On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 16

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris, includes piece “Méditation” for violin and orchestra

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet
  • 1900 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1900 Isadora Duncan giver her first dance performance in Europe, in London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1938 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich receives the Stalin Prize

  • 1946 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Billie Holiday is released from prison early due to good behavior

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1969 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • 1971 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1971 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1974 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
  • 1975 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 9 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Seven members of Reba McEntire's band are killed in a plane crash

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 U.S. Postal Service issues a set of five "Latin Music Legends" stamps, including one of Carlos Gardel

Birthdays in Music

  • 1609 Michael Franck, German composer, poet and baker, born in Schleusingen (d. 1667) [1]
  • 1651 Zaccaria Tevo, Italian composer, born in Piove di Sacco
  • 1663 Nicolas Siret, French baroque composer and organist, born in Troyes (d. 1754)
  • 1745 Johann Wilhelm Cornelius von Konigslow, composer
  • 1814 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, composer
  • 1823 William Henry Monk, English composer and organist (Eventide), born in London, England (d. 1889)
  • 1885 Giacomo Benvenuti, Italian composer, born in Toscolano, Italy (d. 1943)
  • 1892 James Petrillo, leader of the U.S. musicians union (d. 1984)
  • 1903 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Estonian-American composer (Variazioni Concertanti), born in Reval, Russian Empire (now Tallinn, Estonia) (d. 1976)
  • 1906 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist ("Take my wife ... please"), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Howard Boatwright, American composer and violinist, born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Erno Kiraly, Yugoslavian composer, born in Subotica
  • 1920 John Addison, British Academy and BAFTA Award-winning film score composer (Tom Jones; A Bridge Too Far; Centennial), born in Surrey, England (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Christa Ludwig, German soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1955-94; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-93), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1928 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, born in Madrid (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Edwin London, American horn player, conductor (Cleveland Chamber Orchestra; Ineluctable Modality Choir), and composer (Dream Thing on Biblical Episodes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, born in Tokushima (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Betty Johnson, American pop and cabaret singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed), born in Guilford County, North Carolina
  • 1935 Teresa Berganza, Spanish soprano
  • 1936 Frederick "Fred" Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and dolphin conservationist (Everybody's Talkin'), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1937 Constança Capdeville, Porteguese pianist and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1992)
  • 1937 David Del Tredici, American pianist, Neo-Romantic composer, and 1980 Pulitzer winner (In Memory of a Summer Day), born in Cloverdale, California
  • 1940 Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter
  • 1942 Jerry Jeff Walker [Ronald Clyde Crosby], American country music singer and songwriter (Mr Bojangles), born in Oneonta, New York
  • 1946 Hubert Soudant, Dutch conductor
  • 1947 Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist and folk musician, born in Taraz, Kazakhstan
  • 1948 Michael Owen Bruce, American rock musician (Alice Cooper), born in Kansas
  • 1949 Elliott Murphy, American singer/songwriter
  • 1951 Ray Benson, American country singer (House of Blue Lights), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Ritchie Teeter, American drummer (The Dictators, 1976-79; Twisted Sister, 1980-81) (d. 2012)
  • 1954 Jimmy Nail, singer/actor (Evita, Spender, Howling II)
  • 1954 Nancy Wilson, rock guitarist (Heart - "Baracuda"; "What About Love"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1959 Stan Thorn, American country singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Person of interestFlavor Flav

1959 Flavor Flav [William Drayton Jr], American rapper and reality TV star (Public Enemy), born in Roosevelt, New York

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
  • 1963 Jimmy Degrasso, American musician, drummer
  • 1963 Doug Grisby, American soul music bassist, composer and producer (Patti LaBelle; Teena Marie), born in Queens, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1964 Patty Griffin, American singer and songwriter (Downtown Church), born in Old Town, Maine
  • 1973 Brant Bjork, American musician (Kyuss)
  • 1976 Blu Cantrell [Tiffany Cobb], American singer-songwriter (Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!), Breathe), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1979 Leena Peisa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1981 Danny Brown [Daniel Sewell], American rapper, born in Detroit, Michigan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1822 Italian opera composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioachino Rossini weds 1st wife, opera singer Isabella Colbran, in Bologna

LoveWedding of Interest

2002 Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli (56) weds producer David Gest (48) at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

Deaths in Music

  • 1736 Giovanni B Pergolesi, Italian composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 26
  • 1806 Giuseppe Colla, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1819 Nicolas Sejan, composer, dies at 73
  • 1867 Benjamin Hanby, composer, dies at 33
  • 1887 Emanuel Kania, Polish composer, dies at 59
  • 1919 Sigurd von Koch, Swedish composer, dies at 39
  • 1955 Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75
  • 1956 Joseph John Richards, American composer, dies at 77
  • 1962 John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • 1967 James Friskin, composer, dies at 80
  • 1968 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1970 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • 1970 Mary Ann Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 22

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

1975 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1984 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, and composer, dies at 68
  • 1985 Roger Huntington Sessions, American composer (Black Masks), dies at 88
  • 1990 Ernst Bacon, American composer, dies at 91
  • 1994 (Charles) Russell Woolen, American classical keyboardist and composer (In Martyrum Memoriam), dies at 71
  • 1995 Sydney Simone, band leader, dies at 80
  • 1996 Joseph Lee Pope, singer, dies at 62
  • 2004 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1910)
  • 2008 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), dies from injuries after a fall at 61
  • 2013 Bobby Smith, American R&B singer (The Spinners), dies from complications of influenza and pneumonia at 76
  • 2014 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), dies at 86
  • 2015 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62
  • 2016 Frank Sinatra, Jr. , American singer and bandleaderr, dies at 72
  • 2017 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81
  • 2018 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), dies at 82
  • 2019 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, dies at 81