On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 7

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1724 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St John Passion" premieres in Leipzig

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1805 Premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Eroica", in Vienna, conducted by the composer

  • 1949 "South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1964 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray's musical "High Spirits", based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit", opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 375 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1973 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing "Tu te reconnaitras" in Luxembourg

Music releaseAlbum Release

1981 "Street Songs" 5th studio album by Rick James is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1981)

Musician Rick James
Rick James

Music concertMusic Concert

1990 Farm Aid IV concert at Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana features Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Carl Perkins, Arlo Guthrie, Garth Brooks, Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Lou Reed, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, and others

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Singer Elton John
Elton John
Rocker Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop
  • 1991 "Big Love" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 1991 "Shadowlands" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 169 performances
  • 1994 "Medea" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • 1994 Singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
  • 1994 Vatican commemorates The Holocaust for the first time with an orchestral concert in the Sala Nervi

Music awardsMusic Awards

2003 37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride
Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Pearl Jam inducted

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur

Birthdays in Music

  • 1694 Coelestin Praelisauer, German organist, composer, and monk, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1745)
  • 1699 Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, German choirmaster and composer, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1743)
  • 1727 Henri Hardouin, French composer, born in Grandpré (d. 1808)
  • 1745 Georg Druschetzky, composer
  • 1748 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer
  • 1763 Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer and double bass player, born in Venice, Republic of Venice (now Italy) (d. 1846)
  • 1768 Karl Theodor Toeschi, composer
  • 1819 Hubert Léonard, Belgian violinist, and pedagogue (Brussels Conservatoire, 1848-67), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • 1826 Johann Hermann Berens, composer
  • 1851 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer
  • 1870 Joseph Ryelandt, Belgian composer (Christus Rex - Christ the King), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Eduardo Toldrà, Spanish Catalan composer and conductor, born in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain (d. 1962)
  • 1897 Harald Sæverud, Norwegian composer (Rondo Amoroso; Sinfonia Dolorosa), born in Bergen (d. 1992)
  • 1899 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Percy Faith, Canadian-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)

Person of interestBillie Holiday

1915 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], American jazz singer ( "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"; "Strange Fruit"), and songwriter ("God Bless The Child"; "Lady Sings the Blues"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959) [1]

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1918 Michael "Peanuts" Hucko, American big band jazz and session clarinetist (Glenn Miller's Army-Air Force Band; Lawrence Welk Show), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Ralph Flanagan, American orchestra leader (Let's Dance), born in Loraine, Ohio

Person of interestRavi Shankar

1920 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), born in Benares, British, India (d. 2012)

Musician Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
  • 1922 Kenneth Peacock, Canadian pianist, ethnomusicologist and composer (Rituals of Earth, Fire and Darkness), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría, Cuban percussionist (Afro Blue), born in Havana (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), born in Toyko (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Nick Perito, American orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1927 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), educator, and social activist, born in Ajido, Lagos (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues singer
  • 1934 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1935 Bobby Bare, American country singer ("500 Miles Away From Home"; "Come Sundown"; "Marie Laveau"), born in Ironton, Ohio
  • 1937 Charlie Thomas, American pop singer (The Drifters, 1958-67 - "Sweets For My Sweet"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1938 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1938 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"; New Riders of the Purple Sage), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Alexander von Schlippenbach, German jazz pianist and composer (Globe Unity Orchestra), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1939 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who co-founded The Record Plant studios, born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1940 Jan Wilhelm Morthenson, Swedish composer, born in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
  • 1943 Mick Abrahams, British rock guitarist (Jethro Tull, 1967-68; Blodwyn Pig, 1969-70), born in Luton, England
  • 1943 Roberta Shore [Schourop], American actress (The Virginian), and singer, born in Monterey Park, California,
  • 1944 Carol Grimes, British singer (Delivery), born in London, England
  • 1945 Megas, Icelandic singer, songwriter and writer
  • 1946 Barbara Benary, American composer (Gamelon Son Of Lion), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Patricia Bennett, American singer (Chiffons - "He's So Fine"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1947 Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Charles '"Skip" Pitts, American soul & blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Carol Douglas, American disco singer ("Doctor's Orders"), born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1948 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash; Clear Light), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1949 Patricia [Anglaia Margareth Paaij] Paay, Dutch singer (You Are Not Hip), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1949 John Oates, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Hall & Oates - "Rich Girl"; "Maneater"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Janis Ian [Janis Eddy Fink], American singer-songwriter and folk musician ("At Seventeen"; "Society's Child"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 John Dittrich, American country music drummer (Restless Heart - "Wheels"; "The Bluest Eyes In Texas"), born in Union, New Jersey
  • 1952 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack - "My Sharona"), born in Burbank, California
  • 1955 Greg Reeves, American bass guitarist (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déjà Vu), born in Warren, Ohio
  • 1957 Simon Climie, English singer-songwriter and producer (Climie Fisher - "Love Changes Everything"), born in London
  • 1958 Tony Aire, rocker (Adventures - "Sea of Love")
  • 1962 Alain Robert, French rock & urban climber, born in Digoin, France
  • 1967 Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
  • 1970 Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian classical pianist, born in Karmøy, Norway
  • 1975 John Cooper, American christian rock musician (Skillet), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1978 Duncan James, British pop singer (Blue -"If You Come Back"), and actor (Hollyoaks), born in Dorset, England
  • 1985 Saad Lamjarred, Moroccan pop singer-songwriter ("Lm3allem"), born in Rabat, Morocco
  • 1991 Anne-Marie [Nicholson], British pop singer-songwriter ("Rockabye"; "Friends"), born in East Tilbury in Essex, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1920 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (22) weds Carrie Williamson

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

LoveWedding of Interest

1979 American country singer Rosanne Cash (23) weds American singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (28)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 Academy Award "Gladiator" actor Russell Crowe (39) weds singer Danielle Spencer (32) at his 560-acre cattle farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia

Deaths in Music

  • 1767 Franz Sparry, Austrian composer, dies at 51
  • 1768 Michel Mathieu, composer, dies at 78
  • 1778 Johann Balthasar Kehl, composer, dies at 52
  • 1783 Ignaz Jakob Holzbauer, Austrian composer, dies at 71
  • 1833 Antoni Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian politician, cellist, and composer, born in Vilnius, dies at 57
  • 1858 Anton Diabelli, Austria publisher and composer, dies at 76
  • 1862 Sydney Nelson, composer, dies at 62
  • 1877 Errico Petrella, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • 1880 Diederich Krug, German pianist and composer (Le petit Chevalier), dies at 60
  • 1917 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, Greek composer, dies at 53
  • 1958 Judge Jackson, composer, dies at 75
  • 1958 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, Ukrainian composer, dies at 58
  • 1961 Jesús Guridi, Spanish composer, dies at 74
  • 1961 Yusef Greiss, Egyptian composer, dies at 61
  • 1973 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1978 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, dies at 83
  • 1981 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 45
  • 1987 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer ("Going Places"), dies following a seizure at 75
  • 1988 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1991 Ruth Page, American ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev, Pygmalion), dies at 92
  • 1994 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B singer, harmonica player, and guitarist (Dr. Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • 1995 Peter Brinson, British ballet and dance writer, lecturer, and promoter (Ballet For All), dies at 75
  • 1998 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • 2000 Heinz [Burt], British rock bassist (The Tornados - "Telstar"), dies from complications of a stroke at 57 [1]
  • 2005 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, dies at 82
  • 2013 Andy Johns, British sound engineer and record producer (Humble Pie; Free; Joe Satriani), dies at 62
  • 2020 John Prine, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Hello In There"; "Angel From Montgomery"; "Paradise"), dies of Covid-19 complications at 73
  • 2020 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), dies with symptoms of Covid-19 at 64