On This Day in Music for March 21

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1826 Beethoven's Quartet #13 in B flat major (Op 130) premiered in Vienna

  • 1952 "3 Wishes for Jamie" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 94 performances
  • 1952 Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever
  • 1959 "Juno" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1961 The Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • 1963 David Hendon & Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
  • 1964 Beatles' "She Loves You" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • 1964 9th Eurovision Song Contest: Gigliola Cinquetti for Italy wins singing "Non ho l'eta" in Copenhagen
  • 1968 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London
  • 1970 15th Eurovision Song Contest: Dana for Ireland wins singing "All Kinds of Everything" in Amsterdam

Music awardsMusic Awards

1988 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1990 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 149 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 actor Dudley Moore arrested for hitting his girlfriend

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • 1996 "Night of the Iguana" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 1997 Ice Dance won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1527 Hermann Finck, German composer, born in Pirna (d. 1558)
  • 1624 Francois Roberday, composer
  • 1642 Georg Schmezer, composer
  • 1708 Caspar Ruetz, composer
  • 1716 Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, composer
  • 1779 Alexis Garaude, composer
  • 1820 Frank Mori, English composer, born in London (d. 1873)
  • 1836 Jesus Monasterio, composer
  • 1839 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Karevo, Russian composer (Boris Gudunov, Night on Bald Mt) [NS]
  • 1863 Hugo Kaun, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1932)
  • 1878 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, composer
  • 1881 Hermann Sandby, composer
  • 1883 Jules van Nuffel, composer
  • 1895 Zlatko Baloković, Croatian violinist (d. 1955)
  • 1900 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1902 Eddie James "Son" House, folk blues musician (Delta Blues)
  • 1904 Nikolaos Skalkottas, composer
  • 1914 Paul Tortelier, composer
  • 1920 Bruno Maderna, composer [or Apr 21]
  • 1920 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (d. 1975)
  • 1920 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (d. 1970)
  • 1921 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • 1921 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • 1923 Mort Lindsey, orchestra leader (Merv Griffin Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1924 Karl Heinz Fussl, composer
  • 1928 Evelyn Ruth Anderson, composer
  • 1932 Joseph Silverstein, violinist (Denver Symphony Orch), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1936 Marek Stachowski, composer
  • 1940 Solomon Burke, American singer
  • 1943 Vivian Stanshall, songwriter/comic
  • 1943 Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
  • 1944 Henrik Colding-Jorgensen, composer
  • 1944 Jamary Oliveira, composer
  • 1945 Rosemary Stone, vocalist/pianist (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People)
  • 1945 Vernon Guy, US gospel singer (Cool Sounds, Sharpees)
  • 1946 Ray Dorset, rocker (Cold Blue Excursion)
  • 1949 Eddie Money, [Mahoney], Bkln, singer/guitarist (Take Me Home Tonight)
  • 1950 Peter Banks, rocker (Yes), (d. 2013)
  • 1950 Roger Hodgson, rock vocalist (Supertramp-It's Raining Again)
  • 1951 Russell Thompkins Jr, US soul singer (Stylistics-Sing Baby Sing)
  • 1952 Chris O'Connell, rocker
  • 1953 Shotgun Johnson [Robert], rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band-Give it Up)
  • 1959 Sarah Jane Morris, English Singer
  • 1959 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • 1960 Guy Chadwick, English singer/songwriter (House of Love)
  • 1960 Robert Sweet, American drummer
  • 1961 Slim MacDonnell, Jim Phantom rock percussionist (Stray Cats)
  • 1963 Sharon June Howe Pederson, Glencoe Mn, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • 1967 Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)
  • 1978 Kevin Federline, American dancer/hip hop artist
  • 1980 Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41)
  • 1990 Mandy Capristo, German Singer (Monrose)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Singer and actress Barbra Streisand (20) marries actor Elliott Gould (24)

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 2015 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • 2015 Country music star Randy Travis (55) weds longtime girlfriend Mary Davis in Texas

Deaths in Music

  • 1654 Johann Neukrantz, composer, dies at 51
  • 1734 Gunther Jacob Wenceslaus, composer, dies at 48
  • 1793 Johann Michael Schmidt, composer, dies at 51
  • 1801 Andrea Lucchesi, composer, dies at 59
  • 1894 Jacob Rosenhaim, composer, dies at 80
  • 1934 Franz Schreker, Austrian composer, dies after suffering from a stroke at 55
  • 1936 Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov, composer (Chopiniana), dies at 70
  • 1939 Evald Aav, Estonian composer, dies at 39
  • 1954 Harry Lawrence Freeman, composer, dies at 84
  • 1970 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)
  • 1973 Antoni Szalowski, composer, dies at 65
  • 1975 Berend Giltay, composer, dies at 64
  • 1980 Gideon Fagan, composer, dies at 75
  • 1985 Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • 1987 Robert Preston, actor (Harold Hill-Music Man), dies at 68
  • 1992 Natalie Sleeth, American composer (b. 1930)
  • 1995 Norman Schwartz, record Producer, dies at 66
  • 2004 Ludmilla Tchérina, French ballet dancer and actress (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)
  • 2010 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Loleatta Holloway, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)
  • 2015 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74