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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1938 Aaron Copland's & Eugene Loring's ballet "Billy the Kid" premieres in Chicago

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland

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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
Moss Hart
  • 1942 Aaron Copland and Agnes de Mille's ballet "Rodeo," premieres in NYC
  • 1948 "Red Mill" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 831 performances

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1958 Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne," premieres

  • 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
  • 1988 "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • 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 Coypeau Dassoucy, French poet and singer, born in Paris (d. 1677)
  • 1679 Jan Dismas Zelenka, Bohemian composer born at Louňovice, Lands of the Bohemian Crown (d. 1745)
  • 1729 (Pieter) Pierre van Maldere, Flemish violinist and composer, born in Brussels, Southern Low Countries (now Belgium), (d. 1768)
  • 1765 Fédéric-Nicolas Duvernoy, French horn player and composer, born in Montbéliard, County of Montbéliard (d. 1838)
  • 1809 Francesco Schira, composer, born in Island of Malta (d. 1883)
  • 1811 Gaetano Capocci, Italian organist and composer (Responsori), born in Rome (d. 1898)
  • 1821 Albert Franz Doppler, Austrian flautist and composer, born in Lemberg, Austrian Empire (now Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1883)
  • 1826 Piotr Studzinski, Polish conductor and composer, born in the Free City of Cracow (d. 1869)
  • 1837 John Francis Barnett, British composer, born in London (d. 1916)
  • 1849 Arnold Krug, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1904)
  • 1849 Charles Harford Lloyd, British organist and composer, born in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1919)
  • 1859 Henryk Pachulski, Polish pianist, composer, and educator (Moscow Conservatory, 1886-1917) born in Łazy, Poland (d. 1921)
  • 1878 Carlos Pedrell, Uruguayan guitarist and composer, born in Minas, Uraguay (d. 1941)
  • 1897 Harrison Kerr, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, born in Sheffield, Britain, (d. 1985)
  • 1910 William Leonard "Will" Reed, British pianist and composer, born in South London (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian organist and composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1918 Géori Boué, French soprano, born in Toulouse, France (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, born in Hamburg (d. 1980)
  • 1926 Hansheinz Schneeberger, Swiss violinist (Duo Paganini), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Carmen Sevilla, Spanish actress, singer and TV presenter (Vengeance, Searching for Monica, Don Juan), born in Seville, Spain
  • 1932 Henry Jay Lewis, American double-bassist and conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic 1948-65), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1935 Sugar Pie DeSanto [Peylia Marsema Balinton], American R&B singer (Soulful Dress), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936 Gerardo Gandini, Argentinian pianist and composer (Laberynthus Johannes), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Emile Ford, St. Lucian pop singer (first Black male singer to top UK charts - "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?"), and sound engineer, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), fashion model, and actress, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1941 Derek David Bourgeois, British composer, conductor and educator (National Youth Chamber Orchestra) born in Kingston upon Thames, England (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Erkki Jokinen, Finnish classical composer, noted for his embrace of the accordion, born in Tervakoski, Finland
  • 1942 Dave Lovelady, English drummer (The Fourmost - "A Little Loving"), born in Litherland, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Charles Frederick "C.F." Turner, Canadian rock bassist and songwriter (Bachman-Turner Overdrive - "Let It Ride"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1945 Roger Hawkins, American session drummer (the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section - Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin), born in Mishawaka, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1945 Allan Zavod, Australian classical and jazz pianist and composer, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Bob Weir, American guitarist and singer (Grateful Dead - "I Need A Miracle", "Sugar Magnolia"; RatDog; Dead & Company), 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 funk-rock bassist (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • 1953 Tony Carey, American rock keyboardist, and singer-songwriter (Rainbow; Planet P Project), born in Watsonville, California
  • 1956 Marin Alsop, American conductor and 1st woman to head a major American orchestra (Baltimore Symphony, 2007-present), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Greek folk and jazz singer, born on Icaria, Greece
  • 1959 Gary Kemp, British rock guitarist and lyricist (Spandau Ballet - "True"), born in Smithfield, London
  • 1959 Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian composer (Architectonics; Magma) born in Kärdla, Hiiumaa, Estonia
  • 1960 Bob Mould, American rock guitarist, songwriter and vocalist (Hüsker Dü; Sugar), born in Malone, New York
  • 1962 Flea [Michael Balzary], Australian-American bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers), actor, and educator (Silverlake Conservatory of Music), 1962 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1962 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (d. 2017)
  • 1962 Durga McBroom, American singer-songwriter (Blue Pearl -"Naked In The Rain"; Pink Floyd; Steve Hackett), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Wendy Wilson, American popvocalist (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 heavy metal singer (Hellyeah; Mudvayne), born in Latham, Illinois
  • 1974 Deo Grech, Maltese television presenter and songwriter, born in Kalkara, Malta
  • 1977 John Mayer, American guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Your Body Is A Wonderland"; "Waiting For The World To Change'), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1978 Abel Talamántez, American LAtin, pop, and Tex-Max singer (Menudo; Los Super Reyes), born in Pecos, Texas
  • 1978 Ethan Luck, American rock musician (The O.C. Supertones; Demon Hunter; Relient K), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1982 Vincy Chan, a Hong Kong-Singaporean Canto-pop singer ("My Memories are Not My Own"), born in Hong Kong
  • 1984 Shayne Ward, British singer (UK X Factor - "That's My Goal"), and actor (Coronation Street), born in Tameside, Greater Manchester, England

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
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, Venezuelan composer, killed 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, British organist and composer, dies on his 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
  • 1969 Leonard Chess [Lejzor Czyż], Polish-American blues and R&B record company executive (Chess Records), dies at 52
  • 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 conductor and composer (Ero the Joker), dies at 87
  • 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
  • 2016 Stuart Edwards, British guitarist (Edison Lighthouse - "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes"), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2020 Johnny Bush, American country singer, dies at 85