On This Day in Music for April 9

Events in Music

  • 1894 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 5th Symphony in B in Graz

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" premieres in Washington, D.C.

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1962 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story", Sophia Loren & Maximillian Schell win

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • 1965 Beatles "Ticket to Ride" is released in UK
  • 1967 "At the Drop of Another Hat" closes at Booth NYC after 105 performances
  • 1972 "Sugar" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 506 performances
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • 1990 World's largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall (NYC)
  • 1992 "Redwood Curtain" opens at Neiderlander theater on Broadway
  • 1995 "Translations" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • 2009 "Star Trek" film reboot directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres at the Sydeny Opera House, Australia
  • 2012 "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking "The Phantom of the Opera"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1611 Giacomo Maria Predieri, composer
  • 1627 Johann Kaspar Kerll, composer
  • 1716 Johann Georg Zechner, composer
  • 1717 Georg Matthias Monn, composer
  • 1754 Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky, composer
  • 1757 Wojciech Boguslawski, composer
  • 1794 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute (d. 1881)
  • 1798 Giuditta Pasta, [Negri], soprano
  • 1847 Francesco Paolo Tosti, composer
  • 1847 Francis William Davenport, composer
  • 1850 Herman Zumpe, composer
  • 1854 Seaborn M Denson, composer
  • 1871 Arthur Fickenscher, composer
  • 1874 Julius Bittner, Austrian composer (Little Violet)
  • 1883 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, born in Como (d. 1965)
  • 1884 Franco Vittadini, composer
  • 1888 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1953)
  • 1889 Efrem Zimbalist, Rostov on Don Russia, composer/violinist
  • 1894 Ernest Kanitz, composer
  • 1895 Mance Lipscomb, Texas, blues musician (Texas Sharecropper)
  • 1895 Rudolf Kattnigg, composer
  • 1898 Julius Patzak, Austrian tenor singer
  • 1898 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1902 Frantisek Suchy, composer [or April 21, 1891]
  • 1904 Sharkey Bonano, American musician (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Antal Dorati, conductor (Dresden Opera 1928-29, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1908 Fred Lohse, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, composer
  • 1909 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Jorn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House)
  • 1920 Art Van Damme, Norway Mich, jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz)
  • 1923 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, born in Baden Baden (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Harald Heilmann, composer
  • 1928 Tom Lehrer, American musician, satirist and mathematician (That Was The Week That Was), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1932 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Aulis Sallinen, composer
  • 1936 Jerzy Maksymiuk, composer
  • 1941 Kaye Adams, American country singer
  • 1943 Terry Knight, rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1945 Gus Hardin, [Carol Ann Blankenship], country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1946 Les Gray, vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In)
  • 1949 Chico Ryan, rock vocalist (Sha Na Na)
  • 1949 Steve Gadd, jazz drummer (Triplet Hop, Complex Jazz)
  • 1952 Magnar Åm, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim
  • 1953 Hal Ketchum, country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1957 Ednita Nazario, Ponce PR, spanish singer
  • 1959 Dave Innis, Bartlesville Oklahoma, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 1961 Mark Kelly, keyboardist (Marillion-Real to Reel), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1964 Soyo Oka, Japanese musician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1977 Gerard Way, American singer-songwriter (My Chemical Romance), born in Summit, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Gerard Way
Singer-Songwriter
Gerard Way
  • 1978 Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club)
  • 1978 Vesna Pisarović, Croatian singer
  • 1979 Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes)
  • 1980 Clueso, German singer, rapper, songwriter and producer
  • 1984 Linda Chung, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1985 Yamashita Tomohisa, Japanese singer News
  • 1986 Brian Larsen, American musician and record producer
  • 1987 Jesse McCartney, American actor and singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1994 Singer Wayne Newton (52) weds attorney Kathleen McCrone (30)

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012 Salsa artist Marc Anthony (42) divorces pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

Deaths in Music

  • 1681 Alfonso Marsh, English composer and lutenist, dies at 54
  • 1793 Ernestus Weinrauch, composer, dies at 62
  • 1821 Felix Maximo Lopez, composer, dies at 78
  • 1851 Antoine-Charles Glachant, composer, dies at 80
  • 1879 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1893 Disma Fumagalli, composer, dies at 66
  • 1916 Vicente Goicoechea Errasti, composer, dies at 62
  • 1931 Paul Antonin Vidal, composer, dies at 67
  • 1933 Sigfrid Karg-Elert, German composer, dies at 55
  • 1939 Emilio Serrano y Ruiz, composer, dies at 89
  • 1944 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, Polish composer and conductor, dies at 59
  • 1947 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, composer, dies at 43
  • 1954 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer, dies at 65
  • 1976 Akio Yashiro, composer, dies at 46
  • 1976 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Draft Dodger Rag), commits suicide at 35
  • 1982 Wilfred Pelletier, symph conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 85
  • 1988 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time, Rainy Night in Georgia), dies of meningitis at 56
  • 1988 Dave Prater, rocker (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50
  • 1991 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • 1998 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)
  • 2006 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, dies at 96