On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 20

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1805 Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio", his only opera, premieres in Vienna

  • 1889 Gustav Mahler's 1st Symphony premieres in Budapest and is not well received

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1901 Opera "Grisélidis" by Jules Massenet, Armand Silvestre and Eugène Morand premieres in Paris

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1945 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th Symphony under J Mravinski premieres

  • 1957 Morton Wishengrad's play "Rope Dancers" premieres in NYC
  • 1964 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th/10th String Quartet premieres in Moscow
  • 1965 "Pickwick" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1966 John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1166 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1968 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette win

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live": haggling with Lorne Michaels; performing "Here Comes the Sun" and "Homeward Bound" with Paul Simon; and airing two music videos

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1983 "Marilyn: An American Fable" opens at Minskoff NYC for 16 performances
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens a Bus & Truck tour in Tampa
  • 1994 "Flying Karamzov Brothers..." opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • 1994 "Shadow Box" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1995 "Beatles' Anthology, Vol 1" released
  • 1995 "Racing Demon" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1997 "Ivanov" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 51 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2001 Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"

Singer Josh Groban
Josh Groban

Music awardsMusic Awards

2011 38th American Music Awards: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Singer Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
  • 2015 "25" 3rd studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2017, 2016 Billboard Album of the Year)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1652 Romanus Weichlein, Austrian composer, born in Linz, Austria (d. 1706)
  • 1757 Giovanni Battista Gaiani, Italian organist and composer, born in Bologna (d. 1819)
  • 1759 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, Hungarian cellist and composer, baptized in Leštiny (d. 1833)
  • 1765 Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, German composer, born in Treuenbrietzen, Brandenburg, Prussia (d. 1814)
  • 1766 John Wall Calcott, English composer, born in Kensington, London (d. 1821)
  • 1834 Franjo Ksaver Kuhač, Croatian composer who collected and published 1,600 folk songs, born in Osijek, Croatia (d. 1911)
  • 1850 Arthur Goring Thomas, English composer, born Ratton Park, Sussex, , England (d. 1892)
  • 1867 Vicente Ripollés, Spanish composer, born in Castellón de la Plana, Spain (d. 1943)
  • 1873 Daniel Gregory Mason, American composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1897 Margaret Sutherland, Australian composer (Haunted Hills; The Young Kabbarli), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 1899 Juan Vicente Lecuna, Venezuelan diplomat and composer, born in Valencia, Venezuela (d. 1954)
  • 1904 Alexandra Danilova, Russian-American ballerina (The Turning Point), born in Petergof, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Max Georg Baumann, German composer (Libertas Cruciata), born in Kronbacher, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 2008)
  • 1917 Ram Gopal, Indian-English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain), born in Bangalore, India (d. 2003)
  • 1919 John McCarthy, English conductor, born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Armin Schibler, Swiss composer (Devil in the Winter Palace), born in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland (d. 1986)
  • 1925 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Kenneth Schermerhorn, American conductor (American Ballet), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1932 John Barnes Chance, American composer, born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1937 René Kollo, German tenor, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1939 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Jim Horn, American session and touring saxophonist (Duane Eddy, Wrecking Crew; George Harrison), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Dr. John [Malcolm John Rebennack], American musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1941 Gary Karr, American double-bassist (Oslo Philharmonic), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Meredith Monk, American choreographer, composer (Atlas) and performing artist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Norman Greenbaum, American folk singer (Spirit in the Sky), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1945 Danny McBride, American musician (Sha Na Na), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (2009)
  • 1945 Nanette Workman, American-Canadian singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Duane Allman, American rock guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1946 J. Blackfoot [Colbert], American soul singer (Soul Children, Taxi), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Ray Stiles, English musician (Mud, The Hollies), born in Guildford, England
  • 1947 Joe Walsh, American guitarist ("Life's Been Good"; "Rocky Mountain Way"; Eagles - "In The City"), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1948 Rance Allen, American gospel singer and musician (Rance Allen Group - Miracle Worker), born in Monroe, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1949 William Harry "Billy" Jones, American rock guitarist (The Outlaws), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1950 Gary Green, British guitarist (Gentle Giant), born in London, England
  • 1954 Frank Marino, Canadian rock guitarist (Mahogany Rush), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1956 Dan Powers, American rock guitarist (Michael Stanley Band, 1983-87), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1962 Steve Alexander, Welsh drummer (Brother Beyond - Get Even), born in Ystradgynlais, Penrhos, Wales
  • 1965 Mike D[iamond], American rap vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Yoshiki Hayashi, Japanese musician (X Japan), born in Tateyama, Chiba, Japan
  • 1966 Kevin Gilbert, American musician (Giaraffe; Tuesday Night Music Club), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1996)
  • 1967 Teoman [Yakupoğlu], Turkish rock singer, born in Alucra, Turkey
  • 1970 Geoffrey Keezer, American jazz pianist, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 1970 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor], American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), born in Queens, New York (d. 2016
  • 1975 (Frederick) Dierks Bentley, American country singer (Modern Day Drifter; Riser), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1975 Davey Havok [David Paden Marchand], American singer (AFI), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1977 Josh Turner, American singer (Long Black Train), born in Hannah, South Carolina
  • 1978 Ryan Leslie, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1978 Freya Lin, Taiwanese singer, born in Taiwan
  • 1979 Ericson Alexander Molano, Colombian gospel singer, born in Pereira, Colombia
  • 1981 Kimberley Walsh, English singer (Girls Aloud), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1981 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), born in Selkirk, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1983 Future [Nayvadius Wilburn], American rapper and singer-songwriter (High Off Life), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1986 Aaron Yan, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1986 Oliver "Oli" Sykes, English rock vocalist (Bring Me The Horizon), born in Ashford, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Jared Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1992 Ishimura Maiha, Japanese pop singer (Berryz Kobo), born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1995 Michael Clifford, Australian musician (5 Seconds of Summer), born in Quakers Hill, Australia
  • 2000 Connie Talbot, English singer (Britain's Got Talent), born in Walsall, United Kingdom

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1895 Businessman Harvey Firestone (26) weds composer Idabelle Smith (21)

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone

LoveWedding of Interest

1932 Blues musician Muddy Waters (19) weds Mabel Berry

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Deaths in Music

  • 1518 Pierre de la Rue/Peter van Straten, Flemish composer, dies
  • 1758 Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, dies at 64
  • 1827 Alexey Titov, Russian composer, dies at 58
  • 1851 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1882 (Albert) Béla Kéler, Hungarian composer, and conductor, dies at 62
  • 1894 Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist and composer (Dmitri Donskoi), dies at 64
  • 1927 Wilhelm Stenhammar [Carl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar], Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1939 Desire Paque, Belgian composer, dies at 72
  • 1950 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer (Adriana Lecouvreur), dies at 84
  • 1951 Thomas Quinlan, English opera impresario, dies at 70
  • 1957 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • 1964 John Tasker Howard, American composer and music historian, dies at 73
  • 1973 Allan Sherman, American parody singer and songwriter (Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah), dies from emphysema at 48
  • 1984 Alexander Moyzes, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • 2004 Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • 2005 Chris Whitley, American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, dies of lung cancer at 45
  • 2005 James King, American tenor, dies at 80
  • 2009 H.C. Robbins Landon, American musicologist (Haydn: Chronicle and Works), dies at 83
  • 2014 Arthur Butterworth, British classical trumpet player and composer dies at 91
  • 2018 Harald Heilmann, German composer, dies at 94
  • 2018 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, dies at 64