On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 28

Events in Music

  • 1865 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine" premieres in Paris
  • 1892 1st performance of Antonín Dvořák's overture "Carnival Overture"

Music releaseMusic Recording

1940 Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1943 1st performance of Marc Blitzstein's "Freedom Morning"
  • 1960 Webster and Fain's musical "Christine", based on Hilda Wernher's novel "My Indian Family", opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1965 "My Name is Barbra", Barbra Streisand's first television special, premieres on CBS

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music concertMusic Concert

1965 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at La Scala, Milan in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "La bohème" with Mirella Freni

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

Music awardsMusic Awards

1969 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1975 Ringo Starr appears on "The Smothers Brothers Show", singing Hoyt Axton's "No No Song", and John Lennon is the guest on Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" program, in what turns out to be his final television interview

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1984 "La Tragedie de Carmen" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 187 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1988 Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice's musical "Chess" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 68 performances

Lyricist Tim Rice
Tim Rice
  • 1990 Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban's "A Chorus Line" closes at Shubert Theater, NYC after 6,137 performances
  • 1991 "Gypsy" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • 1991 "Taking Steps" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 78 performances
  • 1993 "Tango Passion" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1996 "Big" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • 1997 "Jekyll & Hyde" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1715 Franz Sparry, Austrian composer, born in Graz (d. 1767)
  • 1748 Lorenz Justinian Ott, German composer, born in Dietfurt, Germany (d. 1805)
  • 1750 Paul Ignaz Kürzinger, Bavarian composer, born in Mergentheim, Württemberg
  • 1757 Claus Schall, Danish violinist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1835)
  • 1826 Alexander Stadtfeld, German composer, born in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1853)
  • 1848 Ludvig Schytte, Danish composer, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1909)
  • 1863 Alfred Zamara Austrian harpist, composer, and teacher, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1940)
  • 1870 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, born in Kaiserstuhl, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1926)
  • 1873 Harold Bauer, English-American pianist (Beethoven-Association), born in Kingston, England (d. 1951)
  • 1891 Charley Patton, American Delta blues musician ("Pony Blues"; "High Water Everywhere"), born in Hinds County, Mississippi [date disputed] (d. 1934)
  • 1892 Georges Antoine, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1918)
  • 1892 John Jacob Niles, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor and entrepreneur, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Nan Merriman, American-Dutch singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orchestra), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million, Wheels), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, born in East Durnham, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Francis Burt, British composer, born in London (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1932 Marek Kopelent, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1933 Karl Heinz Wahren, German pianist and composer, born in Bonn, Germany
  • 1933 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1994)
  • 1936 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer (New York Art Quartet), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • 1943 The Fantastic Johnny C [Johnny Corley], American singer ("Boogaloo Down Broadway"), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 1943 Jacques Dutronc, French singer (Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille), born in Paris
  • 1945 John Wolters, American drummer (Dr. Hook -"When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman"), born in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • 1946 Glenn Ross Campbell, American steel guitarist (The Misunderstood), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946 Ginette Reno [Raynault], Canadian Juno and pop singer, songwriter ("Beautiful Second Hand Man"), and actress, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1947 Steve Khan [Cahn], American jazz guitarist (Christmas Waltz), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Dorothée Berryman, Canadian stage and screen actress (The Decline of the American Empire), and jazz singer, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1950 Robert Greenidge, Trinidadian steelpan drum player (Jimmy Buffet; John Lennon; Grover Washington, Jr.), born in Success Village, Trinidad
  • 1952 Chuck Leavell, American session and touring keyboardist (The Allman Brothers Band; Rolling Stones; Sea Level), and forest conservationist (The Tree Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1952 Gerald Barry, Irish classical composer (The Eternal Recurrence), born in Clarecastle, County Clare, Ireland
  • 1953 Kim Gordon, American rock bassist (Sonic Youth - "100%"), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1955 Edwin "Eddie" Jobson, British rock violinist (Frank Zappa; UK; Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure), born in Billingham, England
  • 1956 Jimmy Barnes [Swan], Scottish-Australian rock and blues singer-songwriter ("For the Working Class Man"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1957 Wilma Landkroon, Dutch child pop singer ("Tulips From Amsterdam"), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 1964 Noriyuki Iwadare, Japanese video game music composer, born in Matsumoto City, Nagano, Japan
  • 1966 Too Short [Todd Shaw], American rapper, born in South Central Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Howard Donald, British pop musician (Take That - "Back For Good"), born in Droylsden, Lancashire, England
  • 1972 Violent J [Joseph Bruce], American rapper (Insane Clown Posse), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1978 Lauren Laverne [Gofton], British disc jockey, television presenter and punk-pop singer [Kenickie], born in Sunderland, England
  • 1986 George [Nozuka], Canadian-Japanese R&B singer-songwriter ("Talk To Me"), born in New York City

Person of interestMelanie Martinez

1995 Melanie Martinez, American singer-songwriter ("Cry Baby"), born in Queens, New York

Singer-Songwriter Melanie Martinez
Melanie Martinez

Weddings in Music

LovePerson of Interest

1990 Guns & Roses' singer Axl Rose marries Erin Everly (annulled same year)

Rocker and Singer-Songwriter Axl Rose
Rocker and Singer-Songwriter
Axl Rose

Deaths in Music

  • 1770 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, French dancer, dies at 60
  • 1799 Francois Giroust, French composer, dies at 62
  • 1804 Hans Gram, Danish composer, dies at 49
  • 1887 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, German-Austrian music historian & composer, dies at 67
  • 1934 Charley Patton, American Delta blues musician ("Pony Blues"; "High Water Everywhere"), dies of a mitral valve disorder between the ages of 37 and 43
  • 1935 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, dies at 87
  • 1969 Johannes Röntgen, Dutch composer, dies at 70
  • 1979 Feliks Roderyk Łabuński, Polish composer, dies at 86
  • 1980 Tommy Caldwell, American rock bass player (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • 1981 Steve Currie, British rock bassist (T. Rex; Marc Bolan), dies in a car crash in Portugal at 33
  • 1982 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), dies at 66
  • 1984 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), dies at 52
  • 1987 Åke Olof Sebastian Uddén, Swedish violist, composer and educator (Royal College Of Music, 1934-70), dies at 84
  • 1988 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, dies at 38
  • 1999 Walter Gieseler, German composer, dies at 79
  • 2005 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies at 81
  • 2006 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, dies at 79
  • 2007 Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist & bandleader (The Tonight Show), dies at 78
  • 2009 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2009 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina, dies at 70
  • 2009 Vern Gosdin, American country singer ("Set 'Em Up Joe"), dies after a stroke at 74
  • 2012 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist & session musician, dies at 90
  • 2013 János Starker, Hungarian-American cellist, dies at 88
  • 2013 Lonnie Turner, American rock and blues bassist (Steve Miller Band - "Fly Like An Eagle"), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 2014 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • 2014 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, dies at 75
  • 2015 Jack Ely, American singer and guitarist (The Kingsmen - "Louie, Louie"), dies at 71
  • 2020 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer ("Tossin' and Turnin'"), dies at 95
  • 2021 Anita Lane, Australian rock singer-songwriter (The Bad Seeds - "From Her To Eternity"), dies at 61