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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1940.

Specific locations

Specific genres

Events

Albums released

Top popular recordings

The following songs appeared in The Billboard's 'Best Selling Retail Records' chart during 1940. Each week fifteen points were awarded to the number one record, then nine points for number two, eight points for number three, and so on. The total points a record earned determined its year-end rank. Regional charts determined the 11-25 rankings each week, and records that failed to score on the main chart were ranked by highest position. Additional information was obtained from the "Discography of American Historical Recordings" website, Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954[3] and other sources as specified.

Rank Artist Title Label Recorded Released Chart positions
1 Artie Shaw and His Orchestra "Frenesi"[4] Victor 26542 March 3, 1940 (1940-03-03) March 29, 1940 (1940-03-29) US BB 1940 #1, US #1 for 13 weeks, 29 total weeks, Grammy Hall of Fame 2000, 1,000,000 sold[5]
2 Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (Vocal Frank Sinatra "I'll Never Smile Again"[6] Victor 26628 April 23, 1940 (1940-04-23) June 7, 1940 (1940-06-07) US BB 1940 #2, US #1 for 12 weeks, 20 total weeks, 1,000,000 sold[5]
3 Bing Crosby "Only Forever"[7] Decca 3300 July 3, 1940 (1940-07-03) August 1940 (1940-08) US BB 1940 #3, US #1 for 9 weeks, 22 total weeks
4 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra "Tuxedo Junction"[8] Bluebird 10612 February 5, 1940 (1940-02-05) February 23, 1940 (1940-02-23) US BB 1940 #4, US #1 for 9 weeks, 19 total weeks, 1,000,000 sold[5]
5 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra "The Woodpecker Song"[9] Bluebird 10598 January 29, 1940 (1940-01-29) February 9, 1940 (1940-02-09) US BB 1940 #5, US #1 for 7 weeks, 16 total weeks
6 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra "When You Wish Upon a Star"[10] Bluebird 10570 January 6, 1940 (1940-01-06) January 19, 1940 (1940-01-19) US BB 1940 #6, US #1 for 5 weeks, 16 total weeks
7 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra "Careless" Bluebird 10520 November 18, 1939 (1939-11-18) December 8, 1939 (1939-12-08) US BB 1940 #7, US #1 for 5 weeks, 13 total weeks
8 Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (Vocal Jack Leonard) "All the Things You Are"[11] Victor 26401 October 20, 1939 (1939-10-20) November 3, 1939 (1939-11-03) US BB 1940 #8, US #1 for 2 weeks, 13 total weeks
9 Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (Vocal Jack Leonard) "Indian Summer"[12] Victor 26390 September 27, 1939 (1939-09-27) October 20, 1939 (1939-10-20) US BB 1940 #9, US #1 for 1 week, 16 total weeks
10 Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (Vocal Ray Eberle) "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"[13] Bluebird 10728 March 31, 1940 (1940-03-31) May 24, 1940 (1940-05-24) US BB 1940 #10, US #1 for 3 weeks, 15 total weeks
11 Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (Vocal Mildred Bailey) "Darn That Dream" Columbia 35331 December 3, 1939 (1939-12-03) January 4, 1940 (1940-01-04) US BB 1940 #11, US #1 for 1 week, 11 total weeks
12 Ink Spots "Maybe"[14] Decca 3258 June 11, 1940 (1940-06-11) July 1940 (1940-07) US BB 1940 #12, US #2 for 6 weeks, 17 total weeks
13 Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (Vocal Ray Eberle) "Blueberry Hill"[15] Bluebird 10768 June 13, 1940 (1940-06-13) July 1940 (1940-07) US BB 1940 #13, US #2 for 4 weeks, 19 total weeks
14 Will Bradley and His Orchestra Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar Columbia 35530 May 21, 1940 (1940-05-21) June 28, 1940 (1940-06-28) US BB 1940 #14, US #2 for 1 week, 21 total weeks
15 Bing Crosby "Trade Winds" Decca 3299 March 19, 1940 (1940-03-19) April 1940 (1940-04) US BB 1940 #15, US #2 for 2 weeks, 18 total weeks
16 Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra The Breeze and I[16] Decca 3150 April 18, 1940 (1940-04-18) May 1940 (1940-05) US BB 1940 #16, US #2 for 6 weeks, 11 total weeks, 1,000,000 sold[5]
17 Ink Spots "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)"[17] Decca 3379 July 16, 1940 (1940-07-16) September 1940 (1940-09) US BB 1940 #17, US #3 for 1 week, 15 total weeks
18 Bing Crosby "Sierra Sue" Decca 3133 March 22, 1940 (1940-03-22) April 1940 (1940-04) US BB 1940 #18, US #3 for 1 week, 14 total weeks
19 Bob Crosby and His Orchestra "With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair"[18] Decca 3018 February 13, 1940 (1940-02-13) March 1940 (1940-03) US BB 1940 #19, US #2 for 3 weeks, 14 total weeks
20 Tony Martin "It's a Blue World"[19] Decca 2932 December 19, 1939 (1939-12-19) January 1940 (1940-01) US BB 1940 #20, US #2 for 2 weeks, 13 total weeks
21 Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (Vocal Ray Eberle) "Say It"[20] Bluebird 10631 February 24, 1940 (1940-02-24) March 8, 1940 (1940-03-08) US BB 1940 #21, US #2 for 2 weeks, 11 total weeks

Published popular music

Classical music

Premieres

Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Britten, Benjamin Les Illuminations 1940-01-30 London Wyss / Neel String Orchestra – Neel[21]
Britten, Benjamin Violin Concerto 1940-03-29 New York City Brosa / New York PhilharmonicBarbirolli[22]
Carpenter, John Alden Symphony No. 1 (2nd version) 1940-10-24 Chicago Chicago SymphonyStock[23]
Chávez, Carlos Xochipilli-Macuilxóchitl 1940-05-16 Museum of Modern Art, New York City Ensemble – Chávez
Creston, Paul Symphony No. 1 1940-02-22 New York City NYA Symphony – Mahler[24]
Ginastera, Alberto Malambo for piano 1940-09-11 Montevideo, Uruguay Balzo[25]
Ginastera, Alberto Three Pieces for Piano 1940-10-16 Montevideo, Uruguay Balzo[26]
Hartmann, Karl Amadeus Concerto funebre 1940-02-29 St. Gallen, Switzerland Neracher / St. Gallen Chamber Orchestra – Klug[27]
Hindemith, Paul Violin Concerto (1939) 1940-03-14 Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra
Khachaturian, Aram Violin Concerto 1940-11-16 Moscow Oistrakh / USSR State SymphonyGauk[28]
Krenek, Ernst Little Concerto for Piano, Organ and Chamber Orchestra 1940-05-23 Poughkeepsie, New York Williams, Geer / Vassar Orchestra – Krenek [29]
Krenek, Ernst Symphonisches Stück 1940-06-11 Basel Basel Chamber OrchestraSacher[30]
Larsson, Lars-Erik God in Disguise 1940-04-01 Stockholm Torlind, Hasslo, Molander / Swedish Radio Symphony – Larsson [31]
Lilburn, Douglas Aotearoa, overture 1940-04-15 London Sadler's Welles OrchestraBraithwaite[32]
Milhaud, Darius Symphony No. 1 1940-10-17 Chicago Chicago Symphony – Milhaud [33]
Myaskovsky, Nikolai Symphony No. 20 1940-11-28 Moscow USSR Radio SymphonyGolovanov[34]
Piston, Walter Violin Concerto No. 1 1940-03-18 New York City Posselt / National Orchestral AssociationBarzin[35]
Price, Florence Symphony No. 3 (Price) 1940-11-06 Little Rock, US Detroit Civic Orchestra – Valter Poole[36]
Prokofiev, Sergei Piano Sonata No. 6 1940-04-08 Moscow Prokofiev[37]
Rodrigo, Joaquín Concierto de Aranjuez 1940-11-09 Barcelona Saenz de la Maza / Barcelona Philharmonic – Mendoza-Lasalle[38]
Schoenberg, Arnold Chamber Symphony No. 2 1940-12-15 New York City Friends of New Music Orchestra – Stiedry[39]
Schoenberg, Arnold Violin Concerto (finished 1936) 1940-12-06 Philadelphia Krasner / Philadelphia OrchestraStokowski[40]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Piano Quintet 1940-11-23 Moscow Shostakovich, Beethoven Quartet[41]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Four Romances on Verses by Pushkin 1940-12-08 Moscow Baturin, Shostakovich [42]
Strauss, Richard Japanese Festival Music 1940-12-14 Tokyo Tokyo Broadcast Orchestra – Fellmer[43]
Stravinsky, Igor Symphony in C 1940-11-07 Chicago Chicago Symphony – Stravinsky [44]
Tippett, Michael Concerto for Double String Orchestra 1940-04-21 London South London Orchestra – Tippett [45]
Webern, Anton Fünf Lieder, Op. 4 (1909) 1940-02-10 Basel, Switzerland Gradmann-Lüscher, Schmid[46]

Compositions

Opera

Film

Jazz

Main article: 1940 in jazz

Musical theatre

Musical films

Births

Deaths

References

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