On This Day

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
  • 1939 1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin
  • 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
  • 1960 1st performance of Ferde Grofe's "San Francisco Suite"
  • 1961 "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 216 performances
  • 1963 Jerry Bock and S. 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, born in Harley Street, St Marylebone, London (d. 1951)
  • 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, born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1948)
  • 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 (Natural Superiority of Music), born in Irvington, New Jersey
  • 1927 Russell Smith, American composer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Bunky Green, American jazz musician, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1936 Roy Orbison, American rock musician (Pretty Woman), 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, French 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-Thick as a Brick), 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), born in Jarrow, County Durham, England
  • 1952 Narada Michael Walden, American rocker (Don't Want Nobody Else), 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], English pop drummer (Jesus Jones-Zeroes & Ones), born in Wiltshire, England
  • 1967 Brent Muscat, American hard rock musician (Faster Pussycat- Wake Me When It's Over), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1968 Charles Stanton "Stan" Frazier, American musician, record producer, songwriter and restauranteur (Sugar Ray), 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)

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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, Scottish bassist (The Fratellis), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1979 Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer and songwriter (The Rasmus), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1982 Taio Cruz, English singer and record producer, born in London
  • 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, 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, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1812 Franz Sebastian Haindl, composer, dies at 85
  • 1847 Erik Gustaf Geijer, 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 Jesus Castillo, Guatemalan composer, dies at 68
  • 1952 Elisabeth Schumann, singer, dies
  • 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
  • 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 [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer & guitarist, dies at 66
  • 2011 Tom King, American songwriter & musician, dies at 68
  • 2012 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 65
  • 2014 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor & composer (Sinfonia Notturna), dies at 85