On This Day in Music for April 16

Events in Music

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1854 Franz Liszt's "Mazeppa" premieres

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
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 "Piano Lesson" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • 1991 M Leander & E Seago's musical "Matador" premieres in London
  • 1992 "Metro" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 13 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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 composer, born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1972)
  • 1885 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Fasching), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 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, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (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)
  • 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)
  • 1913 Constance Shacklock, opera singer
  • 1922 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestHenry Mancini

1924 Henry Mancini, composer/conductor (Pink Panther), born in Cleveland, Ohio

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. 2006)
  • 1929 Roy Hamilton, singer (You'll Never Walk Alone)
  • 1930 Herbie Mann, jazz flute/sax (Just Wallin'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932 Vince Hill, singer (Roses of Picardy, La Vie en Rose)
  • 1933 Perry Botkin Jr, US orchestra leader (Bert Convy Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Bobby Vinton, singer (Roses are Red, Blue on Blue), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1935 Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1939 Dusty Springfield, [Mary O'Brien], vocalist (Growing Pains), born in London, England
  • 1939 John DeLaFose, zydeco Musician
  • 1943 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • 1944 Dennis Russell Davies, composer
  • 1945 Stefan Grossman, American country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Gerry Rafferty, Paisley Scotland, guitarist/vocalist (Baker Street)
  • 1951 John Bentley, English bass guitarist (Fabulous Poodles), born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • 1951 Björgvin Halldórsson, Icelandic singer
  • 1951 Mordechai Ben David, Jewish singer
  • 1953 Peter Garrett, Australian environmentalist, activist, former politician (Labour Party), and musician (Midnight Oil), born in Wahroonga, Sydney
  • 1961 Doris Dragović, Croatian singer
  • 1962 Ian MacKaye, rocker (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • 1963 Jimmy Osmond, singer (Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1964 Dave Pirner, rocker (Soul Asylum)
  • 1965 Gerardo [Mejía], Ecuadorian American rapper, born in Guayaquil
  • 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
  • 1973 Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer
  • 1974 Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah)
  • 1974 Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress, singer and director
  • 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 Milton J Cross, American TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions of the Air), born in NYC, New York
  • 1987 Neil Haskell, American contemporary dancer (SYTYCD season 3 finalist), born in Clarence Center, New York

Person of interestChance the Rapper

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

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

1994 Singer Harry Connick Jr (26) weds model Jill Goodare (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 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, composer, dies at 83
  • 1858 Johann Baptist Cramer, Ger/British pianist/composer/publisher, dies at 87
  • 1876 Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, composer, dies at 83
  • 1881 George William Martin, composer, dies at 56
  • 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 (Picnic, Pal Joey), dies at 81
  • 1992 Andy Russell, drummer/vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • 1996 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 79
  • 1996 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), dies at 62
  • 1997 Mae Boren Axton ["Queen Mother of Nashville"], American song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
  • 1997 Ray Green, American composer and publisher, dies at 88
  • 1999 Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
  • 2016 Peter Tolson, English rocker (Pretty Things), dies at 64