On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 26

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Recording

1945 Charlie "Bird" Parker leads recording session for the Savoy label marketed as the "greatest Jazz session ever" with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis

Jazz Saxophonist and Composer Charlie
Jazz Saxophonist and Composer
Charlie "Bird" Parker
Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Film release premierFilm Release

1945 "Brief Encounter", based on Noël Coward's one-act play "Still Life", directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard is released

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
Actor Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
  • 1955 "Boy Friend" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 483 performances
  • 1962 The Beatles re-record "Please Please Me" at a faster tempo
  • 1966 "Walking Happy" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances
  • 1969 Cream's final concert (Royal Albert Hall)
  • 1976 German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship

Music releaseMusic Single

1976 Sex Pistols release their debut single "Anarchy In The UK"

Rocker Steve Jones
Steve Jones

Music awardsMusic Awards

1990 1st Billboard Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson win

Music releaseMusic Single

2007 "Like You'll Never See Me Again" single released by Alicia Keys (NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Music Video, Outstanding Song 2008, Billboard Song of the Year 2008)

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

Birthdays in Music

  • 1640 Carl Rosier, Dutch baroque composer, born in Liège (d. 1725)
  • 1653 Andreas Anton Schmelzer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1701)
  • 1744 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, German composer, born in Erlangen, Bavaria (d. 1785)
  • 1809 Marià Obiols, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1888)
  • 1818 Louis Lacombe, French pianist and composer, born in Bourges, France (d. 1884)
  • 1823 Thomas Tellefsen, Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1874)
  • 1865 Earl Ross Drake, American composer, born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1916)
  • 1906 Sandro Fuga, Italian composer and painist, born in Mogliano, Veneto (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Philipp Mohler, German composer, born in Kaiserslautern, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1912 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian composer, born in Elverum, Norway (d. 1991)
  • 1915 Earl Wild, American composer and pianist (Caesar's Hour, 1952-56; NBC Symphony, 1937-44), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1916 Mareo Ishiketa, Japanese composer, born in Wakayama, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1920 István Sárközy, Hungarian composer, born in Pesterzsébet, Budapest, Hungary (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Irwin Hoffman, American conductor, born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1924 Michael Holliday [Norman Milne], British pop singer ("The Story of My Life"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1963)
  • 1925 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1943), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Mauro Bortolotti, Italian composer, born in Narni, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Betta St John [Betty Jean Striegler], American actress, singer and dancer (Dream Wife, Corridors of Blood), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1929 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun) (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Slavko Avsenik, Slovenian musician, born in Begunje, Slovenia (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Alan Stout, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2018)

Person of interestRobert Goulet

1933 Robert Goulet, American singer and actor, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 2007)

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • 1935 Marian Mercer, American actress and singer (Dean Martin Show), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Bob Babbitt [Robert Kreinar], Hungarian-American bassist (The Funk Brothers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)

Person of interestTina Turner

1939 Tina Turner [Anna Mae Bullock], American singer (Proud Mary), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

Singer Tina Turner
Tina Turner
  • 1939 David White, American singer and songwriter (Danny And The Juniors - "At The Hop": Leslie Gore - "You Don't Own Me"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Susanne Marsee, American mezzo-soprano, born in San Diego, California
  • 1944 Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Jean Terrell, American singer (The Supremes), born in Belzoni, Mississippi
  • 1945 John McVie, British rock bassist (John Mayall's Blues Breakers; Fleetwood Mac - Rumours, Tusk), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England
  • 1945 Ethan Russell, American photographer and author (photographed covers for the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who), born in Mt. Kisco, New York
  • 1946 Bert Ruiter, Dutch bassist (Earth & Fire, Focus), born in Amsterdam
  • 1946 Raymond Louis "Ray" Kennedy, American songwriter ("Sail On, Sailor"), session and touring singer, musician, and record producer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Shlomo Artzi, Israeli singer and songwriter, born in Alonei Abba, Israel
  • 1963 Adam Gaynor, American musician (Matchbox Twenty), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 John Stirratt, American bassist (Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1974 Jamie Jones, American singer (All 4 One), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Jean Grae [Tsidi Ibrahim], South African-American rapper (The Evil Jeanius), born in Capetown, South Africa
  • 1978 Matthew Taylor, American bassist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1980 Satoshi Ohno, Japanese singer and actor, born in Mitaka, Tokyo
  • 1981 Natasha Bedingfield, British singer (Unwritten), born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
  • 1985 Lil' Fizz [Dreux Pierre Frédéric], American singer (B2K), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1962 Singer Tina Turner (23) weds Ike Turner (31) in Tijuana, Mexico

Singer Tina Turner
Tina Turner

LoveWedding of Interest

1981 Legendary American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (55) weds American "Sounder" actress Cicely Tyson (47) at the home of actor Bill Cosby (divorced, 1989)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 2011 "The Sugarland" singer Jennifer Nettles (37) weds entrepreneur Justin Miller at a chapel nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1717 Daniel Purcell, British composer (b. 1664)
  • 1778 Jean-Noel Hamal, composer, dies at 68
  • 1809 Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1810 Nicolas Etienne Framery, composer, dies at 65
  • 1821 Friedrich Heine, German composer, dies at 57
  • 1822 Johann Baptist Henneberg, Austrian composer, dies at 53
  • 1866 Adrien-François Servais, Belgian composer, dies at 59
  • 1866 Carl Jonas Love Almquist, Swedish composer (Tornrosens Buck), dies at 72
  • 1880 Guilherme Cossoul, Portuguese composer, dies at 52
  • 1925 Johannes Haarklou, composer, dies at 78
  • 1929 Michele Esposito, Italian composer who worked in Ireland, dies at 74
  • 1933 Edward Julius Biedermann, American organist and composer, dies at 84

Person of interestTommy Dorsey

1956 Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist and big band leader (Opus No. 1; I'll Never Smile Again), dies at 51

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • 1959 Albert Ketèlbey, British composer (In a Monastery Garden), dies at 84
  • 1961 Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser, composer, dies at 86
  • 1963 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds), dies at 81
  • 1966 Harold Burrage, American singer/pianist (Got to Find a Way), dies at 35
  • 1973 John Rostill, English rocker (The Shadows), electrocuted at 31
  • 1978 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), kills himself after shooting his sons at 52
  • 1982 Juhan Aavic, Estonian composer, dies at 98
  • 1987 Emmanuel Bondeville, French composer, dies at 89
  • 1988 Antonio Estévez, Venezuelan composer and conductor (Cantata Criolla), dies at 72
  • 1993 César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), dies at 79
  • 1994 Nimrod Workman, folksinger, dies at 99
  • 1995 David Briggs, record producer, dies at 51
  • 1996 May Moxon, Scottish dance producer, dies at 91
  • 1996 Dame Joan Hood Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, dies at 84
  • 1997 Francis Paudras, designer/jazz fan, dies at 62
  • 2001 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish Sami writer (The Sun, My Father) and musician, dies at 58
  • 2002 Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • 2003 Soulja Slim [James Adarryl Tapp Jr.], American rapper (Slow Motion), shot to death by an assailant at 26
  • 2015 Alexander Kholminov, Russian composer, dies at 90
  • 2015 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal - "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), dies at 77