On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 16

Events in Music


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1912 Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire," premieres at the Berlin Choralion-Saal sung by Albertine Zehme

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

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1939 George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "The Man Who Came to Dinner" premieres in NYC, running until 1941 for 739 performances

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart

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1942 Aaron Copland and Agnes de Mille's ballet "Rodeo," premieres in NYC

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • 1948 "Red Mill" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 831 performances
  • 1965 "Drat! - The Cat!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1972 "Pacific Paradise" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1972 Rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival break up
  • 1980 "Brigadoon" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 133 performances
  • 1983 "Zorba" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 362 performances
  • 1986 "Raggedy Ann" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1990 "Stand Up Tragedy" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1997 "Side Show," opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 91 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1605 Charles C Dassoucy, French writer/singer
  • 1679 Jan Dismas Zelenka, composer
  • 1723 Johann Andreas Joseph Giulini, composer
  • 1729 Pierre van Maldere, composer
  • 1765 Frederic Nicolas Duvernoy, composer
  • 1809 Francesco Schira, composer, born in Island of Malta (d. 1883)
  • 1811 Gaetano Capocci, composer
  • 1821 Albert Franz Doppler, composer
  • 1826 Piotr Studzinski, composer
  • 1837 John Francis Barnett, composer
  • 1849 Arnold Krug, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1904)
  • 1849 Charles Harford Lloyd, composer
  • 1859 Henryk Pachulski, Polish composer, born in Lazy, Poland (d. 1921)
  • 1878 Carlos Pedrell, composer
  • 1897 Harrison Kerr, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Mario Pilati, composer
  • 1904 Reginald Dixon, Sheffield, Britain, theatre organist, (d. 1985)
  • 1910 William Leonard Reed, composer
  • 1913 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian composer/organist
  • 1923 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, born in Hamburg (d. 1980)
  • 1927 Peter Brinson, dance educationalist
  • 1930 Carmen Sevilla, Spanish actress, singer and TV presenter (Vengeance, Searching for Monica, Don Juan), born in Seville, Spain
  • 1932 Henry Jay Lewis, conductor/bass (LA Philharmonic 1955-59), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1935 Sugar Pie DeSanto, American singer (Soulful dress)
  • 1936 Gerardo Gandini, composer
  • 1937 Emile Ford, singer and engineer (first black male singer to top UK charts), born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Nico (born Christa Päffgen; singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress) (d. 1988)
  • 1941 Derek David Bourgeois, composer
  • 1941 Erkki Jokinen, composer
  • 1942 Dave Lovelady, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Liverpool
  • 1943 C Fred Turner, rock bassist/vocalist (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
  • 1945 Roger Hawkins, American drummer (the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), born in Mishawaka, Indiana
  • 1947 Bob Weir, guitarist and singer (Grateful Dead - I Need A Miracle), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1948 Jim Ed Norman [Edward James Norman], American musician and record producer, born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1952 Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, American musician (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • 1953 Tony Carey, American rocker musician, singer-songwriter (Rainbow, Planet P Project), born in Fresno, California
  • 1956 Marin Alsop, American conductor and 1st woman to head a major American orchestra (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Greek singer
  • 1959 Gary Kemp, English rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London
  • 1959 Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian composer
  • 1960 Bob Mould, American musician
  • 1962 Flea, [Michael Balzary], bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • 1962 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian baritone
  • 1962 Durga McBroom, American singer, songwriter, and actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Wendy Wilson, American rock vocalist (Wilson Phillips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter, born in Waco, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1971 Chad Gray, American singer
  • 1974 Deo Grech, Maltese television presenter, songwriter
  • 1977 John Mayer, American musician
  • 1978 Abel Talamantez, Texas, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • 1978 Ethan Luck, American musician (The O.C. Supertones, Demon Hunter, Relient K)
  • 1982 Vincy Chan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1984 Shayne Ward, UK singer, winner of The X Factor, series 2005

Weddings in Music

  • 1965 Singer Leslie Uggams marries Grahame Pratt in NYC
  • 2011 Actress, screenwriter and model Nikki Reed (24) weds singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (27) at a private ranch in Malibu, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 Actress and singer Kristen Bell (30) weds actor Dax Shepard (38) at the Beverly Hills County Clerk's Office in California

Actress Kristen Bell
Actress
Kristen Bell

Deaths in Music

  • 1621 Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, organist/composer, dies at about 59
  • 1655 Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (b. 1591)
  • 1726 Giovanni Maria Capelli, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1750 Silvius Leopold Weiss, German composer and lutenist, dies at 64
  • 1799 Antoine-Frederic Gresnick, composer, dies at 44
  • 1814 Juan Jose Landaeta, composer, dies at 34
  • 1822 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, dies at 98
  • 1836 Friedrich Theodor Frohlich, composer, dies at 33
  • 1880 Edward Wolff, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1893 Carlo Pedrotti, composer, dies at 75
  • 1918 Felix Arndt, American composer, dies during the Spanish Flu pandemic at 29
  • 1919 Charles Harford Lloyd, composer, dies on 70th birthday
  • 1920 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer and conductor (Artemis), dies at 56
  • 1939 Carl Henrik Ludolf Nielsen, composer, dies at 63
  • 1944 Eric Westberg, Swedish composer, dies at 52
  • 1946 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), dies at 78
  • 1949 Hale A. VanderCook, American composer, dies at 85
  • 1973 Gene Krupa, US jazz and swing drummer (Sing Sing Sing), dies at 64
  • 1974 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • 1982 Jakov Gotovac, Croatian composer, dies at 86
  • 1982 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), dies at 67
  • 1983 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), dies at 72
  • 1983 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, dies at 80
  • 1986 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist, dies at 65
  • 1987 Dana Suesse, American musician and songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 77
  • 1990 Art Blakey, American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1990 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, dies at 75
  • 1991 Boris Papandopulo, Croatian composer, dies at 78
  • 1991 Tonny Huurdeman, singer/actress (Frills), dies
  • 1996 James Wild, music teacher, dies at 68
  • 2001 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2005 "Len" Dresslar, American singer and voice actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005 David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater), dies at 34
  • 2006 Tommy Johnson, American tubist (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Toše Proeski, Macedonian music star (b. 1981)
  • 2010 Eyedea, American rapper (Eyedea & Abilities) (b. 1981)
  • 2014 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72