On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 28

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts first performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, "Pathetique"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1915 Richard Strauss' Alpensymfonie, premieres in Berlin

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1961 "Fiorello!" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC starring Tom Bosley after 796 performances and a Pulitzer Prize

Music releaseMusic Recording

1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in NYC

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1972 "Mother Earth" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 12 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1689 Michel Mathieu, composer
  • 1733 Ignaz Franz von Beecke, German composer, born in Wimpfen, Germany (d. 1803)
  • 1751 Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky, Russian-Ukrainian harpsichordist and composer (Tantum Ergo), born in Glukhov, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1825)
  • 1789 Johann Schneider, German composer and organist (d. 1864)
  • 1798 Henri Bertini, French classical composer and pianist, born in London (d. 1876)
  • 1801 Karl Georg Lickl, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1877)
  • 1805 John Thomson, Scottish composer, born in Sprouston, Scotland (d. 1841)
  • 1856 Franz Xavier Arens, American composer, born in Neef, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, Spanish composer, born in Madrid (d. 1953)
  • 1884 Miloje Milojević, Serbian composer, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1946)
  • 1889 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, born in Nicolet, Quebec (d. 1975)
  • 1890 Andrés Isasi, Spanish Basque composer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1940)
  • 1892 Dink Johnson, American musician, born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1954)
  • 1895 John Boles, American singer and actor (Babes in Baghdad), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 1969)

Person of interestHoward Hanson

1896 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1981)

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1904 Louis de Meester, Belgian pianist and classical and electronic music composer (The Great Temptation of St Anthony), born in Roeselare, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Ādolfs Skulte, Latvian composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2000)
  • 1910 Arthur Altman, American songwriter (All or Nothing at All), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Gershon Kingsley, German-American composer, born in Bochum, Weimar Republic
  • 1924 Alfonso Montecino, Chilean-American composer, born in Osorno, Chile (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Dame Cleo Laine, British actress and jazz-pop singer (Flesh to a Tiger), born in Middlesex, England
  • 1929 John Mayer, Indian violinist and composer (Indo-Jazz Fusions), born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 2004) [1]
  • 1930 Harry Gilbert Trythall, American composer and pianist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1930 John Mayer, Indian composer (Indo-Jazz Fusion), born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Folke Rabe, Swedish avant-garde composer (What??), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Charlie Daniels, American singer (Devil Went Down to Georgia), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Ted Hawkins, American singer and guitarist (The Next Hundred Years), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1936 Carl Davis, American conductor and composer for silent films, born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), born in Yuma, Arizona (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Glen Moore, American jazz bassist and composer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941 Hank Marvin [Brian Rankin], English rocker (the Shadows), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
  • 1945 Wayne Fontana [Glyn Geoffrey Ellis], British rocker (The Mindbenders - "The Game Of Love"), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Rickie Lee Reynolds, American country guitarist (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • 1948 Telma Hopkins, American singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), and actress (Family Matters), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1952 Tommy Dobeck, American rock drummer (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1956 Dave Wyndorf, American rock singer (Monster Magnet), born in Red Bank, New Jersey
  • 1957 Stephen Morris, English pop drummer (Joy Division-Atmosphere)
  • 1959 Neville Henry, British rock saxophonist (Blow Monkeys - "Wicked Ways")
  • 1963 Eros Ramazotti, Italian pop musician and songwriter (Adesso Te), born in Cinecittà Est, Rome, Italy
  • 1965 Charles David Denler, American composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut 
  • 1969 Ben Harper, American blues and reggae musician and singer-songwriter (No Mercy In This Land), born in Pomona, California

Person of interestBrad Paisley

1972 Brad Paisley, American country singer (Collision of Worlds, Nobody's Fool), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley
  • 1976 Karl Tremblay, Canadian folk-rock singer (Les Cowboys Fringants), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1978 Justin Guarini [Bell], American pop singer and actor (American Idol), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1979 Aki Hakala, Finnish rock drummer (The Rasmus), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1982 Mai Kuraki, Japanese pop and R&B singer-songwriter (If I Believe), born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • 1985 Nomcebo [Nkwanyana], South African singer-songwriter ("Jerusalema"), born in Hammarsdale, Republic of South Africa
  • 1987 Frank Ocean [Christopher Breaux], American singer-songwriter (Thinkin' 'Bout You), born in Long Beach, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1639 Stefano Landi, Italian composer (b. 1587)
  • 1755 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, composer, dies at 65
  • 1768 Michel Blavet, French court flautist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1779 Raphael Weiss, German composer and priest, dies at 66
  • 1854 James P Carrell, composer, dies at 67
  • 1875 William Howard Glover, English composer, dies at 56
  • 1877 Johann Herbeck, composer, dies at 45
  • 1914 Richard Heuberger, composer, dies at 64
  • 1927 Eaton Faning, composer, dies at 77
  • 1940 Andrea d' Angeli, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • 1959 Egon Kornauth, composer, dies at 68
  • 1962 Pierre Froidebise, composer, dies at 48
  • 1963 Mart Saar, Estonian composer, dies at 81
  • 1965 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), dies at 52
  • 1970 Baby Huey [James Ramey], vocalist (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies
  • 1970 Eduardo López-Chávarri y Marco, Spanish composer, music critic and lawyer, dies at 99
  • 1971 Yves de La Casiniere, composer, dies at 74
  • 1975 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), dies at 43
  • 1984 Giuseppe Savagnone, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1991 Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist/composer, dies at 78
  • 1992 Joan Maloney Rio, dancer, dies of cancer at 57
  • 1999 Robert Linn, American composer, dies at 72
  • 2000 Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Gerard Hengeveld, Dutch composer (b. 1910)
  • 2004 Gil Mellé, American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 72
  • 2005 Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter (One Day at a Time), dies of heart disease at 86
  • 2007 Porter Wagoner, American country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come, "A Satisfied Mind"), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • 2018 Richard James Gill, Australian conductor and music educator, dies from cancer at 76
  • 2019 Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian composer and educator (Franz Liszt Academy, 1995-2019), dies at 76
  • 2020 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), dies of a stroke at 81