On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 12

Events in Music

  • 1826 Weber's opera "Oberon" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Richard Strauss completes his "Metamorphosen"

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Bill Haley and the Comets record "Rock Around Clock"

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1961 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles
  • 1963 Beatles third single, "From Me To You" is released in UK
  • 1966 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his Corvette into a parked truck, an accident which leaves him with long-lasting health issues
  • 1978 Gyorgy Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" premieres in Stockholm

Music awardsMusic Awards

1978 13th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Crystal Gayle win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 1989 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months for weapon and drug related convictions

Singer James Brown
James Brown

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1992 Revival of Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire", starring Alec Baldwin & Jessica Lange, opens at Ethel Barrymore NYC for 137 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1626 Paul Hainlein, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1686)
  • 1710 Caffarelli [Gaetano Majorano], Italian castrato soprano, born in Bitonto, Italy (d. 1783)
  • 1716 Felice Giardini, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1796)
  • 1722 Pietro Nardini, Italian composer, born in Livorno (d. 1793)
  • 1726 Charles Burney, English music historian, born in Shrewsbury, England (d. 1814)
  • 1727 Gaspare Gabellone, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1796)
  • 1760 Juan Manuel Olivares, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas (d. 1797)
  • 1769 Giovanni Agostino Perotti, Italian composer, born in Vercelli, Italy (d. 1855)
  • 1788 Johan Erik Nordblom, Swedish composer, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1848)
  • 1801 Joseph Franz Karl Lanner, Austrian composer and violinist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1843)
  • 1815 Henry Hugo Pierson, English composer, born in Oxford (d. 1873)
  • 1827 Edward Mollenhauer, American composer, born in Erfurt, Prussia (d. 1914)
  • 1839 Victorin de Joncières, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1903)
  • 1840 Edmond Audran, French composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1901)
  • 1840 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest and musicologist (Magister choralis), born in Mallersdorf-Pfaffenberg, Bavaria (d. 1910)
  • 1851 Emil Liebling, German-American composer, born in Pless, Silesia (d. 1914)
  • 1888 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), born in Elisavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, born in Waveland, Mississippi (d. 1940)
  • 1898 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • 1913 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, born in Székelyudvarhely (d. 1989)
  • 1915 Ernest Borneman, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), born in Berlin (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • 1917 Helen Forrest [Fogel], American big band pop and swing singer (Artie Shaw; Benny Goodman; Harry James), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1919 István Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian classical and electronic music composer (La Tourangelle; Winthrop), educator (McGill; Queens (Ontario) Universities), and writer (Alternative Voices), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012) [1]
  • 1919 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1923 Ann Miller [Johnnie Lucille Collier], American actress, dancer, and singer (On the Town), born in Chireno, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Sergiu Natra, Romanian-born Israeli composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1926 Jane Withers, American actress, model, and singer (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1928 Jean-François Paillard, French conductor, born in Vitry-le-François, France (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1976)
  • 1931 Martin Boykan, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter, born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • 1932 Henri Lazarof, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Tiny Tim [Herbert Khaury], American singer and ukulele player ("Tiptoe Through The Tulips"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2018)

Person of interestHerbie Hancock

1940 Herbie Hancock, American jazz and funk pianist, and composer ("I Thought it Was You"; "Rockit"; "Watermelon Man"), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
  • 1941 Julio Euson, Aruban-Dutch singer ("I Use The Soap"), born in Aruba
  • 1942 Daniel Schmidt, American composer and builder of American gamelan
  • 1944 John Kay [Joachim Krauledat], German-born Canadian rock singer (Steppenwolf), born in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
  • 1944 Karel Kryl, Czechoslovak folk singer, born in Kroměříž, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (d. 1994)
  • 1945 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells - "Tighten Up"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • 1946 René Krijnen, Dutch keyboardist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad")
  • 1948 Lois Reeves, American singer (Martha and the Vandellas, 1969-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 David Cassidy, American singer ("I Think I Love You"), and actor (Partridge Family - "Keith"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Jakson Spires, American rock drummer (Blackfoot), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1952 J. D. Nicholas, British guitarist (Heatwave, Commodores), born in Watford, England
  • 1953 Tony James, English rock bassist (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111), born in Shepherds Bush, London
  • 1954 Pat Travers, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 Herbert Grönemeyer, German singer (Mensch, Spruenge), born in Göttingen, Germany

Person of interestVince Gill

1957 Vince Gill, American country singer ("When I Call Your Name"), born in Norman, Oklahoma

Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • 1958 Will Sergeant, English rock guitarist (Echo & Bunnymen - Killing Moon), born in Liverpool
  • 1961 D. D. Verni, American heavy metal bassist, and songwriter (Overkill - "Hello From the Gutter"), born in New Providence, New Jersey
  • 1962 Art Alexakis, American musician (Everclear), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Amy Ray, American folk-rock singer and songwriter (Indigo Girls - "Closer To Fine"), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1967 Mellow Man Ace [Ulpiano Reyes], Cuban-American rapper and actor ("Only the Strong"), born in Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • 1967 Sarah Cracknell, English singer-songwriter (Saint Etienne), born in Chelmsford, England
  • 1970 Nick Hexum, American singer and songwriter (311), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1972 Şebnem Ferah, Turkish singer (Volvox), born in Yalova, Turkey
  • 1978 Guy Berryman, Scottish bassist (Coldplay), born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • 1980 Brian McFadden, Irish singer and songwriter (Westlife), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1980 Erik Mongrain, Canadian composer and guitarist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1982 Deen [Fuad Backović], Bosnian singer and fashion designer, born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1985 Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer (Hangry & Angry), born in Miyoshi, Saitama, Japan
  • 1985 Olga Seryabkina, Russian singer and songwriter (Serebro), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1987 Brendon Urie, American musician (Panic! at the Disco), born in St. George, Utah
  • 1994 Airi Suzuki, Japanese singer (Cute), born in Gifu, Japan

Weddings in Music

  • 2014 Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter (34) weds long term girlfriend Lauren Kitt in Santa Barbara, California

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1992 Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz, after 5 years of marriage

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz

Deaths in Music

  • 1690 Miguel Gómez Camargo, Spanish composer, dies at 71
  • 1760 Ernst Gottlieb Baron, German baroque composer, dies at 64
  • 1788 Carl Joseph Toeschi, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1788 Charles-Antoine Campion, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1797 Josef Antonin Stepan, Bohemian composer, dies at 71
  • 1814 Charles Burney, English music historian, dies at 88
  • 1872 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Italian-Greek composer, dies at 76
  • 1896 Alexander Ritter, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1909 Hermann Kotzschmar, German-American composer, dies at 79
  • 1914 Josef Nešvera, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • 1922 František Ondříček, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1938 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), dies at 65
  • 1951 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, dies at 62
  • 1959 Ernest Willem Mulder, Dutch conductor, composer, and teacher, dies at 60
  • 1961 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Finnish composer (Angoscia, Trittico sinfonico), dies at 50
  • 1963 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), dies of leukemia at 43
  • 1971 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (Dizzy Gillespie; Miles Davis), dies of epileptic seizure at 39
  • 1972 Henri Potiron, French composer, dies at 89

Person of interestJosephine Baker

1975 Josephine Baker, American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 68

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • 1981 Hans Chemin-Petit, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1981 Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Ballade of Merel; Te Deum), dies at 88
  • 1989 Herbert Mills, American pop singer (The Mills Brothers - "Paper Doll"; "Lazy River"), dies at 77
  • 1992 Joe Medwick, American R&B singer, and songwriter ("Further On Up The Road"), dies at 61
  • 1994 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • 1995 Chris Pyne, British jazz trombonist, dies at 56
  • 1999 Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer ("King Of The Road"), dies of leukemia at 67
  • 2001 Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, dies at 91
  • 2006 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, dies at 76
  • 2008 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • 2012 Andrew Love, American saxophonist (The Memphis Horns), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 70
  • 2012 George Mesterhazy, Hungarian-American jazz pianist, and arranger, dies at 56
  • 2016 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, dies at 88