On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 18

Events in Music

  • 1911 Opera "Lobetanz" first American performance
  • 1919 H Tierney & J McCarthy's musical "Irene" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1930 Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Entertainer and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
Bob Hope

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Arnold Schoenberg's Prelude for orchestra & mixed choir, premieres

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1961 "Gay Life" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • 1961 "Kwamina" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 32 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by English progressive rock band Genesis is released, their last to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • 1975 "Rufus featuring Chaka Khan" 4th studio album by Rufus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1976)
  • 1984 "3 Musketeers" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 9 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Paul McCartney releases "Spies Like Us"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1990 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 241 performances
  • 1993 Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder arrested for public drunkiness
  • 1997 70s glam-rock star Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) arrested by British police in child porn probe

Music releaseAlbum Release

1997 Metallica release the album "ReLoad"

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • 1997 "Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture" album is released by Sony Music Soundtrax

Music releaseAlbum Release

2002 "Up!" 4th studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2003)

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain

Music awardsMusic Awards

2007 34th American Music Awards: Fergie, Justin Timberlake & Carrie Underwood win

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake
Singer Carrie Underwood
Singer
Carrie Underwood
Singer Fergie
Singer
Fergie

Music releaseAlbum Release

2011 "The X Factor" group One Direction release their debut album "Up All Night" in Ireland and the UK

Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles
Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik

Music awardsMusic Awards

2012 39th American Music Awards: Katy Perry & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Shawn Mendes is the first singer under 18 to get three No. 1 singles on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart

Singer-Songwriter Shawn Mendes
Singer-Songwriter
Shawn Mendes

Birthdays in Music

  • 1680 Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, Flemish composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1730)
  • 1736 Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, German composer, born in Zerbst, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (d. 1800)
  • 1742 Félix Máximo López, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1821)
  • 1772 Louis Ferdinand, Prussian prince and a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, born in Friedrichsfelde Palace, Berlin (d. 1806)
  • 1781 Felice Blangini, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1841)
  • 1786 Henry Bishop, British composer and conductor, born in London (d. 1855)
  • 1786 Carl Maria von Weber, German romantic composer (Der Freischutz), born in Eutin, Bishopric of Lübeck, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1826)
  • 1808 Antoine-Amable-Elie Elwart, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1877)

Person of interestIgnacy Jan Paderewski

1860 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish composer and 1st premier of Poland (1919), born in Kuryłówka, Russian Empire (d. 1941)

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 1871 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, born in Collbató, Spain (d. 1932)
  • 1874 Riccardo Martin, American tenor and composer, born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1963)
  • 1895 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, born in Basel (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Jules Buffano, American composer and pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1960)
  • 1898 Erich Sehlbach, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1899 Eugene Ormandy [Jenő Blau], Hungarian-American conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra 1936-80), born in Budapest (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Barbara Giuranna, Italian pianist and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1903 Lillian Fuchs, American violist and composer, born in New York (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Guido Santórsola, Brazilian-Uruguayan composer and violinist, born in Canosa di Puglia, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Siboney, Cuba (d. 2003)

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

1909 Johnny Mercer, American lyricist (Moon River, Old Black Magic), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1976)

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1914 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, born in Lena, Norway (d. 2016)
  • 1916 James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival) (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Louis Alfred Mennini, American composer, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1925 William Mayer, American composer (A Death in the Family, Brief Candle), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Lawrence Moss, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Francisco Savín, Mexican conductor and composer (Quasar I) born in Mexico City (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Tom Johnson, American composer (Nine Bells), born in Greeley, Colorado
  • 1941 Conleth "Con" Cluskey, Irish pop vocalist (The Bachelors - "Diane"; "I Wouldn't Trade You For The World"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1942 Jeffrey Siegel, American pianist (Chicago Symphony), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Amanda Lear, French singer (or 1939, possible date only)
  • 1946 Chris Rainbow [Harley], Scottish rock singer, musician and producer (Alan Parsons Project), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1947 Michael Carabello, American percussionist and songwriter (Santana, 1968-71), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Bonnie St. Claire [Bonje Cornelia Swart], Dutch singer ("Tame Me Tiger"; "I Won't Stand Between Them"), born in Rozenburg, Netherlands
  • 1949 Herman Rarebell [Hermann Erbel], German rock drummer and lyricist (Scorpions - "Rock You Like A Hurricane"), born in Schmelz, West Germany
  • 1950 Graham Parker, British singer-songwriter (Squeezing Out Sparks - "Local Girls"; "Mercury Poisoning"), born in Hackney, London, England
  • 1950 Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-American bass guitarist (Quiet Riot; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1951 Heinrich Schiff, Austrian cellist and conductor, born in Gmunden, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 1953 Alan Murphy, British rock session guitarist (Kate Bush), born in Islington, London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1954 John Parr, British pop singer (St. Elmo's Fire), born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire
  • 1954 Carter Burwell, American film composer (Coen Brothers films, Twilight Saga), born in New York City
  • 1955 Jake Brockman, British musician (Echo and the Bunnymen), born in Borneo (d. 2009)
  • 1956 Laura Lynch, American bluegrass and country musician and songwriter (Dixie Chicks, 1989-95), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1957 Jenny Burton, American rocker (Nobody Loves Me Like You Do), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Cindy Blackman Santana, American jazz and rock session and touring drummer (Lenny Kravitz; Santana), born in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • 1960 Kim Wilde, English pop singer ("Kids in America"; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in London
  • 1961 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, American rock guitarist (Vixen - "Edge of a Broken Heart"), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1962 Kirk Hammett, American heavy-metal guitarist (Metallica - Master of Puppets; "Enter Sandman"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Romany Malco, American actor and music producer (Weeds, No Ordinary Family), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Duncan Sheik, American singer-songwriter (Barely Breathing), born in Monclair, New Jersey
  • 1970 Johan Liiva, Sweden heavy metal vocalist (Arch Enemy; Hearse), born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 1972 Jessica "Jessi" Alexander, American country music singer and songwriter ("The Climb"), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1973 Steve Christopher Petree, American pop singer (pc Quest- "After The Summer's Gone" ), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • 1976 Shagrath [Stian Tomt Thoresen], Norwegian heavy metal singer (Dimmu Borgir), born in Jessheim, Akershus
  • 1977 Fabolous [John David Jackson], American rapper (From Nothin' to Somethin'), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1978 Andris Nelsons, Latvian conductor (Boston Symphony; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1980 Junichi Okada, Japanese pop singer (V6), and actor, born in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan
  • 1980 Dustin Kensrue, American singer- songwriter (Thrice), born in Irvine, California
  • 1981 Giancarlo "Gian" Magdangal, Filipino pop singer and stage actor, born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1984 Johnny Christ [Seward], American heavy metal bassist (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • 1984 Ryohei Chiba, Japanese pop singer, rapper and dancer (W-inds), born in Sapporo, Japan

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1952 "Rock Around The Clock" rock 'n' roll pioneer Bill Haley (27) weds second wife Barbara Cupchak

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley

LoveWedding of Interest

1962 Singer Barry White (18) weds childhood sweetheart Betty Smith

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White
  • 2000 "Queen" guitarist Brian May (53) weds "EastEnders" actress Anita Dobson (51) in a civil ceremony at Richmond Register Office

Deaths in Music

  • 1678 Giovanni Maria Bononcini, composer, dies at 36
  • 1771 Giuseppe de Majo, Italian composer and organist, dies at 73
  • 1822 Anton Teyber, Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • 1841 Georg Christoph Grosheim, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1852 Anton Bernhard Furstenau, composer, dies at 60
  • 1887 Eduard Marxsen, German pianist and composer, dies at 81
  • 1887 Heinrich Panofka, German violist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1951 Václav Kálik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • 1951 Will Vodery, African-American composer, dies at 66
  • 1966 Bela Tardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • 1969 Léon Jongen, Belgian organist, composer, and academic, dies at 85
  • 1969 Ted Heath, British musician and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 1970 Hal Dickinson, American singer (Modernaires), dies at 56
  • 1971 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician (Mystery Train), dies during brain operation at 39
  • 1972 Danny Whitten, American Guitarist and songwrite (Crazy Horse), dies of a drug overdose at 29
  • 1972 Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade, composer, dies at 90
  • 1978 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1986 Lajos Bárdos, Hungarian conductor, composer, musicologist and professor, dies at 87
  • 1990 Peter Schilperoort, saxophonist/clarinetist, dies
  • 1992 Dorothy Kirsten, American operatic soprano (Time to Sing, Chevy Show), dies from stroke at 82
  • 1994 Cab[ell] Calloway, US band leader/actor (Missourians), dies at 86
  • 1994 Michael [George] Somes, English dancer (Royal Ballet), dies at 77
  • 1995 Ted Sannella, square dance caller, dies of cancer
  • 1996 Douglas Guest, British organist (For the Fallen), dies at 80
  • 1999 Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet; Texas Tornadoes), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2003 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 2004 Cy Coleman [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • 2009 Bill Narum, American counter-culture figure, illustrator and rock poster and album art designer (ZZ Top), dies at 62
  • 2012 Philip Ledger, British organist, composer, conductor, and academic (King's College Cambridge), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2015 Erik Lotichius, Dutch composer (Anaitalrax), dies at 86
  • 2016 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), dies of cancer at 60
  • 2017 Malcolm Young, Scottish guitarist and songwriter (founding member of AC/DC), dies at 64