On This Day in Music for October 12

Events in Music

  • 1935 Cole Porters musical "Jubilee" premieres in NYC
  • 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

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1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience forms with Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding & Mitch Mitchell

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1968 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore NYC after 17 performances
  • 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
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1980 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box" closes at Ambassador NYC after 149 performances
  • 1981 "Marlowe" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1981 15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins
  • 1987 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins

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1987 George Harrison releases "Got My Mind Set On You"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
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 Healey Willan, Anglo-Canadian composer, born in Balham, London (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 Pall Isolfsson, Icelandic composer, born in Stokkseyri, Iceland (d. 1974)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 Mayer Joel Mandelbaum, composer

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1935 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio, 3 Tenors), born in Modena, Italy (d. 2007)

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1935 Sam Moore, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave-Soul Sister), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1942 Melvin Franklin, American musician (The Temptations), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 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
  • 1955 Pat DiNizio, rock vocalist (The Smithereens), born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey
  • 1955 Jane Siberry, Canadian musician (Mimi on the beach), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1956 David Vanian, British singer (The Damned), born in Hemel Hempstead, England
  • 1958 Jeff Keith, rock vocalist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • 1958 Bryn Merrick, British musician, (The Damned)
  • 1962 Chris Botti, American jazz musician
  • 1966 Brian Kennedy, Northern Irish musician and author

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1968 Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-men, Real Steel), born in Sydney, Australia

  • 1969 Martie Maguire, American musician (Dixie Chicks)
  • 1971 Ahn Jae Wook, South Korean actor, composer and singer
  • 1977 Jay Jenkins, American rapper also known as "Young Jeezy"
  • 1979 Jordan Pundik, American singer (New Found Glory)
  • 1982 Molly Bennett, Irish singer
  • 1992 Taylor Horn, American singer and actress

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

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2001 Singer Natalie Cole marries Kenneth H. Dupree

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

HeartWedding 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, composer, dies at 60
  • 1794 James Lyon, American composer, dies at 59
  • 1797 Pierre de Jelyotte, composer, dies at 84
  • 1817 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, composer, dies at 66
  • 1865 William Vincent Wallace, composer, dies at 53
  • 1924 Monroe A Althouse, composer, dies at 71
  • 1966 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
  • 1971 Gene Vincent, rocker, dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • 1974 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer, dies at 82
  • 1982 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • 1985 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • 1989 Franco, [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
  • 1995 Eleanor Aller, cellist, dies at 78
  • 1996 Vernon Elliott, British composer and bassoonist, dies at 84

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

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 2002 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • 2009 Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)