On This Day in Music for 23rd March

Events in Music


Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London

  • 1881 Gas lamp sets fire to Nice France opera house; 70 die
  • 1896 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Ch√©nier" premieres in Milan
  • 1923 Frank Silver & Irving Conn release "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
  • 1933 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens
  • 1950 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1963 8th Eurovision Song Contest: Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann for Denmark win singing "Dansevise" in London

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1973 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1979 Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"
  • 1984 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa won by J Torvill & Chris Dean (GRB)
  • 1995 "How To Succeed in Business..." opens at R Rodgers NYC for 548 performances
  • 1997 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1999 "Livin' la Vida Loca" sung by Ricky Martin released - goes on to sell over 8 million copies

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
Ricky Martin

Birthdays in Music

  • 1599 Thomas Selle, composer
  • 1749 Hugo Franz Karl Alexander von Kerpen, composer
  • 1750 Johannes Matthias Sperger, composer
  • 1795 Leopold Jansa, composer
  • 1811 Camille Marie Stamaty, composer
  • 1811 Carl Gottfried Wilhelm Taubert, composer
  • 1826 Leon Minkus, composer
  • 1834 Julius Reubke, composer
  • 1837 Joseph Wieniawski, composer
  • 1844 Eugene Gigout, composer
  • 1864 Hjalmar Borgstrom, composer
  • 1878 Franz Schrecker, Austrian composer (Der ferne Klang, Der Schatzgr√§ber)
  • 1884 Glauco Velasquez, composer
  • 1887 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn-catalog)
  • 1891 Catherine Murphy Urner, composer
  • 1895 Dane Rudhyar, composer
  • 1899 Dora Gerson, German actress and singer (d. 1943)
  • 1900 Jose Antonio Calcano, composer
  • 1901 Edmund Rubbra, composer [or May 23]
  • 1905 Lale Andersen, German singer and cabaretist (d. 1972)
  • 1906 George Posford, composer
  • 1910 Lale [Liselotte H] Anderson, German singer/actress (Der Pott)
  • 1914 Robert Gross, composer
  • 1917 Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Alexander Grigori Harut'unyan, composer
  • 1920 Geoffrey Bush, composer
  • 1926 Martha Wright, singer (Let's Dance, Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1927 Osvaldo Lacerda, composer
  • 1929 Gerrit den Braber, Dutch composer/producer
  • 1933 Norman Bailey, British bass-baritone (Flying Dutchman)
  • 1934 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (d. 2006)
  • 1937 Heinz Martin Lonquich, composer
  • 1939 Boris Ivanovich Tischenko, composer
  • 1939 Pepe Lienhard, Swiss band leader and entertainer
  • 1940 Luis Gasca, rocker
  • 1944 Michael Nyman, composer (Mesmer, Carrington)
  • 1945 Franco Battiato, Italian singer, songwriter and filmmaker
  • 1948 David Olney, American musician
  • 1949 Ric Ocasek, Balt, rock vocalist (Cars-Double Life, Bye Bye Love)
  • 1953 Chaka Khan, [Stevens], Great Lakes Il, rocker (Rufus-I am Every Woman)
  • 1958 El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (d. 1997)
  • 1959 Epic Soundtracks, English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls) (d. 1997)
  • 1966 Marti Pellow, rocker (Wet, Wet, Wet-Wishing I Was)
  • 1995 Jan Lisiecki, Canadian Pianist

Weddings & Divorces in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1985 Musician Billy Joel weds supermodel Christie Brinkley

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel

Deaths in Music

  • 1658 Valentin Dretzel, composer, dies at 79
  • 1669 Philipp Buchner, composer, dies at 54
  • 1748 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer/musicologist, dies at 63
  • 1756 Georg Gottfried Wagner, composer, dies at 57
  • 1783 Gaspard Fritz, composer, dies at 67
  • 1806 George Frederic Pinto, composer, dies at 20
  • 1809 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, composer, dies at 60
  • 1816 Ignaz Vitzthumb, composer, dies at 95
  • 1818 Nicolas Isouard, composer, dies at 42
  • 1821 Bernhard Anselm Weber, pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 56
  • 1832 Vaclav Vilem Wurfel, composer, dies at 41
  • 1869 Charles Lucas, composer, dies at 60
  • 1880 Gustav Adolf Mankell, composer, dies at 67
  • 1881 Nikolay Rubinstein, composer, dies at 45
  • 1918 Cesar Cortinas, composer, dies at 27
  • 1943 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer, dies at 47
  • 1946 Alexandru Zirra, composer, dies at 62
  • 1971 Armin Loos, composer, dies at 67
  • 1978 Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • 1987 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • 1995 Alan Barton, singer (Smokie, Black Lace), dies in a bus crash
  • 1995 Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter, dies at 61
  • 1995 Ripley L. Ingram, singer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Jay D. Miller, record producer, dies at 73
  • 2002 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Cindy Walker, American singer, songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)