On This Day

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
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
  • 1977 "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" single released by Waylon Jennings (Billboard Song of the Year 1977)

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
Kurt Cobain

Birthdays in Music

  • 1586 Pietro Della Valle, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1652)
  • 1638 Diogo Dias Melgaz, Portuguese composer, born in Cuba, Alentejo, Portugal (d. 1700)
  • 1681 Anne Danican Philidor, French composer (Concert Spirituel), born in Paris (d. 1728)
  • 1682 Jean-Joseph Mouret, French composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1738)
  • 1715 John Alcock, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1806)
  • 1735 Pierre Nicolas La Houssaye, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1818)
  • 1769 Johann Georg Lickl, Austrian composer, born in Korneuburg, Austria (d. 1843)
  • 1775 Charles-Francois Dumonchau, French pianist and composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1820)
  • 1779 Louise Reichardt, German composer, born in Berlin, Prussia (d. 1826)
  • 1838 Joseph Leopold Röckel, German composer, born in London (d. 1908)
  • 1840 John Conrad Nordqvist, Swedish composer, born in Vänersborg, Älvsborg County, Sweden (d. 1920)
  • 1859 Basil Harwood, English organist and composer, born in Woodhouse, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1949)
  • 1881 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1945)
  • 1889 Nick LaRocca, American jazz coronetist and composer (Tiger Rag), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1961)
  • 1901 Theodor Rogalski, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1954)
  • 1908 Karel Ančerl, Czechoslovak conductor (Prague/Toronto), born in Tučapy, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • 1916 Alberto E Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1983)
  • 1922 Alexander Raichev, Bulgarian composer, born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Robert Hall Lewis, American composer, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Victor Bouchard, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Domenico Guaccero, Italian composer, born in Palo de Colle, Italy (d. 1984)
  • 1930 Kazuo Fukushima, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1931 Koichi Sugiyama, Japanese composer and conductor, born in Tokyo
  • 1932 Max Schubel, American composer (Opus One Records), born in New York (d. 2010)
  • 1935 Father Abraham [Pierre Kartner], Dutch singer (Smurf Song), born in Elst, Netherlands
  • 1935 Richard Berry, African-American singer and musician (Louie Louie), born in Extension, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1938 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, born near Colonge (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Robbie House, American rocker (Snuff)
  • 1951 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts), born in United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1953 Branimir "Johnny" Štulić, Croatian rock singer (Azra), born in Skopje, Yugoslavia
  • 1958 Stuart Adamson, Scottish rock vocalist and guitarist (Big Country-Wonderland), born in Manchester, England (d. 2001)
  • 1961 Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Gin Blossoms), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1964 Steve Azar, American singer and songwriter, born in Greenville, Mississippi
  • 1964 Johann Sebastian Paetsch, American cellist and musician, born in Colorado Springs
  • 1966 Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World), born in Manchester, England
  • 1969 Cerys Matthews, Welsh singer and songwriter (Catatonia), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1969 Chisato Moritaka, Japanese singer, born in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
  • 1970 Delroy Pearson, English rock vocalist (Five Star-Between the Lines), born in Islington, London

Person of interestOliver Riedel

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

Musician Oliver Riedel
Oliver Riedel
  • 1978 Tom Thacker, Canadian musician (Gob), born in Langley, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1979 Chris Gaylor, American drummer (The All-American Rejects), born in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 1979 Sebastien Grainger, Canadian musician (Death from Above), born in Mississauga, Canada

Person of interestJoss Stone

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

Singer Joss Stone
Joss Stone

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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)

LoveWedding 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 Matthäus Appelt, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1729 Manuel de Egues, composer, dies at 71
  • 1810 Jakob Zupan, composer, dies at 75
  • 1853 Louis Emmanuel Jadin, French composer, dies at 124
  • 1887 Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, Russian composer, dies at 54
  • 1901 Ivar Hallström, Swedish 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, Belgian composer, dies at 70
  • 1969 Ludvig Irgens-Jensen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • 1992 Adele Dixon, singer/actress (Uneasy Virtue), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1998 Ivan Tcherepnin, American experimental and postmodern composer, dies at 55
  • 2000 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • 2001 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 2001 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2006 June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters) (b. 1953)
  • 2006 Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)
  • 2011 La Esterella, Flemish singer (b. 1919)

Person of interestMaria Tallchief

2013 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina (The Nutcracker), dies at 88

Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief
  • 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
  • 2020 Lucia Dlugoszewski, Polish-American composer (Fire Fragile Flight), dies at 74