On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 17

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1825 1st opera by Franz Liszt, "Don Sanche" premieres in Paris

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt

Music concertMusic Concert

1831 Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres in Munich, with the composer as soloist

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1957 "Copper & Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances

Film PremierJailhouse Rock Premieres

1957 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley premieres in Memphis, Tennessee

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A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
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  • 1959 "Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 1960 "Tenderloin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • 1963 "Jennie" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • 1963 The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at EMI Studios in London
  • 1965 "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" opens in NYC for 280 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music release#1 in the Charts

1972 Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 1974 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per
  • 1979 "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • 1982 1st live orchestra on a US commercial network since 1954 (National Symphony)
  • 1987 "Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1988 Traveling Wilburys release "Volume 1", featuring the single "Handle With Care"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 216 performances

Comedian Jackie Mason
Jackie Mason
  • 1990 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, NY & His Majesty's Theatre, Perth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of school to pursue a career in music

  • 1991 Blue Man Group's 1st performance in New York City

Music concertMusic Concert

1994 Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • 1996 "Taking Sides" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Lana Del Rey's ballad "Video Games" named song of the decade at Q Awards in London

Singer-Songwriter and Model Lana Del Rey
Singer-Songwriter and Model
Lana Del Rey

Birthdays in Music

  • 1688 Domenico Zipoli, Italian organist and composer, born in Prato (d. 1726)
  • 1720 Maria Teresa Agnesi, composer
  • 1729 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, composer
  • 1730 Ernestus Weinrauch, composer
  • 1844 Miguel Nieto, composer
  • 1860 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer
  • 1878 Henri Mulet, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1967)
  • 1892 Herbert Norman Howells, composer
  • 1892 Otakar Jeremias, composer
  • 1893 Jean Binet, Swiss composer, born in Geneva (d. 1960)
  • 1898 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), born in Nagoya, Japan (d. 1998)
  • 1909 (William Randolph) "Cozy" Cole, American jazz drummer ("Topsy I"; "Topsy II"), and educator, born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Albert Markos, Romanian composer (Torso I), born in Székelykeresztúr, Hungary (now Cristuru Secuiesc, Romania) (d. 1981)
  • 1916 Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Polish organist and composer, born in Sierpc, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian composer (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1928 Ivan Marinov, composer
  • 1929 Ram Da-Oz [Abraham Daus], Israeli composer, born in Berlin
  • 1930 Angelo Paccignini, composer
  • 1932 Gundaris Poné, Latvian-American violinist, composer, and educator (NYU-New Paltz, 1964-94), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1994)
  • 1933 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun and singer-songwriter, The Singing Nun, born in Laeken (d. 1985)
  • 1934 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), born in Kingston (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Alan Howard, British rock bassist (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes - "Do You Love Me?")
  • 1941 Earl Thomas Conley, American country singer (Too Many Times), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1941 Jim Seals, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler (Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze"), born in Sidney, Texas
  • 1942 Gary Puckett, American pop vocalist (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap - "Woman, Woman"; "Lady Willpower"), born in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • 1943 Susan Davenny Wyner, American soprano (Walter Naumberg Prize), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1946 James Ray "Jim" Tucker, American rock guitarist (Turtles - "Happy Together"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Michael Hossack, American rock drummer (The Doobie Brothers), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Maurice Willis Wright, American classical composer (The Trojan Conflict) and educator (Temple University, 1980-present), born in Front Royal, Virginia
  • 1950 Sandra Reemer, Dutch singer (As Love Goes)
  • 1957 Giuseppe Henry "Pino" Palladino, Italian-Welsh session and touring rock bassist (Paul Young; The Who; John Mayer Trio), born in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Alan Jackson, American country singer (Here in the Real World), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • 1958 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Cavallermaggiore (d. 2016)
  • 1958 Howard Alden, American jazz guitarist (George Van Eps), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1963 Petri Alanko, Finnish classical flute player (Finnish RSO, 1988-2012) and educator (Sibelius Academy, since 2012), born in Joensuu, Finland
  • 1967 Allen West, American heavy metal guitarist (Obituary; Southwicked), born in Brandon, Florida
  • 1967 René Dif, Algerian-Danish pop-dance singer-songwriter (Aqua - "Barbie Girl"), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1968 Ziggy Marley, Jamaican reggae performer and son of Bob Marley, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1969 Wyclef Jean, Haitian-American rapper and singer-songwriter, born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti
  • 1971 Chris Kirkpatrick, American pop countertenor ('N Sync - "I Thought She Knew"), born in Clarion, Pennsylvania on

Person of interestEminem

1972 Eminem [Marshall Bruce Mathers III], American rapper and movie star (The Real Slim Shady, Stan and 8 Mile), born in St. Joseph, Missouri

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
  • 1972 Tarkan [Tevetoğlu], Turkish pop singer (Şımarık), born in Alzey, West Germany
  • 1974 Janne Puurtinen, Finnish keyboardist (HIM), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1979 Marcela Bovio, Mexican heavy metal singer and violinist (Stream of Passion; MaYans), born in Monterrey, Mexico

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1707 German composer Johann S Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach

LoveWedding of Interest

1945 Actress Ava Gardner (22) weds band leader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood

Actress Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner

LoveWedding of Interest

1952 Country music legend Hank Williams (29) weds Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

LoveWedding of Interest

1968 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

LoveWedding of Interest

1975 Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely

Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb

LoveWedding of Interest

1982 Actor Robert Goulet (48) weds artist/writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Musician Trent Reznor (44) weds vocalist Mariqueen Maandig in Los Angeles

Musician Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor

Deaths in Music

  • 1825 Peter Winter, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1837 Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian composer, dies at 58

Person of interestFrederic Chopin

1849 Frederic Chopin, Polish-French pianist and composer (Concert in F Minor), dies of at 39

Composer Frederic Chopin
Frederic Chopin
  • 1890 Prosper Philippe Catherine Sainton, French composer, dies at 77
  • 1897 Isidor Dannström, Swedish composer, dies at 84
  • 1904 Nikolai Amani, Russian composer, dies at 32
  • 1909 Nicola Spinelli, composer, dies at 44
  • 1910 Julia Ward Howe, American poet and author (Battle Hymn of the Republic), dies at 91
  • 1944 Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer, murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp at 45 (b. 1899)
  • 1962 (Henry) "Rubberlegs" Williams, American vaudeville dancer, and blues and jazz singer, dies at 55
  • 1966 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • 1972 Billy Williams, American singer (b. 1910)
  • 1975 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor and composer (Batture d'aspetto), dies at 90
  • 1979 Karel Reiner, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • 1981 David Guion, composer, dies at 88
  • 1984 Alberta Hunter, US blues singer/composer, dies at 89
  • 1991 Tennessee Ernie Ford, American country music singer and actor (Sixteen Tons), dies of liver disease at 72
  • 1993 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage), dies at 30
  • 1996 Berthold Goldschmidt, composer/conductor, dies at 93
  • 1996 Christopher Acland, English drummer (Lush), takes his own life at 30
  • 2001 Jay Livingston, American composer (Buttons & Bows, Mona Lisa, Tammy), dies at 86
  • 2002 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  • 2002 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), dies of a heart attack at 66 [1]
  • 2004 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (Put Another Nickel In), dies at 76
  • 2008 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), dies at 72
  • 2009 Vic Mizzy, American composer and band leader (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family), dies at 93
  • 2017 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), dies at 95
  • 2017 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock musician (The Tragically Hip), dies of glioblastoma at 53
  • 2019 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98
  • 2019 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, dies at 92