On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 4

Events in Music

  • 1830 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" premieres in Venice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1877 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" has its world premiere, performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow

  • 1895 Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony premieres in Berlin
  • 1913 Gabriel Faure's opera "Penelope" premieres in Monte Carlo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 John Lennon says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music awardsMusic Awards

1968 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 1973 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America
  • 1979 "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 1993 "Goodbye Girl" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 188 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2000 14th Soul Train Music Awards: Prince, Whitney Houston, DMX & Mary J. Blige win

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
Singer Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

Music awardsMusic Awards

2006 20th Soul Train Music Awards: Jamie Foxx, Destiny's Child & John Legend win

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
Singer-Songwriter John Legend
John Legend

Birthdays in Music

  • 1492 Francesco de Layolle, composer

Person of interestAntonio Vivaldi

1678 Antonio Vivaldi, Baroque violin virtuoso and composer (The Four Seasons), born in Venice, Venetian Republic (now Italy) (d. 1741)

Violin Virtuoso & Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Virtuoso & Composer
Antonio Vivaldi
  • 1742 Johann Heinrich Egli, composer
  • 1754 Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain, composer
  • 1757 Ignaz Malzat, composer
  • 1765 Charles Dibdin, British composer, author (Sea Songs), and actor, baptized in Hampshire, England (d. 1814)
  • 1773 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, composer
  • 1819 Charles Oberthur, composer
  • 1834 Peter Nicolai von Wilm, composer
  • 1838 Paul Lacôme, French composer, born in Le Houga, Gascony (d. 1920)
  • 1877 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, composer
  • 1878 Egbert Van Alstyne, American songwriter and pianist (d. 1951)
  • 1886 Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
  • 1895 Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß, A Star Fell from Heaven), born in Storozhynets, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
  • 1913 Taos Amrouche, Algerian writer and singer (d. 1976)
  • 1915 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [OS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1921 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American composer (Martha Graham Ballets), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Paul Mauriat, French easy listening orchestra leader, composer, and arranger ("Love Is Blue"), born in Marseille (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Fran Warren, American singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Robert DiDomenica, American flautist, composer and educator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Samuel Adler, composer
  • 1929 Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw, 1961-88; London Philharmonic, 1967-79; Royal Opera Covent Garden, 1987-2002), born in Amsterdam, Nethetlands
  • 1929 Josep Mestres-Quadreny, composer
  • 1932 Guido Baggiani, composer
  • 1932 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2008) [1]
  • 1933 Ann Burton [Anna Rafalowicz], Dutch singer
  • 1934 Barbara McNair, American singer ("Till There Was You") and actress (They Call Me MR. Tibbs), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • 1934 John Duffey, American bluegrass guitarist, dobro, and mandolin player (Country Gentlemen), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Mario Davidovsky, Argentine-American electro-acoustic composer (Synchronisms), born in Médanos, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Nancy Whiskey, Scottish folk singer (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Aribert Reimann, composer
  • 1936 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), born in Dominica, West Indies (d. 2001)
  • 1937 [Bernard Barney Jean] Wilen, musician
  • 1938 Angus MacLise, American percussionist (d. 1979)
  • 1942 Bob Wootton, American guitarist, born in Paris, Arkansas
  • 1943 Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian composer and educator (Franz Liszt Academy, 1995-2019), born in Szolnok, Hungary (d. 2019)
  • 1944 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Dieter Meier, Swiss singer/children book writer (Yello)
  • 1946 Ralph Kirshbaum, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1947 Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
  • 1948 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), born in Kingsbury, London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Shakin' Stevens [Michael Barrett], Welsh rock singer ("This Ole House"; "Oh Julie"; "You Drive Me Crazy"), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1949 Carroll Baker, Canadian country singer and songwriter, born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
  • 1950 Emilio Estefan, Cuban-American musician and producer (Miami Sound Machine), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 1951 Chris Rea, English rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer ("Fool (If You Think It Is Over)"), born in Middlesbrough, England
  • 1951 Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer
  • 1952 Umberto Tozzi, Italian singer
  • 1956 Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist (Bill Frissell), born in Kearney, Nebraska

Person of interestJason Newsted

1963 Jason Newsted, American heavy-metal bassist (Metallica - "Nothing Else Matters"), born in Battle Creek, Michigan

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • 1963 MDV [Michiel de Vos], Dutch pop bassist (Burma Shave - "Stash")
  • 1963 Janey Lee Grace, English singer, author, television presenter and radio disc jockey
  • 1965 WestBam [Maximillian Lenz], German rave techno DJ
  • 1966 Patrick Hannan, English pop drummer (Sundays - "Can't Be Sure")
  • 1966 Grand Puba, American rapper
  • 1967 Evan Dando, American musician (The Lemonheads - "Mrs. Robinson"), born in Essex, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Jason Townsend, American artist and record producer
  • 1971 Fergal Lawler, Irish rock drummer (The Cranberries - "Linger"), born in Limerick, Ireland
  • 1972 Ivy Queen [Martha Pesante], Puerto Rican singer, rapper, and songwriter, born in Añasco, Puerto Rico
  • 1974 ICS Vortex [Simen Hestnæs], Norwegian vocalist (Arcturus)
  • 1975 Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
  • 1976 Stza Crack [Scott Sturgeon], American punk rock musician (Choking Victim; Leftover Crack), born in New York
  • 1977 Jason Marsalis, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1979 Jon Fratelli, Scottish singer (The Fratellis)
  • 1981 Carol Banawa, Filipino singer and celebrity
  • 1981 Donny Tourette [Patrick Brannan], British punk rock singer (Towers of London), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1991 Diandra Newlin, American actress, singer, and fashion model

Deaths in Music

  • 1617 Arcangelo Crivelli, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1804 Karl Leopold Rollig, composer, dies
  • 1831 Georg Michael Telemann, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1839 Ignace Antoine Ladurner, pianist/composer, dies at 72
  • 1851 Michael Henkel, German composer and organist, dies at 70
  • 1876 Alfred Holmes, English violinist and composer, dies at 38
  • 1918 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, dies at 58
  • 1925 Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German composer, dies at 70
  • 1933 Willie Walker, US jazz singer and guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
  • 1936 Ruben Mattias Liljefors, composer, dies at 64
  • 1941 Edoardo Mascheroni, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1942 Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer, dies at 62
  • 1954 Georg Göhler, German composer (Rückert), dies at 79
  • 1954 Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's been polishing the Sun), dies at 55
  • 1960 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60), dies of a heart attack during a performance of Verddi's "La forza del destino" at 48
  • 1966 Jānis Mediņš, Latvian composer, dies at 75
  • 1968 Alexandre Eugène Cellier, French organist and composer, dies at 84
  • 1984 Shalva Mikhailovich Mshvelidze, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • 1986 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock vocalist and pianist (The Band - "The Shape I'm In"; "Tears Of Rage"), commits suicide at 42
  • 1986 Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 1987 Siro Cisilino, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 83

Person of interestTiny Grimes

1989 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1992 Mary Osborne, jazz guitarist, dies at 70 of liver cancer
  • 1993 Art Hodes, Russ/US jazz/blues pianist/editor (Jazz Record), dies
  • 1995 Eden Ahbez [George Aberle], American songwriter ("Nature Boy"; "Lonely Island), dies in a car accident at 86
  • 2001 Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
  • 2002 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • 2004 John McGeoch, Scottish musician (b. 1955)
  • 2004 Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • 2005 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 98
  • 2007 Natalie Bodanya (Natalie Bodanskaya), American soprano (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Richard Joseph, British games soundtrack composer (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Leonard Rosenman, American composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2009 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • 2009 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Johnny Alf, Brazilian singer and composer (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Etta Cameron, Danish singer and actor (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Lolly Vegas [Candido Vasquez], American rock singer (Redbone - "Come And Get Your Love") dies of cancer at 70
  • 2010 Fred Wedlock, British folk musician (b. 1942)
  • 2011 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • 2013 Fran Warren, American singer, dies at 87
  • 2017 Valerie Carter, American folk-rock singer-songwriter, and session vocalist, dies of a heart attack at 64

Person of interestKeith Flint

2019 Keith Flint, English singer, musician and dancer (Prodigy), found dead after committing suicide at 49

Singer and Dancer Keith Flint
Singer and Dancer
Keith Flint