On This Day in Music for April 3

Events in Music

  • 1926 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C
  • 1947 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 108 performances
  • 1954 "Me & Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
  • 1958 "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances
  • 1961 "Happiest Girl in the World" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 97 performances
  • 1964 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
  • 1971 16th Eurovision Song Contest: Severine for Monaco wins singing "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" in Dublin
  • 1976 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague
  • 1991 "Penn & Teller - Refrigerator Tour" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC
  • 1997 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" opens at Royale NYC for 109 performance

Birthdays in Music

  • 1569 Giovanni Battista Massarengo, composer
  • 1603 William Smith, English composer, born in Durham (d. 1645)
  • 1617 Antimo Liberati, composer
  • 1627 Johann Caspar Kerll, composer
  • 1649 Joseph-Francois Salomon, composer
  • 1682 Johann Valentin Rathgeber, German benedictine/composer
  • 1751 Jean-Baptiste Lamoyne, composer
  • 1757 Ferenc Verseghy, composer
  • 1825 Adolf Rzepko, composer
  • 1859 Reginald De Koven, composer
  • 1874 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, composer
  • 1886 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 1953)
  • 1889 Grigoras Dinicu, composer
  • 1895 Bjarne Brustad, composer
  • 1895 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Firenze (Florence) Italy, composer
  • 1902 Henri Garat, French actor (Valse royale, Congress Dances), born in Paris, France (d. 1959)
  • 1902 Siguringi Eirikur Hjorleifsson, composer
  • 1904 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, born in Elkton, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1904 Peter Van Steeden, Amsterdam Neth, orchestra leader (Break the Bank)
  • 1911 Harold Watkins Shaw, musicologist
  • 1913 George Barati, composer
  • 1917 Tibor Andrasovan, composer
  • 1918 Enrique Iturriaga, composer
  • 1918 Louis Applebaum, composer
  • 1918 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Stan Freeman, pianist (Melody Tour), born in Waterbury, Connecticut

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1922 Doris Day, "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 1924 Murray Dickie, opera singer/director
  • 1928 Don Gibson, American country musician (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Scott LaFaro, American musician (d. 1961)
  • 1936 Jimmy McGriff, American jazz organist
  • 1938 Jeff Barry, American rock writer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Philippe Wynne, US soul singer (Detroit Spinners)
  • 1939 François de Roubaix, French film score composer (d. 1975)
  • 1940 Lino Brocka, San Jose Philippines, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar)
  • 1941 Jan Berry, American rock and roll vocalist (Jan and Dean-Dead Man's Curve), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Philippé Wynne, American musician (d. 1984)
  • 1942 Billy Joe Royal, country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Wayne Newton, American singer
  • 1943 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock pianist and vocalist (The Band), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1986)
  • 1943 Mario Lavista, Mexican composer
  • 1944 Barry Pritchard, rock guitarist (Fortunes)
  • 1944 Tony Orlando, American singer (& Dawn-Tie a Yellow Ribbon), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Garrick Ohlsson, pianist (Intl Busoni winner 1969), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1949 Jan Keizer, Dutch singer (BZN-Rhythm of My Heart)
  • 1949 Richard Thompson, vocalist/guitarist (Shoot Out the Lights)
  • 1950 Curtis Stone, N singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1951 Mel Schacher, MI, bassist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful)
  • 1953 Huub van der Lubbe, Dutch rock singer (Stampei-The Dike)
  • 1953 Craig Taubman, Jewish singer
  • 1954 Elisabetta Brusa, Italian composer
  • 1956 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City
  • 1960 Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Dutch musician
  • 1960 Marie Denise Pelletier, Quebec singer
  • 1962 Mike Ness, rocker (Social Distortion)
  • 1963 Criss Oliva, American musician (d. 1993)
  • 1963 Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese composer
  • 1965 Nazia Hassan, South Asian pop singer (d.2000)
  • 1968 Sebastian Philip Clerk Bach, Bahamas, rock (Skid Row-Psycho Love)
  • 1973 Kelly Price, R&B vocalist (Friend of Mine), born in Queens, New York
  • 1976 Drew Shirley, American musician
  • 1981 Aaron Bertram, American musician
  • 1982 Fler [Patrick Losensky], German rapper, born in Berlin
  • 1985 Leona Lewis, English singer
  • 1987 Julie Sokolow, American musician

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1951 Actress and singer Doris Day (29) marries producer Martin Melcher (35) in Burbank

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 2012 Paramore guitar player Josh Farro (22) weds Jenna Rice in Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1797 Nonnosus Madlseder, composer, dies at 66
  • 1850 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer, dies at 75
  • 1858 Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm, Austrian composer, dies at 79
  • 1868 Franz Adolf Berwald, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • 1882 Friedrich Wilhelm Kucken, composer, dies at 71
  • 1897 Johannes Brahms, German composer/conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63
  • 1901 Richard D'Oyly Carte, promotor (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), dies
  • 1909 Benjamin Johnson Lang, composer, dies at 71
  • 1919 Paul Geisler, composer, dies at 62
  • 1920 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer, dies at 74
  • 1930 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (b. 1847)
  • 1942 Albert Siklos, composer, dies at 63
  • 1942 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1949 Basil Harwood, composer, dies at 89
  • 1950 Adolf Wiklund, composer, dies at 70
  • 1950 Kurt Julian Weill, German composer (Dreigroschenoper), dies at 50
  • 1962 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1972 Ferde Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofe, composer, dies at 80
  • 1972 Ferde Grofe, US composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
  • 1976 Maurice Johnstone, composer, dies at 75
  • 1978 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • 1986 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • 1987 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer, dies at 97
  • 1990 Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 1996 Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, bluesman, dies at 59
  • 1999 Lionel Bart, English pop music composer and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • 2002 Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • 2005 Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • 2010 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • 2017 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84