On This Day

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 awardsAcademy Awards

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

Actress Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 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
  • 2012 "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking "The Phantom of the Opera"
  • 2018 Fleetwood Mac announce new members Neil Finn and Mike Campbell after firing long-standing member Lindsey Buckingham

Birthdays in Music

  • 1611 Giacomo Maria Predieri, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1695)
  • 1627 Johann Kaspar Kerll, German composer, born in Adorf, Germany (d. 1693)
  • 1716 Johann Georg Zechner, Austrian composer, born in Gleisdorf, Austria (d. 1778)
  • 1717 Georg Matthias Monn, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1750)
  • 1751 Emanuel Schikaneder, German playwright and composer, born in Straubing, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1754 Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky, Czech composer, born in Mlada Boleslav, Bohemia (d. 1823)
  • 1757 Wojciech Boguslawski, Polish composer, born in Glinno, Poznań County, Poland (d. 1829)
  • 1794 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1881)
  • 1798 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano, born in Saronno, Italy (d. 1865)
  • 1847 Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, born in Ortona, Italy (d. 1916)
  • 1847 Francis William Davenport, English composer, born in Wilderslowe, Derby (d. 1925)
  • 1850 Hermann Zumpe, German composer, born in Oppach, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1854 Seaborn McDaniel Denson, American composer, born in Cleburne County, Alabama (d. 1936)
  • 1871 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • 1874 Julius Bittner, Austrian composer (Little Violet), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1939)
  • 1883 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, born in Como (d. 1965)
  • 1884 Franco Vittadini, Italian composer, born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 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, Russian composer and violinist, born in Rostov on Don, Russia (d. 1985)
  • 1894 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1978)
  • 1895 Mance Lipscomb, American blues musician (Shine On, Harvest Moon), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1895 Rudolf Kattnigg, Austrian composer, born in Carinthia, Austria (d. 1955)
  • 1898 Julius Patzak, Austrian tenor singer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1902 František Suchý, Czech oboist and composer (Moravian Wind Quintet), born in Libina, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Antal Dorati, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony 1949-1960), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Fred Lohse, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, born in Tambov, Dzerzhinsky (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2008)
  • 1920 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1923 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, born in Baden-Baden, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Harald Heilmann, German composer, born in Aue, Germany (d. 2018)
  • 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, American singer and songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1932 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor, born in Luzern, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist best known for his works used on music album covers (Annunciation, Grain of Sand, Bitches Brew, Aleph Sanctuary), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Aulis Sallinen, Finnish composer, born in Salmi, Russia
  • 1936 Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish pianist, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1983-93), born in Grodno, Poland
  • 1941 Kay Adams, American country singer, born in Knox City, Texas
  • 1943 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1945 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • 1946 Les Gray, English vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In), born in Carshalton, Surrey (d. 2004)
  • 1949 Chico [David-Allen] Ryan, American rock vocalist (Sha Na Na), born in Arlington, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1949 Steve Gadd, American jazz drummer ('Late In The Evening', '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'), born in Irondequoit, New York
  • 1952 Magnar Åm, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim, Norway
  • 1953 Hal Ketchum, American country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1957 Ednita Nazario, Puerto Rican singer, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1959 Dave Innis, American country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Mark Kelly, Irish keyboardist (Marillion-Real to Reel), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1964 Soyo Oka, Japanese musician, born in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan
  • 1970 Josh Todd [Joshua Todd Gruber], American musician, singer and actor (Buckcherry), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestGerard Way

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

Singer-Songwriter Gerard Way
Gerard Way
  • 1978 Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club 7), born in Southgate, London
  • 1978 Vesna Pisarović, Croatian singer, born in Brčko, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 1979 Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Clueso, German singer, rapper, songwriter and producer, born in Erfurt, Germany
  • 1984 Linda Chung, Chinese-Canadian actress and singer, born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1985 Yamashita Tomohisa, Japanese singer and actor, born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • 1986 Brian Larsen, American musician and record producer, born in Laurel, Maryland
  • 1987 Jesse McCartney, American actor and singer, born in Ardsley, New York

Person of interestLil Nas X

1999 Lil Nas X [Montero Lamar Hill], American singer-songwriter and rapper (Old Town Road), born in Lithia Springs, Georgia

Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Lil Nas X
Rapper and Singer-Songwriter
Lil Nas X
  • 2000 Jackie Evancho, American classical crossover singer (The Debut), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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 Félix Máximo López, Spanish composer, dies at 78
  • 1851 Antoine-Charles Glachant, composer, dies at 80
  • 1879 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1916 Vicente Goicoechea Errasti, Basque 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, Spanish composer, dies at 89
  • 1944 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, Polish composer and conductor, dies at 59
  • 1947 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1954 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer, dies at 65
  • 1963 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • 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, Canadian 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, American singer and musician (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50
  • 1991 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • 1996 Luis Sandi, Mexican musician and composer, dies at 95
  • 1998 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, dies at 44
  • 2006 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, dies at 96
  • 2017 Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), dies at 72