On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 11

Events in Music

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1829 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" is revived by Felix Mendelssohn, aged 20, conducting in Berlin

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1851 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

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1893 Carlos Gardel and his mother, Berthe Gardès, arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1959 4th Eurovision Song Contest: Teddy Scholten for Netherlands wins singing "Een beetje" in Cannes

Music releaseMusic Single

1967 Pink Floyd releases 1st single "Arnold Layne"

Rocker Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters

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1968 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 12nd string quartet

Music releaseMusic Single

1968 Otis Redding is the first person in the US to posthumously receive gold record for his single "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay"

Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • 1970 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius; Crosby Stills & Nash; Peggy Lee win

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1971 Jim Morrison leaves for Paris to reorient himself emotionally and creatively and to avoid the jail sentence given to him in Miami. He will never return to the US.

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1972 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances

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1991 Janet Jackson signs $40M 3 album deal with Virgin records


1997 Beatle Paul McCartney knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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2008 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo

Birthdays in Music

  • 1654 Heinrich Georg Neuss, composer
  • 1683 Giovanni Veneziano, composer
  • 1781 Anthony Philip Heinrich, composer
  • 1812 William Vincent Wallace, Irish-American violinist (known as the 'Australian Paganini'), and composer (Maritana), born in Waterford, Ireland (d. 1865)
  • 1819 Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Don Quiotte)
  • 1876 Carl Ruggles, American composer (Evocations), born in Marion, Massachusetts (d. 1971)
  • 1879 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer
  • 1897 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)
  • 1898 (Irving Milford) "Miff" Mole, American jazz trombonist, and composer (Red Nichols and His Five Pennies - "Slippin' Around"; Sophie Tucker), born in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1903 Lawrence Welk, American accordionist and orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Strasburg, North Dakota (d. 1992)
  • 1906 Hasan Ferit Alnar, Turkish composer, born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Xavier Montsalvatge, Spanish composer (El gato con botas)
  • 1913 John Jacob Weinzweig, Canadian composer (The Enchanted Hill; Red Ear Of Corn), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Mercer Ellington, son of Duke Ellington, American composer, and bandleader, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Astor Piazzolla, Argentinian banodeonist, and composer (Tango Nuevo), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Thom Kelling, Dutch singer/guitarist (Programa de Manha)
  • 1926 Ilhan Mimaroglu, Turkish electronic music composer and musician, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Joep Straesser, Dutch composer (Blossom songs, Ramasasiri), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez, American Tex-Mex accordionist, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1940 Alberto Cortez, Argentinian singer
  • 1940 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Ric Rothwell, British rock drummer (Mindbenders - "The Game of Love"), born in Reddish, Cheshire, England
  • 1944 Graham Lyle, Scottish singer-songwriter ("What's Love Got to Do with It"), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • 1944 Robert "Bobby" Lyle, American jazz pianist, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1945 Harvey Mandel, American rock guitarist (The Snake), born in Morton, Illinois
  • 1947 Mark Stein, American rock singer, Hammond organ and keyboard player, and songwriter (Vanilla Fudge - "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1948 George Kooymans, Dutch rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Golden Earring - Radar Love"), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1948 Jan Schelhaas, English musician (Caravan, Camel), born in Liverpool
  • 1949 Richard de Bois, Dutch drummer/producer
  • 1950 Bobby McFerrin, American Grammy Award winner vocalist ("Don't Worry Be Happy"), and classical music conductor, born in New York City, New York
  • 1951 Katie Kissoon [Farthing], Trinidadian-British pop singer ("Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Chip"), and session and touring backing vocalist (Van Morrison; Eric Clapton; Roger Water; Mark Knopfler), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1953 Chet Catallo, American jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1953 Bernie LaBarge, Canadian musician
  • 1953 Jimmy Iovine, American record producer (Interscope Records), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Catharina "Nina" Hagen, German punk rock singer, and actress (The Go-Blue Girl), born in East Berlin, East Germany
  • 1957 Cheryl Lynn, American singer
  • 1961 Bruce Watson, Canadian-Scottish rock guitarist, sitar and mandolin player (Big Country - "Wonderland"; "In A Big Country"), born in Timmons, Ontario
  • 1961 Mike Percy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • 1964 Vinnie Paul, American drummer (Pantera), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1965 Andy Sturmer, American pop-rock singer, songwriter and producer (Jellyfish; Puffy AmiYumi), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • 1967 John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter and writer (Captain Jack Harkness-Doctor Who), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1968 Lisa Loeb, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Stay (I Missed You)"), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1969 Rami Jaffee, American rock keyboardist (The Foo Fighters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1977 Andre Nickatina, American rapper
  • 1979 Benji Madden, American guitarist (Good Charlotte)
  • 1979 Joel Madden, American singer (Good Charlotte)
  • 1981 Russell Lissack, English musician (Bloc Party)
  • 1981 LeToya Luckett, American singer (ex-Destiny's Child)
  • 1981 Paul Wall, American rapper
  • 1984 Anna Tsuchiya, Japanese model, actress and singer
  • 1987 Tomethy Furse, British bassist (The Horrors)

Weddings in Music

  • 2009 Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) in Savannah, Georgia

Deaths in Music

  • 1602 Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian composer
  • 1607 Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer
  • 1772 Johann George Reutter, composer, dies at 63
  • 1787 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), dies at 45
  • 1807 Anton Eberl, Austrian composer, dies at 41
  • 1826 Gervais-François Couperin, French composer, dies at 66
  • 1833 Fridolin Weber, composer, dies at 71
  • 1897 Berthold Tours, Dutch-English composer, dies at 58
  • 1908 Peter Milne, Scottish composer, dies at 83
  • 1919 Harald Fryklöf, Swedish composer, dies at 36
  • 1925 Andreas Hallen, composer, dies at 78
  • 1937 Paul Scheinpflug, composer, dies at 61
  • 1941 Walford Davies, English composer, dies at 71
  • 1947 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • 1949 Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer, dies at 76
  • 1956 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • 1959 Haydn Wood, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1967 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • 1975 Philip Bezanson, composer, dies at 59
  • 1975 Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65
  • 1976 Louis Gesensway, Latvian-American violinist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1926-71), and composer (Ode To Peace), dies at 70
  • 1978 Claude François, French pop singer-songwriter ("Comme d'habitude"), electrocuted in a home mishap at 39
  • 1983 Lurlean Hunter, American jazz singer, dies at 63
  • 1984 Kostas Roukounas, Greek rembetiko singer and songwriter (b. 1903)
  • 1986 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • 1993 Edgar Nelson Barclift, dancer, dies after lengthy illness at 76
  • 1995 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69
  • 1996 Vince Edwards, American actor, director, and singer (Ben Casey, The Devil's Brigade, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1997 Hugo Weisgall, American composer (4 Impressions), dies at 84
  • 2007 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), dies of colon cancer a 86
  • 2011 Loleatta Holloway, American disco singer ("Love Sensation"), dies of heart failure at 64
  • 2012 Hans G. Helms, German writer and composer, dies at 79
  • 2015 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), dies of metastatic melanoma at 67
  • 2018 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer," dies of complications from a chest infection at 90
  • 2019 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American pop and rock session drummer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 90