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On This Day in Music for November 8

Events in Music

Oh, Kay! advertised on the side of a London bus by an unknown photographer.
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Music releaseMusic Premiere

1928 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl" premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 1932 "Make Mine Music" debuts
  • 1945 "Girl from Nantucket" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1958 "Maria Golovin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 5 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1974 "Greatest Hits" 11th studio album by Elton John is released

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1986 "Song & Dance" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 474 performances
  • 1990 "6 Degrees of Separation" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 496 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1990 Musician Chris Isaak releases single "Wicked Game"

Singer Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak
  • 1992 "Solitary Confinement" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 25 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1999 Tenor Andrea Bocelli releases his "Sacred Arias" album, the world's best-selling classical album by a single artist

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

Music releaseAlbum Release

2004 "Greatest Hits" album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2005)

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • 2013 27th Soul Train Music Awards: Miguel, Tamar Braxton win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1590 Francesco Gonzaga, Italian composer, born in Mantua, Italy (d. 1628)
  • 1592 Domenico Mazzocchi, Italian Baroque composer, born in Civita Castellana, Italy (d. 1665)
  • 1657 Thomas Bullis Jr., English composer (d. 1712)
  • 1693 Leonhard Trautsch, German composer, born in München, Germany (d. 1762)
  • 1770 Friedrich Witt, German cellist and composer (Jena Symphony; , The Suffering Saviour), born in Niederstetten, Germany (d. 1836)
  • 1849 Edward Julius Biedermann, American organist and composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1933)
  • 1850 Karel Komzák II, Viennese composer, born in Prague (d. 1905)
  • 1867 Ilmari Krohn, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1882 Lazare Saminsky, Russian-American composer, born in Valegotsulova, near Odessa (d. 1959)
  • 1883 Arnold Bax, English composer (Farewell My Youth), born in London (d. 1953)
  • 1887 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer, born in Hlukhiv, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1888 David Monrad Johansen, Norwegian composer, born in Vefsn, Norway (d. 1974)
  • 1895 Hermann Schey, German-Dutch singer, born in Bunzlau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1900 Georges Lonque, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Mihailo Vukdragović, Serbian composer (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), born in Warsaw (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Richard Nicholson, musician
  • 1909 Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 2001)
  • 1912 Jean-Louis Martinet, French composer, born in Sainte-Bazeille, France (d. 2010)
  • 1921 Douglas Townsend, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestPatti Page

1927 Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American singer (Tennessee Waltz), born in Claremore, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

Singer Patti Page
Patti Page
  • 1927 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer", born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Bert Berns, American songwriter ("Twist And Shout"; "Piece Of My Heart"; "Hang On Sloopy") and producer ("Under The Boardwalk"; "Brown-Eyed Girl"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1934 Doc Green, American pop baritone vocalist (The Drifters) (d. 1989)
  • 1938 Richard Stoker, British composer, born in Castleford, Yorkshire
  • 1942 Gerald Alston, American singer (Manhattans-Crazy), born in Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina
  • 1944 Bonnie Bramlett, American rock vocalist (Delandy & Bonnie), born in Granite City, Illinois
  • 1944 Rodney Slater, English rocker (Bonzo Dog Band), born in Crowland, Lincolnshire, England
  • 1944 Robert Nix, American musician (founding member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Blakely, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Arnold Rosner, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Judith Lang Zaimont, American pianist and composer, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1945 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), born in Glendale, California (d. 1996)
  • 1946 Roy Wood, English rock vocalist and cellist (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947 Minnie Ripperton, American singer (Loving You), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949 Al Berger, American musician (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes)
  • 1949 Bonnie Raitt, American blues country singer-songwriter (Nick of Time, Something To Talk About), born in Burbank, California
  • 1951 Larry Burnett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Firefall), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1954 Rickie Lee Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Chuck E's In Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Jeanette McGruder, American singer (P Funk; Brides of Funkenstein), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Ricky Lawson, American musician, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1955 Patricia Barber, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Pearl Thompson, British musician (The Cure), born in Surrey, England
  • 1958 Terry Lee Miall, English rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London
  • 1958 Don Byron, American composer and clarinetist, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1961 Leif Garrett, American singer and actor (Devil x 5, 3 for the Road), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1970 Diana King, Jamaican singer and songwriter ("Shy Guy", "I Say a Little Prayer" remake), born in St. Catherine, Jamaica
  • 1977 Jully Black, Canadian R&B singer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1980 Ana Vidovic, Croatian classical guitarist, born in Karlovac, Croatia
  • 1982 Sam Sparro [Falson], Australian producer, singer, songwriter (Boombox Eternal), and former child actor, born in Sydney
  • 1990 SZA [Solána Rowe], American R&B singer-songwriter, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Bluegrass musician Alison Krauss marries Pat Bergeson

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
  • 2009 "The Practice" actress Marla Sokoloff (29) weds composer Alec Puro (34) at Il Cielo restaurant

Divorces in Music

  • 1968 Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from Beatle member John

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1970 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) divorces singer Michelle Phillips (26) only 8 days after getting married

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper

Deaths in Music

  • 1578 Johann Walter, composer, dies at 51
  • 1599 Francisco Guerrero, Spanish composer (b. 1528)
  • 1757 Pierre Prowo, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1833 Maximilian Stadler, Austrian pianist and composer and Benedictine monk, dies at 85
  • 1880 Jacob Edvard Gille, composer, dies at 66
  • 1890 Caesar Franck, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonic Variations), dies at 67
  • 1908 Victorien Sardou, French opera author (Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • 1909 Charles Bordes, composer, dies at 46
  • 1909 Eduard de Hartog, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • 1924 Sergei Lyapunov, Russian pianist and composer (Lezghinka), dies at 64
  • 1963 Simon Jurovsky, composer, dies at 51
  • 1968 James "Kokomo" Arnold, American blues slide guitarist, and singer, dies at 67 [or 72]
  • 1974 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer and songwriter, dies at 60
  • 1984 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, Norwegian composer, dies at 81
  • 1986 Beatrice Kay, singer/actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & the Col), dies at 78
  • 1991 Frances Faye, singer/actress (Pretty Baby), dies after strokes
  • 1991 John Kirckpatrick, US musicologist (Charles Ives Archives), dies
  • 1992 Keith "Red" Mitchell, US/Swedish jazz bassist, dies
  • 1995 Country Dan Dick Montana McLain, singer, dies at 40
  • 1998 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician, dies at 43
  • 1999 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 58
  • 2003 Guy Speranza, American singer, original Riot frontman (b. 1956)
  • 2004 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), dies at 90
  • 2006 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2011 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rap artist, dies at 44