On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 13

Events in Music

  • 1922 George Cohan's musical "Little Nellie Kelly" premieres in NYC
  • 1937 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • 1948 "As the Girls Go" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 420 performances
  • 1951 Janet Collins is the first 1st African-American dancer to appear at the Metropolitan Opera, in a production of Aida

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th String Quartet premieres

  • 1959 The Academy of St Martin in the Fields' first professional concert takes place in London
  • 1965 "Skyscraper" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 248 performances
  • 1973 "Gigi" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • 1975 "Musical Jubilee" opens at St James Theater NYC for 92 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1981 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain" in UK, written and produced by George Harrison

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Sonny & Cher perform together for the final time, singing "I Got You Babe" on 'Late Night with David Letterman' (NBC)

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Paul McCartney releases "Figure of 8" & "Ou Est Le Soleil"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1996 "Three Sisters" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • 1997 "Lion King" opens at New Amersterdam Theater NYC
  • 2000 The Beatles release their compilation album “1” (2001 Billboard Album of the Year)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2001 Shakira's fifth studio album and first English language album, "Laundry Service", is released

Singer Shakira

Music releaseMusic Single

2002 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of "8 Mile", 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
  • 2010 Australian rock band Powderfinger, perform their last concert at the Brisbane River Stage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Singer Harry Styles becomes the first-ever solo male cover star for US Vogue

Singer Harry Styles
Harry Styles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Kylie Minogue becomes the first woman to top the UK album chart over five consecutive decades with "Disco"

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue

Birthdays in Music

  • 1663 Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, German musician and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1712)
  • 1699 Jan Zach, Czech violinist, organist, and composer, baptized in Čelákovice, Bohemia (d. 1773)
  • 1718 Anton Laube, Bohemian composer, born in Brüx (d. 1784)
  • 1759 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer (d. 1848)
  • 1789 Jean Martin de Ron, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1817)
  • 1811 Yuri Karlovich Arnold, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Petrograd (d. 1898)
  • 1854 George Whitfield Chadwick, American composer (Judi Van Winke), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1931)
  • 1855 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • 1856 Sigwart Aspestrand, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikshald, Norway (d. 1941)
  • 1868 Pierre Maurice, Swiss composer, born in Allaman, Switzerland (d. 1936)
  • 1874 Marguerite Long, French concert pianist (Ravel) and teacher (Paris Conservatoire, 1906-40), born in Nîmes, France (d. 1966)
  • 1875 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, born in Leon, Spain (d. 1937)
  • 1879 Maurice Delage, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1961)
  • 1879 Maurice Delage, French pianist, and composer (Ragamalika; Seven Haikais), born in Paris, France (d. 1961)
  • 1882 John Lowry, American NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1885 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, born in Tottenham, London (d. 1969)
  • 1886 Mary Wigman, German dancer and choreographer, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Conrad Thibault, American singer (Jacques Fray Music Room), born in Northbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Janine Andrade, French violinist, born in Besançon, France (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer (The Last Temptations), born in Iisalmi, Finland (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, born in Vladivostok, Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1926 Max Vernon Mathews, American composer, born in Columbus, Nebraska (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Hampton Hawes, American jazz pianist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1977)
  • 1937 Kamahl [Kandiah Kamalesvaran], Australian singer (Elephant Song), born in Kuala Lumpur
  • 1937 Tabu Ley Rochereau [Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu], African musician (Orchestre Afrisa International), born in Bagata, Bandundu, Belgian Congo (d. 2013)
  • 1938 Adrian Barber, British musician and producer, born in Ilkley, United Kingdom
  • 1939 Idris Muhammad [Leo Morris], American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Baby Washington, American singer (Only Those in Love), born in Bamberg, South Carolina
  • 1942 John P Hammond, American blues singer (So Many Roads), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Timmy Thomas, American singer and songwriter (Why Can't We Live Together), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1946 Martin Bresnick, American composer, The Bronx, New York
  • 1947 Toy Caldwell, American Southern-rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1949 Roger Steen, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Tubes), born in Pipestone, Minnesota
  • 1949 Terry Reid, English rock guitarist (River, Bang Bang You're Terry Reid), born in Huntingdon, England
  • 1951 Bill Gibson, American rock drummer (Huey Lewis & The News), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1952 David Frank, American musician and record producer, born in Weston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Andy "the Clobberer" Ranken, English Celtic-punk rock drummer (The Pogues), born in London

Person of interestWhoopi Goldberg

1955 Whoopi Goldberg [Caryn Johnson], American actress, comedian and singer (Color Purple, Burglar), born in NYC, New York

  • 1956 Aldo Nova, Canadian rocker (Blood on the Bricks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1960 Wayne Parker, Canadian bass player (Glass Tiger - "Don't Forget Me"), born in Ontario
  • 1971 John Francis Zingg, American rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Shom-Rock, rocker (Young Nation)
  • 1972 Takuya Kimura, Japanese singer and actor (SMAP), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1973 Ari Hoenig, American jazz drummer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Chanel Cole [Whalley], New Zealand-born Australian singer (Spook), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1977 Huang Xiaoming, Chinese actor and singer
  • 1978 Nikolai Fraiture, American rock bassist (The Strokes), born in New York City
  • 1979 Subliminal [Ya'akov Shimoni], Israeli rapper and producer, born in Tel Aviv
  • 1980 Monique Coleman, American actress (High School Musical), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1982 Koda Kumi [Kumiko Kōda], Japanese singer (Butterfly), born in Fushimi, Kyoto
  • 1990 Jibbs [Jovan Campbell], American rapper (Chain Hang Low), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1993 Julia Michaels [Cavazos], American pop singer and songwriter, born in Davenport, Iowa

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1934 Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (23) weds "All Quiet on the Western Front" actor Lew Ayres (25)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

LoveWedding of Interest

1960 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (34) marries Swedish actress May Britt (26) at Temple Israel of Hollywood, California; divorce in 1968

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.

Deaths in Music

Person of interestGioachino Rossini

1868 Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer (Barber of Seville, William Tell), dies at 76

  • 1877 Pietro Antonio Coppola, Italian composer, dies at 83
  • 1896 Antonio Peña y Goñi, Spanish composer, dies at 50
  • 1916 Frederik Septimus Kelly, Australian-British composer and rower (Summer Olympic gold 1908), dies at 35
  • 1944 Paul Graener, composer, dies at 72
  • 1951 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), dies at 71
  • 1951 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer, dies at 77
  • 1951 Nikolai Karlovich Metner, composer, dies at 71
  • 1967 Pierre Moulaert, Belgian composer, dies at 60
  • 1967 Harriet Cohen, British pianist, dies at 71
  • 1973 Bruno Maderna, Italian conductor, and avant garde composer (Quadrivium; Satyricon), dies of lung cancer at 53
  • 1983 Alvin "Junior" Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1986 Rudolf Schock, German opera tenor, dies at 71
  • 1988 Antal Doráti, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1949-1960), dies at 82
  • 1988 Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (Beer Barrel Polka), dies at 86
  • 1992 Bobby McClure, American gospel (The Soul Stirrers) and soul singer ("Don't Mess Up A Good Thing"), dies from a stroke at 50
  • 1992 Maurice Ohana, French classical pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Ralph Hunsecker Blane, American songwriter, dies at 81
  • 1996 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • 1997 André Boucourechliev, Bulgarian-French composer, dies at 72
  • 1999 Donald Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers), dies at 84
  • 1999 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, American rock guitarist and electric violin pioneer (Don & Dewey; Frank Zappa), dies of pulmonary disease at 61 [1]
  • 2001 Marius Hendrikus Flothuis, Dutch composer and author (Mozart biography), dies at 87
  • 2001 Raphaël Sommer, Czech cellist, and educator, dies of an aortic aneurysm at 64 [1]
  • 2001 Marius Flothuis, Dutch composer, (Kleine Suite for 12 harps; Negro Lament), musicologist and music critic, dies at 87
  • 2002 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer, co-founder and guitarist for We Five (Let's Get Together), commits suicide at 57
  • 2004 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), dies from a fall from a two-storey balcony at his home at 42
  • 2004 Ol' Dirty Bastard [Russell Jones], American rapper (member of Wu Tang Clan), dies of a drug overdose at 35
  • 2004 John Balance [Geoffrey Rushton], British poet and industrial rock musician (Coil), falls to his death from a second floor balcony at 42
  • 2016 Leon Russell, American musician and singer-songwriter (Carny), dies at 74