On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 10

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1868 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem"

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 1935 Vaughan Williams' 4th Symphony premieres in London
  • 1968 "George M!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1986 "Big Deal" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 70 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1989 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1994 "Les Miserables" opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka
  • 1995 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 24 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2006 40th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

Singer Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban

Birthdays in Music

  • 1633 Werner Fabricius, German composer, born in Itzehoe, Germany (d. 1679)
  • 1737 Francois Giroust, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1799)
  • 1808 Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1884)
  • 1847 Charles Swinnerton Heap, English composer, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1900)
  • 1864 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1932)
  • 1887 Heinz Tiessen, German composer, born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1971)
  • 1892 Victor de Sabata, Italian conductor and composer (Il Macigno), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), born in Abrudbánya, Alsó-Fehér County, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Fud Livingston, American jazz clarinetist and composer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1957)
  • 1910 Abu-Bakr Khairat, Egyptian composer, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1963)
  • 1911 Martin Denny, musician (Exotica), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), born in Erick, Oklahoma (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Junior Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Cumming, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1926 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist, born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, born in Sombor (d. 2010)
  • 1930 Claude Bolling, French jazz and classical cross-over pianist and composer (Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio), born in Cannes, France (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1932 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1932 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1932 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, born in Bombay (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Philip Corner, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), born in Asakusa, Tokyo (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, born in Szeged (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Jorge Mester, Mexican conductor (Louisville Orch 1967-79), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1936 Bobby Smith, American R&B singer (The Spinners), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Danny Woods, American musician (CEO of the Board), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2018)
  • 1946 Armand [Herman van Loenhout], Dutch singer (Blommenkinders), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Anne Boyd, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • 1947 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1949 Eric Troyer, American musician (ELO Part II, The Orchestra), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1950 Eddie Hazel, American pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Uncle Jam Wants You), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1953 Terre Roche, American rocker (Roches), born in New York
  • 1954 Lenny Pickett, American saxophonist and musical director (Saturday Night Live band, Tower of Power), born in Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • 1955 Lesley Garrett, English soprano singer, born in Thorne, Doncaster, England
  • 1957 Steve Gustafson, American bass guitarist (10,000 Maniacs), born in Seville, Spain
  • 1958 Yefim Bronfman, Russian-born Israeli-American pianist, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 1959 Brian Setzer, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Stray Cats), born in Massapequa Park, New York
  • 1959 Babyface [Kenneth Edmonds], American Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter and record producer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1960 Katrina Leskanich, American musician and singer (Katrina and the Waves), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1963 Warren DeMartini, American heavy metal musician (Ratt), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Mark Oliver Everett, American Singer-songwriter, musician and author (Eels), born in Virginia
  • 1964 Reni [Alan John Wren], English pop drummer (Stone Roses-Fools Gold), born in Manchester, England
  • 1964 Felicia Collins, American guitarist (David Letterman), born in Albany, New York
  • 1970 Matt Barlow, American musician (Ashes of Ares, Iced Earth, Pyramaze), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 1970 Kenny Lattimore, American R&B singer songwriter, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Mike Mushok, American musician (Staind, Newsted, Saint Asonia), born in Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Q-Tip [Kamaal Fareed, born Jonathan Davis], American rapper, actor, record producer and DJ, born in Harlem, New York
  • 1973 Aidan Moffat, Scottish musician (Arab Strap), born in Falkirk, Scotland
  • 1975 Chris Carrabba, American singer and guitarist (Dashboard Confessional), born in West Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1979 Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese actor and singer (KinKi Kids), born in Nara, Japan
  • 1979 Shemekia Copeland, American singer (Turn the Heat Up!), born in Harlem, New York
  • 1979 Sophie Ellis-Bextor, English singer (Read My Lips), born in London
  • 1980 Bryce Soderberg, American musician (Lifehouse), born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1981 Liz McClarnon, British singer (Atomic Kitten), born in Liverpool
  • 1984 Mandy Moore, American singer (Candy) and actress (Rebecca Pearson-This Is Us), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1987 Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano and UNICEF ambassador, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1991 Amanda Michalka, American actress and singer, born in Torrance, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1545 Costanzo Festa, Italian composer
  • 1640 Agostino Agazzari, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1731 Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich, composer, dies at 58
  • 1756 Giacomo Antonio Perti, Italian composer, dies at 94
  • 1783 František Václav Habermann, Czech composer, dies at 76
  • 1810 Konrad Back, German monastic composer, dies at 60
  • 1911 Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, composer, dies at 35
  • 1937 Algernon Ashton, British composer, dies at 77
  • 1938 Joseph "King" Oliver, American jazz cornet player, composer, bandleader, and mentor to Louis Armstrong, dies of arteriosclerosis at 56
  • 1955 Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer, dies at 68
  • 1956 Bozidar Sirola, composer, dies at 66
  • 1956 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • 1958 Chuck Willis, rocker, dies at 30
  • 1960 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Devil Take Her), dies at 66
  • 1962 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 21
  • 1979 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), dies from a coronary thrombosis at 67
  • 1986 Linda Creed, American singer and songwriter (The Greatest Love Of All), dies of breast cancer at 37
  • 1994 James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival), dies at 77
  • 1997 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), dies at 68

Person of interestLittle Eva

2003 Little Eva [Eva Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), dies of cervical cancer at 59

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • 2005 Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer, dies at 76
  • 2013 Jimmy Dawkins, American electric blues musician, dies at 76
  • 2017 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 2018 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Sisters), dies at 80
  • 2019 Earl Thomas Conley, American singer-songwriter with 18 No.1 Country hits ("Once In A Blue Moon"; "Angel In Disguise"), dies from cerebral atrophy at 77