On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 4

Events in Music

  • 1859 Opera "Dinorah" is produced in Paris
  • 1929 "New Moon" musical opens in London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1940 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
  • 1957 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony premieres French Radio National Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Paris
  • 1964 "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 1964 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1968 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1971 Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances, then most expensive Broadway musical
  • 1981 26th Eurovision Song Contest: Bucks Fizz for United Kingdom wins singing "Making Your Mind Up" in Dublin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 "Always & Forever" 2nd studio album by Randy Travis (Billboard Album of the Year 1988)

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident

  • 1991 "Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1996 "Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 2009 Eminem Inducts Run-DMC Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Birthdays in Music

  • 1716 John Evangelist Schreiber, composer
  • 1731 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, born in Sant Mateu (d. 1793)
  • 1740 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen, composer
  • 1752 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer (Andromeda), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1837)
  • 1755 Vincenc Mašek, Bohemian composer, born in Zvíkovec, Czech Republic (d. 1831)
  • 1762 Stephen Storace, English composer, born in London (d. 1796)
  • 1785 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1859)
  • 1804 Joseph Fischhof, Czech-Austrian pianist and composer, born in Bučovice, Moravia (d. 1857)
  • 1836 (Charles) Jerome Hopkins, American composer, pianist, critic, and musical education advocate, born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1898)
  • 1843 Hans Richter, Austrian-Hungarian composer, born in Raab, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1872 Nikolai Amani, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1904)
  • 1872 Pauline de Haan-Manifarges, Dutch singer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1875 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, born in Warsaw (d. 1956)
  • 1875 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France (d. 1964)
  • 1879 Gabriel Grovlez, French pianist, conductor (Opéra de Paris, 1914-34), and composer (L'Almanach aux images), born in Lille, France (d. 1944)
  • 1882 Mary Howe, American composer (Sand) and pianist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Eugene Bozza, French composer, born in Nice, France (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), born in Lakeland, Florida (d. 2005)

Person of interestMuddy Waters

1913 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1919 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1922 Elmer Bernstein, American film music composer (The Magnificent Seven; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Age Of Innocence; Thoroughly Modern Millie), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Erna Spoorenberg, Dutch singer, born in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia (d. 2004)
  • 1928 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • 1928 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), born in Santa Clara, Cuba (d. 2016)

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

1932 Anthony Perkins, American actor (Psycho; Friendly Persuasion;, Fear Strikes Out; Pretty Poison), and singer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

  • 1932 Clive Davis, American record producer and music industry executive (Columbia, Arista, Sony), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1933 Seoirse Bodley, Irish composer and professor of music (University College Dublin), born in Dublin
  • 1935 François-Bernard Mâche, French composer, born in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 1936 Margo J. Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers) (d. 1991)
  • 1939 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz", born in Witbank, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), born in Winterville, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1939 Danny Thompson, English multi-instrumentalist (Blues Incorporated), born in Teignmouth, England
  • 1940 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • 1942 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1946 Dave Hill, English rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You), born in Holbeton, Devon
  • 1947 Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1948 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1948 David "Pick" Withers, English jazz drummer (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • 1949 Larry Lingle, American rock guitarist (The Four Seasons, 1979-93), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1949 Michael Fennelly, American musician (The Millennium, Crabby Appleton), born in New York, New York
  • 1951 Steve Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1952 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Chen Yi, Chinese-American violinist, composer (From the Path of Beauty), and educator (UMKC Conservatory, 2006-present), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1954 Michel Camilo, Dominican pianist (Rendezvous), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1956 Allan Harris, American jazz singer and guitarist (Cross That River; Kate's Soulfood), born in Harlem, New York City
  • 1956 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 Graeme Kelling, Scottish pop guitarist (Deacon Blue), born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • 1957 Ali El Haggar, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Imbabah, Giza
  • 1957 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star), born in Ōta, Tokyo
  • 1958 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
  • 1960 Jane Eaglin, English dramatic soprano, born in Lincoln, England
  • 1963 David Gavurin, English pop guitarist and composer (Sundays, Blind)
  • 1963 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • 1964 Robbie Rist, American actor (Oliver-Brady Bunch) and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Mike Starr [Michael], musician (Alice in Chains bassist), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2011)
  • 1972 Jill Scott, American soul singer and songwriter (Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Magnus Sveningsson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Falköping, Sweden
  • 1977 Adam Dutkiewicz, American guitarist (Killswitch Engage), born in Westhampton, Massachusetts
  • 1978 Lemar Obika, English singer and songwriter, born in Tottenham, London
  • 1978 Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer (Dove), born in Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • 1979 Andy McKee, American fingerstyle guitarist, born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1980 Johnny Borrell, English singer (Razorlight), born in Sutton, London
  • 1994 Risako Sugaya, Japanese pop singer (Berryz Kobo), born in Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1999 Sheku Kanneh-Mason, British classical cellist (the Chineke! Orchestra; The Kanneh-Masons), born in Nottingham, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1995 Rapper Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris (divorced 1996)

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
  • 2004 Latina singer Joy Enriquez (25) weds Grammy-winner Rodney Jerkins (26) at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2008 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer

Deaths in Music

  • 1662 Davis Mell, composer, dies at 57
  • 1806 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, composer, dies at 84
  • 1908 Josef Sucher, Hungarian composer and conductor (Aus alten Märchen), dies at 64
  • 1931 George Whitefield Chadwick, composer, dies at 76
  • 1934 Braulio Dueno Colon, Puerto Rican composer, dies at 80
  • 1943 Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
  • 1943 Hartzell "Tiny" Parham, American jazz pianist, theater organist, and bandleader, dies at 43
  • 1944 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
  • 1967 Mischa Elman, Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
  • 1967 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher (Blueberry Hill, You Gotta Be a Football Hero), dies at 65
  • 1972 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • 1977 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • 1978 Gino Contilli, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1980 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, dies following a heart attack leading to a car crash at 62
  • 1982 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 50
  • 1992 Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
  • 1992 Arthur Russell, American experimental classical-pop fusion cellist, and composer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1992 Rodolfo Holzmann, Peruvian composer, dies at 81
  • 1993 Bep [Alberta B] Ogterop [Rita la Roche], singer, dies
  • 1994 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American actress and singer (Night and Day, Kay Kyser Band), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1996 Joy Newton, dancer, dies at 82
  • 1996 Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
  • 1996 Paul Cooper, American composer, dies at 69
  • 1999 Aldus Roger, American Cajun accordionist (Lafayette Playboys - "Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés"), dies at 84
  • 2011 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • 2016 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), dies of cancer at 78