1925 in music

Events

* February 25 - Art Gillham - The Whispering Pianist records the first electrical recordings to be released for Columbia using the Western Electric system (Master 140125-7 issued on Columbia 328-D).
* March 1 - Edgard Varèse's "Intégrales" is premiered in New York City
* March 21 - Maurice Ravel's "L'Enfant et les sortilèges" is premiered in Monte Carlo
* April 3 - Gustav Holst's opera "At the Boar's Head" is premiered in Manchester
* April 4 - Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians make the first electrical recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company, the song "Collegiate".
* June 6 - Sergei Prokofiev's "Symphony No. 2" is premiered in Paris
* December 11 - Carl Nielsen's "Symphony No. 6", the "Sinfonia semplice", is premiered in Copenhagen
* December 14 - Alban Berg's opera "Wozzeck" is premiered in Berlin, conducted by Erich Kleiber
* Victor, Columbia, and HMV phonograph companies switch from old acoustic mechanical recording methods to new electric microphone technology
* Jimmie Rodgers begins performing
* Blind Lemon Jefferson's recording career begins
* Lonnie Johnson's recording career begins
* Louis Armstrong leaves Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra, returns to Chicago, Illinois, and makes his first records under his own name, leading Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five

Published popular music

* "Adios, Mariquita Linda" w. (Eng 1939) Ray Gilbert (Sp) Marcos A. Jimenez m. Marcos A. Jimenez
* "Alone At Last" w. Gus Kahn m. Ted Fio Rito
* "Always" w.m. Irving Berlin
* "Bam, Bam, Bamy Shore" w. Mort Dixon m. Ray Henderson
* "Boneyard Shuffle" m. Hoagy Carmichael & Irving Mills
* "Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue?" w. Alfred Bryan m. George W. Meyer
* "Bye And Bye" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers
* "Cecilia" w. Herman Ruby m. Dave Dreyer
* "Cheatin' On Me" w. Jack Yellen m. Lew Pollack
* "Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley!" w. Billy Rose & Ballard MacDonald m. Joseph Meyer
* "Collegiate" w.m. Moe Jaffe & Nat Bonx
* "A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich And You" w. Billy Rose & Al Dubin m. Joseph Meyer
* "Davenport Blues" m. Bix Beiderbecke
* "The Death Of Floyd Collins" w. Andrew Jenkins m. Irene Spain
* "Dinah" w. Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young m. Harry Akst
* "Dipper Mouth Blues" m. Joe "King" Oliver
* "Don't Bring Lulu" w. Billy Rose & Lew Brown m. Ray Henderson
* "Don't Wake Me Up, Let Me Dream" w. L.. Wolfe Gilbert m. Mabel Wayne
* "Down By The Winegar Works" w.m. Don Bestor, Roger Lewis & Walter Donovan
* "Drifting And Dreaming" w. Haven Gillespie m. Egbert Van Alstyne, Erwin R. Schmidt & Loyal Curtis
* "D'Ye Love Me?" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Jerome Kern. Introduced by Marilyn Miller in the musical "Sunny"
* "Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue" w. Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young m. Ray Henderson
* "Flamin' Mamie" w.m. Fred Rose & Paul Whiteman
* "Footloose" Rupp
* "Freshie" w. Harold Berg m. Jesse Greer
* "Grandpa's Spells" m. Jelly Roll Morton
* "Headin' For Louisville" w. B. G. De Sylva m. Joseph Meyer
* "Here In My Arms" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers
* "The Hills Of Home" w. Floride Calhoun m. Oscar J. Fox
* "I Found A New Baby" w.m. Jack Palmer & Spencer Williams
* "I Love My Baby" w. Bud Green m. Harry Warren
* "I Might Have Known" Lucas
* "I Miss My Swiss" w. L. Wolfe Gilbert m. Abel Baer
* "I Never Knew" w. Gus Kahn m. Ted Fio Rito
* "I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight" w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson
* "Ida, I Do" w. Gus Kahn m. Isham Jones
* "If I Had A Girl Like You" w. Billy Rose & Mort Dixon m. Ray Henderson
* "If You Knew Susie" w. B. G. De Sylva m. Joseph Meyer
* "I'm A Little Bit Fonder Of You" w.m. Irving Caesar
* "I'm Gonna Charleston Back To Charleston" w.m. Roy Turk & Lou Handman
* "I'm Gonna Cry" Martha Boswell
* "I'm In Love Again" w.m. Cole Porter
* "I'm Knee-Deep In Daisies (And Head Over Heels In Love)" Ash, Shay, Goodwin, Little, Stanley
* "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World" w. Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young m. Ray Henderson
* "In Your Green Hat" w. Jack Yellen m. Milton Ager
* "I've Confessed To The Breeze" w. Otto Harbach m. Vincent Youmans
* "Jalousie" (aka "Jealousy") w. Vera Bloom m. Jacob Gade
* "Just A Cottage Small" w. B. G. De Sylva m. James F. Hanley
* "Keep Your Skirts Down, Mary Ann" w. Andrew B. Sterling m. Robert A. King & Ray Henderson
* "Leander" w. Harry Graham m. Jean Gilbert from the musical theater production 'Katja The Dancer'
* "Let it Rain! Let It Pour!" w. Cliff Friend m. Walter Donaldson
* "Looking For a Boy" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Queenie Smith in the musical "Tip-Toes"
* "Love Me Tonight" w. Brian Hooker m. Rudolf Friml
* "Manhattan" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers
* "Masculine Women! Feminine Men!" w. Edgar Leslie m. James V. Monaco
* "Moonlight And Roses" w. Ben Black m. Neil Moret
* "My Bundle Of Love" w.m. Georgie Price & Abner Silver
* "My Sweetie Turned Me Down" w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson
* "My Yiddishe Momme" w. Jack Yellen m. Lew Pollack
* "Neapolitan Nights (Nights Of Splendour)" w. Harry D. Kerr m. J. S. Zumecnik
* "No, No, Nanette" w. Otto Harbach m. Vincent Youmans
* "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight" w.m. Benny Davis, Joe Burke & Mark Fisher
* "Only A Rose" w. Brian Hooker m. Rudolf Friml
* "Paddlin' Madelin Home" w.m. Harry M. Woods
* "Pal Of My Cradle Days" w. Marshall Montgomery m. Al Piantadosi
* "The Pearls" m. Jelly Roll Morton
* "Poor Little Rich Girl" w.m. Noel Coward
* "Remember" w.m. Irving Berlin
* "Roll 'Em Girls" w.m. Archie Fletcher & Bobby Heath
* "Rose Of Samarkand" m. Eric Coates
* "Save Your Sorrow For Tomorrow" w. B. G. De Sylva m. Al Sherman
* "See See Rider Blues" by Ma Rainey
* "Sentimental Me" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers
* "Shake That Thing" Charlie Jackson
* "She Showed Him This, She Showed Him That" Stone & David
* "Show Me The Way To Go Home" w.m. Irving King
* "Sleepy Time Gal" w. Joseph R. Alden & Raymond B. Egan m. Ange Lorenzo & Richard A. Whiting
* "Some Day" w. Brian Hooker m. Rudolf Friml
* "Sometime" w. Gus Kahn m. Ted Fio Rito
* "Sometimes I'm Happy" w. Irving Caesar m. Vincent Youmans
* "Song Of The Flame" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. George Gershwin & Herbert Stothart
* "Song of The Vagabonds" w. Brian Hooker m. Rudolf Friml
* "Stack O'Lee Blues" trad w.m. Lopez, Colwell
* "Sugar Foot Stomp" (aka "Dipper Mouth Blues") w. Walter Melrose m. Joe "King" Oliver
* "Sunny" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Jerome Kern
* "Sweet And Low-Down" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin
* "Sweet Georgia Brown" w.m. Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard & Kenneth Casey
* "Tea for Two" w. Irving Caesar m. Vincent Youmans
* "Thanks For The Buggy Ride" w.m. Jules Buffano
* "That Certain Feeling" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin
* "That Certain Party" w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson
* "That Saxophone Waltz" w. Jules Mingo & Berry J. Sisk m. Berry J. Sisk
* "Then I'll Be Happy" w. Sidney Clare & Lew Brown m. Cliff Friend
* "Too Many Rings Around Rosie" w. Irving Caesar m. Vincent Youmans
* "Two Little Bluebirds" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Jerome Kern
* "Ukulele Lady" w. Gus Kahn m. Richard Whiting
* "Valentine" w. Albert Willemetz (Fr) Herbert Reynolds (Eng) m. Henri Christin
* "Waters Of The Perkiomen" w. Al Dubin m. F. Henri Klickmann
* "When The Sergeant Major's On Parade" w.m. Ernest Longstaffe
* "Who Takes Care Of The Caretaker's Daughter?" w.m. Chick Endor
* "Who?" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Jerome Kern
* "Why Do I Love You?" w. B. G. De Sylva & Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin
* "Yearning" w. Benny Davis m. Joe Burke
* "Yes Sir! That's My Baby" w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson

Top Hits on Record

*"All Alone", recorded by:
**John McCormack
**Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra
*"Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now" by The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks
*"Charleston" by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
*"Dinah" by Ethel Waters
*"Ah-Ha!" by Ted Lewis & His Jazz Band
*"Let's All Go to Mary's House" by Savoy Orpheans
*"St. Louis Blues" by Bessie Smith
*"Sweet Georgia Brown", recorded by:
**Ben Bernie & His Orchestra
**Ethel Waters
*"While We Danced 'Til Dawn" by Ted Lewis & His Jazz Band
*"Yes Sir, That's My Baby" by Ace Brigode & His Fourteen Virginians
*"Everybody Loves My Baby" by Blossom Seeley
*"If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)" by Eddie Cantor
*"The Prisoner's Song" by Vernon Dalhart
*"Remember" by Isham Jones & His Orchestra

Classical music

*Isidor Achron - Violin Concerto No. 1
*Béla Bartók - "Dance Suite"
*Ernest Bloch - Concerto Grosso No. 1, for piano and strings
*John Fernström - Violin Concerto No. 1
*Jacob Gade - "Jalousie", for cello and piano
*George Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F
*Leopold Godowsky - Java Suite
*Sir William Henry Harris - "Faire is the Heaven"
*Herbert Howells - Piano Concerto No. 2
*Bohuslav Martinů - String Quartet No. 2
*Carl Nielsen - Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Semplice"
*Sergei Prokofiev - Symphony No. 2, "Iron and Steel"
*Erwin Schulhoff - Symphony No. 1, String Quartet No. 2 ( [http://www.musica.cz/comp/schulhoff.htm] )
*Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1"
*Marcel Tournier - "Images" No. 1, Op. 29; "Etude de Concert "Au Matin"
*Edgard Varèse - "Intégrales"
*Ralph Vaughan Williams - "Concerto Accademico" for Violin and Strings, Flos Campi
*William Walton - "Portsmouth Point", concert overture
*Kurt Weill - Violin Concerto
*Stefan Wolpe - Three Songs by Heinrich von Kleist

Opera

*Alban Berg - "Wozzeck"
*Armstrong Gibbs - "Blue Peter"
*Maurice Ravel - "L'enfant et les sortilèges"

Musical theater

* "Big Boy" Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on January 7 and later moved to the 44th Street Theatre for a total run of 168 performances
* "Boodle" London production opened at the Empire Theatre on March 10 and ran for 94 performances
* "The Cocoanuts" Broadway production opened at the Lyric Theatre on December 8 and ran for 375 performances
* "Dearest Enemy" (Music: Richard Rodgers, Lyrics: Lorenz Hart, Book: Herbert Fields. Broadway production opened at the Knickerbocker Theatre on September 18 and ran for 286 performances. Starring Helen Hart and Charles Purcell.
* "The Dollar Princess" London revival
* "Garrick Gaieties" Broadway revue opened at the Garrick Theatre on June 8 and ran for 211 performances
* "Katja The Dancer" London production opened on February 21 at the Gaiety Theatre and ran for 505 performances
* "Mercenary Mary" Broadway production opened at the Longacre Theatre on April 13 and ran for 136 performances
* "No, No, Nanette" (Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach, and Vincent Youmans)
** London production opened at the Palace Theatre on March 11 and ran for 665 performances
**Broadway production opened at the Globe Theatre on September 16 and ran for 321 performances
* "On With The Dance" London revue opened at the Pavilion on April 30 and ran for 229 performances
* "Rose Marie" London production opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on March 20 and ran for 851 performances
* "Sunny" Broadway production opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on September 22 and ran for 517 performances
* "Tip-Toes" Broadway production opened at the Liberty Theatre on December 28 and ran for 194 performances
* "The Vagabond King" Broadway production opened at the Casino Theatre on September 21 and ran for 511 performances

Births

*January 1 (probable) - Roger Williams, pianist
*January 13 - Gwen Verdon, singer and actress (d. 2000)
*February 16 - Carlos Paredes, guitarist (d. 2004)
*February 17 - Ron Goodwin, film composer (d. 2003)
*February 19 - Jindřich Feld, composer and teacher (d. 2007)
*February 26 - Delkash, singer (d. 2004)
*March 26 - Pierre Boulez, French composer, conductor and author
*April 26 - Jorgen Ingmann, guitarist
*May 14 - Boris Parsadanian, Armenian - Estonian composer (d. 1997)
*May 15 - Andrei Eshpai, composer
*May 22 - James King, tenor (d. 2005)
*May 28 - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, "Lieder" singer
*June 27 - Doc Pomus. American songwriter (d. 1991)
*July 6 - Bill Haley, American singer (d. 1981)
*July 11 - Nicolai Gedda, tenor
*July 29 - Mikis Theodorakis, composer
*July 30 - Antoine Duhamel, French composer
*August 7
** Felice Bryant, American songwriter (d. 2003)
** Julián Orbón, Spanish Cuban composer (d. 1991)
*August 15
** Oscar Peterson, pianist (d. 2007)
** Aldo Ciccolini, pianist
*August 28 - Donald O'Connor, dancer, singer and actor (d. 2003)
*September 1 - Art Pepper, jazz musician (d. 1982)
*September 2 - Russ Conway, pianist (d. 2000)
*September 3 - Hank Thompson, country musician (d. 2007)
*September 6 - Jimmy Reed, blues singer (d. 1976)
*September 8 - Peter Sellers, English actor and "novelty" singer (d. 1980)
*September 10 - Boris Tchaikovsky, composer (d. 1996)
*September 11
** Alan Bergman, US songwriter
** Harry Somers, composer (d. 1999)
*September 13 - Mel Tormé, singer (d. 1999)
*September 16 - B. B. King, blues musician
*September 26 - Marty Robbins, country singer (d. 1982)
*October 5 - Herbert Kretzmer, songwriter
*October 15 - Mickey Baker, guitarist and one half of the duo, Mickey & Sylvia
*October 16 - Angela Lansbury, English actress and singer
*October 20 - Tom Dowd, recording engineer/record producer (d. 2002)
*October 21 - Virginia Zeani, soprano
*October 24 - Luciano Berio, composer (d. 2003)
*November 17 - Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
*November 22 - Gunther Schuller, composer, horn player and conductor
*December 8 - Sammy Davis, Jr., entertainer (d. 1990)
*December 19 - Robert B. Sherman, songwriter, son of songwriter Al Sherman
*December 31 - Daphne Oram, composer (d. 2003)
*"date unknown" - Julito Collazo, percussionist (d. 2004)

Deaths

*January 6 - Ferdinand Löwe, Austrian conductor
*February 17 - Alwina Valleria, operatic soprano (b. 1848)
*February 20 - Marco Enrico Bossi, organist and composer (b. 1861)
*February 21 - Fernando de Lucia, operatic tenor (b. 1860)
*March 22 - Marie Brema, operatic mezzo-soprano (b. 1856)
*April 3 - Jean de Reszke, operatic tenor (b. 1850)
*March 4 - Moritz Moszkowski, Polish composer
*April 22 - André Caplet, conductor and composer (b. 1878)
*April 25 - George Stephănescu, Romanian composer (b. 1843)
*May 12 - Arthur Napoleão dos Santos, Brazilian composer and pianist
*May 25 - Henry W. Petrie, US songwriter
*June 16 - Emmett Hardy, jazz musician (b. 1903)
*July 1 - Erik Satie, composer (b. 1866)
*July 9 - Leverett DeVeber, politician and singer (b. 1849)
*August 11 - Theodore Spiering, violinist and conductor (b. 1871)
*August 16 - Edna Hicks, blues singer (b. 1895) (killed in fire)
*December 9 - Eugène Gigout, composer and organist
*December 13 - Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim, pianist and opera singer (b. 1845)
*December 27 - Guido Menasci, opera librettist (b. 1867)
*"date unknown"
**Giuseppe Donati, inventor of the ocarina (b. 1836)
**Hans Winderstein, conductor and composer (b. 1859)


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