On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 23

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1834 Hector Berlioz's "Harold in Italy" premieres

Composer Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz
  • 1887 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1903 Enrico Caruso US debut (Metropolitan Opera House, NY) in "Rigoletto"

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1926 Noël Coward's "This Was a Man" premieres in NYC

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1946 "Gypsy Lady" closes at Century Theater NYC after 79 performances
  • 1950 Howard Swanson's "Short Symphony" premieres
  • 1959 "Fiorello!" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 796 performances
  • 1963 "Tambourines to Glory" closes at Little Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 1964 "Bajour" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances
  • 1964 Beatles release "I Feel Fine" & "She's a Woman"
  • 1968 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Booth NYC after 36 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1970 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the US

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1977 "Jesus Christ Superstar" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 96 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Freddie Mercury, 45, confirms he has AIDS the day before he dies

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury
  • 1992 "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" opens at Booth NYC for 232 performances
  • 1993 "Angels in America-Perestroika" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 216 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1993 "Doggystyle" debut album by Snoop Doggy Dogg is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1994)

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg

Music awardsMusic Awards

2008 35th American Music Awards: Rihanna & Chris Brown win

Singer Rihanna
Singer Chris Brown
Chris Brown
  • 2009 Susan Boyle releases her debut album “I Dreamed a Dream” (biggest selling album worldwide 2009, 2010 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • 2009 Fela! based on music and lyrics by Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, opens on Broadway

Music awardsMusic Awards

2014 41st American Music Awards: One Direction, Sam Smith and Katy Perry win

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Singer Harry Styles
Harry Styles
Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik

Birthdays in Music

  • 1748 Etienne Joseph Floquet, French opera composer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1785)
  • 1765 Thomas Attwood, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1838)
  • 1797 Gábor Mátray, Hungarian composer and musicologist, born in Nagykata, Hungary (d. 1875)
  • 1843 Josef Sucher, Hungarian composer and conductor (Aus alten Märchen), born in Döbör, Hungary
  • 1862 Alberto Williams, Argentine pianist and composer (Etrerno Reposo), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1952)
  • 1876 Manuel de Falla, Spanish pianist and composer (Atlántida), born in Cádiz, Spain (d. 1946)
  • 1878 André Caplet, French composer and conductor (Conte Fantastic; Le miroir de Jesus), born on a boat sailing between Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) and Honfleur (Calvados) in France (d. 1925)
  • 1887 Paul Malengreau, Belgian organist, composer, and educator (Brussels Conservatory, 1813-53), born in at Trélon, Nord, France
  • 1887 Eduardo Corrochio, Spanish-born dancer (d. 1943)
  • 1896 Joris Vriamont, Flemish author/music publisher
  • 1896 Ruth Etting, American dancer, singer and actress (Roman scandals), born in David City, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Mervyn Roberts, Welsh composer, born in Abergele, Denbighshire (d. 1990)
  • 1919 Cláudio Santoro, Brazilian violinist, conductor, and composer, born in Manaus, Brazil (d. 1989)
  • 1920 Herman Nieland, Dutch organist/pianist/composer (Te Deum Laudamus)
  • 1925 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1926 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), born in Harmontown, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Jakob Jez, Slovenian composer, born in Boštanj, Slovenia
  • 1928 Jerry Bock, American Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Gloria Lynne, American Jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Oscar C. Yatco, Filipino violinist and conductor, born in Tanuan, Batangas, Philippines (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish composer ("Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima"), born in Dębica, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Celin Romero, Spanish classical guitarist (the Romeros), born in Málaga, Spain
  • 1939 Betty Everett, American singer (Getting Mighty Crowded)
  • 1950 Cecil Hooker, American country and rockabilly violinist (Snuff - "Bad, Bad, Billy")
  • 1952 Bill Troiano, American tuba player and teacher (Long Island Tuba Quartet), born in Plainview, New York
  • 1953 Francis Cabrel, French folk and country singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Agen, France
  • 1954 Bruce Hornsby, American pop, rock, and bluegrass, singer-songwriter, and piano player (The Way It Is), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1955 Ludovico Einaudi, Italian pianist, classical and film composer (Divenire), born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy
  • 1961 Nicolas Bacri, Frenck classical music composer, born in Paris
  • 1962 Calvin Hayes, British drummer (Johnny Hates Jazz - Turn Back the Clock), born in London
  • 1966 Charlie Grover, American drummer (Sponge)
  • 1967 Patrick Mameli, Dutch rock vocalist/guitarist (Pestilence), born in Holland, Netherlands
  • 1969 Jonathan Seet, Canadian singer, born in Singapore
  • 1972 Kurupt [Ricardo Emmanuel Brown], American rapper and actor (Tha Dogg Pound), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1984 Lucas Grabeel, American actor and singer, born in Springfield, Missouri

Person of interestMiley Cyrus

1992 [Destiny] Miley Cyrus, American actress and singer (Hannah Montana, "The Climb"), born in Franklin, Tennessee

Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1940 RAF pilot Guy Gibson (22) weds show dancer and actress Eve Moore in Penarth’s Anglican Church

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Canadian singer Justin Bieber (24) confirms he has married American model Hailey Baldwin (22)

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber

Deaths in Music

  • 1585 Thomas Tallis, English composer, dies at 80
  • 1752 Conrad Michael Schneider, composer, dies at 79
  • 1787 Anton Schweitzer, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1848 Alfred Julius Becher, Austrian journalist and composer, dies at 45
  • 1853 Francisco Andrevi y Castellar, Spanish choirmaster and composer, dies at 67
  • 1853 [Johann Christian] Friedrich Schneider, German composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1865 Josef Leopold Zvonař, Czech organist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1916 Eduard Napravnik, Czech conductor and composer, dies at 77
  • 1926 Frederic Ayers, American composer, dies at 50
  • 1931 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor and pianist, dies at 46
  • 1932 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), dies at 63
  • 1937 Louis Victor Saar, Dutch-American composer, dies at 68
  • 1940 Catharina van Rennes, Dutch composer, dies at 82
  • 1948 Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Soviet composer who composed the anthem used by Azerbaijan during the Soviet period, dies at 63
  • 1952 Albert van Raalte, conductor (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 62
  • 1974 Páll Ísólfsson, Icelandic organist and composer, dies at 81
  • 1979 Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 1987 Alton Adams, American composer (1st black bandmaster in the United States Navy), dies at 98
  • 1992 Ray Acuff, country singer (Wahbash Cannonball), dies
  • 1993 Tatiana Nikolajeva, Russian pianist (Bach), dies at 69
  • 1994 Eldero L D Williams, tenor saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 1994 Erick Frederick Hawkins, US dancer/wed to Martha Graham, dies at 85
  • 1994 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), commits suicide at 55
  • 1994 Frederick Hawkins, American dancer and choreographer, dies at 85
  • 1995 Junior Walker, American tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1996 Art Porter, saxophonist, dies at 35
  • 2001 O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), dies at 69
  • 2005 Beverly Tyler, American singer and actress (Fireball, The Youngest Profession, Big Town), dies at 78
  • 2006 Betty Comden [Basya Cohen], American lyricist (On The Town; Just In Time), dies at 89
  • 2006 Anita O'Day, American jazz singer, dies at 87
  • 2008 Richard Hickox, English conductor and music director, dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2009 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer (Three Miró Pieces; Voss), dies at 77
  • 2010 James Tyler, American musicologist and author (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Montserrat Figueras, Catalan soprano and early music advocate (Hespèrion), dies at 69
  • 2017 Carol Neblett, American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1979-93), dies at 71
  • 2020 Hal Ketchum, American country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), dies at 67