On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 27

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1749 First performance of George Frideric Handel's "Music For The Royal Fireworks"in Green Park, London

Music releaseMusic Recording

1810 Ludwig van Beethoven composes his famous piano piece "Für Elise"

  • 1867 Opera "Romeo et Juliette" is produced in Paris
  • 1877 Opera "Le Roi de Lahore" is produced in Paris
  • 1950 "Tickets, Please" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances
  • 1952 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 15 performances

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1964 John Lennon's "In His Own Write" is published in US

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1965 "I'm Solomon" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 7 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1966 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Cello Concert

  • 1968 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
  • 1972 NYC Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
  • 1976 "So Long 174th St" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 16 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 George Harrison releases "Love Comes to Everyone"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Paul McCartney's solo rock band Wings disbands

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1986 "Sweet Charity" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 368 performances
  • 1989 "Starmites" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 1991 "Lucifer's Child" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 1992 "Small Family Business" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1994 "An Inspector Calls" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 454 performances
  • 1995 "Indiscretions" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • 1997 "Little Foxes" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
  • 1997 "Stanley" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC

Music releaseMusic Single

2014 Ariana Grande's first single from her second debut album, "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea, is released

Birthdays in Music

  • 1623 Johann Adam Reincken, German organist and composer, born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1722)
  • 1724 Ferdinand Philipp Joseph Lobkowitz, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1784)
  • 1767 Andreas Romberg, German violinist and composer (Song of the Clock), born in Vechta, Germany (d. 1821)
  • 1802 Louis Niedermeyer, composer, born in Nyon, Switzerland (d. 1861)
  • 1803 Alfred Julius Becher, Austrian journalist and composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1848)
  • 1812 Friedrich von Flotow, German composer, born in Teutendorf, Germany (d. 1883)
  • 1824 William Richard Bexfield, English composer, born in Norwich, England (d. 1853)
  • 1861 Georgy Catoire, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1926)
  • 1869 William Victor Harris, American composer, born in New York (d. 1943)
  • 1871 Arthur Nevin, American composer, born in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 1891 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), born in Sontsovka, Ukraine (d. 1953)
  • 1894 Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-American composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Philip Radcliffe, English composer, born in Godalming, Surrey (d. 1986)
  • 1916 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1964)
  • 1918 Kirby Stone, American jazz combo leader (Kirby Stone Four - Baubles Bangles & Beads), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1920 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, born in Novara, Italy (d. 1956)
  • 1922 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Igor Oistrach, Russian violinist, son of David Oistrach, born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1931 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1969)
  • 1931 Maxine Brown, American country music singer (Browns), born in Campti, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1932 François Bayle, French electronic music composer, born in Toamasina, Madagascar
  • 1932 Petar Ozgijan, Yugoslav composer, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1979)
  • 1936 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, born in Atherton, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Jerry Mercer, Canadian rock drummer (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1941 Friedrich Goldmann, German composer and conductor, born in Siegmar-Schönau, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1941 Judith Blegen, American opera singer (Papagena-Magic Flute), born in Missoula, Montana
  • 1942 James Lee "Jim" Keltner, American drummer, described as "the leading session drummer in America", born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1943 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 1996)
  • 1944 Cuba Gooding Sr., American singer (Everybody Plays the Fool), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Herb Pedersen, American singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1946 Gordon Haskell, British pop, rock and blues musician (Fleur De Lys; King Crimson, 1970; Harry's Bar), born in Verwood, Dorset, England (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Ann Peebles, American singer (I Can't Stand the Rain), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1947 Herbie Murrell, American soul singer (Stylistics-You are My Everything), born in Lane, South Carolina
  • 1947 Pete Ham, Welsh rock vocalist (Badfinger-Come & Get It), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1948 Kate Pierson, American vocalist and guitarist (B-52's-Rock Lobster, Love Shack), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • 1951 Paul "Ace" Frehley, American heavy metal guitarist (Kiss; Frehley's Comet), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1953 Arielle Dombasle, American-French singer and actress, born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • 1956 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1959 Marco Pirroni, rock guitarist (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • 1959 Sheena Easton [Shirley Orr], singer (Sugar Walls), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1959 Louis Lortie, French-Canadian concert pianist, born in Montreal
  • 1967 Tommy Smith, Scottish jazz musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1969 Mica Paris, British Rhythm & Blues singer (So Good), born in London
  • 1969 Darcey Bussell, British ballerina (Strictly Come Dancing), born in London
  • 1976 Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer and composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1979 Will Boyd, American bass guitarist (Evanescence), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1981 Fabrizio Faniello, Maltese singer, born in Floriana, Malta

Person of interestPatrick Stump

1984 Patrick Stump, American musician (Fall Out Boy), born in Evanston, Illinois

Musician Patrick Stump
Patrick Stump
  • 1984 Frank Carter, British musician (Gallows) and tattooist, born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1986 Elena Risteska, Macedonian singer and songwriter, born in Skopje, Macedonia
  • 1988 Lizzo [Melissa Jefferson], American rapper, born in Detroit, Michigan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1981 Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach [Goldbach]

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Actress Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2004 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry files for divorce from her second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, six months after the couple separated

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry

Deaths in Music

  • 1758 Jan Francisci, Slovak composer, dies at 66
  • 1764 Jaime de Casellas, Spanish composer, dies at 73
  • 1871 Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg, Austrian composer, dies at 59
  • 1901 Richard Redhead, English composer, dies at 81
  • 1915 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) & pianist, dies at 43
  • 1950 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, Polish composer, dies at 70
  • 1950 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, dies at 77
  • 1954 Torsten Ralf, Swedish operatic tenor (Daphne - "Apollo"), dies at 53
  • 1972 Phil King, English musician (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • 1992 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (St Francois d'Assise), dies at 83
  • 1999 Al Hirt, American trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), dies of liver failure at 76
  • 2000 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer, dies at 45
  • 2007 Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor, dies at 80
  • 2009 Frankie Manning, American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop, dies at 94
  • 2011 Marian Mercer, American actress & singer (Dean Martin Show), dies at 75
  • 2020 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, dies at 76