On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 11

Events in Music

  • 1948 "Love Life" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 252 performances
  • 1948 "Where's Chartev?" opens at St James Theater NYC for 792 performances
  • 1954 "On Your Toes" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • 1958 "Goldilocks" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Yoko Plus Me art exhibit opens in London (the me is John Lennon)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 American blues musician Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1976 10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins
  • 1979 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • 1981 Unknown rocker Prince opens for Rolling Stones at LA Coliseum

Music awardsMusic Awards

1982 16th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson & Ricky Skagg

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson

Music releaseAlbum Release

1983 "Can't Slow Down" 2nd studio album by Lionel Richie is released

  • 1990 "Miser" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 93 performances
  • 2018 Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme is awarded the fourth $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize

Birthdays in Music

  • 1747 Marian Paradeiser, Austrian composer, born in Riedenthal, Austria (d. 1775)
  • 1788 Simon Sechter, Austrian composer and music theorist, born in Frymburk, Bohemia (d. 1867)
  • 1821 Angelo Mariani, Italian composer, born in Ravenna, Italy (d. 1873)
  • 1841 Friedrich Hegar, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1927)
  • 1863 Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, French composer, born in Velletri, Italy (d. 1919)
  • 1869 Frederic Norton, English composer (Chu Chin Chow), born in Broughton-in-Salford (d. 1946)
  • 1877 John Parsons Beach, American composer, born in Gloversville, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1882 Robert Nathaniel Dett, Canadian pianist and composer (In The Bottoms), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (d. 1943)
  • 1883 Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1884 Robert Müller-Hartmann, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1950)
  • 1888 Piero Coppola, Italian pianist and composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Albert Stoessel, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • 1895 Jakov Gotovac, Croatian conductor and composer (Ero the Joker), born in Split, Austria-Hungary (now Croatia) (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Arvo Hannikainen, Finnish composer, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1942)
  • 1901 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, born in Veselí nad Lužnicí (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Armen Carapetyan, American musicologist and composer, born in Isfahan, Iran (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Eugene John Weigel, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Franz Alphons Wolpert, German composer, born in Wiesentheid, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1918 Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (Tony-West Side Story), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1919 Art Blakey, American drummer (Billy Eckstine Band, Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • 1928 Saulius Sondeckis, Lithuanian violinist, conductor, orchestra leader (Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, 1960-2004), born in Šiauliai, Lithuania (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Russell Oberlin, American countertenor (Pro Musica Antiqua, 1952-66) and educator (Hunter, 1966-94), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Dottie West, American country singer (Here Comes My Baby), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1935 Jan van Vlijmen, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1936 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1939 Woytec Lowski [Woiciech Wiesidlowski], Polish dancer and ballet master, born in Brzesc, Poland (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, born in Frederick, Maryland (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Frank Muyser, Dutch guitarist and saxophonist (Les Baroques)
  • 1943 Gene Watson, American country singer (Heartaches, Love & Stuff), born in Palestine, Texas
  • 1943 Per-Gunnar Alldahl, Swedish composer, born in Solna, Sweden
  • 1946 Gary Mallaber, American drummer (The Steve Miller Band- Abracadbra), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1946 Daryl Hall [Hohl], American rocker, soul singer and songwriter (Hall & Oates), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Al Atkins, English musician (Judas Priest), born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England
  • 1947 George McCorkle, American guitarist (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Chester, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1949 Greg Douglass, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra), born in Oakland, California
  • 1950 Andrew Woolfolk, American pop musician (Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star), born in Texas
  • 1951 Jean-Jacques Goldman, French singer-songwriter & music record producer, born in Paris, France
  • 1957 Blair Cunningham, American rock drummer (Haircut 100), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1961 Amr Diab, Egyptian singer (Leily Nehary), born in Port Said, Egypt
  • 1965 Alexander Hacke, German musician (Einstürzende Neubauten), born in Berlin
  • 1971 Petra Haden, American musician (The Rentals), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1973 Mike Smith, American guitarist (Snot, Limp Bizkit), born in Middle River, Maryland
  • 1973 Brendan B. Brown (BBB), American musician (Wheatus), born in Northport, New York
  • 1974 Rachel Barton Pine, American violinist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1979 Gabe Saporta, Uruguayan-born American musician (Cobra Starship, Midtown), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1989 Henry Lau, Hong Kong-Canadian singer (Super Junior-M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1991 Chauncey Matthews, American Juniors singer, born in San Diego, California

Person of interestCardi B

1992 Cardi B [Belcalis Almanzar], American rapper ("Bodak Yellow";"I Like It"; "WAP"), born in NYC, New York

Rapper Cardi B
Cardi B

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1938 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) weds longtime girlfriend Alpha Smith

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 British rock and blues singer Joe Cocker (43) weds Pam Baker

Rocker Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker

Deaths in Music

  • 1837 Samuel Wesley, British organist and composer referred to as "The English Mozart" ((Exultate Deo), dies at 71

Person of interestAnton Bruckner

1896 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", dies at 72

Composer Anton Bruckner
Anton Bruckner
  • 1897 Leon Boelmann, French organist/composer (Suite Gothique), dies at 35
  • 1942 Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolayev, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 64
  • 1970 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, dies at 69
  • 1985 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, dies at 68 of cancer
  • 1993 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, dies at 66
  • 1996 Johnny Costa, jazz pianist (Mr Rogers), dies at 74
  • 1996 Johnny Costa [Costanza], American jazz pianist, celeste and accordion player, and musical director (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), dies at 74
  • 1999 Zbigniew Wiszniewski, Polish composer, dies at 77
  • 2007 Werner von Trapp, Austrian singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 91
  • 2008 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer (Li'l Darlin), dies at 85
  • 2014 Mats Rondin, Swedish cellist, conductor, and educator, dies at 54
  • 2015 John Berg, American art director (Columbia Records, 1961-85), winner of 4 Grammy Awards for album art , dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 2020 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), dies at 80 [1]