On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 20

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1877 Franz Schubert's 2nd Symphony in B premieres

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Richard Strauss completes his opera "Die Schweigsame Frau"

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 "All the Things You Are" recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • 1954 "Peter Pan" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • 1955 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Peter, Paul and Mary's debut folk album "Peter, Paul and Mary" reaches No. 1 on US album charts

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • 1962 Musical "Mr President" opens at St James Theater New York for 265 performances
  • 1964 "Golden Boy" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • 1964 Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris (150 arrested)
  • 1965 Beatles receive a gold record for "Yesterday"
  • 1968 "Her 1st Roman" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1971 "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" opens at Barrymore for 325 per

AustraliaSydney Opera House

1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens the Sydney Opera House

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The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
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  • 1974 Bard's presentation of "Richard III" opens at Lincoln Center NYC
  • 1977 Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd runs out of fuel and crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Six people are killed, including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, and Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick
  • 1978 Police's 1st US concert (NYC's CBGBs)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Music releaseAlbum Release

1980 Geffen records release their first album, Donna Summer's "The Wanderer"

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • 1991 "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 9 performances
  • 1996 "Summer & Smoke" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1788 Philip Knapton, composer
  • 1792 Anton Bernhard Furstenau, composer
  • 1819 Karol Mikuli, composer
  • 1867 Fini Henriques, Danish composer & violinist (Vølund Smed), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1940)
  • 1874 Charles Ives, American composer (Holiday Quick Step), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1954)
  • 1877 Josephine McGill, composer
  • 1884 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton [LeMothe], American jazz pioneer pianist and composer (King Porter Stomp), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1941)
  • 1900 Rodolfo Halffter, composer
  • 1901 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer
  • 1908 Stuart Hamblen, American singer and composer (This Ole House), born in Kellyville, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Monique Hare, French pianist
  • 1913 Angelo Ephrikian, composer
  • 1913 Grandpa [Louis M] Jones, Niagra KY, country musician (Hee-Haw)
  • 1914 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Giora Schuster, composer
  • 1923 Robert Craft, American conductor, writer and friend of Stravinsky, born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Herman Roelstraete, composer
  • 1925 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Jules Eskin, American cellist (Boston Symphony, 1964-2016), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer
  • 1937 Wanda Jackson, Maud Oklahoma, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
  • 1939 Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • 1940 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • 1943 Dunja Vejzovic, Croatian soprano
  • 1944 William Hugh Albright, composer
  • 1945 Ric Lee, rock drummer (Ten Years After-Cannock, Staffs)
  • 1945 Thomas Pasatieri, composer
  • 1950 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1950 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • 1951 Al Greenwood, keyboardist (Foreigner-Feels Like the First Time)
  • 1954 Steve Orich, orchestrator
  • 1954 Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist
  • 1955 Thomas Newman, American composer
  • 1957 Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer
  • 1958 Ivo Pogorelić, Croatian pianist (1978 Casagrande winner), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1958 Mark King, bass/vocalist (Level 42-Standing in the Light, Love Games)
  • 1958 Ricky Byrd, rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts)
  • 1960 Lepa Brena, famous Yugoslav singer
  • 1962 Steven R "Randy" Jackson, US percussionist/singer (Enjoy Yourself)
  • 1965 Norman Blake, Scottish musician (Teenage Fanclub), born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire
  • 1966 Fred Coury, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station), born in Johnston, New York
  • 1967 Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1971 Dannii Minogue, Australian singer, sister of Kylie Minogue, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Person of interestSnoop Dogg

1971 Snoop Dogg [Calvin Broadus], rapper (What's My Name, Gin & Juice), born in Long Beach, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
  • 1974 SubtractiveLAD [Stephen Hummel] Canadian electronic music composer and performer, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976 Tom Wisniewski, American guitarist (MxPx)
  • 1977 Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • 1978 Paul Wilson, Irish bass player (Snow Patrol)
  • 1980 Gary Jarman, English musician
  • 1983 Alex Nackman, musician
  • 1988 Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1853 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (20) weds music teacher Caroline Scott (21)

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison

LoveWedding of Interest

1991 Actress Lisa Hartman weds country singer Clint Black

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 Singer Kelly Clarkson (31) weds talent manager Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1676 Christopher Gibbons, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1819 Lambert-Francois Godecharle, composer, dies at 66
  • 1870 Michael William Balfe, Irish violinist and composer (The Bohemian Girl), dies at 62
  • 1904 Henry Hiles, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1913 Leander Schlegel, composer, dies at 69
  • 1927 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov, composer, dies at 78
  • 1931 Emánuel Moór, Hungarian composer, pianist, and inventor of musical instruments, dies at 68
  • 1944 Gabriel Groulez, French composer, dies at 65
  • 1955 Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, dies at 51
  • 1977 Cassie Gaines, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1977 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • 1977 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1983 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • 1994 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/Choreographer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer, dies at 65
  • 1997 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), dies of heart and respiratory failure at 52
  • 2005 Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)
  • 2010 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), dies at 80
  • 2014 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • 2015 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • 2015 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89