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1950 in music

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1950 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1950.

Contents

Events

  • January 3 – Sam Phillips launches Sun Records at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • March 14 – Pablo Casals terminates his recording contract with RCA Records and signs with their chief competitor, Columbia Records.
  • June 26 - Louis Armstrong records the first American version of C'est si bon with the English lyrics by Jerry Seelen.
  • August 29 – The first American Music Competition of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity is won by Richard Winslow for Huswifery, a choral composition for women's voices.
  • August – Herbert Howells' Hymnus Paradisi is premiered at the Three Choirs Festival.
  • October 1 – Italian composer Luciano Berio marries American mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian.
  • October 11 – On temporary release from Ellis Island pending a deportation decision from U. S. immigration authorities, 20-year-old Friedrich Gulda makes his Carnegie Hall debut.
  • November – The Eleanor Steber Award is won by soprano Willabelle Underwood.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach is reburied in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig.
  • Malcolm Sargent becomes chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Isaak Dunayevsky is named People's Artist of the USSR.
  • Mitch Miller signs as A&R man with Columbia Records.
  • Patti Page becomes the first (and only) artist to have a Number One record on the Pop, R&B and Country charts concurrently.
  • Al Cernick is signed to Columbia by Mitch Miller, who changes the singer's name to Guy Mitchell.
  • Columbia Records lures Jo Stafford away from Capitol.
  • Georgia Gibbs leaves the Majestic label and scores her first charting single with Coral.
  • Bandleader Les Baxter founds the school of "Outer Space" exotica.
  • Sam Cooke replaces R. H. Harris as lead singer of The Soul Stirrers.
  • Albums released

  • American Folks Songs – Jo Stafford
  • Auld Lang Syne – Bing Crosby
  • Autumn in New York – Jo Stafford
  • Barber Shop Ballads – The Mills Brothers
  • Blue of the Night – Bing Crosby
  • The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert – Benny Goodman
  • Christmas Greetings – Bing Crosby
  • Cole Porter Songs – Bing Crosby
  • Country Feelin – Dinah Shore
  • Drifting and Dreaming – Bing Crosby
  • Ella Sings Gershwin – Ella Fitzgerald
  • The Fat Man – Fats Domino
  • Frankie Laine – Frankie Laine
  • Going My Way – Bing Crosby
  • Historical America in Song – Burl Ives
  • King Cole Trio – King Cole Trio
  • King Cole Trio Volume 2 – King Cole Trio
  • Live at Carnegie Hall – Benny Goodman
  • Oh! Susanna – Al Jolson
  • Porgy and Bess – Various Artists
  • Sing a Song of Christmas – The Ames Brothers
  • Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra – Frank Sinatra
  • Songs By Gershwin – Bing Crosby
  • Songs of Faith – Jo Stafford
  • Songs for Sunday Evening – Jo Stafford
  • Tea for Two – Doris Day
  • Two Loves Have I – Frankie Laine
  • Voice of the Xtabay – Yma Sumac
  • Young Man with a Horn – Doris Day
  • No. 1 hit singles

    These singles reached the top of Billboard magazine's charts in 1950.

    Biggest hit singles

    The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1950.

    Top hit records

  • "A-Razz-A-Ma-Tazz" – Georgia Gibbs
  • "All My Love (Bolero)" – Patti Page
  • "Anema e core" - Tito Schipa
  • "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" – Al Jolson
  • "Ballin' The Jack", recorded by
  • Georgia Gibbs
  • Danny Kaye
  • "Be My Love" – Mario Lanza
  • "Bewitched" – Doris Day
  • "Black Lace" – Frankie Laine
  • "Boo-Hoo" – Guy Lombardo & The Lombardo Trio
  • "A Bushel And A Peck" – Perry Como & Betty Hutton
  • "Can Anyone Explain? (No, No, No!)" – The Ames Brothers
  • "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" – Red Foley
  • "Count Every Star", recorded by
  • Ray Anthony and His Orchestra
  • Dick Haymes and Artie Shaw
  • Hugo Winterhalter
  • "Cry Of The Wild Goose" – Frankie Laine
  • "Daddy's Little Girl" – The Mills Brothers
  • "Dear, Dear, Dear" – Frankie Laine
  • "Domino" - André Claveau
  • "Dream a Little Dream of Me" – Frankie Laine
  • "A Dreamer's Holiday" – Buddy Clark & The Girlfriends
  • "El rancho 'e la Cambicha" - Antonio Tormo
  • "Enjoy Yourself" – Guy Lombardo (Kenny Gardner & The Lombardo Trio vocals)
  • "Goodnight, Irene" – The Weavers
  • "Harbor Lights" – Sammy Kaye
  • "Here Comes Santa Claus" – Andrews Sisters
  • "Hymne à l'amour (Hymn To Love)" – Édith Piaf
  • "I Can Dream, Can't I?" – The Andrews Sisters
  • "I Love You For That" – Patti Page & Frankie Laine
  • "I Wanna Be Loved" – The Andrews Sisters
  • "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" – Eileen Barton
  • "I'm Movin' On" – Hank Snow
  • "It Isn't Fair" – Sammy Kaye (Don Cornell vocal)
  • "Let's Go West Again" – Al Jolson
  • "A Man Gets Awfully Lonesome" – Frankie Laine
  • "Mona Lisa" – Nat King Cole
  • "Music, Maestro, Please" – Frankie Laine
  • "Music! Music! Music!" – Teresa Brewer
  • "My Foolish Heart, recorded by
  • Billy Eckstine
  • Gordon Jenkins
  • "My Heart Cries For You" – Guy Mitchell
  • "Nevertheless" – The Mills Brothers
  • "No Other Love" – Jo Stafford
  • "The Old Piano Roll Blues" Al Jolson & The Andrews Sisters
  • "Patricia" – Perry Como
  • "Peter Cottontail" – Gene Autry
  • "Play A Simple Melody" – Gary Crosby & Friend (Bing Crosby)
  • "Rag Mop" – The Ames Brothers
  • "Red Hot Mama" – Georgia Gibbs
  • "The Roving Kind" – Guy Mitchell
  • "Sentimental Me" – The Ames Brothers
  • "Sleepy Ol' River" – Frankie Laine
  • "Someday", recorded by
  • The Mills Brothers
  • Vaughn Monroe
  • "Sometime" – The Mariners
  • "Stars & Stripes Forever" – Frankie Laine
  • "Swingin' In A Hammock" – Guy Lombardo (Don Rodney & The Lombardo Trio vocals)
  • "The Tennessee Waltz" – Patti Page
  • "There's No Tomorrow" – Tony Martin
  • "The Thing" – Phil Harris
  • "Thinking of You" – Don Cherry
  • "The Third Man Theme", recorded by
  • Anton Karas
  • Guy Lombardo
  • "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming" – Patti Page
  • Top R&B hits on record

  • "Double Crossin' Blues" – Johnny Otis with Little Esther & the Robins
  • Published popular music

  • "Adelaide's Lament" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "African Bolero" m. John Serry, Sr.
  • "American Beauty Rose" w.m. Hal David, Redd Evans & Arthur Altman
  • "Be My Love" w. Sammy Cahn m. Nicholas Brodszky
  • "The Best Thing For You" w.m. Irving Berlin
  • "Blind Date" w.m. Sid Robin
  • "A Bushel And A Peck" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "Candy And Cake" w.m. Bob Merrill
  • "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" w.m. Harry Stone & Jack Stapp
  • "Choo'n Gum" w. Mann Curtis m. Vic Mizzy
  • "Cold, Cold Heart" w.m. Hank Williams
  • "The Cry of the Wild Goose" w.m. Terry Gilkyson
  • "Dearie" w.m. Bob Hilliard & David Mann
  • "Domino" w. (Eng) Don Raye (Fr) Jacques Plante m. Louis Ferrari
  • "Freight Train" w. Paul James & Fred Williams m. trad arr. Elizabeth Cotton
  • "The French Can-Can Polka" w. Jimmy Kennedy m. Jacques Offenbach
  • "From This Moment On" w.m. Cole Porter
  • "Frosty the Snowman" w.m. Steve Nelson & Jack Rollins
  • "Fugue For Tinhorns" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "Get Out Those Old Records" w.m. Carmen Lombardo & John Jacob Loeb
  • "Gone Fishin'" w.m. Nick Kenny & Charles Kenny
  • "Guys and Dolls" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "Home Cookin"' w.m. Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
  • "Hoop-Dee-Doo" w. Frank Loesser m. Milton De Lugg
  • "The Hostess With The Mostes' On The Ball" w.m. Irving Berlin. Introduced by Ethel Merman in the musical Call Me Madam
  • "I Almost Lost My Mind" w.m. Ivory Joe Hunter
  • "I Didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, I Fell" w.m. Edward Pola & George Wyle
  • "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" w.m. Mack David
  • "I Leave My Heart in an English Garden" w.m. Harry Parr-Davies and Christopher Hassall from the musical Dear Miss Phoebe
  • "I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat" w.m. Alan Livingston, Billy May & Warren Foster
  • "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake" w.m. Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill & Clem Watts
  • "If I Were A Bell" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "I'll Know" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "I'll Never Be Free" w.m. Bennie Benjamin & George David Weiss
  • "I'm Movin' On" w.m. Hank Snow
  • "It Is No Secret" w.m. Stuart Hamblen
  • "It's A Lovely Day Today" w.m. Irving Berlin
  • "I've Never Been In Love Before" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "Ivory Rag" Lou Busch, Jack Elliott
  • "La Culebra" m. John Serry, Sr.
  • "Little White Duck" w.m. Walt Barrows & Bernard Zaritsky
  • "The Loveliest Night Of The Year" w. Paul Francis Webster m. Juventino P. Rosas
  • "Luck Be a Lady" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "Lucky Lucky Lucky Me" Berle, Arnold
  • "Marry The Man Today" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "Marrying For Love" w.m. Irving Berlin
  • "More I Cannot Wish You" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "My Heart Cries For You" w.m. Carl Sigman & Percy Faith
  • "My Time Of Day" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "No Other Love" adapt from Chopin's Etude No 3 in E, Opus 10. w.m. Bob Russell & Paul Weston
  • "The Old Piano Roll Blues" w.m. Cy Coben
  • "The Oldest Established" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "Orange Colored Sky" w.m. Milton De Lugg & William Stein
  • "Patricia" w.m. Benny Davis
  • "(Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You" w.m. Stuart Hamblen
  • "The Roving Kind" adapt. w.m. Jessie Cavanaugh & Arnold Stanton
  • "Sam's Song" w. Jack Elliott m. Lew Quadling
  • "Shot Gun Boogie" w.m. Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • "Silver Bells" w.m. Jay Livingston & Ray Evans. Introduced by Bob Hope in the 1951 Musical film The Lemon Drop Kid.
  • "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat" w.m. Frank Loesser. Introduced by Stubby Kaye in the musical Guys and Dolls.
  • "Sixty Minute Man" w.m. Billy Ward & Rose Marks
  • "Sleigh Ride" w. Mitchell Parish m. Leroy Anderson
  • "Sue Me" w.m. Frank Loesser
  • "The Syncopated Clock" w. Mitchell Parish m. Leroy Anderson
  • "Take Back Your Mink" w.m. Frank Loesser. Introduced by Vivian Blaine in the musical Guys and Dolls.
  • "The Thing" w.m. Charles R. Grean
  • "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena" adapt. trad Hebrew w. (Eng) Mitchell Parish m. Issachar Miron (Stefan Michrovsky) & Julius Grossman
  • "You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry" w.m. Bob Merrill & Terry Shand
  • "You're Just In Love" w.m. Irving Berlin
  • Compositions

  • Hendrik Andriessen – Concerto for Organ and Orchestra
  • Malcolm Arnold – English Dances for orchestra, op. 27
  • Alexander Arutiunian – Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
  • Arno Babadjanian – Heroic Ballade
  • Ernest Bloch – Suite hébraïque
  • Karl-Birger Blomdahl – Symphony No. 3 Facetter
  • Pierre Boulez –
  • Polyphonie X
  • Le soleil des eaux, for soprano, chorus and orchestra (second version)
  • John Cage – String Quartet in Four Parts
  • Carlos Chávez – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
  • Jani Christou – First Symphony
  • Arnold Cooke – Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello
  • George Crumb – A Cycle of Greek Lyrics for voice and piano
  • Henri Dutilleux – Blackbird for piano
  • Jesús Guridi – String Quartet in A minor
  • Eivind Groven
  • Hjalarljod Overture, Op. 38
  • Piano Concerto, Op. 39a
  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann – Symphony No. 5 Symphonie Concertante
  • Hans Henkemans – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
  • Ernst Krenek – Suite for String Trio Parvula Corona Musicalis
  • Bohuslav Martinů –
  • Concerto No. 2 for two violins and orchestra
  • Duo No. 2, for Violin and Viola
  • Intermezzo for Large Orchestra
  • Sinfonietta La Jolla, in A major, for piano and chamber orchestra
  • Trio No. 2, for violin, cello, and piano, in D minor
  • Luigi Nono – Variazioni canoniche sulla serie dell’op.41 di A. Schönberg, for chamber orchestra
  • Vincent Persichetti – Divertimento for Band
  • Allan Pettersson – First Concerto for Strings
  • Walter Piston – Symphony No.4
  • Theodor Rogalski – Three Romanian Dances for orchestra
  • Arnold Schoenberg –
  • Psalm 130 "De profundis", op. 50b
  • Modern Psalm, op. 50c (unfinished)
  • Style and Idea (collection of essays and other works, translated by Dika Newlin)
  • Humphrey Searle – Poem for 22 Strings
  • John Serry, Sr. – Eight Accordion Quartet Arrangements
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen –
  • Choral ("Wer uns trug mit Schmerzen in dies Leben"), for a cappella choir, Nr. 1/9 (1950)
  • Chöre für Doris, for a cappella choir, Nr. 1/11 (1950)
  • Drei Lieder, for alto voice and chamber orchestra, Nr. 1/10 (1950)
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos –
  • String Quartet No. 12
  • Symphony No. 8
  • Opera

  • Luigi Dallapiccola – Job
  • Norman Dello Joio – The Triumph of Saint Joan
  • Lukas Foss – The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (opera in two scenes, libretto by Jean Karsavina, premiered on May 18, 1950, at Indiana University)
  • Vittorio Giannini – The Taming of the Shrew
  • Gian-Carlo Menotti – The Consul
  • Musical theatre

  • Carousel (Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics and Book: Oscar Hammerstein II.) London production opened at the Drury Lane Theatre on June 7 and ran for 566 performances.
  • Dear Miss Phoebe London production opened at the Phoenix Theatre on October 13 and ran for 283 performances
  • Guys and Dolls (Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser Book: Abe Burrows & Jo Swerling). Broadway production opened at the 46th Street Theatre on November 24 and ran for 1200 performances.
  • The Highwayman Music, Lyrics & Book: Edmond Samuels. Australian production opened at the Kings Theatre, Melbourne on November 18
  • Out Of This World Broadway production opened at the New Century Theatre on December 21 and ran for 157 performances.
  • Peter Pan Lyrics and Music: Leonard Bernstein. Broadway production opened at the Imperial Theatre on April 24 and ran for 321 performances
  • Musical films

  • Annie Get Your Gun (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin), starring Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern and Keenan Wynn.
  • Bhai Bahen, starring Geeta Bali and Bharat Bhushan.
  • Cinderella, animated film featuring the voice of Ilene Woods and Verna Felton.
  • Come Dance with Me featuring Anne Shelton and Anton Karas
  • Fancy Pants starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball
  • I'll Get By starring June Haver, Gloria DeHaven and Dennis Day, and featuring Harry James.
  • Mr. Music starring Bing Crosby and featuring Peggy Lee, Groucho Marx and Dorothy Kirsten.
  • Pagan Love Song starring Esther Williams and Howard Keel
  • Singing Guns released February 28 starring Vaughn Monroe, Ella Raines, Walter Brennan and Ward Bond
  • There's a Girl in My Heart starring Lee Bowman, Elyse Knox, Gloria Jean and Peggy Ryan
  • Three Little Words starring Fred Astaire, Red Skelton and Vera Ellen, and featuring Helen Kane dubbing for Debbie Reynolds.
  • The Toast of New Orleans starring Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza
  • Two Weeks With Love starring Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Louis Calhern, Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter.
  • The West Point Story starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Doris Day and Gordon MacRae
  • January – February

  • January 1
  • Morgan Fisher (Mott the Hoople)
  • Steve Ripley (The Tractors)
  • January 3 - Beth Anderson, American composer
  • January 5 – Chris Stein, guitarist and co-founder of Blondie
  • January 7 – Juan Gabriel, singer (died 2016)
  • January 9 – David Johansen, proto-punk singer (New York Dolls)
  • January 21 – Billy Ocean, singer
  • January 23
  • Luis Alberto Spinetta, "father of Argentine rock"
  • Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers)
  • Danny Federici (E Street Band)
  • January 26 – Paul Pena, singer, songwriter and guitarist (died 2005)
  • January 28 – Bob Hay, American singer-songwriter
  • January 29 – Max Carl, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player (Grand Funk Railroad)
  • February 1 – Mike Campbell, American guitarist, songwriter and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch)
  • February 2 – Ross Valory, American rock bass player (Journey and The Storm)
  • February 3 – John Schlitt, American Christian rock singer (Petra and Head East)
  • February 6 – Natalie Cole, African American singer, daughter of Nat King Cole (died 2015)
  • February 12 – Steve Hackett, guitarist and composer (Genesis)
  • February 13 – Peter Gabriel, singer and composer (Genesis)
  • February 14 – Roger Fisher, American guitarist (Heart and Alias)
  • February 15 – David Brown, bass guitarist (Santana) (died 2000)
  • February 19 – Andy Powell, rock guitarist (Wishbone Ash)
  • February 20 – Walter Becker, musician, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan)
  • February 23 – Steve Priest, guitarist and vocalist (Sweet)
  • February 26 – Jonathan Cain, rock musician (Journey)
  • March – April

  • March 2 – Karen Carpenter, singer (died 1983)
  • March 11 – Katia Labèque, pianist
  • March 20 – Carl Palmer, drummer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia)
  • March 21 – Roger Hodgson (Supertramp)
  • March 22 - David Golub, pianist and conductor (died 2000)
  • March 26 – Teddy Pendergrass, singer (died 2010)
  • March 27 – Tony Banks (Genesis)
  • April 5 – Agnetha Fältskog, singer (ABBA)
  • April 12 – David Cassidy, singer
  • April 12 – Ivar Frounberg, Danish composer and organist
  • April 22 – Peter Frampton, singer
  • April 24 – Rob Hyman (The Hooters)
  • April 25 – Steve Ferrone (Average White Band)
  • May – June

  • May 2 – Lou Gramm (Foreigner)
  • May 3 – Mary Hopkin, singer
  • May 4 – Darryl Hunt (The Pogues)
  • May 9 – Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick)
  • May 12 – Billy Squier, singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • May 13
  • Stevie Wonder, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
  • Danny Kirwan, guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)
  • May 16 – Ray Condo, singer, saxophonist, and guitarist (died 2004)
  • May 18 – Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo)
  • May 22 – Bernie Taupin, lyricist
  • May 29 – Rebbie Jackson, singer
  • May 24 – Terry Scott Taylor, record producer
  • June 1 – Graham Russell (Air Supply)
  • June 3 – Suzi Quatro, rock singer
  • June 5
  • Ronnie Dyson, singer and actor (died 1990)
  • Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf)
  • June 19 – Ann Wilson (Heart)
  • June 21 – Joey Kramer (Aerosmith)
  • July – August

  • July 4 – Tonio K, American singer-songwriter
  • July 5
  • Huey Lewis, singer and songwriter
  • Michael Monarch, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Steppenwolf, Detective, and World Classic Rockers)
  • July 10 – Greg Kihn, rock musician, radio personality and novelist.
  • July 12 – Eric Carr (Kiss) (died 1991)
  • July 14 – Gwen Guthrie, singer-songwriter (died 1999)
  • July 18 – Glenn Hughes (Village People) (died 2001)
  • July 19 – Freddy Moore, singer-songwriter
  • July 23 – Blair Thornton (Bachman–Turner Overdrive)
  • August 12 – Kid Creole, singer
  • August 13 – Pluto Shervington, reggae singer
  • August 18 – Dennis Elliott (Foreigner)
  • August 25 – Willy DeVille, singer and songwriter (died 2009)
  • September – October

  • September 10 – Joe Perry, Aerosmith
  • September 14 – Paul Kossoff, guitarist (Free) (died 1976)
  • September 17 – Fee Waybill (The Tubes)
  • October 1 – Elpida, singer
  • October 2 – Mike Rutherford, musician and songwriter (Genesis)
  • October 8 – Robert Kool Bell, singer (Kool and The Gang)
  • October 20 – Tom Petty, singer, guitarist
  • November – December

  • November 1 – Dan Peek (America)
  • November 11 – Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survivor)
  • November 12 – Barbara Fairchild, American singer-songwriter
  • November 18
  • Graham Parker, British singer-songwriter
  • Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-American bass player (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio, Blue Öyster Cult, Manic Eden, and Queensrÿche)
  • November 20 - Gary Green (Gentle Giant)
  • November 21
  • Marie Bergman, Eurovision singer
  • Livingston Taylor, singer-songwriter
  • November 22
  • Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads)
  • Steven Van Zandt (aka "Little Steven", "Miami Steve") (E Street Band)
  • December 1 – Richard Keith [birth name Keith Thibodeaux], American drummer and actor
  • December 5 – Camarón de la Isla, flamenco singer
  • December 6 – Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer and director
  • December 8 – Dan Hartman, singer-songwriter (died 1994)
  • December 9 – Joan Armatrading, singer-songwriter
  • December 20 – Arturo Márquez, composer
  • December 25 – Rockdrigo González, folk & rock singer-songwriter (died in earthquake 1985)
  • December 28 – Alex Chilton (Box Tops, Big Star) (died 2010)
  • Deaths

  • January 28 – Kansas Joe McCoy, blues musician and songwriter (born 1905)
  • February 10 – Armen Tigranian, Armenian composer (born 1879)
  • February 26 – Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish singer, comedian and songwriter
  • February 28 – Ernst Abert Couturier, cornet virtuoso, composer, inventor and instrument manufacturer (born 1869)
  • March – Kate Carney, English singer and comedian (born 1869)
  • March 8 – Jaroslav Kocián, violinist, composer and teacher (born 1883)
  • April 2 - Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer (born 1879)
  • April 3 – Kurt Weill, composer in many styles (born 1900)
  • April 8 – Vaslav Nijinsky, ballet dancer
  • April 23 – Gemma Bellincioni, operatic soprano (born 1864)
  • May 7 – Bertha "Chippie" Hill, blues singer and vaudeville performer (born 1905)
  • May 13 – Pauline de Ahna, operatic soprano (born 1863)
  • June 9 – Joe Burke, pianist and composer (born 1884)
  • June 26 – Antonina Nezhdanova, coloratura soprano (born 1873)
  • July 1 – Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, developer of eurhythmics
  • July 7 – Fats Navarro, jazz musician (born 1923)
  • July 11 – Buddy DeSylva, songwriter (born 1895)
  • July 21 – Al Hoffman, songwriter
  • July 26 – Papa Charlie McCoy, blues musician
  • July 30 – Guilhermina Suggia, cellist
  • August 3 – Georg Høeberg, composer and conductor (born 1872)
  • August 8 – Nikolai Myaskovsky, Soviet composer and teacher of Polish birth (born 1881)
  • August 26 – Giuseppe De Luca, operatic baritone
  • September 5 – Al Killian, trumpeter and bandleader (born 1916)
  • October 11 – Emil Votoček, chemist, composer and music theorist (born 1862)
  • October 15 – Clément Doucet, pianist
  • October 23 – Al Jolson, singer and actor
  • October 26 - Evelyn Suart, English pianist (born 1881)
  • November 20 – Francesco Cilea, opera composer (born 1866)
  • November 23 - Percival Mackey, English pianist, composer and bandleader (born 1894)
  • December 2 - Dinu Lipatti, Romanian pianist and composer (born 1917; Hodgkin's disease)
  • December 9 – Georg Hann, operatic bass-baritone (born 1897)
  • December 22 – Julius Weismann, German composer and conductor (born 1879)
  • December 26 – Ben Black, songwriter and impresario (born 1889)
  • December 31 – Charles Koechlin, composer and teacher (born 1867)
  • date unknown
  • Jaime de Angulo, ethnomusicologist (born 1887)
  • Auguste Aramini, French singer (born 1875)
  • Edouard Espinosa, dancer, choreographer and teacher
  • Cenobio Hernandez, composer (born 1863)
  • Georges Mager, trumpet player (born 1885)
  • Ray Perry, jazz musician (born 1915)
  • References

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