On This Day in Music for October 7

Events in Music

  • 1943 Weill, Perelman and Nash' musical "One Touch of Venus" premieres in NYC
  • 1959 "Happy Town" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 5 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

1959 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 1961 "Bye Bye Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances
  • 1967 Beatles turn down $1 million NY concert offer by Sid Berstein
  • 1977 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis
  • 1979 "1940s Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • 1979 "Eubie!" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
  • 1982 Musical "Cats" opens at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway NYC and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.
  • 1993 "Les Miserables" opens at Meralco Theatre, Philippines
  • 1993 "She Loves Me" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 294 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1698 Henri Madin, French composer, born in Verdun (d. 1748)
  • 1746 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1758 Paul Anton Wineberger, composer
  • 1774 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer
  • 1801 Adolf Muller, composer
  • 1802 Bernhard Molique, German violinist and composer
  • 1835 Felix Draeseke, composer
  • 1879 Joe Hill, Jevla Sweden, organizer (IWW)/songwriter (Union Scab)/martyr
  • 1879 Joseph Bovet, composer
  • 1880 Jaime Pahissa, composer
  • 1898 Alfred Wallenstein, conductor (Chic Symph 1922-29), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1901 Ralph Rainger, composer
  • 1902 Willemina J H "Mascha" ter Weene, dancer/ballerina
  • 1909 Shura Cherkassky, pianist
  • 1911 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • 1911 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1911 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer
  • 1914 Alfred Drake, [Capurro], singer/actor (Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915 Roman Padlewski, composer
  • 1922 Martha Stewart, Bardwell Ky, singer/actress (Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face)
  • 1926 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, born in Prague (d. 1978)
  • 1926 Marcello Abbado, composer
  • 1927 Al Martino, singer (Here in My Heart)/actor (The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Charles Dutoit, Swiss conductor
  • 1939 Colin Cooper, rocker (Climax Blues Band)
  • 1940 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1941 Martin Murray, rocker (Honeycombs), born in London, England
  • 1941 Tony Sylvester, rocker (Main Ingredient)
  • 1941 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • 1944 Judee Sill, American musician (d. 1979)
  • 1945 Kevin Godley, rock vocalist (10cc), born in Manchester, England
  • 1946 Bernard Lavilliers, French singer
  • 1949 Dave Hope, rock bassist (Kansas)
  • 1949 Kieran Kane, singer (O'Kanes-Daddies Need to Grow Up Too), born in Queens, New York
  • 1951 Carmen R "Tata" Vega, US soul singer (Color Purple soundtrack)
  • 1951 John Cougar Mellencamp, American musician, actor (Jack & Diane), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • 1953 Tico Torres, rock drummer (Bon Jovi-Always)
  • 1954 Kenneth Atchley, American composer
  • 1955 Yo-Yo Ma, world famous cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Paris, France
  • 1957 Jayne Torvill, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean, Olympic gold 84), born in Nottingham
  • 1960 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer
  • 1960 Viktor Lazlo, Belgian singer
  • 1961 Brian Mannix, Australian singer and actor
  • 1964 Sam Brown, English singer/songwriter (Stop!)
  • 1966 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer
  • 1967 Toni Braxton, American singer
  • 1967 Luke Haines, English musician (The Auteurs, Black Box Recorder)
  • 1968 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead (Creep, Paranoid Android), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire,
  • 1969 Javier Álvarez, Spanish singer-songwriter
  • 1971 Daniel Boucher, Québécois musician
  • 1974 Charlotte Nilsson, Swedish singer
  • 1975 Damian Kulash, American musician (OK Go)
  • 1975 Tim Minchin, Australian comedian and musician
  • 1976 Taylor Hicks, American musician
  • 1978 Alesha Dixon, British pop singer (Mis-Teeq)
  • 1982 Li Yundi, Chinese classical pianist
  • 1984 Ikuta Toma, Japanese Singer/Actor
  • 1988 Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1978 Country singer Merle Haggard (41) weds his backup singer Leona Williams (35)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

Deaths in Music

  • 1553 Cristóbal de Morales, Spanish composer (bc. 1500)
  • 1766 Andre Cheron, French composer organist and harpsichordist, dies at 71
  • 1887 George James Webb, composer, dies at 84
  • 1890 John Hill Hewitt, composer, dies at 89
  • 1915 Samuel Prowse Warren, composer, dies at 74
  • 1918 Hubert Parry, English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), dies at 70
  • 1925 Hubert Main, American hymn composer, dies at 86
  • 1959 Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack
  • 1966 Johnny Kidd, rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1966 Smiley Lewis, [Overton Amos Lemons], rocker, dies at 46
  • 1976 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, composer, dies at 73
  • 1981 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • 1988 Billy Daniels, African-American singer (Billy Daniels Show), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1992 Ed Blackwell, US jazz drummer (Quartet), dies
  • 2003 Arthur Berger, American composer (b. 1912)
  • 2010 T Lavitz, American musician (b. 1956)
  • 2012 John Martin Tchicai, Danish saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 2013 Patrice Chéreau, French film and opera director, dies from lung cancer at 68