On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 26

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

1938 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1964 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's musical "Funny Girl", starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens at Winter Garden Theater, New York City; runs for 1,348 performances

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1970 Musical "Minnie's Boys", starring Shelley Winters as the mother of the Marx Brothers, and Drama Desk Award winner Lewis J. Stadlen as Groucho, opens at the Imperial Theater, New York City; runs for 80 performances

  • 1972 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

1975 Ken Russell's film "Tommy", based on the rock opera by The Who, premieres in London; Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret star, Tina Turner and Elton John are featured

Singer Elton John
Elton John
Singer Tina Turner
Tina Turner
  • 1976 Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album
  • 1980 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)

Music releaseMusic Single

1982 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder release the single "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1986 Geffen records signs Guns & Roses
  • 1995 "Defending the Caveman" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 671 performances
  • 1995 "Moliere Comedies" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1997 "Annie" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City, and runs for 239 performances.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 "Doctor Who" returns to BBC TV after 16 years with the debut of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper

Music releaseMusic Single

2013 Ariana Grande's first single, "The Way", is released

Birthdays in Music

  • 1671 Giacomo Cesare Predieri, Italian composer (d. 1753)
  • 1684 Johann Graf, German composer, born in Nürnberg (d. 1750)
  • 1717 Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, Spanish theorist and composer, born in Las Herencias, Toledo, Spain (d. 1779)
  • 1758 Johann Daniel Ferstenberg, composer
  • 1783 Johann Baptist Weigl, German composer and clergyman, born in Hahnbach, Bavaria (d. 1852)
  • 1806 Josef Slavik, Czech composer, born in Jince, Czech Republic (d. 1833)
  • 1819 Francisco Eduardo da Costa, Portuguese composer, born in Lamego, Portugal (d. 1855)
  • 1827 Emanuel Kania, Polish composer, born in Uszyce, Poland (d. 1887)
  • 1830 John Rogers Thomas, American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1896)
  • 1840 Carli Zoeller, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1889)
  • 1854 Braulio Dueno Colon, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1934)
  • 1859 Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1922)
  • 1874 Oskar Nedbal, Czech composer, born in Tábor, Czech Republic (d. 1930)
  • 1884 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein Competition winner, 1905), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1885 Julius Harrison, British composer and conductor (Bredon Hill), born in Stourport, Worcestershire (d. 1963)
  • 1889 Václav Kaprál, Czech composer, pianist, and pedagogue, born in Určice (d. 1947)
  • 1894 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
  • 1896 Richard Flury, Swiss composer, born in Biberist, Switzerland (d. 1967)
  • 1898 Renzo Massarani, Italian-Brazilian composer and music critic, born in Mantova, Italy (d. 1975)
  • 1898 Charles Shadwell, British conductor, bandleader, and founder of the Cambridge Concert Orchestra, born in Pershore, Worcestershire (d. 1979)
  • 1899 William Baines, English composer, born in Hornbury, England (d. 1922)
  • 1900 Isadore Freed, Russian American composer, born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1904 Hermann Schroeder, German composer, born in Bernkastel, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Pablo Garrido, Chilean composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 1982)
  • 1907 Leigh Harline, American composer and conductor, born in Salt Lake City (d. 1969)
  • 1907 Louis Saguer, German born French composer (Lili Merveille), born in Charlottenburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1909 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer
  • 1916 Vic Schoen, American orchestra leader (Patti Page Olds Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), born in Cayce, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Joe Loco [Jose Esteves, Jr], American Latin jazz musician (d. 1988)
  • 1923 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), born in Traskwood, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1925 Claudio Spies, Chilean American composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Pierre Boulez, French composer and conductor (Visage Nuptial), born in Montbrison, France (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Maurice Simon, American jazz musician, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Cristobal Halffter, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1936 Erich Urbanner, Austrian composer and educator, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1936 Fred Paris, American rocker (Five Satins)
  • 1940 Rod Lauren, American rocker (If I Had a Girl), born in Fresno, California (d. 2007)

Person of interestDiana Ross

1944 Diana Ross [Earle], American singer (The Supremes - "Stop! In The Name Of Love"; "You Can't Hurry Love"; "I Hear A Symphony"), and actress (Lady Sings Blues; Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1947 Carmen Krolis, Suriname Dutch singer
  • 1948 Kyung-Wha Chung, Korean violinist (Chung Sisters), born in Seoul, Korea
  • 1948 Richard Tandy, British rock bassist (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1948 Steven Tyler, American rock vocalist (Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"; "Dude Looks Like A Lady"), born in New York City
  • 1949 Fran Sheehan, American rock bassist (Boston - "More Than A Feeling"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Vicki Lawrence, American television actress (The Carol Burnett Show; Mama's Family), and singer ("The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia"), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1950 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1950 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future; Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Michael Bonagura, American country singer (Baille & Boys - "Oh Heart"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1953 Billy Lyall, Scottish rock keyboardist (Bay City Rollers, 1969-71; Pilot, 1973-76; Alan Parsons Project - Irobot), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1989)
  • 1955 Dean Dillon, American country music singer (Chair), born in Lake City, Tennessee
  • 1956 Charly McClain, American country singer (Radio Heart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1959 Chris Whitten, British session drummer (Paul McCartney - "Flowers In The Dirt"), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Richard Coles, English musician (Communards - "Don't Leave Me This Way"), now a Church of England priest, and BBC broadcaster, born in Northampton
  • 1964 Barry "Baz" Warne, British rock guitarist and singer (The Stranglers, 2000 - present), born in Sunderland, England
  • 1968 Kenny Chesney, American country music singer ("Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven"), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1968 James Iha, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Smashing Pumpkins; A Perfect Circle), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1979 Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist (Spiral), born in Hamamatsu, Japan
  • 1980 Son Ho Young, Korean American singer (g.o.d.), born in New Jersey
  • 1981 Jay Sean [Kamaljit Singh Jhooti], British pop, Bhaṅgṛā, and R&B singer, born in London, England
  • 1981 Anaïs Mitchell, American singer-songwriter and playwright (Hadestown - 2019 Tony for Best Musical), born in Vermont
  • 1984 Stéphanie Lapointe, French-Canadian singer (Star Académie), born in Brossard, Quebec
  • 1987 Yui [Yoshioka], Japanese pop-rock singer-songwriter, and musician ("Good-bye Days"; Flower Power) and actress (A Song to the Sun), born in Koga, Japan

Divorces in Music

Broken heartPerson of Interest

1994 American 'Piano Man' Billy Joel (45) and American supermodel Christie Brinkley (40) divorce after 9 years of marriage

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Deaths in Music

  • 1517 Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer
  • 1566 Antonio de Cabezon, Spanish composer, dies
  • 1657 Jacob van Eyck, Dutch blind flautist and carillonneur, dies at 69
  • 1713 Paul Esterhazy, Hungarian prince, composer and patron, dies at 77
  • 1736 Georg Balthasar Schott, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1809 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, Italian tenor and composer, dies at 68
  • 1820 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, dies at 71

Person of interestLudwig van Beethoven

1827 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), dies of liver disease at 56

  • 1837 Joseph Lincke, German cellist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1880 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, Spanish composer, dies at 62
  • 1892 Anton Wallerstein, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1909 Nikolai Arkas, Ukrainian composer, dies at 56
  • 1918 Caesar A. Cui, Lithuanian fort builder and composer, dies at 83
  • 1924 Augusto (de Oliveira) Machado, Portuguese composer (Lauriane; Camões es os Luziadas), dies at 78
  • 1932 Jean Cartan, French composer, dies at 25
  • 1933 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", dies at 30
  • 1956 Thomas de Hartmann, Russian composer, dies at 70

Person of interestNoël Coward

1973 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever; Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve -1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, dies of heart failure at 73

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1973 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, dies at 67
  • 1978 Alix Combelle, French swing saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader (Quintette du Hot Club de France), dies at 65
  • 1980 Jon-Jon Poulos, American drummer (Buckinghams), dies at 32
  • 1987 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (Hamburg Orchestra), dies at 84
  • 1988 Musa Kaleem [Orlando Wright], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 67
  • 1994 Jan Bor, Dutch violinist/painter, dies at 83
  • 1995 Eazy-E [Eric Lynn Wright], American rapper (N.W.A.), dies from AIDS-related illness at 30
  • 2002 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • 2004 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) dies after a stroke at 62
  • 2005 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • 2006 Nikki Sudden, British singer-songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 2015 John Renbourn, English folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2016 David Baker, American composer (Reflections) and educator, dies at 84
  • 2017 Alain Gagnon, Canadian composer (Chansons d'Orient), and music educator (Université Laval, 1967-2008), dies at 78
  • 2019 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2019 Heinz Winbeck, German composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 73