On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 27

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1901 1st complete performance of Claude Debussy's orchestral composition "Nocturnes"

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
  • 1945 "Carib Song" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1950 Paul Creston's 3rd Symphony, "Triumph of St Joan" premieres
  • 1952 "My Darlin' Aida" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 89 performances
  • 1960 Singer Ben E. King records "Spanish Harlem" & "Stand By Me"
  • 1962 "Beyond the Fringe" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 673 performances
  • 1964 "Ben Franklin in Paris" opens at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 215 performances
  • 1970 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 87 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Covers of both Time & Newsweek picture rock singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Music releaseMusic Single

1981 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain" in US, written and produced by George Harrison

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Paul McCartney release "Pretty Little Head"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1987 Peter Shaffer's musical "Lettice & Lovage" premieres in London

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Peter Shaffer
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • 1990 "Michael Feinstein in Concert" closes at Golden NYC after 30 performances
  • 1991 "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 9 performances
  • 1991 "Homecoming" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 49 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2014 Taylor Swift releases her 5th studio album “1989” (2015 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2016)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
  • 2014 "Montevallo" debut album by Sam Hunt is released (American Country Countdown Award Digital Album of the Year 2016, Billboard Album of the Year 2015)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1739 Franz Ignaz Kaa, German composer, born in Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg (d. 1818)
  • 1746 Georg Anton Kreusser, German composer, born in Triefenstein, Germany (d. 1810)
  • 1775 Traugott Maximilian Eberwein, German composer, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1831)
  • 1782 Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violin virtuoso (Princess Lucca), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1840)
  • 1817 Anton de Kontski [Antoni Kątski], Polish-American pianist and composer (Awakening Of The Lion), born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1899)
  • 1868 Annie Patterson, Irish organist, composer, and musicologist born in Lurgan, Ireland (d. 1934)
  • 1873 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, born in Melbourne (d. 1926)
  • 1893 Johan G Dancer, Dutch poet (Meetings)
  • 1907 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (Soundings 4), born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Anestis Logothetis, Austrian composer, born in Burgas, Bulgaria (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), born in Hellerup, Denmark (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum], American rockabilly musician ("Tennessee Mambo"), born in Towanda, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], Italian-American session drummer (Ben E. King; Dionne Warwick; John Denver) and drum instructor, born in Siracusa, Italy (d. 1987)
  • 1927 Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Bernard Parmegiani, French composer (L'Oeil écoute - The Eye Listens), born in Paris (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Floyd Cramer, American Country Music Hall of Fame pianist (Last Date; On the Rebound), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1938 Elliot del Borgo, American music educator (SUNY/Crane School of Music, 1966-95) and composer (1980 Winter Olympics), born in Port Chester, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Anthea Joseph, British music promoter, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1942 Lee Greenwood, American country singer (God Bless the USA), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Phillip Catherine, Belgian jazz guitarist, born in London, England
  • 1942 Mike Appel, American musician, songwriter and producer (Sir Lord Baltimore; Bruce Springsteen), born in Flushing, Queens, New York
  • 1946 Peter Martins, Danish dancer and choreographer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1947 Edgar Broughton, British rocker ("Out Demons, Out!"), born in Warwick, Warwickshire, England
  • 1948 Byron Allred, American rock keyboardist (Steve Miller Band), born in Logan, Utah
  • 1948 Sherman Robertson, American blues guitarist (I'm the Man), born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • 1949 Garry Tallent, American rock bassist and producer (E Street Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949 Jack Daniels, American country guitarist (Highway 101 - "Cry, Cry, Cry"; "Who's Lonely Now?"), born in Choctaw, Oklahoma,
  • 1951 K. K. Downing, British rock guitarist (Judas Priest - "Breakin' The Law"), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
  • 1958 Hazell Dean [Poole], English disco singer (Always Doesn't Mean Forever), born in Chelmsford, Essex, England
  • 1958 Simon Le Bon, English rock vocalist (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"), born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1958 Manu Katché, French session and touring drummer (Peter Gabriel; Preface; Sting), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
  • 1960 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), born in Jezkazgan, Kazakhstan, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1961 Håkan Hardenberger, Swedish classical trumpet player, born in Malmö, Sweden
  • 1967 Scott Weiland, American rock singer-songwrite (Stone Temple Pilots; Velvet Revolver), born in San Jose, California (d. 2015)
  • 1970 Adrian Erlandsson, Swedish drummer (Cradle of Filth), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • 1972 Elissa [Elissar Zakaria Khoury] Lebanese singer, born in Deir el Ahmar, Lebanon
  • 1972 Marika Krook, Finnish singer (Edea), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1978 Vanessa-Mae [Vanakorn Nicholson], Singaporean-British violinist and Olympic alpine skier, born in Singapore
  • 1978 Dmitri Kogan, Russian concert violinist (Five Great Violins), born in Moscow (d. 2017)
  • 1980 Tanel Padar, Estonian singer (46th Eurovision Song Contest winner), born in Uhtna, Estonia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1964 American singers Sonny Bono (29) & Cher (18) wed, Cher wore bell-bottoms

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
  • 1984 "Jessie's Girl" singer Rick Springfield (35) weds Barbara Porter in Australia
  • 1991 "Thompson Twins" singer Tom Bailey weds Alannah Currie at Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

Deaths in Music

  • 1485 Rudolph Agricola [Roelof Huysman], humanist/organist, dies
  • 1771 Johann Gottlieb Graun, composer, dies
  • 1781 Herman-Francois Delange, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1796 Anton Thadaus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz, composer, dies at 45
  • 1822 Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German pianist, composer and publisher, dies at 55
  • 1833 Ferdinand Franzl, composer, dies at 66
  • 1848 Alexander Egorovich Varlamov, Russian composer, dies at 46
  • 1864 Andreas Randel, Swedish composer, dies at 58
  • 1925 Wilhelm Gericke, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • 1933 Julius Klengel, German cellist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1940 Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer, dies at 72
  • 1943 Bela Reinitz, composer, dies at 64
  • 1949 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)
  • 1953 Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • 1954 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
  • 1955 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer, dies at 66
  • 1969 Jaime Pahissa, composer, dies at 89
  • 1976 Deryck Victor Cooke, composer, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • 1977 Peg Leg Sam [Arthur Jackson], American country blues harmonica player, singer and comedian, dies at 65
  • 1980 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • 1986 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), dies at 50
  • 1990 Xavier Cugat, Spanish-American bandleader, dies at 90
  • 1991 Andrzej Panufnik, Polish-British composer and conductor (Symphony No. 3 - Sinfonia Sacra), dies at 77
  • 1994 Robert White, guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1996 Belinda Quirey, dance historian and teacher, dies at 84
  • 1996 John Gregory, English ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1999 Frank De Vol, American composer (theme songs to Family Affair, The Brady Bunch), dies at 88
  • 2000 Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • 2002 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 2004 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2012 Hans Werner Henze, German composer, dies at 86
  • 2012 Terry Callier, American soul, folk and jazz guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("What Color Is Love"), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2013 Lou Reed, American musician, dies from liver disease at 71
  • 2017 Ladislav Kubík, Czech-American composer (Aulos; Subterranean River) and educator (Florida State University, 1990-2017), dies at 71