On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 16

Events in Music

  • 1903 V Herbert & H Smith's musical "Babette" premieres in NYC
  • 1908 Arturo Toscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera
  • 1916 I. Berlin, V. Herbert, H. Blossoms musical premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1935 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Jumbo" premieres in NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" closes at 46th Street Theatre, NYC, after 420 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1956 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan
  • 1957 "Copper & Brass" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances

All Eyes on Birthplace of British Rock 'n' RollAll Eyes on Birthplace of British Rock 'n' Roll

1957 BBC’s 1st pop music show, the "Six-Five Special", is broadcast from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London

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The 2i's coffee bar became a magnet for pop singers, agents and music entrepreneurs
The 2i's coffee bar became a magnet for pop singers, agents and music entrepreneurs
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  • 1959 "The Sound of Music" musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, for 1443 performances
  • 1966 "Greatest Hits" album by The Temptations is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1967)
  • 1972 "Dear Oscar" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 5 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1973 John Lennon releases "Mind Games" album

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1981 "Merrily We Roll Along" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1984 John Lennon's 'Every Man has a Woman Who Loves Him' released posthumously
  • 1987 Paul McCartney releases "Once Upon a Long Ago"
  • 1989 "Gypsy" opens at St James Theater NYC for 477 performances
  • 1993 "Any Given Day" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • 1996 "Into the Whirlwind" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • 1997 "1776" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

Music releaseAlbum Release

1999 "The Chronic 2001" 2nd studio album by dr dre is released

Rapper and Record Producer Dr. Dre
Rapper and Record Producer
Dr. Dre
  • 2004 "Let Me Love You" single released by Mario (Billboard Song of the Year 2005)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1569 Paul Sartorius, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1609)
  • 1615 Guillaume Dumanoir, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1697)
  • 1715 Girolamo Abos, Maltese composer, born in Valletta, Malta (d. 1760)
  • 1720 Charles-Antoine Campion, Italian composer, born in Lunéville, Lorraine, France (d. 1788)
  • 1757 Daniel Read, American composer, born in Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 1836)
  • 1766 Rodolphe Kreutzer, French composer (La mort d'Abel) and virtuoso violinist, born in Versailles, France (d. 1831)
  • 1780 Robert Archibald Smith, Scottish composer (d. 1829)
  • 1807 François George-Hainl, French cellist and composer, born in Issoire, France (d. 1873)
  • 1810 Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, German composer, born in Bleckede, Germany (d. 1882)
  • 1840 Frederick Scotson Clark, English organist and composer, born in Southwark, London (d. 1883)
  • 1843 Manuel Gregorio Tavárez, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1883)
  • 1860 Edmund Schücker, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1911)
  • 1861 Václav Suk, Czech-born Russian composer and violinist, born in Kladno, Bohemia (1933)

Person of interestW. C. Handy

1873 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), born in Florence, Alabama (d. 1958)

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1883 Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist and composer (In Tempore Belli) (d. 1958)
  • 1888 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, American composer (Laurentia), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1889 Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, Uruguayan composer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1957)
  • 1890 Aloÿs-Henri-Gérard Fornerod, Swiss composer, born in Montet-Cudrefin, Switzerland (d. 1965)

Person of interestPaul Hindemith

1895 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Mathis der Maler), born in Hanau (d. 1963)

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith
  • 1896 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1960)
  • 1902 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, born in Stalhille, Jabbeke, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Eddie Condon, American jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), born in Goodland, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1919 Udo Kasemets, Estonian-born Canadian composer, born in Talinn, Estonia (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Ethel Gabriel (nee Nagy), American record producer and label executive (RCA, 1943-84), born in Milmont Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • 1926 Ton de Leeuw, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Bob Gibson, American folk musician, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Garnet Mimms, American singer (Enchanters-Cry Baby), born in Ashland, West Virginia
  • 1936 Shirvani Chalayev, Daghestanian composer, born in Khosrekh, Daghestan, Russia
  • 1938 Richard Landry, American composer, born in Cecilia, Louisiana
  • 1938 Toni Brown, American guitarist, singer and keyboardist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1939 Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, born in Tampere, Finland (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Dan Penn, American songwriter, producer and gospel singer (Out in Left Field), born in Vernon, Alabama
  • 1942 Donna McKechnie, American actress and dancer (Company), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1943 Winfred "Blue" Lovett, American singer (Manhattans-One Life to Live), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Martine van Hamel, Dutch ballerina (NYC Ballet Co), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1945 Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, and songwriter ("Take Me To The River"; "Love And Happiness"), born in Germantown, Tennessee (d. 2014)
  • 1946 Edward Higginbottom, British organist, choirmaster and conductor, born in Kendal, Westmoreland, England
  • 1948 Chi Coltrane, American pop and new wave rock pianist, singer, and songwriter born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1949 Pattie Santos, American singer (It's a Beautiful Day), born in San Francisco (d. 1989)
  • 1949 William Ackerman, American guitarist and composer, founder of Windham Hill Records, born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1958 Harry Rushakoff, American drummer (Concrete Blonde), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Corinne Hermès [Miller], French pop singer (Si la vie est cadeau), born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France
  • 1962 Josh Silver, American rock keyboard player (Type O Negative), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 Mani [Gary Mournfield], English rock bassist (Stone Roses; Primal Scream), born in Crumpsall, Manchester, England
  • 1964 Diana Krall, Canadian jazz pianist and singer, born in Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • 1966 Christian Lorenz, German keyboardist (Rammstein), born in East Berlin, East Germany
  • 1969 Bryan Abrams, American singer (Color Me Badd - "I Want to Sex You Up"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1974 Eric Judy, American rock bassist (Modest Mouse), born in Issaquah, Washington
  • 1978 Carolina Parra, Brazilian musician (CSS), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1981 Allison Crowe, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • 1983 K [Kang Yoon-sung], South Korean singer, born in Goyang, South Korea

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 Actress Lisa Bonet marries singer Lenny Kravitz

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
  • 1996 "What Part of No" country singer Lorrie Morgan (37) weds singer Jon Randall (29) in Nashville
  • 2014 Singer-songwriter Solange Knowles (28) weds music video director Alan Ferguson (51) in New Orleans, Louisiana

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (25) divorces "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (29) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

Deaths in Music

  • 1628 Paolo Quagliati, Italian composer
  • 1667 Nathaniel Schnittelbach, German composer and violinist, dies at 34
  • 1775 Marian Paradeiser, Austrian composer, dies at 28
  • 1893 George Alexander Osborne, Irish pianist and composer (La Pluie de perles), dies of natural causes at 87
  • 1909 Francis Thome, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1924 Edward Everett Rice, composer, dies at 75
  • 1924 Alexander Andreyevich Archangel'sky, Russian composer, dies at 78
  • 1935 Kurt Schindler, composer, dies at 53
  • 1942 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß, A Star Fell from Heaven), dies from a heart attack at 38
  • 1964 Albert Hay Malotte, composer, dies at 69
  • 1972 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer, dies at 87
  • 1980 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American blues singer, dies at 41
  • 1984 Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906)
  • 1984 Leonard Rose, American concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), dies at 66
  • 1987 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)
  • 1993 Lucia Popp, Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54
  • 1994 Chester Dino Powers Valenti, singer/Songwriter, dies at 57
  • 1994 Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer, dies at 83
  • 1994 Harvey Watkins, gospel Singer, dies at 64
  • 1994 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies at 57
  • 1996 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), dies at 87
  • 2000 Joe C. [Joseph Calleja], American rapper (hype man for Kid Rock), dies at 26
  • 2001 Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2004 Massimo Freccia, Italian-American conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1944-52: Baltimore Symphony), 1952-59, dies at 98
  • 2006 John Veale, English composer, dies at 84
  • 2007 Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Ralph "Rusty" Gill,, American singer (Polka Time), dies at 89
  • 2009 Edward Woodward, British singer and actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman), dies at 79