On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 15

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1832 Felix Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)" premieres

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1845 Opera "Maritana" is produced (London)
  • 1903 Eugen d'Albert's opera "Tiefland" premieres in Prague
  • 1935 "A Night at the Opera", directed by Sam Wood, starring the Marx Brothers, is released

Film release premierFilm Premier

1956 "Love Me Tender" (The Reno Brothers) film with Elvis Presley in his debut premieres in the US

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1956 "Li'l Abner" opens at St James Theater NYC for 693 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Florida

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • 1975 "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" single released by Ed Bruce
  • 1981 "Camelot" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1984 "Emergency" 16th studio album by American band Kool & the Gang is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1985)

Music releaseAlbum Release

1986 Beastie Boys release their debut album "Licensed to Ill" - 1st No. 1 rap album on Billboard charts

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch
  • 1989 "Few Good Men" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 497 performances
  • 1994 "Glass Menagerie" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 57 performances
  • 1995 "Master Class" opens at Golden Theater NYC for 601 performances
  • 1996 "Into the Whirlwind" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • 2005 39th Country Music Association Award: Keith Urban & Gretchen Wilson wins

Music releaseAlbum Release

2005 Carrie Underwood releases her debut album “Some Hearts” (2006 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best New Artist 2007)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2011 "Take Care" 2nd studio album by Drake is released (Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2013)

Singer-Songwriter Drake
  • 2017 Country singer Blake Shelton wins People Magazine's sexiest man alive award

Birthdays in Music

  • 1604 Davis Mell, English composer, born in Wilton (d. 1662)
  • 1640 Nicolaus Adam Strungk, German composer, born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1700)
  • 1696 Gerhardus Havingha, Dutch organist and composer, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1753)
  • 1705 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, French composer and violinist, born in Paris (d. 1770)
  • 1746 Joseph Quesnel, French Canadian composer and playwright (Colas et Colinette), born in Saint-Malo, France (d. 1809)
  • 1774 William Horsley, English musician and composer, born in London (d. 1858)
  • 1775 Georges-Julien Sieber, French music publisher and composer, born in Paris (d. 1847)
  • 1800 George Rodwell, English composer, born in London (d. 1852)
  • 1904 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress (Duel in the Sun, Garden of Allah), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1975)
  • 1905 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Paul Acket, Dutch publisher/organizer (Music Express, North Sea Jazz)
  • 1925 Jurriaan Andriessen, [Leslie Cool], Dutch pianist/composer
  • 1928 C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer, born in Audubon, Iowa
  • 1932 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1972)
  • 1932 [Sally] Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter (Downtown, My Love), born in Epsom, England
  • 1934 Peter Dickinson, English composer, born in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
  • 1935 Peter John Welding, record producer
  • 1936 Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter and East German dissident, born in Hamburg
  • 1937 William E "Little Willie" John, [Woods], US R&B singer (Fever)
  • 1937 Jimmy Ellis, RockHill, South Carolina, soul singer (The Trammps - Disco Inferno), (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Daniel Barenboim, pianist/conductor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1945 Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Norwegian-born Swedish singer-songwriter (ABBA), born in Bjørkåsen, Norway
  • 1946 Janet Lennon, Culver City California, singer (Lennon Sisters)
  • 1953 Alexander O'Neal, rocker (James Hearsky Harris III), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1954 Ab Bryant, rock bassist/vocalist (Chilliwack)
  • 1954 Mitch Easter, American record producer (REM), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1955 Joe Leeway, British instrumentalist and songwriter (Thompson Twins), born in Islington, London, England
  • 1955 Georgie Born, English academic, anthropologist and musician (Henry Cow), born in Wheatley, England
  • 1957 Kevin Eubanks, American jazz bandleader and composer (The Tonight Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Dann Huff, American songwriter, session musician, producer (Michael Jackson), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1967 E-40 [Earl Stevens ], American rapper, born in Vallejo, California
  • 1968 Jennifer Charles, American singer/songwriter
  • 1968 Ol' Dirty Bastard [Russell Jones], American rapper (member of Wu Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1970 Jack Ingram, American singer and songwriter
  • 1971 Sandra Kim, [Caldarone], French singer (J'aime la Vie)
  • 1974 Chad Kroeger, Canadian singer
  • 1977 Logan Whitehurst, American musician (d. 2006)
  • 1980 Ace Young, American singer
  • 1986 Jeffree Star, American model, fashion designer, make-up artist and singer-songwriter
  • 1993 Saaya Irie, Japanese Actress, singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1787 Christoph Willibald Gluck, Austrian composer (Iphigénie Tauride), dies at 73
  • 1788 Peregrinus Pogl, composer, dies at 77
  • 1815 Johann Lukas Schubaur, composer, dies at 65
  • 1831 Vincenc Mašek, Bohemian composer, dies at 76
  • 1842 Joseph Rastrelli, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1907 Horatio Richmond Palmer, American composer and choir director, dies at 73
  • 1918 Georges Antoine, Belgian composer, dies at 26
  • 1963 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian American conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 74
  • 1977 Serafin Pro, Cuban composer, dies at 71
  • 1986 Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), dies at 89
  • 1995 Kristian Lundin, record producer, dies at 22
  • 1997 Saul Chaplin, director (West Side Story), dies at 85
  • 2000 Gene Gutche, German-born composer, dies at 93
  • 2003 Speedy West, Country Music Hall of Fame Steel Guitarist (b. 1924)
  • 2003 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Annie), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2011 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), dies at 95
  • 2014 Bunny Briggs [Bernard Briggs], American tap dancer 'Duke's dancer', dies at 92
  • 2016 Mose Allison, American jazz artist (Black Country Suite), dies at 89
  • 2016 Milt Okun, American music producer and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), dies at 92
  • 2017 Lil Peep [Gustav Åhr], American rapper, dies of a drug overdose at 21
  • 2018 Roy Clark, American country singer (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show), dies at 85