1953 in music

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Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Louis Armstrong in 1953.

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1953.

Events

Albums released

Biggest hit singles

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1953.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Dean Martin That's Amore 1953 United States US BB 1 of 1953, POP 1 of 1953, UK 2 – Jan 1954, US 1940s 2 – Nov 1953, RYM 2 of 1953, Scrobulate 47 of Italian, DDD 73 of 1953, Party 101 of 2007
2 Les Paul & Mary Ford Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You) 1953 United States US 1940s 1 – Jun 1953, US 1 for 11 weeks Aug 1953, Italy 2 of 1954, US BB 3 of 1953, POP 3 of 1953, UK 7 – Nov 1953, RYM 24 of 1953, Europe 97 of the 1950s
3 Perry Como Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes 1953 United States UK 1 – Jan 1953, US 1940s 1 – Dec 1952, US 1 for 5 weeks Jan 1953, US BB 20 of 1953, POP 20 of 1953, RYM 31 of 1953
4 Eddie Fisher I'm Walking Behind You 1953 United States UK 1 – May 1953, US 1940s 1 – May 1953, US 1 for 2 weeks Jul 1953, US BB 16 of 1953, POP 23 of 1953, RYM 119 of 1953
5 Hank Williams Your Cheatin' Heart 1953 United States RYM 1 of 1953, DDD 2 of 1953, US BB 4 of 1953, POP 4 of 1953, RIAA 34, Scrobulate 87 of country, Rolling Stone 213, Acclaimed 286

US No. 1 hit singles

These singles reached the top of US Billboard magazine's charts in 1953.

First week Number of weeks Title Artist
January 10, 1953 5 "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" Perry Como
February 14, 1953 5 "Till I Waltz Again With You" Teresa Brewer
March 21, 1953 8 "The Doggie in the Window" Patti Page
May 16, 1953 10 "The Song from Moulin Rouge" Percy Faith & his Orchestra
July 25, 1953 2 "I'm Walking Behind You" Eddie Fisher
August 8, 1953 9 "Vaya con Dios" Les Paul & Mary Ford
October 10, 1953 4 "St. George and the Dragonet" Stan Freberg
November 7, 1953 2 "Vaya con Dios" Les Paul & Mary Ford
November 21, 1953 6 "Rags to Riches" Tony Bennett

Top hits on record

Top R&B and Country hits on record

Published popular music

Classical music

Opera

  • The Decembrists (Yuri Shaporin) first staged 23 June 1953 at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.
  • The Dumb Wife (Joseph Horovitz), premiered 21 November 1953 at the Guildhall School, London, by the Intimate Opera Company.
  • Gloriana (Benjamin Britten) composed 1953, first performed on 8 July 1953 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the presence of Elizabeth II.
  • Irmelin (Frederick Delius) composed 1890–92; first produced Oxford, 4 May 1953.
  • Lenora 40/50 (Rolf Liebermann) first produced in Berlin on 12 February 1953 at the State Opera House in the British sector.
  • Man of Enterprise (Denis Bloodworth) first produced on 8 December 1953 at Tiffin School, Kingston, Surrey, by the school operatic society.
  • Menna (Arwel Hughes) premiered by the Welsh National Opera at the Pavilion in Cardiff on 9 November, with the composer conducting.
  • Nelson (Lennox Berkeley), premiered in a concert performance 14 February 1953 by the English Opera Group at Wigmore Hall, London.
  • Sevil (Fikrat Amirov)
  • Three's Company (Antony Hopkins), premiered 21 November 1953 at the Guildhall School, London, by the Intimate Opera Company.
  • The Tinners of Cornwall (Inglis Gundry), premiered 30 September 1953 at Rudolf Steiner Hall, conducted by Geoffrey Corbett.

Musical theater

Musical films

Births

Deaths

References

  • Anon. 1953. "Soprano Leaves New York Opera: Night Club Engagement". The Times, issue 52738 (27 September): 6.
  • Morawska-Büngeler, Marietta. 1988. Schwingende Elektronen: Eine Dokumentation über das Studio für Elektronische Musik des Westdeutschen Rundfunks in Köln 1951–1986. Cologne-Rodenkirchen: P. J. Tonger Verlag.







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