On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 11

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1830 Robert Schumann hears the violinist Paganini play in Frankfurt

Composer Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann
  • 1888 The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is inaugurated
  • 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 Yip Harburg, Fred Saidy, and Harold Arlen's musical "Jamaica", starring Lena Horne, 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, New York City

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1964 Stephen Sondheim's musical "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)

Music releaseMusic Single

1980 Paul McCartney releases single "Coming Up"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1988 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1988 60th Academy Awards: "The Last Emperor", Michael Douglas & Cher win

Actor Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1991 Musical "Miss Saigon" created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil opens at Broadway Theater NYC

  • 1996 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I", starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy, premieres at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 781 performances

Music awardsCMT Music Awards

2005 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins

Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban

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 (Czech Philharmonic, 1950-68; Toronto Symphony, 1968-73), and composer, born in Tučapy, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • 1913 John Lee Granderson, American Chicago-style blues guitarist, born in Ellendale, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1916 Alberto E Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1983)
  • 1918 Jimmy Lewis, American jazz double bassist and soul electric bassist, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 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 video game composer (Dragon Quest), born in Tokyo
  • 1931 Frank Vicari, American jazz, session, and touring saxophonist (Maynard Ferguson; Woody Herman; Tom Waits; Saturday Night Live), born in New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Joel Grey [Katz], American Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning actor and singer (Cabaret; Remo Williams; 7% Solution), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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, American doo-wop bass vocalist and songwriter ("Louie, Louie"), born in Extension, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1938 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, born near Cologne, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Robbie House, American country-rockabilly guitarist (Snuff - "Bad, Bad, Billy")
  • 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
  • 1955 Neville Staple, English ska singer (The Specials - "Ghost Town"; "Free Nelson Mandela"), born in Manchester, Jamaica
  • 1958 Stuart Adamson, Scottish rock vocalist and guitarist (Big Country - "Wonderland"; "In A Big Country"), born in Manchester, England (d. 2001)
  • 1961 Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Gin Blossoms - "Til I Hear It From You"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1961 Nigel Pulsford, British rock guitarist (Bush - Sixteen Stone), born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1964 Steve Azar, American country singer and songwriter ("I Don't Have to Be Me ('til Monday)"), 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
  • 1977 DJ Fresh [Daniel Stein], British musician, DJ and record producer ("Louder"; "Hot Right Now"), born in England
  • 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 [Joscelyn Stoker], English singer-songwriter (The Soul Sessions), born in Dover, Kent

Singer Joss Stone
Joss Stone

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1981 "One Day At A Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli (20) marries rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen (26)

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
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, Slovenian 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
  • 1984 Fred Robinson, American jazz trombonist (Louis Armstong's Hot Five; Fats Waller; Cab Calloway), dies at 83
  • 1992 Adele Dixon, British stage and screen actress and singer (Uneasy Virtue), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1998 Ivan Tcherepnin, American experimental and postmodern composer, dies at 55
  • 2000 Lucia Dlugoszewski, Polish-American composer (Fire Fragile Flight), dies at 74
  • 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 -"Fire"; "He's So Shy"; "Jump (For My Love)'; "Slow Hand"), dies of cancer at 52
  • 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
  • 2017 Toby Smith [Grafftey-Smith], British keyboardist and songwriter, dies of cancer at 46