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

HeartWedding of Interest

1970 Singer David Bowie (23) weds model Angie Bowie (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

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)