On This Day in Music for April 21

Events in Music


Music release#1 in the Charts

1956 Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", becomes #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the 1st time

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1977 C Strouse & M Charnins musical "Annie" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances
  • 1979 "Carmelina" closes at St James Theater NYC after 17 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 After 37 weeks Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by "Footloose"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music releaseMusic Recording

1988 Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1992 "High Rollers" opens at Helen Hayes theater on Broadway
  • 1993 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" opens at Circle in Sq NYC for 30 performances
  • 1994 "Picnic" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1996 "Delicate Balance" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

2004 38th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith, Shania Twain & Kenny Chesney win

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain

Birthdays in Music

  • 1546 Arcangelo Crivelli, composer
  • 1672 Johann Philipp Kafer, composer
  • 1730 Antonin Kammel, composer
  • 1749 Johann Michael Malzat, composer
  • 1779 William Knyvett, composer
  • 1814 Beni Egressy, composer
  • 1824 Anselmo Clave, composer
  • 1840 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest/musicologist (Magister choralis)
  • 1853 Charles-Theodore Malherbe, composer
  • 1854 Wladyslaw Rzepko, composer
  • 1871 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, born in Aachen, Rhenish Prussia (d. 1958)
  • 1871 Vojtech Rihovsky, composer
  • 1892 Jaroslav Kvapil, composer
  • 1899 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer
  • 1899 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York
  • 1901 Julian Bautista, composer
  • 1907 Antoni Szalowski, composer
  • 1907 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1911 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60) who died on stage, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1912 Feike Asma, Dutch organist and conductor, born in Den Helder, Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1915 Andor Kovach, composer
  • 1919 Don Cornell, American singer (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Bruno Maderna, conductor/composer, Hyperion) [or Mar 21], born in Venice, Italy
  • 1924 Ira Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer, Louvin Brothers)
  • 1936 Anthony Joseph Gnazzo, composer
  • 1939 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, Merseyside
  • 1942 Bobby McClure, US gospel singer (Don't Mess Up a Good Thing)
  • 1945 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1946 Doug MacLeod, American blues musician (Blues Music Awards' Acoustic Artist of the Year, 2014, 2016 and 2017), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestIggy Pop

1947 Iggy Pop [James Osterberg], American rocker (Zombie Birdhouse), born in Muskegon, Michigan

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • 1947 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1948 Paul Davis, Meridian Mi, country/rock vocalist (I Go Crazy)
  • 1949 Patti LuPone, actress/singer (Evita, Life Goes On), born in Northport, New York
  • 1951 Nicoel Barclay, rocker
  • 1951 Robert Gotobed, English drummer (Wire)
  • 1954 Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
  • 1958 Mike Barson, rock keyboardist (Madness)

Person of interestRobert Smith

1959 Robert Smith, Sussex, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen), born in Blackpool, England

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith
  • 1959 Jerry Only [Gerald Caiafa Jr], American musician (Misfits), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • 1959 Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies)
  • 1966 Michael Franti, American musician
  • 1970 Glen Hansard, Irish songwriter and actor
  • 1972 Severina Vučković, Croatian singer
  • 1977 Doseone, American rapper
  • 1978 Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
  • 1978 Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)

Weddings in Music

  • 1993 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman weds Suzanne Accosta on French Riveria
  • 2007 Pop singer sensation Anastacia (38) weds her bodyguard Wayne Newton at the Quinta Real Huatulco in Huatulco, Mexico
  • 2012 Actress Carey Mulligan (26) weds "Mumford & Sons" lead singer Marcus Mumford (25) in Somerset, England

HeartWedding of Interest

2012 Music legend Neil Diamond (71) weds music manager Katie McNeil (42) at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond

Deaths in Music

  • 1652 Pietro Della Valle, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1696 Andres de Sola, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1780 Ferdinand Zellbell the younger, Swedish composer and co-founder of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, dies at 60
  • 1878 Temistocle Solera, composer, dies at 62
  • 1898 Louis Théodore Gouvy, French-German composer, dies at 78
  • 1900 Heinrich Vogl, composer, dies at 55
  • 1939 Herman Finck, composer, dies at 66
  • 1948 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, dies at 66
  • 1961 James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57
  • 1968 Norman Demuth, composer, dies at 69
  • 1975 Jack Westrup, English composer, dies at 70
  • 1978 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • 1991 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert), dies at 81
  • 1998 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), dies at 82
  • 1999 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American musician actor (An Innocent Affair, Wings), dies at 94
  • 2000 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), dies at 70
  • 2001 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone (Great-Broadcast chorus), dies at 84

Person of interestNina Simone

2003 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), dies of breast cancer at 70

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 2007 Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist and songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Al Wilson, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)

Person of interestPrince (Rogers Nelson)

2016 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), dies at 57

  • 2016 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), dies at 74