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)
  • 1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Werther" premieres in NYC
  • 1919 Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)
  • 1924 "National Barn Dance" premieres on WLS Chicago
  • 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway
  • 1951 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances
  • 1963 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • 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 & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & 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
  • 1992 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" closes at Beaumont NYC after 38 performances
  • 2015 50th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1605 Orazio Benevoli, composer
  • 1660 Sebastian Duron, composer
  • 1715 James Nares, English composer, born in Stanwell (d. 1783)
  • 1770 Georg Abraham Schneider, German composer
  • 1771 Giuseppe Cartufo, composer
  • 1785 Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely, composer
  • 1798 Franz Joseph Glaser, composer
  • 1858 Siegfried Ochs, composer
  • 1863 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, born in Kirovohrad, Ukraine (d. 1931)
  • 1868 Max Von Schillings, German composer/conductor (Der Pfeifertag)
  • 1888 William L Axt, composer
  • 1892 Germaine Tailleferre, [Les Six], Pau-St-Maur France, composer
  • 1905 Tommy Benford, jazz drummer
  • 1907 Gino Contilli, composer
  • 1911 Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer
  • 1915 Dorian Le Gallienne, composer
  • 1917 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician/producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom)
  • 1921 Will Ogdon, American composer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Don Barbour, Greencastle Ind, singer (4 Freshmen)
  • 1928 Alexis Korner, musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him), born in Paris, France
  • 1934 Dickie Goodman, parody singer (Flying Saucer)
  • 1934 Jan Helge Guttorm Bark, composer

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1935 Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), 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, US singer (I'll Run Your Hurt Away)
  • 1938 Jonathan Tunick, composer
  • 1940 Genya Ravan, American vocalist (Goldie & the Gingerbreads, Ten Wheel Drive)
  • 1941 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian singer
  • 1942 Alan Price, England, rock keyboardist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1943 Mike Kelly, rocker (Duprees)
  • 1944 Bernie Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Murray Perahia, American pianist (Avery Fischer Prize-1975, Grammy 1988), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Andy Shernoff, American musician (The Dictators), born in Queens, New York musician (The Dictators), born in Queens, New York
  • 1953 Rod Morgenstein, American musician (Winger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Belinda Lipscomb, vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1957 Bo[as] Watson, vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1965 Natalie Dessay, French soprano
  • 1965 Suge Knight, American record producer
  • 1966 Véronique Gens, French soprano
  • 1967 Dar Williams, American musician and songwriter
  • 1968 Pascal Kleiman, Spanish DJ, producer, musician
  • 1970 Luis Miguel, Vera Cruz Mexico, spanish singer
  • 1976 Ruud Jolie, Dutch guitarist (Within Temptation)
  • 1989 Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian vocalist (The Cottars)

Deaths in Music

  • 1629 Sigismondo d'India, Italian composer
  • 1645 William Smith, English composer, dies at 42
  • 1770 Esprit Antoine Blanchard, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1772 Johann Peter Kellner, composer, dies at 66
  • 1773 Florian Johann Deller, composer, dies at 43
  • 1799 Pieter Hellendaal, violinist/organist/composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • 1870 Camille Marie Stamaty, composer, dies at 59
  • 1870 William Henry Havergal, composer, dies at 77
  • 1876 Samuel Sebastian Wesley, composer, dies at 65
  • 1923 Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer, dies at 75
  • 1932 Wladyslaw Rzepko, composer, dies at 77
  • 1941 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63
  • 1943 Gustave Doret, composer, dies at 76
  • 1950 Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th baron Berners/composer, dies at 66
  • 1981 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • 1986 Dag Ivar Wiren, composer, dies at 80
  • 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
  • 1994 Larry Davis, blues Singer/Guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1995 "King" Herbert Whitaker, tenor sax, dies at 66
  • 1997 El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)
  • 2000 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • 2012 Levon Helm, American rock musician, dies from throat cancer at 71
  • 2012 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), dies under mysterious circumstances at 58