On This Day in Music for October 15

Events in Music

  • 1886 Modest Mussorgsky's musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" premieres in St. Petersburg's Kononov Hall, Russia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905 Claude Debussy's "La Mer" premieres

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
  • 1914 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded


1917 Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1925 Willem Landre's opera "Beatrice" premieres in The Hague
  • 1960 "Laughs & Other Events" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 8 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1969 3rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash & Tammy Wynette wins

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1973 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins

Music releaseMusic Single

1976 Ringo Starr releases single "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1977 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • 1977 "Serpentine Fire" single released by Earth, Wind & Fire (Billboard Song of the Year 1978)
  • 1987 "Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 4 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1761 Peter Gronland, composer
  • 1762 Samuel Adams Holyoke, composer
  • 1775 Bernhard Henrik Crusell, composer
  • 1784 Thomas Hastings, composer
  • 1799 August Ferdinand Haeser, composer
  • 1852 Wilhelm Posse, composer
  • 1858 Frank Valentine Van der Stucken, composer
  • 1874 Otallo Morales, composer
  • 1890 Arcady Dubensky, composer
  • 1898 Gunther Ramin, composer
  • 1902 Andrey Yakolevich Shtogarenko, composer
  • 1902 William Edmundson, vocalist (Southernaires), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1905 Alexey Kozlovsky, composer
  • 1905 Dag Ivar Wiren, composer
  • 1905 Edna Deanne Fuelling, dancer choreographer/drama teacher
  • 1922 Lorraine Gordon [Stein], American jazz music advocate and owner of Village Vanguard jazz club, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1924 Colin Romoff, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Mickey Baker, guitar player ("Love is strange"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Karl Richter, composer
  • 1932 Jaan Raats, Estonian composer, born in Tartu
  • 1934 N. Ramani, Indian flutist
  • 1935 Barry McGuire, American singer (Eve of Destruction), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1936 Kari Rydman, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki
  • 1938 Marvin E "Marv" Johnson, US gospel/R&B singer (Move 2 mountains)
  • 1938 Rafael Aponte-Ledee, composer
  • 1938 Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician and composer, born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria (d. 1997)
  • 1942 Don Stevenson, rock drummer (Moby Grape), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1946 Richard Carpenter, vocalist (Carpenters-Close to You), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1950 Chris De Burgh, [Davidson], British-Irish rock vocalist (The Lady in Red), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • 1951 Frank Dimino, rock vocalist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953 [Toriano] Tito Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC, Never Can Say Goodbye)
  • 1966 Douglas Vipond, Scottish pop drummer (Deacon Blue) and broadcaster, born in Elderslie, Scotland
  • 1968 Jyrki 69, Finnish musician The 69 Eyes
  • 1970 Eric Benét, American singer
  • 1973 Dax Riggs, American musician
  • 1975 Ginuwine, American singer
  • 1976 Yoon Son-ha, South Korean actress and singer
  • 1977 Erin McKeown, American musician
  • 1980 Siiri Nordin, Finnish singer (Killer)
  • 1981 Keyshia Cole, African American R&B singer
  • 1982 Paulini Curuenavuli, Fijian singer
  • 1983 Stephy Tang, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1986 Lee Donghae, Korean singer (a member of super junior)

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds photographer Barry Feinstein

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • 2016 Former "Glee" actress Dianna Agron (30) weds Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall (27) in Morocco

Deaths in Music

  • 1682 John Ferrabosco, composer, dies at 56
  • 1883 Francesco Schira, composer, dies at 74
  • 1900 Zdenek Fibich, Czech classical composer (Šárka, The Bride of Messina), dies at 49
  • 1914 Aleksander Rozycki, composer, dies at 69

Person of interestMata Hari

1917 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, executed by firing squad at 41

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1955 Fumio Hayasaka, composer, dies at 41
  • 1964 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist (Still of the Night), dies at 73
  • 1965 Carl Hoff, orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
  • 1968 Franz Reizenstein, German-British composer, dies at 57
  • 1985 Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 68
  • 1993 Ken E Jones, musician (New Amsterdam Symph Orchestra), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 2008 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), dies at 81
  • 2011 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), dies from pneumonia at 91