On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 28

Events in Music

  • 1901 Gustav Mahler's 4th Symphony in G premieres
  • 1909 Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the genres most difficult, premieres at the New Theatre in New York City, with the composer as soloist and the New York Symphony Society conducted by Walter Damrosch
  • 1925 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1927 J McHugh & D Fields' musical "Delmar's Revels" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1930 Howard Hanson's 2nd Symphony "Romantic" premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1949 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 293 performances
  • 1953 "Wish You Were Here" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • 1963 The Beatles "She Loves You" unusually, returns to #1 in UK record chart and reaches 1 million copies sold

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 John Lennon is fined £150 for unauthorized drug possession

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1971 "Me Nobody Knows" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 587 performances
  • 1972 "Via Galactica" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1974 John Lennon's last concert appearance, as a guest of Elton John, Madison Square Garden, New York City NYC; they perform "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night"; "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"; and "I Saw Her Standing There"
  • 1975 Wings release "Venus & Mars/Rock Show" medley
  • 1979 "King of Schnorrers" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • 1981 "Merrily We Roll Along" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1982 "Pirates of Penzance" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 772 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1989 Queen Latifah releases her debut hip hop album "All Hail the Queen" featuring single "Ladies First"

Singer, Rapper and Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper and Actress
Queen Latifah
  • 1993 "Gray's Anatomy" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 1993 "Mixed Emotions" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 2010 24th Soul Train Music Awards: Ron Isley, Anita Baker win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1632 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (d. 1687)
  • 1763 Matthäus Fischer, German organist and composer, born in Ried, Swabia (d. 1840)
  • 1784 Ferdinand Ries, German composer, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1838)
  • 1793 Carl Jonas Love Almquist, Swedish composer (Tornrosens Buck), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1866)
  • 1795 Adolf Bernhard Marx, German composer, born in Halle, Germany (d. 1866)
  • 1812 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1887)
  • 1829 Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist and composer (Dmitri Donskoi), born in Vikhvatinets, Podolia Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1894)
  • 1856 Alexander Kastalsky, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1926)
  • 1868 František Drdla, Czech composer, born in Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Paul Hastings Allen, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1952)
  • 1887 Jacobo Palm, Curaçao-born composer (d. 1982)
  • 1892 Thomas Wood, English composer, born in Chorley, Lancashire (d. 1950)
  • 1895 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Lilia Skala, Austrian actress (House of Games, Flashdance, Charly), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Roberto Lupi, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1915 Pamela Harrison, English pianist and composer, born in Orpington, England (d. 1990)
  • 1924 (Gerrit Cornelis) "Kees" Otten, Dutch flautist and recorder player, born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Aurelio de la Vega, Cuban-American composer, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1929 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), born in Tyler, Alabama (d. 2018)

Person of interestBerry Gordy

1929 Berry Gordy, Jr, American songwriter, producer and record company founder (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter
Berry Gordy
  • 1932 Ethel Ennis, American jazz singer (If Women Ruled The World), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Gato Barbieri, Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Carlos Fariñas, Cuban avant-garde composer, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba (d. 2002)
  • 1939 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • 1940 Bruce Channel [McMeans], American singer (Hey! Baby), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1940 Clem Curtis, British singer (The Foundations), born in Trinidad
  • 1943 Randy Newman, American singer-songwriter and composer (Short People, You've Got a Friend in Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1944 Ronald Bertram "R.B." Greaves, American pop singer ("Take A Letter Maria"), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Michel Berger [Hamburger], French pop singer and songwriter, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1992)
  • 1947 Maria Farantouri, Greek folk and jazz singer, born in Athens
  • 1947 Michel Berger, French singer & songwriter, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1992)
  • 1948 Beeb Birtles [Gerard Birtlekamp], Dutch-Australian rock guitarist (Little River Band - Diamantina Cocktail), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1949 Alexander Godunov, Russian composer/dancer (Bolshoi) defected 1979
  • 1949 Hugh McKenna, British rock keyboardist (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), born in Coatsbridge, England (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Paul Shaffer, Canadian keyboardist and orchestra leader (SNL, David Letterman), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • 1956 Kristine Arnold, American country singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo - "Midnight Girl"), born in Torrance, California
  • 1956 David Van Day [David Paul Day], British pop singer (Dollar - "Loves Gotta Hold On Me"), born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • 1958 Tim Mullens, Dutch punk rock singer and guitarist (Ivy green)
  • 1961 Patty Zomer, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots - "Windsurfing"), born in Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • 1962 Matt Cameron, American drummer (Soundgarden; Pearl Jam), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964 Jesse Cook, French-Canadian jazz-flamenco guitarist (Free Fall), born in Paris, France
  • 1971 Fenriz [Leif Nagell], Norwegian heavy metal musician (Darkthrone), born Kolbotn, Norway
  • 1973 Jade Puget, American rock guitarist (AFI), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1974 apl.de.ap [Allan Pineda Lindo], Filipino-American rapper and producer (Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in Angeles, Philippines
  • 1975 Satyr [Sigurd Wongraven], Norwegian heavy metal musician (Satyricon)
  • 1979 Chamillionaire [Hakeem Seriki], American rapper, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1980 Lisa Middelhauve [Elisabeth Rodermund], German rock singer (Xandria), born in Bielefeld, West Germany
  • 1983 Rostam [Batmanglij], Iranian-American songwriter, composer, and producer (Vampire Weekend), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1984 Trey Songz [Tremaine Neverson], American singer, rapper and songwriter (Passion, Pain & Pleasure), born in Petersburg, Virginia
  • 1988 Christopher Stringini, American pop singer (US5), born in Wheaton, Illinois
  • 1997 Thor! [Salden], Belgian pop singer, born in Antwerp, Belgium

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1962 Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds film producer Anthony Cox

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Quentin Tarantino (55) marries singer and model Danielle Pick (35) in Los Angeles, California

Film Director & Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino
Film Director & Screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino

Deaths in Music

  • 1585 Hernando Franco, Spanish composer (b. 1532)
  • 1695 Giovanni Paulo Colonna, composer, dies at 58
  • 1815 Johann Peter Salomon, composer, dies at 70
  • 1860 Ludwig Rellstab, German music theorist, dies at 61
  • 1861 Robert Fuhrer, composer, dies at 54
  • 1878 Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti, Italian classical guitarist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1907 Ricardo Castro Herrera, composer, dies at 43
  • 1918 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1935 Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (b. 1877)
  • 1966 Vittorio Giannini, composer, dies at 63
  • 1971 Alexander "Papa" Lightfoot, American blues singer and harmonica player, dies of respiratory failure at 47
  • 1972 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, composer, dies at 91
  • 1972 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), dies at 96
  • 1976 Robert Fleming, composer, dies at 55
  • 1987 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, dies at 83
  • 1989 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Songs for Life), dies at 91
  • 1993 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), dies at 47
  • 1993 Camillo Togni, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1994 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, dies at 63
  • 1996 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, dies at 84
  • 1997 William "Smitty" Smith, American rock keyboardist and session musician (Motherlode - "When I Die"), dies of a heartattack at 53
  • 2001 Kal Mann, American lyricist (Let's Twist Again), dies at 84
  • 2002 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • 2011 Andrew Kazdin, classical record producer, dies at 77
  • 2012 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, dies at 90
  • 2015 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, dies of cancer at 67
  • 2016 Allan Zavod, Australian classical and jazz pianist and composer, dies of brain cancer at 71
  • 2016 Mark Taimanov, Russian pianist, dies at 90
  • 2017 Shadia [Fatmah Ahmed Kamal Shaker], Egyptian actress and singer Midaq Alley, The Thief and the Dogs), dies from respiratory failure at 86