail" by Glenn Miller
"My Devotion" by Vaughn Monroe
"Night And Day" by Frank Sinatra
"One Dozen Roses" by Harry James
"Sleepy Lagoon" by Harry James
"Somebody Else Is Taking My Place" by Benny Goodman
"Strictly Instrumental" by Harry James (m. Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Bennie Benjamin, Edgar Battle)
"Strip Polka" recorded by
The Andrews Sisters
"The Lamplighter's Serenade" by Frank Sinatra
"The Sunshine of Your Smile" by Frank Sinatra
"Tangerine" recorded by
"Trav'lin' Light" by Paul Whiteman
"White Christmas" - Bing Crosby (The best-selling song of all time from a film)
"Who Wouldn't Love You?" by Kay Kyser
"C Jam Blues" m. Duke Ellington
""Murder", He Says!" w. Frank Loesser m. Jimmy McHugh
"Abraham" w.m. Irving Berlin
"Ain't Got A Dime To My Name" w. Johnny Burke m. Jimmy Van Heusen
"At Last" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Warren
"Baltimore Oriole" w. Paul Francis Webster & Hoagy Carmichael
"Be Careful, It's My Heart" w.m. Irving Berlin
"Be Like The Kettle And Sing" w.m. Connor, O'Connor & Ridley
"Boom Shot" w. Glenn Miller & Billy May, under pseudonym Arletta May
"Born To Lose" w.m. Frankie Brown
"Constantly" w. Johnny Burke m. Jimmy Van Heusen. Introduced by Bing Crosby in the film Road to Morocco
"Cow-Cow Boogie" w.m. Don Raye, Gene de Paul & Benny Carter
"Dearly Beloved" w. Johnny Mercer m. Jerome Kern
"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" w. Bob Russell m. Duke Ellington
"Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" w. Lew Brown & Charles Tobias m. Sam H. Stept
"Ev'rything I've Got" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers from the musical By Jupiter
"Glissando" m. John Serry, Sr.
"Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe" w. E. Y. Harburg m. Harold Arlen
"Happy Holiday" w.m. Irving Berlin
"Holiday for Strings" m. David Rose
"The House I Live In" w.m. Earl Robinson & Lewis Allan
"I Came Here To Talk For Joe" w. Charles Tobias & Lew Brown m. Sam H. Stept
"I Get the Neck of the Chicken" w. Frank Loesser m. Jimmy McHugh. Introduced by Marcy McGuire in the film Seven Days' Leave
"I Had the Craziest Dream" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Warren. Introduced by Helen Forrest with Harry James and his Music in the film Springtime in the Rockies.
"I Heard You Cried Last Night" w. Jerrie Kruger m. Ted Grouya
"I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen" w.m. Irving Berlin
"I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City" w.m. Leon René & Johnny Lange
"I Threw A Kiss In The Ocean" w.m. Irving Berlin
"If You Are But A Dream" w.m. Moe Jaffe, Jack Fulton & Nat Bonx
"If You Build A Better Mousetrap" Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger
"I'll Be Around" w.m. Alec Wilder
"I'll Capture Your Heart" w.m. Irving Berlin
"I'll Take Tallulah" w. E. Y. Harburg m. Burton Lane
"I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep" w.m. Irving Berlin
"I'm Old Fashioned" w. Johnny Mercer m. Jerome Kern
"In The Blue Of Evening" w. Tom Adair m. Alfred D'Artega
"It Must Be Jelly ('Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That)" w. Sunny Skylar m. Chummy MacGregor & George Williams
"It Started All Over Again" w. Bill Carey m. Carl Fischer
"(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Warren
"I've Heard That Song Before" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jule Styne
"Jingle Jangle Jingle" w. Frank Loesser m. Joseph J. Lilley
"Johnny Doughboy Found A Rose In Ireland" w. Kay Twomey m. Al Goodhart
"Juke Box Saturday Night" w. Al Stillman m. Paul McGrane
"The Lamplighter's Serenade" w. Paul Francis Webster m. Hoagy Carmichael
"Let's Get Lost" w. Frank Loesser m. Jimmy McHugh
"Let's Start The New Year Right" w.m. Irving Berlin
"Lover Man" w.m. Jimmy Davis, Roger "Ram"Ramirez & Jimmy Sherman
"Mad About Him, Sad About Him, How Can I Be Glad About Him Blues" w.m. Larry Markes & Dick Charles
"Mister Five By Five" w.m. Don Raye & Gene de Paul
"Moonlight Becomes You" w. Johnny Burke m. Jimmy Van Heusen
"My Devotion" w.m. Roc Hillman & Johnny Napton
"One Dozen Roses" w. Roger Lewis & Country Washburn m. Dick Jurgens & Walter Donovan
"Pennsylvania Polka" w.m. Lester Lee & Zeke Manners
"People Like You And Me" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Warren
"Perdido" w. Hans Lengsfelder & Ervin Drake m. Juan Tizol
"Pistol Packin' Mama" w.m. Al Dexter
"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" w.m. Frank Loesser
"Put Your Dreams Away" w.m. Ruth Lowe, Stephan Weiss & Paul Mann
"The Road To Morocco" w. Johnny Burke m. Jimmy Van Heusen
"Rose Ann Of Charing Cross" w. Kermit Goell m. Mabel Wayne
"Serenade in Blue" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Warren
"Skylark" w. Johnny Mercer m. Hoagy Carmichael
"Strip Polka" w.m. Johnny Mercer
"Tarantella" m. John Serry, Sr.
"That Old Black Magic" w. Johnny Mercer m. Harold Arlen
"That's Sabotage" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Warren
"There Are Such Things" w.m. Stanley Adams, Abel Baer & George W. Meyer
"There Will Never Be Another You" w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Warren
"There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" w.m. Paul Roberts & Shelby Darnell
"This Is The Army, Mr Jones" w.m. Irving Berlin
"This Is Worth Fighting For" w. Eddie De Lange m. Sam H. Stept
"Three Little Sisters" w.m. Irving Taylor & Vic Mizzy
"Trav'lin' Light" w. Sidney Clare m. Harry Akst
"Tweedle-O-Twill" w.m. Gene Autry & Fred Rose
"Wait Till You See Her" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers. Introduced by Ronnie Graham in the musical By Jupiter
"Warsaw Concerto" m. Richard Addinsell
"Well, Git It!" m. Sy Oliver
"When the Lights Go On Again" w.m. Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus & Bennie Benjamin
"White Christmas" w.m. Irving Berlin
"Who Wouldn't Love You?" w. Bill Carey m. Carl Fischer
"Why Don't You Do Right?" w.m. Joe McCoy
"Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me?" w. Al Lewis m. Mabel Wayne
"You Were Never Lovelier" w. Johnny Mercer m. Jerome Kern
"You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" w.m. Cole Porter. Performed in the 1943 musical film Something to Shout About by Don Ameche and Janet Blair.
Alessandro Casagrande - Messa, in re minore, per soli coro e orchestra
Aaron Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man
Camargo Guarnieri - Abertura Concertante
Carlos Guastavino - Once Upon A Time (ballet)
Aram Khachaturian - Gayane (ballet)
Paul von Klenau
Symphony No. 8 Im Alten Stil
String Quartet No. 2
Gerald Finzi - Let Us Garlands Bring Op. 18, song cycle on texts by Shakespeare
Bohuslav Martinů - Piano Quartet No. 1
Robert de Roos - String Quartet No. 2
Arnold Schoenberg - Piano Concerto, Op. 42
Igor Stravinsky - Four Norwegian Moods
Heitor Villa-Lobos – String Quartet No. 7
Dmitri Kabalevsky - In the Fire
By Jupiter, Broadway production opened at the Shubert Theatre on June 2 and ran for 421 performances
Du Barry Was A Lady, London production opened at His Majesty's Theatre on October 22 and ran for 178 performances
Let's Face It!, London production opened at the Hippodrome on November 19 and ran for 348 performances
Priorities of 1942 Broadway Revue opened March 12 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 353 performances.
Show Time Broadway Revue opened September 16 at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 342 performances.
Star and Garter Broadway Revue opened on June 24 at the Music Box Theatre and ran for 605 performances.
Stars on Ice Broadway Revue opened July 2 at the Center Theatre and ran for 827 performances.
This Is the Army Broadway Revue opened July 4 at the Broadway Theatre and ran for 113 performances.
Academia El Tango Argentino, starring Warly Ceriani.
Almost Married, starring Jane Frazee, Robert Paige, Eugene Pallette and Elizabeth Patterson. Directed by Charles Lamont.
Bala Nagamma, starring Kanchanamala.
The Balloon Goes Up, starring Ethel Revnell, Gracie West, Donald Peers and Ronald Shiner. Directed by Redd Davis.
Behind the Eight Ball, starring The Ritz Brothers, Carol Bruce, Dick Foran, Grace McDonald, Johnny Downs and William Demarest. Directed by Edward F. Cline.
Bhakta Potana, starring Chittor V. Nagaiah.
Born To Sing, starring Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Leo Gorcey and Rags Ragland. Directed by Edward Ludwig.
Broadway, starring George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Janet Blair, Broderick Crawford and Marjorie Rambeau. Directed by William A. Seiter.
Cairo, starring Jeanette MacDonald, Robert Young and Ethel Waters.
The Fleet's In, starring Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton, and featuring Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra with vocals by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell.
Footlight Serenade, starring Betty Grable and John Payne.
For Me and My Gal, starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly.
Get Hep to Love, starring Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor, Jane Frazee, Robert Paige, Peggy Ryan and Cora Sue Collins
Give Out, Sisters, starring Laverne Andrews, Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Dan Dailey and Donald O'Connor
I Married An Angel, starring Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy and Edward Everett Horton.
Joan of Ozark, starring Judy Canova, Joe E. Brown and Eddie Foy Jr.
King Arthur Was a Gentleman, starring Arthur Askey, Evelyn Dall and Anne Shelton
Melodías de América, directed by Eduardo Morera
Moonlight in Havana, starring Allan Jones and Jane Frazee
My Favorite Spy, starring Kay Kyser & his Band, Ellen Drew and Jane Wyman. Directed by Tay Garnett.
Orchestra Wives, starring Ann Rutherford, George Montgomery, and Glenn Miller.
Panama Hattie, starring Red Skelton, Ann Sothern, Virginia O'Brien and Dan Dailey, and featuring Lena Horne.
Priorities on Parade, starring Ann Miller, Johnnie Johnston, Jerry Colonna and Betty Jane Rhodes
Rhythm Parade, starring Nils T. Grunland, Gale Storm, Robert Lowery, The Mills Brothers and Ted Fio Rito and his Orchestra. Directed by Dave Gould and Howard Bretherton.
Ride 'Em Cowboy, starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and Dick Foran and featuring Ella Fitzgerald and The Merry Macs.
Rio Rita, starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Kathryn Grayson and John Carroll
Road To Morocco, starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.
Rose of Tralee, starring John Longden, Lesley Brook and Angela Glynne.
Seven Days' Leave, starring Victor Mature, Lucille Ball and Buddy Clark and featuring Ginny Simms, Les Brown & his Orchestra and Freddy Martin & his Orchestra
Ship Ahoy, starring Eleanor Powell and Red Skelton.
Sleepytime Gal, released March 5, starring Judy Canova and Ruth Terry and featuring Skinnay Ennis & his Orchestra.
Springtime in the Rockies, released November 6, starring Carmen Miranda, Betty Grable and John Payne and featuring Harry James and his Music and Six Hits and a Miss.
Star Spangled Rhythm, starring Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken, and featuring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Mary Martin, Dick Powell and Vera Zorina.
Strictly in the Groove, starring Mary Healy, Richard Davies and Leon Errol and featuring Martha Tilton, The Dinning Sisters and Ozzie Nelson & his Band
Sweater Girl, released July 13, starring Eddie Bracken and June Preisser and featuring Betty Jane Rhodes.
We'll Smile Again, starring Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen and Meinhart Maur.
Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Irene Manning and Frances Langford.
You Were Never Lovelier, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
January 1 - Country Joe McDonald, singer
January 4 - Precious Bryant, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died 2013)
January 5 - Maurizio Pollini, pianist
January 8 - John Petersen (The Beau Brummels, Harpers Bizarre)
January 11 - Clarence Clemons, musician (died 2011)
William Francis (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show)
Barbara Lynn, R&B guitarist and singer
January 18 - Bobby Goldsboro, singer-songwriter
January 19 - Nara Leão, Brazilian singer (died 1989)
January 20 - William Powell (The O'Jays) (died 1977)
January 21 - Edwin Starr, singer (died 2003)
January 30 - Marty Balin, vocalist (Jefferson Airplane)
February 2 - Graham Nash, singer-songwriter (The Hollies) (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
February 5 - Cory Wells, vocalist (Three Dog Night) (died 2015)
February 8 - Terry Melcher, American singer-songwriter and producer (Bruce & Terry) (died 2004)
February 9 - Carole King, singer-songwriter
February 11 - Otis Clay, gospel/R&B-singer (died 2016)
February 13 - Peter Tork, musician/actor (The Monkees)
February 19 - Phil Coulter, folk musician and songwriter
February 28 - Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) (died 1969)
March 2 - Lou Reed, singer-songwriter
March 3 - Mike Pender, vocalist (The Searchers)
March 13 - Meic Stevens, singer-songwriter
March 15 - Jerry Jeff Walker, country singer
March 20 - Robin Luke, rockabilly singer
March 25 - Aretha Franklin, soul singer
March 28 - Samuel Ramey, operatic bass
Phil Margo (The Tokens)
Danny Brooks (The Dovells)
Annie Nightingale, DJ
Alan Blakely (The Tremeloes)
Leon Russell, singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist (died 2016)
Phil Castrodale (The Reflections)
Wayne Newton, singer
Billy Joe Royal, singer
April 4 - Major Lance, R&B singer (died 1994)
April 5 - Allan Clarke, singer (The Hollies)
April 8 - Roger Chapman, vocalist (Family)
April 18 - Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann)
April 19 - Alan Price, singer-songwriter and keyboard player
April 24 - Barbra Streisand, US singer and actress
April 26 - Bobby Rydell, US singer and sometime actor
Vincent Poncia Jr. (Tradewinds)
Klaus Voormann (Manfred Mann)
May 4 - Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) (died 2011)
May 5 - Tammy Wynette, country singer (died 1998)
May 6 - Colin Earl (Mungo Jerry)
May 9 - Tommy Roe, singer
Ian Dury, singer-songwriter (died 2000)
Billy Swan, singer and songwriter
May 18 - Albert Hammond, singer-songwriter
May 20 - Jill Jackson ("Paula"), singer
May 23 - Fred Wedlock, folk singer
May 26 - Ray Ennis (The Swinging Blue Jeans)
June 3 - Curtis Mayfield, singer, songwriter and record producer (died 1999)
June 6 - Paul Esswood, countertenor
June 8 - Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night)
June 12 - Len Barry, singer
June 15 - Birgitte Alsted, Danish violinist, teacher and composer
June 16 - Edward Levert (O'Jays)
Paul McCartney, singer, songwriter & composer
Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (died 2004)
Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang)
Ralna English, American singer
June 20 - Brian Wilson, songwriter
June 24 - Mick Fleetwood, drummer
June 27 - Bruce Johnston, American musician (The Beach Boys)
June 28 - David Miner (The Great Society), musician & record producer
July 4 - Peter Rowan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Earth Opera) (Old and in the Way)
July 5 - Matthias Bamert, conductor
Swamp Dogg, soul singer
Steve Young, country singer
Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)
Jay Uzzell (The Corsairs)
Stephen Jo Bladd (The J. Geils Band)
July 18 - Bobby Susser, American songwriter and producer
July 25 - Bruce Woodly (The Seekers)
July 27 - Kim Fowley, record producer and songwriter
August 1 - Jerry Garcia, guitarist (Grateful Dead) (died 1995)
August 5 - Rick Huxley (The Dave Clark Five)
B. J. Thomas, singer
Caetano Veloso, Brazilian singer/songwriter
August 8 - Jay David (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show)
Mike Hugg, singer, songwriter & instrumentalist (Manfred Mann)
Guy Villari (The Regents)
August 16 - Barbara George, R&B singer-songwriter (died 2006)
August 20 - Isaac Hayes, soul and funk musician (died 2008)
August 22 - Joseph Chambers (Chambers Brothers)
August 25 - Walter Williams (O'Jays)
August 27 - Daryl Dragon (The Captain & Tennille)
August 29 - Sterling Morrison (The Velvet Underground) (d. 1995)
September 3 - Al Jardine (The Beach Boys)
September 4 - Merald "Bubba" Knight (Gladys Knight and the Pips)
September 8 - Sal Valentino (The Beau Brummels)
September 10 - Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night)
September 15 - Lee Dorman, bassist (died 2012)
September 16 - Bernie Calvert (The Hollies)
Danny Kalb (Blues Project)
Freda Payne, singer
Jill Gomez, soprano
U-Roy, reggae musician
Phyllis Allbut (The Angels)
Ilkka "Danny" Lipsanen, Finnish singer
Gerry Marsden, singer and actor ("Gerry" of Gerry & the Pacemakers)
September 27 - Alvin Stardust, singer
September 29 - Jean-Luc Ponty, violinist
Gus Dudgeon, record producer (died 2002)
Mike Harrison, (Spooky Tooth)
Frankie Lymon, singer (died 1968)
October 5 - Richard Street (The Temptations) (died 2013)
Melvin Franklin (The Temptations) (died 1995)
Daliah Lavi, Israeli actress and singer
October 17 - Gary Puckett, singer
October 21 - Elvin Bishop, guitarist
Annette Funicello, singer and actress (died 2013)
Bobby Fuller (The Bobby Fuller Four) (died 1966)
October 24 - Don Gant, singer/songwriter, record producer
October 26 - Milton Nascimento, Brazilian singer/songwriter
October 27 - Lee Greenwood, country singer-songwriter
November 5 - Pierangelo Bertoli, Italian singer-songwriter (d. 2002)
November 7 - Johnny Rivers, singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer
John P. Hammond, blues singer and guitarist
Roger Lee Hall, composer and musicologist
November 15 - Daniel Barenboim, pianist and conductor
November 17 - Bob Gaudio (The Four Seasons)
Norman Greenbaum, singer
Meredith Monk, composer
November 27 - Jimi Hendrix, rock guitarist (died 1970)
December 4 - Chris Hillman (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Desert Rose Band)
December 7 - Harry Chapin, singer-songwriter (died 1981)
December 8 - Bobby Elliott, drummer (The Hollies)
December 13 - Neil Aspinall, road manager for the Beatles (died 2008)
December 15 - Dave Clark (The Dave Clark Five)
December 17 - Paul Butterfield, blues musician and singer (died 1987)
Dinah Christie, English-born Canadian actress and singer
Jerry Summers (The Dovells)
December 30 - Michael Nesmith, singer-songwriter (The Monkees)
December 31 - Andy Summers, guitarist (The Police), (Eric Burdon & the Animals)
January 1 - Jaroslav Ježek, composer, 35 (kidney disease)
January 2 - Henriette Gottlieb, operatic soprano, 57
Harry Champion, music hall composer, 76
Fred Fisher, songwriter, 66
February 15 - Stanislav Binički, Serbian composer, conductor and music teacher, 69
Vera Timanova, Russian pianist, 87
Stefan Zweig, Jewish librettist of Richard Strauss, 60
February 25 - Leo Ascher, composer and songwriter, 61
March 2 - Charlie Christian, jazz guitarist, 25 (tuberculosis)
March 15 - Alexander von Zemlinsky, conductor and composer, 70
March 20 - Aksel Agerby, composer, organist, and music administrator, 52
April 3 - Paul Gilson, composer, 76
April 11 - Frederick Hobbs, singer, actor and theatre manager, 61
April 27 - Emil von Sauer, pianist and composer, 79
May 14 - Frank Churchill, US composer, 40 (suicide)
May 15 - T-Bone Slim, poet and songwriter (born 1880)
May 26 - Libero Bovio, Neapolitan lyricist, 68
June 2 - Bunny Berigan, jazz trumpeter, 33 (hemorrhage)
Ernst Heuser, composer, 79
Walter Leigh, composer, 36 (killed in action)
June 17 - Jessie Bond, singer and actress in Gilbert & Sullivan, 89
Arthur Pryor, trombonist and bandleader, 71
Daniel Alomía Robles, Peruvian composer and musicologist, 71
Jimmy Blanton, jazz double-bassist, 23 (tuberculosis)
Dorothy Silk, soprano, 59
August 12 - Pasquale Amato, operatic baritone, 64
August 18 - Erwin Schulhoff, pianist and composer, 48 (tuberculosis)
August 22 - Michel Fokine, dancer and choreographer, 62
August 28 - Caleb Simper, organist and composer, 85
October 15 - Dame Marie Tempest, opera and musical comedy singer, 78
October 23 - Ralph Rainger, US composer and pianist, 41 (air crash)
November 1 - Hugo Distler, composer, 34 (suicide)
November 5 - George M. Cohan, songwriter and music hall star, 64
December 18 - António D'Andrade, opera singer, 88
November 24 - Peadar Kearney, lyricist of the Irish national anthem, 58
December 20 - Jean Gilbert, composer and conductor, 63
December 25 - George L. Cobb, ragtime composer, 56