On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 22

Events in Music

  • 1868 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Genevieve de Brabant" premieres in NYC
  • 1881 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert
  • 1883 New York's original Metropolitan Opera House has its grand opening with a performance of the opera "Faust"
  • 1922 Parsifal Place laid out in Bronx, NY, named after a knight in Wagner's Opera
  • 1930 1st concert of BBC Symphony Orchestra, at Queen's Hall, under Adrian Boult
  • 1959 Bob Merrill's musical "Take Me Along" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 448 performances
  • 1964 EMI rejects audition by "High Numbers"; they go on to become The Who

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Paul McCartney denies rumors of his death

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1975 "Me & Bessie" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 453 performances
  • 1978 "King of Hearts" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1984 Paul McCartney releases "Give My Regards to Broad Street" soundtrack
  • 1986 "Into the Light" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • 1987 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 262 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1994 "Philadelphia, Here I Come" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances
  • 1995 "Swinging On a Star" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 97 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2012 "Red" 4th studio album by Taylor Swift is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2012/2013)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Birthdays in Music

  • 1686 Georg Balthasar Schott, German composer, born in Schönau, near Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1736)
  • 1698 Nicola Logroscino, Italian composer, born in Bitonto, Bari, Italy (d. 1765)
  • 1737 Vincenzo Manfredini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Florence (d. 1799)
  • 1752 Ambrogio Minoja, Italian classical composer, born in Ospedaletto Lodigiano, Lodi, Italy (d. 1825)
  • 1761 Johann Christian Gottlob Eidenbenz, German composer, born in Owen, Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany (d. 1799)
  • 1765 Daniel Steibelt, German pianist and composer, born in Berlin (d. 1823)
  • 1809 Federico Ricci, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1877)

Person of interestFranz Liszt

1811 Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), born in Raiding, Hungary (d. 1886)

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1826 Guglielmo Quarenghi, Italian composer and cellist, born in Casalmaggiore, Italy (d. 1882)
  • 1832 August Labitzky, Bohemian composer, born in Bečov nad Teplou, Czechia (d. 1903)
  • 1832 Leopold Damrosch, German-American composer, and conductor (New York Oratorio Society; New York Symphony), born in Poznań, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1885)
  • 1838 Carl Fuchs, German composer and musician, born in Potsdam (d. 1922)
  • 1883 Viktor Jacobi, composer
  • 1885 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • 1885 Lothar Windsperger, German composer and music publisher, born in Ampfing, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1935)
  • 1891 Fidelio Friedrich Finke, Bohemian German composer, born in Josefsthal, Austria-Hungary (d. 1968)
  • 1894 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (d. 1961)
  • 1898 Marcel Mihalovici, composer
  • 1904 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, born in Budapest (d. 1987)
  • 1905 Joseph Kosma, composer
  • 1906 Cornelis L "Kees" van Baaren, Dutch composer (Willem Pijper)
  • 1913 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1925 Dory Previn [Dorothy Veronica Langan], singer-songwriter (Mythical Kings and Iguanas), born in Woodbridge, New Jersey, (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Clare Fischer, American musician, composer and arranger, born in Durand, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Giorgio Gaslini, composer
  • 1931 Hikaru Hayashi, Japanese pianist, conductor and composer (Onibaba), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Donald McIntyre, Bass-Baritone (Wotan-Das Rheingold), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1937 Tadeas Salva, composer
  • 1937 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (Ta Tragoudia Mas) and well known leftist and critic of the Greek military junta, born in Alexandria, Kingdom of Egypt (d. 1982)
  • 1939 Ray Jones, rock bassist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1942 Annette Funicello, singer and actress (Mickey Mouse Club), born in Utica, New York, (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Robin John Maconie, composer
  • 1942 Bobby Fuller, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four - "I Fought The Law"), born in Baytown, Texas (d. 1966)
  • 1943 Paul Zukofsky, American violinist and conductor (Cappricio), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Robert Long [Leverman], Dutch singer/actor (Vroeger Kon je Lachen)
  • 1945 Leslie West [Weinstein], American rocker (Mountain-Mississippi Queen), born in NYC, New York (d. 2020) [1] [2]
  • 1946 Eddie Brigati, American rock vocalist (The Young Rascals - "Groovin'"), born in Garfield, New Jersey
  • 1947 Neil Burton Rolnick, composer
  • 1949 Stiv Bators, American musician (The Dead Boys) (d. 1990)

Person of interestJeff Goldblum

1952 Jeff Goldblum, American actor (Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day), and jazz pianist (The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra), born in West Homestead, Pennsylvania

  • 1958 Bobby Blotzer, American rock drummer (Ratt, "Round & Round"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Marc Shaiman, American film and Broadway composer (When Harry Met Sally; Hairspray), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1960 Darryl Jenifer, American bassist (Bad Brains), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964 Toby Mac, American singer and songwriter
  • 1965 John Wesley Harding [Wesley Stace], British musician and novelist (Here Comes The Groom), born in Hastings, East Sussex
  • 1967 Rita Guerra, Portuguese singer
  • 1968 Shelby Lynne [Moorer], American country singer (If I Could Bottle This Up), born in Quantico, Virginia

Person of interestShaggy

1968 Shaggy [Orville Richard Burrell], Jamaican-American reggae musician and rapper (Boombastic), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Pop Singer and Rapper Shaggy
Pop Singer and Rapper
  • 1969 Helmut Lotti, Belgian singer
  • 1974 Tim Kinsella, American musician
  • 1976 Jon Foreman, American musician (Switchfoot)
  • 1980 Garrett Tierney, American musician (Brand New)
  • 1982 Daniel M. Johnson "The Untouchable DJ Drastic", American DJ, music industry professional, and radio presenter
  • 1985 Zac Hanson, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1998 Roddy Ricch [Rodderick Moore Jr. ], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial), born in Compton, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1970 Singer James Brown (37) weds Deidre Jenkins in Barnwell, South Carolina

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 2016 Legendary singer and songwriter Paul Anka (75) weds Lisa Pemberton at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles

Deaths in Music

  • 1613 Pomponio Nenna, Italian composer
  • 1651 Jacob Praetorius, composer, dies at 65
  • 1725 Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian baroque composer (Tigrane), dies at 65
  • 1764 Jean Marie I'aine Leclair, composer, dies at 67
  • 1802 Samuel Arnold, English composer, dies at 62
  • 1813 August Harder, German composer, dies at 38
  • 1835 Willem G F Bentinck, earl/politician/organist, dies at 73
  • 1859 Louis Spohr, German violin virtuoso and composer (Faust), dies at 75
  • 1881 Janis Cimze, Latvian composer, Father of Latvian choir music, dies at 67
  • 1889 Olivier Metra, French composer (Esperance!), dies at 59
  • 1935 Komitas [Soghomon Soghomonian], Armenian priest and composer, dies at 66
  • 1937 Frank Damrosch, German-born American author and music teacher (founded New York Musical Institute of Musical Art, later Julliard), dies at 88
  • 1938 May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer (Hot Time in the Old Town), dies at 76
  • 1943 Josef Venantius von Woss, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • 1969 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • 1973 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, dies at 96
  • 1979 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • 1984 Harold Laurence Walters, composer, dies at 66
  • 1985 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • 1989 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), dies at 74
  • 1992 Josef Veselka, Czech choral conductor (Prague Philharmonic Choir, 1959-81), and pedagogue, dies at 82
  • 1993 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, dies at 80
  • 1994 David Buchan, ethno-Musicologist, dies at 55
  • 1994 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), dies of liver failure at 52
  • 1996 John Bauldie, British music journalist, dies at 47
  • 2005 Franky Gee, American singer (Captain Jack) (b. 1962)
  • 2011 Karl-Heinz Köper, German conductor, and composer (Tuba-Tabu; Pop Corn Concerto), dies at 84
  • 2017 George Young, Scottish-Australian musician, songwriter and record producer (the Easybeats, Flash and the Pan), dies at 70
  • 2019 Hans Zender, German composer and conductor (Stephen Climax; Chief Joseph), dies at 82
  • 2019 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist and conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001), dies at 93
  • 2020 Derek Quinn, British guitarist (Freddie and the Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), dies at 68