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
  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1604 Johan IV, composer/king of Portugal (1640-56)
  • 1673 Pedro Vaz Rego, Portuguese composer and poet, born in Campo Maior, Portugal (d. 1736)
  • 1715 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, composer
  • 1740 Johann Georg Roser, composer
  • 1740 Joseph F Weigl, German/Austrian(?), violin cellist
  • 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, composer
  • 1872 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), born in Warsaw (d. 1918)
  • 1873 Max Reger, German composer, pianist and professor (Leipzig Univ), born in Brand, Bavarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1879 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Tobias Wunderlich)
  • 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, Hamburg Iowa, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show)
  • 1917 Dino Lipatti, composer
  • 1919 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1923 Janine Dacosta, French pianist
  • 1928 Alam Thomas "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Herman van San, composer
  • 1929 Robert Muczynski, composer
  • 1930 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer (Torpedo-Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Amancio D'Silva, musician
  • 1936 Birthe Wilke, Danish singer
  • 1937 Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American pianist and singer (Ain't Got No Home), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1942 Jeff Neighbour, US bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1942 Robin Luke, rocker (Susie Darlin')
  • 1944 Joseph Celli, composer
  • 1944 Myung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, cellist (Chung Trio)
  • 1946 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies-Never Even Thought), born in Cuffley, Hertfordshire (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Ruth Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-I'm So Exicted)
  • 1952 Derek Longmuir, rock drummer (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1953 Billy Sheehan, rocker (Mr Big-Lean Into It)
  • 1953 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's-Love Shack), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1959 Terry Hall, English musician (Specials, Fun Boy 3), born in Coventry
  • 1964 Yoko Kanno, Japanese composer
  • 1966 James "Big Jim" Wright, American record producer
  • 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)
  • 1980 Mikuni Shimokawa, Japanese singer
  • 1983 Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

HeartWedding of Interest

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


Deaths in Music

  • 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, composer, 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 (b. 1819)
  • 1905 Makar Grigori Ekmalyan, composer, dies at 49
  • 1913 John Thomas, Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 87
  • 1924 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer/author, dies at 71
  • 1943 Vicente Ripolles, composer, dies at 75
  • 1947 Willem F J Pijper, Dutch composer/critic, dies at 52
  • 1954 Walter Braunfels, composer, dies at 71
  • 1961 Edric Cundell, composer, dies at 68
  • 1969 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • 1976 George Sklavos, composer, dies at 87
  • 1976 Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist (Free), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 25
  • 1982 Randy Rhoads, heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), dies in an air crash at 25
  • 1989 Alan Civil, British horn player (played horn solo in Beatles "For No One"), dies of liver and kidney failure at 59
  • 1990 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)
  • 1993 Jeff Ward, drummer (9 Inch Nails), commits suicide at 30
  • 1995 Kenneth Norman Joseph Loveless, priest folk musician, dies at 83
  • 1996 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, dies at 65
  • 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