On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 14

Events in Music

  • 1883 Leo Delibes' opera "Lakmé" premieres in Paris
  • 1895 1st performance of Gustav Mahler's (incomplete) 2nd Symphony

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 Bizet, Massine & Mira's "Jeux d'Enfants" premieres in Monte Carlo

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet

MurderMurder of Interest

1936 French singer Édith Piaf questioned after nightclub owner and her patron Louis Leplée murdered in Paris

Singer Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
  • 1946 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • 1956 "Silk Stockings" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances
  • 1956 "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances
  • 1960 "Bye Bye Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 607 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 American record company Motown, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., is incorporated as Motown Record Corporation

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter
Berry Gordy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1969 41st Academy Awards: "Oliver", Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand win (1st ever tie for best actress)

Actress Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
Actor Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1970 "Boy Friend" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • 1972 "That's Entertainment" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1984 Farewell concert of "Doe Maar" in Den Bosch Neth

Music awardsMusic Awards

1986 21st Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • 1988 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1991 "Mule Bone" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 67 performances
  • 1991 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • 1992 "Guys & Dolls" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1143 performances
  • 1992 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester
  • 1996 "Apple Doesn't Fall" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 1 performance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Metallica file a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster. This lawsuit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted

Music awardsMusic Awards

2008 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Trace Adkins win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2012 Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Adam Yauch too ill to attend

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch

Music releaseAlbum Release

2017 Kendrick Lamar releases his fourth studio album "Damn" (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music)

Singer-songwriter and Rapper Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter and Rapper
Kendrick Lamar

Music concertMusic Concert

2018 Beyoncé is the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival, her performance on this day the most-watched performance ever on YouTube

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Nina Simone; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Bon Jovi; The Cars; Dire Straits; and Moody Blues

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone

Birthdays in Music

  • 1676 Ernst Christian Hesse, German composer, born in Großengottern, Germany (d. 1762)
  • 1718 Emanuele Barbella, Neapolitan composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1777)
  • 1723 John Wainwright, English composer and organist (d. 1768)
  • 1782 Carlo Coccia, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1873)
  • 1819 Charles Hallé, Anglo-German pianist, conductor and founder (Halle Orchestra), born in Hagen, Westphalia (d. 1895)
  • 1842 Sven August Körling, Swedish composer, born in Misterhult, Sweden (d. 1919)
  • 1843 Gustave Leon Huberti, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1910)
  • 1852 Henrique Oswald, Brazilian composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1931)
  • 1857 Edgar Stillman Kelley, American composer (Gulliver), born in Sparta, Wisconsin (d. 1944)
  • 1873 Viktor Josef Keldorfer, Austrian composer, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1959)
  • 1895 Wiktor Labunski, Polish-American composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Hunter Johnson, American composer, born near Benson, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1910 Werner Wolf Glaser, German-Swedish composer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1912 Belinda Quirey, dance historian and teacher (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist and conductor (Neth Chamber Orchestra), born in Amsterdam (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Jean Fournet, French conductor, born in Rouen, France (d. 2008)
  • 1916 Denis ApIvor, British composer, born in Collinstown, County Westmeath, Ireland (d. 2004)
  • 1916 Emerson Buckley, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1920 Eduardo Maturana, Chilean composer, born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 2003)
  • 1922 David Alexandrovich Toradze, Soviet composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1922 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical musician, born in Comilla, East Bangladesh (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Shorty Rogers [Milton Rajonsky], American jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Bill Harris, American guitarist (Clovers-Good Lovin'), born in Nashville, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1926 Jan Maegaard, Danish composer and musicologist (Triptykon), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Gloria Jean, American actress and singer (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1929 Paavo Berglund, Finnish violinist and conductor (Helsinki Chamber Orchestra; Finnish RSO, 1956-72), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 2012)

Person of interestLoretta Lynn

1932 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter (Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Butcher's Hollow, Kentucky

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn
  • 1933 Morton Subotnick, American composer (Wild Bull), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1939 Jennifer Fowler, British composer, born in Bunbury, Austrtalia

Person of interestRitchie Blackmore

1945 Ritchie Blackmore, English guitarist (Rainbow-Stone Cold, Deep Purple), born in Weston-super-Mare, England

  • 1946 Patrick Fairley, Scottish guitarist (Marmalade - "Ob La Di, Ob La Da")
  • 1948 Larry Ferguson, keyboardist (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing), born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1949 Sonja Kristina [Shaw], English songwriter and actress (Hair, Curved Air), born in Brentwood, England
  • 1951 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, Zairean musician (d. 1996)
  • 1951 Julian Lloyd Webber, English cellist (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)
  • 1952 Kenny Aaronson, american bass guitarist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957 Mikhail Pletnev, Russian pianist, conductor and composer
  • 1960 Brian Forster, American child actor and musician (Partridge Family - Chris Partridge), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Barrett Martin, American rock and jazz drummer and composer, born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1969 Martyn LeNoble, Dutch musician, born in Vlaardingen, Netherlands
  • 1970 Shizuka Kudō, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970 Emre Altuğ, Turkish singer, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1973 David Miller, American tenor (Il Divo), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • 1974 Shawntae Harris, American rapper, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1975 Avner Dorman, Israeli composer, born in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • 1976 Christian Älvestam, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry), born in Sweden
  • 1980 Win Butler, American musician (Arcade Fire), born in Truckee, California
  • 1984 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer, born in Torrance, California (d. 2004)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1976 Actress Doris Day (54) weds restaurateur Barry Comden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 2012 "Lady Antebellum" singer Dave Haywood (29) weds executive with Warner Bros. Records Kelli Cashiola (30) in Nashville, Tennessee

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1994 Musician Billy Joel & supermodel Christie Brinkley announce plans to divorce

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Deaths in Music

  • 1655 Johann Erasmus Kindermann, German composer, dies at 39

Person of interestGeorge Frideric Handel

1759 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), dies at 74

  • 1813 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, composer, dies at 34
  • 1843 Joseph Franz Karl Lanner, Austrian composer/violist, dies at 42
  • 1888 William Fiske Sherwin, American composer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, composer, dies at 63
  • 1954 Lillian "Lil" Green, American blues singer and songwriter ("Romance In The Dark"), dies at 39 (or 57, or 48 - year of birth disputed]
  • 1981 Ivan Galamian, American violinist and violin teacher, dies at 78

Person of interestPete Farndon

1983 Pete Farndon, English rock bassist (the Pretenders), dies of a drug overdose at 30

Musician Pete Farndon
Pete Farndon
  • 1983 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer and pedagogue (Les Prédictions), dies at 42
  • 1983 Elisabeth Lutyens, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1985 Reginald Beane, American pianist (Starlit Time, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 63
  • 1987 Karl Holler, composer, dies at 79
  • 1988 Herbert Reynolds Inch, American composer and teacher, dies at 83
  • 1988 Johan Franco, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • 1990 Thurston Harris, American pop vocalist (The Sharps, Little Bitty Pretty One), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1992 Sammy Price, US boogie-woogie pianist, dies
  • 1995 Burl Ives, American folk singer and actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies from complications of mouth cancer at 85
  • 1995 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist, dies at 75
  • 1996 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock), dies at 50
  • 1996 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer, dies at 80
  • 1999 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), dies at 67
  • 2005 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 79
  • 2007 Don Ho, American musician (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), dies of sepsis at 48
  • 2013 Colin Davis, English conductor (NY Met 1967-71), dies at 85
  • 2015 Percy Sledge, American soul singer (When A Man Loves A Woman), dies at 73