On This Day in Music for 28th March

Events in Music

  • 1859 1st performance of John Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra
  • 1896 The opera "Andrea Chenier" is produced (Milan)
  • 1930 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)
  • 1953 "New Faces (of 1952)" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 performances
  • 1967 "Sherry!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 65 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1996 "Seven Guitars" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1621 Heinrich Schwemmer, composer
  • 1643 Jose Solana, composer
  • 1737 Francesco Zannetti, composer
  • 1741 Johann Andre, composer
  • 1766 Joseph Weigl, Austria composer/conductor (Emmeline)
  • 1779 Angelo Maria Benincori, composer
  • 1817 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, composer
  • 1868 Wojciech Gawronski, composer
  • 1871 Willem Mengelberg, Utrecht Neth, conductor (NY Philharmonic 1922-30)
  • 1883 William H Harris, composer
  • 1885 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, composer
  • 1886 Jaroslav Novotny, composer
  • 1887 Rudolf F W Boskaljon, Curacao, musician/composer
  • 1890 Paul Whiteman, orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1900 Achille Longo, composer
  • 1902 Paul Godwin, [Goldfein], Polish/Dutch violinist
  • 1902 Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (d. 1988)
  • 1903 Rudolf Serkin, Eger Bohemia, pianist (Marlboro Sch of Music)
  • 1907 Herbert "Herb" Hall, clarinetist/saxophonist
  • 1915 Jay Livingston, composer (Buttons & Bows, Mona Lisa, Tammy)
  • 1918 Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer
  • 1919 Jacob Avshalomov, Tsingtao China, composer (Sinfonietta, The Oregon)
  • 1922 Felice Chiusano, Italian singer (d. 1990)
  • 1926 Francis Burt, composer
  • 1928 Jose Luis de Delas, composer
  • 1930 Robert Ashley, composer
  • 1930 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer
  • 1933 Tete Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Siegfried Thiele, composer
  • 1941 Alf Clausen, Minneapolis Mn, orchestra leader (Mary, Simpsons)
  • 1945 Chuck Portz, bassist (Turtles-Happy Together), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1946 Richard Sussman, American jazz musician and composer
  • 1948 John Evans, (Aka Evan) rock drummer (Jethro Tull)
  • 1949 Milan Williams, US keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady)
  • 1951 Matti Pellonpää, Finnish actor and musician (d. 1995)
  • 1955 Reba McEntire, McAlester Ok, country singer (Can't Even Get the Blues)
  • 1958 Oran "Juice" Jones, rocker (Curiosity, Here I Go Again)
  • 1962 Ged Grimes, [Danny Wilson], rocker (Mary's Prayer)
  • 1963 Andy Cousin, rocker (All About Eve-All About Scarlet & Other Stories)
  • 1968 Jon Lee, British drummer (d. 2002)
  • 1969 Salt, rocker (Salt 'n' Pepa-Shake Ya Thang)
  • 1969 Rodney Atkins, American country music singer-songwriter
  • 1976 David Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers)
  • 1977 Angelo Garcia, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1986 J-Kwon, American rapper

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1986 Lady Gaga [Stefani Germanotta], American singer/songwriter (Bad Romance), born in New York City

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
  • 1989 Afrikan Boy, a Nigerian rapper

Weddings in Music

  • 1837 German composer Felix Mendelssohn (27) marries Cécile Jeanrenaud (20)

HeartWedding of Interest

1948 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

HeartWedding of Interest

1957 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (41) weds mafia enforcer Louis McKay

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Deaths in Music

  • 1563 Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)
  • 1687 Constantine Huygens, diplomat/poet/composer (Bluebottles), dies at 90
  • 1818 Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi, composer, dies at 62
  • 1847 Mariano Rodriguiz de Ledesma, composer, dies at 67
  • 1856 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer, dies at 76
  • 1860 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer, dies at 73
  • 1877 Vincenzo Fioravanti, composer, dies at 77
  • 1880 Achille Peri, composer, dies at 67
  • 1881 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer (Boris Godunov), dies at 42 [OS=Mar 16]
  • 1885 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, composer, dies at 53
  • 1907 Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, composer, dies at 65
  • 1910 Edouard [Judas] Colonne, French violinist/conductor, dies
  • 1914 Hanus Trnecek, composer, dies at 55
  • 1927 Karl Prohaska, composer, dies at 57
  • 1928 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer, dies at 63
  • 1943 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov, Russian composer/pianist, dies at 69
  • 1947 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, composer, dies at 57
  • 1949 Grigoras Dinicu, composer, dies at 59
  • 1958 William Christopher Handy, US conductor/composer (St Louis Blues), dies at 84 in New York
  • 1963 Alec A Templeton, composer/pianist (Alec Templeton Time), dies at 52
  • 1971 Felix Wolfes, composer, dies at 78
  • 1974 Dorothy Fields, US singer (Way you Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • 1974 Arthur Crudup, American blues singer and guitarist, dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1975 Renzo Massarani, composer, dies at 77
  • 1978 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • 1984 Carmen Dragon, American conductor, composer and arranger (b. 1914)
  • 1987 Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82
  • 1994 Albert Goldman, US rock biographer (Lives of John Lennon, Elvis), dies at 66
  • 1994 Eugene Ionesco, playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • 1999 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • 2001 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • 2012 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician, dies from natural causes at 88