On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 25

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1577 Pope Gregory XIII asks renewal of ecclesiastical hymns

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1875 The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von Bülow as soloist

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1885 Johannes Brahms' 4th Symphony in E premieres

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 1938 The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces Swing music as "a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people", warning that it leads down a "primrose path to hell".
  • 1940 Duke, Latouche & Felter's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1947 "Under the Counter" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 27 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th Symphony

  • 1963 Beatles begin their 1st full foreign tour in Sweden

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1964 Rolling Stones appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the 1st time

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 1965 Rolling Stones release "Get Off of My Cloud"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first UK gig as a private showcase at The Scotch of St. James in London

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music release#1 in the Charts

1980 Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album goes #1 for 3 weeks & her single "Woman In Love," goes #1 for 3 weeks

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1990 "Les Miserables" opens again at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • 1992 "Dancing at Lughnasa" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 421 performances
  • 1992 "Jake's Women" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • 1995 "Victor/Victoria" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 738 performances


1995 Singer Cliff Richard receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, - 1st rock star to be knighted

Singer Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Music releaseAlbum Release

2010 "Speak Now" 3rd studio album by Taylor Swift is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2011)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Birthdays in Music

  • 1576 Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer of madrigals, baptised in Elstead (d. 1623)
  • 1709 Georg Gebel, German musician and composer, born in Brzeg, Silesia (d. 1753) [1]
  • 1716 Petronio Maria Pio Sgabazzi, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1721 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, born in Reims (d. 1785)
  • 1772 Corneille Vander Planken, Belgian violinist and composer (d. 1849)
  • 1815 Ernesto Camillo Sivori, Italian violinist and composer, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1894)
  • 1815 Philipp Fahrbach the Elder, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1885)
  • 1825 Johann Baptist Strauss Jr., Austrian composer (Waltz King), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1899)

Person of interestGeorges Bizet

1838 Georges Bizet, French composer (Carmen), born in Paris (d. 1875)

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • 1864 Alexander Gretchaninov, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1956)
  • 1866 Georg Alfred Schumann, German composer, born in Königstein, Saxony, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Jean Rogister, Belgian virtuoso violist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • 1879 Mayhew Lester Lake, American composer, born in Southville, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • 1882 Tony Jackson, American ragtime pianist and singer-songwriter (Pretty Baby), born in New Orleans (d. 1921)
  • 1887 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 1902 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1924 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (The Wrecking Crew), born in New Orleans (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Oralia Domínguez, Mexican mezzo-soprano, born in San Luis Potosí (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1927 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Zdeněk Pololáník, Czech composer and organist, born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1941 Helen Reddy, Australian-American rock vocalist ("I Am Woman"; "You And Me Against The World"), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1943 Roy Lynes, English rock organist (Status Quo), born in Redhill, Surrey, England
  • 1944 Jon Anderson, English rock singer (Yes - Roundabout; Close To The Edge), born in Accrington, Lancashire
  • 1944 Kathy "Taffy" Danoff, American vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 Peter Lieberson, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1947 Glenn Tipton, English rock guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), born in Blackheath, England
  • 1949 Walter Hyatt, American singer and songwriter (Uncle Walt's Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1950 Chris Norman, British singer (Smokie), born in Redcar, England
  • 1951 Ransom Wilson, American conductor and flutist (Soliste NY)
  • 1951 Richard Lloyd, American guitarist (Television), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Robin Eubanks, American jazz trombonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Matthias Jabs, German rock guitarist (Scorpions-Wind of Change), born in Hannover, Germany
  • 1957 Robbie Macintosh, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Pretenders), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • 1958 Mark Miller, American singer (Sawyer Brown), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1959 Marina Minkin, Israeli harpsichordist and teacher (Ad Libitum Ensemble), born in Ukraine
  • 1959 Chrissy Amphlett, Australian singer-songwriter (Divinyls - "I Touch Myself"), born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1959 Luc Brewaeys, Belgian pianist, conductor, and composer, born in Mortsel, Belgium (d. 2015)
  • 1961 [Chadwick Gaylord] Chad Smith, American drummer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1964 Nicholas Bernard Thorp, English musician (Curiosity Killed the Cat), born in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
  • 1964 Nicole [Hohloch], German singer (won 1982 Eurovision Song Contest), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 1970 Ed Robertson, Canadian musician (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1971 Midori [Gotō], Japanese-born American violinist, born in Osaka
  • 1975 Eirik Glambek Bøe, Norwegian musician (Kings of Convenience), born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1981 Jerome "Romeo" Jones, American singer (Food for Thought), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Austin John Winkler, American lead vocalist (Hinder), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1982 Eman Lam, Hong Kong singer (at17), born in Hong Kong
  • 1984 Sara Lumholdt, Swedish musician (A-Teens), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Person of interestKaty Perry

1984 Katy Perry [Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson], American Pop Singer (I Kissed A Girl, Waking Up In Vegas), born in Santa Barbara, California

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry

Person of interestCiara

1985 Ciara [Harris], American singer and songwriter (Ciara: The Evolution) and model, born in Austin, Texas

Singer Ciara
  • 1986 DJ Webstar, American disc jockey and record producer (Chicken Noodle Soup), born in Harlem, New York

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1996 Singer-dancer Paula Abdul (33) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman (30) at Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 2015 Singer Jason Mraz (38) weds girlfriend Christina Carano at Pole Green Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia

Deaths in Music

  • 1878 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer, composer, dies at 89
  • 1895 Charles Hallé, Anglo-German pianist, conductor and founder (Halle Orchestra), dies at 76
  • 1904 Teresa Milanollo, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1907 Edmund Hart Turpin, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1910 Hermann Kipper, German music teacher and composer, dies at 84
  • 1926 Frederick Jr Zech, composer, dies at 68
  • 1952 Sergei Bortkiewicz, composer, dies at 75
  • 1960 José Padilla, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights; Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge), dies at 71
  • 1963 Abu-Bakr Khairat, Egyptian composer, dies at 53
  • 1968 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
  • 1980 Virgil Fox, American organist, dies at 68
  • 1983 Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, dies at 86
  • 1984 Pascale Ogier, actress (Ghost Dance), dies of heart attack at 24
  • 1985 Morton Downey, singer (Star of the Family), dies at 83
  • 1988 Johnnie Richardson, American R&B musician (Johnnie & Joe), dies at 53
  • 1991 Bill Graham, rock concert promoter (Filmore, Dylan), dies at 60
  • 1991 Margo J. Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers), dies of heart attack and stroke at 55

Person of interestRoger Miller

1992 Roger Miller, American country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me), dies at 56

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 2001 Yoritsune Matsudaira, Japanese composer, dies at 94

Person of interestRichard Harris

2002 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • 2003 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), dies at 88
  • 2010 Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • 2014 Jack Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream-White Room), dies at 71
  • 2017 John Manduell, British-based South African composer and educator (Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, 1973-96), dies at 89
  • 2018 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 2019 Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), dies at 96