On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 22

Events in Music

  • 1831 Opera "Robert Le Diable" is produced (Paris)
  • 1851 Opera "La Perle Du Brésil" is produced (Paris)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1862 Opera "La Forza del Destino" by Giuseppe Verdi debuts at Bolshoi Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia [Nov 10 O.S.]

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1898 Opera "Iris" premieres (Rome)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 George Gershwin's "Funny Face" premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928 "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel first performed publicly (Paris)

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • 1945 "Day before Spring" opens at National Theater NYC for 167 performances

AgreementContract of Interest

1955 RCA Records make its best investment paying $35,000 to Sun Records for Elvis Presley's contract

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Music concertMusic Concert

1957 Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in NY

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1963 The Beatles release their second album "With the Beatles" in UK
  • 1965 "Man of La Mancha" opens at ANTA Wash Sq Theater NYC for 2329 performances
  • 1967 BBC unofficially bans "I Am the Walrus" by Beatles
  • 1968 Beatles release "Beatles" (White Album), their only double album
  • 1971 "Only Fools Are Sad" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • 1981 "Marlowe" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1993 "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" opens at Richard Rodgers NYC for 320 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1999 "How Do You Like Me Now?!" single released by Toby Keith (Billboard Song of the Year 2000)

Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith

Music awardsMusic Awards

2005 32nd American Music Awards: Gwen Stefani, Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson win

Music awardsMusic Awards

2009 36th American Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Michael Jackson win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Music releaseAlbum Release

2010 American rapper and producer Kanye West's fifth studio album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" is released by Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West

Birthdays in Music

  • 1458 Jacob Obrecht, Flemish-Dutch composer (d. 1505)
  • 1579 Johannes Stalpaert van der Wiele, Dutch lawyer, pastor and lyricist, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1630)
  • 1690 François Colin de Blamont, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1760)
  • 1709 František Benda, Bohemian violinist and composer, born in Staré Benátky, Bohemia (d. 1786)
  • 1710 Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, German composer and son of J.S. Bach (Sinfonias 64), born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1784)
  • 1780 Conradin Kreutzer, German composer, born in Messkirch, Baden, Germany (d. 1849)
  • 1838 José Augusto Ferreira Veiga, Viscount of Arneiro, Portuguese composer, born in Portuguese Macau (d. 1903)
  • 1859 Cecil Sharp, British collector of English folk music and dance, born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1870 Howard Brockway, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1891 Bengt Axel von Torne, Finnish composer (d. 1967)
  • 1896 Mario Labroca, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer and actor (In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • 1900 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Joaquín Rodrigo, Spanish composer, born in Sagunto, Spain (d. 1999)
  • 1902 Emanuel Feuermann, cellist (Chicago Symph Orchestra), born in Kolomyja, Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1907 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1986)

Person of interestBenjamin Britten

1913 [Edward] Benjamin Britten, English composer (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Peter Grimes), born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England (d. 1976)

  • 1917 Jean-Etienne Marie, composer
  • 1922 Fikret Amirov, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer (Azerbaijan Capriccio, Shur), born in Ganja, Azerbaijan (d. 1984)
  • 1923 Dika Newlin, American composer, Schoenberg expert and punk rocker, born in Portland, Oregan (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Axel Borup-Jorgensen, composer
  • 1925 Gunther Schuller, American violinist, horn player, composer, and proponent of jazz-classical "third stream" (Visitation), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor sax player
  • 1930 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), born in Bury St Edmunds, England (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Peter Hurford, British organist, composer and choral conductor (St. Albans Cathedral), born in Minehead, England (d. 2019)
  • 1936 Hans Zender, German composer and conductor (Stephen Climax; Chief Joseph) born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, born in Horlivka, Soviet Ukraine (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Ron McClure, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 1941 Jesse Colin Young, American singer songwriter (Youngbloods; Song For Juli), born in Queens, New York
  • 1942 Steve Caldwell, American pop singer (Orlons - "South Street"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 Floyd Sneed, Canadian rock drummer (Three Dog Night), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1944 Max Romeo [Smith], Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter, born in St. D'Acre, St. Ann, Jamaica
  • 1946 Aston Barrett, Jamaican reggae bassist (I Shot the Sheriff)
  • 1947 Rod Price, British rock and blues guitar and slide guitar player (Foghat - "Slow Ride"), born in 1947 Willesden, North London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Rod "The Bottle" Price, British electric and slide guitarist (Foghat - "Slow Ride"), born in Willesden, North London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1950 "Little" Steven Van Zandt, American guitarist, songwriter, producer (E-Street Band; Asbury Jukes), and actor (The Sopranos), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
  • 1950 [Ma]Tina Weymouth, rock bassist (Talking Heads-& She Was), born in Coronado, California
  • 1950 Art Sullivan, Belgian singer
  • 1951 Kent Nagano, American conductor and opera administrator, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1953 Urmas Alender, Estonian singer (d. 1994)
  • 1956 Lawrence Gowan, Canadian singer (Styx)
  • 1957 Sharon Bailey, rocker (Amazulu-Excitable)
  • 1960 Eg White, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • 1961 Stephen Hough, British concert pianist
  • 1962 Sumi Jo, South Korean lyric coloratura soprano, born in Changwon, South Korea
  • 1965 Sen Dog [Senen Reyes], Cuban-American rapper (Cypress Hill), born in Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • 1975 Aiko [Yanai], Japanese singer, born in Osaka
  • 1976 Ville Valo, Finnish singer (HIM)
  • 1978 Karen O [Orzolek], American singer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), born in Busan, South Korea
  • 1979 Chris Doran, Irish singer
  • 1981 Ben Adams, English singer
  • 1982 Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin, Hong Kong singer (Twins)
  • 1983 Corey Beaulieu, American guitarist (Trivium)
  • 1983 Tyler Hilton, American singer and actor

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1965 Bob Dylan weds Sara Lowndes

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 Actress Carmen Electra (31) weds rocker Dave Navarro (36) at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles, California

  • 2003 Singer Wynonna Judd (39) weds D. R. Roach (39) in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee

Divorces in Music

  • 2011 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (32) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1751 Anton Englert, German composer and organist, dies at 77
  • 1776 Johann Caspar Simon, composer, dies at 75
  • 1813 Johann Gottfried Vierling, composer, dies at 63
  • 1826 Pavel Lambert Mašek, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • 1852 August Alexander Klengel, German pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1859 Ludwig "Louis" Spohr, German violinist/composer (Faust), dies at 75
  • 1896 Leon Leopold Lewandoski, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • 1900 Arthur Sullivan, English operatic composer (Mikado, Pirates of Penzance), dies at 58
  • 1902 Septimus Winner, American songwriter (Listen To The Mockingbird), dies at 75
  • 1926 Darvish Khan, Iranian musician (b. 1872)
  • 1943 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (I Could Write A Book, My Funny Valentine) and half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hart, dies of pneumonia from exposure after drinking heavily in NYC at 48
  • 1943 Pietro Alessandro Yon, Italian organist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1955 Guy Ropartz [Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz], French composer, dies at 91 (b. 1864)
  • 1956 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Edvin Kallstenius, Swedish composer and librarian, dies at 86
  • 1969 Acario Cotapos, Chilean composer, dies at 80
  • 1975 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, dies in diving accident at 36
  • 1982 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, dies at 90
  • 1986 Robert Sutton Whitney, composer, dies at 82
  • 1986 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), dies at 76
  • 1986 Robert Whitney, American conductor (Sospiro do Roma), dies at 82
  • 1987 Ted Taylor, rock vocalist, dies
  • 1994 L V Johnson Singer, dies
  • 1994 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), dies at 68
  • 1995 Ambrose Sam, creole accordionist, dies at 76
  • 1995 Edna Deane, dancer, choreographer and drama teacher, dies at 90

Person of interestMichael Hutchence

1997 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock singer and actor (INXS), commits suicide at 37

  • 2001 Norman Granz, American jazz impresario and producer (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Arne Mellnäs, Swedish composer, dies at 69
  • 2005 Rod "The Bottle" Price, British electric and slide guitarist (Foghat - "Slow Ride"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2011 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, dies at 80
  • 2014 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, dies at 89
  • 2017 John Hendricks, American lyricist and singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), dies at 96
  • 2017 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, dies of brain cancer at 55
  • 2018 Imrat Khan, Indian sitar and surbahar player and composer, dies of a stroke at 83
  • 2019 Cecilia Seghizzi, Italian composer, dies at 111
  • 2019 Stephen Cleobury, British organist and music director (King's College - Cambridge, 1982-2019), dies of cancer at 70