On This Day in Music for 4th March

Events in Music

  • 1830 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" premieres in Venice
  • 1895 Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony premieres in Berlin
  • 1913 Gabriel Faure's opera "Penelope" premieres in Monte Carlo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 John Lennon says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1967 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by Towler & Ford (GRB)
  • 1968 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win
  • 1973 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America
  • 1979 "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 1993 "Goodbye Girl" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 188 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2000 14th Soul Train Music Awards: Prince, Whitney Houston, DMX & Mary J. Blige win

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 2006 20th Soul Train Music Awards: Jamie Foxx, Destiny's Child & John Legend win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1492 Francesco de Layolle, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1678 Antonio Vivaldi, Baroque violin virtuoso/composer (4 Seasons), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1741)

Violin Virtuoso & Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Virtuoso & Composer
Antonio Vivaldi
  • 1742 Johann Heinrich Egli, composer
  • 1745 Charles Dibdin, English composer (d. 1814)
  • 1754 Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain, composer
  • 1757 Ignaz Malzat, composer
  • 1765 Charles Dibdin, England, composer/author (Sea Songs)/actor (baptized)
  • 1773 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, composer
  • 1819 Charles Oberthur, composer
  • 1834 Peter Nicolai von Wilm, composer
  • 1838 Paul Lacôme, French composer, born in Le Houga, Gascony (d. 1920)
  • 1877 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, composer
  • 1878 Egbert Van Alstyne, American songwriter and pianist (d. 1951)
  • 1886 Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
  • 1904 Joseph Schmidt Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (d. 1942)
  • 1913 Taos Amrouche, Algerian writer and singer (d. 1976)
  • 1913 Willie Johnson (guitarist), American guitarist (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Carlos Surinach, Barcelona Spain, composer (Monte Carlo) [OS]
  • 1915 Eunice Catunda, composer
  • 1921 Halim El-Dabh, composer
  • 1925 Paul Mauriat, French musician (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Fran Warren, American singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Robert Di Domenica, composer
  • 1928 Samuel Adler, composer
  • 1929 Bernard Haitink, Amsterdam Neth, conductor (London Phil Orch 1969-78)
  • 1929 Josep Mestres-Quadreny, composer
  • 1932 Guido Baggiani, composer
  • 1932 Miriam Makeba, Johannesburg South Africa, singer (Grammy 1965)
  • 1933 Ann Burton, [Anna Rafalowicz], singer
  • 1934 Barbara McNair, Racine Wisc, singer/actress (Barbara McNair Show)
  • 1934 John Duffey, bluegrass musician
  • 1934 Mario Davidovsky, Buenos Aires Argentinia, composer (Synchronisms)
  • 1935 Nancy Whiskey, Scottish folk singer (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Aribert Reimann, composer
  • 1936 Eric Allandale, rocker (Foundations)
  • 1937 [Bernard Barney Jean] Wilen, musician
  • 1943 Zoltan Jeney, composer
  • 1944 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer/guitarist (Woman's Got to Have It), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Dieter Meier, Swiss singer/children book writer (Yello)
  • 1946 Ralph Kirshbaum, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1946 Robert Raymond, rocker
  • 1947 Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
  • 1948 Chris Squire, rock bassist (Yes-Fish Out of Water), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Shakin' Stevens, [Mike Barrett], Wales, rocker (You Drive Me Crazy)
  • 1949 Carroll Baker, Canadian country singer and songwriter
  • 1950 Emilio Estefan, Cuba, rocker (Miami Sound Machine-1 2 3)
  • 1951 Chris Rea, English rock guitarist (Fool If You Think It Is Over)
  • 1951 Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer
  • 1952 Umberto Tozzi, Italian singer
  • 1956 Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1963 Jason Newsted, US heavy-metal bassist (Metallica-Nothing Else Matters), born in Battle Creek, Michigan

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • 1963 MDV, [Michiel de Vos], Dutch pop bassist (Burma Shave-Stash)
  • 1963 Janey Lee Grace, English singer, author, television presenter and radio disc jockey
  • 1965 WestBam (Maximillian Lenz), German rave techno DJ
  • 1966 Patrick Hannan, English pop drummer (Sundays-Can't Be Sure)
  • 1966 Grand Puba, American rapper
  • 1968 Evan Dando, rocker (Lemonheads)
  • 1969 Jason Townsend, American artist and record producer
  • 1972 Ivy Queen, American composer and singer
  • 1974 ICS Vortex (Simen Hestnæs), Norwegian vocalist (Arcturus)
  • 1975 Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
  • 1976 Scott Sturgeon (Stza Crack), American musician (Choking Victim and Leftover Crack)
  • 1977 Jason Marsalis, American musician
  • 1979 Jon Fratelli, Scottish singer (The Fratellis)
  • 1981 Carol Banawa, Filipino singer and celebrity
  • 1981 Donny Tourette, English punk rock singer (Towers of London)
  • 1991 Diandra Newlin, American actress, singer, and fashion model

Deaths in Music

  • 1617 Arcangelo Crivelli, composer, dies at 70
  • 1804 Karl Leopold Rollig, composer, dies
  • 1831 Georg Michael Telemann, composer, dies at 82
  • 1839 Ignace Antoine Ladurner, pianist/composer, dies at 72
  • 1851 Michael Henkel, composer, dies at 70
  • 1876 Alfred Holmes, composer, dies at 38
  • 1918 Eugene D'Harcourt, composer, dies at 58
  • 1925 Moritz Moszkowski, Polish/German composer, dies at 70
  • 1933 Willie Walker, US jazz singer/guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
  • 1936 Ruben Mattias Liljefors, composer, dies at 64
  • 1941 Edoardo Mascheroni, composer, dies at 81
  • 1942 Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer, dies at 62
  • 1954 Georg Gohler, composer, dies at 79
  • 1954 Noel Gay, [Richard Moxon Armitage], composer, dies at 55
  • 1960 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60), dies on stage at 48
  • 1966 Janis Medins, composer, dies at 75
  • 1968 Alexandre Cellier, composer, dies at 84
  • 1981 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • 1984 Shalva Mikhaylovich Mshvelidze, composer, dies at 79
  • 1986 Richard Manuel, rock vocalist/pianist (Band), commits suicide at 42
  • 1986 Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1989 Tiny Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (b. 1916)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1992 Mary Osborne, jazz guitarist, dies at 70 of liver cancer
  • 1993 Art Hodes, Russ/US jazz/blues pianist/editor (Jazz Record), dies
  • 1995 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), dies at 86
  • 2001 Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
  • 2002 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • 2004 John McGeoch, Scottish musician (b. 1955)
  • 2004 Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • 2005 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Natalie Bodanya (Natalie Bodanskaya), American soprano (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Richard Joseph, British games soundtrack composer (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Leonard Rosenman, American film, television and concert composer (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • 2009 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Johnny Alf, Brazilian singer and composer (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Etta Cameron, Danish singer and actor (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Lolly Vegas, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Fred Wedlock, British folk musician (b. 1942)
  • 2011 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • 2013 Fran Warren, American singer, dies at 87