On This Day in Music for November 21

Events in Music

  • 1901 Richard Strauss' opera "Feuersnot" premieres in Dresden
  • 1937 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 5th Symphony premieres in Lenningrad
  • 1964 "Something More!" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • 1964 "Zizi" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1968 Supremes & The Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 "Cyrano - The Musical" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 137 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

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
Singer-Songwriter
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 Lohner, German composer (d. 1705)
  • 1683 Johann Michael Muller, composer
  • 1742 Alessandro Felici, composer
  • 1852 Francisco Tarrega y Eixea, composer
  • 1871 Panayot Pipkov, composer
  • 1877 Louis Campbell-Tipton, composer
  • 1877 Sigfrid Karg-Elert, composer (d. 1933)
  • 1904 Coleman Hawkins, virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz
  • 1905 David Moule-Evans, composer
  • 1912 Eleanor Powell, actress/tap dancer (Bdwy Melody), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1921 Geza Anda, Hungarian/Swiss pianist (Mozart/Bartok)
  • 1931 Malcolm Williamson, composer
  • 1932 Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, composer
  • 1933 Jean Shepard, Pauls Valley Oklahoma, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
  • 1935 Fairuz, Lebanese singer
  • 1936 James DePreist, American conductor (Mitropolos 1964), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Dr. John [Rebennack], American vocalist (I Was in Right Place), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1941 David Porter, US songwriter (Soul Man)
  • 1941 İdil Biret, Turkish pianist
  • 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)
  • 1950 Livingston Taylor, rocker (I Will be in Love With You), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Stephen Geyer, American film & television songwriter
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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

Singer Björk
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 interestPerson of Interest

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


Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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


Deaths in Music

  • 1695 Henry Purcell, English composer (Indian Queen), dies at 36
  • 1710 Barnardo Pasquini, 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, composer, dies at 77
  • 1920 William James Robjohn, composer, dies at 77
  • 1938 Leopold Godowsky, pianist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1953 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1893)
  • 1954 Karol Rathaus, 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, rock band manager, dies at 60
  • 1995 Smilin' Jim Eames, singer/songwriter, dies at 71
  • 1996 Bernard William George Rose, organist, dies at 80
  • 2002 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91