On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 15

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1729 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" premieres in Leipzig

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1738 Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel

  • 1960 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • 1961 Meredith Willson's musical "The Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC. after 1375 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1963 Steve Allen's musical "Sophie", based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Music releaseAlbum Release

1966 The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath", their fourth studio album in UK (6th in US)

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 1967 "Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 performances
  • 1970 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1971 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1972 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1984 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

2012 Hologram of late rapper Tupac features on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella music festival

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
Rapper and Record Producer Dr. Dre
Rapper and Record Producer
Dr. Dre

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Aretha Franklin posthumously receives the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor, first individual woman to win it since 1930

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin

Birthdays in Music

  • 1637 Valentin Molitor, Swiss composer, born in Rapperswil, Switzerland (d. 1713)
  • 1651 Domenico Gabrielli, Italian Baroque composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1690)
  • 1688 Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer, born in Buttelstedt, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1758)
  • 1689 Ferdinand Zellbell the elder, Swedish composer (d. 1765)
  • 1710 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, French dancer, born in Brussels, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1770)
  • 1733 Johann Heinrich Zang, German composer and organist, born in Zella St Blasii, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1827 Julius Tausch, German composer, born in Dessau (d. 1895)
  • 1843 Carl Eilhardt, German composer and conductor, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1911)
  • 1891 Väinö Raitio, Finnish composer, born in Sortavala, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1945)
  • 1894 Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the "Empress of the Blues" (recorded over 200 songs), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1937)
  • 1898 Nini de Boël, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Eden Ahbez [George Aberle], American songwriter ("Nature Boy"; "Lonely Island"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1914 John Gregory, British ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company, 1959-69), and writer born in Norwich, England (d. 1996) [1]
  • 1917 Pietro Grossi, Italian composer, and electronic music pioneer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Neville Marriner, English violinist (London Symphony, 1954-69), and conductor (Academy of St Martin in the Fields, 1958-2011; Minnesota Orchestra, 1979-86), born in Lincoln (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Richard Davis, American jazz double bassist described as "the greatest bass ever heard on a rock album" (Van Morrison's Astral Weeks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933 Roy Clark, American country and bluegrass singer, guitarist, and banjo player (Hee Haw; The Tonight Show), born in Meherrin, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1936 Héctor Quintanar, Mexican composer, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Marty Wilde, English pop singer-songwriter ("A Teenager In Love"), and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 1940 Clarence Satchell, American funk saxophonist (Ohio Players - "Fire"; "Love Rollercoaster"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), born in Depok, Buitenzorg, Dutch East Indies (d. 2017)
  • 1943 "Mighty" Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Dave Edmunds, Welsh rock singer and guitarist (Rockpile - "Girls Talk"; "I Knew The Bride"), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1947 Bojoura [Raina van Melzen], Dutch singer and wife of Hans Cleuver, born in The Hague, The Netherlands
  • 1947 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 2010)
  • 1947 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked with Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, born in Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1948 Jan Krzywicki, American classical music composer, conductor, and educator born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer, born in Moscow
  • 1955 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue; Rod Stewart), born in Copley Township, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1957 Jiří Gemrot, Czech contemporary classical composer (Dances and Reflections; Maxims), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
  • 1958 Matt Reid, American rock keyboardist (Berlin - "Take My Breath Away")
  • 1962 Surjit Bindrakhia [Bains], Punjabi Bhangra singer ("Lakk Tunoo Tunoo"), born in Bindrakh, Punjab (d. 2003)
  • 1965 Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer (4 Non Blondes - "What's Up"; Christina Aguilera - "Beautiful"), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Graeme Clark, Scottish bassist (Wet Wet Wet - "Angel Eyes"; "Love is All Around"), born in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • 1966 Samantha Karen Fox, British pop singer ("Touch Me"), born in London, England
  • 1967 Frankie Poullain [Francis Poullain-Patterson], Scottish bass player (The Darkness - Permission To Land), born in Milnathort, Scotland
  • 1968 Ed O'Brien, British musician and songwriter (Radiohead - OK Computer), born in Oxford, England
  • 1978 Luis Fonsi [Luis López-Cepero], Puerto Rican singer-songwriter ("Despacito"), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978 Chris Stapleton, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (The SteelDrivers; "Broken Halos"; "Traveller"), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1980 Patrick Carney, American drummer (The Black Keys - "Little Black Submarines"), and music producer, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1982 Mark Mizzark [Marlis Pugh], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1982 Anthony Green, American musician (Circa Survive, Saosin), born in Holland, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Margo Price, American country singer-songwriter ("That's How Rumors Get Started"), born in Aledo, Illinois
  • 1984 Ben Kasica, American rock guitarist (Skillet), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1987 Iyaz [Keidran Jones], British singer, songwriter, and dancer ("Replay"), born in Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • 1988 Eliza "Doolittle" [Caird], British pop singer-songwriter ("Skinny Genes"; "Pack Up"), born in Westminster, London
  • 1992 Amy Diamond [Deasismont], Swedish singer ("What's In It For Me"), born in Norrköping, Sweden

Weddings in Music

  • 2017 Country music singer and songwriter Sam Hunt (32) weds Hannah Lee Fowler in Cedartown, Georgia

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011 Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1719 Johann Friedrich Treiber, German historian & composer, dies at 76
  • 1756 Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, German composer, dies at 29
  • 1788 Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer, dies at 77
  • 1803 Václav Norbert Brixi, Czech organist, composer and priest (aka s Jeroným) dies at 65
  • 1853 Johann Leopold Fuchs, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1863 Jan Nepomuk Kanka, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • 1866 William Jackson, British organist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1891 Stephen Albert Emery, American pianist, composer, and pedagogue (Elements of Harmony), dies at 49
  • 1924 Eduardo Caudella, Romanian opera composer, dies at 82
  • 1927 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 58
  • 1929 Antonio Smareglia, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1937 Nikolai Artzibushev, Russian jurist & composer, dies at 79
  • 1943 Raffaele Casimiri, Italian composer, and musicologist dies at 62
  • 1954 Juan Vicente Lecuna, Venezuelan diplomat & composer, dies at 54
  • 1957 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor & singer, dies at 39
  • 1968 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, Ukrainian composer & the father of modern Ukrainian music, dies at 73
  • 1974 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter ("Malinconia d'amore"), dies at 68
  • 1984 Machito, Latin jazz musician & creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), dies following a stroke at 76
  • 1988 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist, dies at 33
  • 1989 Nesuhi Ertegün, Turkish–American record producer & executive, dies at 71
  • 1995 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85
  • 1996 Alexander Tanev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 67
  • 2001 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World"), dies of lymphoma at 49
  • 2001 John Verrall, American composer, dies at 92
  • 2002 William Leonard "Will" Reed, British pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • 2004 Ray Condo, Canadian musician, dies at 53
  • 2005 John Fred, American pop singer ("Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)"), dies at 63
  • 2008 Brian "Blinky" Davison, British rocker (The Nice), dies at 65
  • 2013 Jean-François Paillard, French conductor, dies at 85
  • 2017 Allan Holdsworth, British progressive rock guitarist, dies at 70
  • 2019 Les Reed, British songwriter ("It's Not Unusual"; "There's A Kind Of Hush"; "Here It Comes Again"), dies at 83
  • 2020 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92