On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 28

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1859 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 1896 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chenier" premieres at La Scala, Milan with Giuseppe Borgatti singing the title role
  • 1930 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)
  • 1953 "New Faces (of 1952)" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 performances
  • 1953 7th Tony Awards: "The Crucible" (Outstanding Play) & "Wonderful Town" (Outstanding Musical) win
  • 1954 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon (Best Play) & Kismet (Best Musical) win
  • 1967 "Sherry!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 1971 25th Tony Awards: "Sleuth" (Best Play) & "Company" (Best Musical, Original Score, Director) win

Music releaseMusic Recording

1972 Elvis Presley records his final Top Ten hit, a cover of "Burning Love", written by Dennis Linde and first recorded by Arthur Alexander

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1974 Rock group Raspberries breakup
  • 1979 Frank Lazarus & Dick Vosburgh's stage musical comedy "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine" premieres at the Mayfair Theatre, London, England
  • 1996 "Seven Guitars" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1621 Heinrich Schwemmer, German composer, born in Gumpertshausen bei Hallburg, Lower Franconia (d. 1696)
  • 1643 Jose Solana, Spanish composer and organist, born in Sieso, Huesca province (d. 1712)
  • 1737 Francesco Zannetti, Italian composer, born in Volterra (d. 1788)
  • 1741 Johann Andre, German composer, born in Offenbach, Germany (d. 1799)
  • 1766 Joseph Weigl, German-Austrian composer (La Principessa d’Amalfi; Emmeline), and conductor, born in Eisenstadt, Hungary, Austrian Empire (d. 1846)
  • 1779 Angelo Maria Benincori, Italian composer, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1821)
  • 1817 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, Spanish composer, born in Murcia, Spain (d. 1880)
  • 1862 George William Louis Marshall-Hall, English composer, born in London (d. 1915)
  • 1868 Wojciech Gawroński, Polish pianist and composer, born in Sejmany, Russian Empire [now Lithuania] (d. 1910)
  • 1871 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • 1883 William Henry Harris, English composer, born in Fulham, London (d. 1973)
  • 1885 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, French composer, born in Saint-Quentin, France (d. 1931)
  • 1886 Jaroslav Novotny, Czech composer, born in Jičín, Austria-Hungary (d. 1918)
  • 1887 Rudolf Frederik Willem Boskaljon, musician and composer, born in Curacao, Portugal (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue"), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Achille Longo, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1902 Paul Godwin, Polish-Dutch violinist, born in Sosnowitz, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (Beer Barrel Polka), born in Zbraslav, Czech Republic (d. 1988)
  • 1903 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian-American pianist (Marlboro School of Music), born in Eger, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor (Saskatoon Symphony), and teacher (University of Saskatchewan), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1907 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Jay Livingston, American composer ("Buttons & Bows"; "Mona Lisa"; "Tammy"), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Jacob Avshalomov, American composer (Sinfonietta; The Oregon), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Felice Chiusano, Italian singer, born in Fondi, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1928 José Luis de Delás, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Robert Ashley, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer, born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire
  • 1933 Vincente "Tete" Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Siegfried Thiele, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • 1941 Alf Clausen, American orchestra leader and film and television score composer (Donny & Marie; The Simpsons; ALF), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1941 Charles Ray "Charlie" McCoy, American Grammy-winning session musician and harmonica player (Hee Haw), born in Oak Hill, West Virginia
  • 1942 Samuel Ramey, American operatic bass (La Scala, 1981- ; Metropolitan, 1984-), born in Colby, Kansas
  • 1943 Richard Eyre, English film, theatre, television and opera director (National Theatre), born in Barnstaple, Devon, England
  • 1945 Chuck Portz, bassist (Turtles - "Happy Together"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1945 Sally Carr, Scottish pop singer (Middle of the Road - "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"), born in Muirhead, Scotland
  • 1946 Richard Sussman, American jazz musician and composer
  • 1948 John Evan, British rock keyboardist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1949 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores - "Three Times a Lady"), born in Okolona, Mississippi
  • 1951 Karen Kain, Canadian ballerina, born in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1951 Matti Pellonpää, Finnish actor and musician, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1995)

Person of interestReba McEntire

1955 Reba McEntire, American country singer ("Can't Even Get the Blues"; "Consider Me Gone"), born in McAlester, Oklahoma

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • 1958 Oran "Juice" Jones, American R&B singer ("Curiosity"; "Here I Go Again"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1961 José Feghali, Brazilian concert pianist (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, 1985) (d. 2014)
  • 1962 Ged Grimes, Scottish rock bassist, and producer (Danny Wilson; Deacon Blue; Simple Minds), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1963 Andy Cousin, English rock bassist (All About Eve; The Mission; The Lucy Nation), born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire
  • 1965 Steve Turner, American grunge rock guitarist (Mudhoney), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Salt [Cheryl James], American Grammy Award-winning rapper and songwriter (Salt-n-Pepa - "Let's Talk About Sex"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Indra Lesmana, Indonesian jazz keyboardist, arranger, and composer, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1968 Jon Lee, Welsh drummer (Feeder), born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 2002)
  • 1969 James Atkin, British rock singer, and guitarist (EMF - "Unbelievable"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1969 Rodney Atkins, American country music singer-songwriter (Honesty), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1975 Orrin Evans, American jazz pianist, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1976 David Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers), born in Pella, Iowa
  • 1977 Angelo Garcia, singer (Menudo - "Cannonball"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1980 Rasmus Seebach, Danish pop singer-songwriter, and record producer, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1986 J-Kwon [Jerrell Jones], American rapper (Tipsy), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Person of interestLady Gaga

1986 Lady Gaga [Stefani Germanotta], American singer-songwriter and actress (Bad Romance; A Star is Born), born in NYC, New York

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
  • 1989 Afrikan Boy [Olushola Ajose], British rapper (Wot It Do?), born in Nigeria

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1837 German composer Felix Mendelssohn (27) marries Cécile Jeanrenaud (20)

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

LoveWedding of Interest

1948 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole

LoveWedding of Interest

1957 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (41) weds mob enforcer Louis McKay

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Deaths in Music

  • 1563 Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)
  • 1818 Antonio Capuzzi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1847 Mariano Rodríguez de Ledesma, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • 1856 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer, dies at 76
  • 1860 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer, dies at 73
  • 1877 Vincenzo Fioravanti, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1880 Achille Peri, composer, dies at 67
  • 1881 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer (Boris Godunov), dies at 42 [OS=Mar 16]
  • 1885 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, Swedish composer, dies at 53
  • 1907 Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • 1910 Édouard Colonne, French violinist and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1914 Hanus Trnecek, composer, dies at 55
  • 1918 Johann Christoph Lauterbach, German violinist and concert master, dies at 87
  • 1927 Karl Prohaska, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • 1928 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer, dies at 63
  • 1943 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian-American piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer (Aleko; Piano Concerto No. 3), dies at 69
  • 1947 Rudolph Simonsen, Danish composer (Symphony No. 2 - Hellas), and educator (Copenhagen Conservatory, 1916-47), dies at 57
  • 1949 Grigoras Dinicu, Romanian violin virtuoso and composer, dies at 59

Person of interestW. C. Handy

1958 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1963 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), dies at 52
  • 1971 Felix Wolfes, German-American educator, conductor and composer, dies at 78
  • 1974 Dorothy Fields, American singer (Way you Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • 1974 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1974 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist, dies in a car accident at 32
  • 1975 Renzo Massarani, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1980 Richard "Dick" Haymes, Argentine-American actor and singer (Sate Fair, Real Life, Betrayal), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • 1980 John Poulos, American drummer (The Buckinghams - "Kind Of A Drag"), dies of heart failure at 32
  • 1984 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony) dies of cancer at 69
  • 1987 Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer who inspired the "Sound of Music" (Trapp Family Singers), dies of heart failure at 82
  • 1992 Josef Matej, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • 1999 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • 2001 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • 2001 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer and pedagogue, (The Serdar) dies at 74
  • 2003 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Lee Hoiby, American concert pianist composer (1957 Arts & Letters; Summer and Smoke), dies at 85
  • 2012 Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • 2012 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass banjo player (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2013 Hugh McCracken, American session guitarist (Aretha Franklin; Paul McCartney; Steely Dan; Billy Joel; John Lennon), dies of luekemia at 70
  • 2015 Douglas Leedy, American composer, dies at 77
  • 2020 Jan Howard [Lula Grace Johnson], American country music singer and songwriter (For Loving You), dies at 91