On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 24

Events in Music

  • 1801 1st performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Jahreszeiten"
  • 1823 Eugene Scribes opera "Le Menteur Veridique" premieres in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946 One-act ballet "Symphonic Variations" choreographed by Frederick Ashton with music by César Franck danced by Sandler's Wells Ballet debuts at Covent Garden, London

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Frederick Ashton
  • 1950 "Peter Pan" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • 1959 Neth Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)
  • 1965 "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" closes at John Golden NYC after 192 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1982 27th Eurovision Song Contest: Nicole for Germany wins singing "Ein bißchen Frieden" in Harrogate
  • 1983 "Show Boat" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1992 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 1994 "Broken Glass" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • 1994 "Flowering Peach" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 1996 "Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore" opens at Belasco for 12 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1996 31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless win

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • 1997 "Steel Peer" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • 2018 Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time according to IFPI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Ed Sheeran's "÷" is the best-selling album of 2017, selling 6.1 million copies, according to IFPI

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

Birthdays in Music

  • 1594 Benedikt Lechler, German composer, born in Füssen, Germany (d. 1659)
  • 1670 Christian Ludwig Boxberg, German composer, born in Sondershausen, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1729)
  • 1706 Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian Conventual Franciscan friar and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1784)
  • 1721 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, baptised in Saalfeld, Germany (d. 1783)
  • 1742 Roman Hoffstetter, German classical composer, born in Weikersheim, Germany (d. 1815)
  • 1875 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, born in Szeged, Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 1877 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), born in Paris (d. 1955)
  • 1897 György Kósa, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1984)
  • 1907 Václav Trojan, Czech composer, born in Plzeň, Czech Republic (d. 1983)
  • 1921 Laci Boldemann, Swedish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1969)
  • 1924 Yehoshua Lakner, composer, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor and singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Gustav Krivinka, Czech composer, born in Doubravice nad Svitavou, Czech Republic (d. 1990)
  • 1928 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Ferit Tuzun, Turkish composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1977)
  • 1929 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, born in Gajanur, Madras, India (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter (Cry to Me), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1941 John Williams, Australian classical guitarist, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Person of interestBarbra Streisand

1942 Barbra Streisand, American singer, actress and award winner (People), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1943 Richard Sterban, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1944 St. Clair Lee, American singer (Rock the Boat), born in California
  • 1944 Tony Visconti, American music producer (Blackstar, Low, "Heroes"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Doug Clifford, American rock drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1945 Eugene O'Brien, American composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1945 Robert Knight, American singer (Everlasting Love), born in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 1946 Bruce Stuart Saylor, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, born in Nice, France (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Ann Kelly, American singer (Hues Corporation Rock the boat), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • 1949 Véronique Sanson, French singer and songwriter, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris
  • 1954 Captain Sensible [Ray Burns], English rock bassist (Women & Captains 1st), born in Balham, London
  • 1954 Jack Blades, American rock bassist (Damn Yankees-Coming of Age, Night Ranger), born in Palm Desert, California
  • 1957 David J, British alternative rock musician, born in Northampton, England
  • 1957 Boris Williams, English drummer (The Cure), born in Versailles, France
  • 1958 Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer, born in Moscow
  • 1963 Billy Gould, American rock bassist (Faith No More), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Joey Vera, American heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint-Aftermath), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2010)
  • 1963 Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian punk rock musician, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1971 Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian guitarist and singer, born in Koersel, Belgium
  • 1974 Brian Marshall, American bassist and co-founder of rock band (Creed), born in Jackson, Mississippi

Person of interestKelly Clarkson

1982 Kelly Clarkson, American singer and winner of the inaugural season of TV series American Idol, born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • 1984 Tyson Ritter, American singer and songwriter (The All-American Rejects), born in Stillwater, Oklahoma

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1988 Musician Mick Fleetwood (40) weds model Sara Recor

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood

LoveWedding of Interest

1992 Rock star David Bowie (45) weds supermodel Iman (37) in Switzerland

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 Recording artist and the most-awarded female act of all-time Whitney Houston (43) divorces R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1758 Florian Wrastill, composer, dies at 41
  • 1776 Giuseppi Paolucci, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • 1827 Pierre-Joseph Candeille, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1848 Francois van Campenhout, Belgian composer (Brabanconne), dies at 69
  • 1850 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, Italian-French composer, dies at 70
  • 1855 Walenty Karol Kratzer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1875 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer, dies at 58
  • 1922 Richard Batka, Austrian music critic and composer, dies at 53
  • 1928 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1935 Paul Klengel, German pianist, violinist, composer and educator, dies at 80
  • 1936 Alphons Diepenbrock, composer, dies at 73
  • 1936 Bernard van Dieren, composer, dies at 51
  • 1939 John Foulds, English composer, dies at 58
  • 1945 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, dies at 61
  • 1948 Joseph Wihtol, composer, dies at 84
  • 1948 Manuel Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • 1948 Jāzeps Vītols, Latvian composer, dies at 84
  • 1959 Jef van Hoof, Flemish composer, dies at 72
  • 1975 Pete Ham, rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide by hanging himself at 27
  • 1998 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • 2001 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), dies at 85
  • 2016 Papa Wemba, Congolese singer, dies at 66
  • 2016 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), dies at 81
  • 2019 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, dies at 74
  • 2020 Harold Reid, American singer (Statler Brothers), dies at 80