On This Day in Music for November 17

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1839 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1842 Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
  • 1866 Opera "Mignon" is produced in Paris

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1876 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic March made its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception by the Russian people.

  • 1888 Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1904 George Cohan's musical "Little Johnny Jones" premieres in NYC
  • 1930 Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC
  • 1941 Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
  • 1945 "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1962 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 performances
  • 1962 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 257 performances
  • 1967 Beatles Ltd & Apple Music Ltd swap names
  • 1968 John Kander and Fred Ebbs' musical "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 305 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1980 John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1981 "1st" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • 1983 "La Tragedie de Carmen" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 187 performances
  • 1986 "Oh Coward!" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 56 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1987 The Madonna compilation album "You Can Dance" is released

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1991 "Brigadoon" closes at New York State Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1992 "Gypsy Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 55 performances
  • 1993 "Grand Night For Singing" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1994 "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 977 performances
  • 1996 "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love"

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Music release#1 in the Charts

1998 Mariah Carey releases "#1's"

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Birthdays in Music

  • 1771 Jonathan Huntington, composer
  • 1787 Michele Carafa, composer
  • 1808 Alberich Zwyssig, composer
  • 1816 August W Ambros, Austria musicologist (History of Music)
  • 1837 Willem Coenen, composer
  • 1859 Gerhard Rusenkrone Schjelderup, composer
  • 1891 Guido Pannain, composer
  • 1892 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, born in Vienna (d. 1982)
  • 1901 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, born in Turgi (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer
  • 1903 Joseph Kaminski, composer
  • 1919 Hershy Kay, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1920 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1930 David Werner Amram, composer (Splendor in the Grass), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1938 Alvaro Leon Cassuto, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1938 Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian folksinger (Sundown), born in Orillia, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Singer-songwriter
Gordon Lightfoot
  • 1940 Luke Kelly, Irish folk music singer and banjo player
  • 1941 Gene Clark, rock vocalist/guitarist (Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Bob Gaudio, rocker (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1944 Eugene Clarke, Tipton Missouri, rock guitarist
  • 1946 Martin Barre, British pop guitarist (Jethro Tull)
  • 1953 Dino Martin Jr, rocker
  • 1953 Jilly Johnson, England, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde)
  • 1955 Peter Cox, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960 RuPaul Andre Charles, American drag queen, actor and singer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in San Diego, California

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen
RuPaul
  • 1962 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer (Les Colocs) (d. 2000)
  • 1965 Amanda Brown, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) and composer
  • 1966 Jeff Buckley, musician and singer ("Hallelujah"), Anaheim California (d. 1997)
  • 1966 Kate Ceberano, Australian singer
  • 1970 Paul Allender, British guitarist (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1972 Kimya Dawson, American singer
  • 1975 Lord Infamous [Ricky T Dunigan], American rapper (Three 6 Mafia), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1980 [Clarke] Isaac Hanson, singer (Hanson-MMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1981 Sarah Harding, English singer (Girls Aloud)

Weddings in Music

  • 2003 Singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1648 Thomas Ford, composer, dies
  • 1770 Gian Francesco de Majo, composer, dies at 38
  • 1826 Louise Reichardt, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1856 William Knyvett, composer, dies at 77
  • 1862 Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky, composer, dies at 63
  • 1931 Georgi Atanasov, composer, dies at 50
  • 1936 Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)
  • 1943 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer, dies at 74
  • 1955 James P. Johnson, American jazz composer and pianist (Charleston), dies at 64
  • 1959 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1976 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • 1981 Bob Eberly, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • 1982 Eduard Tubin, composer, dies at 77
  • 1987 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • 1989 Emerson Buckley, composer, dies at 73
  • 1995 Alan Hull, singer/composer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Peter John Welding, record producer, dies at 60
  • 2001 Michael Karoli, German guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Arthur Conley, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2003 Don Gibson, American singer (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Ruth Brown, American blues singer (b. 1928)
  • 2008 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • 2014 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), dies at 78