On This Day in Music

Events in Music

  • 1940 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)
  • 1942 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovitch on its cover
  • 1962 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 13th Symphony
  • 1968 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
  • 1982 T Macauly & D Vosburghs musical "Windy City," premieres in London
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Birthdays in Music

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Deaths in Music

  • 1732 Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, composer, dies at 51
  • 1752 John C Pepusch, English composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at about 85
  • 1762 Christoph Nichelsmann, German klavecinist/composer, dies
  • 1808 Francois-Hippolyte Barthelemon, composer, dies at 66
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Weddings in Music

  • 2002 ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations

Divorces in Music

  • 2012 "Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey (38) divorces musician Peter Loughran due to irreconcilable differences