On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 23

Events in Music

  • 1890 Opera "Prince Igor" is produced (St Petersburg)
  • 1919 Romberg & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1921 Leos Janacek's opera "Kat'a Kabanova" premieres in Brno
  • 1942 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")
  • 1961 "Kwamina" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • 1967 "Henry, Sweet Henry" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • 1968 "Maggie Flynn" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • 1969 "Jimmy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • 1972 "Pippin" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1944 performances
  • 1972 "I'm Still in Love with You" 5th studio album by Al Green is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1973)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Sid Vicious attempts suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in NYC

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1980 "Tintypes" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1989 George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976-89" album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Mogador Theatre, Paris
  • 1997 "Triumph of Love" opens at Royale Theater NYC

Music releaseMusic Single

1998 Britney Spears releases her debut single "Baby One More Time"

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Music releaseMusic Single

2006 "Irreplaceable" single released by Beyonce (Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Single 2007, Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2007 "Raising Sand" a collaborative album by rock singer Robert Plant and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss is released

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

Music releaseMusic Single

2015 Adele releases her single "Hello" - becomes 1st song with more than a million downloads in 1st week (1.1m)

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

Film release premierFilm Premier

2018 Freddie Mercury bio film "Bohemian Rhapsody" directed by Bryan Singer, starring Rami Malek (Best Actor Academy Awards 2019) premieres in London

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Singer-Songwriter
Freddie Mercury
Actor Rami Malek
Actor
Rami Malek

Birthdays in Music

  • 1654 Johann Bernhard Staudt, Austrian Jesuit composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1712)
  • 1773 Pietro Generali, Italian composer, born in Masserano, Kingdom of Sardinia (d. 1832)
  • 1794 Joseph Panny, Austrian violinist and composer, born in Kollmitzberg, Austria (d. 1838)
  • 1801 (Gustav) Albert Lortzing, German Spieloper composer and actor (Zar und Zimmerman), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1851)
  • 1819 Isac Baker Woodbury, American composer, and musicologist (The Dulcimer: Or the New York Collection of Sacred Music), born in Beverly, Massachusetts, (d. 1858)
  • 1846 Alexander Arkhangelsky, Russian composer, born in Penza, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1851 Guillaume Couture, Canadian choir conductor, composer, and teacher, born In Montreal, Quebec (d. 1915)
  • 1869 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, born in Kralingen, Holland (d. 1945)
  • 1893 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Benedictions; Peau d'Ane), born in Bonsecours; (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Otmar Nussio, Swiss conductor and composer (Boccaccio Suite), born in Grossetto, Italy; (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Otto J. Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1955)
  • 1903 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Alexander Shamil'yevich Melik-Pashayev, Georgian conductor and composer (Bol’shoy Theatre, 1931-62), born in Tblisi (d. 1964)
  • 1906 Miriam Gideon, American composer, born in Greeley, Colorado (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), born in Aledo, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1921 Denise Duval, French soprano (music of Francis Poulenc), born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Ned Rorem, composer and author (Sky Music), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1925 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer and conductor (Never on Sunday), born in Xanthi, Greece (d. 1994)
  • 1927 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1928 Alexander Tanev, Bulgarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Patrick Peter Sacco, American composer, born in Albion, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), born in Swindon, Wiltshire (d. 1984)
  • 1935 Jimmy Dale, British-Canadian pianist and orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Zbigniew Rudzinski, Polish composer (Mannequins), born in Czechowice, Poland
  • 1937 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Singers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Charlie Foxx, American soul songwriter, guitarist, and singer (Mockingbird), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1940 Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter (Da Doo Ron Ron, Leader of the Pack), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Kim Larsen, Danish rock singer (In the Middle of the Night), born in Copenhagen (d. 2018)
  • 1946 Gerda Lenten-Havertong, Surinam, Dutch singer/actress (Sesame St)
  • 1947 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Würzel [Michael Burston], British musician (Motörhead), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1950 Harry Sacksioni, Dutch guitarist (Around the Corner)
  • 1951 Charly García, Argentine singer
  • 1952 Pierre Moerlen, French rock-jazz fusion drummer and percussionist (Gong: Mike Oldfield), born in Colmar, France (d. 2005)
  • 1953 Pauline Black [Belinda Magnus], English ska singer (Selecter -"On My Radio"), born in Romford, East London
  • 1955 Toshio Hosokawa, Japanese composer (Circulating Ocean), born in Hiroshima
  • 1956 Dwight Yoakam, American country singer (Honky Tonk Man), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • 1958 Jonathan Wolff, American musician and TV theme composer (Seinfeld, Will & Grace), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestWeird Al Yankovic

1959 Weird Al Yankovic [Alfred Matthew], American parody singer (Eat It, UHF, Naked Gun), born in Downey, California

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1967 Dale Crover, American musician (Melvins, The Men of Porn, Altamont)
  • 1972 Richard McNamara, British guitarist, songwriter and producer (Embrace), born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1975 Jessicka [Jessica Fodera], American goth-rock, alt-pop singer-songwriter and artist, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1985 Miguel [Pimentel], American R&B singer (Kaleidoscope Dream), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1987 Faye [Hamlin], Swedish pop singer (Play), born in Stockholm
  • 1990 Stevie Brock, American pop singer, born in Dayton, Ohio

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Singer-songwriter Katy Perry (25) weds actor-comedian Russell Brand (35) at luxury resort Aman-i-Khas in Northern India

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Comedian Russell Brand
Comedian
Russell Brand

Deaths in Music

  • 1753 Columban Praelisauer, German music director and composer, dies at 50
  • 1782 Joseph Riepel, Austrian-born German composer, dies at 73
  • 1801 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1806 Franz Seydelmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1869 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer, dies at 72
  • 1886 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, Bohemian pianist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1925 Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Karatigin, composer, dies at 50
  • 1942 Ralph Rainger, composer, dies at 41
  • 1948 Eugeniusz Morawski-Dabrowa, Polish composer, dies at 71
  • 1950 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64
  • 1951 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1954 Henri Zagwijn, Dutch composer and musicologist, dies at 76 [1]
  • 1969 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • 1976 Leonard Lee, American vocalist (Shirley & Lee-I'm Gone), dies at 40

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

1978 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • 1982 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1996 Alexander Kelly, British pianist and composer, dies at 67
  • 2002 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), dies at 87
  • 2003 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • 2004 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • 2004 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, dies at 87
  • 2005 Pete Nelson [Lipscomb], British pop singer (The Flower Pot Men - "Let's Go To San Francisco"), dies at 60
  • 2014 Alvin Stardust [Bernard Jewry], English rock singer("Jealous Mind") dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • 2015 Bill Keith, American banjoist, dies at 75
  • 2019 Hansheinz Schneeberger, Swiss violinist (Duo Paganini), dies at 93