On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 21

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1826 Beethoven's "String Quartet No. 13" in B flat major (Op 130) premieres in Vienna

  • 1948 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • 1952 "3 Wishes for Jamie" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 94 performances
  • 1952 Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever
  • 1959 "Juno" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1961 The Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • 1963 David Hendon & Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
  • 1964 Beatles' single "She Loves You" goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • 1964 9th Eurovision Song Contest: Gigliola Cinquetti for Italy wins singing "Non ho l'eta" in Copenhagen
  • 1968 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London
  • 1970 15th Eurovision Song Contest: Dana for Ireland wins singing "All Kinds of Everything" in Amsterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music awardsMusic Awards

1988 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • 1990 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 149 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 English actor Dudley Moore arrested for hitting his girlfriend

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • 1996 "Night of the Iguana" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 2000 NSYNC release their 4th studio album “No Strings Attached” (2000 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • 2017 Singer Wyclef Jean wrongly identified as a suspect, handcuffed and detained by LA county sheriff’s department

Birthdays in Music

  • 1527 Hermann Finck, German composer, born in Pirna (d. 1558)
  • 1624 Francois Roberday, composer
  • 1642 Georg Schmezer, German composer and musician, born in Augsburg (d. 1697)
  • 1708 Caspar Ruetz, German composer, born in Wismar (d. 1755)
  • 1716 Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, composer
  • 1779 Alexis Garaude, composer
  • 1820 Frank Mori, English composer, born in London (d. 1873)
  • 1836 Jesus Monasterio, composer
  • 1839 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Karevo, Russian composer (Boris Gudunov, Night on Bald Mt) [NS]
  • 1863 Hugo Kaun, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1932)
  • 1878 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, composer
  • 1881 Hermann Sandby, composer
  • 1883 Jules van Nuffel, composer
  • 1895 Zlatko Baloković, Croatian violinist (d. 1955)
  • 1900 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1902 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), born in Lyons, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • 1904 Nikolaos Skalkottas, composer
  • 1909 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, bjorn in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Paul Tortelier, French concert cellist, composer, and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and songwriter (d. 1970)
  • 1921 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • 1921 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • 1923 Mort Lindsey [Lippman], American pianist, arranger, musical director (Judy Garland, 1961-64; Merv Griffin Show, 1962-86; Barbra Streisand, 1968), and composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Karl Heinz Fussl, Austrian composer, musicologist, publisher, and music critic, born in Jablonec, Czechoslovakia (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Otis Spann, American blues pianist and singer (The Blues Never Die!), born in Belzoni, Mississippi [or, perhaps, 1930 in Jackson, Mississippi] (d. 1970)
  • 1925 Harold Ashby American jazz tenor saxophonist (Willie Dixon; Duke Ellington, 1968-75), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), born in Kalispell, Montana (d.2019)
  • 1930 James Coco, American character actor (Only When I Laugh; Murder by Death), and singer (Man of La Mancha), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1932 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1955-84), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1935 Antonio Membrado, Spanish-French classical guitarist and composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Marek Stachowski, composer
  • 1940 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer ("Cry To Me"; Diamond In Your Mind"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Chip Taylor [James Voight], American songwriter ("Angel of the Morning"; "Wild Thing"), singer, and producer, born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1941 John Boylan, American record producer (Pure Prairie League; Commander Cody; Little River Band), born in New York City
  • 1943 (Victor) "Vivian" Stanshall, British singer and comic songwriter (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - "I'm The Urban Spaceman"; Magical Mystery Tour), born in Shillingford, England (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
  • 1944 Henrik Colding-Jorgensen, composer
  • 1944 Jamary Oliveira, composer
  • 1944 David Lindley, American musician (The Kaleidoscope), born in San Marino, California
  • 1944 Gaye Adegbalola [Todd], American blues singer and guitarist (Sapphire, The Uppity Blues Women - "Middle Age Blues Boogie"), teacher, and activist, born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1945 Rosemary Stone, American funk and rock vocalist, and pianist (Sly & Family Stone - "Everyday People"; "Dance to The Music"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945 Vernon Guy, American R&B and gospel singer (Cool Sounds, Sharpees), born in St. Louis Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Ray Dorset, British rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (Mungo Jerry - "In The Summertime"), born in Ashford, England
  • 1947 Franco Mussida, Italian progressive rock musician (Premiata Forneria Marconi), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1949 Eddie Money [Mahoney], American rock singer-songwriter ("Two Tickets To Paradise"; 'Take Me Home Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1950 Roger Hodgson, British rock singer-songwriter (Supertramp - "Take The Long Way Home"; "Breakfast In America"), born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1951 Russell Thompkins Jr, American soul tenor, lead singer (Stylistics - "Betcha by Golly, Wow"; "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Conrad Lozano, American rock bass player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Chris O'Connell, rocker
  • 1953 Robert "Shotgun" Johnson, American rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band - "That's The Way I Like It")
  • 1955 Haakon Graf , Norwegian jazz keyboard player, composer, arranger and producer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1958 [Jonathan] Butch Norton, American drummer (Eels), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1959 Sarah Jane Morris, English pop-jazz-R&B singer-songwriter, born in Southampton, England
  • 1959 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • 1960 Guy Chadwick, English singer/songwriter (House of Love)
  • 1960 Robert Sweet, American drummer
  • 1961 Slim Jim Phantom [McDonnell], American rock drummer (Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • 1963 Sharon "Share" Ross (Pederson) American rock bassist (Vixen - "Rev It Up"), born in Glencoe, Minnesota
  • 1967 Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Swedish musician, songwriter, and producer (Ace of Base -"All That She Wants"), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1968 Vincent Courtois, French classically trained jazz cellist, born in Paris, France
  • 1972 Kristen Anderson-Lopez, American songwriter (Frozen), born in New York City
  • 1980 Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41 - "Fat Lip"), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1989 Rochelle Humes, British pop singer (The Saturdays - "What About Us" ), born in Barking, England
  • 1990 Mandy Capristo, German Singer (Monrose)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1963 Singer and actress Barbra Streisand (20) marries actor Elliott Gould (24)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

LoveWedding of Interest

2014 Tenor Andrea Bocelli marries 2nd wife manager Veronica Berti

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli
  • 2015 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

LoveWedding of Interest

2015 Country music star Randy Travis (55) weds longtime girlfriend Mary Davis in Texas

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1975 American country singer Tammy Wynette (33) divorces American country singer-songwriter George Jones (43), after 6 years of marriage

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Deaths in Music

  • 1734 Gunther Jacob Wenceslaus, composer, dies at 48
  • 1793 Johann Michael Schmidt, composer, dies at 51
  • 1801 Andrea Lucchesi, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1894 Jacob Rosenhaim, Jewish-German composer, dies at 80
  • 1934 Franz Schreker [Schrecker], Austrian conductor, composer (Die Gezeichneten; Der ferne Klang), teacher, and administrator dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1936 Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov, composer (Chopiniana), dies at 70
  • 1939 Evald Aav, Estonian composer, dies at 39
  • 1954 Harry Lawrence Freeman, African-American composer, dies at 84
  • 1970 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)
  • 1973 Antoni Szałowski, Polish-French composer (The Resurrection of Lazarus; 2 Pieces for Ondes Martenot), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1975 Berend Giltay, composer, dies at 64
  • 1978 Louis Cottrell Jr., Creole-American jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist (Heritage Hall Jazz Band), dies at 67
  • 1980 Gideon Fagan, South African conductor and composer, dies at 75
  • 1985 Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • 1987 Dean Paul Martin, Jr, American singer (Dino, Desi & Billy), and actor (Misfits of Science), dies in a military aircraft crash at 35
  • 1991 Leo Fender, American inventor (Fender guitar), dies at 81
  • 1992 Natalie Sleeth, American composer, dies at 61
  • 1995 Norman Schwartz, record Producer, dies at 66
  • 1998 Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
  • 2001 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), dies from lung cancer at 80
  • 2004 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), dies at 79
  • 2005 Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)
  • 2010 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)
  • 2015 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74