On This Day

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Jerome Kern/Hammerstein II's "Very Warm for May" premieres in NYC

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1962 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 257 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1967 Beatles Ltd & Apple Music Ltd swap names

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Davy Jones of the Monkees opens a boutique, Zilch I, in Greenwich Village, New York

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones
  • 1968 John Kander and Fred Ebbs' musical "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 305 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1970 Elton John performs a live studio concert broadcast for WABC in New York City, later released as his 11-17-70 album

Singer Elton John
Elton John

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

1983 Film "Yentl" produced, directed and starring Barbra Streisand and Mandy Patinkin premieres, based on play and story by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 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
  • 1991 "Brigadoon" closes at New York State Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1992 "Gypsy Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 55 performances
  • 1992 "The Bodyguard" movie soundtrack is released by Arista Records (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)
  • 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"

Music release#1 in the Charts

1998 Mariah Carey releases "#1's"

Singer Mariah Carey
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
  • 2005 Italy's choice of national anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic.

Birthdays in Music

  • 1771 Jonathan Huntington, composer
  • 1787 Michele Carafa, Italian opera composer (Le nozze di Lammermoor) , born in Naples, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1872)
  • 1808 Alberich Zwyssig, composer
  • 1816 August W Ambros, Austria musicologist (History of Music)
  • 1837 Willem Coenen, composer
  • 1859 Gerhard Schjelderup, Norwegian opera composer and musicologist, born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1933)
  • 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)
  • 1903 Joseph Kaminski, composer
  • 1919 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • 1920 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Sir Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1930 David Werner Amram, composer (Splendor in the Grass), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Wayne Andre, American jazz and session trombonist, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Alan Curtis, American harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor, born in Mason, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Imrat Khan, Indian sitar and surbahar player and composer, born in Calcutta, British India (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Alvaro Leon Cassuto, composer

Person of interestGordon Lightfoot

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

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot
  • 1940 Luke Kelly, Irish folk music singer and banjo player
  • 1942 Bob Gaudio, American pop-rock musician and songwriter (Four Seasons - "Sherry"; "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1943 Richard Anthony Hewson, British musician, poducer, arranger, and conductor (RAH Band - "The Crunch"), born in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, England
  • 1944 (Harold Eugene) Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds - "Eight Miles High"), born in Tipton, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1946 Martin Barre, British rock guitarist (Jethro Tull)
  • 1951 Dean Paul Martin, Jr, American pop singer (Dino, Desi & Billy), and actor (Misfits of Science), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1987)
  • 1953 Jilly Johnson, England, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde)
  • 1955 Peter Cox, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)

Person of interestRuPaul

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

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen
  • 1962 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer (Les Colocs) (d. 2000)
  • 1965 Amanda Brown, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) and composer
  • 1966 Jeff Buckley, American 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, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1981 Sarah Harding, English singer (Girls Aloud)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton

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, British singer and composer, dies at 77
  • 1862 Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky, composer, dies at 63
  • 1931 Georgi Atanasov, Bulgarian composer (Gergana), 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, cellist, guitarist, and conductor (Bachianas Brasileiras), dies at 72
  • 1976 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • 1981 Bob Eberly, American 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, American composer, dies at 73
  • 1995 Alan Hull, singer/composer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Peter John Welding, record producer, dies at 60
  • 1997 Wilfred Josephs, English composer, dies at 70
  • 2001 Michael Karoli, German guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Arthur Conley, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2003 Don Gibson, American country musician (Sweet Dreams), dies at 75
  • 2003 Surjit Bindrakhia [Bains], Punjabi Bhangra singer ("Lakk Tunoo Tunoo"), dies of cardiac arrest at 41
  • 2006 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (won Sanremo Music Festival-Viale d'autunno), dies at 82
  • 2006 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), dies at 78
  • 2008 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • 2008 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2014 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), dies at 78
  • 2017 William Mayer, American composer (A Death in the Family, Brief Candle), dies from heart failure at 91