On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 21

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 Noël Coward's "Fallen Angels" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

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
Charlie Watts
  • 1977 C Strouse & M Charnin's 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 movie soundtrack for "Footloose"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music releaseMusic Recording

1988 Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1992 "High Rollers" opens at Helen Hayes theater on Broadway
  • 1992 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC; runs for 13 performances.
  • 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
Shania Twain
Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith

Birthdays in Music

  • 1546 Arcangelo Crivelli, Italian composer, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1617)
  • 1672 Johann Philipp Käfer, German composer, born in Schney, Lichtenfels, Germany (d. 1728)
  • 1749 Johann Michael Malzat, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1787)
  • 1779 William Knyvett, British singer and composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1856)
  • 1814 Béni Egressy, Hungarian composer, born in Kazincbarcika, Hungary (d. 1851)
  • 1824 Anselmo Clavé, Spanish politician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1874)
  • 1853 Charles Malherbe, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1911)
  • 1854 Władysław Rzepko, Polish composer, born in Piórków, Poland (d. 1932)
  • 1871 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, born in Aachen, Rhenish Prussia (d. 1958)
  • 1871 Vojtěch Říhovský, Czech composer, born in Dub nad Moravou, Czechia (d. 1950)
  • 1891 František Suchý, Czech composer and folk song collector, born in Březové Hory, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1892 Jaroslav Kvapil, Czech composer, born in Fryšták, Czech Republic (d. 1959)
  • 1899 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, born in Temse, Belgium (d. 1951)
  • 1899 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Julián Bautista, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1961)
  • 1907 Antoni Szalowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1973)
  • 1907 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Antoni Szałowski, Polish-French composer (The Resurrection of Lazarus; 2 Pieces for Ondes Martenot), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1973)
  • 1911 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60) who died on stage, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1960)
  • 1912 Feike Asma, Dutch organist and conductor, born in Den Helder, Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1915 Andor Kovach, Romanian composer (Médée), born in Transylvania, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Don Cornell [Luigi Varlaro], American singer (Sammy Kaye Orch, Hold My Hand), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Bruno Maderna, Italian conductor, and avant garde composer (Quadrivium; Satyricon), born in Venice, Italy
  • 1924 Ira Louvin [Loudermilk], American country singer and mandolin player (Louvin Brothers), born in Section, Alabama (d. 1965)
  • 1932 Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton, American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, born in Jeanette, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • 1936 Anthony Joseph Gnazzo, American electronic composer (First Things First), born in Plainville, Connecticut
  • 1937 David Lucas, American rock and roll composer, music producer and singer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1939 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Bobby McClure, American gospel (The Soul Stirrers) and soul singer ("Don't Mess Up A Good Thing"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1945 Diana Darvey [Rollof], British actress, singer and dancer (The Benny Hill Show), born in Cheadle, Cheshire, England (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 singer and lyricist known as "The Godfather of Punk" (The Stooges - "I Wanna Be Your Dog"; solo - "Lust For Life"), born in Muskegon, Michigan

Rocker Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop
  • 1947 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1948 Paul Davis, American country-rock-pop singer-songwriter and piano player ("I Go Crazy"; "65 Love Affair"), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1949 Patti LuPone, American stage and screen Tony Award-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning singer (Evita; Life Goes On), born in Northport, Long Island, 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, British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in Blackpool, England

Musician Robert Smith
Robert Smith
  • 1959 Jerry Only [Gerald Caiafa Jr], American musician (Misfits), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • 1959 Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies), born in Montreal
  • 1963 Steve Shapiro, American jazz and session musician vibraphonist, and music producer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1967 Michael Franti, American musician (The Beatnigs, Spearhead), born in Oakland, California
  • 1970 Glen Hansard, Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Falling Slowly), born in Ballymum
  • 1972 Severina [Vuckovic], Croatian pop singer and actress (Moja Stikla), born in Split, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1974 Michael Leonhart, American jazz and session trumpeter (Steely Dan; Yoko Ono; Rufus Wainwright), born in New York City
  • 1977 Doseone [Adam Drucker], American rapper (co-founder of Anticon), born in Napa, Idaho
  • 1978 Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
  • 1978 Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)
  • 1985 Łukasz Trepczyński, Polish classical pianist,born in Radomsko, Poland

Weddings in Music

  • 1993 Rolling Stone's bassist Bill Wyman (56) weds American actress Suzanne Accosta on French Riveria
  • 2007 Pop singer sensation Anastacia (38) weds her bodyguard Wayne Newton (not the singer) at the Quinta Real Huatulco in Huatulco, Mexico
  • 2012 Actress Carey Mulligan (26) weds "Mumford & Sons" lead singer Marcus Mumford (25) in Somerset, England

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
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, British composer (In The Shadows), dies at 66
  • 1948 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, dies at 66
  • 1961 James Melton, American pop (1920-30's) and operatic tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1942-50), dies at 57
  • 1968 Norman Demuth, British composer and musicologist specializing in French works, dies at 69
  • 1970 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • 1975 Jack Westrup, English composer, dies at 70
  • 1978 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • 1981 Eddie Sauter, American musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), dies at 66
  • 1985 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, dies at 91
  • 1991 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian violinist and conductor (Vienna New Year's Concert, 1955-79), dies at 81
  • 1998 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), dies at 82
  • 1999 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American film actor (Wings), singer, and dance bandleader, dies at 94
  • 2000 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), dies at 70
  • 2001 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone singer (Dutch Radio Chorus), dies at 84

Person of interestNina Simone

2003 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and civil rights activist (“Mississippi Goddam”; “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, “Feeling Good”; “Wild Is The Wind”), dies of breast cancer at 70

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 2004 Lorraine "Tui" St. George Tucker, American recorder player and composer (Catawba), dies at 79
  • 2007 Lobby Loyde [John Lyde], Australian rock guitarist and songwriter (The Purple Heart; Wild Cherries; Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs), dies at 65
  • 2008 Al Wilson, American singer ("Show and Tell"; "The Snake"), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • 2010 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2013 Chrissy Amphlett, Australian singer- songwriter (Divinyls - "I Touch Myself"), dies of breast cancer at 53
  • 2013 Jean-Michel Damase, French pianist and composer, dies at 85

Person of interestPrince Rogers Nelson

2016 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American funk, rock, R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("1999"; "Purple Rain"), dies from an accidental overdose of painkillers at 57

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