On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 3

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1752 George Frideric Handel undergoes (failed) eye operation

  • 1888 Amsterdam: 1st concerto of Concert worker, under Willem Kes
  • 1920 "Emperor Jones" opens at Provincetown Theater
  • 1927 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1943 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • 1960 Tammy Grimes' "Unsinkable Molly Brown" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 532 performances
  • 1970 "President's Daughter" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 1974 "Lorelei" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 320 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1986 John Lennon "Menlove Avenue" album released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseMusic Single

1992 "I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton cover) single released by Whitney Houston (Billboard Song of the Year 1993)

Singer Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton

Music releaseAlbum Release

1992 Rock band Rage Against the Machine release their debut album "Rage Against the Machine" featuring single "Killing in the Name"

Guitarist Tom Morello
Tom Morello
  • 1996 "It's a Slippery Slope" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC
  • 1998 "400 Degreez" 3rd studio album by Juvenile is released (Billboard no. 1 year end Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1999)

Music awardsMusic Awards

2009 23rd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Charlie Wilson & Chaka Khan win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Olivia Newton-John's black leather outfit from the film "Grease" sells for $405,700 at auction in Beverly Hills, California

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John

Birthdays in Music

  • 1587 Samuel Scheidt, German baroque composer, born in Halle (d. 1654)
  • 1656 Georg Reutter, Austrian composer and organist, born in Vienna (d. 1738)
  • 1689 Jan Josef Ignác Brentner, Bohemian composer, born in Dobřany, Bohemia (d. 1742)
  • 1753 Friedrich Christoph Gebtewitz, German composer, born in Prieschka, Meissen (d. 1805)
  • 1780 Victor Dourlen, French composer, born in Dunkerque, France (d. 1864)
  • 1781 Johann Ernst Friedrich Wollank, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1831)
  • 1801 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma), born in Catania, Sicily (d. 1835)
  • 1815 Adrien Louis Boieldieu, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1883)
  • 1863 Eugène Samuel-Holeman, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1942)
  • 1867 Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, German composer, born in Bad Schachen (d. 1944)
  • 1875 Emīls Dārziņš, Latvian composer, born in Jaunpiebalga, Russian Empire (d. 1910)
  • 1880 Raffaele Casimiri, Italian musicologist and composer, born in Gualdo Tadino, Italy (d. 1943)
  • 1888 William Denis Browne, British composer, born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England (d. 1915)
  • 1897 Karel Salmon, Israeli composer, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Gideon Fagan, South African conductor and composer, born in Somerset West, Cape Province (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Jānis Kalniņš, Latvian-Canadian composer, born in Pärnu, Estonia (d. 2000)
  • 1907 Jim [James Geoffrey Cutcliffe] Hepburn, English tap-dancer and socialist, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1990)
  • 1911 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian-American composer (Creation), born in Hulun, Manchuria [now Hailar, Inner Mongolia, China] (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Hallgrímur Helgason, Icelandic musicologist, composer, teacher and conductor, born in Eyrarbakki, Iceland (d. 1994)
  • 1933 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), born in York, England (d. 2011)
  • 1934 Ruma Guha Thakurta, Singer, Actress, Dancer, Founder of Calcutta Youth Choir
  • 1937 Paula Wayne, Hobart Oklahoma, vocalist (Everything's Great)
  • 1940 Dieter Acker, German composer and pedagogue, born in Sibiu, Romania (d. 2006)
  • 1941 Brian Poole, English musician (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes), born in Barking, England
  • 1943 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), born in Glasgow (d. 2011)
  • 1945 Nick Simper, English bass guitarist (Deep Purple, Warhorse), born in Norwood Green, England
  • 1945 Robert "Bobby" LaKind, American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer (The Doobie Brothers), born in New York (d. 1992)
  • 1947 Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", born in Ybor City, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Lulu [Marie Lawrie], Scottish singer (Together) and actress (To Sir, With Love), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1948 Hugh Moffatt, American country music singer and songwriter, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1953 Helios Creed, American musician (Chrome)
  • 1954 Adam Ant [Stuart Goddard], English punk rocker ("Goody Two Shoes"; "Antmusic"), born in London
  • 1960 James Prime, British rock keyboardist (Deacon Blue), born in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1960 Marcel "Baaf" Stavenuiter, Dutch drummer (Bob Color)
  • 1962 Marilyn [Peter Robinson], Jamaican-British pop singer (You Don't Love Me), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1967 Steven Wilson, English musician and producer (Porcupine Tree), born in Kingston upon Thames
  • 1969 Robert Miles, Swiss record producer, composer and musician in trance and ambient music.
  • 1973 Kirk Jones (Sticky Fingaz), American musician
  • 1973 Mick Thomson, American guitarist (Slipknot)
  • 1976 Jake Shimabukuro, Japanese-American ukulele virtuoso and composer (Gently Weeps), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1977 Jane Monheit, American jazz singer, born on Long Island, New York
  • 1979 Tim McIlrath, American musician (Rise Against)
  • 1989 Paula DeAnda, American singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1711 Ferdinand Tobias Richter, Austrian Baroque composer, dies at 60
  • 1803 Henri Moreau, Flemish composer, dies at 75
  • 1832 Pietro Generali, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1904 Gaston Serpette, French composer, dies at 57
  • 1911 Salvador Giner y Vidal, Spanish composer, dies at 79
  • 1913 Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf, Prussian composer, dies at 83
  • 1936 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, dies at 42
  • 1945 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 80
  • 1958 Harry Revel, movie composer (Sitting Pretty, Gay Divorcee), dies
  • 1959 Friedrich Niggli, Swiss composer, dies at 83
  • 1964 John Henry Barbee, American guitarist and singer (b. 1905)
  • 1966 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), dies at 58
  • 1983 Alfredo Antonini, conductor (Jane Froman Canteen), dies at 82
  • 1986 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1993 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instruments inventor, dies at 97
  • 1995 Isang Yun, Korean-born German composer, dies at 78
  • 1995 (Sidney Edward) "Eddie" Pola [Pollacsek], American radio and TV producer, and lyricist ("The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"; "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"), dies at 88
  • 1998 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), dies at 76
  • 2002 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • 2004 Joe Bushkin, American jazz pianist (A Couple of Joes), dies at 87
  • 2006 Paul Mauriat, French easy listening orchestra leader, composer, and arranger ("Love Is Blue"), dies at 81
  • 2008 Jean Fournet, French conductor, dies at 95
  • 2010 Jerry Bock, American Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 2010 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • 2010 (Cecil) Hotep Idris Galeta, South African jazz pianist, composer, and educator, dies of an asthma attack at 69
  • 2016 Kay Starr [Katherine Starks], American singer (Wheel of Fortune), dies at 94