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
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
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

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
Freddie Mercury
Actor Rami Malek
Rami Malek

Birthdays in Music

  • 1654 Johann Bernhard Staudt, Austrian Jesuit composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1712)
  • 1773 Pietro Generali, composer
  • 1794 Joseph Panny, composer
  • 1801 Gustav Albert Lortzing, composer
  • 1819 Isac Baker Woodbury, composer
  • 1846 Alexander Andreyevich Archangel'sky, composer
  • 1851 Guillaume Couture, composer
  • 1869 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch singer
  • 1893 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (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
  • 1903 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Alexander Shamil'yevich Melik-Pashayev, composer
  • 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)
  • 1923 Ned Rorem, composer and author (Sky Music), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1925 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer/conductor (Never on Sunday)
  • 1927 Sonny [William] Criss, American jazz musician (bebop, Jazz USA), 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, Canadian orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 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, US songwriter/soul singer (Mockingbird)
  • 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 singer
  • 1946 Gerda Lenten-Havertong, Surinam, Dutch singer/actress (Sesame St)
  • 1947 Greg Ridley, English musician (Humble Pie), born in Carlisle, Cumberland (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 drummer and percussionist (d. 2005)
  • 1956 Dwight Yoakam, 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)
  • 1975 Jessicka [Adams], American singer-songwriter, artist (Jack off Jill), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1985 Miguel [Miguel Pimentel], American singer, born in Los Angeles
  • 1987 Faye Hamlin, Swedish singer (Play)
  • 1990 Stevie Brock, American singer

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
Russell Brand

Deaths in Music

  • 1753 Columban Praelisauer, 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
  • 1954 Henri Zagwijn, composer, dies at 76
  • 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 and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • 2004 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, dies at 87
  • 2014 Alvin Stardust, English singer, dies at 72
  • 2015 Bill Keith, American banjoist, dies at 75