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
  • 1901 Opera "Grisélidis" is produced (Paris)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

  • 1957 Morton Wishengrad's "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 "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
Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live"

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, composer
  • 1757 Giovanni Battista Gaiani, composer
  • 1759 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, Hungarian cellist and composer, baptized in Leštiny (d. 1833)
  • 1765 Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, composer
  • 1766 John Wall Calcott, composer
  • 1834 Franjo Zaver Kuhac, composer
  • 1850 Arthur Goring Thomas, English composer
  • 1867 Vicente Ripolles, composer
  • 1873 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1896 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, composer
  • 1897 Margaret Sutherland, Australian composer (Haunted Hills; The Young Kabbarli), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 1899 Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer
  • 1917 Max Georg Baumann, German composer (Libertas Cruciata), born in Kronbacher, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Pam Henningen [Cornelia CP Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch dancer
  • 1917 Ram Gopal, Indies/English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain)
  • 1919 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1919 John McCarthy, composer
  • 1920 Armin Schibler, composer
  • 1925 June [Shirley L] Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico)
  • 1925 Maya Plisetskaya, Rusiian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), born in Moscow
  • 1929 Kenneth DeWitt Schermerhorn, conductor (Amer Ballet), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1932 John Barnes Chance, composer
  • 1937 René Kollo, German tenor
  • 1939 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Dr. John [Malcolm John Rebennack], American musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 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-born Canadian singer and actress
  • 1946 Duane Allman, American rock guitarist (Allman Brothers), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1946 John "Blackfoot" Colbert, American singer (Soul Children, Taxi)
  • 1946 Ray Stiles, English musician (Mud, The Hollies), born in Guildford
  • 1947 George Grantham, OK, rock drummer/vocalist (Poco)
  • 1947 Joe Walsh, American guitarist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1950 Gary Green, rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • 1954 Frank Marino, rock guitarist (Mahogany Rush), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1956 Dan Powers, rock guitarist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1962 Steve Alexander, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • 1965 Mike D[iamond], American rap vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Sen Dog, Cuban rapper (Cypress Hill)
  • 1965 Yoshiki Hayashi, Japanese musician (X Japan), born in Tateyama
  • 1966 Kevin Gilbert, American musician (d. 1996)
  • 1967 Teoman, Turkish rock singer
  • 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 Dierks Bentley, American singer, 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)
  • 1986 Aaron Yan, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1986 Oli Sykes, English musician, 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
  • 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 Bela Albrecht Pal Keler, composer, dies at 62
  • 1894 Anton Rubinstein, Russian 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 Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer, dies at 72
  • 1950 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer ( Adriana Lecouvreur), dies at 84
  • 1957 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • 1964 John Tasker Howard, composer, 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
  • 1997 Robert Palmer, rock critic, dies at 52
  • 2004 Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • 2005 Chris Whitley, American musician (b. 1960)
  • 2005 James King, American tenor, dies at 80
  • 2018 Harald Heilmann, German composer, dies at 94