On This Day in Music for April 24

Events in Music

  • 1823 Eugene Scribes opera "Le Menteur Veridique" premieres in Paris
  • 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
  • 1979 Musical film "Rock 'n' Roll High School" featuring the Ramones is released
  • 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
Singer
Shania Twain
  • 1997 "Steel Peer" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1538 Gugliemo Gonzaga, composer
  • 1594 Benedikt Lechler, composer
  • 1670 Christian Ludwig Boxberg, composer
  • 1706 Giovanni Battista Martini, composer
  • 1721 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, baptised in Saalfeld, Germany (d. 1783
  • 1742 Roman Hoffstetter, composer
  • 1875 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, born in Szeged (d. 1960)
  • 1877 Charles Cuvillier, composer
  • 1897 Gyorgy Kosa, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1984)
  • 1907 Vaclav Trojan, composer
  • 1911 Sigursveinn David Kristinsson, composer
  • 1921 Laci Boldemann, composer
  • 1924 Yehoshua Lakner, composer
  • 1924 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor and singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Gustav Krivinka, composer
  • 1929 Ferit Tuzun, Turkish composer, born in Istanbul
  • 1930 Jerome Callet, American musician
  • 1933 Freddie Scott, US songwriter and singer (Cry to Me)
  • 1937 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2001)
  • 1941 John Williams, Australian guitarist (Acad Award), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Person of interestBarbra Streisand

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

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1943 Richard Sterban, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1944 [Bernard] St Clair Lee [Calhoun], US singer (Rock the Boat)
  • 1944 Tony Visconti, US music producer (David Bowie's Space Oddity), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Doug Clifford, rock drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary)
  • 1945 Eugene O'Brien, American composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1945 Robert Knight, American singer (Everlasting Love), born in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 1945 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1946 Bruce Stuart Saylor, composer
  • 1946 Dick Rivers, French singer and actor
  • 1947 Hubert Ann Kelly, US singer (Hues Corporation/Rock the boat)
  • 1949 Véronique Sanson, French singer and songwriter
  • 1953 Porter Carroll Jr, drummer (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1954 Captain Sensible, [Ray Burns], English rock bassist (Women & Captains 1st), born in London
  • 1954 Jack Blades, rock bassist (Damn Yankees-Coming of Age, Night Ranger)
  • 1957 David J, British musician
  • 1957 Boris Williams, British musician
  • 1958 Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1963 Billy Gould, rock bassist (Faith No More), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Joey Vera, heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint-Aftermath)
  • 1963 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2010)
  • 1963 Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian musician
  • 1968 Aaron Comes, rocker (Spin Doctors)
  • 1971 Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian guitarist and singer
  • 1974 Joseph Bruce, American rapper
  • 1974 Brian Marshall, American bassist

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 musician

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1988 Musician Mick Fleetwood (40) weds model Sara Recor

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
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

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Deaths in Music

  • 1758 Florian Wrastill, composer, dies at 41
  • 1776 Giuseppi Paolucci, composer, dies at 49
  • 1827 Pierre Joseph Candielle, composer, dies at 82
  • 1848 Francois van Campenhout, Belgian composer (Brabanconne), dies at 69
  • 1850 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, 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, composer, dies at 53
  • 1928 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1935 Paul Klengel, composer, 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 Marua Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • 1959 Jef van Hoof, 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