On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 19

Events in Music

  • 1774 CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis" premieres in Paris
  • 1877 Opera "Les Cloches de Cornerville" is produced (Paris)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Werther" premieres in NYC

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet
  • 1919 Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)
  • 1924 "National Barn Dance" premieres on WLS Chicago
  • 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway
  • 1951 "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances
  • 1963 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1963 Johnny Cash releases single "Ring Of Fire" written by his future wife June Carter and Merle Kilgore

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 1964 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin
  • 1967 Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years (they don't)
  • 1970 "Look to the Lilies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • 1972 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse NYC for 1,065 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1973 Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday & Tomorrow"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1980 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • 1981 William Finn's musical "March of Falsettos" premieres in NYC
  • 1984 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, with green and gold the national colors
  • 1992 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" closes at Beaumont NYC after 38 performances
  • 1994 "Illmatic" debut studio album by US rapper Nas is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Nina Simone is awarded and honorary degree by the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone

Music awardsMusic Awards

2015 50th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Music concertMusic Concert

2020 Together At Home concert for COVID-19 aid curated by Lady Gaga and streamed worldwide

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

Birthdays in Music

  • 1605 Orazio Benevoli, Franco-Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1672)
  • 1660 Sebastián Durón, Spanish composer, born in Brihuega, Guadalajara, Spain (d. 1716)
  • 1715 James Nares, English composer, born in Stanwell (d. 1783)
  • 1770 Georg Abraham Schneider, German horn player and composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1839)
  • 1785 Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1858)
  • 1798 Franz Joseph Glæser, Czech-Danish composer, born in Horní Jiřetín, Bohemia (d. 1861)
  • 1858 Siegfried Ochs, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1863 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, born in Kirovohrad, Ukraine (d. 1931)
  • 1868 Max Von Schillings, German composer and conductor (Der Pfeifertag), born in Düren, Germany (d. 1933)
  • 1888 William Axt, American film score composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Germaine Tailleferre, French composer (Le Marin du Bolivar), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Tommy Benford, American jazz drummer, born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Gino Contilli, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1978)
  • 1908 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festspiele), born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1911 Francesco Maria Saraceni, Italian composer (d. 1961)
  • 1915 Dorian Le Gallienne, Australian composer (Four Holy Sonnets of John Donne; Jinker Ride), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1963)
  • 1917 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician and producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1921 Will Ogdon, American composer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Don Barbour, American singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana (d. 1961)
  • 1928 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (Blues Inc - "Bootleg Him"), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • 1934 Dickie Goodman, American parody singer and producer ("The Flying Saucer"; "Energy Crisis '74"; "Mr. Jaws"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1934 Jan Helge Guttorm Bark, Swedish trombonist and composer, born in Härnösand, Sweden

Person of interestDudley Moore

1935 Dudley Moore, English comedian, actor (10; Arthur; Bedazzled), jazz pianist, and composer, born in London (d. 2002)

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • 1936 Csaba Szabo, Hungarian composer, born in Ákosfalva, Transylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Ruby Johnson, American soul singer ("I'll Run Your Hurt Away"), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1938 Jonathan Tunick, American composer (one of 16 'EGOT' winners - having won all four major American show business awards: Emmy; Grammy, Oscar; and Tony), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Genya Ravan, American vocalist (Goldie & the Gingerbreads, Ten Wheel Drive), born in Łódź, Poland
  • 1941 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian singer and songwriter (Louco por você), born in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Brazil
  • 1942 Alan Price, English rock keyboardist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), born in Fatfield, Washington, England
  • 1942 Edwin "Eddie" Kramer, South African-British recording engineer, producer and photographer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Beatles), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1942 David Fanshawe, British composer and ethno-musicologist (African Sanctus,; Pacific Odessey), born in Paignton, England (d. 2010)
  • 1943 Eve Graham [Beatson], Scottish pop singer (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"), born in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
  • 1944 Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist (Funkadelic - "Cosmic Slop"), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), born in Pendleton, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Michael Stewart, American folk music producer, arranger, banjo player and guitarist (We Five - "You Were On My Mind"), born in Riverside County, California (d. 2002)
  • 1947 Murray Perahia, American pianist (Avery Fischer Prize, 1975; Grammy, 1988), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Mark Volman, American rock and roll musician and songwriter (The Turtles - "Happy Together"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Earl Gardner, American jazz trumpeter (Saturday Night Live), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Andy Shernoff, American musician (The Dictators), born in Queens, New York
  • 1953 Rod Morgenstein, American musician (Winger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Gary Langan, British sound engineer, record producer, and musician (The Art of Noise, 1983-86), born in Surrey, England
  • 1957 Belinda Lipscomb, American vocalist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator"), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1957 Tony Martin [Harford], British heavy metal vocalist (Black Sabbath, 1987-91 and 1993-7), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1965 Natalie Dessay, French soprano and actress, born in Lyon, France
  • 1965 Marion "Suge" Knight, American record producer, and label executive (Death Row Records), born in Compton, California
  • 1965 Lilya Zilberstein, Russian concert pianist (Busoni Prize, 1987), born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1966 Véronique Gens, French operatic soprano, born in Orléans, France
  • 1967 Dorothy "Dar" Williams, American singer-songwriter ("You're Aging Well"; "When I Was A Boy"; The Christians and The Pagans"), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1968 Pascal Kleiman, French DJ, producer and musician, born in Toulouse, France
  • 1970 Luis Miguel, Puerto Rican-Mexican spanish singer (Me Gustas Tal Como Eres), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1976 Ruud Jolie, Dutch guitarist (Within Temptation), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1989 Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian Celtic vocalist (The Cottars), born in Albert Bridge, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  • 2002 Loren Gray, American singer and TikTok star, born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Music

  • 1629 Sigismondo d'India, Italian composer
  • 1645 William Smith, British composer, dies at 42
  • 1770 Esprit Antoine Blanchard, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1772 Johann Peter Kellner, German organist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1773 Florian Johann Deller, Austrian composer, dies at 43
  • 1799 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist, organist, and composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • 1870 Camille Marie Stamaty, French pianist, composer, and teacher of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Camille Saint-Saëns, dies at 59
  • 1870 William Henry Havergal, composer, dies at 77
  • 1876 Samuel Sebastian Wesley, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1923 Thomas Paine Westendorf, American songwriter ("I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" ), dies at 75
  • 1932 Władysław Rzepko, Polish composer, dies at 77
  • 1941 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63
  • 1943 Gustave Doret, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • 1950 Lord Berners [Gerald Tyrwhitt], English composer (1st Childhood), dies at 66
  • 1981 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • 1986 Dag Wirén, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • 1987 Hugh Brannum, American actor and singer (Captain Kangaroo - "Mr. Green Jeans"; The Fred Waring Show - "Lumpy"), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1992 Robert F Clayton, drummer (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1992 Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1993 Steve Douglas [Kreisman], American session and touring saxophonist and flautist (Phil Spector; Duane Eddy; Beach Boys), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1994 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1995 "King" Herbert Whitaker, American R&B tenor saxophonist, dies at 66
  • 1996 Bernard Edwards, American funk and disco bass player (Chic - "Le Freak"; "Good Times"), dies of pneumonia at 44
  • 1997 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), dies from a "misadventure" on a train-track at 39
  • 1998 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek; The Magic Sword; Monroes), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2000 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 2003 Conrad Leonard, British composer and pianist, dies at 104
  • 2005 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Rick Lewis, American doo-wop tenor (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 71
  • 2010 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • 2012 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - "Up On Cripple Creek"; "The Weight"), and actor (Coal Miner's Daughter; The Right Stuff), dies from throat cancer at 71
  • 2012 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now"), dies under mysterious circumstances at 58
  • 2018 Graciela Agudelo, Mexican pianist and avant garde composer (Celebration of Wine ), dies at 72
  • 2019 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, dies at 91
  • 2019 Bob Efford, British jazz and session baritone saxophonist and reed player, dies at 91
  • 2020 Ian Whitcomb, English rocker ("You Turn Me On"), dies at 78

Person of interestJim Steinman

2021 Jim Steinman, American Grammy Award-winning songwriter and record producer (Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell; Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart), dies at 73

Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman