On This Day in Music for April 11

Events in Music

  • 1830 Robert Schumann hears the violinist Paganini play in Frankfurt
  • 1936 Rodgers & Hart's musical "On Your Toes" premieres in NYC
  • 1956 Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident
  • 1959 "Jamaica" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Bob Dylan makes his 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 1964 "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 9 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1966 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1967 "Illya Darling" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • 1970 Beatles' "Let It Be" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1991 "Miss Saigon" opens at Broadway Theater NYC
  • 2005 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain

Birthdays in Music

  • 1586 Pietro Della Valle, composer
  • 1602 Johann Neukrantz, composer
  • 1638 Diogo Diaz Melgaz, composer
  • 1681 Anne Danican Philidor, composer
  • 1682 Jean-Joseph Mouret, composer
  • 1715 John Alcock, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1806)
  • 1735 Pierre Nicolas La Houssaye, composer
  • 1769 Johann Georg Lickl, composer
  • 1775 Charles-Francois Dumonchau, composer
  • 1779 Louise Reichardt, German composer, born in Berlin, Prussia
  • 1815 Klara Fey, German orchestra leader (Deutscher Arbeiterverein)
  • 1838 Joseph Leopold Rockel, composer
  • 1840 John Conrad Nordqvist, composer
  • 1859 Basil Harwood, composer
  • 1881 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, composer
  • 1889 Nick LaRocca, US jazz coronetist/composer (Tiger Rag) (d. 1961)
  • 1901 Theodor Rogalski, composer
  • 1907 William Henry Swinburne, music teacher
  • 1908 Karel Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto)
  • 1916 Alberto E Ginastera, composer (Panambi), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1922 Alexander Raichev, composer
  • 1926 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Robert Hall Lewis, composer
  • 1926 Victor Bouchard, Quebec pianist and composer
  • 1927 Domenico Guaccero, composer
  • 1930 Kazuo Fukushima, composer
  • 1931 Koichi Sugiyama, Japanese composer
  • 1932 Max Schubel, American composer (Opus One Records), born in New York (d. 2010)
  • 1935 Pierre Kartner, [Father Abraham], Dutch singer (Smurf Song)
  • 1935 Richard Berry, musician
  • 1938 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, born near Colonge (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Robbie House, rocker (Snuff)
  • 1951 Paul Fox, English guitarist (The Ruts) (d. 2007)
  • 1953 Branimir "Johnny" Štulić, Croatian rock singer (Azra), born in Skopje, Yugoslavia
  • 1958 Stuart Adamson, rock vocalist/guitarist (Big Country-Wonderland)
  • 1961 Doug Hopkins, American musician
  • 1964 Steve Azar, American singer-songwriter
  • 1964 Johann Sebastian Paetsch, American cellist
  • 1966 Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World)
  • 1969 Cerys Matthews, Welsh singer
  • 1969 Chisato Moritaka, Japanese singer
  • 1970 Delroy Pearson, rock vocalist (Five Star-Between the Lines)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1971 Oliver Riedel, German musician (Rammstein), born in Schwerin, Germany

Musician Oliver Riedel
Musician
Oliver Riedel
  • 1978 Tom Thacker, Canadian musician
  • 1979 Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Miss World Canada 2003, Singer/Songwriter, Human Rights Activist
  • 1979 Chris Gaylor, American drummer
  • 1979 Sebastien Grainger, Canadian musician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987 Joss Stone, English singer-songwriter (The Soul Sessions), born in Dover, Kent

Singer Joss Stone
Singer
Joss Stone

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1981 Valerie Bertinelli marries Eddie Van Halen

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen
  • 1992 Country singer Lee Greenwood weds Miss Tennessee 1989 (Kimberly Payne)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1992 "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve (39) weds actress and singer Dana Morosini (31) in Williamstown, Massachusetts


Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 "Dynasty" actress Heather Locklear (45) divorces rock-star Richie Sambora (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

Deaths in Music

  • 1648 Matthaus Apelles von Lowenstern, composer, dies at 53
  • 1729 Manuel de Egues, composer, dies at 71
  • 1810 Jakob Zupan, composer, dies at 75
  • 1853 Louis Emmanuel Eadin, composer, dies
  • 1887 Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, composer, dies at 54
  • 1901 Ivar Christian Hallstrom, composer, dies at 74
  • 1936 Mitya Stillman, composer, dies at 44
  • 1952 Wadih Sabra, Lebanese composer (Kulluna lil Watan), dies at 76
  • 1961 Francis de Bourguignon, composer, dies at 70
  • 1969 Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer, dies at 74
  • 1992 Adele Dixon, singer/actress (Uneasy Virtue), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 2000 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • 2001 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 2006 June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters) (b. 1953)
  • 2006 Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)
  • 2011 La Esterella, Flemish singer (b. 1919)
  • 2014 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • 2016 Emile Ford, Caribbean-born British singer and engineer (first black male singer to top UK charts), dies at 78
  • 2017 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J. Geils Band - Centerfold), dies at 71