On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 12

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1935 Cole Porter's musical "Jubilee" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 167 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1950 "Call Me Madam" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 644 performances
  • 1957 "Mask & Gown" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • 1957 "Simply Heavenly" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 62 performances
  • 1961 "Let It Ride" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 1963 "Student Gypsy" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 16 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore NYC after 17 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1971 "Jesus Christ Superstar" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 711 performances
  • 1972 "Hurry, Harry" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 2 performances

MurderMurder of Interest

1978 Sid Vicious charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious
  • 1980 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box With God" closes at Ambassador NYC after 149 performances
  • 1980 7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in LA
  • 1981 "Marlowe" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1981 15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • 1987 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 George Harrison releases "Got My Mind Set On You"; it would become his third solo number 1 hit, and the last by any of the Beatles

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1989 Musical "Buddy" with Paul Hipp premieres in London
  • 1993 "Mixed Emotions" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1995 "Patti LuPone on Broadway" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 46 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1490 Bernardo Pisano, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1548)
  • 1686 Silvius Leopold Weiss, German composer and lutenist, born in Grodków, Poland (d. 1750)
  • 1763 John Ross, English composer and organist, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1837)
  • 1808 John Liptrot Hatton, English composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1886)
  • 1845 Amintore Galli, Italian composer, born in Perticara, Italy (d. 1919)
  • 1855 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Mosonszentmiklós, Hungary (d. 1922)
  • 1872 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (Hugh the Drover), born in Down Ampney, England (d. 1958)
  • 1880 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, born in Balham, London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1881 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1948)
  • 1882 Hermann Wolfgang Sartorius Waltershausen, German musicologist and composer, born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1890 Luis de Freitas Branco, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • 1892 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1975)
  • 1893 Páll Ísólfsson, Icelandic organist and composer, born in Stokkseyri, Iceland (d. 1974)
  • 1895 Alfred "Tubby" Hall, American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Louis Armstrong), born in Sellers, Louisiana (d. 1945)
  • 1906 Willy Hess, Swiss musicologist, composer and famous Beethoven scholar, born in Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Wolfgang Fortner, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Harmonica Frank [Floyd], American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, born in Toccopola, Mississippi (d. 1984)
  • 1918 Emil Cossetto, Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Andre Casanova, composer, born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • 1925 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Jerzy Semkow, Polish-French conductor and educator, born in Radomsko (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Raoul Pleskow, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1932 Joel Mandelbaum, American composer, born in New York

Person of interestLuciano Pavarotti

1935 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio, The Three Tenors), born in Modena, Italy (d. 2007)

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1935 Sam Moore, American R&B and soul vocalist (Sam & Dave - Soul Man), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1942 Melvin Franklin, American musician (The Temptations), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Daryl Runswick, British composer, arranger, musician, producer and educator, born in Leicester, England
  • 1947 George Lam, Hong Kong veteran Cantopop singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1948 Rick Parfitt, English pop guitarist and singer (Status Quo-Wanderer), born in Surrey, England
  • 1954 Ed Cherry, American jazz and session guitarist (Dizzy Gillespie, 1978-92), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1955 Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • 1955 Jane Siberry, Canadian singer-songwriter (Calling All Angels), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 David Vanian, British singer (The Damned), born in Hemel Hempstead, England
  • 1958 Jeff Keith, American rock vocalist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 1958 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1962 Chris Botti, American jazz musician (Impressions), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966 Brian Kennedy, Northern Irish musician and author, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Person of interestHugh Jackman

1968 Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-Men -"Wolverine"; The Greatest Showman; Kate And Leopold), born in Sydney, Australia

  • 1969 Martie Maguire, American country musician (The Chicks, formerly known as Dixie Chicks), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Ahn Jae Wook, South Korean actor, composer and singer, born in Donam-dong, Seongbuk District, Seoul, South Korea (d. 1971)
  • 1976 Sarah Lane, American television personality and ballet dancer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1977 Jay Jenkins, American rapper also known as "Young Jeezy", born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1979 Jordan Pundik, American singer (New Found Glory), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1982 Émile Parisien, French jazz soprano and alto saxophonist, and composer, born in Cahors, France
  • 1992 Taylor Horn, American singer and actress, born in Redlands, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1942 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) weds dancer Lucille Wilson (28)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 Singer Natalie Cole marries Kenneth H. Dupree

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 Grammy award-winning record producer Pharrell Williams (40) weds model Helen Lasichanh in Miami, Florida

  • 2013 Former Guns N' Roses Matt Sorum (52) weds singer and dancer Adriane Harper in Palm Springs, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1692 Giovanni Battista Vitali, Italian composer, dies at 60
  • 1794 James Lyon, American composer, dies at 59
  • 1797 Pierre Jélyotte, French composer, dies at 84
  • 1817 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1865 William Vincent Wallace, Irish-American violinist (known as the 'Australian Paganini'), and composer (Maritana), dies at 53
  • 1924 Monroe Althouse, American composer, dies at 71
  • 1966 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
  • 1971 Gene Vincent[Vincent Eugene Craddock], American rock guitarist and vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula), dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • 1974 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • 1974 Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor, dies at 73
  • 1976 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer, dies at 82
  • 1982 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • 1985 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • 1989 Franco [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
  • 1989 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen, Diamond Horseshoe), dies from prostate cancer at 76
  • 1989 Franco Luambo, Congolese composer, guitarist and bandleader (Masumbuku), dies from AIDS at 51
  • 1995 Eleanor Aller, cellist, dies at 78
  • 1996 Vernon Elliott, British composer and bassoonist, dies at 84

Person of interestJohn Denver

1997 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 2001 Witold Szalonek, Polish composer (Satire), educator, and musicologist, dies at 74
  • 2002 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • 2003 Ram Gopal, Indian-English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain), dies at 90
  • 2009 Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)
  • 2011 Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, American country-rock keyboardist (Charlie Daniels Band), killed in a car accident at 67 [1]
  • 2015 Armin Kircher, Austrian organist, composer, and conductor, dies of heart failure at 48
  • 2018 Takehisa Kosugi, Japanese violinist and experimental music composer (Group Ongaku; Taj Mahal Travellers), dies at 80