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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1963 Beatles record "From Me to You" & "Thank You Girl"
  • 1965 1st performance of Walter Piston's 8th Symphony
  • 1966 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg

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

  • 1668 Francesco Gasparini, composer
  • 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)
  • 1843 William F Sudds, composer
  • 1845 Alfonse Hasselmans, Belgium born French composer and harpist (La Source), 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, composer (Salon Waltz), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1899 Patrick Hadley, composer
  • 1913 Yulian Grigor'yevich Kreyn, composer
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1933 Norbert Linke, German composer
  • 1938 Paul Evans, singer/pedal guitarist (Damascus Road)
  • 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 Eddie Hodges, Miss, actor/singer (High Hopes, Adv of Huckleberry Finn)
  • 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, performer and teen idol (Bee Gees-I Just Want to Be Your Everything), born in Manchester, 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 (YYeah 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 musicians (The Proclaimers)
  • 1969 MC Solaar, French rapper
  • 1970 John Frusciante, American musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • 1971 Evil Jared Hasselhoff, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)
  • 1972 Luca Turilli, Italian musician (Rhapsody)

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1998 Singer Mariah Carey and mugic 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), dies at 61
  • 1956 Erich Itor Kahn, German composer of Jewish descent, dies at 50
  • 1962 Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • 1963 Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies at 41

Person of interestPatsy Cline

1963 Patsy Cline, country singer (Crazy), dies in a plane crash at 30

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1963 Cowboy Copas, American singer (b. 1913)
  • 1972 Nils Björkander, Swedish composer, dies at 78
  • 1973 Rupert Crosse, actor (Too Late Blues), dies of cancer at 45
  • 1973 Michael Jeffery, British music manager (b. 1933)
  • 1977 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, dies at 52
  • 1977 Moses Pergament, Finnish composer, dies at 83
  • 1979 Vicente Ascone, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1981 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), dies in a car crash at 84
  • 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 Vivian Stanshall, British musician (Magical Mystery Tour), dies 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
  • 2016 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), dies at 86
  • 2017 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78