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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1954.

List of years in music (table)
Flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya in 1954

Contents

Specific locationsEdit

Specific genresEdit

EventsEdit

Albums releasedEdit

Biggest hit singlesEdit

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the set of charts available for 1954.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 The Chordettes Mr Sandman 1954   US Billboard 1 – Oct 1954 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 – Nov 1954 (8 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks – Dec 1954, US CashBox 1 – Oct 1954 (23 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks – Jan 1955, Australia 1 for 4 weeks – Apr 1955, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1954), Peel list 1 of 1954, US BB 5 of 1954, DZE 5 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 6 of 1954, POP 7 of 1954, RYM 9 of 1954, UK 11 – Dec 1954 (8 weeks), Brazil 27 of 1955, DDD 45 of 1954, RIAA 252, Acclaimed 1006 (1954)
2 Doris Day Secret Love 1954   UK 1 – Apr 1954 (29 weeks), US Billboard 1 – Jan 1954 (22 weeks), US 1940s 1 – Jan 1954 (20 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks – Feb 1954, US CashBox 1 – Nov 1953 (30 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 7 weeks – May 1954, Oscar in 1953 (film 'Calamity Jane'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1953), UKMIX 7, DZE 8 of 1954, US BB 11 of 1954, POP 11 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 12 of 1954, RYM 12 of 1953, Brazil 17 of 1954, Italy 54 of 1954
3 The Crew-Cuts Sh-Boom 1954   US Billboard 1 – Jul 1954 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 – Jul 1954 (20 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks – Aug 1954, US CashBox 1 – Jul 1954 (24 weeks), Australia 1 for 4 weeks – Dec 1954, DZE 1 of 1954, US BB 3 of 1954, Flanders 3 – Dec 1954 (3 months), POP 3 of 1954, UK 12 – Oct 1954 (9 weeks), Brazil 13 of 1954, France (50s) 20 of 1954, RYM 22 of 1954, Italy 95 of 1955
4 Kitty Kallen Little Things Mean a Lot 1954   UK 1 – Jul 1954 (23 weeks), US Billboard 1 – Apr 1954 (26 weeks), US 1940s 1 – Apr 1954 (25 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks – Jun 1954, US CashBox 1 – Apr 1954 (28 weeks), Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 12 weeks – Jul 1954, Australia 1 for 5 weeks – Oct 1954, DZE 2 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1954, US BB 15 of 1954, POP 15 of 1954, UKMIX 28, RYM 145 of 1954
5 Rosemary Clooney Hey There 1954   US Billboard 1 – Jul 1954 (27 weeks), US 1940s 1 – Jul 1954 (23 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks – Sep 1954, US CashBox 1 – Jul 1954 (31 weeks), Australia 1 for 4 weeks – Feb 1957, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1954), UK 4 – Oct 1955 (11 weeks), DZE 7 of 1954, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1954, US BB 18 of 1954, POP 21 of 1954, Brazil 31 of 1954, RYM 34 of 1954, DDD 66 of 1954

US No. 1 hit singlesEdit

These singles reached the top of US Billboard magazine's charts in 1954.

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
January 2, 1954 8 "Oh! My Pa-Pa" Eddie Fisher
February 27, 1954 2 "Secret Love" Doris Day
March 13, 1954 1 "Make Love to Me" Jo Stafford
March 20, 1954 1 "Secret Love" Doris Day
March 27, 1954 2 "Make Love to Me" Jo Stafford
April 10, 1954 8 "Wanted" Perry Como
June 5, 1954 9 "Little Things Mean a Lot" Kitty Kallen
August 7, 1954 7 "Sh-Boom" Crew-Cuts
September 25, 1954 6 "Hey There" Rosemary Clooney
November 6, 1954 1 "This Ole House" Rosemary Clooney
November 13, 1954 3 "I Need You Now" Eddie Fisher
December 4, 1954 7 "Mr. Sandman" The Chordettes

Top hits on recordEdit

A-JEdit

L-SEdit

T-YEdit

Top R&B and country hits on recordEdit

Published popular musicEdit

A–GEdit

HEdit

I–LEdit

M–PEdit

R–TEdit

W–YEdit

Other notable songsEdit

Classical musicEdit

PremieresEdit

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Brian, Havergal Symphony No. 8 (1949) 1954-02-01   London London PhilharmonicBoult [9]
Chávez, Carlos Symphony No. 3 1954-12-09   Caracas Venezuela SymphonyChávez[10]
Dohnányi, Ernő American Rhapsody 1954-02-21   Athens, OH ? – Dohnányi[11]
Enescu, George String Quartet No. 2, Op. 22, No. 2 1954-02-07   Boston Stradivarius Quartet[12]
Goeyvaerts, Karel Nummer 5 1954-10-19   Cologne (Musik der Zeit)[13] electronic music
Jolivet, André Symphony No. 1 1954-05-30   Haifa (ISCM Festival) [unknown orchestra and conductor] [14]
Korngold, Erich W. Symphony 1954-10-17   Vienna Vienna SymphonyHarold Byrns1[15]
Lutoslawski, Witold Concerto for Orchestra 1954-11-26   Warsaw Warsaw PhilharmonicRowicki[16]
Persichetti, Vincent Symphony No. 4 1954-12-17   Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy[17]
Rubbra, Edmund Symphony No. 6 1954-11-17   London BBC SymphonySargent[18]
Shchedrin, Rodion Piano Concerto No. 1 1954-11-07   Moscow Shchedrin / Moscow Conservatory SymphonyRozhdestvensky[19]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Festive Overture 1954-11-06   Moscow Bolshoi OrchestraNebolsin[20]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Klavierstücke I–V 1954-08-21   Darmstadt (Ferienkurse) Mercenier[21]
Karlheinz Stockhausen Studie I + Studie II 1954-10-19   Cologne (Musik der Zeit)[13] electronic music
Stravinsky, Igor In memoriam Dylan Thomas 1954-09-20   Los Angeles (Monday Evening Concerts) Robinson, Baker, Babitz, Figelski, Neikrug, Bohannon, Howard, Ulyate, ZeldinCraft[22][23]
Thomson, Virgil Concerto for Flute, Strings, Harp and Percussion 1954-09-17   Venice (Biennale) La Fenice PhilharmonicSanzogno[24]
Varèse, Edgard Déserts 1954-12-02   Paris Henry / French Radio National OrchestraScherchen[25]
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Tuba Concerto 1954-06-13   London Catelinet / London SymphonyBarbirolli[26]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Odisseia de uma raça, symphonic poem 1954-05-30   Haifa (ISCM Festival) Israel PhilharmonicTaube[27]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Rudá (Dio d'amore), symphonic poem and ballet 1954-08-30   Paris French Radio National OrchestraVilla-Lobos[28]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor String Quartet No. 14 1954-08-11   Ann Arbor Stanley Quartet[29]

CompositionsEdit

 
Witold Lutoslawski in 1952/53. The Concerto for Orchestra launched his international career

OperaEdit

JazzEdit

Musical theaterEdit

Musical filmsEdit

Musical televisionEdit

BirthsEdit

January–AprilEdit

May–DecemberEdit

DeathsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  14. ^ "Symphonie n°1, André Jolivet".
  15. ^ "YourClassical from American Public Media".
  16. ^ "Concerto for Orchestra (dir. Witold Lutosławski)".
  17. ^ "Vincent Persichetti – biografia e opere".
  18. ^ The Tablet
  19. ^ Sikorski
  20. ^ Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  21. ^ AG, Universal Edition. "Universal Edition: Karlheinz Stockhausen – Klavierstücke 1–4".
  22. ^ White, Eric Walter (1 January 1984). "Stravinsky: The Composer and His Works". University of California Press – via Google Books.
  23. ^ Anon., "New Stravinsky Work to Be Featured at First Monday Concert", Los Angeles Times (19 September 1954): D6.
  24. ^ "Venice Biennale" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  25. ^ "Edgar Varèse – Déserts (World Premiere, 1954)". 25 January 2014.
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  28. ^ Villa-Lobos, sua obra, second edition ([Rio de Janeiro]: MEC/DAC/Museu Villa-Lobos, 1972): 119.
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  30. ^ International, MusicWeb. "Korngold Symphony Kempe VSD5346 [IL]: Classical Music Reviews – June 2011 MusicWeb-International".