On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 26

Events in Music

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1835 Frederic Chopin's "Grand Polonaise Brillante" premieres in Paris

Composer Frederic Chopin
Frederic Chopin
  • 1855 Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy

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1936 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 4th Symphony

  • 1947 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
  • 1965 Charles Ives' 4th Symphony premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York, 11 years after the composer's death
  • 1967 "Hallelujah, Baby!" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 293 performances
  • 1969 "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
  • 1969 "George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances
  • 1970 "Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 690 performances
  • 1973 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" musical opens in London
  • 1981 "Copperfield" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances

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1982 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • 1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" closes at Ambassador NYC after 13 performances
  • 1990 "Accomplice" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1992 "Grand Hotel" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,018 performances
  • 1992 "Jelly's Last Jam" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • 1992 "Master Builder" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1992 "Metro" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1993 "Shakespeare for My Father" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 266 performances
  • 1997 "Life" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC

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2013 Cory Monteith is reported to have completed treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility

Actor & Musician Cory Monteith
Actor & Musician
Cory Monteith

Birthdays in Music

  • 1567 Nicolas Formé, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1638)
  • 1603 Francesco Nigetti, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1681)
  • 1796 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1859)
  • 1806 Karl Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, German composer, born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1872)
  • 1822 Jan Albert van Eijken, Dutch composer and organist, born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1868)
  • 1834 Horatio Richmond Palmer, American composer and choir director, born in Sherburne, New York (d. 1907)
  • 1880 Mikhail Fokine, Russian choreographer and founder of modern dance, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1886 Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett], American singer "Mother of the Blues", born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1939)
  • 1910 Erland von Koch, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 2009)
  • 1910 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, born in Sternberg, Moravia (d. 1969)
  • 1914 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer and guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Arnoldus van Wyk, South African composer, born in Calvinia, Cape Province (d. 1983)
  • 1920 Padu del Caribe ["Father of the Caribbean," born Juan Chabaya Lampe], Aruban pianist and composer who wrote "Aruba Dushi Tera" - Aruba's national anthem, is born
  • 1921 James "Jimmy" Giuffre, American jazz musician, composer, and arranger, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1922 Paul-André Gaillard, Swiss composer, born in Veytaux, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Jørgen Ingmann, Danish jazz guitarist (Apache, Dansevise), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Oldřich František Korte, Czech composer, born in Šaľa, Slovakia (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), born in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Duane Eddy, American guitarist (Peter Gunn, Cannonball), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1938 Maurice Williams, American rocker (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Giorgio Moroder, Italian producer, singer and songwriter (Cat People, Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • 1941 John Mitchell, American classical composer, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1942 Bobby Rydell, American rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Gary Wright, American singer (Spooky Tooth-It's All About), born in Cresskill, New Jersey
  • 1945 Michael "Mike" Finnigan, American keyboard player and vocalist, born in Troy, Ohio
  • 1949 Jimmy Hall, American rocker (Wet Willie), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1950 Peter Schaufuss, Danish dancer and director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1950 L. Shankar [Lakshminarayana Shankar], Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer, born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1959 John Corabi, American musician (Mötley Crüe), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Grahame "Skin" Skinner, Scottish rocker (Hipsway), born in Glasgow
  • 1962 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 T-Boz [Tionne Watkins], American singer (TLC), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1970 Shane Evans, American musician (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • 1971 Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1975 Joey Jordison, American musician (Slipknot), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1975 Nerina Pallot, British singer (Sophia), born in London
  • 1978 Avant [Myron Lavell Avant], American R&B singer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979 Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1979 Ariane Moffatt, Canadian singer (Aquanaute -La barricade, Dans un océan), born in Saint-Romuald, Quebec, Canada
  • 1981 Ms. Dynamite [Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley] English musician, born in Archway, North London
  • 1981 Caro Emerald [Caroline van der Leeuw], Dutch singer (On a Night Like This), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1982 Jon Lee, English actor and singer (S Club 7), born in Ipplepen, Devon
  • 1984 Mija Martina, Bosnian singer (Eurovision 2019- Ne Brini), born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1985 Nam Gyu-Ri, Korean singer (member of See Ya), born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Music

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1992 Rapper and record producer Ice Cube (22) weds Kimberly Woodruff

Rapper Ice Cube
Ice Cube

Deaths in Music

  • 1648 Christophe Thomas Walliser, French composer, dies at 79
  • 1703 Georg Christoph Leuttner, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1785 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, German composer, dies at 40
  • 1827 Bernardo Ottani, Italian composer, dies at 90
  • 1865 Charles J Sax, Belgium musician & father of Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone, dies at 74
  • 1907 Pietro Platania, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1922 Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, dies at 84
  • 1924 Josef Labor, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • 1951 John Alden Carpenter, American composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75
  • 1965 Aaron Avshalomov, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 70
  • 1972 Margaret Bonds, American composer & pianist, dies at 59
  • 1983 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer & Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • 1984 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician & bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1991 Carmine Coppola, American composer & conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • 1991 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), dies at 86
  • 1991 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • 1994 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, dies at 67
  • 1997 Gene Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1999 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound), dies at 41
  • 2011 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), dies at 60
  • 2013 George Jones, American country musician (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me), dies from hypoxic respiratory failure at 81
  • 2018 Charles Neville, American vocalist & saxophonist (Neville Brothers), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79