On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 25

Events in Music

  • 1931 Hal Kemp & his orchestra record Whistles, with Skinnay Ennis
  • 1939 Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1946 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto", by Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
  • 1951 5th Tony Awards: "Guys & Dolls" (musical) and "The Rose Tattoo" (play) win
  • 1961 "13 Daughters" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 1961 "Gypsy" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 702 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1962 "Family Affair" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 1966 Beatles pose for photographer Robert Whitaker with mutilated dolls and butchered meat for the cover of the "Yesterday & Today" album, it is later pulled
  • 1967 The Turtle's "Happy Together" goes #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" goes gold

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • 1972 "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1972 America's LP "America" goes #1
  • 1972 17th Eurovision Song Contest: Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg wins singing "Apres toi" in Edinburgh

Music releaseMusic Recording

1974 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

1974 9th Academy of Country Music Awards: Charlie Rich and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn

Music releaseMusic Single

1975 Linda Ronstadt releases cover of the Everly Brothers' song "When Will I Be Loved" as a single

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • 1976 "My Fair Lady" opens at St James Theater NYC for 384 performances
  • 1976 "Rex" opens at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
  • 1989 "Les Miserables" opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
  • 1990 "Lettice & Lovage" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 284 performances

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1991 63rd Academy Awards: "Dances with Wolves", Kathy Bates & Jeremy Irons win

  • 1993 "Candida" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1997 "Barrymore" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 240 performances
  • 1997 "Life After Death" 2nd studio album by The Notorious B.I.G. is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1997)

Music awardsMusic Awards

1999 13th Soul Train Music Awards: Luther Vandross, R. Kelly & Lauryn Hill win

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 British musician Zayn Malik announces he is leaving the band One Direction

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik
Singer Harry Styles
Harry Styles
  • 2016 Zayn's [Zayn Malik] solo debut album "Mind of Mine" is released, 1st British male artist to debut at No. 1 in US

Birthdays in Music

  • 1495 Leonhard Paminger, Austrian composer, poet and theologian, born in Aschach an der Donau (d. 1567)
  • 1532 Pietro Pontio, Italian composer (Ragionamento di Musica), born in Parma (d. 1596)
  • 1653 Joseph Sauveur, French mathematician, physicist and sound engineer who coined the name acoustics for the study of sound from the ancient Greek word ακουστός, meaning "able to be heard", born in La Flèche, France (d. 1716)
  • 1688 Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, German baroque composer and organist, born in Germany (d. 1747)
  • 1699 Johann Adolph Hasse, German composer (Antonio e Cleopatra), baptized in Bergedorf, Germany (d. 1873)
  • 1702 Christian Gottlieb Ziegler, German composer, born in Pulsnitz, Saxony
  • 1713 Jean-Baptiste Canavas, Italian composer and cellist, born in Turin (d. 1784)
  • 1745 Nicolas Etienne Framery, French composer and lyricist, born in Rouen, France (d. 1810)
  • 1762 Francesco Giuseppi Pollini, Italian composer and pupil of Mozart, born in Ljubljana (d. 1846)
  • 1769 Salvatore Vigano, Italian choreographer, dancer and composer, born in Naples (d. 1821)
  • 1770 Carl Friedrich Ebers, German composer and arranger, born in Kassel (d. 1836)
  • 1867 Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor (La Scala; NBC Symphony Orchestra), born in Parma, Italy (d. 1957)
  • 1878 Theodore Samuel Holland, British composer and pedagogue, born in Wimbledon (d. 1947)
  • 1879 Otakar Zich, Czech composer, born in Městec Králové (d. 1934)

Person of interestBéla Bartok

1881 Béla Bartok, Hungarian composer and pianist (Concerto for Orchestra), born in Nagyszentmiklós, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1882 Haydn Wood, English composer, born in Slaithwaite (d. 1959)
  • 1894 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, Swedish American composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1962)
  • 1897 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • 1902 Sten Broman, Swedish composer and actor, born in Uppsala, Uppsala län (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Frankie Carle, American orchestra leader (Golden Touch), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1906 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, born in Nogent-sur-Marne, near Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Jay Blackton, American conductor and arranger (Guys & Dolls), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910 Mario Peragallo, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Magda Olivero, Italian soprano (Adriana Lecouvreur; La Voix Humaine), born in Saluzzo, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1916 Nikolay Ivanovich Peyko, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Julia Perry, American classical composer (Soul Symphony; Cask of Amontillado; Homunuclus C.F.), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1979)
  • 1925 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist, flutist and orchestra leader
  • 1929 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, born in Corona, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930 David Burge, American pianist, composer and conductor, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer
  • 1931 Tom Wilson, American record producer (Sun Ra; Bob Dylan; Simon & Garfunkel; Mothers of Invention; Velvet Underground), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1934 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Train Kept A-Rollin'"; "You're Sixteen"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1964)
  • 1935 (Juan) "Johnny" Pacheco, Dominican-American salsa flutist, bandleader, composer, record producer and label executive (Fania Records), born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1936 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, American jazz bassist, born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1938 Hoyt Axton, American songwriter, singer ("No No Song"; "Joy To The World"; "I've Never Been To Spain"), and actor (McCloud; Gremlins; The Rousters), born in Duncan, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • 1940 Anita Bryant, American singer (George Gobel Show) and anti-homosexuality campaigner, born in Barnsdall, Oklahoma

Person of interestAretha Franklin

1942 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" ("Respect") and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2018)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1944 Kelly Garrett, American actress and singer (The Night That Made America Famous), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

Person of interestElton John

1947 Elton John [Reginald Kenneth Dwight], English singer-songwriter and piano player ("Rocketman"; "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"; "Candle In The Wind"), born in Pinner, Middlesex

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1949 Neil Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Amen Corner - "Bend Me Shape Me"), born in Llanbradach, South Wales (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Bob Ezrin, Canadian keyboardist and music producer (Alice Cooper; Pink Floyd), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1949 Klaus Mertens, German bass and bass-baritone singer, born in Kleve, West Germany
  • 1949 Kaja Danczowska, Polish classical violinist, and teacher, born in Krakow, Poland
  • 1950 Ronald "Ronnie" McDowell, American country singer ("The King Is Gone"), born in Portland, Tennessee
  • 1950 Chuck Greenberg, American jazz and new age saxophonist, composer, and producer (Shadowfax), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1951 Bob Pelander, American rock keyboardist/vocalist (Michael Stanley Band, 1976-87), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1951 Maisie Williams, British vocalist (Boney M), born in Brades, Montserrat, British West Indies
  • 1960 Steve Norman, British rock saxophone player (Spandau Ballet - "True"), born in London, England
  • 1966 Jeff Healey, Canadian blind blues-rock guitarist and singer ("See The Light"; "Angel Eyes"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • 1966 Frank Ferrer, American rock drummer (Guns N' Roses, 2006 -present), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Cathy Dennis, English singer, songwriter, and actress
  • 1972 Mimi Jones [Miriam Sullivan], American jazz bassist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader (Hot Tone Music), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1973 Anders Fridén, Swedish singer ("In Flames"), born in Askim, Sweden
  • 1974 Finley Quaye, Scottish reggae singer and musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1975 Melanie Blatt, British pop singer (All Saints - "Never Ever"), born in London
  • 1976 Juvenile [Terius Gray], American rapper (The Hot Boys), born in Magnolia, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1976 Baek Ji Young, South Korean singer
  • 1976 Gigi Leung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Tempting Heart), born in Hong Kong
  • 1980 Joe King, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Fray), born in Colorado
  • 1982 Sergey Yakovlev, Russian musical artist and painter
  • 1984 Katharine McPhee, American singer-songwriter ("Over It") and actress (Country Comfort), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1988 Big Sean [Anderson], American rapper, singer, and songwriter (Dark Sky Paradise), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1989 Alyson Michalka, American actress/singer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Actress Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler
  • 2006 Cowboy Crush singer Darla Perlozzi weds musician Timmy Lee Patterson at Southern Belle Wedding Chapel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1620 Johannes Nucius, German composer
  • 1738 Turlough O'Carolan, Irish harper and composer (b. 1670)
  • 1766 Johannes Ritschel, German composer, dies at 26
  • 1799 Constantin Reindl, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1823 Coelestin Jungbauer, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1852 Alexis Garaude, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1880 Joseph Rummel, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1909 Ruperto Chapi, Spanish composer, dies at 57

Person of interestClaude Debussy

1918 Claude Debussy, French composer (Nocturnes, La Mer), dies of cancer at 55

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
  • 1940 Ion Nonna Otescu, Romanian composer, dies at 51
  • 1951 Sidney “Big Sid” Catlett, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong), dies of a heart attack at 41
  • 1956 George Luther Foote, composer, dies at 70
  • 1957 Joseph "Fud" Livingston, American jazz clarinetist, arranger, and composer ("Im Thru With Love") and composer, dies at 50
  • 1958 Emerson Whithorne, American composer, dies at 73
  • 1958 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 69
  • 1959 Billy Mayerl, British pianist, music hall songwriter, and musical theatre composer, dies at 55
  • 1965 Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1967 Renato Cellini, Italian conductor (b.c.1913)
  • 1969 Billy Cotton, British bandleader and entertainer, dies at 69
  • 1979 Anton Heiller, composer, dies at 55
  • 1980 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor and pianist, dies at 66
  • 1981 Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader and pianist, dies at 73
  • 1991 Eileen Joyce, pianist, dies at 78
  • 1991 Lee Donn, pianist, dies of stroke at 96
  • 2006 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Buck Owens, American singer and television personality (b. 1929)
  • 2009 "England" Dan [Seals], American pop and country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley - "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"), dies of cancer at 61