On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 5

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1846 Robert Schumann's 2nd Symphony in C premieres

Composer Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann
  • 1883 Musical "Cordelia's Aspirations" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1894 Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel" premieres

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1919 Ir à Steringa Idzerda begins hosting "soirée-musical" on Dutch radio
  • 1955 The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio after it was destroyed in World War II

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1956 The Nat King Cole Show debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
  • 1958 "Maria Golovin" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 The Hither Green rail crash in the United Kingdom kills 49 people. The survivors include Bee Gee Robin Gibb.

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Michelangelo songs

Music releaseAlbum Release

1982 George Harrison releases "Gone Troppo" album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1985 "News" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1987 "Into the Woods" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 764 performances
  • 1987 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine's musical "Into the Stars," premieres
  • 1989 "Threepenny Opera" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 1992 "Show Off" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2003 37th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins

Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Spice Girls announce a new tour but without "Posh Spice", Victoria Beckham

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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1494 Hans Sachs, German composer, playwright, and shoemaker, born in Nürnberg (d. 1576)
  • 1654 Christian Liebe, German composer, born in Freiberg, Saxony (d. 1708)
  • 1666 Attilio Ariosti, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1729)
  • 1819 Josef Rudolf Zavrtal, Czech composer, born in Polepy, Czech Republic (d. 1893)
  • 1841 Alexander Sergeyevich Famintsin, Russian composer, born in Kaluga, Russia (d. 1896)
  • 1866 Daniel Protheroe, Welsh conductor and composer, born in Ystradgynlais, Brecknockshire, Wales (d. 1934)
  • 1895 Walter Gieseking, German pianist and composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1956)
  • 1911 Roy Rogers, American cowboy actor and singer ("Happy Trails"; Roy Rogers Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), born in Sumatra, Indonesia (d. 1983)
  • 1919 Myron Floren, American accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Roslyn, Day County, South Dakota (d. 2005)
  • 1921 György Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Ivan Rezak, Czech composer, born in Řevnice (d. 1977)
  • 1929 Ottmar MA Fraai, Curacaos/Dutch tenor
  • 1931 Ike Turner, American musician (Ike and Tine Turner - A Fool in Love), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Jerry Amper Dadap, Filippino guitarist and composer, born in Hinunangan, Southern Leyte
  • 1935 Nicholas Maw, British composer, born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1938 Joe Dassin, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1941 Art Garfunkel, American singer and actor (Simon and Garfunkel, Carnal Knowledge), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Pablo Gomez, Spanish rock drummer (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black"), born in Barcelona, Catalonia
  • 1946 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 1973)
  • 1946 Herman Brood, Dutch painter and pianist (Sleepin' Bird), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1946 Loleatta Holloway, American disco singer ("Love Sensation"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1947 Peter Noone, English rock singer, sometimes known as "Herman" (Herman's Hermits - "I'm Into Something Good"; "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire, England
  • 1948 Peter Hammill, English singer and songwriter (Patient), born in Ealing, London
  • 1948 Rick Cobb, American hard rock drummer (Bloodrock)
  • 1949 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer and songwriter, born in Phenix City, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1949 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), born in Vlissingen, The Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1956 Jeff Watson, American rock guitarist (Night Ranger), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1956 Rob Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes), born in Bath, England (d. 1999)
  • 1956 Helen O'Hara [Bevington], British rock violinist (Dexys Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"), born in Bristol, England
  • 1957 Michael "Mike" Score, British rock guitarist (A Flock Of Seagulls), born in Beverly, Yorkshire, England
  • 1957 David Moyse, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1958 Don Falcone, American musician and producer (Spirits Burning)

Person of interestBryan Adams

1959 Bryan Adams, Canadian singer (Heaven), born in Kingston, Ontario

Singer Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
  • 1960 René Froger, Dutch singer (Everything Can Make a Man Happy), born in Amsterdam
  • 1960 Ken Coomer, American drummer and producer (Uncle Tupelo; Wilco), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1962 Brian Wheat, American rock bassist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1971 Jonny Greenwood, English musician and composer (Radiohead), born in Oxford, England
  • 1971 Edmond Leung, Hong Kong singer and songwriter, born in British Hong Kong
  • 1972 Neil Cowley, English jazz pianist (Displaced, Fragile State), born in London
  • 1974 Angela Gossow, German vocalist (Arch Enemy), born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1974 Ryan Adams, American musician, singer and songwriter (Whiskeytown), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 1979 Mihalis Hatzigiannis, Greek-Cypriot songwriter and singer, born in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 1985 Tanaka Koki, Japanese idol and singer (member of KAT-TUN), born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1985 Kate DeAraugo, Australian singer (3rd winner of Australian Idol 2005), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1986 BoA [Kwon Boa], South Korean singer, born in Gyeonggi-do
  • 1987 Kevin Jonas, American guitarist (member of the Jonas Brothers), born in Teaneck, New Jersey

Deaths in Music

  • 1743 Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, German choirmaster and composer, dies at 44
  • 1772 Johannes Schmidlin, Swiss composer, dies at 50
  • 1860 Carl Binder, Austrian composer, dies at 43
  • 1933 Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

1942 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), dies of cancer at 64

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 1946 Sigismond Stojowski, composer, dies at 77
  • 1951 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer/pegagoge, dies at 72
  • 1951 Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, Czech organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1956 Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
  • 1960 Johnny Horton, American country and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), dies in a car accident at 33
  • 1964 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, dies at 57
  • 1964 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), dies at 47
  • 1977 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75
  • 1986 Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Robins, The Coasters) dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1989 Barry Sadler, American singer ("Ballad Of The Green Berets"), dies from complications of being shot at 49
  • 1989 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Carmen), dies at 85
  • 1990 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer (He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1994 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer, dies at 66
  • 1996 Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer, dies at 62
  • 1996 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • 1997 Epic Soundtracks [Kevin Paul Godfrey], English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls), dies in his sleep at 38
  • 2000 Jimmie Davis, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine), dies at 101
  • 2002 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters) dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • 2003 Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers), dies at 63
  • 2005 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (b. 1912)
  • 2005 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), dies of heart failure at 76 [1]
  • 2009 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, dies at 84
  • 2010 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Elliott Carter, American composer, dies from natural causes at 103
  • 2013 Lee Crystal [Sackett], American drummer (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock'n'Roll"), dies at 57
  • 2015 Guido Masanetz, German composer (In Frisco ist der Teufel Los), dies at 101
  • 2020 Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], American singer, songwriter and producer (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; solo - "1-2-3"), dies of bone marrow cancer at 78