On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 13

Events in Music

  • 1797 Cherubini's opera "Medée" premieres in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905 Mata Hari first performs her dance act at the Guimet Museum, Paris

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1911 Ivan Caryll's musical "Pink Lady" premieres in NYC
  • 1928 Rudolph Friml's musical "Three Musketeers" premieres in NYC
  • 1947 "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 581 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1963 Paul Hindemith and Thornton Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith
Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder
  • 1965 Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 British guitarist Eric Clapton quits the Yardbirds due to the band moving away from traditional blues; Jeff Beck becomes his replacement

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • 1968 Beatles release single "Lady Madonna" in the UK

Music awardsMusic Awards

1972 7th Academy of Country Music Awards: Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn
  • 1973 "Irene" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 605 performances
  • 1983 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances
  • 1995 9th Soul Train Music Awards: Boyz II Men, Anita Baker win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 Luciano Pavarotti performs in his last opera at New York Metropolitan Opera's "Tosca"

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

Birthdays in Music

  • 1700 James Kent, English composer, born in Winchester (d. 1776)
  • 1700 Michel Blavet, French composer, born in Besançon (d. 1768)
  • 1712 Isfrid Kayser, German composer, born in Türkheim an der Wertach (d. 1771)
  • 1746 Maurus Haberhauer, Czech composer, born in Svitavy, Czech Republic (d. 1799)
  • 1767 Heinrich Domnich, German hornist and composer, born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1844)
  • 1779 Oliver Shaw, early American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1848)
  • 1811 Camille Marie Stamaty, French pianist, composer, and teacher of were Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Camille Saint-Saëns, born in Département Rome, French Empire (now Rome, Italy) (d. 1870)
  • 1832 Alberto Randegger, Italian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1911)
  • 1850 Emilio Serrano y Ruiz, Spanish composer, born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (d. 1939)
  • 1860 Hugo Wolf, Austrian composer, born in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia (d. 1903)
  • 1862 Vasiliy Metallov, Russian composer and musical historian, born in Saratov, Russian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1883 Enrico Toselli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1926)
  • 1886 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1887 Carlos Isamitt, Chilean composer, born in Rengo, Chile (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Michael Taube, Polish composer, born in Lodz, Poland (1972)
  • 1890 Fritz Busch, German conductor, born in Siegen, Province of Westphalia (d. 1951)
  • 1892 Alec Rowley, English composer, born in London (d. 1958)
  • 1899 Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1932)
  • 1908 Helen Sinclair Glatz, English composer, born in Border country in England (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Jose Ardevol, Cuban composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1981)
  • 1912 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, born in Schaffhausen (d. 1968)
  • 1912 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, born in Pyriatyn, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Lightnin' Slim [Otis Hicks], American Louisiana blues electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter ("Bad Luck And Trouble"), born near St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • 1914 Carl-Olof Anderberg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1972)
  • 1914 Bob Haggart, American dixieland, swing jazz, and session double bass player, and composer ("What's New?"), born in New York City (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Ina Ray Hutton, American orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Carlo Prosperi, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer (Charlie Parker; Stan Getz; Thelonious Monk; Eric Dolphy; Chick Corea), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1928 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English television composer (Are You Being Served?, The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin), born in Dukinfield, England (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Will Eisma, Dutch composer and violinist, born in Sungailiat, Indonesia
  • 1929 Jan Howard [Lula Grace Johnson], American country music singer and songwriter (For Loving You), born in West Plains, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1930 (Richard Allen) "Blue" Mitchell, American jazz trumpeter (Horace Silver Quintet; Riverside; Blue Note), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1979)
  • 1931 Rosalind Elias, American mezzo-soprano (Grimgerde-Die Walkuere), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1933 Mike Stoller, American composer (Lieber & Stoller-Hound Dog, Charlie Brown), born in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York
  • 1937 Terence "Terry" Cox, British drummer (Pentangle; Duffy's Nucleus; Humblebums; Charles Aznavour), born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1938 Hans-Joachim Hespos, German composer, born in Emden, Germany
  • 1938 Jean-Claude Risset, French composer, born in Le Puy-en-Velay, France (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer ("Piece Of My Heart"), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2002)
  • 1938 Julian Bahula, South African British based jazz and world music drummer, composer and bandleader, born in Eersterust, Pretoria
  • 1939 Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter ("Breaking Up is Hard to Do"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940 Candi [Canzetta Maria] Staton, American gospel singer ("Young Hearts Run Free"), born in Hanceville, Alabama
  • 1942 William "Bill" Curbishley, British music and film producer and band manager (The Who, Judas Priest, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant), born in London, England
  • 1947 Lesley Collier, English ballet dancer, born in Orpington, England
  • 1947 Beat Richner, Swiss physician (founder of children's hospitals in Cambodia) and cellist, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1949 Julia Migenes, American soprano, born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Steve Hill, country vocalist (A Winning Hand)
  • 1952 Wolfgang Rihm, German composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1955 John Hackett, British rock, classical, and new age flautist, born in Pimlico, London, England
  • 1959 Ronnie Rogers, British guitarist (T'Pau-Heart & Soul), born in Shrewsbury, England
  • 1959 Greg Norton, American rock bassist (Hüsker Dü; Porcupine), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • 1959 Melvin Taylor, American electric blues guitarist, born in Jackson, Mississippi

Person of interestAdam Clayton

1960 Adam Clayton, English-Irish musician and rock bassist (U2 -"I Will Follow"), born in Chinnor, England

Musician and Rock Bassist Adam Clayton
Musician and Rock Bassist
Adam Clayton
  • 1962 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), film score composer (When The Levees Broke; Harriet), and educator, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1963 Fito Paez, Argentine singer-songwriter and pianist (La Conquista Del Espacio), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1973 David Draiman, American musician and songwriter (Disturbed), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1976 James Dewees, American musician (The Get Up Kids), born in Liberty, Missouri
  • 1977 Ed Sloan, American musician (Crossfade), born in South Carolina
  • 1979 Spanky G [Michael Guthier], American musician (Bloodhound Gang), born in Souderton, Pennsylvania
  • 1980 Lee Jung-hyun, South Korean pop singer and actress (Alice in Earnestland), born in Taegu, South Korea
  • 1984 Yuuka Nanri, Japanese actress, voice actress and pop singer, born in Nagasaki, Japan

Person of interestOzuna

1992 Ozuna [Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado], Puerto Rican singer (Odisea), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Singer Ozuna

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1926 Country singer Maybelle Carter (17) weds Ezra Carter

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter

Deaths in Music

  • 1716 Georg Gabriel Schutz, German composer, dies at 46
  • 1756 Johann Melchior Conradi, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1817 Matej Sojka, Bohemian composer, dies at 77
  • 1839 Robert Gallenberg, Austrian composer, dies at 55
  • 1890 Henry Wylde, English composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1918 Karel Stecker, Czech organist, pedagogue, and composer of organ and sacred music dies at 57
  • 1934 Fritz Cortolezis, German conductor, opera director, and composer, dies at 56
  • 1945 Herbert Bedford, English author and composer, dies at 78
  • 1946 Thomas Frederick Dunhill, composer, dies at 69
  • 1970 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), dies of internal hemorrhages at 45
  • 1971 Piero Coppola, Italian composer, dies at 82
  • 1978 David McKinley Williams, Welsh born American church composer, dies at 91
  • 1980 Tauno Pylkkänen, Finnish composer dies at 61
  • 1982 Albert Weisser, American composer, dies at 64
  • 1985 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies at 65
  • 1987 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1987 Gerald Moore, English pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • 1987 Fela Sowande, Nigerian musician and composer, dies at 81
  • 1990 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, 1945-87), dies at 74
  • 1992 Clarence Wright, English actor and singer, dies at 84
  • 1994 Danny Barker, US banjo player/guitarist (Bourbon St Black), dies at 85
  • 1995 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies at 65
  • 1999 Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • 2003 Enriko Josif, Serbian composer and pedagogue (Lyric Symphony), dies at 78
  • 2004 Vilayat Khan, Indian classical sitar player and composer, dies at 75
  • 2005 Lyn Collins [Gloria Lavern Collins], American soul singer (Think About It), dies from cardiac arrhythmia at 56
  • 2006 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, dies at 84
  • 2010 Jean Ferrat, French singer-songwriter, dies at 79
  • 2015 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2021 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist, and professor (Barnard College, Brooklyn, NYC ), dies shortly after a stroke at 79