On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 1

Events in Music

  • 1947 "Medium & The Telephone" closes at Barrymore NYC after 211 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 Johnny Mercer's "Top Banana" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 356 performances

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
  • 1965 1st concert at Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Noël Coward's "Sweet Potato" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 36 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1969 The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • 1973 "Molly" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 1976 "Don't Step on My Olive Branch" opens at Playhouse NYC for 16 performances
  • 1989 "Les Miserables" opens at Curran Theatre, San Francisco
  • 1990 "Oh, Kay!" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • 1995 "Tempest" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 71 performances
  • 2004 "That's What I Love About Sunday" single released by Craig Morgan (Billboard Song of the Year 2005)

Music awardsMusic Awards

2012 46th Country Music Association Award: Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert wins

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Birthdays in Music

  • 1618 Johannes Flittner, German composer, born in Suhl, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1678)
  • 1666 James Sherard, English amateur composer, born in Bushby (d. 1738)
  • 1731 Theodore-Jean Tarade, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1788)
  • 1748 Christoph Rheineck, German composer, born in Memmingen, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1797)
  • 1761 Antonín Volánek, Czech organist and composer, born in Jaroměř, Czech Republic (d. 1817)
  • 1805 Alessandro Nini, Italian composer, born in Fano, Pesaro, Italy (d. 1880)
  • 1832 Gottfred Matthison-Hansen, Danish composer, born in Roskilde, Denmark (d. 1909)
  • 1847 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Chambly, United Province of Canada (d. 1930)
  • 1855 Guido Adler, Bohemian-Austrian musicologist (Still in the Music), born in Eibenschütz, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1859 W. H. Grattan Flood, Irish author and composer, born in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland (d. 1928)
  • 1862 Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer (Cyrano de Bergerac), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1941)
  • 1863 Alfred Reisenauer, German pianist and composer, born in Königsberg (d. 1907)
  • 1871 Alexander Spendiaryan, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kakhovka, Russian Empire (d. 1928)
  • 1877 Roger Quilter, British composer, born in Hove, Sussex (d. 1953)
  • 1887 Max Trapp, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1971)
  • 1891 D. H. Th. Vollenhoven, Dutch composer and philosopher, born in Amsterdam (d. 1978)
  • 1898 Sippie Wallace [Beulah Belle Thomas], American blues singer, (Women Be Wise), born in Plumb Bayou, Arkansas (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (Hamburg Orchestra), born in Babenhausen, Augsburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1903 Don Robey, American record label executive and record producer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1907 Rio Gebhardt, German musician and composer, born in Heilbronn (d. 1944)
  • 1909 Bruno Bjelinski [Weiss], Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1914 Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, born in Middleburgh, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Jan Tausinger, Romanian-Czech violist and composer, born in Piatra Neamţ, Romania (d. 1980)
  • 1921 John W. Peterson, American songwriter, born in Lindsborg, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan operatic lyric soprano, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2005)
  • 1930 John Scott, British musician, film, television, and classical composer, born in Bishopston, Bristol, England
  • 1934 William Mathias, Welsh composer, born in Whitland (d. 1992)
  • 1936 [Zephire] Andre Williams, American R&B musician (Shake a Tail Feather), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Bill Anderson, American country music singer (Still, From This Pen), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1940 Barry Sadler, American singer ("Ballad Of The Green Berets"), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1989)
  • 1941 Johnny Kendall [Johan Donkerkaat], Dutch blues singer
  • 1943 Salvatore Adamo, Belgian singer and composer (Tombe la neige), born in Comiso, Sicily, Italy
  • 1944 Richard "Kinky" Friedman, American country rocker (Ride 'em Jewboy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Rick Grech, British rock musician (Blind Faith, Traffic), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1990)

Person of interestJim Steinman

1947 Jim Steinman, American Grammy Award-winning songwriter and record producer (Bat Out of Hell, Total Eclipse of the Heart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2021)

Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman
  • 1947 Bob Weston, English, guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), born in Devon (d. 2012)
  • 1949 David Foster, Canadian musician, composer, and record producer (Chicago, Celene Dion, Andrea Bocelli; "The Prayer"), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1950 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), born in Panama City, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1951 Ronald Bell, American rock saxophonist (Kool & The Gang), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1954 Chris Morris, Britsh rock guitarist and singer (Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"), born in Nottingham, England)
  • 1955 Beth Leavel, American Broadway actress and singer (Baby It's You; The Drowsy Chaperone), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1957 Lyle Lovett, American singer-songwriter (Joshua Judges Ruth; The Road To Ensenada), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1957 Carlos Paião, Portuguese singer, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 1988)
  • 1959 Eddie MacDonald, Welsh rocker (The Alarm-Knocking on Heaven's Door), born in St. Asaph, Wales
  • 1961 Calvin Johnson, American musician (Beat Happening, The Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1962 Magne Furuholmen, Norwegian keyboardist and vocalist (Aha - "Take On Me"), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1962 Anthony Kiedis, American rock vocalist (Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Snow (Hey Oh)"; "Give It Away"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1963 Rick Allen, English one-armed rock drummer (Def Leppard - "Hysteria"; "Pour Some Sugar On Me"), born in Dronfield, Derbyshire, England
  • 1963 "Big" Kenny [Alphin], American country singer (Big & Rich - Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace), born in Culpeper, Virginia
  • 1964 Sophie B. Hawkins, American singer-songwriter ("Damn! I Wish I Was Your Lover"), born in New York, New York
  • 1966 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab), born in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia (d. 2002)
  • 1967 Tina Arena, Australian pop singer and songwriter (Don't Ask), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1975 Bo Bice, American singer (The Real Thing), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1975 Scott "Skippy" Chapman, American musician (Code of Ethics), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1981 LaTavia Roberson, American pop and R&B singer (Destiny's Child, 1990-99 - "Say My Name"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1991 Anthony Ramos, American actor and singer-songwriter (Hamilton), born in New York City
  • 1996 Lil Peep [Gustav Åhr], American rapper, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)

Deaths in Music

  • 1711 Christian Demelius, composer, dies at 68
  • 1750 Giuseppe Sammartini, composer, dies at 55
  • 1768 (Pieter) Pierre van Maldere, Flemish violinist and composer, dies at 39
  • 1788 Johann Samuel Schroeter, composer, dies
  • 1810 Georg Anton Kreusser, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1817 Giovanni Zanotti, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1825 Rodrigo Ferreira da Costa, composer, dies at 49
  • 1844 August Ferdinand Haeser, German composer, dies at 45
  • 1895 Aleksander Zarzycki, composer, dies at 61
  • 1927 Florence Mills, dancer/singer, dies in NYC at 32
  • 1942 Hugo Distler, German organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 34
  • 1961 Joan McCracken, American actress, dancer and comedian (Claudie Story of a Marriage), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1962 Wintter Haynes Watts, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1975 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1975 Philip James, American composer, conductor (New Jersey Symphony, 1922-29; Bamberger Little Symphony, 1929-36), and educator (NYU, 1934-56), dies at 85
  • 1982 Leighton Lucas, composer, dies at 79
  • 1983 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn Catalog), dies at 96
  • 1986 Sippie Wallace [Beulah Belle Thomas], American blues singer, (Women Be Wise) dies at 88
  • 1989 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), dies at 69
  • 2003 Kent Kennan, American composer, dies at 90
  • 2003 Joji "George" Kawaguchi Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 76
  • 2004 Mac Dre [Andre Louis Hicks], American rapper and hip hop pioneer, dies at 34
  • 2004 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), murdered at 61
  • 2005 Skitch Henderson, English-born bandleader (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Nathaniel Mayer, American soul musician (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Yma Sumac [Chavarri], Peruvian-American 5 octave soprano (Omar Khayyam), dies at 85
  • 2008 Shakir Stewart, American music producer (b. 1974)
  • 2011 André Hodeir, French classical and jazz violinist, and composer, dies at 90
  • 2014 Wayne Static [Wells], American musician (Static-X), dies at 48
  • 2017 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), dies at 98