On This Day in Music for April 13

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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1713 Pierre de Jelyotte, composer
  • 1733 Johann Heinrich Zang, composer
  • 1762 Karl Friedrich Horn, composer
  • 1799 Heinrich F L Rellstab, German music theorist
  • 1799 Joseph Rastrelli, composer
  • 1816 William Sterndale Bennett, composer
  • 1830 Eduard Lassen, composer
  • 1865 Heinrich Reinhardt, composer
  • 1868 John Blackwood McEwen, composer
  • 1873 Theodore Morse, composer
  • 1883 Alexander Alexandrov, composer
  • 1886 Ethel Leginska, composer
  • 1894 Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer
  • 1895 Olga Rudge, American-born concert violinist, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1899 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer
  • 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 (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Ken Nordine, Cherokee Iowa, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz)
  • 1921 Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • 1925 Hilda Dianda, composer
  • 1932 Karl Kroeger, composer
  • 1933 Shani Wallis, Irish singer/actress (Oliver)
  • 1934 Horace Kay, US singer (Tams-You Lied to Your Daddy)
  • 1934 Siegfried Matthus, composer
  • 1938 Frederic Rzewski, Westfield Mass, composer (Spacecraft)
  • 1940 Lester Chambers, Ms, vocalist (Chamber Brothers-Time Has Come Today)
  • 1942 Bill Conti, composer (For Your Eyes Only, Rocky IV), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1943 Eve Graham, Scottish singer (The New Seekers), born in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross
  • 1944 Jack Casady, rock bassist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Lowell George, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Little Feat - Dixie Chicken), born in Hollywood, CA (d. 1979)
  • 1945 Raymond van Geytenbeek, Dutch singer/drummer (Les Baroques)
  • 1945 Stacy Johnson, US 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 & former minister
  • 1950 Riff West, rock bassist (Molly Hatchet)
  • 1951 Max Weinberg, US rock drummer (E Street Band, Conan O'Brien Show), born in Newark, NJ
  • 1951 Peabo Bryson, R&B vocalist (I'm So into You), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1954 Jimmy Destri, rock keyboardist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Rapture)
  • 1954 Niels Olsen, Danish singer
  • 1955 Louis Johnson, rock bassist/vocalist (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Wayne Lewis, keyboardist, (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1958 Randy Piper, heavy metal rocker (Wasp-Wildchild)
  • 1961 Tammy Stephens, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Arlington, Texas
  • 1962 Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born guitarist (d. 1988)
  • 1964 Bill D'Angelo, heavy metal rocker
  • 1966 Marc Ford, American musician
  • 1967 Olga Tañón, Puerto Rican singer
  • 1971 Valensia, Dutch singer
  • 1972 Jeroen Thesseling, pop bassist (Pestilence, Spheres)
  • 1972 Aaron Lewis, American singer (Staind)
  • 1975 Lou Bega, German-born musician and artist
  • 1978 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • 1982 Nellie McKay, American singer
  • 1982 Janice Vidal, Hong Kong singer
  • 1982 Jill Vidal, Hong Kong singer

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, 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, composer, dies at 90
  • 1886 Karoly Thern, 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, composer, dies at 72
  • 1959 Eduard A van Beinum, Dutch musician/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