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Albums releasedEdit

No. 1 hit singlesEdit

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

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
January 7, 1950 1 "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Gene Autry
January 14, 1950 4 "I Can Dream, Can't I?" The Andrews Sisters
February 11, 1950 1 "Rag Mop" The Ames Brothers
February 18, 1950 4 "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" Red Foley
March 18, 1950 4 "Music! Music! Music!" Teresa Brewer
April 15, 1950 2 "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" Eileen Barton
April 29, 1950 11 "The Third Man Theme" Anton Karas
July 15, 1950 5 "Mona Lisa" Nat King Cole
August 19, 1950 13 "Goodnight, Irene" Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers
November 18, 1950 2 "Harbor Lights" Sammy Kaye
December 2, 1950 4 "The Thing" Phil Harris
December 30, 1950 9 "The Tennessee Waltz" Patti Page

Biggest hit singlesEdit

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

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Nat King Cole Mona Lisa 1950   US 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
2 Patti Page Tennessee Waltz 1950   US 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
3 Phil Harris The Thing 1950   US 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
4 Red Foley Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy 1950   US 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
5 Teresa Brewer Music! Music! Music! 1950   US 1940s 1 – Feb 1950, US 1 for 4 weeks Mar 1950, US BB 3 of 1950, POP 3 of 1950

Top hit recordsEdit

Top R&B hits on recordEdit

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

Published popular musicEdit

Classical musicEdit

PremieresEdit

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Andriessen, Hendrik Organ Concerto 1950-11-01   Amsterdam Concertgebouw OrchestraMonteux [7]
Boulez, Pierre Le Soleil des eaux (2nd version, subsequently withdrawn) 1950-07-18   Paris Joachim, Mollet, Peyron / RTF National OrchestraDésormière[8]
Boulez, Pierre Piano Sonata No. 2 (1948) 1950-04-29   Paris Grimaud[9]
Cage, John String Quartet in Four Parts 1950-08-12   Black Mountain, NC Summer Session Quartet[10]
Foss, Lukas Song of Anguish 1950-03-10   Boston Boston SymphonyFoss[11]
Guridi, Jesús String Quartet No. 2 1950-05-14   Madrid National Chamber Music Association[12]
Hartmann, Karl Amadeus Adagio (Symphony No. 2) 1950-09-10   Donaueschingen (Musiktage) SWF SymphonyRosbaud[13]
Howells, Herbert Hymnus Paradisi (1938) 1950-09-07   Gloucester (Three Choirs Festival) Baillie, William Herbert / London Symphony – Howells[14][15]
Jolivet, André Concerto for Flute and Strings 1950-01-24   Paris Rampla / [unknown orchestra and conductor][16]
Khachaturian, Aram Triumphal Poem 1950-12-09   Moscow USSR Radio SymphonyGauk[17]
Martinu, Bohuslav Intermezzo for Large Orchestra 1950-12-29   New York City Louisville OrchestraWhitney [18][19]
Martinu, Bohuslav Piano Trio No. 2 1950-05-19   Cambridge, MA Liepmann, Finckel, Tucker [20]
Martinu, Bohuslav Sinfonietta La Jolla 1950-08-13   San Diego, CA Orchestra of the Musical Arts Society of La JollaSokoloff[21]
Nono, Luigi Variazioni canoniche sulla serie dell'op. 41 di Schoenberg 1950-08-27   Darmstadt (Ferienkurse) Darmstadt Landestheater OrchestraScherchen[22]
Prokofiev, Sergei Cello Sonata (1949) 1950-03-01   Moscow Rostropovich, Richter[23]
Searle, Humphrey Poem for 22 Strings 1950-08-27   Darmstadt (Ferienkurse) Darmstadt Landestheater OrchestraScherchen[24]
Strauss, Richard Four Last Songs (1948) 1950-05-22   London Flagstad / Philharmonia OrchestraFurtwängler[25]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Montanhas de Brasil (Symphony No. 6) (1944) 1950-04-29   Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Symphony – Villa-Lobos [26]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Piano Concerto No. 2 (1948) 1950-04-21   Rio de Janeiro João de Souza Lima [pt; de; ru] / Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Symphony – Villa-Lobos[27]

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Dorothy Kirsten and Bing Crosby in "Mr. Music".

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DeathsEdit

NotesEdit

  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