On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 6

Events in Music

  • 1919 1st Dutch radio program: Soirée Musicale with "Turf in you(r) ransel"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Dmitri Shostakovich's cantata "About our Fatherland" premieres

  • 1953 Masao Oki's symphony "Atomic Bomb" premieres
  • 1957 "Rumple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1971 "Great Harp" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1975 "Hello, Dolly" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 51 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1975 First performance by punk band The Sex Pistols at St Martins College, London

Rocker Steve Jones
Steve Jones
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • 1977 "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • 1986 "Just Like the First Time" 2nd studio album by Freddie Jackson is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1987)

Music releaseAlbum Release

1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" 3rd studio album by Whitney Houston is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)

  • 1991 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" opens at Gershwin NYC for 32 performances
  • 1997 "Proposals" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2002 36th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins

Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride

Music awardsMusic Awards

2006 40th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban wins

Singer Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban

Birthdays in Music

  • 1566 Julien Perrichon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1600)
  • 1607 Sigmund Theophil Staden, German composer, born in Kulmbach, Germany (d. 1655)
  • 1613 Luis de Garay, Spanish composer, born in Villa de Veteta (d. 1673)
  • 1659 Theodor Schwartzkopff, German composer, born in Ulm, Germany (d. 1732)
  • 1753 Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, French cellist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1823)
  • 1757 Louis Abel Beffroy de Reigny, French dramatist and composer, born in Laon, Aisne, France (d. 1811)
  • 1779 Michal Bogdanowicz, composer (d. 1830)
  • 1800 Eduard Grell, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1886)
  • 1814 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), born in Dinant, Belgium (d. 1894)

Person of interestJohn Philip Sousa

1854 John Philip Sousa, American march king (Stars & Stripes Forever), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1855 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, born in Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine (d. 1885)
  • 1878 Ernest Irving, English composer, born in Godalming, Surrey (d. 1953)
  • 1883 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, born in Barnstaple, Devon (d. 1945)
  • 1909 Heinz Rottger, German composer, born in Herford, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1909 Henk Bijvanck, Dutch composer, born in Kudus, Java (d. 1969)
  • 1910 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), born in Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, born in Karlstad, Värmland County (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Renato Capecchi, Italian violinist and baritone, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1998)
  • 1928 Peter Matz, American musician and orchestra leader (Hullabaloo; The Carol Burnett Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Raymond Baervoets, Belgian composer (Metamorphoses), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1989)
  • 1931 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 1982)
  • 1932 Stonewall Jackson, American country music musician, born in Tabor City, North Carolina
  • 1933 Joseph Pope, American singer (Hey Girl Don't Bother Me), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1996)
  • 1936 David Ward-Steinman, American composer, born in Alexandria, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Edwin Roxburgh, English composer and conductor, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1938 P. J. Proby [James Marcus Smith], American singer, songwriter and actor (Hold Me, Three Week Hero), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938 Jim Pike, American singer (The Lettermen), born in Missouri (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet; Texas Tornadoes), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1941 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), born in Monahans, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1941 James Bowman, English countertenor, born in Oxford, England
  • 1944 Bill Henderson, Canadian rock vocalist and guitarist (Chilliwack), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946 George Young, Scottish-Australian rock guitarist (Easybeats, AC/DC), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2017)

Person of interestGlenn Frey

1948 Glenn Frey, American rock vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • 1948 Rushton Moreve [Morey], American bass player (Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet Ride"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1981)
  • 1949 Arturo Sandoval, Cuban-American jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Artemisa, Cuba
  • 1957 Siobhán McCarthy, Irish singer and actress (Roisin Connor-Bad Girls), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1957 Lori Singer, American actress (Fame, V, Footloose), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1961 Florent Pagny, French songwriter and singer, born in Chalon-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, France
  • 1961 Craig Goldy, American guitarist for the band Dio, born in San Diego, California
  • 1961 Daniele Gatti, Italian conductor, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1962 Aznil Nawawi, Malaysian host, actor and singer, born in Kampung Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur
  • 1963 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), born in Pomona, California (d. 1998)
  • 1963 Paul Brindley, British rock bassist (The Sundays), born in Bristol, England
  • 1964 Corey Glover, American rock guitarist and singer (Living Colour), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Greg Graffin, American singer (Bad Religion), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Paul Gilbert, American guitarist and singer (Mr. Big), born in Carbondale, Illinois
  • 1976 Mike Herrera, American singer and bassist (MxPx), born in Bremerton, Massachusetts
  • 1976 Jodi Martin, Australian singer-songwriter, born in Ceduna, Australia
  • 1978 Jolina Magdangal, Filipina singer, actress and television host, born in Hagonoy, Bulacan, Philippines
  • 1982 Sowelu, Japanese pop singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1983 Jon Hume, Australian singer (Evermore), born in Lismore, Australia
  • 1988 Conchita Wurst [Thomas Neuwirth], Austrian singer and drag queen (Eurovision Song Contest winner: 2014), born in Gmunden, Austria

Deaths in Music

  • 1492 Antoine Busnois, French composer known for his chansons, dies at about 62
  • 1669 Laurentius Erhard, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1672 Heinrich Schütz, German organist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1712 Johann Bernhard Staudt, Austrian Jesuit composer, dies at 58
  • 1795 Jiří Antonín Benda, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 73
  • 1801 Christian Friedrich Gregor, composer, dies at 78
  • 1835 Ignaz Schuster, Austrian composer, dies at 56
  • 1865 Thérèse Wartel, French pianist and composer, dies at 51

Person of interestPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), dies of suspected cholera at 53

  • 1897 Édouard Deldevez, French violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1901 Bohdan Borkowski, Polish composer, dies at 48
  • 1912 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, dies at 70
  • 1922 William Baines, English composer, dies of TB at 23
  • 1946 Zygmunt Stojowski, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • 1953 John Parsons Beach, American composer, dies at 76
  • 1958 Francis George Scott, Scottish composer, dies at 78
  • 1965 Clarence Williams, American composer, dies at 67
  • 1965 Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (Ionisation; Poème électronique), dies at 81
  • 1968 Guillaume Landré, Dutch composer, dies at 63
  • 1968 Charles Munch, French conductor and violinist (b. 1891)
  • 1970 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), dies at 73
  • 1972 Billy Murcia, Colombian born American rocker (New York Dolls), chokes to death at 21
  • 1983 Robert Gross, American composer and violinist, dies at 69
  • 1986 Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
  • 1987 Zohar Argov, Israeli singer, dies of accidental death at 32
  • 1989 Dickie Goodman, American parody singer (Flying Saucer), dies at 55
  • 1991 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish fluitist, conductor, dies at 64
  • 2000 Herbert Brün, German composer, dies at 82
  • 2004 Pete Jolly [Ceragioli], American session and West Coast jazz pianist, and accordionist (Shorty Rogers; Pete Jolly Trio), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • 2005 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, dies of leukemia at 38
  • 2005 Miguel Aceves Mejía, Mexican actor, composer and singer, dies at 90
  • 2007 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), dies at 82
  • 2016 Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian pianist and conductor, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2018 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2019 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), dies of pneumonia at 82 [1]
  • 2020 Barbara York, Canadian composer (A Butterfly in Time), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 71 
  • 2020 King Von [Dayvon Bennett], American rapper and songwriter ("Cazy Story"), dies in a nightclub gunfight at 26