On This Day in Music for October 20

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1877 Franz Schubert's 2nd Symphony in B premieres

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert
  • 1934 Richard Strauss completes his opera "Die Schweigsame Frau"
  • 1954 "Peter Pan" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • 1955 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith
  • 1962 Musical "Mr President" opens at St James Theater New York for 265 performances
  • 1964 "Golden Boy" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • 1964 Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris (150 arrested)
  • 1965 Beatles receive a gold record for "Yesterday"
  • 1968 "Her 1st Roman" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1971 "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" opens at Barrymore for 325 per

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1974 Bard's presentation of "Richard III" opens at Lincoln Center NYC
  • 1977 Six killed in Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in McComb, Mississippi including band members Ronnie Vanzant, Steve Gains, Cassie Gaines and Dean kilpatrick

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Music releaseAlbum Release

1987 Geffen records release their first album, Donna Summer's "The Wanderer"

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 1991 "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 9 performances
  • 1996 "Summer & Smoke" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1788 Philip Knapton, composer
  • 1792 Anton Bernhard Furstenau, composer
  • 1819 Karol Mikuli, composer
  • 1874 Charles Edward Ives, Danbury Ct, composer (Holiday Quick Step)
  • 1877 Josephine McGill, composer
  • 1890 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, jazz pianist/composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1900 Rodolfo Halffter, composer
  • 1901 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer
  • 1909 Monique Hare, French pianist
  • 1913 Angelo Ephrikian, composer
  • 1913 Grandpa [Louis M] Jones, Niagra KY, country musician (Hee-Haw)
  • 1915 Giora Schuster, composer
  • 1923 Robert Craft, American conductor, writer and friend of Stravinsky, born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Herman Roelstraete, composer
  • 1934 Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer
  • 1937 Wanda Jackson, Maud Oklahoma, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
  • 1939 Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • 1940 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • 1943 Dunja Vejzovic, Croatian soprano
  • 1944 William Hugh Albright, composer
  • 1945 Ric Lee, rock drummer (Ten Years After-Cannock, Staffs)
  • 1945 Thomas Pasatieri, composer
  • 1950 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Al Greenwood, keyboardist (Foreigner-Feels Like the First Time)
  • 1954 Steve Orich, orchestrator
  • 1955 Thomas Newman, American composer
  • 1957 Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer
  • 1958 Ivo Pogorelich, Belgrade Yugoslavia, pianist (1978 Casagrande winner)
  • 1958 Mark King, bass/vocalist (Level 42-Standing in the Light, Love Games)
  • 1958 Ricky Byrd, rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts)
  • 1958 Ivo Pogorelic, Croatian pianist
  • 1960 Lepa Brena, famous Yugoslav singer
  • 1962 Steven R "Randy" Jackson, US percussionist/singer (Enjoy Yourself)
  • 1965 Norman Blake, Scottish musician
  • 1966 Fred Coury, Johnston NY, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • 1967 Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1971 Dannii Minogue, Australian singer, sister of Kylie Minogue, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1971 Snoop Dogg [Calvin Broadus], rapper (What's My Name, Gin & Juice), born in Long Beach, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper
Snoop Dogg
  • 1976 Tom Wisniewski, American guitarist (MxPx)
  • 1977 Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • 1980 Gary Jarman, English musician
  • 1983 Alex Nackman, musician
  • 1988 Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1853 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (20) weds music teacher Caroline Scott (21)

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1991 Actress Lisa Hartman weds country singer Clint Black

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Singer Kelly Clarkson (31) weds talent manager Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee


Deaths in Music

  • 1676 Christopher Gibbons, composer, dies at 61
  • 1819 Lambert-Francois Godecharle, composer, dies at 66
  • 1870 Michael William Balfe, composer (Bohemian Girl), dies at 62
  • 1904 Henry Hiles, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1913 Leander Schlegel, composer, dies at 69
  • 1927 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov, composer, dies at 78
  • 1931 Emanuel Moor, composer, dies at 68
  • 1944 Gabriel Groulez, composer, dies at 65
  • 1955 Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, dies at 51
  • 1977 Cassie Gaines, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1977 Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • 1977 Steve Gaines, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in air crash at 28
  • 1983 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • 1994 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/Choreographer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer, dies at 65
  • 2005 Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)
  • 2014 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • 2015 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • 2015 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89