On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 18

Events in Music

  • 1752 Premiere of Rousseau's opera "Le Devin du Village"

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1855 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Prometheus" premieres

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1904 Gustav Mahler's 5th symphony premieres in Cologne

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1939 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Too Many Girls" premieres in NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1946 Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony premieres

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
  • 1952 "Buttrio Square" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 7 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

1961 "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno

Music releaseMusic Recording

1962 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance"

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1966 "Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment, they are fined £150 for marijuana possession

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Rod Stewart joins Small Faces

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • 1973 Judd Woldon & Robert Britten's musical"Raisin" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC for 847 performances
  • 1974 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"
  • 1979 "Beatlemania" opens in London
  • 1990 "Once on this Island" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 469 performances
  • 1991 "Most Happy Fella" closes at NY State Theater NYC

Film release premierFilm Release

1991 "My Own Private Idaho" directed and written by Gus van Sant starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves is released

Actor River Phoenix
River Phoenix
Actor and Musician Keanu Reeves
Actor and Musician
Keanu Reeves
  • 1992 "Oba Oba '93" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 22 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Zack de la Rocha announces he is leaving rock band Rage Against the Machine

Guitarist Tom Morello
Tom Morello

Birthdays in Music

  • 1611 Valentin Strobel, composer
  • 1706 Baldassare Galuppi, Venetian composer (opera buffa), born on Burano (d. 1785)
  • 1789 Giovanni Tadolini, composer
  • 1794 Ferdinand Lukas Schubert, composer
  • 1833 Johannes Habert, composer
  • 1844 Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer
  • 1850 Francis Thome, French composer, born in Port Louis, Mauritius (d. 1909)
  • 1879 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish violinist/conductor/composer, born in Daugavpils, Russian Empire (now Latvia); (d. 1953)
  • 1891 Václav Kálik, Czech composer, born in Opava; (d. 1951)
  • 1898 Lotte Lenya [Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer], Austrian singer and actress (The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, From Russia with Love), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, Soviet-Russian composer, born in Bogodukhov, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1903 Ambrose Thibodeaux, American Cajun accordionist, also known as Ambrose Sam (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Emile Enthoven, Dutch composer and lawyer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1950)
  • 1910 Vojislav Vuckovic, composer
  • 1915 Thomas Round, British tenor (Gilbert and Sullivan For All), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, Engaland (d. 2016)
  • 1918 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton), American jazz singer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, Danville, Virginia,(d. 2012)
  • 1922 Camillo Togni, Italian pianist and composer, born in Gussago, Italy (d. 1993)
  • 1924 Allyn Ferguson, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in San Jose, California
  • 1924 Egil Hovland, Norwegian composer, born in Råde, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Hugh Allan "Buddy" MacMaster, Canadian musician
  • 1925 Wim van Gennep, Dutch singer/keyboardist (Heikrekels)

Person of interestChuck Berry

1926 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll Over Beethoven), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 1926 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Jacques Charpentier, French organist and composer (72 études karnatiques), born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Jorge "Jordi" Cervelló, Catalan composer and musicologist, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1938 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal's "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1939 William "Billy" Cox, American bass player (performed with Jimi Hendrix), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1940 Cynthia Weil, American songwriter ("We Got Get Out Of This Place"; "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Russ Giguere, rock guitarist/vocalist (Association), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1946 Howard Shore, Canadian film composer (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1947 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter ("Wedding Bell Blues"; "Stoned Soul Picnic"; "And When I Die"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1949 Gary Richrath, guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), born in Peoria Illinois, (d. 2015)
  • 1949 Joe Egan, Scottish singer-songwriter (Stealers Wheel - "Stuck In The Middle With You"), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1961 Wynton Marsalis, American jazz and classical trumpeter (9 Grammy Awards; Pulitzer Prize for "Blood on the Fields"; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1965 Curtis Stigers, American jazz vocalist and saxophonist (I Wonder Why), born in Bloise, Idaho
  • 1974 Peter Svensson, Swedish musician and songwriter (The Cardigans - "Lovefool"), born in Huskvarna, Sweden
  • 1974 Zhou Xun, Quzhou, Zhejiang, Chinese actress and singer (Suzhou River, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress)
  • 1977 Simon Rix, British rock bassist (Kaiser Chiefs - "Ruby") born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1979 Ne-Yo [Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr], American pop and R&B singer and songwriter, born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1984 Esperanza Spalding, American jazz bassist, singer and songwriter (Radio Music Society; 12 Little Spells), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1987 Zac Efron, American actor (High School Musical, 17 Again), born in San Luis Obispo, California,

Weddings in Music

  • 1952 Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico

LoveWedding of Interest

1986 "Fleetwood Mac" member Christine McVie (43) weds keyboardist Eduardo Quintela

Rock vocalist Christine McVie
Rock vocalist
Christine McVie
  • 2011 Actress, model and singer Bijou Phillips (32) weds actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson (36) at a private castle in Ireland
  • 2014 "The Vampire Diaries" actress Candice Accola (27) weds "The Fray" guitarist Joe King (34) in New Orleans, Louisiana

Deaths in Music

  • 1545 John Taverner, English composer (Western Wynde), dies at about 55
  • 1767 Joseph Paul Ziegler, Austrian composer, dies at 45
  • 1771 Robert Praelisauer, German composer, music director, and priest, dies at 62
  • 1788 Jean-Guillain Cardon, composer, dies at 56
  • 1817 Etienne-Nicolas Méhul, French composer (b. 1763)
  • 1832 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer, dies at 73
  • 1864 Jacques-François Gallay, French horn player and composer, dies at 68
  • 1893 Charles Gounod, French composer (La reine the Saba), dies at 75
  • 1943 Benedictus H Dancer, botanist, dies at 52
  • 1944 Viktor Ullmann, Austrian pianist, conductor, and composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), murdered in gas chamber at Auschwitz at 46
  • 1944 Orville "Hoppy" Jones, American bass singer and cellist (The Ink Spots - "If I Didn't Care"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 39
  • 1953 Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • 1956 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), dies at 44
  • 1963 Claudio Carneyro, composer, dies at 68
  • 1965 Frank Hutchens, composer, dies at 73
  • 1991 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), dies at 78
  • 1994 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player (Walkin' With Mr Lee), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1999 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 74
  • 2000 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), dies at 74
  • 2000 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • 2001 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, dies at 94
  • 2007 Lucky Dube, South African reggae musician, dies at 43
  • 2007 Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist, dies of meningitis at 38
  • 2008 Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • 2010 Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)
  • 2012 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 2018 Randolph Hokanson, American concert pianist and teacher (University of Washington, 1949-84), dies at 103