On This Day in Music for April 23

Events in Music

  • 1775 Opera "Il Ré Pastore" is produced (Salzburg)
  • 1881 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" produced in London
  • 1896 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall (NYC)
  • 1925 1st London performance of operetta "Fasquita" staged
  • 1940 Dance hall fires kills 198 in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1955 "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances
  • 1959 "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • 1961 "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 216 performances
  • 1963 "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances
  • 1963 Jerry Bock & S Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

  • 1968 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1983 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • 1992 "Shirnada" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1993 Peter Townshend's musical "Tommy" premieres in NYC

  • 1997 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win

Music releaseAlbum Release

2016 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO


Birthdays in Music

  • 1464 Robert Fayrfax, English court composer, born in Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire (d. 1521)
  • 1623 Jan Adam Reincken, composer
  • 1649 Andreas Kneller, composer
  • 1715 Johann Friedrich Doles, composer
  • 1735 Ildephons Haas, composer
  • 1747 Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, composer
  • 1756 Alexander Reinagle, composer
  • 1809 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, composer
  • 1812 Louis-Antoine Julien, conductor
  • 1821 Pierre Dupont, song writer
  • 1872 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (d. 1951)
  • 1877 Arthur Farwell, composer
  • 1882 Albert Coates, conductor/composer (Eagle), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1890 Donald Nichols Tweedy, composer
  • 1891 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), born in Sontsovka, Ukraine (d. 1953)
  • 1894 Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (d. 1955)
  • 1900 Ary Verhaar, Dutch composer
  • 1900 Henry Barraud, composer
  • 1904 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice, More than a Miracle), born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Frederick Hawkins, dancer
  • 1913 Jan Meyerowitz, composer
  • 1919 Talivaldis Kenins, composer
  • 1919 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Louis Barron, composer
  • 1923 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer
  • 1924 Arthur Frackenpohl, Irving NJ, composer (Natural Superiority of Music)
  • 1927 Russell Smith, composer
  • 1935 Bunky Green, American musician
  • 1936 Roy Orbison, rock musician (Pretty Woman), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1939 Ray Peterson, singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1941 Jacqueline Boyer, French singer
  • 1943 Hugh Davies, English composer, born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Saskia, [Trudy van den Berg], singer (S & Serge, Spinning Wheel)
  • 1947 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull-Thick as a Brick), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • 1952 Narada, [Michael Walden], Mich, rocker (Don't Want Nobody Else)
  • 1957 Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
  • 1958 Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer
  • 1960 Steve Clark, Hillsborough England, rock guitarist (Def Leppard)
  • 1964 Gen, [Simon Matthews], English pop drummer (Jesus Jones-Zeroes & Ones)
  • 1967 Brent Muscat, rocker (Faster Pussycat-Wake Me When It's Over)
  • 1970 Dennis Bayne Culp, American singer/songwriter
  • 1972 Patricia Manterola, Mexican singer
  • 1974 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol)
  • 1975 Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
  • 1977 John Cena, American professional wrestler, rapper and actor (The Marine), born in West Newbury, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Barry Fratelli, Scottish bassist (The Fratellis)
  • 1979 Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)
  • 1982 Taio Cruz, London/English R&B, Pop, Hip Hop singer

Weddings in Music

  • 2006 "Rascal Flatts" guitarist Joe Don Rooney (30) weds Playboy's 2005 Playmate of The Year Tiffany Fallon (31) in an intimate ceremony held on the beach at San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Deaths in Music

  • 1670 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, dies at 69
  • 1691 Jean-Henri D'Anglebert, composer, dies
  • 1728 Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco, composer, dies at 83
  • 1732 Cajetan Kolberer, composer, dies at 63
  • 1742 Mihael Omerza, Slovenian composer, dies at 62
  • 1762 Johann Samuel Endler, composer, dies at 67
  • 1812 Franz Sebastian Haindl, composer, dies at 85
  • 1847 Erik Gustaf Geijer, composer, dies at 64
  • 1885 William Henry Holmes, composer, dies at 73
  • 1897 Clement Harris, English composer, killed fighting in the Greco-Turkish war at 25
  • 1905 Karel Komzák II, Viennese composer, dies at 54
  • 1946 Jesus Castillo, Guatemalan composer, dies at 68
  • 1952 Elisabeth Schumann, singer, dies
  • 1957 William Orlamond, Danish actor (Flesh and the Devil, The Wind), dies at 89
  • 1969 Krzystzof Komeda, composer, dies at 37
  • 1984 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1986 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American composer (Over the Rainbow), murdered at 81
  • 1991 Johnny Thunders, American musician (b. 1952)
  • 1995 Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1996 Leonard Kuntstat, blues discographer, dies at 70
  • 2011 Tom King, American songwriter and musician (b. 1943)