On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 19

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1845 Richard Wagner's opera "Tannhäuser" premieres in Dresden

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1901 Edward Elgar's "Pomp & Circumstance March" premieres in Liverpool

Composer Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
  • 1943 Theater Guild presentation of "Othello" opens at Shubert
  • 1948 "My Romance" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 95 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • 1957 "Damn Yankees" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,022 performances
  • 1969 J Bock and S Harnicks musical "Rothschilds" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • 1972 "Mother Earth" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 12 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1973 Ringo Starr releases music single "Photograph" in the UK

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1975 "A Chorus Line", held record longest-running Broadway show (6,137 performances), premieres on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in New York
  • 1986 "Flamenco Puro" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 1986 "Raggedy Ann" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1987 "Anything Goes" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 804 performances
  • 1989 Astor Piazzolla and William Finn's musical "Dangerous Games" premieres at Nederlander Theater NYC
  • 1995 "Hello Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 118 performances
  • 1997 "Annie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC

Music releaseMusic Single

1999 "Believe" single released by Cher (Billboard Song of the Year, 1999; Grammy Award Best Dance Recording, 2000)

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop

Birthdays in Music

  • 1545 Giovanale Ancina, Italian priest and composer, born in Fossano, Duchy of Savoy (d. 1604)
  • 1652 Louis Le Quointe, Flemish organist and composer (Bouquet de fleurs), born in Ypres, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1717)
  • 1684 Johann Christoph Frauenholtz, Alsatian composer, baptized in Ahorn, Electorate of Bavaria (d. 1754)
  • 1690 Giuseppi Maria Carretti, composer
  • 1824 Frantisek Pivoda, composer
  • 1828 Adolfo Fumagalli, composer
  • 1866 Clarence Lucas, composer
  • 1889 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (1968 Academy of Country Music Award), born in Bristol, England (d. 1986)
  • 1892 Ilmari Hannikainen, Finnish pianist and composer, born in Jyväskylä; (d. 1955)
  • 1900 Theodoro Valcarcel, composer
  • 1900 Erna Berger, German soprano (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Vittorio Giannini, composer
  • 1907 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American bandleader (d. 1962)
  • 1908 [Nils] Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian classical pianist and composer, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Patrick Cairns "Spike" Hughes, British jazz double bassist and composer (Elegy), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1911 George Cates, American orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and songwriter (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), born in Jebel Ed-Druz, Southern Syria (d. 1974)
  • 1916 Emil Gilels, Soviet concert pianist (Brussels Competition - 1st prize, 1938), born in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1985)
  • 1916 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish composer (Facettes; Aniara), born in Växjö, Sweden (d. 1968)
  • 1926 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • 1929 Dumitru Capoianu, Romanian conductor and classical and film composer (The Little Man), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2012)
  • 1931 László Kalmár, Hungarian composer (Triangles), born in Budapest (d. 1995)
  • 1934 Dave Guard, American folk singer, songwriter and arranger (Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1991)
  • 1943 Robert Morris, American composer, born in Cheltenham, England
  • 1943 Robin Greville Holloway, British composer (Seascape And Harvest), born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
  • 1943 Robin Holloway, British composer, and academic born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
  • 1944 George McCrae, American soul and disco singer ("Lead Me On"; "Rock Your Baby"), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1944 Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaican reggae musician (The Wailers -"Get Up Stand Up"; Mystic Man, Legalize It), born in Westmoreland, Jamaica (d. 1987)
  • 1945 Jeannie C. Riley, American country singer (Harper Valley P.T.A.; Hee Haw), born in Stamford, Texas
  • 1945 Keith Reid, British lyricist and poet (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" ), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1947 Wilbert Hart, American singer (Delfonics - "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)";"La-La Means I Love You"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Chester "Chet" Biscardi, Italian-American composer, born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 1948 Patrick Simmons, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers - "Blackwater"), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • 1952 Veronica Judith Sainz Castro, Mexican spanish singer/actress (Nana)
  • 1955 Nino DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • 1955 Roland Dyens, French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger (Libra Sonatine), born in French Tunisia. (d. 2016)
  • 1957 Karl Wallinger, Welsh rocker (World Party - "Give It All Away"), born in Prestatyn Wales, UK
  • 1958 Antoine Trousers, rock drummer/singer (Dike-Bleeding Heart)
  • 1958 Lou Briel, Puerto Rican singer and actor born in Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • 1960 Dan "Woody" Woodgate, British rock drummer (Madness - "Our House"; Voice of Beehive), born in Kensington, West London, England
  • 1960 Jennifer Holliday, American singer and actress (Dream Girls), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1960 Jonathan FeBland, English musician and artist, born in London
  • 1965 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • 1965 Todd Park Mohr, American musician (Big Head Todd and the Monsters), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1967 Yoko Shimomura, Japanese pianist and video game composer, born in Hyogo, Japan
  • 1968 Sinitta [Malone], British-American singer (So Macho, Toy Boy), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1969 (Randolph Severn) "Trey" Parker [III], American actor, animator and composer (South Park; The Book of Mormon), born in Conifer, Colorado
  • 1972 Pras [Prakazrel Michel], Haitian-American rapper, songwriter and producer (The Fugees), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Laurent Brancowitz [Mazzalai], French guitarist (Phoenix), born in Versailles, France
  • 1976 Joseph Andrew Duplantier, French-American heavy metal guitarist and vocalist (Gojira), born in Paris
  • 1978 Chris Sellers, American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1978 Henri "Trollhorn"Sorvali, Finnish heavy metal muscian (Moonsorrow), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1979 Brian Robertson, American ska-punk-rock trombonist (Suburban Legends), born in Orange County, California
  • 1984 Thundercat [Stephen Bruner], American bass guitarist (Flying Lotus), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 2001 SpotEmGottem [Nehemiah Harden], American rapper and songwriter ("Beat Box"), born in Jacksonville, Florida

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2012 Grammy Award-winning singer Justin Timberlake (31) weds "Total Recall" actress Jessica Biel (30) at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
Actress Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel

Deaths in Music

  • 1758 Johan H Roman, Finnish/Swedish composer/conductor/violinist, dies
  • 1786 Pietro Alessandro Pavona, composer, dies at 58
  • 1793 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, dies at 62
  • 1810 Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer and choreographer (ballet d'action), dies at 83
  • 1932 Arthur Friedheim, Russian composer, dies at 72
  • 1956 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader and songwriter (Star Dust, I'll See You in My Dreams), dies at 62
  • 1959 Stanley Bate, English composer, dies at 45
  • 1960 Günter Raphael, German composer (Busskantate), dies at 57
  • 1961 John Axel Fernstrom, Swedish composer, dies at 63
  • 1987 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies at 42
  • 1988 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), dies of larynx cancer at 86
  • 1989 Alan Murphy, British rock session guitarist (Kate Bush), dies of pneumonia at 36
  • 1992 Maurice le Roux, French conductor/composer (Contes immoraux), dies
  • 1995 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 1997 Glen Buxton, American guitarist (Alice Cooper) and composer, dies at 49
  • 2000 Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1941)
  • 2004 Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • 2005 Dallas Cook, American musician (Suburban Legends) (b. 1982)
  • 2007 LaLa Brown, American singer (b. 1986)
  • 2013 Noel Harrison, British singer and actor, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 2013 Ronald Shannon Jackson, American avant-garde jazz and funk drummer, and composer (Cecil Taylor; Last Exit; Decoding Society), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 2014 Stephen Paulus, American composer (To Be Certain of the Dawn) and co-founder of the American Composers Forum, dies of stroke complications at 65
  • 2014 Raphael Ravenscroft, British session saxophone player (Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"; Maxine Nightingale; Roger Waters), dies at 60
  • 2016 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, dies at 99
  • 2020 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), dies of pneumonia at 81 [1] [2]
  • 2020 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love"), dies at 62