On This Day in Music for October 21

Events in Music

  • 1858 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Orphée aux Enfers" premieres in Paris
  • 1937 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 5th Symphony premieres

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1957 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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1961 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1971 "To Live Another Summer" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 173 performances
  • 1972 "Dude" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1972 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • 1972 "Pacific Paradise" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1975 "Treemonisha" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 64 performances

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1975 Elton John given a star in Hollywood

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • 1980 "Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • 1989 "Dangerous Games" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances

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1992 Madonna's book "Sex" goes on sale

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1993 "Twilight of the Golds" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 29 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

2001 "United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. organized and headlined by Michael Jackson and featuring Aerosmith, Mariah Carey and The Backstreet Boys

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Birthdays in Music

  • 1570 Wolfgang Schonsleder, composer
  • 1574 Nicolò Rubini, Italian composer and cornettist, born in Crevalcore (d. 1625)
  • 1680 Francisco Jose Coutinho, composer
  • 1751 David Moritz Michael, composer
  • 1767 Francesco Ruggi, composer
  • 1775 Guiseppi Baini, composer
  • 1807 Napoléon Henri Reber, French composer, born in Mulhouse, Alsace (d. 1880)
  • 1807 Miguel Hilarion Eslava y Elizondo, composer
  • 1823 Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer
  • 1847 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini)
  • 1879 Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, composer
  • 1885 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian composer/musicologist
  • 1891 Ted Shawn, US dancer/choreographer (Dance We Must)
  • 1895 Shukichi Mitsukuri, composer
  • 1902 Hilarion Rubio, Filipino composer, born in Bacoor, Cavite (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Alexander Schneider, Vilna Lith, violinist (Budapest String Quartet)
  • 1908 Howard Ferguson, composer
  • 1911 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian/US composer (Creation) [NS=Nov 3]
  • 1912 Carlos Don Byas, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1912 Georg Solti, conductor (Fidelio), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1916 Tomojiro Ikenouchi, composer
  • 1917 Dizzy Gillespie, [John B], jazz trumpeter, a creator of modern jazz
  • 1921 Jarmil Burghauser, composer
  • 1921 Malcolm Arnold, Northampton England, composer (Bridge over River Kwai)
  • 1924 Celia Cruz, Cuban singer, Queen of Salsa. (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Marga Richter, composer
  • 1937 Norman Wright, rocker (Del-Vikings)
  • 1940 Manfred Mann, [Michael Lubowitz], South Africa, rocker (Mighty Quinn)
  • 1941 Steve Cropper, TN, guitarist/songwriter (Booker T & MGs)
  • 1942 Elvin Bishop, rock guitarist (Fooled Around & Fell in Love), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1943 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Liz-Night Court), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943 Ron Elliott, musician (The Beau Brummels), born in Healdsburg, California
  • 1945 Kathy Young, rocker (Thousand Stars in the Sky)
  • 1946 Lux Interior, American singer (The Cramps)
  • 1946 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Shulamit Ran, composer
  • 1952 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), born in Munich,Germany
  • 1952 Patti Davis [Patricia Ann Reagan], singer/actress/writer, Ronald and Nancy's daughter
  • 1953 Charlotte Caffey, rock guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist (Go-Go's)
  • 1953 Keith Green, American musician (d. 1982)
  • 1955 Eric Faulkner, rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1955 Rich Mullins, American musician (d. 1997)
  • 1957 Julian Cope, [Kevin Stapleton], Welsh pop musician (Eve's Volcano)
  • 1957 Steve Lukather, US rock singer/guitarist (Toto-Africa)
  • 1964 Jon Carin, American musician (Pink Floyd, The Who)
  • 1971 Astrella Leitch, Celeste rocker, Donovan's daughter
  • 1971 Nick Oliveri, American musician
  • 1972 Matthew Friedberger, American musician (The Fiery Furnaces)
  • 1973 Lera Auerbach, Russian composer
  • 1973 Charlie Lowell, American Musician
  • 1976 Josh Ritter, American musician
  • 1980 Brian Pittman, American musician (Relient K)
  • 1983 Ninette Tayeb, Israeli singer
  • 1986 Christopher Uckermann, Actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD

Deaths in Music

  • 1662 Henry Lawes, composer, dies at 66
  • 1793 Johann Ernst Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
  • 1798 Johann Christoph Schmugel, composer, dies at 71
  • 1805 Johann Baptist Lasser, composer, dies at 54
  • 1810 Franz Teyber, Austrian composer, dies at 52
  • 1897 Paul Kuczynski, composer, dies at 50
  • 1905 Jose Teodor Vilar, composer, dies at 69
  • 1919 Sven August Korling, composer, dies at 77
  • 1924 Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, composer, dies at 76
  • 1961 Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish songwriter (Goggles), dies
  • 1965 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumour at 39
  • 1965 Marie McDonald, singer/actress (Promises Promises), dies of OD at 42
  • 1977 Ferit Tuzun, composer, dies at 48
  • 1981 Karel Srom, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • 1984 Dalibor Cyril Vackar, composer, dies at 78
  • 1995 Maxene Andrews, vocalist (Andrews Sister), dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1995 Shannon Hoon, vocalist (Blind Melon), dies of drug overdose at 28
  • 2003 Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)
  • 2006 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, dies at 98
  • 2007 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts) (b. 1951)