On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 5

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1807 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B

Historic InventionSteinway & Sons Piano

1853 Piano company Steinway & Sons founded by Heinrich Steinweg (later Henry Steinway) in New York City

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Steinway Piano Advertisement circa 1866
Steinway Piano Advertisement circa 1866
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  • 1856 Covent Garden Opera House, London, destroyed in a fire
  • 1868 Arrigo Boito's opera "Mefistofele" premieres in Milan
  • 1899 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Concerto in D
  • 1907 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
  • 1919 Louis Hirsch & Harold Atteridge's musical premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1942 World première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in Kuybyshev, Russia

  • 1944 1st performance of Walter Piston's 2nd Symphony by the National Symphony, in Washington, D.C.
  • 1954 "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
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  • 1963 Beatles record "From Me to You" & "Thank You Girl"
  • 1965 1st performance of Walter Piston's 8th Symphony (his last), by the Boston Symphony, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
  • 1966 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg

Film release premierFilm Release

1970 "Airport" based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin is released

Actor Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1971 "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
Musician John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • 1972 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
  • 1974 "Candide" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 740 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1975 10th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1977 3rd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
  • 1978 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 performances
  • 1981 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC for 4 performances
  • 1994 Singer Grace Slick arrested for pointing a gun at a cop

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

2002 American reality TV program The Osbournes" featuring family of Ozzy Osbourne premieres on MTV

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality Sharon Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality
Sharon Osbourne

Birthdays in Music

  • 1733 Vincenzo Galeotti [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer
  • 1748 William Shield, composer
  • 1751 Jan Krtitel Kuchar, composer
  • 1756 Thomas Linley the younger, English composer and musician "English Mozart" (d. 1778)
  • 1774 Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse, composer
  • 1805 Theodore Labarre, French composer and harpist, born in Paris, France (d. 1870)
  • 1825 Hans Balatka, Moravian-American conductor (Milwaukee Musikverein; Chicago Oratorio Society), author (Condensed History of Music), and composer, born in Hoffnungsthal bei Olmütz, Moravia (d. 1899)
  • 1843 William F. Sudds, American composer, music publisher, and teacher, born in London, England (d. 1920) [1]
  • 1845 Alphonse Hasselmans, Belgian-French harpist, composer (La Source), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1884-1912), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1912)
  • 1850 Daniel Brink Towner, American hymn composer (d. 1919)
  • 1853 Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • 1887 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, cellist, guitarist, and conductor (Bachianas Brasileiras), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1899 Patrick Hadley, composer
  • 1913 Yulian Grigor'yevich Kreyn, composer
  • 1914 Philip Farkas, American horn player and teacher (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Ian Parrott, British-Welsh composer (The Black Ram), born in Streatham, England (d. 2012)
  • 1927 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), born in Richmond Hill, Virginia (d. 1976)
  • 1928 Lou Levy, American jazz pianist (Woody Herman, Stan Getz), and accompanist (Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1929 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, born in Monticello, Mississippi (d. 1967)
  • 1931 Anthony Headges, composer
  • 1931 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symphony, 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1932 Robert Lombardo, American composer and composition teacher (The Music Conservatory of Chicago College. 1964-99), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1933 Norbert Linke, German composer
  • 1938 Paul Evans, singer/pedal guitarist (Damascus Road)
  • 1939 Norman Seeff, South African-American photographer, filmmaker, and album cover artist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1943 Lucio Battisti, Italian pop singer and composer, born in Poggio Bustone, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Murray Head, British singer (One Night in Bangkok), born in London
  • 1946 Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • 1947 (Samuel) "Eddie" Hodges, American stage and screen actor and singer ("High Hopes", The Music Man - "Gary, Indiana"; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1947 Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer (Come Back and Shake Me), born in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
  • 1948 Eddy Grant, Guyana, reggae performer (Electric Avenue)
  • 1948 Jacques Kloes, singer (Dizzy Man's Band)
  • 1948 Richard Hickox, English musical conductor
  • 1948 Elaine Paige, English singer and actress
  • 1950 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2011)
  • 1952 Alan Clark, keyboardist (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
  • 1956 Teena Marie, American singer
  • 1957 Mark E. Smith, British rock vocalist (The Fall; The Post - "Nearly Man"), born in Broughton, Lancashire, England (d. 2018)

Person of interestAndy Gibb

1958 Andy Gibb, British singer-songwriter, stage performer, and teen idol ("I Just Want to Be Your Everything"), born in Stretford, Lancashire, England (d. 1988)

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • 1960 David Tibet, English musician (Current 93)
  • 1960 Nicolas Launay, British record producer, composer and recording engineer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Arcade Fire; Kate Bush; Talking Heads), born in London, England
  • 1961 Dan Stuart, American singer/songwriter (Green on Red)
  • 1962 Charlie and Craig Reid, Scottish rock musicians (The Proclaimers - "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"), born in Leith, Scotland
  • 1969 MC Solaar, French rapper
  • 1970 John Frusciante, American rock guitarist (Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Zephyr Song"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1972 Luca Turilli, Italian symphonic metal composer, guitarist and keyboard player (Rhapsody), born in Trieste, Italy
  • 1981 Zach Williams, American Christian rock musician (There was Jesus), born in Pensacola, Florida

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1998 Singer Mariah Carey and music mogul Tommy Mottola divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Deaths in Music

  • 1732 Joseph François Salomon, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1778 Thomas Arne, British composer (Rule Britannia, A-Hunting We Will Go), dies at 67
  • 1795 Josef Reicha, composer, dies at 42
  • 1873 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, French composer, dies at 34
  • 1876 Marie d'Agoult [pen name Daniel Stern], French author and mother of composer Franz Liszt's children, dies at 70
  • 1893 Richard Samuel Hughes, Welsh composer, dies at 37
  • 1919 Jozef Surzynski, composer, dies at 67
  • 1947 Alfredo Casella, Italian composer and conductor (La Giara), dies at 63
  • 1952 Vladimir Scherbachov, Russian composer and professor (Blokovskaya, Thunderstorm), dies at 63
  • 1953 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf; Alexander Nevsky), dies at 61
  • 1956 Erich Itor Kahn, German composer of Jewish descent, dies at 50
  • 1962 Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • 1963 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), dies in a plane crash at 41

Person of interestPatsy Cline

1963 Patsy Cline [Virginia Henlsey], American country singer ("Crazy"; "I Fall To Pieces"; "Walkin' After Midnight"), dies in a plane crash at 30

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1963 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), dies in a plane crash at 49
  • 1972 Nils Björkander, Swedish composer, dies at 78
  • 1973 Michael Jeffery, British music manager (b. 1933)
  • 1977 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, dies at 52
  • 1977 Moses Pergament, Finnish-Swedish classical composer (The Jewish Song Choral Symphony) and music critic, dies at 83
  • 1979 Vicente Ascone, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1981 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist ("Over The Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"), dies in a car crash at 84
  • 1981 Theodore "Red" Saunders, American jazz drummer and bandleader, based in Chicago, dies at 69
  • 1984 Harry Salter, orchestra leader (Stop the Music), dies at 85
  • 1984 Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone (Scarpia in Tosca), dies at 70
  • 1994 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, dies at 75
  • 1995 (Victor) "Vivian" Stanshall, British singer and comic songwriter (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - "I'm The Urban Spaceman"; Magical Mystery Tour), dies in a fire at his home, at 51
  • 1999 Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (Kismet; Man of La Mancha; Endless Love), dies at 76
  • 2000 Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, dies from an overdose of prescription drugs at 37
  • 2003 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, dies at 72
  • 2016 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), dies at 86
  • 2017 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78
  • 2018 Kjerstin Dellert, Swedish opera singer, dies at 92
  • 2019 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, dies at 84
  • 2021 Michael Stanley [Gee], American rocker (Michael Stanley Band- "My Town"), dies of lung cancer at 72