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)
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Single

1963 Johnny Cash releases his 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

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

Music concertMusic Concert

2020 Together At Home concert for coronavirus 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 scores 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, 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 (Flying Saucer), 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 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, American singer (I'll Run Your Hurt Away), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1938 Jonathan Tunick, American composer (one of 15 people to have won all four major American show business awards: the Tony Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Grammy Awards), 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
  • 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 “Mike” Stewart, American music producer and co-founder and guitarist for We Five, 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), 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 musician (The Dictators), born in Queens, New York
  • 1953 Rod Morgenstein, American musician (Winger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Belinda Lipscomb, American vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1965 Natalie Dessay, French soprano and actress, born in Lyon, France
  • 1965 Suge Knight, American record producer (co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records), born in Compton, California
  • 1966 Véronique Gens, French operatic soprano, born in Orléans, France
  • 1967 Dorothy "Dar" Williams, American singer-songwriter described as "one of America’s very best singer-songwriters."(You're Aging Well), 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 vocalist (The Cottars), born in Albert Bridge, Canada

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, 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, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1923 Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer, 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
  • 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, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1995 "King" Herbert Whitaker, tenor sax, dies at 66
  • 1996 Bernard Edwards, bass player, dies 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
  • 2005 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • 2012 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - Up On Cripple Creek), dies from throat cancer at 71
  • 2012 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), dies under mysterious circumstances at 58
  • 2019 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, dies at 91
  • 2020 Ian Whitcomb, English rocker (You Turn Me On), dies at 78