On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 23

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1775 Opera "Il Ré Pastore" (The Shepherd King) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is first produced in Salzburg

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1881 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" premieres at The Opera Comique, London
  • 1925 1st London performance of Franz Lehár’s operetta "Frasquita" staged

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1939 1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1940 Dance hall fires kills 198 in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1955 Robert Wright and George Forrest's musical "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances
  • 1958 Robert Kurka's "The Good Soldier Schweik", with libretto written by Abe Meeropol, premieres at the New York City Opera
  • 1959 "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • 1961 "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 216 performances
  • 1963 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances

Music releaseTheater Premiere

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

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • 1965 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" single released by the Four Tops (Billboard Song of the Year 1965)
  • 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 releaseMusic Single

2001 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

Music releaseAlbum Release

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


Birthdays in Music

  • 1464 Robert Fayrfax, English Renaissance composer (Courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII), born in Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire (d. 1521)
  • 1623 Jan Adam Reincken, Dutch-German composer, born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1722)
  • 1649 Andreas Kneller, German composer, born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1724)
  • 1715 Johann Friedrich Doles, German composer, pupil of J. S. Bach, born in Steinbach-Hallenberg, Germany (d. 1797)
  • 1735 Ildephons Haas, German composer, born in Offenburg, Germany (d. 1791)
  • 1747 Abbé Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, French composer and painter, born in Paris (d. 1828)
  • 1756 Alexander Reinagle, English-American composer, born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1809)
  • 1809 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1872)
  • 1812 Louis-Antoine Jullien, French conductor, born in Sisteron, France (d. 1860)
  • 1821 Pierre Dupont, French songwriter, born in Lyon, France (d. 1870)
  • 1872 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (harpsichord and clavichord), born in Harley Street, St Marylebone, London (d. 1948)
  • 1877 Arthur Farwell, American composer, born in St Paul, Minnesota (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Albert Coates, English conductor and composer (Eagle), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1890 Donald Tweedy, American composer, and educator, born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1948)
  • 1891 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf; Alexander Nevsky), born in Sontsovka, Russian Empire (now Sontsivka, Ukraine) (d. 1953)
  • 1894 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 1955)
  • 1900 Ary Verhaar, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Henry Barraud, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1997)
  • 1904 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice; More than a Miracle), born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Frederick Hawkins, American dancer and choreographer, born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Jan Meyerowitz, German-American composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1919 Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Canadian composer, born in Liepāja, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • 1919 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, South African singer (Manhattan Brothers) and actor
  • 1924 Arthur Frackenpohl, American composer, arranger, and pedagogue (Natural Superiority of Music), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz and session drummer, and bandleader, born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Russell Smith, American composer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Len Barnard, Australian jazz drummer ("The Naked Dance"; Galapagos Duck), born in Melbourne Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Vernice "Bunky" Green, American jazz saxophonist (Healing The Pain), and educator, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935 Milton Banana [Antônio de Souza], Brazilian bossa nova jazz drummer (João Gilberto and Stan Getz), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Roy Orbison, American rock singer ("Pretty Woman"; "Only The Lonely"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1939 Ray Peterson, American singer ("Tell Laura I Love Her"), born in Denton, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1939 Patrick Williams, American composer, arranger, and conductor, born in Bonne Terre, Missouri
  • 1941 Jacqueline Boyer [Eliane Ducos], French pop singer ("Tom Pillibi"), born in Paris
  • 1943 Hugh Davies, English composer, born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Saskia [Trudy van den Berg], Dutch singer (S & Serge; Spinning Wheel), born in Grootebroek, North Holland
  • 1947 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull, 1967-70; Wild Turkey), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • 1947 Alan Broadbent, New Zealand jazz pianist (Developing Story), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1949 John Miles, British vocalist and musician (John Miles Band - "Rebel"; "Zaragon"; Alan Parsons Project), born in Jarrow, County Durham, England
  • 1952 Narada Michael Walden, American rock, R&B, and jazz fusion musician and producer ("I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance with You)"; Divine Emotions"), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1957 Kenji Kawai, Japanese film score composer, born in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1958 Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1960 Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), born in Hillsborough, England (d. 1991)
  • 1964 Gen [Simon Matthews], British pop drummer (Jesus Jones - "Right Here, Right Now"), born in Wiltshire, England
  • 1967 Brent Muscat, American hard rock musician (Faster Pussycat - "Wake Me When It's Over"), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1968 Stan Frazier, American drummer, record producer, and singer- songwriter (Sugar Ray, 1986-2012 - "Every Morning", born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1970 Dennis Culp, American singer and songwriter, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1972 Patricia Manterola, Mexican singer and actress (Apuesta por un Amor), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1974 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol), born in Queens, New York
  • 1975 Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
  • 1976 Aaron Dessner, American songwriter, musician and producer (The National),

Person of interestJohn Cena

1977 John Cena, American professional wrestler, rapper and actor (The Marine), born in West Newbury, Massachusetts

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena
  • 1979 Barry Fratelli [Wallace], Scottish rock bassist (The Fratellis - Costello Music; Here We Stand), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1979 Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer and songwriter (The Rasmus), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1980 Taio Cruz [Adetayo Onile-Ere], British singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer ("Break Your Heart"), born in Brent, England
  • 1996 Josh Kiszka, American vocalist (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • 1996 Jake Kiszka, American guitarist (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan

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, French composer, harpsichordist and organist, dies at 62
  • 1728 Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco, Spanish composer based in Peru, dies at 83
  • 1732 Cajetan Kolberer, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1742 Mihael Omerza, Slovenian composer, dies at 62
  • 1762 Johann Samuel Endler, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1812 Franz Sebastian Haindl, German composer and violinist, dies at 85
  • 1847 Erik Gustaf Geijer, Swedish writer and composer, dies at 64
  • 1885 William Henry Holmes, English 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 Jesús Castillo, Guatemalan composer (Quiché Vinak), dies at 68
  • 1952 Elisabeth Schumann, German soprano, dies at 63
  • 1969 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), dies of head injuries as the result of a fall at 37
  • 1979 Doug Rauch, American rock and jazz-fusion bassist (Santana, 1972-74), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • 1984 (William) "Red" Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1984 Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington), and composer ("Caravan"; "Perdido"), dies at 84
  • 1986 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American composer ("Over the Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"; "Stormy Weather"), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1991 Johnny Thunders [Genzale], American punk rock guitarist (New York Dolls), dies from a combination of leukemia and drug abuse at 38
  • 1993 Daniel Jones, Welsh composer, dies at 80
  • 1995 Lonesome Sundown [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer & guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1999 Melba Liston, American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer, dies at 73
  • 2005 Robert Farnon, Canadian classical and light music composer and conductor dies at 87
  • 2011 Tom King, American rock guitarist, songwriter, guitarist, and arranger (The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"), dies of congestive heart failure at 68
  • 2011 Peter Lieberson, American composer, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2012 Chris Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band; The Flying Burrito Brothers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 65
  • 2012 Tommy Marth, American rock saxophone player (the Killers, 2008-2010), dies of self-inflicted gunshot at 33
  • 2014 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor & composer (Sinfonia Notturna), dies at 85
  • 2014 Benjamín Brea, Spanish-Venezuelan jazz saxophonist, arranger and teacher, dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • 2014 Patric Standford, British composer (Taikayoku; Christus Requiem), dies at 75
  • 2021 Charlie Black, American country music songwriter (Anne Murray - "Shadows in the Moonlight"; K.T. Oslin - "Come Next Monday"), dies at 71