On This Day in Music for April 12

Events in Music

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles
  • 1963 Beatles "From Me to You" is released in UK
  • 1966 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck

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

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • 1992 "Streetcar Named Desire" opens at Ethel Barrymore NYC for 137 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1626 Paul Hainlein, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1686)
  • 1692 Giuseppe Tartini, composer, Istria
  • 1716 Felice de' Giardini, composer
  • 1722 Pietro Nardini, Italian composer, born in Livorno (d. 1793)
  • 1726 Charles Burney, English music historian (d. 1814)
  • 1727 Gaspare Gabellone, composer
  • 1760 Juan Manuel Olivares, composer
  • 1769 Giovanni Agostino Perotti, composer
  • 1788 Johann Erik Nordblom, composer
  • 1801 Josef Franz Karl Lanner, Austrian composer/violist
  • 1815 Henry Hugo Pierson, composer
  • 1827 Edward Mollenhauer, composer
  • 1839 Victorin de Joncieres, composer
  • 1840 Edmond Audran, composer
  • 1851 Emil Liebling, composer
  • 1888 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet musician (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Johnny Dodds, early jazz clarinetist
  • 1898 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • 1913 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, born in Székelyudvarhely (d. 1989)
  • 1915 [Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, Natchez Mississippi, American Chicago blues guitarist and singer
  • 1917 Helen Forrest, American singer (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Istvan Anhalt, composer, (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Billy Vaughn, singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1920 Robert Fizdale, pianist (Misia), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1923 Ann Miller, [Lucille Ann Collier], Cherino, Tex, dancer (On the Town)
  • 1924 Sergiu Natra, composer
  • 1930 Betty Clooney, Maysville Ky, singer (Jack Paar Show)
  • 1931 Martin Boykan, composer
  • 1931 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1932 Henri Lazarof, composer
  • 1932 Tiny Tim [ Herbert Khaury], New York, musician, (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940 Herbie Hancock, pianist (I Thought it Was You), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
  • 1941 Julio B Euson, Aruban singer (I Use the Soap)
  • 1942 Daniel Winslow Schmidt, composer
  • 1944 John Kay [Joachim Krauledat], German-born Canadian rock singer (Steppenwolf), born in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
  • 1944 Karel Kryl, folk singer
  • 1945 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946 René Krijnen, Dutch keyboardist (Les Baroques)
  • 1948 Sandra "Lois" Reeves, American singer
  • 1950 David Cassidy, American singer/actor (Keith-Partridge Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Jackson Spires, rock drummer (Blackfoot)
  • 1952 J D Nicholas, English guitarist (Heatwave, Commodores)
  • 1954 Pat Travers, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 Alexander Briley, vocalist (YMCA-Village People)
  • 1956 Herbert Grönemeyer, German singer
  • 1957 Vince Gill, country singer (When I Call Your Name), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • 1958 Tony James, rock bassist (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • 1958 Will Sergeant, English rock guitarist (Echo & Bunnymen - Killing Moon), born in Liverpool
  • 1961 D D Verni, heavy metal rocker (Overkill-Hello From the Gutter)
  • 1962 Art Alexakis, American musician
  • 1964 Amy Ray, American musician
  • 1967 Mellow Man Ace, Cuba, spanish rapper/actor (Only the Strong)
  • 1967 Sarah Cracknell, English singer-songwriter (Saint Etienne), born in Chelmsford
  • 1970 Nick Hexum, American musician
  • 1972 Sebnem Ferah, Turkish singer
  • 1978 Guy Berryman, British musician
  • 1980 Brian McFadden, Irish Singer
  • 1980 Erik Mongrain, Canadian musician
  • 1982 Deen [Fuad Backović], Bosnian singer and fashion designer, born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1985 Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer
  • 1985 Olga Seryabkina, Russian singer
  • 1987 Brendon Urie, American musician (Panic at the Disco)
  • 1994 Airi Suzuki, Japanese singer

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

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz

Deaths in Music

  • 1690 Miguel Gomez Camargo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1760 Ernst Gottlieb Baron, German baroque composer, dies at 64
  • 1788 Carl Joseph Toeschi, composer, dies at 56
  • 1788 Carlo Antonio Campioni, composer, dies at 67
  • 1797 Josef Antonin Stepan, composer, dies at 71
  • 1814 Charles Burney, English music historian (b. 1726)
  • 1872 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Greek composer (b. 1795)
  • 1896 Alexander Ritter, composer, dies at 62
  • 1909 Hermann Kotzchmar, composer, dies at 79
  • 1914 Josef Nesvera, composer, dies at 71
  • 1922 Frantisek Ondricek, composer, dies at 64
  • 1951 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, dies at 62
  • 1959 Ernest Willem Mulder, composer, dies at 60
  • 1961 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, composer, dies at 50
  • 1971 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • 1972 Henri Potiron, composer, dies at 89
  • 1981 Hans Chemin-Petit, composer, dies at 78
  • 1981 Hendrik F Andriessen, Dutch organist/composer (Te Deum), dies at 88
  • 1989 Herbert Mills, American Singer (The Mills Brothers), dies at 77
  • 1992 Joe Medwick, vocalist, dies at 61
  • 1994 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • 1995 Chris Pyne, trombonist, dies at 56
  • 1999 Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer (King of the Road), dies of leukemia at 67
  • 2006 Dr. Rajkumar, Kannada language film actor/singer (India)(b. 1929)
  • 2008 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • 2016 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, dies at 88