On This Day in Music for 12th March

Events in Music

  • 1832 The ballet La Sylphide first premieres at the OpĂ©ra de Paris.

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1857 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1897 Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal" premieres in Brussells
  • 1947 "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater NYC for 69 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1958 3rd Eurovision Song Contest: Andre Claveau for France wins singing "Dors, mon amour" in Hilversum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1964 6th Grammy Awards: Days of Wine & Roses, Striesand wins 2
  • 1966 Love's 1st album released "Love"
  • 1969 11th Grammy Awards: Mrs Robinson, By the Time I Get to Phoenix wins
  • 1981 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Marry Me a Little," premieres in NYC
  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 5th Soul Train Music Awards: Johnny Gill, Mariah Carey win

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • 1995 Ice Dance Championship at Birmingham UK won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • 1998 "Sound of Music," opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1515 Caspar Othmayr, composer
  • 1710 Thomas Augustine Arne, English composer (Alfred, Rule Britannia)
  • 1768 Carolus Antonius Fodor, composer
  • 1793 Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, composer
  • 1826 Robert Lowry, composer
  • 1837 Felix Alexandre Guilmant, composer
  • 1848 Cyrill Kistler, composer
  • 1855 John White, American composer (d. 1902)
  • 1859 Josef Cyril Sychra, composer
  • 1860 Salvatore Di Giacomo, composer
  • 1874 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer
  • 1875 Julio Garreta, composer
  • 1878 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, composer
  • 1883 Judge Jackson, composer
  • 1888 Hall Johnson, composer
  • 1890 Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian/US ballet dancer (Petroesjka) [OS=Feb 28]
  • 1896 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great
  • 1900 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer
  • 1912 Paul Weston, orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1914 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1988)
  • 1921 Gordon MacRae, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1921 Ralph Shapey, Phila, composer (Fantasy, Rituals)
  • 1922 Thomas Hugh Eastwood, composer
  • 1923 Norbert Brainin, violinist
  • 1925 Georges Delerue, composer
  • 1926 Rolv Berger Yttrehus, composer
  • 1928 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan musician (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Stanko Horvat, composer
  • 1935 Helga Pilarczyk, German soprano (Salome, Lulu)
  • 1937 Elizabeth Vaughan, opera soprano (Victor-Victoria)
  • 1938 Lew De Witt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers-Flowers on the Wall)
  • 1938 Dimitri Terzakis, composer
  • 1938 Tona Scherchen-Hsiao, composer
  • 1940 Al Jarreau, jazz singer (Moonlighting), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1940 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • 1942 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), born in Liverpool (d. 1999)
  • 1945 Hans van Emden, Dutch guitarist (Les Baroques)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946 Liza Minnelli, American singer/actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • 1948 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)
  • 1948 James Taylor, vocalist/guitarist (Up on the Roof), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Les Holroyd, Oldham England, rocker (Barclay James Harvest)
  • 1949 Bill Payne, Waco TX, rock keyboardist (Little Feat-Time Loves a Hero)
  • 1949 Mike Gibbons, Swansea Wales, rock drummer (Badfinger)
  • 1951 Jack Green, rocker
  • 1952 Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • 1953 Labamba, [Richard Rosenberg], rocker (Asbury Jukes)
  • 1957 Marlon D Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-Maybe Tomorrow), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1957 Steve Harris, hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden-Gypsy's Kiss), born in London, England
  • 1960 Kipp Lennon, American singer
  • 1960 Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
  • 1960 Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1964 Tony Terry, rock producer (Tony Terry)
  • 1965 Liza Umarova, Chechen torch singer
  • 1969 Graham Coxon, singer (Blur)
  • 1970 Roy Khan, Norwegian singer (Kamelot)
  • 1975 Herman Li, Cantonese guitarist
  • 1975 Kelle Bryan, English singer
  • 1976 Simon Young, English music journalist
  • 1978 Claudio Sanchez, American musician (Coheed and Cambria)
  • 1979 Pete Doherty, English musician
  • 1984 Shareefa [Faradah Cooper], American R&B singer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1984 Shreya Ghoshal, Indian singer
  • 1986 Danny Jones, English singer (McFly)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1969 Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney

Deaths in Music

  • 1563 John Bull, English composer of national anthem (God Save The King), dies
  • 1628 John Bull, English organist/composer, dies
  • 1824 Heinrich Carl Ebell, composer, dies at 48
  • 1831 Johann Franz Volkert, composer, dies at 64
  • 1832 Daniel Friedrich Kuhlau, German/Danish opera composer, dies at 45
  • 1840 Friedrich Westenholz, composer, dies at 61
  • 1852 Juan Bros y Bertomel, composer, dies at 75
  • 1877 Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, composer, dies at 52
  • 1913 Joseph Bayer, composer, dies at 61
  • 1937 Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor, French organist/composer, dies at 93
  • 1937 Jeno Hubay, composer, dies at 78
  • 1941 Charles Sanford Skilton, composer, dies at 72
  • 1942 Enrique Morera, composer, dies at 76
  • 1955 Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • 1973 Esther Williamson Ballou, composer, dies at 57
  • 1978 Tolchard Evans, composer/conductor, dies
  • 1985 Eugene Ormandy [Blau], Hungarian/US conductor, dies at 85
  • 1993 June Valli, singer (Crying in the Chapel), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1998 Judge Dread, English musician (b. 1945)
  • 1999 Yehudi Menuhin, American-born British violinist, conductor and teacher, dies at 82
  • 2005 Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2012 Mike Hossack, American rock drummer, dies from cancer at 65
  • 2013 Clive Burr, English drummer, dies from complications from multiple sclerosis at 56