On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 10

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on Broadway NY

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st String Quartet

  • 1947 Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Allegro" premieres at Majestic Theater NYC for 318 performances
  • 1959 "Happy Town" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1960 "Laughs & Other Events" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1961 "Milk & Honey" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 543 performances
  • 1965 "Drat! - The Cat!" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 8 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1965 The Supremes appear on the Ed Sullivan Show

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 "Jesus Christ Superstar" soundtrack album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is recorded

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Tim Rice
  • 1971 5th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Pride wins
  • 1971 Fenholt & Webber's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" premieres in NYC
  • 1977 11th Country Music Association Award: Ronnie Milsap wins
  • 1978 Aerosmith's Steve Tyler & Joe Perry injured by a cherry bomb
  • 1978 British pop music magazine "Smash Hits" first published
  • 1979 Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood
  • 1983 17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins

Music releaseAlbum Release

1987 Bruce Springsteen releases his 9th album "Tunnel of Love"

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1988 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K T Oslin win

Music releaseAlbum Release

1990 Mexican singer and actress Thalia releases her debut album "Thalía"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
  • 1995 "Garden District" opens at Circle in the Sq Theater NYC
  • 1996 "Sex & Longing" opens at Cort Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1713 Johann Ludwig Krebs, German musician and composer, born in Buttelstedt, Germany (d. 1780)
  • 1804 Albin Masek, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1878)

Person of interestGiuseppe Verdi

1813 Giuseppe Verdi, Italian opera composer (Rigoletto, La Traviata), born in Busseto (d. 1901)

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1847 Gheorghe Dima, Romanian composer, born in Șcheii Brașovului, Romania (d. 1925)
  • 1854 Gerónimo Giménez, Spanish composer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 1923)
  • 1862 Arthur De Greef, Belgian composer, born in Louvain, Belgium (d. 1940)
  • 1868 Guillermo M. Tomás, Cuban composer, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba (d. 1933)
  • 1876 Walter Niemann, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1953)
  • 1893 Willi Apel, German-American musicologist (Harvard dictionary of music), born in Konitz, West Prussia (d. 1988)
  • 1897 Lamar Stringfield, American composer, born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1959)
  • 1903 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter (Taking a Chance on Love), born in Parafianovo, Russian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Paul Creston [Giuseppe Guttoveggio], Italian-American composer (Creative Harmony), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Alan Frank, English composer and music publisher, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Kirbyville, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1916 Scott Huston, American composer, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Bobby Byrne, American orchestra leader (Club Seven), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Louis Gottlieb, American musician (The Limeliters), born inn La Crescenta, California (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Oscar Brown, American singer and songwriter (Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Thomas Wilson, Scottish composer, born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1935 Paolo Renosto, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1938 Gloria Coates, American post-minimalist composer, born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1943 Denis D'Ell, English rocker, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1944 Stephen Scott, American composer, born in Corvallis, Oregon
  • 1945 Alan Cartwright, English rocker (Procul Harum), born in London
  • 1946 Ben Vereen, American actor and dancer (Pippin, Roots, Webster), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946 Charles Dance, English actor and director (Alien 3, Jewel in the Crown), born in Redditch, Worcestershire
  • 1946 John Prine, American country folk singer-songwriter (Hello in There, Angel From Montgomery), born in Maywood, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Cyril Neville, American singer and percussionist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Séverine [Josiane Grizeau], French singer (Un banc, un arbre, une rue), born in Paris
  • 1948 Ed Volker, American musician (The Radiators), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1953 Midge Ure, Scottish rocker (Dear God, Ultravox-We Came to Dance), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1954 James Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues), born in Worsley, Greater Manchester

Person of interestDavid Lee Roth

1954 David Lee Roth, American rock singer (Van Halen), born in Bloomington, Indiana

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • 1954 Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor (El Malek Howwa El Malek), born in Aswan, Egypt
  • 1958 Tanya Tucker, American country singer and actress (Follow that Car), born in Seminole, Texas
  • 1959 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter, born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • 1960 Eric Martin, American rocker (Mr Big), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1961 Martin Kemp, English rock bassist (Spandau Ballet), born in London, England
  • 1963 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • 1965 Rebecca Pidgeon, British-American actress, singer and songwriter, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Toshi, Japanese singer (X Japan), born in Tateyama, Chiba, Japan
  • 1966 Kevin Paige, American vocalist (Don't Shut Me Out), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1970 Corinna May, German blind singer (I Can't Live Without Music), born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1971 Evgeny Kissin, Russian pianist, born in Moscow
  • 1979 Mya Harrison, American singer (Mýa), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1979 Kangta [Ahn Chil Hyun], South Korean lead singer (H.O.T.), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1980 Tim Maurer, American singer (Suburban Legends)
  • 1980 Sherine, Egyptian singer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1984 Stephanie Cheng, Hong Kong singer (Traffic Light), born in Hong Kong
  • 1991 Gabriella Cilmi, Australian singer and songwriter (Lessons To Be Learned), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1991 Lali Espósito, Argentine actress, singer and model, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1774 Composer Antonio Salieri (24) weds Therese Helferstorfer

Composer Antonio Salieri
Antonio Salieri
  • 2010 Actress and singer Alexa Vega (22) weds film producer Sean Covel (34) at the historical Homestake Opera House in South Dakota
  • 2010 American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox (25) weds musician Brian Walker at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago

Deaths in Music

  • 1676 Sebastian Knupfer, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1727 Alphonse d'Ève, Flemish Baroque composer, dies at 61
  • 1745 Jacobus Nozeman, Dutch composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1789 Pierre-Louis Couperin, French organist and composer, dies at 34
  • 1836 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, Flemish composer, dies at 61
  • 1843 Karl Theodor Toeschi, composer, dies at 75
  • 1856 Mikhail Vielgorsky, Russian composer, dies at 67
  • 1867 Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski, composer, dies at 60
  • 1889 Adolf von Henselt, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1939 Eleanor Rigby, a real person whose name may have suggested the title to The Beatles song (b. 1895)
  • 1964 Bedřich Havlík, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • 1964 Russ Case, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), dies at 52
  • 1964 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), dies at 76
  • 1967 Ervin Major, Hungarian composer, dies at 66
  • 1976 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), dies at 68
  • 1976 Silvana Armenulic, Yugoslavian folk singer (b. 1939)
  • 1978 Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)
  • 1979 Paul Paray, French conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • 1993 Catherine Collard, French pianist (Debussy, Haydn), dies at 46
  • 1994 Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, dies at 64
  • 2000 Ferenc Farkas, Hungarian composer, dies at 94
  • 2002 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1943), dies at 77
  • 2009 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone) (b. 1976)
  • 2010 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer (Cy to Me), dies at 70
  • 2010 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2011 Jagjit Singh, Indian Musician, Ghazal Maestro, Padma Bhusan awardee (b. 1941)