On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 21

Events in Music

  • 1901 Richard Strauss' opera "Feuersnot" premieres in Dresden

Film release premierFilm Release

1931 Horror film "Frankenstein" is released, starring Boris Karloff as the monster, directed by James Whale and based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus"

Actor Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1937 Dmitri Shostakovich's 5th Symphony premieres in Lenningrad, with the ovation lasting over an hour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1964 "Something More!" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • 1964 "Zizi" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 The Supremes & The Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Linda McCartney drug charges in US are dropped

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • 1977 "All 'N All" 8th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1978)

CameraFamous Photo

1980 John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music release#1 in the Charts

1981 Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1983 "Doonesbury" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 104 performances
  • 1993 "Cinderella" closes at New York State Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 1993 "Cyrano - The Musical" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 137 performances
  • 1995 New double Beatle CD released with new song "Free as a Bird"
  • 1996 "Rehearsal" opens at Criterion Theater NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

2006 33rd American Music Awards: Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul & Rascal Flatts win

  • 2006 Daughtry release their debut album “Daughtry” (2007 Billboard Album of the Year, American Music Awards Favorite Pop-Rock Album 2007)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2006 "Kingdom Come" 9th studio album by Jay-Z is released

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer

Music awardsMusic Awards

2010 37th American Music Awards: Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

Music releaseMusic Single

2013 "Happy" single is released by Pharrell Williams (Billboard Song of the Year 2014, Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance 2015)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1645 Johann Löhner, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1705)
  • 1683 Johann Michael Müller, German organist and composer, born in Schmalkalden, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1743)
  • 1742 Alessandro Felici, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1772)
  • 1852 Francisco Tárrega, Spanish composer, born in Villarreal, Spain (d. 1909)
  • 1871 Panayot Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (d. 1942)
  • 1877 Louis Campbell-Tipton, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1921)
  • 1877 Sigfrid Karg-Elert, German composer, born in Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany (d. 1933)
  • 1904 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, born in St. Joseph, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1905 David Moule-Evans, English composer and conductor, born in Ashford, Kent, England (d. 1988)
  • 1912 Eleanor Powell, American actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Born to Dance), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1931 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Danish composer (Symphony and Antiphony), born in Copenhagen; (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Jean Shepard, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Fairuz [Nouhad Haddad], Lebanese singer (Behebak Ya Libnan), born in Zuqaq al-Blat, Beirut, State of Greater Lebanon
  • 1936 James DePreist, American conductor (Mitropoulos Prize, 1964, Oregon Symphony, 1980-2003), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Natalia Makarova, Leningrad, ballerina (Kirov)/defected 1970
  • 1941 David Porter, US songwriter (Soul Man)
  • 1941 İdil Biret, Turkish pianist
  • 1941 Andrew Love, American saxophonist (The Memphis Horns), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Jonas Tomasson, composer
  • 1948 Lonnie Jordan, rock keyboardist and vocalist (War), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948 Alphonse Mouzon, American jazz musician (Weather Report, Tenacious Records), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1948 John "Rabbit" Bundrick, American keyboardist and organist (The Who, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Livingston Taylor, rocker (I Will be in Love With You), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Stephen Geyer, American film & television songwriter
  • 1950 Gary Pihl, American guitarist (Sammy Hagar), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Nick Gilder, English singer (Hot Child in the City), born in London
  • 1952 Lorna Luft, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are-1980), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • 1957 Jim Brown, rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1962 Steven Curtis Chapman, American musician

Person of interestBjörk

1965 Bjork, Icelandic singer (Like Someone in Love), born in Reykjavik, Iceland

Singer Björk
  • 1968 Alex James, English bassist
  • 1972 Rain Phoenix, American singer/actress
  • 1977 Myles Heskett, Australian musician (Wolfmother)
  • 1977 Tobias Sammet, German singer (Edguy)
  • 1979 Kim Dong Wan, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • 1982 Ryan Starr, American singer

Person of interestCarly Rae Jepsen

1985 Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer ("Call Me Maybe"), born in Mission, British Columbia

  • 1992 Davido [David Adedeji Adeleke], Nigerian singer-songwriter (Fall), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1982 Singer Joni Mitchell (39) weds bassist Larry Klein in Malibu, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1695 Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (Indian Queen), dies at 36
  • 1710 Bernardo Pasquini, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1813 William Russell, English composer and organist, dies at 36
  • 1863 Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1907 Gaetano Braga, composer, dies at 78
  • 1920 Caryl Florio [William James Robjohn], English-American composer, dies at 77
  • 1920 William James Robjohn, composer, dies at 77
  • 1938 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études) dies of stomach cancer at 68
  • 1953 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 60
  • 1954 Karol Rathaus, German-Austrian composer, dies at 59
  • 1972 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • 1974 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), dies at 84
  • 1995 Peter Grant, English rock band manager, dies at 60
  • 1995 Smilin' Jim Eames, singer/songwriter, dies at 71
  • 1996 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, dies at 80
  • 1999 Eddie Maxwell [Cherkose], American lyricist (Breathless) and actor, dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2002 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91
  • 2017 David Cassidy, American singer and actor (Keith-Partridge Family), dies at 67
  • 2018 Devin Lima [Harold Lima], American singer (LFO), dies of cancer at 41