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

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1855 Composer Gioachino 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 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company", directed by Hal Prince, opens at Alvin Theater NYC; runs for 705 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards
  • 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 on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • 1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" closes at Ambassador NYC after 13 performances

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1988 1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • 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

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2021 Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototype trainers sell for a record $1.8 million in a private sale at Sotheby's

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West

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) Arnold van Wyk, South African concert pianist and composer (Nagmusiek - Night Music), born in Calvinia, Cape Province, Union of South Africa (d. 1983)
  • 1920 Padú del Caribe [Juan Chabaya Lampe], Aruban pianist and composer, known as the "Father of the Caribbean" ("Aruba Dushi Tera" - Aruba's national anthem), born in Oranjestad, Aruba, Kingdom of the Netherlandsborn
  • 1921 Jimmy Giuffre, American jazz clarinetist, composer, arranger, and proponent of "free improv" jazz, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Margaret Scott, South African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), born in Johannesburg, Union of 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)
  • 1925 Wilma Lipp, Austrian soprano (Vienna Opera, 1945-81; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - "Queen of the Night"), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 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 twangy guitarist ("Rebel Rouser"; Peter Gunn"; "Cannonball"), born in Corning, New York
  • 1938 Maurice Williams, American doo-wop singer, and songwriter (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs - "Stay"), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Giorgio Moroder, Italian record producer, and film score composer (Cat People; Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • 1941 John Mitchell, American classical composer, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1942 Bobby Rydell [Ridarelli], American pop singer ("Wild One"), and actor (Bye Bye Birdie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Gary Wright, American singer (Spooky Tooth - It's All About; solo - "Dream Weaver"), born in Cresskill, New Jersey
  • 1945 Mike Finnigan, American session and touring rock, jazz, and blues Hammond B3 organ and 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 (Lakshminarayana) "L." Shankar, Indian rock, jazz and Indian classical violinist, singer and composer (Shakti; Frank Zappa; Peter Gabriel), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1957 Rosa Briceño, Venezuelan conductor, and educator, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2018)
  • 1959 John Corabi, American hard rock guitarist and singer (Mötley Crüe, 1992-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1961 Chris Mars, American drummer (The Replacements, 1979-90), and painter, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 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
  • 1967 Darrin Mooney, British session drummer (Primal Scream; Gary Moore), born in Merton, London
  • 1970 T-Boz [Tionne Watkins], American R&B-pop singer (TLC -"Waterfalls"; "No Scrubs"), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1970 Shane Evans, American drummer (Collective Soul, 1992-2005 - "Shine"; "The World I Know"), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • 1971 Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts - "I Melt"), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1975 Joey Jordison, American drummer (Slipknot, 1995-2013 - "All Hope Is Gone"), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1975 Nerina Pallot, British pop-rock singer-songwriter ("Sophia"; "Everybody's Gone To War"), born in London
  • 1976 José Pasillas, American drummer (Incubus - "Meglomaniac"; "Drive"), born in Calabasas, California
  • 1978 (Myron) Avant, American R&B singer ("Separated"; "Read Your Mind"), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979 Janne Wirman, Finnish progressive metal keyboardist (Children of Bodom), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1979 Ariane Moffatt, Canadian singer (Aquanaute - "La barricade"; "Dans un océan"), born in Saint-Romuald, Quebec
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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 (The Ballad of the Brown King), pianist, arranger, and teacher, 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 and 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
  • 2004 Claude "Fiddler" Williams, American jazz violinist and guitarist (Twelve Clouds of Joy; Count Basie), dies at 96
  • 2011 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter ("Poetry Man"), dies at 60
  • 2013 George Jones, American country singer-songwriter ("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
  • 2021 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), dies at 91 [1] [2]