On This Day in Music for 23rd March

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent 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

Event of interestEvent 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

Event of interestEvent 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 Ludwig Minkus, Austrian ballet composer, born in Vienna (d. 1917)
  • 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, actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 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, German composer
  • 1939 Boris Ivanovich Tischenko, composer
  • 1939 Pepe Lienhard, Swiss band leader and entertainer
  • 1940 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 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 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, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • 1978 Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • 1983 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), dies at 82
  • 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)