On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 21

Events in Music

  • 1858 Jacques Offenbach's operetta " Orpheus in the Underworld" (Orphée aux Enfers) premieres in Paris, includes "Infernal Galop" (can-can tune)
  • 1944 Walter Piston's "Fugue for a Victory Tune" premieres in NYC

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1961 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1971 "To Live Another Summer" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 173 performances
  • 1972 "Dude" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1972 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • 1972 "Pacific Paradise" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1975 "Treemonisha" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 64 performances

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1975 Elton John is given a star in Hollywood

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1980 "Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • 1989 "Dangerous Games" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances

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1992 Madonna's book "Sex" goes on sale

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 1993 "Twilight of the Golds" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 29 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

2001 "United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. organized and headlined by Michael Jackson and featuring Aerosmith, Mariah Carey and The Backstreet Boys

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • 2020 54th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1570 Wolfgang Schonsleder, composer
  • 1574 Nicolò Rubini, Italian composer and cornettist, born in Crevalcore (d. 1625)
  • 1680 Francisco Jose Coutinho, composer
  • 1751 David Moritz Michael, composer
  • 1767 Francesco Ruggi, composer
  • 1775 Guiseppi Baini, composer
  • 1807 Napoléon Henri Reber, French composer, born in Mulhouse, Alsace (d. 1880)
  • 1807 Miguel Hilarion Eslava y Elizondo, composer
  • 1823 Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer
  • 1847 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian playwright and librettist (Puccini's La Bohème; Madama Butterfly, and Tosca), born in Colleretto Parella, Kingdom of Sardinia (now Italy) (d. 1906)
  • 1879 Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, composer
  • 1885 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian-English composer, teacher, and musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • 1891 Ted Shawn, US dancer/choreographer (Dance We Must)
  • 1895 Shukichi Mitsukuri, Japanese composer (10 Haikai de Basho), born in Tokyo (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Hilarion Rubio, Filipino composer, born in Bacoor, Cavite (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Alexander Schneider, Vilna Lith, violinist (Budapest String Quartet)
  • 1908 Howard Ferguson, composer
  • 1912 Carlos Don Byas, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1912 Sir Georg Solti [György Stern], Hungarian-British conductor, winner of 31 Grammy awards (Chicago Symphony, 1969-91), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1997)
  • 1916 Tomojirō Ikenouchi, Japanese composer and educator, born in Tokyo (d. 1991)
  • 1917 John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter, a creator of bebop & modern jazz (A Night In Tunisia), born in Cheraw, South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1921 Jarmil Burghauser, composer
  • 1921 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), born in Northampton, England (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Celia Cruz, Cuban singer, Queen of Salsa. (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Charles "Doctor" Ross, American blues singer and guitarist (The Harmonica Boss), born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1993)
  • 1926 Marga Richter, American classical pianist and composer (Landscapes of the Mind; Out of Shadows and Solitude), born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • 1927 Nadine Judd [Nadia Moore/Nerina], South African/British ballerina
  • 1935 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Norman Wright, rocker (Del-Vikings)
  • 1940 Manfred Mann [Michael Lubowitz], British, rocker ("Mighty Quinn"; "Blinded By The Light"), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa
  • 1941 Steve Cropper, American rock and soul guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Booker T & MGs; Otis Redding; The Blues Brothers), born in Willow Springs, Missouri
  • 1942 Elvin Bishop, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Fooled Around & Fell in Love), born in Glendale, California,
  • 1943 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Liz-Night Court), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943 Ron Elliott, American guitarist and songwriter (The Beau Brummels - "Just A Little"), born in Healdsburg, California
  • 1945 Kathy Young, rocker (Thousand Stars in the Sky)
  • 1946 Lee Loughnane, American horn player and songwriter (Chicago), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois
  • 1946 Lux Interior [Erick Lee Purkhiser], American punk rock singer (The Cramps), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1946 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Tetsu Yamauchi, Japanese rock bass guitarist (Free; The Faces), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1949 Shulamit Ran, composer
  • 1952 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead, 1979-90), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Patti Davis [Patricia Ann Reagan], singer/actress/writer, Ronald and Nancy's daughter
  • 1953 Charlotte Caffey, American rock guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist (The Go-Go's - "We Got The Beat"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1953 Keith Green, American musician (d. 1982)
  • 1955 Eric Faulkner [Falconer], Scottish rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1955 Rich Mullins, American musician (d. 1997)
  • 1957 Julian Cope [Kevin Stapleton], British pop musician (Eve's Volcano), born in Deri, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1957 Steve Lukather, American rock singer, guitarist, arranger, producer (Toto - "Africa"; Ringo's All-Starr Band), born in San Fernando Valley, California
  • 1964 Jon Carin, American musician (Pink Floyd; The Who), born in New York, New York
  • 1970 Tony Mortimer, British pop singer and songwriter (East 17 - "Stay Another Dy"), born in Stepney, London
  • 1971 Astrella Leitch, Celeste rocker, Donovan's daughter
  • 1971 Nick Oliveri, American rock bassist and singer (Queens Of The Stone Age, 1998-2004), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Matthew Friedberger, American musician (The Fiery Furnaces)
  • 1973 Lera Auerbach, Russian-American pianist, composer, and poet, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1973 Charlie Lowell, American Musician
  • 1976 Josh Ritter, American singer-songwriter (Sermon On The Rocks), born in Moscow, Idaho
  • 1980 Brian Pittman, American Christian rock bassist (Relient K), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1983 Ninette Tayeb, Israeli singer
  • 1986 Christopher Uckermann, Mexican-Swedish actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1992 21 Savage [Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph], rapper, born in London, England

Deaths in Music

  • 1662 Henry Lawes, composer, dies at 66
  • 1793 Johann Ernst Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
  • 1798 Johann Christoph Schmugel, composer, dies at 71
  • 1805 Johann Baptist Lasser, composer, dies at 54
  • 1810 Franz Teyber, Austrian composer, dies at 52
  • 1897 Paul Kuczynski, Polish composer, dies at 50
  • 1905 Jose Teodor Vilar, composer, dies at 69
  • 1919 Sven August Körling, Swedish composer, dies at 77
  • 1924 Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1965 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumour at 39
  • 1965 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), dies of an accidental drug overdose at 42
  • 1969 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), dies in a car wreck at 53
  • 1977 Ferit Tuzun, Turkish composer, dies at 48
  • 1981 Šrom, Karel, Czech composer, musicologist, and critic, dies at 77
  • 1982 Radka Toneff, Norwegian jazz singer (It Don't Come Easy), dies of a drug overdose at 30
  • 1984 Dalibor Cyril Vačkář, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • 1995 Maxene Andrews, American singer (Andrew Sisters-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy), dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1995 Shannon Hoon, vocalist (Blind Melon), dies of drug overdose at 28
  • 2003 Elliott [Steven] Smith, American musician (Oscar nominee for "Miss Misery" from Good Will Hunting), dies from stab wounds at 34 [1]
  • 2006 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, dies at 98
  • 2007 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts), dies at 56
  • 2011 Edmundo Ros, Trinidadian-Venezuelan musician and arranger, dies at 100
  • 2020 Viola Smith, American drummer and bandleader (one of the first professional female drummers), dies at 107 [1]