On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 4

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1783 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Symphony No. 36" premieres in Linz, Austria

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1876 Johannes Brahms' 1st Symphony in C premieres in Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 1890 Alexander Borodin's opera "Prince Igor" premieres in Petersburg
  • 1908 Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC
  • 1946 "Park Avenue" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 1950 "Barrier" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1950 "Consul" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 269 performances
  • 1954 "Fanny" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1963 John Lennon utters his infamous line at a Royal Variety Performance "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And for the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry…" in London

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

1968 "Wichita Lineman" 12th album by Glen Campbell is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1969)

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 1990 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" opens at Shubert NYC for 225 performances
  • 1993 "Timon of Athens" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 37 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Elton John awarded $518,700 from Sunday Mirror for a false report on his diet

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1995 "Indiscretions" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1996 British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut album "Spice", goes on to sell 23 million copies

Singer Geri Horner
Geri Horner
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham

Music releaseAlbum Release

1997 "Come On Over" 3rd studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1999)

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain

Music releaseAlbum Release

2003 "Shock'n Y'all" 8th studio album by Toby Keith is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2004)

Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Katy Perry is the highest paid musician of the year earning 135 million, according to Forbes Magazine

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry

Music awardsMusic Awards

2018 Camila Cabello wins four awards at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Bilbao, Janet Jackson accepts the Global Icon award

Birthdays in Music

  • 1640 Carlo Mannelli, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1697)
  • 1656 Leonard Sailer, German composer and organist, born in Ulm (d. after 1694)
  • 1674 Anton Englert, German composer and organist, born in Schweinfurt (d. 1751)
  • 1708 Robert Praelisauer, German composer, music director, and priest, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1771)
  • 1740 Augustus Montague Toplady, English hymn writer (Rock of Ages), born in Farnham, Surrey, England (d. 1778)
  • 1800 Eduard Brendler, Swedish composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1831)
  • 1823 Karel Komzák I, Bohemian composer and musician, born in Netěchovice, Czech Republic (d. 1893)
  • 1841 Carl Tausig, Polish pianist, student and protégé of Liszt, and composer noted for his transcriptions, born in Warsaw (d. 1871)
  • 1846 Gaston Serpette, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1904)
  • 1859 Stanisław Niewiadomski, Polish composer, born in Soposzyn (d. 1936)
  • 1863 William Faulkes, English organist, transcriber and composer, born in Liverpool on 4 November 1863 (d. 1933)
  • 1868 Carolina “La Belle” Otero, Spanish actress, singer and courtesan, born in Valga, Galicia, Spain (d. 1965)
  • 1872 Herman Finck, British composer (In The Shadows), born in London (d. 1939)
  • 1881 Gena Branscombe, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Picton, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1887 Knut Algot Håkanson, Swedish composer, born in Kinna, Sweden (d. 1929)
  • 1889 Alton Adams, American composer (1st black bandmaster in the United States Navy), born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (d. 1987)
  • 1891 Miroslav Krejčí, Czech composer, born in Rychnov nad Kněžnou, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • 1897 Oscar Lorenzo Fernández, Brazilian conductor and composer (Imbapara), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1948)
  • 1900 Luigi Lucioni, Italian-American landscape painter (opera stars), born in Malnate, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1903 Ion Vasilescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1960)
  • 1906 Arnold Cooke, British composer, born in Gomersal, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2005)
  • 1906 Siegfried Borris, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1978)
  • 1921 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Poul Rovsing Olsen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1982)
  • 1925 Kjerstin Dellert, Swedish opera singer, born in Stockholm (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Vittorio Fellegara, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 2011)
  • 1935 Elgar Howarth, English conductor and composer, born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England
  • 1938 Harry Elston, American R&B singer (Friends of Distinction), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1940 Delbert McClinton, American singer (Gonna Find a Good Woman), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1941 Richard James Gill, Australian conductor and music educator, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Willem Breuker, Dutch saxophonist and conductor (WB Collective), born in Amsterdam (d. 2010)
  • 1944 Scherrie Payne, American singer (The Supremes), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Chris Difford, British lyricist, guitarist and vocalist (Squeeze - "Black Coffee In Bed"; "Tempted"), born in Greenwich, London
  • 1956 James Honeyman-Scott, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Pretenders), born in Hereford, Herefordshire, England (d. 1982)
  • 1956 Jordan Rudess, American progressive rock keyboardist (Dream Theater), born in New York
  • 1957 Najee [Jerome Najee Rasheed], American jazz musician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Kim Forester, American country singer (Forester Sisters - "Men"), born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
  • 1960 Frl. Menke, German pop singer (Neue Deutsche Welle), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1961 Daron Hagen, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1961 Les Sampou, American singer and songwriter, born in Massachusetts
  • 1961 Edward Knight, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1963 Marc Déry, Canadian singer and guitarist (Zébulon), born in Mascouche, Quebec
  • 1963 Rosario Flores, Spanish singer (Muchas Flores) and actress, born in Madrid
  • 1965 Gregory Scott [Koenig], American guitarist (Signs of Life), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • 1965 Pata [Tomoaki Ishizuka], Japanese musician (X Japan), born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1965 Wayne Static [Wells], American musician (Static-X), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1966 Sam Rosenthal, American electronic musician and composer (Black Tape for a Blue Girl), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Kool Rock-ski [Damon Wimbley], American rapper (Fat Boys - "Jail House Rap"), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestPuff Daddy

1969 Puff Daddy [Sean Combs], American rapper and record producer ("Come To Me"; "I'll Be Missing You"), born in NYC, New York

Rapper Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy
  • 1974 Cedric Bixler-Zavala, American musician (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta), born in Redwood City. California
  • 1975 Michael Osmond, American singer (Osmond Boys), born in Utah
  • 1986 Alexz Johnson, Canadian singer and actress, born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1987 T.O.P. [Choi Seung-hyun], Korean singer-songwriter (Big Bang) and actor, born in Seoul, South Korea

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2009 R&B singer Usher (30) divorces hair stylist and wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster (38) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 2 years

Singer Usher

Deaths in Music

  • 1702 Thomas Eisenhut, German composer, dies at 58

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

1847 (Jacob Ludwig) Felix Mendelssohn [Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Italian Symphony; Songs Without Words), dies at 38, after a series of strokes

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1853 Alexander Stadtfeld, German composer, dies at 27
  • 1890 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, Polish composer, dies at 46
  • 1898 (Charles) Jerome Hopkins, American composer, pianist, critic, and musical education advocate, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 62
  • 1924 Gabriel Urbain Fauré, French organist, composer (Requiem; Ballade), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1905-20), dies at 79
  • 1931 Buddy Bolden, African-American jazz musician, dies
  • 1935 Miklos Radnai, composer, dies at 43
  • 1937 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1939 Charles Arnold Tournemire, French organist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1953 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, American pianist and philanthropist, dies at 89
  • 1957 Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, composer, dies at 78
  • 1965 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, dies at 77
  • 1969 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), dies at 66
  • 1986 Zlatan Vauda, Slovene composer and conductor (RTB Children's Choir, 1953-86), dies at 86
  • 1994 Fred "Sonic" Smith, American guitarist (MC5), dies at 46
  • 1995 Marti Caine [Lynne Stringer], British comedienne, singer and television host, dies of lymphatic cancer at 50
  • 2005 Sheree North, American actress and singer (b. 1932)
  • 2005 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), dies at 88
  • 2005 Len Barnard, Australian jazz drummer ("The Naked Dance"; Galapagos Duck), dies at 76
  • 2010 Michelle Nicastro, American actress and singer (b. 1960)
  • 2012 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 2016 Eddie Harsch [Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog; The Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), dies at 59
  • 2020 Ken Hensley, English songwriter and rock keyboardist (Blackfoot, Uriah Heep), dies at 75