On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 24

Events in Music

  • 1800 Weber's opera "Das Waldmadchen" premieres in Freiburg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Noël Coward's "Tonight at 8:30" premieres in NYC

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1950 "Guys & Dolls" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1200 performances
  • 1951 "17" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances
  • 1951 "Music in the Air" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1956 "Pajama Game" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1063 performances
  • 1966 The Beatles began recording sessions for their album "Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
  • 1975 "Boccaccio" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1986 "Smile" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1987 "Make It Last Forever" debut album by Keith Sweat is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)
  • 1996 "Juan Darien - A Carnival Mass" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC
  • 1997 "Street Corner Symphony" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 79 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2008 Craig David releases his first Greatest Hits album

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Craig David

Music awardsMusic Awards

2013 40th American Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Justin Timberlake win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
  • 2014 "Take Your Time" single is released by Sam Hunt (Billboard Song of the Year 2015)
  • 2019 Taylor Swift wins six awards at American Music Awards including Artist of the Year and Artist of the Decade

Birthdays in Music

  • 1690 Charles Theodore Pachelbel, composer
  • 1747 Felice Alessandri, composer
  • 1768 Jean-Engelbert Pauwels, composer
  • 1795 Josif Josifovich Genishta, composer
  • 1848 Lilli Lehmann, opera singer

Person of interestScott Joplin

1868 Scott Joplin, American ragtime entertainer and composer (Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1917)

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1889 Albert J Sylvester, England, ballroom dancer (Alex Moor Award-1977)
  • 1892 Isidor Achron, composer
  • 1899 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer
  • 1900 Cornelius Kee, composer
  • 1905 Ireene Wicker, American singer and actress (Singing Lady), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Ray Carter, American orchestra leader (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1909 Hans Melchior Brugk, composer
  • 1912 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, American jazz pianist and arranger (Billie Holiday; Benny Goodman), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1917 Richard Bilderback Hervig, composer
  • 1917 Rita Corita [Hendrika Sturm], Dutch singer
  • 1918 William Strethan "Wild Bill" Davis, musician
  • 1927 Alfred Kraus, Las Palmas Canary Islands, tenor (La Scala)
  • 1927 Emma Lou Diemer, composer
  • 1929 Eileen Barton, singer (Broadway Open House), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1934 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (St Florian; Life With An Idiot), born in Engels, Volga-German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 1998)
  • 1934 Claudio Prieto, Spanish composer, born in Palencia, Spain (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Martin Charnin, Broadway lyricist (Annie, West Side Story)
  • 1939 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1940 Wendell Morris Logan, composer
  • 1941 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American session bassist (Stax; Booker & The MG's; The Blues Brothers), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d, 2012)
  • 1941 Gary Boyle, rocker (Isotope)

Person of interestPete Best

1941 Pete Best, British drummer (Beatles), born in Madras, British India

Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 1941 Wayne Lamar Jackson, American soul and R&B trumpeter ( Mar-Keys, The Memphis Horns), born in West Memphis, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Bayani Mendoza de Leon, composer
  • 1943 Richard Tee, American jazz and session pianist and arranger ("Slip' Slidin' Away"; "In Your Eyes"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1943 Robin Williamson, rocker (Incredible String Band)
  • 1945 Lee Michaels, rocker (Do You Know What I Mean), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Dave Sinclair, British progressive rock keyboard player (Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink), born in Herne Bay, Kent, England
  • 1949 Anita Louis, American singer (Soul Children, I'll Be the Other Woman)
  • 1949 Jim Warren, American artist whose work includes album art for Bob Seger and Prince, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1950 Bob [Robert Lewis] Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Tod Machover, composer
  • 1954 Emir Kusturica, Serbian-French film maker (When Father Was Away on Business; Black Cat, White Cat), and punk rock bassist (No Smoking), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 1955 Clem Burke [Clement Bozewski], American rock drummer (Blondie - "Heart Of Glass"), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1955 Elvis Ramone [Clement Bozewski], American drummer (The Ramones, August 1987), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1957 Chris Hayes, California, rock guitarist (Huey Lewis & The News)
  • 1958 Carmel [McCourt], English rocker (Storm, More More More), born in Wrawby, England
  • 1960 Edgar Meyer, American classical, jazz, and bluegrass bassist, and composer, born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 1962 John Squire, English pop guitarist (Stone Roses, She Bangs the Drums)
  • 1964 Tony Rombola, American guitarist (Godsmack)
  • 1966 Russell Watson, British singer
  • 1968 Dawn Robinson, American singer (En Vogue), born in New London, Connecticut (or 1965)
  • 1969 Rob Nicholson, American musician
  • 1970 Chad Taylor, musician (Live)
  • 1970 Julieta Venegas, Mexican singer
  • 1981 Morgan James [Grunerud] American Broadway actress, singer and songwriter (Hunter; The White Album), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1985 Julia Alexandratou, Greek fashion model and singer
  • 1987 Megan Mullins, American singer
  • 1987 Sabi, American pop singer-songwriter (You Make Me Feel...), born in Inglewood, California

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1976 Singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer

Deaths in Music

  • 1615 Sethus Calvisius, composer, dies at 59
  • 1650 Manuel Cardoso, composer, dies at 83
  • 1722 Johann Adam Reincken, German organist and composer, dies at 99
  • 1822 Karl Jacob Wagner, composer, dies at 50
  • 1838 Karl Ludwig Hellwig, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1842 Pehr Frigel, Swedish composer, dies at 92
  • 1880 Napoléon Henri Reber, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1903 Charles Dupee Blake, American composer, dies at 56
  • 1916 John Francis Barnett, British composer, dies at 79
  • 1944 Václav Štěpán, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1946 Alfonso Broqua, Uruguayan composer, dies at 70
  • 1948 Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, composer, dies at 64
  • 1953 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, dies at 73
  • 1956 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, dies in a plane crash at Orly Airport, Paris at 36
  • 1970 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, composer, dies at 76
  • 1972 Hall Overton, American jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 52
  • 1984 Godfrey Ridout, Canadian composer, dies at 66
  • 1985 Big Joe Turner, American singer (b. 1911)
  • 1988 Irmgard Seefried, German soprano, dies at 69
  • 1990 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, dies at 72
  • 1991 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American drummer (Kiss), dies of cancer at 41

Person of interestFreddie Mercury

1991 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), dies of AIDS at 45

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury
  • 1992 Mary Smithuysen, Dutch dancer/actress (Bridge Too Far), dies
  • 1992 Xavier Darasse, French organist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1993 Albert Collins, American blues guitarist (Ice Pickin'; Don't Lose Your Cool; Showdown!), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1995 Woytec Lowski [Woiciech Wiesidlowski], Polish dancer and ballet master, dies at 56
  • 1996 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), dies at 67
  • 2001 Melanie Thornton, American dance/pop singer (b. 1967)
  • 2004 Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2006 Juice Leskinen, Finnish rock singer (b. 1950)
  • 2008 Kenny MacLean, Scottish musician (Platinum Blonde) (b. 1956)
  • 2009 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 88
  • 2009 Hale Smith, American composer, dies at 84
  • 2011 Fjölnir Stefánsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 81
  • 2012 Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist and manager (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2015 Oļģerts Grāvītis, Latvian-Soviet composer, dies at 89
  • 2016 Pauline Oliveros, American composer (Sound Patterns), dies at 84
  • 2016 Florence Henderson, American actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), dies at 82
  • 2017 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), dies at 71
  • 2017 Mitch Margo, American rocker (The Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight), dies of natural causes at 70
  • 2018 Harold Farberman, American percussionist, conductor, and composer (Medea), dies at 89
  • 2019 Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Chilean composer, dies at 100