On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 24

Events in Music

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1721 Johann Sebastian Bach dedicates his Brandenburg Concertos to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1824 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" in St. Petersburg

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1924 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C at the Konsertföreningenin in Stockholm

Composer Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius

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1941 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie "Sun Valley Serenade", starring Sonja Henie and John Payne, for 20th Century Fox

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller

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1955 Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams

USAElvis Presley in the Army

1958 Elvis Presley joins the U.S. Army (serial number 53310761)

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Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
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1962 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue & Blue Boys

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1978 Wings release "With a Little Luck"
  • 1979 "Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances
  • 1980 Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks on the LP "Rarites"

Music awardsMusic Awards

1987 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross win

  • 1988 "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 1992 "Jake's Women" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 245 performances
  • 1994 "Carousel" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 322 performances
  • 1994 "Song of Jacob Zulu" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 53 performances

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2010 The World Health Organization appoints Craig David as a Goodwill Ambassador against tuberculosis on World Tuberculosis Day

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Craig David

Birthdays in Music

  • 1714 Carlo Giovanni Testori, Italian composer (d. 1782)
  • 1732 Gian Francesco de Majo, composer
  • 1740 John Antes, American composer and missionary, born in Frederick, Pennsylvania (d. 1811)
  • 1749 Bernard Jumentier, French composer, primarily of sacred music, born in Lèves, France (d. 1829)
  • 1762 Marcos Antonio da Fonseca, Portuguese opera composer (Portogallo)
  • 1808 Maria Malibran, Spanish-French singer (d. 1836)
  • 1817 Aimé Maillart, French opera composer (Les Dragons de Villars), born in Montpellier, Hérault, France (d. 1871)
  • 1820 Fanny Crosby, American hymnist known as the "Queen of Gospel Song Writers", born in Brewster, New York (d. 1915)
  • 1884 Gino Marinuzzi, Italian conductor and composer, born in Palermo, Sicily, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1897 Lucia Chase, American ballerina and co-founder of American Ballet Theater, born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1986)
  • 1900 Algeria Junius "June" Clark, American jazz trumpeter and cornetist, born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1906 Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet jazz and pop singer ("Let's Smoke"), born in Kharkiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1984)
  • 1910 Jacques Chailley, French musicologist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Dave Appell, American musician, arranger, musical director (Ernie Kovacs), record producer (Charlie Gracie; The Orlons; Tony Orlando and Dawn), and songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Eric Parkin, British classical pianist and champion of British composers, born in Stevenage, England (d. 2020)
  • 1924 "Boogie" Bill Webb, American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Bad Dog"), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • 1927 János Decsényi, Hungarian composer (Farewell to a Vanished Century), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1928 Byron "Yanks" Janis, American concert pianist (debut with NBC Symphony Orchestra at age 15), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 David Harries, Welsh composer (Epithalamium), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Carol Kaye, American session bassist (Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Simon & Garfunkel), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1936 Fredrick Kaufman, American jazz trumpeter (Woody Herman), classical composer ( Mother of Exiles; Kaminarimon), and educator (born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936 Don Covay [Randolph], American R&B musician and songwriter ("Chain of Fools"), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Benjamin Luxon, British operatic baritone (Owen Wingrave), born in Redruth, England
  • 1937 Billy Stewart, American R&B singer ("I Do Love You"; "Summertime"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • 1938 Holger Czukay [Schüring], German musician (Can), born in Danzig, Poland (d. 2017)
  • 1939 [Lilian] Lynda Baron, British actress, comedian, and singer (Open All Hours - "Nurse Gladys"; Come Inside - "Auntie Mabel"), born Urmston, Lancashire, England
  • 1946 Lee Oskar [Levitin], Danish rock and soul harmonica player (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1946 Klaus Dinger, German musician (Kraftwerk; Neu!), born in Scherfede, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Mike Kellie, British session and touring rock drummer (Spooky Tooth; The Only Ones), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Meiko Kaji [Masako Ohta], Japanese film actress and singer (Lady Snowblood), born in Kanda, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1949 Steve Lang, Canadian rock bassist (April Wine, 1976-84 - "Just Between You And Me"), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Nick Lowe, British rock bassist, singer, songwriter (Brinsley Schwarz - "What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding"; Rockpile - "Teacher, Teacher"; solo-"Cruel To Be Kind"), and producer (Elvis Costello; Graham Parker), born in , Walton-on-Thames, England
  • 1951 Dougie Thompson, Scottich bassist (Supertramp - "Bloody Well Right"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1952 Dolora Zajick, American mezzo-soprano (Verdi), and educator (Institute for Young Dramatic Voices), born in Salem, Oregon
  • 1954 Hank Roberts, American electric and acoustic jazz cellist (Bill Frissell Quartet; Arcado String Trio), born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 1960 Nena [Gabrielle Kerner], German pop singer ("99 Luftballons"- "99 Red Balloons"), born in Hagen, West Germany
  • 1962 Angèle Dubeau, Canadian classical violinist, born in Saint-Norbert, Quebec
  • 1964 Patterson Hood, American rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera; The Unraveling), born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  • 1970 Sharon Corr, Irish celtic pop-rock violinist (The Corrs - "What Can I Do"), born Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
  • 1970 Pasemaster Mase [Vincent Mason], American rapper (De La Soul - "Me Myself and I"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1974 Chad Butler, American Christian rock drummer (Switchfoot - "Mess Of Me"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1975 Krisdayanti, Indonesian pop singer and actress, born in Batu, East Java, Indonesia
  • 1977 Corneille [Cornelius Nyungura], Rawandan-Canadian R&B, pop, and soul singer, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • 1982 Nivea [Hamilton], American pop singer ("Laundromat"; "Don't Mess With My Man"), born in Savannah, Georgia

Deaths in Music

  • 1631 Philipp Dulichius, composer, dies at 68
  • 1654 Samuel Scheidt, German composer (Concertus sacri), dies at 66
  • 1755 Theodor Christlieb Reinhold, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1825 Giovanni Domenico Perotti, composer, dies at 64
  • 1838 Thomas Attwood, English organist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1878 Albin Masek, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • 1894 Robert Prescott Stewart, composer, dies at 68
  • 1916 Enrique Granados, Spanish opera composer (Goyescas), drowns while crossing the English Channel in a torpedo attack at 48
  • 1918 Théophile "Théo" Ysaÿe, Belgian composer and pianist, dies at 53
  • 1921 Déodat de Séverac, French composer (Cerdaña), dies at 48
  • 1946 Gustaf Heintze, Swedish composer, dies at 66
  • 1962 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1967 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, dies at 63
  • 1975 Oscar Rasbach, American composer, dies at 86
  • 1977 Saburō Moroi, Japanese composer and educator, dies at 73
  • 1985 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Rigoleto- "Monterone"), dies at 64
  • 1994 Tommy Benford, American jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • 1994 David Van Vactor, American classical composer, dies at 87
  • 1995 Joey Long, blues/cajun guitarist, dies at 62
  • 1996 Maria Lucia Beltran Alcayaga, singer, dies at 66
  • 1997 Harold Melvin, American soul and R&B singer (The Blue Notes - "If You Don't Know Me By Now"), dies at 57
  • 2000 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Snap Your Fingers), dies aged 74
  • 2008 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • 2008 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 2009 Uriel Jones, American jazz and session drummer (Motown's Funk Brothers), dies from complications of a heart attack at 74
  • 2010 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles, Woodstock), dies at 74
  • 2010 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests - "16 Candles"; Brooklyn Bridge), dies at 70
  • 2015 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), dies in plane crash at 54
  • 2020 Manu Dibango, Cameroonian musician (Soul Makossa), dies of COVID-19 at 86
  • 2020 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident) dies at 96
  • 2020 Bill Rieflin, American rock drummer (Nine Inch Nails; R.E.M.; King Crimson), dies at 59