On This Day in Music for October 15

Events in Music

  • 1886 Modest Mussorgsky's musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" premieres at Kononov Hall, in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1905 Claude Debussy's symphonic sketch "La Mer" premieres in Paris
  • 1917 Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris
  • 1925 Willem Landré's opera "Beatrice" premieres in The Hague
  • 1955 Buddy Holley opens for Bill Haley & His Comets in Lubbock, Texas, and impresses Nashville scout Eddie Crandall, leading to a recording contract with a misspelling that creates "Buddy Holly"
  • 1960 "Laughs & Other Events" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC, after 8 performances
  • 1969 3rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette win
  • 1973 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
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Musicians Born on Oct 15

  • 1723 Johann Andreas Joseph Giulini, German composer (Canticum Zacharia), baptized in Augsburg, Bavaria (d. 1722)
  • 1761 Peter Grønland, Danish composer, born in Wilster, Germany (d. 1825)
  • 1762 Samuel Adams Holyoke, American composer, born in Boxford, Massachusetts (d. 1820)
  • 1775 Bernhard Henrik Crusell, Swedish-Finnish composer, born in Uusikaupunki, Finland (d. 1838)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1937 American singer Jo Stafford (19) weds American singer John Huddleston (25) in Los Angeles, California; divorce in 1943
  • 1963 American folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds American portrait photographer Barry Feinstein (32); divorce in 1967
  • 2001 "Guns N' Roses" guiitarist Slash (36) weds second wife Perla Ferrar (27) in Hawaii; divorce in 2014

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