On This Day in Music for May 4

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1728 George Frideric Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London

  • 1878 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
  • 1957 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show

Music awardsMusic Awards

1959 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1973 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
  • 1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
  • 1985 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
  • 1991 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
  • 1993 "Angels in America-Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love

Birthdays in Music

  • 1611 Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect and composer, born in Rome (d. 1691)
  • 1738 Josef Kohaut, composer
  • 1744 Marianne von Martinez, composer
  • 1763 Franz Stanislaus Spindler, composer
  • 1767 Tyagaraja, Composer of Indian classical Carnatic music (d. 1847)
  • 1769 Charles Hague, composer
  • 1777 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, composer
  • 1835 Edmund Hart Turpin, composer
  • 1860 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, composer (Donna Diana), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1867 Dynam-Victor Fumet, composer
  • 1891 Frederick Jacobi, composer
  • 1902 Cvjetko Rihtman, composer
  • 1904 Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer (official Date of Birth) (d. 1975)
  • 1905 Mátyás Seiber, composer (Scherzando), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1912 Lou Brown, Bkln, orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show)
  • 1915 Pedro Saenz, Argentine and Spanish composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, jazz drummer
  • 1917 Edward Toner Cone, composer
  • 1919 Dimiter Petkov, composer
  • 1919 Mary Ann McCall, singer
  • 1921 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin)
  • 1923 Ed Cassidy, American musician (Spirit)
  • 1923 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author
  • 1924 Tat'yana Petrovna Nikolayeva, composer
  • 1928 Maynard Ferguson, Verdun Quebec, jazz trumpeter (Roulette)
  • 1930 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (USSR State Radio), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1932 Fausto Razzi, composer
  • 1937 Ron Carter, jazz bassist (Ron Carter Meets Bach)
  • 1937 Hans Ulrich Lehmann, composer
  • 1937 Dick Dale, American guitarist
  • 1938 Tyrone Davis, US R&B singer (Are you serious)
  • 1941 David LaFlamme, Utah, electric violinist (It's a Beautiful Day)
  • 1942 Ronnie Bond, drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing)
  • 1943 Nickolas Ashford, SC, singer (Ashford & Simpson-Solid as a Rock)
  • 1943 Stella Parton, sister of Dolly Parton/singer (A Woman's Touch)
  • 1944 Peggy Santiglia, Belleville, New Jersey, American singer-songwriter (Angels)
  • 1945 George Wadenius, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 1949 Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow
  • 1950 Darryl Hunt, English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes)
  • 1951 Jackie Jackson, [Sigmund], rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1951 Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel)
  • 1951 Mick Mars [Robert Alan Deal], guitarist (Mötley Crüe), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (alternative date 4 April 1955)
  • 1951 Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer.
  • 1954 Julie Budd, Bkln, singer (Child of Plenty)
  • 1955 Robert Ellis Orrall, American singer
  • 1956 Sharon Jones, soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1959 Randy Travis, Marshville NC, country singer (Diggin' Up Bones)
  • 1961 Jay Aston, English singer (Bucks Fizz), born in Purley, Surrey
  • 1962 Oleta Adams, American singer
  • 1968 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh
  • 1970 Gregg Alexander, American musician (New Radicals)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1972 Mike Dirnt [Michael Ryan Pritchard], American musician (Green Day), born in Berkeley, California

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • 1975 Pablo Ruiz, Buenos Aires Arg, spanish singer
  • 1979 Lance Bass, American singer (*NSYNC)
  • 1982 Hector King, Mexican singer-songwriter
  • 1982 Rasheeda, American hiphop singer
  • 1985 Anthony Fedorov, American singer
  • 1987 Anjeza Shahini, Albanian singer

Weddings in Music

  • 2009 Two-time Tony winner singer-actress Bebe Neuwirth (50) weds Napa Valley's Destino vineyard founder Chris Calkins at the Players Club in New York

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Actress Keira Knightley (28) weds musician James Righton (29) in France

  • 2016 Country singer Randy Houser (39) weds Tatiana Starzynski in an intimate outdoor ceremony in Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1604 Claudio Merulo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1770 Christian Gottfried Krause, composer, dies at 51
  • 1855 Camille Pleyel, Austria piano builder/composer, dies at 66
  • 1893 George Washington Hewitt, composer, dies at 82
  • 1929 Henry Morton Dunham, composer, dies at 75
  • 1937 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1953 Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85
  • 1955 Georges Enescu, Romanian/French violist/composer (Oedipe), dies at 73
  • 1966 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater, composer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Bengt Axel von Torne, composer, dies at 75
  • 1974 Israel Citkowitz, composer, dies at 65
  • 1983 Nino Sanzogno, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1987 Paul Butterfield, singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44
  • 1995 Louis Krasner, violinist, dies at 91

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2012 MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 2016 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, dies at 93