On This Day in Music for 16th March

Events in Music

  • 1792 King Gustav III of Sweden is shot by Count Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera; he dies on March 29.
  • 1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris
  • 1938 Noel Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London
  • 1946 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1948 Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1969 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • 1971 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1971 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award, Hollywood

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1972 John Lennon & Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1975 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 9 performances

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1979 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1609 Michael Franck, composer
  • 1651 Zaccaria Tevo, composer
  • 1663 Nicholas Siret, composer
  • 1745 Johann Wilhelm Cornelius von Konigslow, composer
  • 1814 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, composer
  • 1823 William Henry Monk, composer
  • 1885 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer
  • 1892 James Petrillo, leader of the U.S. musicians union (d. 1984)
  • 1903 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Revel Estonia, composer (Variaioni Concertanto)
  • 1918 Howard Boatwright, composer
  • 1919 Erno Kiraly, composer
  • 1920 John Addison, Surrey England, composer (Tom Jones-Acad Award)
  • 1928 Christa Ludwig, soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1928 Ramon Barce, composer
  • 1929 Edwin London, composer
  • 1930 Minoru Miky, composer
  • 1931 Betty Johnson, Guilford County NC, singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed)
  • 1935 Teresa Berganza, Spanish soprano
  • 1937 Constanca Capdeville, composer
  • 1937 David Del Tredici, Cloverdale California, composer (1980 Pulitzer)
  • 1940 Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter
  • 1942 Jerry Jeff Walker, Oneonta NY, country singer (Mr Bojangles)
  • 1946 Hubert Soudant, Dutch conductor
  • 1948 Michael Bruce, rocker/actor (Rudy-Rainbow Drive)
  • 1949 Elliott Murphy, US singer/songwriter
  • 1951 Ray Benson, Phila Pa, country singer (House of Blue Lights)
  • 1951 Ritchie Teeter, rocker
  • 1954 Jimmy Nail, singer/actor (Evita, Spender, Howling II)
  • 1954 Nancy Wilson, SF, rock guitarist (Heart-Never, What about Love)
  • 1959 Stan Thorn, Kenosha Wisc, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1959 Flavor Flav, American rapper, and reality tv star

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
  • 1963 Jimmy Degrasso, American musician, drummer
  • 1964 Patty Griffin, American singer and songwriter
  • 1973 Brant Bjork, American musician (Kyuss)
  • 1979 Leena Peisa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1994 Sierra McClain, American actress and singer

Weddings & Divorces in Music

  • 1822 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 1st wife Opera Singer Isabella Colbran in Bologna

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli (56) weds producer David Gest (48) at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

Deaths in Music

  • 1736 Giovanni B Pergolesi, Italian composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 26
  • 1806 Giuseppe Colla, composer, dies at 74
  • 1819 Nicolas Sejan, composer, dies at 73
  • 1867 Benjamin Hanby, composer, dies at 33
  • 1887 Emanuel Kania, composer, dies at 59
  • 1919 Sigurd von Koch, composer, dies at 39
  • 1955 Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75
  • 1956 Joseph John Richards, composer, dies at 77
  • 1962 John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • 1967 James Friskin, composer, dies at 80
  • 1968 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, composer, dies at 72
  • 1970 Tammi Terrell, soul singer (You're All I Need), dies of brain tumor at 24

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1975 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1985 Roger Huntington Sessions, US composer (Black Masks), dies at 88
  • 1990 Ernst Bacon, composer, dies at 91
  • 1995 Sydney Simone, band leader, dies at 80
  • 1996 Joseph Lee Pope, singer, dies at 62
  • 2004 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1910)
  • 2008 Ola Brunkert, Swedish session drummer for ABBA (b. 1946)
  • 2013 Bobby Smith, American R&B singer, dies from complications of influenza and pneumonia at 76
  • 2015 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62