On This Day in Music for April 17

Events in Music

  • 1964 "Cafe Crown" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 1964 "High Spirits" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 375 performances
  • 1968 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances

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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1587 Marco Ivan Lukacic, composer
  • 1683 Johann David Heinichen, composer
  • 1715 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, composer
  • 1719 Christian Gottfried Krause, composer
  • 1738 Philip Hayes, composer
  • 1741 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, composer
  • 1774 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer
  • 1797 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian composer/conductor
  • 1811 Ann Sheppard Mounsey, composer
  • 1820 Gottfried Conradi, composer
  • 1833 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer (d. 1900)
  • 1863 Johannes P Boskaljon, Curacao composer/conductor
  • 1882 Artur Schnabel, Lipnik Austria, pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas)
  • 1883 Hermann Darewsky, composer
  • 1885 Cecil Burleigh, composer
  • 1886 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • 1897 Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
  • 1902 Anton Beuving, lyricist (Ketelbinkie)
  • 1903 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
  • 1903 Nicolas Nabokov, Near Lubcha Minsk Russia, composer (Holy Devil)
  • 1919 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer
  • 1927 Christopher Whelen, composer
  • 1929 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
  • 1930 Genevieve, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples), born in Paris, France
  • 1932 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
  • 1934 Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)
  • 1936 Pete Graves, rocker (Moonglows)
  • 1940 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer (When Will You Say I Love You), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1940 Anja Silja, German soprano
  • 1941 Adolphus Hailstork, composer
  • 1943 Roy Estrada, rocker (Morthers Of Invention)
  • 1944 John Lill, professor/pianist
  • 1947 Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • 1948 Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)
  • 1954 Michael Sembello, American musician
  • 1955 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • 1964 Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
  • 1967 Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter
  • 1970 Redman, American rapper

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974 Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer (Posh Spice in the Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • 1974 Mikael Ã…kerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth)
  • 1976 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
  • 1977 Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon)
  • 1978 Bilal Abdul-samad, rocker (Boys)
  • 1981 Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1941 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, composer, dies at 56
  • 1764 Johann Mattheson, German composer/musicologist, dies at 82
  • 1854 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1873 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, composer, dies at 60
  • 1890 John Barnett, composer, dies at 87
  • 1891 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, composer, dies at 77
  • 1899 Hans Balatka, composer, dies at 74
  • 1941 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • 1960 Eddie Cochran, rocker, dies at 21 in a car crash
  • 1967 Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)
  • 1971 Roberto Lupi, composer, dies at 62
  • 1974 Herbert Elwell, US composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • 1974 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • 1983 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • 1987 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • 1992 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
  • 2003 Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 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