On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 25

Events in Music

  • 1847 Opera "Marta" is produced (Vienna)
  • 1902 Franz Lehar's opera "Wiener Frauen" premieres in Vienna

Music concertMusic Concert

1907 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" has its first American performance in New York

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet
  • 1949 "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" appears on music charts
  • 1950 "Tickets, Please" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • 1953 "Guys & Dolls" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,200 performances
  • 1955 Walter Piston's 6th Symphony, composed to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Boston Symphony, premieres, led by Charles Munch
  • 1959 "Once Upon a Mattress" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • 1967 "Apple Tree" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 463 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 John Lennon returns OBE to protest against UK's support for Vietnam War

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1972 "Ambassador" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • 1976 The Band's farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom
  • 1979 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 53 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Chuck Berry pays $250 fine to resolve NYC assault charges

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 1995 "Patti LuPone on Broadway" closes at Walter Kerr NYC after 46 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1997 "Sevens" 7th studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Collaboration with Vocals 1998, Billboard Album of the Year 1998)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Music awardsMusic Awards

2012 26th Soul Train Music Awards: Miguel, Beyoncé win

  • 2013 Disney release “Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media 2015, 2014 Billboard Album of the Year)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1734 Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Wenkel, German composer, born in Niedergebra, Nordhausen, Germany (d. 1792)
  • 1737 Christian Friedrich Penzel, German musician and composer, born in Oelsnitz, Germany (d. 1801)
  • 1741 Johann Christian Frischmuth, German composer, born in Schwabhausen, Germany (d. 1790)
  • 1752 Johann Friedrich Reichardt, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1814)
  • 1753 Otto Carl Erdmann Kospoth, Prussian composer, born in Mühltroff (d. 1817)
  • 1787 Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist and composer (Silent Night), born in Hochberg, Austria (d. 1863)
  • 1834 Jean-Baptist Colyns, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1902)
  • 1839 Stanisław Duniecki, Polish composer, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1870)
  • 1856 Sergei Taneyev, Russian pianist and composer (Oresteia), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 1862 Ethelbert Nevin, American pianist and composer (The Rosary; Narcissus), born in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania (d. 1901) [1]
  • 1881 Peder Gram, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1956)
  • 1895 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), born in Jüterbog, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1896 Rex Maupin, American orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1989)
  • 1900 Arthur Schwartz, American composer (I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans; That's Entertainment), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violinist and composer (American Elegy), born in Losonc, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Herbert Reynolds Inch, American composer and teacher, born in Missoula, Montana (d. 1988)
  • 1904 Antonio "Toni" Ortelli, Italian composer ("La Montanara" (The Song of the Mountains)) and alpinist, born in Schio, Veneto, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Eddie Boyd, American blues pianist and singer ("Five Long Years"), born in Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Ilja Hurnik, Czech composer, born in Poruba (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Take Five"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)
  • 1924 Lorraine "Tui" St. George Tucker, American recorder player and composer (Peyote Concerto), born in Fullerton, California (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • 1928 James "Jimmy" Johnson, American gospel and blues singer and guitarist, born in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • 1928 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Theo Bruins, Dutch concert pianist and composer (Sei Studi; Syncope), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1931 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1933 Ramiro Cortés Jr., American composer, born in Dallas, Texas (c. 1984)
  • 1936 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Percy Sledge, American soul singer (When A Man Loves A Woman), born in Leighton, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, born in Moscow (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Bev Bevan, English drummer (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1949 [Boris] Alexander Godunov, Sakhalin USSR, dancer/actor (Die Hard)
  • 1950 Jocelyn Brown, American R&B and dance singer, born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1951 Bill Morrissey, American folk singer-songwriter (Inside) born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1955 Bruno Tonioli, Italian born British dancer
  • 1958 Gary Coveyou, American pop musician (Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods)
  • 1959 Steve Rothery, British progressive rock guitarist, (Marillion - Clutching at Straws), born in Brampton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • 1960 Amy Grant, American gospel and rock singer (Glory of Love, Baby Baby), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1960 Kasey Smith, American heavy metal artist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Queens, New York
  • 1963 Kevin Chamberlin, American stage and screen actor, and singer (Seussical; Jessie; Wicked), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1963 Holly Cole, Canadian jazz singer (Temptation), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1964 Mark Lanegan, American grunge-rock singer-songwriter (Screaming Trees), born in Ellensburg, Washington
  • 1966 Stacy Lattisaw, American disco singer ("Million Dollar Baby"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Tim Armstrong, American musician (Rancid and The Transplants)
  • 1967 Gregg Turkington, American comedian (as Neil Hamburger) and musician
  • 1967 Rodney Sheppard, American guitarist (Sugar Ray), born in Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1968 Erick Sermon, American rap music artist (EPMD), born in Brentwood, New York
  • 1978 Ringo Shiina [Yumiko Shiina], Japanese singer, songwriter and musician (Tokyo Jihen), born in Urawa, Saitama
  • 1979 Thea Gilmore, British rock and folk singer-songwriter, born in Oxford, England
  • 1983 Kirsty Crawford, Scottish pop singer-songwriter (Pop Idol), born in Glasgow
  • 1986 Katie Cassidy, American singer and actress, born in Los Angeles, California

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2002 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) files for divorce from the "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 months of marriage

Actor Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

  • 1640 Giles Farnaby, composer, dies
  • 1748 Isaac Watts, English writer, preacher and hymnist (Horae Lyrican), dies at 74
  • 1750 Francesco Feroci, composer, dies at 77
  • 1755 Johann Georg Pisendel, German violist/composer, dies at 76
  • 1773 Carl Hockh, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1815 Johann Peter Saloman, German composer and violinist, dies at 70
  • 1830 Pierre Rode, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1881 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute, dies at 87
  • 1883 Ludwig Erk, German composer and folk song collector, dies at 76
  • 1895 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer and musicologist, dies at 68
  • 1899 Robert Lowry, composer, dies at 73
  • 1901 Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, German composer/music theorist, dies at 62
  • 1914 Davorin Jenko, Slovene-Serbian composer, dies at 79

Person of interestBill Robinson

1949 Bill Robinson "Bojangles" American famed tap dancer (The Little Colonel, Stormy Weather), dies at 71

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
  • 1952 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), dies at 72
  • 1952 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, French composer (Ophellia), dies at 71
  • 1965 Dame Myra Hess, British pianist (b. 1890)
  • 1968 Marcel Labey, French conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • 1974 Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (Pink Moon), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • 1983 Anton Dolin [Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-kay], British dancer (Girl From Petrovka), dies at 79
  • 1997 Fenton Robinson, US blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62
  • 1997 Barbara [Monique Andrée Serf], French singer ("L'Aigle noir"), dies at 67
  • 2006 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer (b. 1979)
  • 2006 Bobby Byrne, American orchestra leader (Club Seven), dies at 88
  • 2010 Peter Christopherson English musician and video director/designer (b. 1955)
  • 2011 (Henry) Lee "Shot" Williams, American blues singer ("I Like Your Style"), dies ar 73
  • 2013 Oralia Domínguez, Mexican mezzo-soprano, dies at 88
  • 2013 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 2016 Russell Oberlin, American countertenor (Pro Musica Antiqua, 1952-66) and educator (Hunter, 1966-94), dies at 88 [1]
  • 2016 Alexander Yossifov, Bulgarian conductor and composer (Back To The Beginning), dies at 76
  • 2020 Duris Maxwell [Ted Lewis], Canadian session and touring drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers; Powder Blues Band), dies of heart failure at 74