On This Day in Music for March 26

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1824 1st performance of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis"

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

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1964 "Funny Girl" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1,348 performances
  • 1970 "Minnie's Boys" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • 1972 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • 1976 Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album
  • 1980 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)

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

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • 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 NYC

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, 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 Vaclav Kapral, composer
  • 1894 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
  • 1896 Richard Flury, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 1900 Isadore Freed, composer
  • 1904 Hermann Schroeder, composer
  • 1905 Pablo Garrido, composer
  • 1907 Leigh Harline, composer
  • 1907 Louis Saguer, composer
  • 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], musician
  • 1923 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), born in Traskwood, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1925 Claudio Spies, composer
  • 1925 Pierre Boulez, composer/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, jazz musician
  • 1930 Cristobal Halffter, composer
  • 1936 Erich Urbanner, composer
  • 1936 Fred Paris, rocker (Five Satins)
  • 1940 Rod Lauren, rocker (If I Had a Girl)
  • 1944 Diana Ross, [Earle], (Supremes, Lady Sings Blues, Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1947 Carmen Krolis, Suriname/Neth singer
  • 1948 Kyung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, violinist (Chung Sisters)
  • 1948 Richard Tandy, rock bassist (ELO)
  • 1948 Steven Tyler, American rock vocalist (Aerosmith-Janie's Got a Gun), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Fran Sheehan, American rock bassist (Boston- "More Than A Feeling"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Teddy Pendergrass, singer (Turn Off the Lights), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1950 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future, Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Michael Bonagura, country singer (Baille & Boys-Oh Heart), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1953 William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1989)
  • 1955 Dean Dillon, country singer (Chair), born in Lake City, Tennessee
  • 1956 Charly McClain, 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), born in Northampton
  • 1964 Baz Warne, English Guitarist (The Stranglers)
  • 1968 Kenny Chesney, American singer
  • 1968 James Iha, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle)
  • 1974 Hakeem Abdul-samad, rocker (Boys)
  • 1979 Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist
  • 1980 Son Ho Young, Korean singer
  • 1981 Jay Sean, British Asian R&B singer
  • 1984 Stéphanie Lapointe, French-Canadian singer
  • 1987 Yui, Japanese musician

Deaths in Music

  • 1517 Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer
  • 1566 Antonio de Cabezon, composer, dies
  • 1713 Paul Esterhazy, Hungarian prince, composer and patron, dies at 77
  • 1736 Georg Balthasar Schott, composer, dies at 49
  • 1809 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, 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 (Appassionata), dies 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, composer, dies at 78
  • 1909 Nikolai Arkas, composer, dies at 56
  • 1918 Caesar A Cui, Lithuanian fort builder/composer, dies at 83
  • 1924 Augusto de Oliviera Machado, composer, dies at 78
  • 1932 Jean Cartan, composer, dies at 25
  • 1933 Eddie Lang, American jazz guitarist, dies at 30
  • 1953 Albert Spalding, composer, dies at 64
  • 1956 Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer, dies at 70
  • 1973 Safford Cape, US/Belgian conductor/composer/musicologist, dies at 67
  • 1980 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • 1987 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • 1994 Jan Bor, Dutch violinist/painter, dies at 83
  • 1995 Rapper-E (Eazy Eric Wright), dies at 31
  • 2002 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • 2004 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • 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