On This Day in Music for 21st March

Events in Music


Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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 Beatles' 1st appearance at the Cavern Club
  • 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1994 Dudley Moore arrested for hitting 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, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 1836 Jesus Monasterio, composer
  • 1839 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Karevo, Russian composer (Boris Gudunov, Night on Bald Mt) [NS]
  • 1863 Hugo Kaun, composer
  • 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
  • 1908 Maurice Stans, rocker
  • 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, Newark NJ, orchestra leader (Merv Griffin Show)
  • 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 & Divorces 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 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, 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)