On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 12

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 Jean Sibelius and Ashton's ballet "Lady of Shalott" premieres in London

Composer Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius
  • 1951 "Paint Your Wagon" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 289 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th String Quartet premieres

  • 1978 "Platinum" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 33 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Paul McCartney releases "We All Stand Together"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1987 "Teddy & Alice" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • 1989 George Forrest's musical "Grand Hotel" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1018 performances (5 Tony wins)

Music awardsMusic Awards

2008 42nd Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins

Singer Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley

Birthdays in Music

  • 1676 Giovanni Antonio Pollarolo, composer
  • 1817 Carlo Pedrotti, composer
  • 1817 Martin Gustav Nottebohm, composer, born in Lüdenscheid, Westphalia (d. 1882)
  • 1827 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer (d. 1885)
  • 1833 Aleksandr Porfirievich Borodin, Russian composer (Robert LeDiable)
  • 1844 Octave Fouqué, French pianist and composer, born in Pau (d. 1883)
  • 1858 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1918)
  • 1865 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), (d. 1939)
  • 1897 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor
  • 1905 Evgeny Grigor'yevich Bruslovsky, composer
  • 1905 Solon Michaelides, Cypriot composer, teacher and musicologist, born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 1979)
  • 1906 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), born near Aberdeen, Mississippi (d. 1977)
  • 1911 [Wilbur] Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1991)
  • 1916 Jean Papineau-Couture, composer
  • 1917 Jo Stafford, Coalinga California, singer (You Belong to me, Never Smile Again)
  • 1921 Robert Fleming, composer
  • 1923 Alirio Díaz, Venezuelan guitarist, composer, and musicologist, born in Caserio La Candelaria, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Sam Jones, American jazz double bassist (Cannonball Adderly), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1981)
  • 1931 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Terry Johnson, US R&B singer (Flamingos-I Know Better), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1938 Mort Shuman, American singer-songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1939 Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Frank Rosenthal, rocker
  • 1941 Jennifer Helen McLeod, composer
  • 1943 Brian Hyland, American rocker (She Wore an Itsy Bitsy ... Bikini), born in Queens, New York
  • 1943 Jimmy "Bro" Hayes, American doo-wop bass singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk), born in Hopewell, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1943 John Maus, American rock vocalist (Walker Brothers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Errol Brown, singer-songwriter vocalist (Hot Chocolate), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Booker T. Jones, US organist (Booker T & MGs - "Green Onions"), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Person of interestNeil Young

1945 Neil Young, Canadian singer-songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; "The Needle And The Damage Done"; "Harvest Moon"), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • 1947 Donald Roeser, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult)
  • 1947 J. C. [John Charles] Crowley, American musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949 Arthur "Pooch" Tavares, rocker
  • 1950 James Pugh, American session and touring trombonist, composer, and educator (Thundering Herd; Chick Corea; Steely Dan), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1953 Vasilis Karras [Kesoglidis], Greek folk singer (Tilefonise Mou), born in Kokkinohori, Greece
  • 1953 Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer and guitarist (The Traveller), born in Podor, French West Africa (now Senegal)
  • 1954 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, born in Bombay, India (d. 2018)
  • 1955 Leslie McKeown, Scottish pop vocalist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1960 Maurane, Belgian singer
  • 1961 Michaela Paetsch, American violinist
  • 1964 Dave Ellefson, Jackson, Minnesota, American heavy metal bassist (Megadeth)
  • 1967 Charlie Pennaelino, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way), born in Queens, New York
  • 1968 Aya Hisakawa, Japanese voice actress/singer, born in Kaizuka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968 Aaron Stainthorpe, British singer (My Dying Bride), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Nick D'Virgilio, American drummer (Spock's Beard), born in Whittier, California
  • 1969 Kathleen Hanna, American singer and songwriter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1975 Tevin Jermod Campbell, American rapper, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1976 Judith Holofernes [Holfelder-Roy], German singer (Wir sind Helden), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1978 Andrew Kinlochan, English singer and musician
  • 1984 Omarion, American R&B musician, born in Inglewood, California
  • 1986 Evan Yo, Taiwanese pop singer, born in Taiwan, Taiwan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1963 Singer and actor Robert Goulet (30) weds actress Carol Lawrence (31)

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

LoveWedding of Interest

1969 American filmmaker Blake Edwards (47) weds "The Sound of Music" actress Julie Andrews (34) in Beverly Hills, California

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews

Deaths in Music

  • 1606 Matthäus Ludecus, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1739 Ludwig Ernst, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1823 Emmanuel Aloys Förster, Bohemian composer and music teacher, dies at 75
  • 1852 Georg Hellmesberger, composer, dies at 22
  • 1896 Spyridon Xyndas, Greek composer, dies at 84
  • 1925 Roman Statkowski, composer, dies at 65
  • 1940 Alejandro Garcia Caturla, composer, dies at 34
  • 1944 Edgar Stillman Kelley, American composer (Gulliver), dies at 87
  • 1944 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), dies at 51
  • 1948 Umberto Giordano, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1962 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer, dies at 68
  • 1966 Quincy Porter, American composer, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner (1954), dies at 69
  • 1969 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (Kantoorkruk to high C), dies at 77
  • 1970 (Harold Eugene) "Gene Gifford American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and arranger (Jean Goldkette; Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 62
  • 1972 Rudolf Friml, Czech-American composer (Bohemian suite), dies at 92
  • 1976 Walter Hamor Piston, Jr, American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), dies at 82
  • 1978 Howard Swanson, American composer known for his settings of poems of Langston Hughes, dies at 71
  • 1980 Alexander Nicolaas Voormolen, Dutch composer, dies at 85
  • 1983 Preston Jackson [James Preston McDonald], American jazz trombonist (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), dies at 81
  • 1988 Tomasz Sikorski, Polish minimalist composer (Solitude of Sounds), dies at 49
  • 1989 Armando Gentilucci, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1990 Nico Haak, Dutch singer (Foxy Foxtrot), dies
  • 1992 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1996 Gwen Catley, soprano, dies at 90
  • 1997 Carlos Surinach, Spanish composer (b. 1915)
  • 2000 Franck Pourcel, French popular orchestra leader (b. 1913)
  • 2001 Albert Hague [Marcuse], German-American actor, singer and composer (Fame, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2003 Tony Thompson, American session and touring drummer (Chic; LaBelle; The Power Station), dies of renal cancer at 48
  • 2008 Mitch Mitchell, English musician (Jimi Hendrix Experience), dies at 62
  • 2008 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • 2010 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), dies from complications arising from a lung infection at 76
  • 2010 John MacIvor Perkins, American composer, dies at 75
  • 2013 John Tavener, British composer (The Protecting Veil), dies from complications from Marfan syndrome at 69
  • 2013 Allan Blank, American composer, dies at 87
  • 2017 Eric Salzman, American composer (New Musical Theater), dies at 84
  • 2017 Michel Chapuis, French classical organist and pedagogue, dies at 77
  • 2018 Igor Mikhailovich Luchenok, Belarusian composer and teacher, dies at 80