On This Day in Music for April 25

Events in Music

  • 1896 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire at Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • 1896 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1926 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1956 Noel Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London
  • 1961 "Young Abe Lincoln" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 27 performances
  • 1968 "Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • 1970 "Park" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1985 "Big River" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1985 Roger Miller's musical "Big River" premieres in NYC

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1990 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Clint Black, and Kathy Mattea win
  • 1991 "Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances
  • 1991 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1992 "Shimada" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1993 "Blood Brothers" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 839 performances
  • 1995 "Month in the Country" opens at Roundabout Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • 1996 "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1567 Aurelio Signoretti, composer
  • 1614 Marc'Antonio Pasqualini, composer
  • 1666 Johann Heinrich Buttstett, composer
  • 1690 Gottlieb Theophil Muffat, composer
  • 1723 Giovanni Marco Rutini, composer
  • 1730 Fedele Fenaroli, composer
  • 1818 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, composer
  • 1837 William Charles Levey, composer
  • 1841 Pauline Lucca, soprano
  • 1869 Karl Prohaska, composer
  • 1876 Ruben Marcos Campos, composer
  • 1897 Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer
  • 1901 Ernst Gernot Klussmann, composer
  • 1903 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, composer
  • 1906 Zoltan Gardonyi, composer
  • 1907 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer
  • 1909 Jaroslav Doubrava, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1918 Astrid Varnay, soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1919 Heinz Wunderlich, composer
  • 1923 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive), born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Erzsebet Szonyi, composer
  • 1924 Franco Mannino, composer
  • 1926 Paul Walter Furst, composer
  • 1927 Ernst Widmer, composer
  • 1933 Jerry Leiber, songwriter (Leiber & Stoller)
  • 1940 O B McClinton, [Burnett], country singer (Keep your arms around me)
  • 1941 Chris Augustine, rocker (Every Mother's Son)
  • 1942 John Martin Dalby, composer
  • 1945 Bjorn Ulvaeus, rock vocalist/guitarist (ABBA-Waterloo, Dancing Queen)
  • 1945 Michael Kogel, German musician, born in Berlin
  • 1945 Stu Cook, rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary)
  • 1946 Digby Fairweather, jazz trumpeter
  • 1947 Bill Fontana, composer
  • 1949 Michael Brown, American musician and songwriter, (Don't Walk Away Renee), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Steve Ferrone, Sussex, rock drummer (Average White Band)
  • 1952 Cory Day, rock vocalist, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1952 Ketil Bjørnstad, Norwegian pianist
  • 1954 Rob Crosby, Sumter SC, country singer (She's a Natural)
  • 1958 Fish, [Derek William Dick], Scottish vocalist (Marillion-Sugar Mice)
  • 1959 Billy Rankin, rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1964 Andy Bell, rocker (Erasure-Oh L'Amour)
  • 1965 Eric Avery, American musician (Jane's Addiction, Deconstruction, Polar Bear)
  • 1970 Tionne Watkins, American singer
  • 1973 Fredrik Larzon, Swedish drummer (Millencolin)
  • 1975 Ruben Gomez, rocker (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • 1977 Paavo Siljamäki, Finnish musician
  • 1977 Constantinos Christoforou, Cypriot singer
  • 1977 Matthew West, American Christian singer

Weddings in Music

  • 2009 TV personality Spencer Pratt (28) weds media personality and singer Heidi Montag (25) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena
  • 2015 Heart's lead singer Ann Wilson (64) weds multi-generational community developer Dean Wetter in her manager's California backyard

Deaths in Music

  • 1472 Leon Battista degli Alberti, scupltor/musician (Dinner Pieces), dies
  • 1663 Heinrich Pape, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 1792 Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Beckmann, composer, dies at 54
  • 1808 Alois Luigi Tomasini, composer, dies at 66
  • 1906 John Knowles Paine, US composer, dies at 67
  • 1915 Nicola d' Arienzo, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 George Stephanescu, composer, dies at 81
  • 1951 Jerzy Fitelberg, composer, dies at 47
  • 1960 Ilmari Henrik Reinhold Krohn, composer, dies at 92
  • 1971 Max Drischner, composer, dies at 80
  • 1975 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • 1988 Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
  • 1988 Carolyn Franklin, singer/songwriter/son of Aretha, dies at 43
  • 1990 Dexter Gordon, Jazz saxophonist, dies of kidney failure at 67
  • 1992 Brian Macleod, Canadian musician, dies of cancer at 39
  • 1992 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese rock artist, dies at 26 of pulmonary edema

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1995 Ginger Rogers, American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 2002 Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • 2007 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer and songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Humphrey Lyttelton, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • 2009 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress ("All in the Family", "The Golden Girls"), dies at 86