On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 25

Events in Music

  • 1792 "La Marseillaise", later the national anthem of France, is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg
  • 1896 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire at Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • 1896 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical "The Geisha" premieres at Daly's Theatre, London; runs for 760 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1956 Noël Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1985 Roger Miller's musical "Big River" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller

Music awardsMusic Awards

1990 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Clint Black, and Kathy Mattea win

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • 1991 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical "Secret Garden", based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, starring Daisy Eagan and Mandy Patinkin, opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances
  • 1991 "Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances
  • 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, Italian composer, born in Reggio Emilia, Italy (d. 1635)
  • 1614 Marc'Antonio Pasqualini, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1691)
  • 1666 Johann Heinrich Buttstett, German composer, born in Bindersleben, Germany (d. 1727)
  • 1690 Gottlieb Theophil Muffat, German composer, born in Passau, Germany (d. 1770)
  • 1723 Giovanni Marco Rutini, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1797)
  • 1730 Fedele Fenaroli, Italian composer, born in Lanciano, Italy (d. 1818)
  • 1818 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, Polish guitarist and composer, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine (d. 1883)
  • 1837 William Charles Levey, Irish conductor and composer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1894)
  • 1841 Pauline Lucca, Austrian operatic soprano, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1908)
  • 1869 Karl Prohaska, Austrian composer, born in Mödling, Austria (d. 1927)
  • 1876 Rubén M. Campos, Mexican novelist (Claudio Oranos) and musicologist (El folklore y la musica mexicana), born in Ciudad Manuel Doblado, Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1945)
  • 1897 Haro Levoni Step'anian, Armenian composer, born in Ganja, Azerbaijan (d. 1966)
  • 1901 Ernst Gernot Klussmann, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, Norwegian composer, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, Russian composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1979)
  • 1909 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, born in Chrudim, Czech Republic (d. 1960)
  • 1913 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • 1916 Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Mexican pianist, conductor (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, 1954-72), and composer, born in Mexico City (d. 2014)

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

1917 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1918 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Heinz Wunderlich, German organist and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer ("Born Under A Bad Sign"; "That's What The Blues Is About"), born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Melissa Hayden, Canadian ballerina (1961 Silver Bowl), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Erzsébet Szőnyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Franco Mannino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Paul Walter Fürst, Austrian musician and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Ernst Widmer, Swiss-Brazilian composer, born in Aarau, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • 1933 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller - "Hound Dog"; "JAilhouse Rock"; "Is That All There Is?"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • 1940 O. B. McClinton, American country singer ("Keep Your Arms Around Me"), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • 1942 John Martin Dalby, Scottish composer, born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1945 Björn Ulvaeus, Swedish songwriter, producer and singer (ABBA), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1945 Michael Kogel, German musician, born in Berlin
  • 1945 Stu Cook, American rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Proud Mary"; "Fortunate Son"), born in Oakland, California
  • 1946 Digby Fairweather, British jazz trumpeter, born in Rochford, Essex, England
  • 1947 Bill Fontana, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1949 Watermelon Slim [William Homans], American blues musician (The Wheel Man), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Michael Brown, American musician and songwriter (Don't Walk Away Renee), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Steve Ferrone, English rock drummer (Average White Band), born in Brighton, England
  • 1952 Cory Daye, American dance music vocalist, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1952 Ketil Bjørnstad, Norwegian pianist, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1953 Zeriiya Zekkariyas [Linda Womack (née Cooke)], American soul songwriter and singer (Womack & Womack -"Teardrops"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Rob Crosby, American country singer ("She's a Natural"), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1958 Fish [Derek William Dick], Scottish vocalist (Marillion - "Sugar Mice"), born in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
  • 1959 Billy Rankin, Scottish rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1964 Andy Bell, English rocker (Erasure - "Oh L'Amour"), born in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, England
  • 1965 Eric Avery, American musician (Jane's Addiction, Deconstruction, Polar Bear), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Sara Baras, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain
  • 1973 Fredrik Larzon, Swedish drummer (Millencolin), born in Örebro, Sweden
  • 1975 Ruben Gomez, American rocker (Menudo-Cannonball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1977 Paavo Siljamäki, Finnish musician (Above & Beyond)
  • 1977 Constantinos Christoforou, Cypriot singer ("O, ti m'afora"), born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • 1977 Matthew West, American Christian musician and singer ("Happy"), born in Downers Grove, Illinois

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, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1800 William Cowper, English pre-romantic poet (Olney Hymns), dies at 68
  • 1808 Luigi Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1906 John Knowles Paine, American composer (Symphony No. 2 - In Spring), dies at 67
  • 1915 Nicola d' Arienzo, Italian composer, and pedagogue, dies at 72
  • 1925 George Stephănescu, Romanian composer, dies at 81
  • 1939 John Foulds, British cellist, musicologist, and composer (World Requiem; Three Mantras), dies in Calcutta of cholera at 58
  • 1951 Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 47
  • 1960 Ilmari Krohn, Finnish composer, dies at 92
  • 1971 Max Drischner, German organist, harpsichordist, kantor, and composer, dies at 80
  • 1974 Pam Courson (27), long-term companion of Door's vocalist Jim Morrison, dies of heroin overdose
  • 1975 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • 1988 Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
  • 1988 Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter, sister of Aretha, dies of cancer at 43
  • 1990 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), dies of kidney failure at 67
  • 1992 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1992 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese pop musician dies of pulmonary edema at 26

Person of interestGinger Rogers

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
  • 1999 Roger Troutman, American funk musician (Zapp), dies during his brother's apparent murder-suicide at 47
  • 2000 Neils Viggo Bentzon, Danish pianist and composer (The Tempered Piano), dies at 80
  • 2002 Left Eye [Lisa Lopes], American singer (TLC), dies in a car crash at 30
  • 2007 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter ("Monster Mash"), dies from leukemia at 69
  • 2008 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), dies at 86
  • 2009 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude; The Golden Girls), dies at 86
  • 2016 Mei Baojiu, Chinese opera performer and director (Mei Lanfang Peking Opera), dies at 82
  • 2021 Rajan Mishra, Indian classical music vocalist, dies of Covid-19 complications at 69