On This Day in Music for 20th March

Events in Music

  • 1885 Yiddish theater opens in NY with Golldfaden operetta
  • 1888 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1948 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90
  • 1948 20th Academy Awards - "Gentleman's Agreement", L Young, R Colman win minutes by 2nd live televised musical Arturo Toscvanni on NBC
  • 1954 "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
  • 1965 10th Eurovision Song Contest: Serge Gainsbourg for Luxembourg wins singing "Poupee de cire, poupee de son" in Naples
  • 1967 The Supremes release "The Happening"
  • 1982 Joan Jett & Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 wks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Michael Jackson signs $65M 6 album deal with Sony records

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 "Cyrano - The Musical" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 137 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1994 "Flowering Peach" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1994 "No Man's Land" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 1995 Beatles song, "Baby It's You", with late John Lennon as lead singer, is released, 1st Fab Four single in more than 30 years
  • 1996 "Love Thy Neighbor" opens at Booth Theater NYC
  • 1997 "Play On!" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 61 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2002 16th Soul Train Music Awards: The O'Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys
Rapper Dr. Dre
Rapper
Dr. Dre

Music awardsMusic Awards

2004 18th Soul Train Music Awards: R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Outkast & Beyoncé win

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
Singer Janet Jackson
Singer
Janet Jackson
Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles

Birthdays in Music

  • 1680 Baron Emanuele d' Astorga, Italian composer (Stabat mater)
  • 1739 Eligio Celestino, composer
  • 1774 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, born in London (d. 1856)
  • 1829 Charles Albert White, composer
  • 1833 Henry Southwick Perkins, composer
  • 1863 Ernesto Nazareth, composer
  • 1872 Bernhard Seklas, composer
  • 1873 Sergei V Rachmaninov, Russian/US pianist/composer (Aleko) [NS=Apr 1]
  • 1883 Karl Hasse, German composer, born in Dohna (d. 1960)
  • 1890 Lauritz Melchior, Copenhagen Denmark, baritone tenor (National Symphony)
  • 1915 Sviatosiav Richter, Zhitomir Ukraine, pianist (Stalin Prize-1945)
  • 1917 Vera Lynn, singer (Anniversary Waltz)
  • 1918 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (Soldiers)
  • 1918 Marian McPartland, jazz pianist (Bill Mayer, Jimmy McPartland), (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • 1922 Larry Elgart, bandleader/alto sax (Elgart Orch), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1927 John Pierre Herman Joubert, composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet)
  • 1930 Michel Magne, composer
  • 1931 Antonio Tauriello, composer
  • 1932 Tod Dockstader, composer
  • 1933 Jacquez Guyonnet, composer
  • 1936 Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican Reggae artist
  • 1937 Jerry Reed, singer/actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1937 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • 1940 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1946 Ranger Doug, [Douglas Green], Ill, singer (Riders in Sky-Cowboy Way)
  • 1947 Carl Palmer, drummer (Asia-Heat of the Moment, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
  • 1949 Marcia Ball, American singer and pianist
  • 1951 Guy Perry, rock guitarist/vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • 1951 Jimmie Vaughan, guitarist (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
  • 1954 Jim Seales, Hamilton Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1957 Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee
  • 1959 Richard Drummie, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)
  • 1961 Slim Jim Phantom, [Jim Mcdonnell], rock drummer (Stray Cats)
  • 1963 Paul Mirkovich, rock keyboardist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • 1964 Natacha Atlas, Belgian singer
  • 1966 Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
  • 1972 Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1976 Chester Bennington, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • 1979 Molly Jenson, American musician
  • 1980 Ock Ju-Hyun, South Korean singer
  • 1982 Nick Wheeler, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects)
  • 1984 Winta, Norwegian musician
  • 1986 Dean Geyer, Australian singer/actor

Weddings in Music

  • 1848 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez

HeartWedding of Interest

1969 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1970 Singer David Bowie (23) weds model Angie Bowie (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London

HeartWedding of Interest

1976 Rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper

Deaths in Music

  • 1757 Johann Paul Kunzen, composer, dies at 60
  • 1804 Ignaz Malzat, composer, dies at 47
  • 1812 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemian pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • 1866 Rikard Nordraak, composer, dies at 23
  • 1871 Antonio Buzzolla, composer, dies at 56
  • 1873 Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer, dies at 52
  • 1874 Hans Christian Lumbye, composer, dies at 63
  • 1892 Arthur Goring Thomas, English composer, dies at 41
  • 1911 Jean-Theodore Radoux, composer, dies at 75
  • 1913 Christian Barnekow, composer, dies at 75
  • 1942 Theodoro Valcarcel, composer, dies at 41
  • 1944 Felix Woyrsch, composer, dies at 83
  • 1951 Jan Ingenhoven, composer, dies at 74
  • 1951 Kathleen Lockhart Manning, composer, dies at 60
  • 1964 Jean Rogister, composer, dies at 84
  • 1970 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (b. 1920)
  • 1987 Norman Harris, guitarist (O'Jays), dies at 39 of heart failure
  • 1988 Gil Evans, Canadian/US jazz composer (Out of the Cool), dies at 75
  • 1992 Frank Westbrook, dancer/choreographer, dies at 82
  • 1992 Georges Delerue, French composer (Hiroshima, My Love), dies at 67
  • 1996 Alan Ridout, composer, dies at 61
  • 1998 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • 2000 Gene Eugene, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1961)
  • 2008 Klaus Dinger, German Musician (b. 1946)
  • 2009 Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 2011 Johnny Pearson, British Composer (b. 1925)