On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 13

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1767 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's first opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus", written when he was 11 years old, premieres in Salzburg

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1848 First performance of Finland's national anthem
  • 1941 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • 1954 "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
  • 1965 Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" in the UK

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 1970 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
  • 1973 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1975 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 1978 "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1978 Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados
  • 1984 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 1990 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1995 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin
  • 2000 45th Eurovision Song Contest: Olsen Brothers for Denmark wins singing "Fly on the Wings of Love" in Stockholm
  • 2017 62nd Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal's Salvador Sobral wins singing "Amar Pelos Dois"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1735 Horace Coignet, composer
  • 1746 Oliver Brownson, composer
  • 1756 Wojciech Żywny, Polish pianist, composer, and Chopin's first piano teacher, born in Mšeno, Bohemia (d. 1842)
  • 1776 Charles Ots, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1845)
  • 1776 Rodrigo Ferreira da Costa, composer
  • 1842 Arthur Sullivan, English operatic composer (Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S Pinafore), born in London (d. 1900)
  • 1847 Johannes Haarklou, composer
  • 1854 Paul Klengel, German pianist, violinist, composer and educator, born in Leipzig (d. 1935)
  • 1859 August Enna, Danish composer (The Witch), (d. 1939)
  • 1866 Ottokar Eugen Novacek, composer
  • 1868 Paolo Gallico, Italian-American pianist and composer (The Apocalypse), born in Trieste (d. 1955)
  • 1874 Henry Clough-Leiter, composer
  • 1876 Raoul Laparra, composer
  • 1881 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer
  • 1886 Joseph Achron, Latvia/US violinist/composer (Golem suite)
  • 1911 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1912 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1988)
  • 1918 T. Balasaraswati, Bharatanatyam dancer (d. 1984)
  • 1922 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude, The Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1925 Anthony Milner, British composer, born in Bristol, England (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Alden Ashforth, composer
  • 1933 Stig Gustav Schonberg, composer
  • 1935 Nigel Butterley, Australian pianist and composer (The True Samaritan), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1935 Yizhak Sadai, composer
  • 1935 Dominic Cossa, American baritone
  • 1937 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Richard Brooks, singer (Impressions)
  • 1941 Joe Brown, English musician (A Picture of You), born in Swarby, England
  • 1941 Ritchie Valens, American singer (Donna, La Bamba), born in Pacoima, California (d. 1959)
  • 1942 Jim Douglas, Scottish jazz guitarist, born in Gifford, East Lothian
  • 1943 Mary Wells, American singer (My Guy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1992)
  • 1944 Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter (Angel), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1945 Magic Dick [Richard Salwitz], American harmonicaist and musician (J Geils Band- "Centerfold"), born in New London, Connecticut
  • 1945 Louis "Blue Lou" Marini, American saxophonist, arranger, and composer (Blues Brothers), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1947 Pete "Overend" Watts, English rock bassist (Mott The Hoople-All Young Dudes), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1947 Robert "Rab" Noakes, Scottish singer-songwriter, born in St Andrews, Fife
  • 1949 Jane Glover, British conductor (London, Mozart Players, Music of the Baroque), born in Helmsley, England
  • 1950 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac- "Albatross"), born in London, England (d. 2018)

Person of interestStevie Wonder

1950 Stevie Wonder [Stevland Hardaway Morris], American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Life), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1951 Paul Thompson, rock drummer (Roxy Music)
  • 1954 Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter
  • 1959 Paul Pesco, Eurasian American session guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer, born in Canandaigua, New York
  • 1963 Julian Brookhouse, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Your Distance)
  • 1965 Tasmin Little, English classical violinist, born in London, England
  • 1965 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), born in Dunedin, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1966 Darius Rucker, American singer (Hootie & the Blowfish), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1966 Alison Goldfrapp, English musician (Goldfrapp), born in London
  • 1967 Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death, Control Denied) (d. 2001)
  • 1967 Melanie Thornton, African American German pop singer, former member of La Bouche. (d. 2001)
  • 1968 PMD [Parrish J. Smith], American rapper (EPMD), from Brentwood, New York
  • 1969 Buckethead [Brian Carroll], American underground guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 André Schmechta, German musician (X Marks the Pedwalk, Scarecrow), born in Germany
  • 1974 Tim McMahon, American hardcore singer (Mouthpiece, Hands Tied, Triple Threat)
  • 1977 Ilse DeLange, Dutch singer
  • 1979 Michael Madden, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • 1980 Mau Marcelo, Filipino singer
  • 1983 Casey Donovan, Australian singer
  • 1983 Grégory Lemarchal, French singer, born in La Tronche, France (d. 2007)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1932 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich marries Nina Varsar

  • 2017 Country music vocalist Dan Smyers (29) weds longtime love Abby Law in Nashville, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1732 Theodor Schwartzkopff, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1787 Johann Michael Malzat, Austrian composer, dies at 38
  • 1793 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and abbot, dies at 72
  • 1812 Johann Matthias Sperger, composer, dies at 62
  • 1873 Kaspar Masek, composer, dies at 79
  • 1931 Josif Marinković, Serbian composer, dies at 79
  • 1942 Hyam Greenbaum, composer, dies at 41
  • 1945 Tubby Hall, American musician (b. 1895)
  • 1971 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, dies 67
  • 1975 Bob Wills [James Robert Wills], American musician ('King of Western Swing', Steel Guitar Rag), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 69
  • 1981 Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1982 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), dies at 64
  • 1982 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1988 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
  • 1991 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2005 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave), dies at 56
  • 2010 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, dies at 87
  • 2011 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), dies at 81
  • 2011 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (b. 1942)
  • 2011 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 95
  • 2012 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist, dies at 70
  • 2019 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, dies at 89

Person of interestDoris Day

2019 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies of pneumonia at 97

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day