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

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Film tv awardsFilm 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 & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & 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
  • 1986 21st Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win
  • 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 law-suit 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 & Trace Adkins wins

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, Music Producer Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter, Music Producer
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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1676 Ernst Christian Hesse, composer
  • 1710 Marie A C de Camargo, Spanish/Italian/Belgian dancer
  • 1718 Emanuele Barbella, composer
  • 1723 John Wainwright, English composer and organist (d. 1768)
  • 1782 Carlo Coccia, composer
  • 1819 Charles Halle, pianist/conductor/founder (Halle Orchestra)
  • 1842 Sven August Korling, composer
  • 1843 Gustave Leon Huberti, composer
  • 1852 Henrique Oswald, composer
  • 1857 Edgar Stillman Kelley, Sparta Wisconsin, composer (Gulliver)
  • 1873 Viktor Joseph Keldorfer, composer
  • 1895 Wiktor Labunski, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 1912 Belinda Quirey, dance historian/teacher
  • 1912 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist/conductor (Neth Chamber Orchestra)
  • 1913 Everhard van Royen, Dutch flautist/founder (Alma musica)
  • 1913 Jean Fournet, French conductor
  • 1916 Denis ApIvor, composer
  • 1916 Emerson Buckley, composer
  • 1920 Eduardo Maturana, composer
  • 1922 David Alexandrovich Toradze, composer
  • 1922 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical musician, born in Comilla, East Bangladesh (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Shorty Rogers, [Milton M Rajonsky], composer
  • 1925 Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Good Lovin')
  • 1926 Jan Carl Christian Maegaard, composer
  • 1926 Gloria Jean, American actress and singer (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1929 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor (works of Sibelius)

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, US composer (Wild Bull), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1939 Jennifer Fowler, composer

Person of interestRitchie Blackmore

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

  • 1946 Patrick Fairley, guitarist (Marmalade - "Ob La Di, Ob La Da")
  • 1948 Larry Ferguson, Nassau, keyboardist (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • 1949 Sonja Kristina [Shaw], English songwriter and actress (Hair, Curved Air), born in Brentwood, England
  • 1951 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, musician
  • 1951 Julian Lloyd Webber, English cellist
  • 1952 Kenny Aaronson, rocker
  • 1957 Mikhail Pletnev, Russian pianist, conductor and composer
  • 1960 Brian Forster, rocker (Partridge Family Drums)
  • 1967 Barrett Martin, American drummer and composer
  • 1969 Martyn LeNoble, Dutch musician
  • 1970 Shizuka Kudō, Japanese singer
  • 1970 Emre Altuğ, Turkish singer

Person of interestAdrien Brody

1973 Adrien Brody, American actor (The Pianist, The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in NYC, New York

  • 1973 David Miller, American tenor (Il Divo)
  • 1974 Shawntae Harris, American rapper
  • 1975 Avner Dorman, Israeli composer
  • 1976 Christian Älvestam, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry)
  • 1980 Win Butler, American/Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • 1984 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer (d. 2004)

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding 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

Person of interestPete Farndon

1983 Pete Farndon, rock bassist (Pretenders), dies

Musician Pete Farndon
Pete Farndon
  • 1983 Willem F Bon, Dutch composer, dies at 42
  • 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, American musician. (b. 1968)
  • 2013 Colin Davis, English conductor, dies at 85
  • 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