On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 16

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1782 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" premieres in Vienna with Mozart conducting

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1955 "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
  • 1966 "Half a Sixpence" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 512 performances
  • 1994 "Sisters Rosensweig" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 556 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 "The Three Tenors", Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, perform in Los Angeles, California

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
Opera Singer José Carreras
Opera Singer
José Carreras
Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
  • 1995 "Buttons on Broadway" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1995 "Chronicles of a Death Foretold" closes at Plymouth NYC after 55 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1725 Georg Simon Löhlein, German pianist and composer, born in Neustadt bei Coburg, Germany (d. 1781)
  • 1728 Henri Moreau, Flemish composer, born in Liège (d. 1803)
  • 1822 Luigi Arditi, Italian violinist and composer, born in Crescentino, Italy (d. 1903)
  • 1834 Carlo Angeloni, Italian composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1901)
  • 1848 Henri Viotta, Dutch conductor and composer (Lexicon of Music), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1933)
  • 1855 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer (d. 1923)
  • 1858 Eugene Ysaye, Belgian composer and violinist, born in Liège (d. 1931)
  • 1901 Fritz Mahler, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (Beatitudines), born in Zagarolo, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Teddy [John Edward] Buckner, American trumpeter (Dixieland music), born in Sherman, Texas (d. 1994)

Person of interestGinger Rogers

1911 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Kitty Foyle), born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1995)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1912 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1918 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], born in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippine Islands (d. 1989)
  • 1925 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz musician, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1928 Bella Davidovich, Jewish Soviet-American pianist (Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel), born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 1928 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor, born in Copenhagen (d. 1993)
  • 1930 John Everett Watts, American composer, born in Maryville, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • 1932 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops), born in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1936 Buddy Merrill, American guitarist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Torrey, Utah
  • 1938 Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavik (d. 2013)
  • 1939 William Bell, American singer (Tryin' to Love Two), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1939 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), born in Leflore County, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers), born in Dingle, Liverpool, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1941 Mišo Kovač, Croatian musician (Mojoj vjernoj publici), born in Tribunj, Croatia
  • 1942 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), born in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), born in Wynne, Arkansas (d. 2008)
  • 1948 Pinchas Zukerman, Israeli-American violinist (Leventritt Prize, 1967), conductor (St. Paul Chamber, 1980-87; National Arts Centre (Canada), 1999-2015), and pedagogue, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1948 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor, born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1949 Alan "Fitz" Fitzgerald, rock keyboardist and vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • 1949 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • 1950 Tom Terrell, American musicologist, deejay and NPR reviewer, born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Stewart Copeland, American drummer (The Police-Roxanne), born in Alexandria, Virginia

Person of interestMichael Flatley

1958 Michael Flatley, Irish choreographer (Lord of Dance), born in Chicago, Illinois

Irish Dancer Michael Flatley
Irish Dancer
Michael Flatley
  • 1959 Doug Herzog, American television executive (Viacom Music and Entertainment Group), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1960 Eus van Someren, Dutch pop guitarist (Scene, Blaauw), born in Beverwijk, Netherlands
  • 1971 Ed Kowalczyk, American singer (Live), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Mindy Carson, American vocalist (Club Embassy, Ford Star Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Jamie Oliver, Welsh keyboardist (No Devotion), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • 1994 Mark Indelicato, American singer and actor (Ugly Betty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Music

  • 1974 "The Osmonds" singer Alan Osmond (25) weds Suzanne Pinegar at LDS Temple in Provo, Utah

LoveWedding of Interest

1980 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (31) weds award-winning arranger Bruce Sudano (31) in Los Angeles, California

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • 2010 Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen (52) weds costume designer Helen L. Simmons (42) at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Resort in Florida

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012 Actor-comedian Russell Brand (36) divorces popstar Katy Perry (27) due to irreconcilable differences a year after the fairy-tale wedding in India

Comedian Russell Brand
Russell Brand
Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry

Deaths in Music

  • 1698 Cristoph Kaldenbach, composer, dies at 84
  • 1729 Johann David Heinichen, German composer, dies at 46
  • 1762 Jacques Hotteterre, French composer and flautist, dies at 87
  • 1868 Louis François Dauprat, French composer and horn player, dies at 87
  • 1917 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • 1972 Giorgio Nataletti, Italian composer, dies at 65
  • 1972 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, dies at 70
  • 1979 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • 1981 Harry Chapin, American folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Taxi"; "Cat's in the Cradle"), dies in car crash at 38
  • 1984 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), dies at 73
  • 1985 Wayne King, American saxophonist and bandleader, known as the Waltz King ("The Waltz You Saved for Me", dies at 84
  • 1989 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1955-89), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 1990 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and organist (b. 1908)
  • 1995 Charles Bruck, Hungarian/French/US conductor (Dutch Opera), dies at 83
  • 1995 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher, dies at 91
  • 1996 John Panozzo, American rock drummer (Styx), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 47
  • 1999 Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
  • 2003 Celia Cruz, Cuban musician (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer, lyricist, and entertainer (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Blue Barron [Harry Freidman], American "sweet music" orchestra leader ("Cruising Down The River"), dies at 91
  • 2008 Jo Stafford, American singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Jon Lord, English keyboardist and composer (Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Whitesnake), dies from a pulmonary embolism at 71
  • 2012 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer (It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels), dies from complications after a stroke at 92
  • 2012 Bob Babbitt [Robert Kreinar], Hungarian-American bassist (The Funk Brothers), dies of brain cancer at 74
  • 2014 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70
  • 2016 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), dies at 77