On This Day in Music for April 20

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1759 George Frideric Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey, London

  • 1865 Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens

Film release premierFilm Premier

1896 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres in NYC

  • 1954 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • 1955 "Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • 1960 "From A to Z" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 1963 "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1971 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1981 Rocker Papa John Phillips arrested for drug possession
  • 1981 "Fire and Smoke" single released by Earl Thomas Conley (Billboard Song of the Year 1981)
  • 1986 "Jerry's Girls" closes at St James Theater NYC after 139 performances
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Odense Teater, Odense

Music concertMusic Concert

1992 All star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 1997 "Gin Game" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • 1997 "Present Laughter" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1594 Matthäus Appelt, German composer, born in Neustadt, Silesia (d. 1648)
  • 1705 Balthasar Schmid, German composer and printer, born in Nuremberg, Bavaria (d. 1749)
  • 1725 Johann Friedrich Klöffler, German composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1790)
  • 1748 Georg Michael Telemann, German composer, born in Plön, Germany (d. 1831)
  • 1748 Guillaume Albert Teniers, Flemish composer, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1820)
  • 1761 Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1805)
  • 1858 Auguste Chapuis, French composer, born in Dampierre-sur-Salon, France (d. 1933)
  • 1866 Victor Hollaender, German composer, born in Leobschutz, Silesia (d. 1940)
  • 1870 Simeon Roncal, Bolivian composer, born in Sucre, Bolivia (d. 1953)
  • 1881 Nikolai Myaskovsky, Russian composer (Kirov is With Us), born in Modlin Fortress, Poland (d. 1950)
  • 1881 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • 1895 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Fred Raymond, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1954)
  • 1902 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer, born in Shumen, Bulgaria (d. 1969)
  • 1907 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Tito Puente, American bandleader (Dance Mania), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Gerhard Samuel, American conductor and composer, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Richard Hoffmann, Austrian composer, born in Vienna
  • 1938 Johnny Tillotson, American singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1940 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1943 John Eliot Gardiner, English conductor, born in Fontmell Magna, Dorset
  • 1945 Jimmy Winston [James Langwith], British organist and actor (Doctor Who, Small Faces), born in London, England
  • 1947 Björn Skifs, Swedish singer (Blue Swede), born in Vansbro, Dalarna, Sweden
  • 1947 Ken Scott, British record producer and engineer (The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd), born in London, England
  • 1948 Craig Frost, American keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1951 Luther Vandross, American rock vocalist (Dance with my Father), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1957 Richenel [Hubertus Richenel Baars], Dutch singer and performer (Turn My Page), born in Amsterdam
  • 1963 Brett Edward Garsed, Australian heavy metal artist (Nelson), born in Victoria, Australia
  • 1963 Kal Swan, Scottish heavy metal rocker (Bad Moon Rising), born in Raleigh, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1967 Mike Portnoy, American drummer (Dream Theater), born in Long Beach, New York
  • 1971 Tina Cousins, English singer (Mysterious Times), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1972 Stephen Marley, Jamaican-American reggae musician, son of Bob Marley, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1980 Blümchen [Jasmin Wagner], German singer (Boomerang), born in Hamburg, Germany

Deaths in Music

  • 1643 Christoph Demantius, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1695 Georg Caspar Weckler, composer, dies at 63
  • 1707 Johann Christoph Denner, German musician and inventor (clarinet), dies at 51
  • 1839 Giuseppe Rossini, father of Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini, dies
  • 1869 Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe, composer, dies at 72
  • 1869 Piotr Studzinski, composer, dies at 42
  • 1900 Mebel Mercer, popular British singer, dies
  • 1956 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat mater), dies at 59
  • 1956 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
  • 1962 Artúr Harmat, Hungarian composer, dies at 76
  • 1968 Marion Weeks, singer/actress, dies of stroke at 81
  • 1970 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, dies at 53
  • 1984 Mabel Mercer, English/US singer (Fly me to the moon), dies at 84
  • 1987 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78
  • 1991 Steve Marriott, English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a fire at 44
  • 1992 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, dies at 76
  • 2001 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), dies at 80
  • 2001 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (Sunnyata), dies at 54
  • 2002 Alan Dale, American singer (Alan Dale Show), dies at 76
  • 2007 Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)
  • 2008 VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)
  • 2012 Bert Weedon, English guitar player, dies at 91
  • 2017 Cuba Gooding Sr., American singer (Everybody Plays the Fool), dies at 72
  • 2018 Avicii [Tim Bergling], Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer (Levels, Wake Me Up, Sunshine), commits suicide at 28