On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 7

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1824 Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony, often regarded as his greatest work, premieres in Vienna

  • 1888 Édouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris

Music releaseMusic Recording

1941 Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA, it becomes 1st record to be designated "gold"

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1960 Webster and Fain's musical "Christine", based on Hilda Wernher's novel "My Indian Family", closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1960 "Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 performances
  • 1960 "From A to Z" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • 1961 "Young Abe Lincoln" closes at Eugene O'Neill NYC after 27 performances
  • 1966 Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
  • 1970 "Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release
  • 1977 "Happy End" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 75 performances
  • 1977 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London
  • 1982 "Is There Life after High School?" opens at Barrymore NYC for 12 performances
  • 1995 "On the Waterfront" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Met Gala 2018 "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' is hosted by Anna Wintour, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace and Rihanna wearing a Pope-inspired outfit

Singer Rihanna
Magazine Editor Anna Wintour
Magazine Editor
Anna Wintour

Birthdays in Music

  • 1704 Carl Heinrich Graun, German composer, born in Wahrenbrück, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1759)
  • 1769 Giuseppe Farinelli, Italian composer, born in Este, Veneto, Italy (d. 1836)
  • 1803 Johan Peter Cronhamm, Swedish composer, born in Östra Karup, Skåne, Sweden (d. 1875)

Person of interestJohannes Brahms

1833 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hung Dances), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1897)

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

Person of interestPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1840 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture; Swan Lake), born in Votkinsk, Russia (d. 1893)

  • 1873 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1883 Gino Roncaglia, Italian composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, born in Vilvoorde, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, born in Kemzeke-Waas, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • 1908 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1918 Argeliers León, Cuban composer, born in Pinar del Río, Cuba (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1922 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Anne Baxter, American actress, (The Razor's Edge; All About Eve), and singer, born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 1985)
  • 1931 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer ("Put Another Nickel In"), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Derek Taylor, English publicist for the Beatles, born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 1997)
  • 1933 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer ‘the Nightingale of Kosovo’ and actress, born near Malishevë, Kosovo (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Heinz Marti, Swiss composer, born in Bern
  • 1936 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), born in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire (d. 1981)
  • 1936 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), born in Collinsville, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests - "16 Candles"; Brooklyn Bridge), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Armando Krieger, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1943 Rick West [Westwood], rocker (Brian Poole & Tremeloes), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1944 Alison Bauld, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1945 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1945 Christy Moore, Irish folk singer and songwriter, born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  • 1946 Bill Danoff, American vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1946 Bill Kreutzmann, American rock drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1950 (Charles) "Prairie" Prince, American rocker (The Tubes; Chris Isaak; Jefferson Starship, 1992-2008), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1951 Carlos Alomar, Puerto Rican-American guitarist, composer, and arranger (David Bowie), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1951 Mic Gillette, American trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • 1956 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1957 Paul Leary, American rock guitarist (Butthole Surfers), and music producer, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1960 Adam Bernstein, American music video and television director, born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1961 Phil "Wizzö" Campbell, Welsh rock musician (Motörhead), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • 1963 Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1968 Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish pop rock singer-songwriter ("Save Tonight"), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1971 Horgh, (Reidar Horghagen) Norwegian drummer (Immortal/Hypocrisy)
  • 1978 Stian Arnesen (Nagash/Lex Icon), Norwegian Black Metal musician
  • 1985 J Balvin [José Álvaro Osorio Balvín], Colombian reggaeton singer ("I Like It"), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • 1986 Matt Helders, English musician and drummer (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1986 Frances Quinlan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hop Along; Likewise), born in New Jersey
  • 1988 Natalie Mejia, member of the American R&B/Pop group Girlicious, born in West Covina, California

Weddings in Music

  • 2005 Country music singer Billy Dean (43) weds Stephanie Paisley at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1667 Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist/singer/composer, dies at 50
  • 1736 John Weldon, English composer, dies at 60
  • 1793 Pietro Nardini, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • 1800 Niccolo Piccinni, Italian composer (Roland), dies at 72
  • 1814 Franz Volrath Buttstett, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1818 Leopold Koželuch, Czech composer, dies at 70

Person of interestAntonio Salieri

1825 Antonio Salieri, Italian composer (Tarare), dies in Vienna at 74

Composer Antonio Salieri
Antonio Salieri
  • 1836 Norbert Burgmuller, German composer, drowns during an epileptic seizure at 26
  • 1914 Edward Mollenhauer, American composer, dies at 87
  • 1922 Max Wagenknecht, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1928 Alexander Spendiaryan, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 56
  • 1934 Edward Naylor, English composer, dies at 67
  • 1942 Felix Paul von Weingartner, Austria conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • 1950 Bertha "Chippie" Hill, American blues and vaudeville singer (King Oliver's Jazz Band), struck and killed by a car in New York City at 45
  • 1970 Carlos Estrada, composer, dies at 60
  • 1977 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • 1981 Mieczyslaw Kolinski, Polish-Canadian composer (Encounterpoint), educator, and ethno-musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1986 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, dies at 36
  • 1995 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), dies at 84
  • 1998 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer ("I Love a Rainy Night"), dies at 56
  • 2004 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian singer (The Crew Cuts), dies at 73
  • 2006 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend, dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • 2010 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million; Wheels), dies at 87
  • 2011 "Big" George Webley, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 2014 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, dies at 86
  • 2017 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, dies at 92
  • 2019 Georg Katzer, German composer (electro-acoustic music), dies at 84