On This Day in Music for 18th March

Events in Music

  • 1810 "Converse", 1st US opera, premieres in NY

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1902 Arnold Schoenberg's "Verklärte Nacht" premieres in Vienna

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1910 1st opera by an US composer (Converse) performed at the Met, NYC
  • 1950 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • 1960 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
  • 1961 6th Eurovision Song Contest: Jean-Claude Pascal for Luxembourg wins "Nous les amoureux" in Cannes
  • 1962 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • 1963 "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
  • 1965 "Do I Hear a Waltz?" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • 1965 Rolling Stones fined £5 each for public urination
  • 1966 "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 1967 Beatles' "Penny Lane" single goes #1
  • 1967 Oil tanker Torrey Canyon hits a rock off Cornwall & spills oil
  • 1969 "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1973 "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 296 performances
  • 1978 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario, Calif
  • 1979 "On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • 1982 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
  • 1992 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 38 perf

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1992 Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 1993 "Sisters Rosensweig" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 556 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1644 Gottfried Wegner, composer
  • 1657 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer
  • 1734 Joseph Schmitt, composer
  • 1756 Johann Christoph Vogel, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1788)
  • 1781 Gustave Vogt, composer
  • 1844 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Tikhvin Russia, composer (Scheherazade)
  • 1866 Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer
  • 1872 Frank Hoyt Losey, composer
  • 1881 Paul Le Flem, composer
  • 1882 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer
  • 1893 Jean Goldkette, Greek-born jazz musician (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Otto Jochum, composer
  • 1901 Piotr Perkowski, composer
  • 1905 John Kirkpatrick, pianist (Concord Sonata), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908 Louis Gaste, songwriter
  • 1914 Cesar Guerra Peixe, composer
  • 1916 Louis Toebosch, composer
  • 1927 John Kander, composer (Cabaret, Funny Lady, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1929 Ctirad Kohoutek, composer
  • 1930 Maurice Peress, conductor (KC Philharmonic 1974-80), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Pat Halcox, British musician, (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Pavle Despalj, composer
  • 1936 Robert Lee Smith, US singer (Tams, You Lied to Your Daddy)
  • 1938 Charley Pride, Sledge Miss, country singer (Sweet Country)
  • 1939 Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
  • 1939 Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer

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1941 Wilson Pickett, Prattville Alabama, R&B singer (Funky Broadway)

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • 1945 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), born in Glasgow (d. 2009)
  • 1947 Barry Wilson, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale)
  • 1949 Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
  • 1950 James Conlon, conductor (Cincinnati May Festival-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 John Hartman, Falls Church Va, rock drummer (Doobie Brothers)
  • 1953 Jamie West-Oram, rocker (Fixx)
  • 1957 Melvin Gentry, vocalits/guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1957 György Pazdera, Hungarian bassist (Pokolgép)
  • 1959 Irene Cara, Bronx actress/singer (Fame, DC Cab, Certain Fury), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Vanessa L Williams, Millwood NY, Actress, singer and 1st African American Miss America (1983)
  • 1964 Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
  • 1964 Rozalla, Zambian singer
  • 1965 Jeff Labar, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • 1966 Jerry Cantrell, US rock guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt)
  • 1967 Miki Berenyi, English singer (Lush)

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1970 Queen Latifah, rap singer/actress (Khadijah James-Living Single)

Singer, Rapper, & Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper, & Actress
Queen Latifah
  • 1975 Rodleen Getsic, American musician, civil servant
  • 1977 Devin Lima, American singer
  • 1979 Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5)
  • 1981 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress

Deaths in Music

  • 1799 John Randall, composer, dies at 82
  • 1816 Johann Paul Schulthesius, composer, dies at 67
  • 1817 Johann Jakob Walder, composer, dies at 67
  • 1823 Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, composer, dies at 69
  • 1870 Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer, dies at 48
  • 1875 Ferdinand Laub, composer, dies at 43
  • 1889 William Henry Monk, composer, dies at 66
  • 1918 Willem Coenen, composer, dies at 80
  • 1924 John Frederick Bridge, composer, dies at 79
  • 1938 Cyril Rootham, composer, dies at 62
  • 1967 Jimmy Blaine, singer (Stop the Music), dies at 42
  • 1968 Manuel Gomez Carillo, composer, dies at 85
  • 1973 Lauritz L H Melchior, Danish baritone/actor (Luxury Liner), dies at 82
  • 1976 Robert de Roos, composer, dies at 69
  • 1984 Paul Frances Webster, lyricist, dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 1985 Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • 1990 Robin Harris, actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies at 36
  • 1995 Charles Drain, singer, dies at 65
  • 1995 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Raskolnikov), dies at 84
  • 2001 John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1935)
  • 2002 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)