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
Composer
Frederic Chopin
  • 1855 Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy
  • 1936 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 4th Symphony
  • 1947 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
  • 1965 Ives' 4th Symphony premieres
  • 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
Singer
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-Matthieu Panseron, composer
  • 1806 Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, composer
  • 1822 Jan Albert van Eyken, composer/organist
  • 1834 Horatio Richmond Palmer, American composer and choir director, born in Sherburne, New York (d. 1907)
  • 1880 Mikhail Fokine, Russian choreographer/founder of modern dance
  • 1886 Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], "Mother of the Blues" American singer (d. 1939)
  • 1906 Leopold Spinner, composer
  • 1910 Erland von Koch, composer
  • 1910 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, born in Sternberg, Moravia (d. 1969)
  • 1914 Wilfred Howard Mellers, composer
  • 1915 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer
  • 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
  • 1920 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff, Call Me Madam, Dorothy), born in Zion, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1921 James "Jimmy" Giuffre, American jazz musician, composer, and arranger, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Paul-Andre Gaillard, composer
  • 1925 Jørgen Ingmann, Danish jazz guitarist (Apache, Dansevise), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Oldrich Frantisek Korte, composer
  • 1932 Francis Lai, French film music composer
  • 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, producer/singer/songwriter (Cat People, Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • 1941 John Mitchell, American composer
  • 1942 Bobby Rydell, rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Gary Wright, singer, dream weaver (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • 1945 Michael "Mike" Finnigan, American keyboard player and vocalist, born in Troy, Ohio
  • 1949 Jimmy Hall, rocker (Wet Willie)
  • 1950 Howard "Leon" Reeder, rock guitarist (Champaign)
  • 1950 Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
  • 1950 L. Shankar [Lakshminarayana Shankar], Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer, born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1959 John Corabi, American Musician
  • 1960 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Graham "Skin" Skinner, rocker (Hipsway)
  • 1962 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, American singer (TLC)
  • 1970 Shane Evans, American musician (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • 1971 Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts)
  • 1975 Nathan "Joey" Jordison, American musician (Slipknot)
  • 1975 Nerina Pallot, British singer
  • 1978 Avant [Myron Lavell Avant], American R&B singer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979 Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom)
  • 1979 Ariane Moffatt, Quebec singer and songwriter
  • 1981 Ms. Dynamite [Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley] English musician, born in Archway, North London
  • 1982 Jon Lee, English actor and singer (S Club 7), born in Ipplepen, Devon
  • 1984 Mija Martina, Bosnian singer
  • 1985 Nam Gyu-Ri, Korean singer, member of See Ya

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube

Deaths in Music

  • 1648 Christoph Thomas Walliser, composer, dies at 79
  • 1703 Georg Christoph Leuttner, composer, dies at 58
  • 1785 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, composer, dies at 40
  • 1827 Bernardo Ottani, composer, dies at 90
  • 1865 Charles J Sax, Belgium musician and 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, US composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75
  • 1965 Aaron Avshalomov, composer, dies at 70
  • 1972 Margaret A R Bonds, US pianist/composer/arranger, dies at 59
  • 1983 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • 1984 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician and bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1987 Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)
  • 1991 Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • 1991 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (b. 1904)
  • 1991 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • 1997 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1999 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound) (b. 1957)
  • 2013 George Jones, American country musician (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me), dies from hypoxic respiratory failure at 81
  • 2018 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79