On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 9

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1842 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1849 Carl Nikolais opera "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" premieres
  • 1868 The opera "Hamlet" by Ambroise Thomas premieres in Paris
  • 1897 Premiere of (parts of) Gustav Mahler's 3rd Symphony (Berlin)
  • 1930 Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's satirical opera "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" premieres in Leipzig, Germany
  • 1959 The Coasters' single "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2 on the Billboard Top 100
  • 1959 "Juno" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 The Supremes release "I Want A Guy" & "Never Again"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1963 Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez
  • 1968 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4
  • 1975 "Lieutenant" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 9 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1984 John Lennon single "Borrowed Time" released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Lyric Theatre, Brisbane

Music awardsMusic Awards

1993 7th Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment signs then unknown rapper Eminem

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
Rapper and Record Producer Dr. Dre
Rapper and Record Producer
Dr. Dre

Birthdays in Music

  • 1735 August Bernhard Valentin Herbing, German organist and composer, born in Halberstadt, Germany (d. 1766)
  • 1737 Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1781)
  • 1810 Jean-Georges Kastner, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1867)
  • 1812 Jakob Eduard Schmolzer, Austrian composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1886)
  • 1826 Jean Joseph Bott, German violinist and composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1895)
  • 1839 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer and organist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1908)
  • 1848 Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, Belgian composer, born in Jupille-sur-Meuse, Liège, Belgium (d. 1924)
  • 1850 Alexandre Luigini, French composer (Ballet égyptien), born in Lyon, France (d. 1906)
  • 1856 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1928)
  • 1874 Richard Ohlsson, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1940)
  • 1875 Martin Shaw, English composer, born in London (d. 1958)
  • 1893 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, born in Mulhouse, France (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Henry Leland Clarke, American composer, born in Dover, New Hampshire (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, born in Porte Alegre (d. 1965)

Person of interestSamuel Barber

1910 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal; Adagio For Strings), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber
  • 1911 Ramon Campbell Batista, Chilean physician composer, born in Quilpué, Chile (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Paul Winter, American classical and session violinist (NBC Orchestra, 1937-58), born in New York City (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Konstantin Iliev, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 1988)
  • 1926 Celso Garrido Lecca, Peruvian composer, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1927 Hans Ludwig Schilling, German composer, born in Mayen, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1927 John Beckwith, Canadian composer, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1928 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and pop singer (w/ husband Louis Prima -"That Old Black Magic"; "I Wish You Love"), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Thomas Schippers, American conductor (Amahl & Night Visitors), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1977)

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

1930 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 1933 Lloyd Price, American R&B singer ("Lawdy Miss Clawdy"; "Stagger Lee"; "Personality"), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1933 W. Francis McBeth, American composer (Of Sailors and Whales), conductor, and pedagogue (Ouachita Baptist University, 1957-96), born in Ropesville, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Anatoly Kremer, Russian composer and conductor (Eksperiment), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2015)
  • 1936 Mickey Gilley, American country singer (Urban Cowboy), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1938 Lill-Babs [Barbro Margareta Svensson], Swedish singer and actress, born in Järvsö, Gävleborg County, Sweden
  • 1942 John Cale, Welsh musician, composer and singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), born in Garnant, Wales
  • 1942 Mark Lindsay, American rock vocalist (Paul Revere & Raiders - "Kicks"; "Indian Reservation"), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1942 Gary Walker [Leeds], American musician (The Standells, The Walker Brothers), born in Glendale, California
  • 1944 Trevor Burton, English guitarist and rocker (The Move), born in Aston, Birmingham
  • 1945 Laura Lee, American soul and gospel singer (Dirty Man, Women's Love Rights), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Robin Trower, British rock guitarist (Procol Harum, 1967-71 - "Conquistador"; solo - Bridge Of Sighs), born in London, England
  • 1945 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), born in Pretoria (d. 1988)
  • 1946 Jim Cregan, English rock musician, born in Yeovil, Somerset
  • 1948 Jeffrey Osborne, American soul singer-songwriter ("On the Wings of Love"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1948 Jimmie Fadden, American singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1948 Christopher "Chris" Thompson, British singer and guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band- "Blinded By the Light"), born in Ashford, Kent
  • 1949 Kalevi Aho, Finnish composer, born in Forssa, Finland
  • 1949 Tapani Kansa, Finnish singer, born in Hamina, Finland
  • 1950 Jerry Eubanks, American rock saxophonist and flautist (The Marshall Tucker Band, 1966-96 - "Can't You See"; "I Heard It In A Love Song"), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1951 Zakir Hussain, Punjabi tabla virtuoso, composer, producer (Global Drum Project), and film actor, born in Mahim, India
  • 1954 Charmain Elaine Sylvers, American rocker (The Sylvers), born in Watts, Los Angeles
  • 1955 Fernando Bujones, American ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1957 Mark Mancina, American composer (Speed, Bad Boys, Moana), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1958 Martin Fry, British pop singer-songwriter (ABC - "The Look Of Love"; "All of My Heart"), born in Stretford, Lancashire, England
  • 1966 Brendan Canty, American musician (Fugazi), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • 1968 Johnny Kelly, American drummer (Type O Negative), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Diego Torres, Argentine singer (Un Mundo Diferente), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1979 Chingy [Howard Bailey, Jr.], American rapper (Right Thurr), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1983 Maite Perroni [Beorlegui], Mexican actress and singer in the Latin pop group RBD, born in Mexico City
  • 1987 Lil' Bow Wow [Shad Gregory Moss], American rapper and actor (Beware of Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1993 Suga [Min Yoon-gi], Korean rapper and songwriter (BTS), born in Daegu, South Korea

Weddings in Music

  • 1902 Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (41) marries Alma Schindler (22) in Vienna, Austria

LoveWedding of Interest

2012 Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis (76) weds his cousin's ex Judith Brown (62) in Natchez, Mississippi

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis

Deaths in Music

Person of interestJohann Pachelbel

1706 Johann Pachelbel, German organist/composer, dies at 52

  • 1743 Jean-Baptiste Lully fils, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, dies at 77
  • 1800 Dominique Della-Maria, French composer, dies at 30
  • 1819 Janos Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, dies at 41
  • 1825 Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and writer of hymns (Life! I Know Not What Thou Art), dies at 81
  • 1827 Franz Xaver Gerl, Austrian bass singer and composer, dies at 62
  • 1870 Theodore Labarre, French composer and harpist, dies at 65
  • 1893 Disma Fumagalli, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1938 Sydney Baynes, British conductor, arranger, band leader and composer (Destiny Waltz; Endure to Conquer), dies at 59
  • 1941 Carlos Pedrell, Uruguayan guitarist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1961 Wilbur Sweatman, American ragtime and dixieland jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1965 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1971 Jean-Pierre Guézec, French composer (Colorful Architectures), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1991 Tomojirō Ikenouchi, Japanese composer and educator, dies at 84
  • 1993 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1994 Louis Freeman, Scottish band leader, dies at 100
  • 1994 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • 1996 George Burns, American comedian, actor and singer (Burns and Allen), dies at 100
  • 1997 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper shot dead at 24
  • 1999 Harry Somers, Canadian composer, dies at 73
  • 2000 Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Rust Epique, former Crazy Town guitarist (b. 1968)
  • 2004 John Mayer, Indian composer (Indo-Jazz Fusion), dies in a car accident at 73 [1]
  • 2004 Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, American pianist, arranger, jazz and classical composer (For Bird, With Love), dies at 72
  • 2005 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (Ridin' for a Fall), dies at 56
  • 2007 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), commits suicide at 55
  • 2009 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), dies at 63
  • 2016 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), dies at 91
  • 2020 Keith Olsen, American rock record producer and sound engineer (Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac; Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station; Joe Walsh - The Confessor), dies of cardiac arrest at 74
  • 2021 James Levine, American conductor (director of the Metropolitan Opera, 1976-2017), dies at 77