On This Day in Music for 11th March

Events in Music


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1851 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1867 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Don Carlos" premieres in Paris
  • 1959 4th Eurovision Song Contest: Teddy Scholten for Netherlands wins singing "Een beetje" in Cannes
  • 1967 Pink Floyd releases 1st single (Arnold Layne)
  • 1970 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius, Crosby Stills & Nash, Peggy Lee win
  • 1972 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • 1983 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki Finland won by Torvill & Dean (GRB)

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1991 Janet Jackson signs $40M 3 album deal with Virgin records

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1997 Beatle McCartney knighted Sir Paul by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Birthdays in Music

  • 1654 Heinrich Georg Neuss, composer
  • 1683 Giovanni Veneziano, composer
  • 1781 Anthony Philip Heinrich, composer
  • 1812 William Vincent Wallace, composer
  • 1819 Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Don Quiotte)
  • 1827 Septimus Winner, composer
  • 1876 Carl Ruggles, Marion Mass, composer (Evocations)
  • 1879 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer
  • 1897 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)
  • 1903 Lawrence Welk, Strasburg ND, orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • 1906 Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer
  • 1909 Ljubica Maric, composer
  • 1912 Xavier Montsalvatge, Spanish composer (El gato con botas)
  • 1913 John Jacob Weinzweig, composer (Enchanted Hill), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1919 Mercer Ellington, son of Duke Ellington/bandleader
  • 1921 Astor Piazzolla, Argentina composer (Tango Nuevo)
  • 1922 Thom Kelling, Dutch singer/guitarist (Programa de Manha)
  • 1926 Ilhan Mimaroglu, composer
  • 1929 Francisco Bernardo Pulgar Vidal, composer
  • 1932 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Joep Straesser, composer (Blossom songs, Ramasasiri)
  • 1939 Flaco Jiménez, American musician
  • 1940 Alberto Cortez, Argentinian singer
  • 1944 Ric Rothwell, drummer (Mindbenders-Games of Love)
  • 1945 Harvey Mandel, rock guitarist (Drei Amerikanische LP's)
  • 1947 Mark Stein, singer/organist/keyboardist (Vanilla Fudge)
  • 1948 George Kooymans, Dutch guitarist/singer (Golden Earring)
  • 1949 Richard de Bois, Dutch drummer/producer
  • 1950 Bobby McFerrin, singer (Don't Worry Be Happy-Grammy 1989)
  • 1953 Bernie LaBarge, Canadian musician
  • 1957 Cheryl Lynn, American singer
  • 1961 Bruce Watson, Ontario Canada, rock guitarist (Big Country-Wonderland)
  • 1961 Mike Percy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • 1969 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1977 Andre Nickatina, American rapper
  • 1979 Benji Madden, American guitarist (Good Charlotte)
  • 1979 Joel Madden, American singer (Good Charlotte)
  • 1981 Russell Lissack, English musician (Bloc Party)
  • 1981 LeToya Luckett, American singer (ex-Destiny's Child)
  • 1981 Paul Wall, American rapper
  • 1984 Anna Tsuchiya, Japanese model, actress and singer
  • 1987 Tomethy Furse, British bassist (The Horrors)

Weddings & Divorces in Music

  • 2009 Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) Savannah, Georgia

Deaths in Music

  • 1602 Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian composer
  • 1607 Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer
  • 1772 George Reuter, composer, dies at 63
  • 1787 Maximilian JLP Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer, dies at 45
  • 1807 Anton Eberl, composer, dies at 41
  • 1826 Gervais-Francois Couperin, composer, dies at 66
  • 1833 Fridolin Weber, composer, dies at 71
  • 1897 Berthold Tours, composer, dies at 58
  • 1908 Peter Milne, composer, dies at 83
  • 1919 Harald Fryklof, composer, dies at 36
  • 1925 Andreas Hallen, composer, dies at 78
  • 1937 Paul Scheinpflug, composer, dies at 61
  • 1941 Walford Davies, British organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1947 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, composer, dies at 45
  • 1949 Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer, dies at 76
  • 1956 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • 1959 Haydn Wood, composer, dies at 76
  • 1967 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • 1975 Philip Bezanson, composer, dies at 59
  • 1975 Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65
  • 1978 Claude François, French singer (b. 1939)
  • 1984 Kostas Roukounas, Greek rembetiko singer and song writer (b. 1903)
  • 1986 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • 1993 Edgar Nelson Barclift, dancer, dies after lengthy illness at 76
  • 1995 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69
  • 2007 Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (b. 1921)