On This Day in Music for May 4

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1728 George Frideric Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London

  • 1878 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
  • 1957 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show

Music awardsMusic Awards

1959 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1973 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
  • 1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
  • 1985 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
  • 1991 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
  • 1992 "I Saw the Light" single released by Wynonna (Billboard Song of the Year 1992)
  • 1993 "Angels in America-Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love

Birthdays in Music

  • 1611 Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect and composer, born in Rome (d. 1691)
  • 1655 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker - considered the inventor of the piano, born in Padua (d. 1731)
  • 1738 Josef Kohaut, Czech composer, born in Žatec, Czech Republic (d. 1777)
  • 1744 Marianne Martinez, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1812)
  • 1763 Franz Stanislaus Spindler, German composer, born in Steingaden, Germany (d. 1819)
  • 1767 Tyagaraja, Composer of Indian classical Carnatic music, born in Tiruvarur, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu (d. 1847)
  • 1769 Charles Hague, English composer, born in Tadcaster, Yorkshire (d. 1821)
  • 1777 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1852)
  • 1835 Edmund Hart Turpin, English composer, born in Nottingham, England (d. 1907)
  • 1860 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, Austrian composer (Donna Diana), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1945)
  • 1867 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer and organist, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1949)
  • 1891 Frederick Jacobi, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1952)
  • 1902 Cvjetko Rihtman, Bosnian composer, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1904 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, born in Tummāy al-Zahāyrah, Egypt (d. 1975)
  • 1905 Mátyás Seiber, composer (Scherzando), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 1912 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1915 Pedro Saenz, Argentine and Spanish composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, born in Huntington, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Edward Toner Cone, American composer, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Mary Ann McCall, American singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1921 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Edward "Ed" Cassidy, American musician (Spirit), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author, born in Antelias, Lebanon (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Tatiana Nikolayeva, Russian pianist and composer, born in Bezhitsa, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1928 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (Roulette), born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (USSR State Radio), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1932 Fausto Razzi, Italian composer, born in Rome
  • 1937 Ron Carter, American jazz bassist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • 1937 Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Swiss composer, born in Biel, Switzerland
  • 1937 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1938 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer (Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1941 David LaFlamme, American electric violinist (It's a Beautiful Day), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • 1942 Ronnie Bond, English drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing), born in Andover, Hampshire
  • 1943 Nickolas Ashford, American singer (Ashford & Simpson), born in Fairfield, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Stella Parton, American singer (A Woman's Touch), sister of Dolly Parton, born in Sevierville, Tennessee
  • 1944 Peggy Santiglia, American singer-songwriter (Angels), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • 1945 Georg Wadenius, Swedish rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1949 Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow
  • 1950 Darryl Hunt, English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1951 Jackie Jackson [Sigmund], American rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1951 Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel), born in London
  • 1951 Mick Mars [Robert Alan Deal], guitarist (Mötley Crüe), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (alternative date 4 April 1955)
  • 1954 Julie Budd, American singer (Child of Plenty), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Pia Zadora, American actress and singer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1955 Robert Ellis Orrall, American singer and songwriter, born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1959 Randy Travis, American country music singer (Diggin' Up Bones), born in Marshville, North Carolina
  • 1961 Jay Aston, English singer (Bucks Fizz), born in Purley, Surrey
  • 1962 Oleta Adams, American soul singer and pianist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh, born in Leeds, England
  • 1970 Gregg Alexander, American musician (New Radicals), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Person of interestMike Dirnt

1972 Mike Dirnt [Michael Ryan Pritchard], American musician (Green Day), born in Berkeley, California

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • 1975 Pablo Ruiz, Spanish singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1979 Lance Bass, American singer (*NSYNC), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1982 Hector King, Mexican singer and songwriter, born in Culiacán, Mexico
  • 1982 Rasheeda, American hiphop singer, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1985 Anthony Fedorov, American singer (7th Heaven), born in Yalta, Ukraine
  • 1987 Anjeza Shahini, Albanian singer (The Image of You), born in Tirana, Albania

Weddings in Music

  • 2009 Two-time Tony winner singer-actress Bebe Neuwirth (50) weds Napa Valley's Destino vineyard founder Chris Calkins at the Players Club in New York

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Actress Keira Knightley (28) weds musician James Righton (29) in France

  • 2016 Country singer Randy Houser (39) weds Tatiana Starzynski in an intimate outdoor ceremony in Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1604 Claudio Merulo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1770 Christian Gottfried Krause, German composer, dies at 51
  • 1855 Camille Pleyel, Austria piano builder/composer, dies at 66
  • 1893 George Washington Hewitt, composer, dies at 82
  • 1929 Henry Morton Dunham, composer, dies at 75
  • 1937 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter, dies at 26
  • 1953 Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85
  • 1955 Georges Enescu, Romanian/French violist/composer (Oedipe), dies at 73
  • 1966 Juan María Thomas Sabater, Spanish composer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Bengt Axel von Torne, composer, dies at 75
  • 1974 Israel Citkowitz, composer, dies at 65
  • 1983 Nino Sanzogno, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1984 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1987 Paul Butterfield, singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44
  • 1995 Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, dies at 91

Person of interestAdam Yauch

2012 MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 2016 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, dies at 93
  • 2018 Naser Cheshm Azar, Iranian composer, dies of a heart attack at 67