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 "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 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
  • 1996 "Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance

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 Dr. Dre
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 nicknamed the "Empress of Blues" (over 200 songs), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1937)
  • 1898 Nini de Boël, Flemish operette singer (White Horse), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 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)
  • 1917 Pietro Grossi, Italian composer, born in Venice (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), born in Lincoln (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Richard Davis, American jazz 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 singer (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show), born in Meherrin, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Héctor Quintanar, Mexican composer, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Marty Wilde, English singer, songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 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 singer and guitarist (Rockpile - Girls Talk), 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)
  • 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)
  • 1958 Matt Reid, American rock keyboardist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • 1962 Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi Bhangra singer, born in Bindrakh, Punjab
  • 1965 Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer (4 Non Blondes, What's Up), 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, East End singer (Touch Me), born in London, England
  • 1967 Frankie Poullain [Francis Poullain-Patterson], British bass player (The Darkness), born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Ed O'Brien, English musician and songwriter (Radiohead), born in Oxford
  • 1978 Luis Fonsi [Luis López-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 (Circa Survive, Saosin), born in Holland, Pennsylvania
  • 1984 Ben Kasica, American rock guitarist (Skillet), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1992 Amy Deasismont [Amy Diamond], 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
  • 1853 Johann Leopold Fuchs, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1863 Jan Nepomuk Kanka, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • 1866 William Jackson of Masham, English composer & organist, dies at 51
  • 1891 Stephen Albert Emery, American composer & pianist, dies at 49
  • 1924 Eduardo Caudella, Romanian opera composer, dies at 82
  • 1925 John Singer Sargent, American painter (Wyndham Sisters), dies at 69
  • 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 musicologist & composer, 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, 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, American musician & singer (The Ramones), dies at 49
  • 2001 John Verrall, American composer, dies at 92
  • 2004 Ray Condo, Canadian musician, dies at 53
  • 2005 John Fred, American 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 guitarist, dies at 70
  • 2020 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92