On This Day in Music for 7th April

Events in Music


Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1724 Johann S Bach's "John Passion" premieres in Leipzig

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1805 Premiere of Beethoven's "Eroica" (conducted by himself)

  • 1949 "South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances
  • 1973 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing "Tu te reconnaitras" in Luxembourg
  • 1991 "Big Love" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 1991 "Shadowlands" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 169 performances
  • 1994 "Medea" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • 1994 Singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
  • 1996 Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
  • 2003 37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1694 Coelestin Praelisauer, composer
  • 1699 Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, composer
  • 1727 Henri Hardouin, composer
  • 1745 Georg Druschetzky, composer
  • 1748 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer
  • 1763 Domenico Dragonetti, composer
  • 1768 Karl Theodor Toeschi, composer
  • 1819 Hubert Leonard, composer
  • 1826 Johann Hermann Berens, composer
  • 1851 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer
  • 1870 Joseph Ryeland, Belgian composer/Baron
  • 1893 Irene Castle, dancer (leader in anti-vivisection movement)
  • 1895 Eduardo Toldra, composer
  • 1897 Harald Sigurd Johan Saeverud, composer [OS]
  • 1899 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Percy Faith, conductor (Summer Place)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1915 Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1918 Peanuts Hucko, Syracuse NY, dixieland clarinetist (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • 1919 Ralph Flanagan, Loraine Ohio, orchestra leader (Let's Dance)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1920 Ravi Shankar, Varanasi, British India, musician (the Pandit), (d. 2012)

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • 1922 Kenneth Howard Peacock, composer
  • 1922 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban musician (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Ikuma Dan, composer
  • 1924 Nick Perito, orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1927 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues SInger
  • 1934 Victor Feldman, jazz musician (drums and piano), born in London UK (d. 1987)
  • 1935 Bobby Bare, Irontown Oh, country singer (Detroit City)
  • 1937 Charley Thomas, rocker (Drifters)
  • 1937 Charlie Thomas, singer (Drifters)
  • 1938 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1940 Jan Wilhelm Morthenson, composer
  • 1940 Patricia Paay, Dutch singer (You are not hip)
  • 1943 Mick Abrahams, Luton, rock guitarist (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig)
  • 1943 Roberta Shore, Monterrey Park, California, actress/singer (Virginian)
  • 1943 Spencer Dryden, rock drummer (Jefferson Airplane-Go Ask Alice), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Megas, Icelandic singer, songwriter and writer
  • 1946 Barbara Benary, composer
  • 1947 Patricia Bennett, US singer (He's So Fine)
  • 1947 Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • 1947 Charles 'skip' Pitts, soul and blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Carol Douglas, American singer
  • 1949 John Oates, rock guitarist/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Janis Ian, [Janis Eddy Fink], lesbian/folk rocker (At 17), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 John Dittrich, Union NJ, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 1952 Bruce Gary, Burbank Ca, rock drummer (Knack-My Sharona)
  • 1958 Tony Aire, rocker (Adventures-Sea of Love)
  • 1960 Simon Climie, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Climie Fisher-Love Changes)
  • 1962 Alain Robert, French rock and urban climber
  • 1967 Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
  • 1970 Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian pianist
  • 1971 Victor Kraatz, Berlin Ger, Canadian ice dancer (1995 World Champs-4th)

Weddings & Divorces in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1920 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (22) weds Carrie Williamson

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

HeartWedding of Interest

1979 Country singer Rosanne Cash (23) weds singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (28)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

2003 Academy Award "Gladiator" actor Russell Crowe (39) weds singer Danielle Spencer (32) at his 560-acre cattle farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia


Deaths in Music

  • 1767 Franz Sparry, composer, dies at 51
  • 1768 Michel Mathieu, composer, dies at 78
  • 1778 Johann Balthasar Kehl, composer, dies at 52
  • 1783 Ignaz Jakob Holzbauer, composer, dies at 71
  • 1833 Antoni Henryk Radziwill, Lithuanian/Polish composer, dies at 57
  • 1858 Anton Diabelli, Austria publisher/composer, dies at 76
  • 1862 Sydney Nelson, composer, dies at 62
  • 1877 Errico Petrella, composer, dies at 63
  • 1880 Diederich Krug, composer, dies at 58
  • 1917 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, composer, dies at 53
  • 1958 Judge Jackson, composer, dies at 75
  • 1958 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, composer, dies at 58
  • 1961 Jesus Guridi, composer, dies at 74
  • 1961 Yusef Greiss, composer, dies at 61
  • 1973 Nick Stuart, bandleader, dies of cancer at 69
  • 1978 Ernest Kanitz, composer, dies at 83
  • 1981 Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • 1988 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian composer/organist, dies at 74
  • 1994 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B-singer/guitarist (Dr Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • 1998 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • 2005 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer (b. 1922)