On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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"

Music concertMusic Concert

2020 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings a special Easter concert in the deserted Milan cathedral accompanied by an organist

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

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)
  • 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 conductor (La Fenice) and composer, born in Venice (d. 1983)
  • 1919 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 jazz clarinetist 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 film score composer (Rocky, The Right Stuff), 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, American 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 Starr), 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, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1742 Giovanni Veneziano, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1822 Gaetano Valeri, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1825 Joseph Gelinek, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • 1826 Franz Danzi, German composer & cellist, dies at 62
  • 1831 Ferdinand Kauer, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • 1864 Johann Schneider, German composer & organist, dies at 74
  • 1873 Carlo Coccia, Italian composer, dies at 90
  • 1886 Károly Thern, Hungarian composer, dies at 68
  • 1928 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, Spanish composer, dies at 36
  • 1936 Milton Brown, American swing bandleader, dies at 32
  • 1944 Cecile Chaminade, French composer, dies at 86
  • 1946 William Henry Bell, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1959 Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician & conductor, dies at 58
  • 1974 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • 1975 Larry Parks, American actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
  • 1984 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • 1986 Johnny Dollar, American country & rockabilly singer, commits suicide at 53
  • 2000 Inglis Gundry, British composer, musicologist and novelist, dies at 94
  • 2005 Johnnie Johnson, American blues & jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), dies from kidney problems and pneumonia at 80
  • 2005 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer, dies at 59
  • 2005 [Salvador] Tutti Camarata, American composer & producer (Vic Damone Show), dies at 91
  • 2013 Chi Cheng, American Bassist (Deftones), dies at 42