On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 19

Events in Music

  • 1859 Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris
  • 1864 Opera "Mireille" premieres in Paris
  • 1870 The opera "Guarany" premieres in Milan
  • 1917 Victor Herbert and Harry Blossom's operetta "Eileen", loosely based on a novel by Herbert's grandfather, premieres at Shubert Theater, New York City
  • 1941 Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"
  • 1959 "1st Impressions" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • 1960 "Redhead" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 455 performances
  • 1962 "All American" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • 1966 "Poussé Cafe" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1972 "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • 1975 "Dr Jazz" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1992 "Master Builder" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1995 "Translations" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 1995 "Uncle Vanya" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • 1998 "Ah Wilderness!" opens at Vivian Beaumont theater
  • 2019 Singer Sam Smith comes out as non-binary in interview on Jameela Jamil’s Instagram show

Birthdays in Music

  • 1604 Johan IV, composer/king of Portugal (1640-56)
  • 1668 Francesco Gasparini, Italian baroque composer (Ambleto; Missa Canonica), born in Camaiore, Lucca (now Italy) (d. 1727)
  • 1673 Pedro Vaz Rego, Portuguese composer and poet, born in Campo Maior, Portugal (d. 1736)
  • 1715 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, South Netherlands organist and composer, born in Belgium (d. 1790)
  • 1740 Johann Georg Roser, composer
  • 1745 Nicolas Sejan, composer
  • 1752 Jose Mauricio, composer
  • 1767 Leonhard von Call, composer
  • 1785 Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, composer
  • 1809 Fredrik Pacius, composer
  • 1816 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer
  • 1847 Constantin Dimitrescu, Romanian composer (Dans ţănănesc), born in Blejoi, Romania (d. 1928)
  • 1872 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), born in Warsaw (d. 1918)
  • 1873 Max Reger, German concert pianist, organist, composer (Hebbel Requiem), and professor (Royal Conservatory - Leipzig, 1907-16), born in Brand, Bavarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1879 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich, Totenmesse), born in Maihingen, Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Josef Matthias Hauer, composer
  • 1892 Robert Denzler, composer
  • 1904 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, born in Lviv, Poland (d. 1957)
  • 1906 Normand Lockwood, composer
  • 1907 Elizabeh LeFanu Maconochy, composer
  • 1907 Marc Vaubourgoin, composer
  • 1912 Russ Case, America orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), born in Hamburg, Iowa
  • 1912 Lavere "Buster" Harding, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Count Basie; Dizzy Gillespie; Billie Holiday), born in North Buxton, Ontario (d. 1965)
  • 1914 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1917 Constantin "Dinu" Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer, born in Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1950)
  • 1919 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1921 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1921 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1923 Janine Dacosta, French pianist
  • 1928 (Allan Thomas) "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Clarence Paul [Pauling], American songwriter, and record producer (Motown; Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips"), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Herman van San, composer
  • 1929 Robert Muczynski, composer
  • 1930 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer ("Señor Blues"), and actor (Dreams - "Torpedo"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Amancio D'Silva, musician
  • 1936 Birthe Wilke, Danish pop singer (Eurovision Song Contest, 1957 & 1959), born in Vesterbro, Denmark
  • 1937 Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American pianist and singer (Ain't Got No Home), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1942 Jeff Neighbour, American rock bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1942 Robin Luke, rocker (Susie Darlin')
  • 1944 Joseph Celli, composer
  • 1944 Myung-Wha Chung, Korean concert cellist (Chung Trio), and educator, born in Seoul, Japanese Korea (now South Korea)
  • 1944 Tom Constanten, American rock keyboardist (Grateful Dead, 1968-70 - Aoxomoxoa), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1946 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), born in Cuffley, Hertfordshire (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Ruth Pointer, American singer-songwriter (Pointer Sisters - "I'm So Excited"), born in Oakland, California
  • 1951 Derek Longmuir, Scottish rock drummer (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1953 Billy Sheehan, American rock bassist (Talas; Mr Big - "To Be With You"; David Lee Roth), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1953 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52's - "Rock Lobster"; "Love Shack"), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1959 Terry Hall, British rock-ska-pop singer (Specials; Fun Boy Three; Vegas), born in Coventry, England
  • 1960 Eliane Elias, Brazilian jazz pianist, singer, composer and arranger (Dreamer; Around The City), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1964 Yoko Kanno, Japanese composer
  • 1966 James "Big Jim" Wright, American Grammy and Dove Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger, and record producer (Sound of Blackness; Mariah Carey), born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1969 Gary Jules, American singer and songwriter
  • 1975 Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
  • 1975 Brann Dailor, American drummer
  • 1976 Zach Lind, American drummer (Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle")
  • 1980 Mikuni Shimokawa, Japanese singer
  • 1983 Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1918 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

LoveWedding of Interest

1956 Author Aldous Huxley (62) weds musician and author Laura Archera (45)


Deaths in Music

  • 1711 Thomas Ken, English bishop and hymn-writer (b. 1637)
  • 1782 Louis-Henry Paisible, French composer, dies at 33
  • 1796 Stephen Storace, English composer, dies at 33
  • 1797 Philip Hayes, English composer, dies at 58
  • 1811 Frantisek Adam Mica, composer, dies at 65
  • 1845 George Augustus Kollmann, composer, dies at 56
  • 1850 Adalbert Gyrowetz, Bohemian composer, dies at 87
  • 1866 Louis Clapisson, French composer and violinist, dies at 57
  • 1876 Jozef Stefani, Polish composer, dies at 75
  • 1884 Alfonse Charles Renaud de Vilback, composer, dies at 54
  • 1893 Karel Komzák I, Bohemian composer and musician, dies at 69
  • 1900 Charles-Louis Hanon, French composer and piano pedagogue (The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises), dies at 80
  • 1905 Makar Grigori Ekmalyan, Armenian composer (Patarag), dies at 49
  • 1913 John Thomas, Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 87
  • 1943 Vicente Ripollés, Spanish composer, dies at 75
  • 1945 Clyde Hart, American swing and bebop jazz piano player and arranger (Stuff Smith; Lionel Hampton; Roy Eldridge), dies of tuberculosis at 35
  • 1947 Willem Pijper, Dutch composer and music critic, dies at 52
  • 1954 Walter Braunfels, German composer (Die Vögel -The Birds), dies at 71
  • 1961 Edric Cundell, composer, dies at 68
  • 1965 Lavere "Buster" Harding, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Count Basie; Dizzy Gillespie; Billie Holiday), dies at 53
  • 1969 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • 1976 George Sklavos, Greek composer, dies at 87
  • 1976 Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist (Free - "All Right Now"), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 25
  • 1982 Randy Rhoads, American heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), dies in an air crash at 25
  • 1989 Alan Civil, British horn player (played solo on Beatles "For No One"), dies of liver and kidney failure at 59
  • 1990 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)
  • 1992 Henry Leland Clarke, American composer, dies at 85
  • 1993 Jeff Ward, drummer (9 Inch Nails), commits suicide at 30
  • 1995 Kenneth Loveless, priest folk musician, dies at 83
  • 1996 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, dies at 65
  • 1996 Frank Wigglesworth, American composer (The Willowdale Handcar), dies at 78
  • 2007 Luther Ingram, American soul singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2009 Ion Dolănescu, Romanian singer and politician (b. 1944)
  • 2011 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter (b. 1920)
  • 2015 Michael Brown, American musician and songwriter (Don't Walk Away Renee), dies at 65
  • 2015 Peter Katin, British concert pianist, dies at 84
  • 2018 Irwin Hoffman, American conductor, dies at 93