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" (conducted by himself)

  • 1949 "South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1996 Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
  • 2003 37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur

Birthdays in Music

  • 1694 Coelestin Praelisauer, composer
  • 1699 Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, composer
  • 1727 Henri Hardouin, French composer, born in Grandpré (d. 1808)
  • 1745 Georg Druschetzky, composer
  • 1748 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer
  • 1763 Domenico Dragonetti, composer
  • 1768 Karl Theodor Toeschi, composer
  • 1819 Hubert Leonard, composer
  • 1826 Johann Hermann Berens, composer
  • 1851 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer
  • 1870 Joseph Ryeland, Belgian composer/Baron
  • 1893 Irene Castle, dancer (leader in anti-vivisection movement)
  • 1895 Eduardo Toldra, composer
  • 1897 Harald Sigurd Johan Sæverud, Norwegian composer, born in Bergen (d. 1992)
  • 1899 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Percy Faith, conductor (Summer Place)

Person of interestBillie Holiday

1915 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], American jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1918 Peanuts Hucko, dixieland clarinetist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1919 Ralph Flanagan, orchestra leader (Let's Dance), born in Loraine, Ohio

Person of interestRavi Shankar

1920 Ravi Shankar, Indian musician (The Pandit), born in Varanasi, 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, orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1927 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), 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, Irontown Oh, country singer (Detroit City)
  • 1937 Charlie Thomas, singer (Drifters), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1938 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1938 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who cofounded The Record Plant studios, born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1940 Jan Wilhelm Morthenson, Swedish composer, born in Örnsköldsvik
  • 1943 Mick Abrahams, Luton, rock guitarist (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig)
  • 1943 Roberta Shore, Monterrey Park, California, actress/singer (Virginian)
  • 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 Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Charles 'skip' Pitts, American soul & blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Carol Douglas, American singer
  • 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/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl), 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, Union NJ, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 1952 Bruce Gary, rock drummer (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), born in London
  • 1958 Tony Aire, rocker (Adventures-Sea of Love)
  • 1962 Alain Robert, French rock and urban climber
  • 1967 Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
  • 1970 Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian pianist
  • 1975 John Cooper, American christian rock musician (Skillet), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1985 Saad Lamjarred, Moroccan pop star (Lmaallem), born in Rabat, Morocco

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 Country singer Rosanne Cash (23) weds 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 Henryk Radziwill, Lithuanian/Polish composer, 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 58
  • 1917 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, 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 composer/organist, dies at 74
  • 1994 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B-singer and guitarist (Dr Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • 1998 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • 2005 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, dies at 82
  • 2020 John Prine, American country folk singer-songwriter (Hello in There, Angel From Montgomery), dies at 73