1950 in music

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

List of years in music (table)

Specific locations

Specific genres

Events

Albums released

No. 1 hit singles

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

First weekNumber of weeksTitleArtist
January 7, 19501"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"Gene Autry
January 14, 19504"I Can Dream, Can't I?"The Andrews Sisters
February 11, 19501"Rag Mop"The Ames Brothers
February 18, 19504"Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy"Red Foley
March 18, 19504"Music! Music! Music!"Teresa Brewer
April 15, 19502"If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake"Eileen Barton
April 29, 195011"The Third Man Theme"Anton Karas
July 15, 19505"Mona Lisa"Nat King Cole
August 19, 195013"Goodnight, Irene"Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers
November 18, 19502"Harbor Lights"Sammy Kaye
December 2, 19504"The Thing"Phil Harris
December 30, 19509"The Tennessee Waltz"Patti Page

Biggest hit singles

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

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1Nat King ColeMona Lisa1950US 1940s 1 – Jun 1950, US 1 for 5 weeks Jul 1950, Oscar in 1950, US BB 2 of 1950, RYM 2 of 1950, POP 2 of 1950, DDD 4 of 1950, Italy 48 of 1951, RIAA 109, Acclaimed 1292
2Patti PageTennessee Waltz1950US 1940s 1 – Nov 1950, US 1 for 9 weeks Dec 1950, US BB 4 of 1950, DDD 5 of 1950, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1950, POP 7 of 1950, RYM 77 of 1951, RIAA 198, Acclaimed 1447
3Phil HarrisThe Thing1950US 1940s 1 – Nov 1950, US 1 for 4 weeks Dec 1950, Peel list 1 of 1950, US BB 12 of 1950, POP 12 of 1950, RYM 108 of 1950
4Red FoleyChattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy1950US 1940s 1 – Jan 1950, US 1 for 4 weeks Feb 1950, DDD 17 of 1950, US BB 18 of 1950, POP 25 of 1950, RYM 117 of 1950
5Teresa BrewerMusic! Music! Music!1950US 1940s 1 – Feb 1950, US 1 for 4 weeks Mar 1950, US BB 3 of 1950, POP 3 of 1950

Top hit records

Top R&B hits on record

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

Classical music

Premieres

Sortable table
ComposerCompositionDateLocationPerformers
Andriessen, HendrikOrgan Concerto1950-11-01 AmsterdamConcertgebouw Orchestra – Monteux [7]
Boulez, PierreLe Soleil des eaux (2nd version, subsequently withdrawn)1950-07-18 ParisJoachim, Mollet, Peyron / RTF National OrchestraDésormière[8]
Boulez, PierrePiano Sonata No. 2 (1948)1950-04-29 ParisGrimaud[9]
Cage, JohnString Quartet in Four Parts1950-08-12 Black Mountain, NCSummer Session Quartet[10]
Foss, LukasSong of Anguish1950-03-10 BostonBoston SymphonyFoss[11]
Guridi, JesúsString Quartet No. 21950-05-14 MadridNational Chamber Music Association[12]
Hartmann, Karl AmadeusAdagio (Symphony No. 2)1950-09-10 Donaueschingen (Musiktage)SWF SymphonyRosbaud[13]
Howells, HerbertHymnus Paradisi (1938)1950-09-07 Gloucester (Three Choirs Festival)Baillie, William Herbert / London Symphony – Howells[14][15]
Jolivet, AndréConcerto for Flute and Strings1950-01-24 ParisRampla / [unknown orchestra and conductor][16]
Khachaturian, AramTriumphal Poem1950-12-09 MoscowUSSR Radio SymphonyGauk[17]
Martinu, BohuslavIntermezzo for Large Orchestra1950-12-29 New York CityLouisville OrchestraWhitney [18][19]
Martinu, BohuslavPiano Trio No. 21950-05-19 Cambridge, MALiepmann, Finckel, Tucker [20]
Martinu, BohuslavSinfonietta La Jolla1950-08-13 San Diego, CAOrchestra of the Musical Arts Society of La JollaSokoloff[21]
Nono, LuigiVariazioni canoniche sulla serie dell'op. 41 di Schoenberg1950-08-27 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Darmstadt Landestheater OrchestraScherchen[22]
Prokofiev, SergeiCello Sonata (1949)1950-03-01 MoscowRostropovich, Richter[23]
Searle, HumphreyPoem for 22 Strings1950-08-27 Darmstadt (Ferienkurse)Darmstadt Landestheater OrchestraScherchen[24]
Strauss, RichardFour Last Songs (1948)1950-05-22 LondonFlagstad / Philharmonia OrchestraFurtwängler[25]
Villa-Lobos, HeitorMontanhas de Brasil (Symphony No. 6) (1944)1950-04-29 Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Symphony – Villa-Lobos [26]
Villa-Lobos, HeitorPiano Concerto No. 2 (1948)1950-04-21 Rio de JaneiroJoão de Souza Lima / Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Symphony – Villa-Lobos[27]

Compositions

Opera

Jazz

Musical theatre

Musical films

Births

January – February

March – April

May – June

July – August

September – October

November – December

Deaths

Notes

  1. Anon., "Columbia Records Acquires Casals", The New York Times (14 March): 21.
  2. Anon., "Composer Wins Music Contest", The New York Times (30 August): 27.
  3. "Hymnus Paradisi". The Musical Times. Musical Times Publications Ltd. 91 (1291): 352–353. September 1950. doi:10.2307/935574. JSTOR 935574.
  4. Howard Taubman, "Gulda Impresses in Piano Program: 20-Year-Old Austrian Artist Shows Great Musical Gifts in Recital at Carnegie Hall", The New York Times (12 October): 51.
  5. Anon., "Soprano Winds Steber Award". The New York Times (4 November): 13.
  6. Ronald Crichton, "Sargent, Sir (Harold) Malcolm (Watts)", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London: Macmillan Publishers, 2001).
  7. Bruno Klassiek
  8. IRCAM
  9. Encyclopedia Universalis
  10. Black Mountain Studies Journal
  11. Boston Symphony Orchestra
  12. Doce Notas
  13. Schott Music
  14. Naxos
  15. Thesis by Martin John Ward for the University of Birmingham, p.75
  16. IRCAM
  17. Le Chant du Monde
  18. Naxos Records
  19. "Louisville Orchestra". Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  20. "Classics Online". Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  21. Boosey & Hawkes
  22. "Fondazione Onlus". Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  23. Classical Connect
  24. Darmstädter Ferienkurse, 1946-1966
  25. Musicweb International
  26. Historia de la sinfonía
  27. Villa-Lobos, sua obra, Version 1.0. (MinC / IBRAM, and the Museu Villa-Lobos, 2009; based on the third edition, 1989): 56–57.
  28. "Hamara Ghar : Lyrics and video of Songs from the Movie Hamara Ghar (1950)". HindiGeetMala. October 17, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  29. Grable to appear in 'Blue Heaven': Star Ends Hold-Out Against the Fox Studios. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 19 Oct 1949: 37.
  30. Naati 101 Chitralu, S.V. Rama Rao, Kinnera Publications, Hyderabad, 2006, pp: 54-5.
  31. Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999. Page 176
  32. Crowther, Bosley (March 31, 1950). "The Screen In Review". The New York Times: 43.
  33. Prince of Pianists | Lipatti | Classical Music | Mark Ainley Archived October 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
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