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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1966 John Lennon, says "We (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, Venice, Baroque violin virtuoso/composer (4 Seasons)

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 Lacome, composer
  • 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, OH, (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Dieter Meier, Swiss singer/children book writer (Yello)
  • 1946 Ralph Kirshbaum, Denton TX, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival)
  • 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 Hestn├Žs), 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, songwriter, 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 (b. 1939)
  • 2013 Fran Warren, American singer, dies at 87