On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 16

Events in Music

  • 1849 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Le prophète" premieres in Paris

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1854 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Mazeppa" premieres at the Court Theatre in Weimar

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1940 Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1952 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • 1959 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 44 performances
  • 1967 "Walking Happy" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • 1972 "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1974 "Words & Music" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 127 performances
  • 1978 "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
  • 1981 "Copperfield" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 1985 "Grind" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • 1990 August Wilson's play "The Piano Lesson", starring Charles S. Dutton, opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • 1991 Leander & Seago's musical "Matador" premieres in London
  • 1992 "Metro" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 13 performances

Music awardsCMT Music Awards

2007 41st CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper and non-classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music with his album "Damn"

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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1673 Francesco Feroci, Italian composer, born in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1697 Johann Gottlieb Gorner, German composer, born in Penig, Germany (d. 1778)
  • 1800 Jozef Stefani, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1876)
  • 1838 Karel Bendl, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1897)
  • 1868 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer (d. 1917)
  • 1871 Martin Lunssens, Belgian composer, born in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Belgium (d. 1944)
  • 1882 Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (Six Pieces for Organ), born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1972)
  • 1885 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Fasching), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 1885 Alexandre Stellio [Fructueux], Martinican biguine clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, born in Anses d'Arlet, Martinique (d. 1939)
  • 1886 Jēkabs Graubiņš, Latvian composer, born in Preiļi Palace, Latvia (d. 1961)
  • 1886 Konstantin G. Mostras, Russian composer, born in Tambovsky District, Tambov Oblast, Russia (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Federico Mompou, Catalan composer (Música Callada -'The Voice of Silence'), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1987)
  • 1893 Joseph Yasser, Russian-American composer, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, born in St. Gilles, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1897 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat Mater), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • 1897 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), born in NYC, New York
  • 1901 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1984)
  • 1911 Alton Purnell, American Dixieland jazz pianist, and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Constance Shacklock, English opera singer, born in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Bennie Green, American swing jazz and soul trombonist (Earl Hines), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)

Person of interestHenry Mancini

1924 Henry Mancini, American composer and conductor (Pink Panther), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1994)

Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
  • 1927 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), born in Kingston, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008) [1]
  • 1929 Roy Hamilton, American singer (You'll Never Walk Alone), born in Leesburg, Georgia (d. 1969)
  • 1930 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (Just Wallin'), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1931 John Littlejohn [Funchess], American electric blues slide guitarist ("So-Called Friends"), born in Lake, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1932 Vince Hill, English pop singer ("Roses of Picardy"; "La Vie en Rose"), born in Holbrooks, Coventry, England
  • 1933 Perry Botkin Jr, American orchestra leader (Bert Convy Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Robert Stigwood, Australian-born British-resident music entrepreneur and film producer (Saturday Night Fever; Grease; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Bobby Vinton, American pop singer, known as "The Polish Prince" ("Roses Are Red (My Love)"; "Blue Velvet"; "My Melody Of Love"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1935 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 1939 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], British pop vocalist ("I Only Want To Be With You"; "Son Of A Preacher Man"), born in West Hampstead, London (d. 1999)
  • 1939 John DeLaFose, American French speaking zydeco musician, born in Duralde, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1943 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • 1943 Ruth Madoc, British singer and actress (Hi Di Hi), born in Norwich, Norfolk
  • 1944 Dennis Russell Davies, American conductor and composer, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1944 Mike Mitchell, American rock guitarist (The Kingsmen -"Louie, Louie"), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2021)
  • 1945 Stefan Grossman, American country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Pēteris Vasks, Latvian contemporary classical composer, and double bassist (Distant Light; The Fruit Of Silence), born in Aizpute, Latvia
  • 1947 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Stealers Wheel - "Stuck In The Middle With You"; solo -"Baker Street"), born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland (d. 2011)
  • 1947 Lee Kerslake, British drummer (Uriah Heep; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Winton, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Robert Kirby, British music arranger (Nick Drake), born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire (d. 2009)
  • 1951 John Bentley, English bass guitarist (Fabulous Poodles), born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • 1951 Björgvin Halldórsson, Icelandic singer, born in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
  • 1951 Mordechai Ben David, American Jewish singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Peter Garrett, Australian environmentalist, activist, former politician (Labour Party), and musician (Midnight Oil), born in Wahroonga, Sydney
  • 1961 Doris Dragović, Croatian singer, born in Split, Croatia
  • 1962 Ian MacKaye, American rocker (Cyrano de Bergerac), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 Jimmy Osmond, American singer (Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1964 Dave Pirner, American rocker (Soul Asylum), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1964 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (Seven Days Of Falling), born in Skultuna, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • 1965 Gerardo [Mejía], Ecuadorian-American rapper, born in Guayaquil
  • 1967 Junko Onishi, Japanese post-bop jazz pianist (Fragile; Tea Times), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1971 Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez], Mexican-American singer-songwriter known as the Queen of Tejano music (Grammy-1994), born in Lake Jackson, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1971 Max Beesley, English musician and actor, born in Burnage, Lancashire
  • 1973 Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Nantan, Kyoto, Japan
  • 1973 Akon [Thiam], Senegalese American singer-songwriter and producer ("Trouble"; "Lonely"; "Smack That"), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1974 Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1974 Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress, singer and director, born in Beijing, China
  • 1975 Joanna Ławrynowicz, Polish classical pianist, born in Warsaw, Poland [1]
  • 1976 Lukas Haas, American actor and musician (Witness, Inception), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Marié Digby, American singer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1985 Benjamín Rojas, Argentine actor and singer, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1987 Neil Haskell, American contemporary dancer (SYTYCD season 3 finalist), born in Clarence Center, New York

Person of interestChance the Rapper

1993 Chance the Rapper [Chancellor J Bennett], American rapper and record producer (Acid Rap; Coloring Book), born in Chicago, Illinois


Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1994 American singer and piano player Harry Connick, Jr. (26) weds American model Jill Goodacre (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

LovePerson of Interest

1994 Actor Dudley Moore (58) weds actress Nicole Rothschild; divorced in 1998

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • 1996 Singer Judy Collins (57) weds industrial designer Louis Nelson (59) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

Deaths in Music

  • 1645 Tobias Hume, Scottish composer (The First Part of Ayres), dies
  • 1846 Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer and double bass player, dies at 83
  • 1858 Johann Baptist Cramer, German British pianist, composer and publisher, dies at 87
  • 1876 Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, Belgian composer, dies at 83
  • 1881 George William Martin, English composer, dies at 56
  • 1890 John Barnett, English composer (The Mountain Sylph), dies at 87
  • 1920 John Conrad Nordqvist, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • 1973 István Kertész, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, dies at 43
  • 1980 Morris Stoloff, American violinist, Academy Award-winning composer, music director (Columbia Pictures, 1938-62), and orchestra leader (Moonglow/Theme from Picnic), dies at 81
  • 1992 Andy Russell, American drummer and vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • 1996 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis; Ziegfeld Follies), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • 1996 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), dies at 62
  • 1997 Mae Boren Axton, American songwriter, known as the"Queen Mother of Nashville" ("Heartbreak Hotel"), dies at 82
  • 1997 Ray Green, American composer and publisher, dies at 88
  • 1999 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canadian-American guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 2011 Paul Des Marais, American composer, dies at 90 [1]
  • 2015 Martin Quittenton, British rock and blues guitarist (Steamhammer), and songwriter ("Maggie May; "You Wear It Well"), dies at 69
  • 2016 Peter Tolson, English rock guitarist (Pretty Things), dies at 64
  • 2019 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), dies at 101
  • 2019 Jörg Wolfgang Demus, Austrian classical pianist and composer, dies at 90
  • 2020 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, dies at 88
  • 2021 Mike Mitchell, American rock guitarist (The Kingsmen -"Louie, Louie"), dies on his 77th birthday