On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 6

Events in Music

  • 1808 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard
  • 1831 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "La Sonnambula" premieres in Milan

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1853 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1965 "How to Succeed in Business" closes at 46th St NYC after 1415 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1967 2nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Bonnie Guitar win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1970 Beatles release single "Let it Be" in UK
  • 1974 "Over Here!" musical written by Richard & Robert Sherman opens at Shubert Theater, NYC for 341 performances (top-grossing production 1974)
  • 1983 "On Your Toes" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • 2020 American rapper Lil Uzi Vert second album, "Eternal Atake", tops the Billboard charts upon its release

Birthdays in Music

  • 1616 Malachias Siebenhaar, German composer, born in Creibitz, Bohemia (now Chřibská, Czech Republic (d. 1685)
  • 1710 Giuseppi Antonio Paganelli, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. c.1763)
  • 1763 Jean Xavier Lefevre, French clarinetist and composer, born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1829)
  • 1779 Philipp Roth, German cellist, and composer, born at Tarnowitz in Prussian Silesia (now Tarnowskie Góry, Poland) (d. 1898)
  • 1785 Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor (Pygmalion), born in Włoszakowice, Poland (d. 1857)
  • 1793 Bernhard Joseph Klein, German sacred and secular music composer, and educator, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1832)
  • 1835 Ludwik Grossman, Polish composer (Duch Wojewody - The Ghost of Voyvode), born in Tureck, Poland (d. 1915)
  • 1843 Artur Napoleao dos Santos, composer
  • 1852 Joseph Bayer, composer
  • 1870 Oscar Straus, Viennese composer (Ein Walzertraum), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1954)
  • 1871 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), born on the Mississippi River (d. 1938)
  • 1887 Henri Gagnon, composer
  • 1893 [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of the blues, born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 1981) [birth year disputed]
  • 1897 Knudåge Riisager, Danish composer (director of the Royal Danish Academy of Music 1956-67), born in Kunda, Estonia (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Mattheus Passion)
  • 1905 Bob Wills, American western-swing singer, and bandleader, known as the 'King of Western Swing' (Texas Playboys -"Steel Guitar Rag"), born in Limestone County, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter
  • 1911 Roland Jacobi Leich, composer
  • 1914 Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1943-56; Moscow Philharmonic, 1960-75; Concertgebouw, 1978-81), born in Moscow, Russia (d.1981)
  • 1915 Benny de Weille, German swing jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1916 George "Red" Callender, American jazz and session string bass and tuba player, born in Haynesville, Virginia (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Howard McGhee, American be-bop jazz trumpeter, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 1919 Wanda Luzzato, Italian concert violinist and teacher, born in Varese, Lombardy, Italy (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Peter Brinson, British ballet and dance writer, lecturer, and promoter (Ballet For All), born in Llandudno, Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Julius Rudel, Austrian-American conductor (NYC Opera, 1944-79), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2014)
  • 1923 Erhard Karkoschka, composer
  • 1923 John "Wes" Montgomery, American influential jazz guitarist and Grammy Award winner, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1924 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor/opera director (Flagstaff), born in Maryville, Missouri (2006)
  • 1926 Jón Nordal, Icelandic composer (Choralis), born in Reykjavik
  • 1926 Miroslav Klega, Czech composer (Pantomime Suite), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (d. 1993)
  • 1926 H.C. Robbins Landon, American musicologist (Haydn: Chronicle and Works), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • 1927 Norman Treigle, bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1928 Ronald Stevenson, composer
  • 1930 Lorin Maazel, American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1972-82; Orchestre National de France, 1977-91; NY Philharmonic 2001-09), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Carmen de Lavallade, American actress, dancer and choreographer (Aida), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1933 Dorothy "Dolly" Ann Collins, English folk musician and composer
  • 1936 Sylvia Robinson, American rocker (Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards; Gene Clark; Dillard & Clark) and actor (Popeye - "Clem"), born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Paul Mefano, French composer, born in Basra, Iraq
  • 1937 Ben Keith [Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), born in Fort Riley, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • 1938 Lovelace Watkins, American singer known as "The Black Sinatra" (The Big, Big Voice of Lovelace Watkins), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Jerry Naylor, American rock vocalist (Crickets), born in Stephenville, Texas
  • 1941 Peter Brötzmann, German free jazz saxophonist and clarinet player, born in Remscheid, Germany
  • 1942 Charles Tolliver, American jazz trumpeter (Impact), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1942 Flora Purim, Brazilian jazz singer (Return To Forever; Airto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1944 Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand operatic soprano (Don Giovanni), born in Gisborne, New Zealand
  • 1944 Mary Wilson, American pop vocalist (Supremes - "Where Did Our Love Go?"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1945 Hugh Grundy, British rock drummer (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), born in Winchester, Hampshire, England

Person of interestDavid Gilmour

1946 David Gilmour, British rock guitarist, and vocalist (Pink Floyd - "Comfortably Numb"), born in Cambridge, England

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 1947 Kiki Dee [Pauline Matthews], British pop singer ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart"), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • 1949 Donald York, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • 1951 Walter Trout, American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter (Canned Heat; Bluesbreakers), born in Ocean City, New Jersey
  • 1957 Edward "Eddie" Deezen, American actor (Grease; I Wanna Hold Your Hand), born in Cumberland, Maryland
  • 1964 Reniet Vrieze, Dutch rock singer and guitarist (Pilgrims - "White Men")
  • 1964 Madonna Wayne Gacy [Stephen Bier, Jr.], American musician (Marilyn Manson), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1967 Julio Bocca, Argentine ballet dancer (American Ballet Theater, 1986-2006; Ballet Argentino, 1990-2007), and artistic director (National Ballet of Uruguay, 2010-18), born in Munro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1968 Michael Romeo, American musician (Symphony X)
  • 1974 Guy Garvey, British singer-songwriter (Elbow) and presenter (BBC 6 Music), born in Bury, Lancashire. England
  • 1975 Aracely Arambula, Mexican actress and singer
  • 1975 Yannick Nézet-Séguin, French Canadian conductor (Montréal Orchestre Métropolitain, 2000-; Philadelphia Orchestra, 2010-26; Metropolitan Opera, 2018-present), born in Montréal, Quebec
  • 1978 Saukrates [Karl Amani Wailoo], Canadian rapper (Big Black Lincoln), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1984 Chris Tomson, American rock drummer (Vampire Weekend), born in Upper Freehold, New Jersey,
  • 1991 Tyler, the Creator [Tyler Gregory Okonma], American rapper and record producer (Flower Boy, Igor), born in Ladera Heights, California
  • 1992 Momoko Tsugunaga, Japanese singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1753 Gerhardus Havingha, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1851 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer remembered as one of the fathers of Russian art song, dies at 63
  • 1860 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (b. 1783)
  • 1867 Wiktor Kazynski, composer, dies at 54

Person of interestJohn Philip Sousa

1932 John Philip Sousa, American composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 77

  • 1936 Rubin Goldmark, American composer, dies at 63
  • 1936 Josef Stránský, Czech conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1911-23) dies at 63
  • 1945 Rudolf Karel, Czech composer (Three Hairs of the Wise Old Man), dies of dysentery and pneumonia while in Theresienstadt concentration camp at 64
  • 1951 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), dies at 58
  • 1954 Louis Zimmermann, Dutch violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building, dies at 80
  • 1961 George Formby, British singer and comedian, dies at 56
  • 1962 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • 1965 Ruvim Pergament, composer, dies at 58
  • 1966 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • 1967 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • 1967 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, (Psalmus Hungaricus; Hary Janos), dies at 84
  • 1968 Isa Krejci, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • 1971 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1973 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1983 Cathy Berberian, American mezzo-soprano and composer (Stripsody), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1984 Pierre Cochereau, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1988 Konstantin Iliev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 63
  • 1994 Leighton Noble, singer/Bandleader, dies at 81
  • 1994 Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, dies at 77
  • 1995 Delroy Wilson, Jamaican singer, dies at 46
  • 1996 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 2006 King Floyd, American soul singer-songwriter (Groove Me), dies of complications of a stroke and diabetes at 61
  • 2009 Henri Pousseur, Belgian composer (Votre Faust), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 79
  • 2010 Ole Schmidt, Danish composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • 2012 Robert Sherman, American songwriter, dies at 86
  • 2012 Gene “Joe” Byrd, American jazz bassist (Charlie Byrd Trio), dies in a car crash at 78
  • 2012 Lucia Mannucci, Italian jazz singer (Quartetto Cetra, 1947-88), dies at 91
  • 2013 Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country artist, dies from natural causes at 77
  • 2013 Alvin Lee, English rocker, dies from complications from surgery at 68
  • 2017 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, dies at79
  • 2020 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), dies at 81