On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 3

Events in Music

  • 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

Music releaseMusic Recording

1960 Elvis Presley records ‘It's Now Or Never’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 "Penn and Teller - Refrigerator Tour" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC

Magician and Illusionist Teller
Magician and Illusionist
Teller
Magician and Author Penn Jillette
Magician and Author
Penn Jillette
  • 1997 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" opens at Royale NYC for 109 performance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denies saying he smoked his father's ashes in an interview with NME

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards

Music release#1 in the Charts

2008 Mariah Carey overtakes Elvis Presley's record of 17 No. 1 US hits with her 18th ‘Touch My Body’, only The Beatles have more with 20

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Birthdays in Music

  • 1569 Giovanni Battista Massarengo, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy
  • 1603 William Smith, British composer, born in Durham (d. 1645)
  • 1617 Antimo Liberati, Italian composer, born in Foligno, Italy (d. 1692)
  • 1649 Joseph François Salomon, French composer, born in Toulon, France (d. 1732)
  • 1682 Johann Valentin Rathgeber, German benedictine and composer, born in Oberelsbach, Germany (d. 1750)
  • 1751 Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French composer, born in Eymet, France (d. 1796)
  • 1757 Ferenc Verseghy, Hungarian poet and composer, born in Szolnok, Hungary (d. 1822)
  • 1825 Adolf Rzepko, Polish composer, born in Prague (d. 1892)
  • 1859 Reginald De Koven, American composer, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1920)
  • 1871 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), born in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 1956)
  • 1874 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Cuban composer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1944)
  • 1886 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 1953)
  • 1889 Grigoras Dinicu, Romanian violin virtuoso and composer, born in Bucharest (d. 1949)
  • 1895 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1968)
  • 1902 Henri Garat, French actor and singer (Les dieux s'amusent, Congress Dances), born in Paris, France (d. 1959)
  • 1902 Siguringi Eirikur Hjorleifsson, Icelandic composer, born in Bergskot, Grindavík (d. 1975)
  • 1903 James "Bubber" Miley, American jazz trumpet and cornet player (Duke Ellington, 1923-29 - "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo"; "Black And Tan Fantasy"), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 1932)
  • 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, composer and orchestra leader (Break the Bank), born in Amsterdam (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Walter "Fats" Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1967)
  • 1910 Homesick James [Williamson], American blues slide guitarist and singer (Elmore James band, 1955-62), born in Somerville, Tennessee (d. 2006) [date of birth variously reported as 1905, 1910, and 1914; surname also disputed]
  • 1911 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1996)
  • 1913 George Barati, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Honolulu Symphony, 1950-67), born in Győr, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Ken Kersey, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer ("Boogie Woogie Cocktail"), born in Harrow, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • 1917 Bill Finegan, American composer (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • 1917 Tibor Andrasovan, Slovak composer, born in Slovenská Lupca, Zólyom, Austria-Hungary (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Enrique Iturriaga, Peruvian composer (Sinfonía Junín y Ayacucho), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2019)
  • 1918 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor & composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1918 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Stan Freeman, American composer (Melody Tour), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2001)

Person of interestDoris Day

1922 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2019)

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 1924 Murray Dickie, Scottish opera singer and director, born in Bishopton, Glasgow (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Joseph Kerman, American educator and musicologist ( Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology), born in London, England (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Pierre D'Archambeau. American concert violinist, born in Yverdon, Switzerland (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Don Gibson, American country musician and songwriter ("Sweet Dreams"; "I Can't Stop Loving You"), born in Shelby, North Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • 1936 Jimmy McGriff, American jazz Hammond organist, born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1937 David Maves, American composer and educator, born in Salem, Oregon 
  • 1938 Jeff Barry [Joel Adelberg], American pop songwriter ("Do Wah Diddy Diddy"; "Da Doo Ron Ron"; "Chapel Of Love"; "Leader Of The Pack'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • 1941 Jan Berry, American rock and roll vocalist (Jan and Dean - "Surf City"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Philippé Wynne, American soul singer ("I'll Be Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1942 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer ("Down in the Boondocks"), born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Wayne Newton, American singer and entertainer (Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1942 Herb “Herbie” Greene, American photographer best known for his portraits for rock and roll luminaries (The Grateful Dead), born in Indio, California
  • 1943 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock pianist and vocalist (The Band - "The Shape I'm In"; "Tears Of Rage"), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1986)
  • 1943 Mario Lavista, Mexican composer and writer, born in Mexico City
  • 1944 Barry Pritchard, British rock guitarist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"; "This Golden Ring"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Tony Orlando [Cassavitis], American pop singer (& Dawn - "Tie A Yellow Ribbon"; "Knock Three Times"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 (David) Dee Murray [Oates], British bassist (Elton John backing band), born in Gillingham, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • 1948 Garrick Ohlsson, American concert pianist (International Busoni winner, 1966; Chopin Prize, 1970), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1949 Jan Keizer, Dutch singer (BZN - "Rhythm of My Heart"), born in Volendam, Netherlands
  • 1949 Richard Thompson, English singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("Tear-Stained Letter"; "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"), born in Notting Hill Gate, London
  • 1949 Greg Calbi, American mastering engineer (associated with Eric Carmen, John Lennon, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1949 Eric Kloss, American jazz saxophonist, born in Greenville, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Daniel Catán, Mexican composer (Rappaccini's Daughter; Florencia en el Amazonas), born in Mexico City (d. 2011)
  • 1950 Curtis Stone, American country music bassist and mandolin player (Highway 101 - "Cry, Cry, Cry"), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1952 Dave Bronze, British session and touring bass player (Eric Clapton; Tom Jones; Robin Trower), born in Billercay, Essex, England
  • 1953 Huub van der Lubbe, Dutch rock singer (Stampei - The Dike), born in Amsterdam
  • 1953 Craig Taubman, Jewish-American singer (Friday Night Live), born in Millington, Tennessee
  • 1953 Pattie D'Arcy, American musical theater, session and touring vocalist (Cher), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1954 Elisabetta Brusa, Italian-British composer (Simply Largo), and educator, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1955 John Mooney, American blues-funk guitarist, slide guitarist and singer (Bluesiana), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1956 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City
  • 1960 Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Dutch progressive rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Ayreon), born in Hilversum, Netherlands
  • 1960 Marie Denise Pelletier, Canadian pop singer (Entre la tête et le cœur), born in Montréal, Québec
  • 1962 Mike Ness, American rocker (Social Distortion), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Simon Raymonde, British bassist, songwriter, and record producer (Cocteau Twins), born in Lewisham, London, England
  • 1963 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • 1963 Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1965 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist known as "Queen of Pop" in South Asia, born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan (d. 2000)
  • 1968 Sebastian Bach [Bierk], Canadian heavy metal singer (Skid Row - "I Remember You"; "Psycho Love"), born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • 1969 Jeremy Huw Williams, Welsh baritone opera singer, born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1973 Kelly Price, American R&B and gospel vocalist ("Friend of Mine"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1976 Drew Shirley, American Christian-rock guitarist (All Together Separate; Switchfoot, 2003-present), born in Key West, Florida
  • 1981 Aaron Bertram, American ska trumpeter (Suburban Legends, 1998-2005), and children's music educator (Kids Imagine Nation), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1982 Fler [Patrick Losensky], German rapper, born in Berlin
  • 1985 Leona Lewis, English pop singer-songwriter ("Bleeding Love"; "Better In Time"), born in Islington, London
  • 1987 Julie Sokolow, American film director and musician, born in Holmdel, New Jersey
  • 1987 Rachel Bloom, American actress, writer, and singer-songwriter (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), born in Los Angeles county, California
  • 1995 BONZIE [Nina Ferraro], American indie rock singer-songwriter and musician born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1999 Sam Kiszka, American bass player (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • 2001 Matthew Whitaker, American jazz pianist (Outta The Box), born in Hackensack, New Jersey

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1826 Reginald Heber, bishop & hymn writer, dies
  • 1827 Ernst Chladni, German physicist and musician (Estimating the speed of sound Chladni's law), dies at 70
  • 1850 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, Czech composer, dies at 75
  • 1858 Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm, Austrian composer and royal chaplain master, dies at 79
  • 1868 Franz Berwald, Swedish composer, dies of pneumonia at 71
  • 1882 Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, German composer, dies at 71

Person of interestJohannes Brahms

1897 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hungarian Dances; A German Requiem), dies at 63

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 1901 Richard D'Oyly Carte, English opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), dies at 56
  • 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 operatic soprano, dies at 82
  • 1942 Albert Siklós, Hungarian composer, dies at 63
  • 1942 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1949 Basil Harwood, English composer, dies at 89
  • 1950 Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer, dies at 70
  • 1950 Kurt Weill, German composer (Die Dreigroschenoper - The Threepenny Opera), dies at 50
  • 1962 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1972 Ferde Grofé American composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
  • 1976 Maurice Johnstone, English brass band composer, dies at 75
  • 1978 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • 1983 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & The Juniors - "At The Hop"), takes his own life at 41
  • 1986 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • 1987 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer (Die heilige Ente (The Sacred Duck)), dies at 97
  • 1990 Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 1996 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1999 Lionel Bart, English pop and theatrical music composer (Oliver), and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • 2001 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 74
  • 2002 Fad Gadget [Francis Tovey], English singer and musician, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 2003 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter ("Be What You Are"), dies at 61
  • 2005 Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Zoltan Pongracz, Hungarian composer (Mariphonia), dies at 95
  • 2010 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • 2013 Robert Ward, American composer (Pantaloon), dies at 95
  • 2015 Bob Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a car crash at 64
  • 2015 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, dies at 86
  • 2016 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), dies at 84
  • 2017 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84