On This Day in Music for April 13

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Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1742 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" performed for the 1st time at New Music Hall in Dublin

  • 1840 William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance

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1896 John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres at the Tremont Theatre in Boston

  • 1957 "Shinbone Alley" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1961 "Carnival!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • 1965 The Beatles record their single "Help"
  • 1965 7th Grammy Awards: The Girl From Ipanema, The Beatles wins
  • 1970 Greek composer Mikis Theordorakis freed

Music awardsMusic Awards

1970 5th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1980 Musical "Grease" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 3,388 performances
  • 1980 "Reggae" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • 1989 "Welcome to the Club" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1992 "2 Trains Running" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 160 performances
  • 1993 "3 Men on a Horse" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 1997 "American Daughter" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • 2019 BTS is the first K-pop band to perform on US TV show "Saturday Night Live"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1713 Pierre Jélyotte, French composer, born in Lasseube, France (d. 1797)
  • 1762 Charles Frederick Horn, English musician and composer, born in Nordhausen, Germany (d. 1830)
  • 1799 Ludwig Rellstab, German music theorist, born in Berlin (d. 1860)
  • 1799 Joseph Rastrelli, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1842)
  • 1816 William Sterndale Bennett, English composer, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire (d. 1875)
  • 1830 Eduard Lassen, Belgian-Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1904)
  • 1865 Heinrich Reinhardt, Austrian composer, born in Pressburg (d. 1922)
  • 1868 John Blackwood McEwen, Scottish classical composer, born in Hawick, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • 1873 Theodore F. Morse, American composer, born in Washington D.C. (d. 1924)
  • 1883 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Russian Soviet composer, born in Plakhino, Ryazan Governorate (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Ethel Leginska, British pianist and composer, born in Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1970)
  • 1894 Ludvig Irgens-Jensen, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Olga Rudge, American concert violinist, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1899 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, Soviet composer, born in Odessa (d. 1934)
  • 1906 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1911 Nino Sanzogno, Italian composer, born in Venice (d. 1983)
  • 1917 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1920 John LaPorta, American musician and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), born in Cherokee, Iowa (d. 2019)
  • 1925 Hilda Dianda, Argentine composer, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1932 Karl Kroeger, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1933 Shani Wallis, Irish-American singer and actress (Oliver), born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England
  • 1934 Horace Kay, American singer (Tams-You Lied to Your Daddy)
  • 1934 Siegfried Matthus, German composer, born in Zadorozhye, Ozyorsky District, Kaliningrad Oblast
  • 1938 Frederic Rzewski, American composer (Spacecraft), born in Westfield, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Lester Chambers, American vocalist (Chamber Brothers-Time Has Come Today), born in Mississippi
  • 1942 Bill Conti, American composer (For Your Eyes Only, Rocky IV), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1943 Eve Graham, Scottish singer (The New Seekers), born in Auchterarder, Scotland
  • 1944 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things), born in Durham, England (d. 2001)
  • 1944 Jack Casady, American rock bassist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Little Feat - Dixie Chicken), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1979)
  • 1945 Stacy Johnson, American singer (Sharpees-Tired of Being Alone)
  • 1946 Al Green, American soul singer (Let's Stay Together), born in Forest City, Arkansas
  • 1947 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter and record producer (Chinn & Chapman), born in Nambour, Australia
  • 1947 Thanos Mikroutsikos, Greek composer and politician, born in Patras, Greece
  • 1950 Riff West, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1951 Max Weinberg, American rock drummer (E Street Band, Conan O'Brien Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1951 Peabo Bryson, R&B vocalist (I'm So into You), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1954 Jimmy Destri, American rock keyboardist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Rapture), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Niels Olsen, Danish singer and songwriter, born in Odense, Denmark
  • 1955 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1957 Wayne Lewis, American keyboardist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1958 Randy Piper, American heavy metal rocker (Wasp-Wildchild), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1961 Tammy Stephens, American singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Arlington, Texas
  • 1962 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers), born in Haifa, Israel (d. 1988)
  • 1964 Bill D'Angelo, heavy metal rocker (Femme Fatale) (d. 2005)
  • 1966 Marc Ford, American musician (The Black Crowes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Olga Tañón, Puerto Rican singer, born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1971 Valensia, Dutch composer and singer, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1972 Jeroen Thesseling, Dutch pop bassist (Pestilence, Spheres)
  • 1972 Aaron Lewis, American singer (Staind), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • 1975 Lou Bega, German musician and artist, born in Munich, Germany
  • 1978 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • 1982 Nellie McKay, British-American singer, born in London
  • 1982 Janice Vidal, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1982 Jill Vidal, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong

Weddings in Music

  • 2017 "New Girl" actress Hannah Simone (36) weds musician Jesse Giddings in a secret ceremony

Deaths in Music

  • 1728 Johann Christoph Schmidt, composer, dies at 63
  • 1742 Giovanni Veneziano, composer, dies at 59
  • 1822 Gaetano Valeri, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1825 Josef Gelinek, composer, dies at 66
  • 1826 Franz Danzi, German composer and cellist, dies at 62
  • 1831 Ferdinand Kauer, composer, dies at 80
  • 1864 Johann Schneider, German composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1873 Carlo Coccia, Italian composer, dies at 90
  • 1886 Károly Thern, Hungarian composer, dies at 68
  • 1928 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, composer, dies at 36
  • 1936 Milton Brown, American swing bandleader (b. 1903)
  • 1944 Cecile Chaminade, composer, dies at 86
  • 1946 William Henry Bell, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1959 Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician and conductor, dies at 57
  • 1974 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • 1975 Larry Parks, actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
  • 1984 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • 1986 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, commits suicide at 53
  • 2005 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • 2005 [Salvador] Tutti Camarata, American composer and producer (Vic Damone Show), dies at 91
  • 2013 Chi Cheng, American Bassist (Deftones), dies at 42