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

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 P Asma, Dutch organist
  • 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, co-founder of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, dies at 60
  • 1878 Temistocle Solera, composer, dies at 62
  • 1898 Louis Theodore Gouvy, 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 Allan Westrup, composer, dies at 70
  • 1978 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • 1991 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert), dies at 81
  • 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

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