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

  • 1961 "Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1375 performances
  • 1963 "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1966 Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
  • 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 & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & 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
  • 1991 "Secret Garden" opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances
  • 1996 "Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance

Birthdays in Music

  • 1637 Valentin Molitor, composer
  • 1651 Domenico Gabrielli, composer
  • 1688 Johann Friedrich Fasch, composer
  • 1689 Ferdinand Zellbell the elder, Swedish composer (d. 1765)
  • 1757 George Knowil Jackson, composer
  • 1827 Julius Tausch, composer
  • 1843 Carl Eilhardt, composer
  • 1891 Vaino Raitio, composer
  • 1894 Elizabeth Mae "Bessie" Smith, Empress of Blues (over 200 songs)
  • 1898 Nini de Boel, Flemish operette singer (White Horse)
  • 1908 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d.1995)
  • 1914 John Gregory, English ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company), born in Norwich (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist writer/musicologist
  • 1917 Pietro Grossi, composer
  • 1921 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • 1924 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), born in Lincoln (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Roy Clark, Meherrin, Virginia, US country singer (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show)
  • 1935 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Hector Quintanar, composer
  • 1939 Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 1943 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian/Dutch singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • 1943 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Dave Edmunds, Wales, singer/guitarist (Rockpile-Baby I Love You)
  • 1944 Gerard Schoenaker, Dutch singer (Les Baroques)
  • 1947 Bojoura, [Raina GB van Melzen], Dutch singer/wife of Hans Cleuver
  • 1947 Michael DeBello, singer (Maniac)
  • 1947 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
  • 1947 Wooly Wolstenholme, keyboardist/vocalist (Barclay James Harvest)
  • 1948 Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer
  • 1954 Emmanuel, spanish singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1958 Matt Reid, rock keyboardist (Berlin-Takes Your Breathe Away)
  • 1962 Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi Bhangra singer
  • 1965 Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer (4 Non Blondes, What's Up), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Graeme Clark, bassist (Wet Wet Wet-Angel Eyes, Love is All Around)
  • 1966 Samantha Karen Fox, East End singer (Touch Me), born in London, England
  • 1967 Frankie Poullain, British musician (The Darkness)
  • 1968 Ed O'Brien, English musician and songwriter (Radiohead), born in Oxford
  • 1974 Josh Todd, American musician (Buckcherry)
  • 1978 Luis Fonsi [Luis L√≥pez-Cepero] Puerto Rican singer-songwriter (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978 Chris Stapleton, American country musician (The SteelDrivers, Traveller), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1982 Mark Mizzark, [Marlis Pugh], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1982 Anthony Green, American musician
  • 1984 Ben Kasica, Guitarist of rock band Skillet
  • 1992 Amy Diamond, Swedish singer

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, composer, dies at 76
  • 1756 Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, composer, dies at 29
  • 1788 Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer, dies at 77
  • 1811 Ernest Louis Muller, composer, dies at 70
  • 1853 Johann Leopold Fuchs, composer, dies at 67
  • 1863 Jan Nepomuk Kanka, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • 1866 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, dies at 51
  • 1891 Stephen Albert Emery, American composer and pianist, dies at 49
  • 1924 Eduardo Caudella, composer, dies at 82
  • 1925 John Singer Sargent, American painter (Wyndham Sisters), dies at 69
  • 1929 Antonio Smareglia, composer, dies at 74
  • 1937 Nikolai Artzibushev, composer, dies at 79
  • 1943 Raffaele Casimiro Casimiri, composer, dies at 62
  • 1954 Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer, dies at 54
  • 1957 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • 1968 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, composer, dies at 73
  • 1974 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (b. 1906)
  • 1988 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (b. 1954)
  • 1995 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85
  • 2001 Joey Ramone, American musician and singer (The Ramones) (b. 1951)
  • 2004 Ray Condo, Canadian musician (b. 1950)
  • 2005 John Fred, American singer (Judy in Disguise with Glasses), dies at 63
  • 2017 Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist, dies at 70