On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 19

Events in Music

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1923 Béla Bartòk's "Tancsuite" premieres

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1972 "Ambassador" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 1972 "Dear Oscar" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison releases "This Song"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

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1979 Chuck Berry released from prison on income tax evasion

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 1990 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not sing on their award-winning "Girl You Know Its True" album
  • 1992 "3 From Brooklyn" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1995 "Beatle Anthology" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1995 "Sacrilege" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • 1995 "School for Scandal" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • 1996 "God Said, Ha!" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 22 performances
  • 1996 "Sex & Longing" closes at Cort Theater NYC
  • 1997 "Eugene Onegin" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • 1997 "Old Neighborhood" opens at Booth Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1709 Pierre Leclair, French composer and violinist, born in Lyons, France (d. 1784)
  • 1753 Stanislas Champein, French composer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1830)
  • 1796 Johann Wilhelm Mangold, German composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1875)
  • 1859 Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer and musician (Armenian Rhapsody), born in Gatchina, Russia (d. 1935)
  • 1870 Vicente Lleó, Spanish composer (La Corte de Faraón), born in Torrent, Valencia (d. 1922)
  • 1874 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, Swedish composer, born in Hycklinge, Sweden (d. 1943)
  • 1893 René Voisin, French classical trumpet player, born in Angers, France (d. 1952)

Person of interestTommy Dorsey

1905 Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist and big band leader (Opus No. 1; I'll Never Smile Again), born in Mahanoy Plane, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • 1906 Henri Temianka, Scottish-born Polish composer (California Chamber Symphony), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1992)
  • 1906 Jacques Leguerney, French composer, born in LeHarve, France, (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Mikhail Chulaki, Soviet composer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1989)
  • 1913 Blue Barron [Harry Freidman], American "sweet music" orchestra leader ("Cruising Down The River"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Géza Anda, Hungarian-Swiss pianist (Mozart/Bartok), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1976)
  • 1927 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of Motown's house band - The Funk Brothers (1959-64), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Don Hunstein, American photographer of musicians, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Dave Guard, singer-songwriter (The Kingston Trio), born in San Francisco, California (1991)
  • 1936 Robert White, American session guitarist (Temptations - "My Girl"), born in Billmeyer, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1936 Emin Aristakesian, Armenian composer, born in Yerevan, Armenia, USSR (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Michel Decoust, French composer and conductor (Symétrie; Interphone), born in Paris
  • 1937 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), born in Pomona, California (d. 2012)
  • 1937 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Hank Medress, American doo-wop vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Henry "Hank" Medress, American singer (The Tokens -"The Lion Sleeps tonight"), and record producer (The Chiffons; Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Warren "Pete" Moore, American singer (Miracles - "Tears of a Clown"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940 Alberto Villalpando, Bolivian composer (Phantastischen Liturgie), born in La Paz, Bolivia
  • 1941 Eddie Raynor, New Zealand rock keyboardist (Split Enz; Crowded House), born in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1943 Fred Lipsius, American rock pianist and saxophone player (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Charlie Coe, American rock guitarist and bassist (Paul Revere & the Raiders, 1963-68), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1945 Peter Cropper, British violinist (Lindsay Quartet, 1965-2005), born in Southport, Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Joe Correro, American, rock drummer (Paul Revere & The Raiders, 1967-71), born in Greenwood, Mississippi
  • 1950 James Adler, American concert pianist and composer (Memento mori - An AIDS Requiem), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Annette Guest, American pop singer (First Choice - "Smarty Pants"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Tom Scheckel, American rock drummer (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 Ik-Hwan Bae, South Korean-American violinist (Bargemusic, 1982-95) and educator (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 1999-2014), born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2014)
  • 1957 Ofra Haza, Yemeni-Israeli singer, born in Tel Aviv, Israel (d. 2000)
  • 1960 Matt Sorum, American rock drummer (Guns N' Roses, 1990-97; Velvet Revolver, 2002-08), born in Orange County, California
  • 1970 Justin Chancellor, English bassist (Tool), born in London
  • 1971 Alice Peacock, American folk singer, born in White Bear Lake, Minnesota
  • 1976 Jun Shibata, Japanese singer and songwriter,born in Setagaya, Japan
  • 1978 Matt Dusk, Canadian jazz vocalist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1979 Keith Buckley, American punk rock singer (Every Time I Die), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1983 Fabrejay [Jeffrey Santana], American dance club DJ and record producer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1989 Tyga [Micheal Ray Stevenson], American rapper (Legendary), born in Compton, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2005 Singer and actress Christina Aguilera (28) weds music executive Jordan Bratman (32) under a mountainside tent at the Staglin Family Vineyards in Rutherford, California

  • 2005 "KISS" lead singer Paul Stanley (53) weds Erin Sutton at The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, California

Divorces in Music

  • 2004 Singer Jermaine Jackson (49) divorces Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza (35) after 9 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1630 Johann Hermann Schein, German composer (Opella Nova), dies at 44
  • 1785 Bernard de Bury, French musician and composer, dies at 65
  • 1795 Thomas Linley the elder, English musician and tenor, dies at 62
  • 1804 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi, Italian opera composer, dies at 75
  • 1825 Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek, composer, dies at 34

Person of interestFranz Schubert

1828 Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (Die schöne Müllerin), dies at 31 from typhoid fever

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • 1854 Alberich Zwyssig, composer, dies at 46
  • 1908 Albert Dietrich, German composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1915 Joe Hill, Labor leader/songwriter, executed for murder
  • 1928 Achille Simonetti, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1929 Arthur H Mann, English composer (Church of England Hymnal), dies
  • 1931 Frederic Cliffe, English composer, dies at 74
  • 1942 Edouard Combe, composer, dies at 76
  • 1950 Thomas Wood, English composer, dies at 57
  • 1963 Carmen Amaya, Spanish flamenco dancer, dies at about 50
  • 1974 George Brunies, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1977 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), commits suicide while suffering from stomach cancer at 50
  • 1983 Tom Evans, English rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide at 36
  • 1992 Bobby Russell, songwriter (Honey, Little Green Apples), dies at 52
  • 1995 Bruce Trent [William Butters], British singer and actor (The Passing Show, Band Waggon), dies at 83
  • 1995 Martha Hill, modern dancer/teacher, dies at 94
  • 1995 Shirley Bergeron, singer/guitarist, dies at 62
  • 1996 Edward Kassner, music publisher, dies at 76
  • 1998 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, dies at 78
  • 1998 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2003 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), dies of pneumonia at 56
  • 2004 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • 2007 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot), dies of an overdose at 53
  • 2014 Riff West, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies at 64
  • 2015 Armand [Herman van Loenhout], Dutch singer (Blommenkinders), dies at 69
  • 2017 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), dies at 86
  • 2017 Mel Tillis [Lonnie Melvin Tillis], American country singer (Who's Julie, M-M-Mel), dies of respiratory failure at 85