On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 17

Events in Music

  • 1912 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep")
  • 1964 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 3 performances
  • 1968 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1969 The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert

Music releaseAlbum Release

1970 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1977 "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances
  • 1994 "Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 30 performances
  • 1994 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 72 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Music releaseAlbum Release

2019 Beyoncé releases a live album of her 2018 Coachella performance on the same day as her Netflix documentary "Homecoming"


Birthdays in Music

  • 1568 Christophe Thomas Walliser, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1648)
  • 1587 Ivan Lukačić, Croatian composer, born in Šibenik, Croatia (d. 1648)
  • 1683 Johann David Heinichen, German composer, born in Crössuln, Weissenfels, Germany (d. 1729)
  • 1715 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, born in Ulm, Germany (d. 1786)
  • 1719 Christian Gottfried Krause, German composer, born in Wińsko, Poland (d. 1770)
  • 1738 Philip Hayes, English composer, born in Oxford (d. 1797)
  • 1741 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, German composer, born in Blasewitz, Dresden, Germany (d. 1801)
  • 1774 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, Czech composer, born in Skuteč, Bohemia (d. 1850)
  • 1797 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer and conductor, born in Hanzinne, Belgium (d. 1869)
  • 1811 Ann Mounsey, English composer, born in Soho, London (d. 1891)
  • 1820 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 1896)
  • 1833 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1900)
  • 1863 Johannes Petrus Boskaljon, Curacaoian composer and conductor, born in Willemstad (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Artur Schnabel, Austrian pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas), born in Lipnik, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1951)
  • 1883 Herman Darewsky, British composer, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1885 Cecil Burleigh, American composer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1893 Irene Castle, American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, and animal rights activist, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1897 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1992)
  • 1902 Anton Beuving, Dutch lyricist (Ketelbinkie), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands d. 1977)
  • 1903 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, born in Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine (d. 1976)
  • 1903 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), born in Lubcza, Minsk, Belarus (d. 1978)
  • 1919 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer, born in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia Province, Costa Rica (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Genevieve [Ginette Auger], French actress and singer (The Jack Paar Show), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Ronald Senator, British composer (Holocaust Requiem), and educator (Musicolor), born In London (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Christopher Whelen, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1929 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist ("Petite Fleur"), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (d. 2021)
  • 1930 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1931 Roberta Stephen, Canadian classical composer (The Eye Of The Seasons), born in Alberta
  • 1932 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1932 Arthur "Art" Ellefson, Canadian jazz saxophonist, born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • 1934 Don Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Pete Graves, American rocker (Moonglows), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1940 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer ("When Will You Say I Love You"; "Halfway To Paradise"), and actor (That'll Be The Day), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1940 Anja Silja, German soprano, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1941 Adolphus Hailstork, American composer (EarthRise (A Song of Healing); Ghosts in Grey and Blue), and educator, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1943 Roy Estrada, American rock bassist (Mothers Of Invention), and convicted sex offender, born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1944 John Lill, British classical pianist, born in London
  • 1947 Linda Martin, Irish singer and TV presenter, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948 Jan Hammer, Czech-American rock keyboardist (Mahavishnu Orchestra; Jeff Beck), and composer ("Miami Vice Theme"), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1954 Michael Sembello, American Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, composer and producer ("Maniac"; "Flashdance"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Pete Shelley [McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks - "Going Steady"), born in Leigh, England (d. 2018)
  • 1955 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer and guitarist (Bolland & Bolland), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, English rocker (ABC), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1964 Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool; A Perfect Circle), born in Ravenna, Ohio
  • 1967 Liz Phair, American musician and songwriter (Exile In Guyville), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1967 Matt Chamberlain, American session drummer (Tori Amos; Edie Brickell; The Slow Music Project; William Shatner; Wallflowers), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1970 Redman [Reginald Noble], American rapper, born in Newark, New Jersey

Person of interestVictoria Beckham

1974 Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer and fashion designer (Posh of The Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • 1974 Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1976 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Sizzla Kalonji [Miguel Orlando Collins], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1977 Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon), born in Hornsby, New South Wales
  • 1978 Bilal Abdul-samad, American rocker (Boys), born in Carson, California
  • 1981 Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer, born in Lappeenranta, Finland
  • 1988 Takahiro Moriuchi, Japanese singer-songwriter and musician (One Ok Rock), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1989 Avriel "Avi" Kaplan, American pop bass vocalist (Pentonix, 2011-2017; Avriel & the Sequoias), born in Visalia, California

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1941 American actress Doris Day (19) weds trombonist Albert Jorden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 1993 "The Bangles" lead singer Susanna Hoffs (34) weds "Austin Powers" director Jay Roach (35)

Deaths in Music

  • 1714 Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1764 Johann Mattheson, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1854 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1873 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, Ukrainian born Russian composer, dies at 60
  • 1891 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, Italian born French composer, dies at 77
  • 1899 Hans Balatka, Moravian-American conductor (Milwaukee Musikverein; Chicago Oratorio Society), author (Condensed History of Music), and composer, dies at 74
  • 1941 Al Bowlly, South African-British dance band vocalist ("Midnight, The Stars, And You"), and bandleader, dies in a German bombing raid of London at 43
  • 1960 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), dies in a English taxi-car crash at 21
  • 1967 Henry "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • 1971 Roberto Lupi, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • 1971 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, dies at 67
  • 1974 Herbert Elwell, American composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • 1974 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • 1983 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), shot and killed by his wife, Gail, at 43
  • 1986 Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), dies of a brain tumor at 57
  • 1987 Carlton "Carly" Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (The Upsetters; Bob Marley & Wailers), murdered at 36
  • 1992 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
  • 1992 Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, American jazz and session saxophonist and clarinetist (Dorsey Brothers; Benny Goodman; Lawrence Wlek), dies at 80

Person of interestLinda McCartney

1998 Linda McCartney [née Eastman], American photographer, musician (Wings) and wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • 2003 Earl King, American R&B and blues guitarists, singer, and songwriter ("Come On"; "Big Chief"), dies from diabetes-related complications at 69
  • 2008 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rocker and musician (E Street Band), dies of melanoma at 58
  • 2011 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (b. 1926)
  • 2011 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2012 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 2013 Bi Kidude, Tanzanian Taarab singer, dies at c. 100
  • 2013 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), dies at 91
  • 2020 Arlene Saunders, American soprano, dies of COVID-19 complications at 89
  • 2020 Matthew Seligman, British studio and touring new wave rock bassist (Robyn Hitchcock; Thompson Twins; Thomas Dolby), dies from Covid-19 complications at 64