On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 30

Events in Music

  • 1852 Anton Rubinstein's opera "Dmitri Donskoi" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1885 Boston Pops Orchestra forms

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1902 Claude Debussy's only completed opera "Pelléas et Mélisande" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1943 Noël Coward's play "This Happy Breed" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1948 "Inside USA" opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances
  • 1954 Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano and orchestra premieres in Haifa
  • 1955 Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" goes #1 for 10 weeks
  • 1961 "Tossin' and Turnin'" single released by Bobby Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year 1961)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Paul McCartney releases "Red Rose Speedway" including "My Love"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1976 "Silly Love Songs" single released by Wings (Billboard Song of the Year 1976)
  • 1977 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at Morosco NYC after 92 performances
  • 1978 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" closes at Palace NYC after 101 performances
  • 1980 "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances
  • 1981 "Can-Can" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1981 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell and George Jones win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion
  • 1994 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" in Dublin
  • 1995 "Blood Brothers" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 839 performances
  • 1995 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 1995 "Rose Tattoo" opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • 1996 "Buried Child" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • 1997 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1717 Guillaume-Gommaire Kennis, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Lier, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1789)
  • 1792 Johann Friedrich Schwencke, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1852)
  • 1837 Alfred R. Gaul, English composer, born in Nottingham (d. 1913)
  • 1870 Franz Lehár, Austrian-Hungarian composer (Naughty Marietta), born in Komárom, Austria-Hungary (d. 1948)
  • 1883 David John de Lloyd, Welsh musician and composer, born in Skewen, Wales (d. 1948)
  • 1884 Albert Elkus, American composer, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1962)
  • 1885 Luigi Russolo, Italian Futurist composer (The Art of Noises), born in 30 April 1885 Portogruaro, Italy (d. 1947)
  • 1886 Frank Merrick, English composer, born in Clifton, Bristol, England (d. 1981)
  • 1889 Acario Cotapos, Chilean composer, born in Valdivia, Chile (d. 1969)
  • 1889 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, Danish composer (Symphony Number 2, Hellas), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1947)
  • 1896 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina (d. 1972)
  • 1902 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist and composer, born in Carouge, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Constantinople, Turkey (d. 1972)
  • 1903 Günter Raphael, German composer (Symphony Breve), born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • 1911 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, born in Murii (d. 1984)
  • 1914 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Robert Shaw, American chorale conductor (Robert Shaw Chorale), born in Red Bluff, California (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), born in The Bronx, Yew York (d. 2017)
  • 1920 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Sheldon Harnick, American lyricist (Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925 Johnny Horton, American country music and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • 1932 Antón Larrauri, Spanish composer, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1934 Jerry Lordan, English singer and composer (Wonderful Land), born in Paddington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1936 Robert "Bobby" Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, American composer (1st woman composer to win Pulitzer Prize - 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1941 Johnny Farina, American rocker (Santo & Johnny), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Wilfried Jentzsh, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany
  • 1941 Joseph "Coke" Escovedo, Mexican-American percussionist (Santana, Malo, Azteca), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1986)
  • 1943 Bobby Vee, American pop singer (Night has a Thousand Eyes), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Wayne Kramer, American guitarist (MC5, Dangerous Madness), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Merrill Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1956 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese baritone
  • 1964 Barrington Levy, Jamaican musician
  • 1967 John Robert "J. R." Richards, American singer-songwriter, record producer, and TV and film composer. (Dishwalla), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1968 Paulo Jr, Brazilian pop bassist (Sepultura, Morbid Visions)
  • 1969 Joey Restivo, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way, Lies), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Warren Defever, American musician (His Name Is Alive), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • 1976 Amanda Palmer, American musician (The Dresden Dolls)
  • 1982 Lloyd Banks, American rapper
  • 1982 Cleo Higgins, British singer and actress (Cleopatra), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1982 Andrew Seeley, Canadian actor and singer
  • 1983 Yamini, Tamil Singer
  • 1985 Ashley Alexandra Dupré, American singer and call girl

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1995 Country singer Rosanne Cash (39) weds record producer John Leventhal (42)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

LoveWedding of Interest

1998 Boyzone singer Ronan Keating (21) weds model Yvonne Connolly at the Caribbean isle of Nevis

  • 2007 "Timbiriche" pop singer Paulina Rubio (35) weds Spanish public relations executive Nicolas "Colate" Vallejo Najera in Cancun, Quintana Roo

LoveWedding of Interest

2008 Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon

Deaths in Music

  • 1630 Ercole Porta, Italian composer, dies at 44
  • 1758 François d'Agincourt, French composer (b. 1684)
  • 1792 Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, composer, dies at 36
  • 1793 Lorenzo Fago, Italian composer and teacher, dies at 88
  • 1855 Henry Bishop, British composer and conductor, dies at 68
  • 1887 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1893 Gyula Beliczay, Hungarian composer and teacher, dies at 57
  • 1896 Antonio Cagnoni, Italian opera composer, dies at 68
  • 1912 František Kmoch, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 63
  • 1942 Catherine Murphy Urner, American composer, dies at 51
  • 1943 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, dies in Sobibór extermination camp at 42
  • 1952 Charles Radoux-Rogier, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • 1957 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80
  • 1959 Armand Marsick, Belgian composer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
  • 1970 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), dies at 82
  • 1976 Edvard Fliflet Braein, Norwegian composer (Ut mot havet), dies at 51
  • 1977 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, dies at 73
  • 1980 Mary McCarty, American actress and singer (Babes in Toyland, Trapper John MD), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1982 Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)

Person of interestGeorge Balanchine

1983 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine

Person of interestMuddy Waters

1983 Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1988 James McCracken, US tenor, dies at 61
  • 1995 Donald Edwin White, ad copywriter/opera administrator, dies at 59
  • 2007 Grégory Lemarchal, French singer, dies of health complications while waiting for a lung transplant at 23
  • 2007 Zola Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 2014 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91
  • 2015 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), dies at 76
  • 2016 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), dies at 69
  • 2020 Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, dies of an aortic aneurysm at 79