On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 24

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

1818 Felix Mendelssohn, aged 9, performs his first public concert in Berlin

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1885 Johann Strauss' operetta "Zigeunerbaron (Gypsy Baron)" premieres in Vienna

Music releaseMusic Recording

1939 Benny Goodman records "Let's Dance"

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman

Music concertMusic Concert

1959 US premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Cello concert

  • 1961 "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden Theatre, NYC for 55 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

1962 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1963 "110 in the Shade" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 330 performances
  • 1964 "Cambridge Circus" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 23 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Benjamin Britten's "Voices for Today" premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc as all-time best selling singer-songwriter

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1980 John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK
  • 1982 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." opens at St James Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 1991 "Dancing at Lughnasa" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 421 performances
  • 1993 "Wonderful Tennessee" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 9 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1789 Ramon Carnicer y Batlle, Spanish composer, born in Tàrrega, Catalonia (d. 1855)
  • 1808 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, born in Großschönau, Saxony, Germany (d. 1879)
  • 1811 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist, composer and conductor, born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (d. 1885)
  • 1842 Josef Nešvera, Czech composer, born in Praskolesy, Czech Republic (d. 1914)
  • 1863 Manuel Manrique de Lara, Spanish composer (The Oresteia), born in Cartagena, Murcia (d. 1929)
  • 1867 Franco Leoni, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1949)
  • 1877 Pavel Chesnokov, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1882 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, born in Siófok, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • 1890 Kathleen Lockhart Manning, American composer, born in Hollywood, California (d. 1951)
  • 1897 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, born in Cherkasy, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1900 Karl Ottó Runólfsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavik, Iceland (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Gilda Gray [Marianna Michalska], Polish-born American actress and dancer, born in Krakau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Elizabeth Poston, English composer, born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Sonny Terry, blind Piedmont blues musician, born in Greensboro, Georgia (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone, born in Bassano del Grappa (d. 1984)
  • 1924 Jose Casanovas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (Chemins), born in Oneglia, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Renato de Grandis, Italian composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, born in Toulon, France (d. 2001)
  • 1929 George H. Crumb, American composer (Pulitzer 1968-Echoes of Time and the River), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1930 The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, born in Sabine Pass, Texas (d. 1959)
  • 1931 Sofia Gubaidulina, Tatar-Russian composer (Stimmen Verstummen), born in Chistopol, Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic
  • 1936 Bill Wyman, English rock and jazz bassist (Rolling Stones, 1962-93 - "Under My Thumb"), born in Lewisham, London
  • 1936 Rainer Kunad, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1937 Miguel Ángel Coria, Spanish composer of classical music, born in Madrid (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Fred E. Finn, American pianist (Mickie Finn's), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1939 Uri Sharvit, Israeli composer, born in Jerusalem
  • 1944 Ted Templeman, American musician and record producer (Doobie Brothers; Nicolette Larson; Van Halen), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1944 Bettye Swann [Champion], American soul singer ("Make Me Yours"; "Don't Touch Me"),born in Shreveport, Louisiana, o
  • 1946 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), born in Oshawa, Ontario (d. 1993)
  • 1946 John Bettis, American lyricist ("Top Of The World"; "Crazy For You"; "Slow Hand"), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1948 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English rock drummer (Mott The Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), born in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Paul and Barry Ryan, British composers and singers, born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • 1950 Steven Greenberg, American composer and musician (Lipps Inc.), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1953 Billy Thomas, American singer (McBride & Ride-I Count on You), born in Fort Meyers, Florida
  • 1954 Perry Lee "Tiny" Tavares, American rocker, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1954 Jozef Ráž, Slovak musician and singer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • 1958 Mathilde Santing, Dutch rock singer (Breast & Brow), born in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • 1960 Carolien de Windt, Surinamese-Dutch singer (Mai Tai), born in Suriname
  • 1970 Alonza Bevan, English bassist (Kula Shaker), born in London
  • 1972 Louis Michael Anthony Sassin, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Ben Gillies, Australian drummer (Silverchair), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • 1983 Adrienne Bailon, American actress and singer (The Cheetah Girls), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1984 Kaela Kimura, Japanese model and singer (Rirura Riruha), born in Adachi, Tokyo

Person of interestDrake

1986 Drake [Aubrey Drake Graham], Canadian actor and rapper (Hotline Bling), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Drake

Weddings in Music

  • 1957 Singer Bing Cosby marries second wife actress Kathryn Grant
  • 2013 Country music singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe (27) weds MLB pitcher John Danks (28) at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee
  • 2015 American Idol winner and singer Phillip Phillips (25) weds longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell at the Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia

Deaths in Music

  • 1521 Robert Fayrfax, English Renaissance composer (Courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII), dies at 57
  • 1785 Jean-Jacques Robson, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • 1789 Joaquín Martínez de Oxinagas, composer, dies at 69
  • 1799 Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian composer, dies at 59
  • 1889 Loisa Puget, French composer, dies at 79
  • 1901 Paul Henrion, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1902 Władysław Zaremba, Ukrainian composer, dies at 69
  • 1918 Alexander Charles Lecocq, composer, dies at 86
  • 1940 Victor Hollaender, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1948 Franz Lehár, Austrian-Hungarian composer (Wiener Frauen), dies at 78
  • 1949 Joaquin Nin y Castellanos, composer, dies at 70
  • 1952 Frederick Jacobi, American composer, dies at 61
  • 1953 Ernest Irving, English composer, dies at 74
  • 1958 Martin Shaw, English composer, dies at 83
  • 1969 Otto Jochum, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1971 Carl Ruggles, American composer (Evocations), dies at 95
  • 1971 Fernand Quinet, Belgian composer/conductor (Guerre), dies at 73
  • 1974 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), dies at 66
  • 1976 Richard Sturzenegger, composer, dies at 70
  • 1977 Hugo Myrtelius, Swedish conductor, composer, and educator, dies at 85
  • 1996 Sid Pye, drummer, dies at 55
  • 1996 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53
  • 2001 Kim Gardner, English rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2007 Petr Eben, Czech organ composer (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • 2013 Héctor Quintanar, Mexican composer, dies at 77
  • 2015 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95
  • 2016 Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), dies of a cardiac arrest at 57
  • 2016 Bobby Vee [Velline], American pop singer ("Devil Or Angel"; "Take Good Care Of My Baby"), dies at 73

Person of interestFats Domino

2017 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ’n’ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), dies from natural causes at 89

Singer Fats Domino
Fats Domino
  • 2018 Tony Joe White, American blues and swamp rock singer (Polk Salad Annie), dies at 75
  • 2018 Darijan Božič, Slovenian composer and conductor, dies at 86
  • 2018 Wah-Wah Watson [Melvin Ragin], American session guitarist in Motown's Funk Brothers (Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), dies at 67