On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 26

Events in Music

  • 1919 B C Hilliam's musical "Buddies" premieres in NYC

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1919 Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres in Queen's Hall London

Composer Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar

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1927 Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

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1930 Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "Zolotoy Vyek" premieres in Leningrad

  • 1962 The Beatles record "Ask Me Why"
  • 1965 Beatles receive MBEs at Buckingham Palace
  • 1973 Wings release "Helen Wheels"
  • 1986 "Into the Light" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 2002 Moscow Theatre Siege ends: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before

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2017 National Party of New Zealand found guilty of breaching the copyright of rapper Eminem's publisher and ordered to pay $413,000 for use of the song “Eminem Esque”

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter

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2018 Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor announces she has converted to Islam

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor

Birthdays in Music

  • 1483 Hans Buchner, German composer, born in Ravensburg (d. 1538)
  • 1685 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1757)
  • 1694 Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1758)
  • 1719 Joaquín Martínez de Oxinagas, composer, born in Bilbao, Basque Country (d. 1789)
  • 1740 Ernest Louis Muller, Polish composer and flautist, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1811)
  • 1758 Louis-Charles-Joseph Rey, French classical cellist and composer, born in Lauzerte, France (d. 1811)
  • 1789 Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1863)
  • 1795 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Italian-Greek composer, born in Corfu Island, Greece (d. 1872)
  • 1813 Henry Smart, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1879)
  • 1818 Stefano Golinelli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1891)
  • 1830 Polibo Fumagalli, Italian composer, born in Inzago, Italy (d. 1900)
  • 1845 Hendrik Waelput, Flemish composer and conductor (Forest, Stella), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1885)
  • 1859 Arthur Friedheim, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1932)
  • 1864 Joseph Moorat, British composer (Prunella) (d. 1938)
  • 1869 August Halm, German composer, born in Vellberg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1871 Hermann Löhr, British composer, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1943)
  • 1886 Gustav Hermann Unger, German composer, born in Kamenz, Germany (d. 1958)
  • 1898 Beryl Rubinstein, American pianist and composer, born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1952)
  • 1907 Giovanni Salviucci, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1937)

Person of interestMahalia Jackson

1911 Mahalia Jackson, American gospel singer (Whole World in his Hands), born in New Orleans, Louisianal; (d. 1972)

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • 1914 Alexander "Sasha" Argov [Abramovich], Israeli composer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Golfredo Corradetti, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Calgary, Alberta; (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Hans Peter Haller, German composer, born in Radolfzell, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1934 Hans-Joachim Rödelius, German composer and musician (Cluster, Harmonia), born in Berlin
  • 1934 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, born in Angers, France (d. 2019)
  • 1936 Bruce Belland, American singer (Tim Conway Hour), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936 Alvin Wayne "Al" Casey, American rock and session guitarist (Duane Eddy; The Wrecking Crew), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Dietmar Polaczek, Austrian composer and writer, born in Bendsburg, Upper Silesia (now Będzin, Poland)
  • 1944 Mike Piano, American rocker (Sandpipers), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1944 Kenneth Lee Ascher, American jazz pianist, composer ("Rainbow Connection"), and arranger (John Lennon), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 Keith Hopwood, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), born in Davyhulme, Manchester, England
  • 1951 [William] Bootsy Collins, American guitarist and singer (Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1951 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (Roches), born in Park Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • 1952 Andy Richards, British-Australian session and touring keyboard player ("Relax"; "Careless Whisper"), and producer, born in London, England
  • 1952 David Was [Weiss], American rock musician and producer (Was (Not Was) - "Walk The Dinosaur"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Julian Keith Strickland, American drummer (B-52's-Rock Lobster), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1955 Christine Brewer, American operatic soprano, born in Grand Tower, Illinois
  • 1956 Rita Wilson, American actress, singer, and film producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Mike LeDonne, American jazz Hammond organist, pianist, and composer (Benny Golson; The Groover Quartet), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1958 Bassam Sabam, Lebanese violinist, oud, and nay player (New York Arabic Orchestra; Silk Road Ensemble), born in Tripoli, Lebanon (d. 2020)
  • 1963 Natalie Merchant, American singer and songwriter (10,000 Maniacs), born in Jamestown, New York
  • 1965 Aaron Kwok Fu-Shing, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1965 Sakari Oramo, Finnish conductor (City of Birmingham Symphony, 1998-2008; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, 2008-21; BBC Symphony, 2013-23), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1966 Masaharu Iwata, Japanese video game composer, born in Tokyo

Person of interestKeith Urban

1967 Keith Urban, New Zealand-Australian singer (But for the Grace of God), born in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand

Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban
  • 1971 Anthony Rapp, American singer and actor, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1974 Lisa [Elizabeth Sakura Narita], Japanese musician (M-Flo), born in Tokyo
  • 1978 Mark Barry, English musician (BBMak), born in Manchester
  • 1981 Guy Sebastian, Malaysian-born Australian singer (Angels Brought Me Here), born in Klang, Malaysia
  • 1984 Amanda Overmyer, American singer (American Idol season 7 finalist), born in Mulberry, Indiana
  • 1986 Schoolboy Q [Quincy Hanley), American rap artist (Oxymoron), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany
  • 1996 Onutė Gražinytė, Lithuanian classical pianist, born in Vilnus, Lithuania

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2002 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Deaths in Music

  • 1607 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutheran pastor, poet, composer and hymnodist, dies at 52
  • 1678 John Jenkins, English composer, dies at about 86
  • 1706 Andreas Werkmeister, German organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1733 Antonio Veracini, Italian violinist and Baroque composer, dies at 74
  • 1749 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French composer/organist, dies at 72
  • 1756 Johann Theodor Romhild, German composer and organist, dies at 72
  • 1823 Josef Preindl, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1858 Isac B. Woodbury, American church composer (The Dulcimer), dies at 39
  • 1858 Isac Baker Woodbury, American composer, and musicologist (The Dulcimer: Or the New York Collection of Sacred Music), dies at 39
  • 1867 John Fawcett, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1874 Peter Cornelius, German composer and teacher (The Barber of Baghdad), dies of liver issues at 49
  • 1903 Herbert Oakeley, English composer, dies at 73
  • 1903 Victorin de Joncières, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1935 Akos Buttykai, Hungarian composer, dies at 64
  • 1941 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), dies at 53
  • 1955 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • 1956 Walter Gieseking, French-German pianist, composer, and lepidopterist, dies at 60
  • 1965 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), dies at 77
  • 1966 Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
  • 1984 John Woods Duke, American composer, dies at 85
  • 1992 Jerome Andrews, US/French dancer/choreographer, dies
  • 1993 Harold Rome, American composer (Fanny, Pins & Needles), dies at 85
  • 1994 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), dies at 65
  • 1999 Hoyt Axton, American songwriter, singer ("No No Song"; "Joy To The World"; "I've Never Been To Spain"), and actor (McCloud; Gremlins; The Rousters), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 2003 Roberto Garcia Morillo, Argentine composer and music critic, dies at 92
  • 2009 George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2010 John King, American rock drummer (Steve Miller Band, 1972-74), dies at 63
  • 2020 Stan Kesler, American session musician, songwriter and, record producer and songwriter (Sun Studio), dies of bone cancer at 92