1954 in music

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Flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya in 1954

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

Events[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

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

#ArtistTitleYearCountryChart Entries
1The ChordettesMr Sandman1954United StatesUS 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)
2Doris DaySecret Love1954United StatesUK 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
2The Crew-CutsSh-Boom1954United StatesUS 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
4Kitty KallenLittle Things Mean a Lot1954United StatesUK 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
5Rosemary ClooneyHey There1954United StatesUS 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 singles[edit]

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

First weekNumber of weeksTitleArtist
January 2, 19548"Oh! My Pa-Pa"Eddie Fisher
February 27, 19542"Secret Love"Doris Day
March 13, 19541"Make Love to Me"Jo Stafford
March 20, 19541"Secret Love"Doris Day
March 27, 19542"Make Love to Me"Jo Stafford
April 10, 19548"Wanted"Perry Como
June 5, 19549"Little Things Mean a Lot"Kitty Kallen
August 7, 19547"Sh-Boom"Crew-Cuts
September 25, 19546"Hey There"Rosemary Clooney
November 6, 19541"This Ole House"Rosemary Clooney
November 13, 19543"I Need You Now"Eddie Fisher
December 4, 19547"Mr. Sandman"The Chordettes

Top hits on record[edit]

A-I[edit]

L-S[edit]

T-Y[edit]

Top Rhythm & Blues and Country hits on record[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

A-G[edit]

H[edit]

I-L[edit]

M-P[edit]

R-T[edit]

W-Y[edit]

Other notable songs[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Ethel Merman sings the title number of the 1954 film There's No Business Like Show Business.

Musical television[edit]

Births[edit]

January–April[edit]

May–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anon. "Arnold Schoenberg: Moses und Aaron". Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast Information Center (Archived copy from 14 April 2012, accessed 20 April 2013).
  2. ^ Bill Haley at AllMusic. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
  3. ^ Anon., "'Maggio Musicale': Spontini Opera to Be Revived", The Times Issue 52830 (15 January 1954): 10D; Anon., "Opening of 'Maggio Musicale': Orchestra's Anniversary", The Times Issue 52927 (10 May 1954): 9D.
  4. ^ Gulla, Bob (2008). Icons of R&B and Soul: An Encyclopedia of the Artists Who Revolutionized Rhythm. ABC-CLIO. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-313-34044-4.