On This Day in Music for 12th March

Events in Music

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

Person-of-interestPerson 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

Person-of-interestPerson 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, composer
  • 1921 Gordon MacRae, East Orange NJ, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel)
  • 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, Milwaukee WI, jazz singer (Moonlighting)
  • 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, Hollywood CA, singer/actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret)

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], Newark New Jersey, American R&B singer
  • 1984 Shreya Ghoshal, Indian singer
  • 1986 Danny Jones, English singer (McFly)

Weddings & Divorces 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 violinist (b. 1916)
  • 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