On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 3

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1900 Edward Elgar/Cardinal Newmans oratorium premieres in Birmingham

Composer Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Elvis Presley's 1st public appearance at the age of 10

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1947 "Under the Counter" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 27 performances
  • 1961 "Sail Away" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • 1962 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" opens at Shubert NYC for 886 performances
  • 1963 "Here's Love" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 338 performances
  • 1970 "Coco" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 333 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1975 George Harrison releases "Extra Texture" album in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1977 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" opens at Imperial NYC for 66 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Say, Say, Say" in UK

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1990 Florida record store owner Charles Freeman is found guilty of obsenity, for selling 2 Live Crew rap records

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 25th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker & Vince Gill wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1992 Madonna premieres her "Erotica" video on MTV

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Sinead O'Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
Actor Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman
  • 1993 "White Liars/Black Comedy" closes at Criterion NYC after 38 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1631 Sebastian Anton Scherer, German composer, born in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1712)
  • 1713 Antoine Dauvergne, French composer, born in Moulins, Alier, France (d. 1797)
  • 1733 François Krafft, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1792 Cipriani Potter, English pianist and composer, born in London (d. 1871)
  • 1807 Heinrich Panofka, German violist and composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1887)
  • 1828 Woldemar Bargiel, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1897)
  • 1834 Vilém Blodek, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1874)
  • 1866 Learmont Drysdale, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1909)
  • 1881 Ludomir Michał Rogowski, Polish composer, born in Lublin, Poland (d. 1954)
  • 1888 Roy Webb, American film composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1893 Bedřich Havlík, Czech composer, born in Řípec, Czech Republic (d. 1964)
  • 1901 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), born in Iwata, Shizuoka (d. 1971)
  • 1912 Gabriel Julian, original pianist of Bobby Byrne Orchestra, arranger for Glenn Miller and founder Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ens
  • 1914 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher (d. 1970)
  • 1919 Walter Gieseler, German composer, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Marcel van Thienen, French composer, born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, born in Lvov, Poland (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer (National Ballet of Canada), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1986)
  • 1934 Benjamin Boretz, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936 Steve Reich, American minimalist composer (Drumming), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Boldizsár Csiky, Romanian composer, born in Târgu Mureș, Romania
  • 1937 Ton de Kruyf, Dutch composer, born in Leerdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1960)
  • 1938 Tereza Kesovija, Croatian singer, born in Konavle, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • 1940 Alan O'Day, American singer and songwriter (Undercover Angel, over 100 songs for the Muppet Babies). born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)

Person of interestChubby Checker

1941 Chubby Checker [Ernest Evans], American singer-songwriter (The Twist, Limbo Rock), born in Spring Gully, South Carolina.

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • 1946 Tristan Keuris, composer
  • 1947 Ben Cauley, musician (The Bar-Kays) and plane crash survivor, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1947 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead), born near Cora, Wyoming (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Lindsey Buckingham, American guitarist and lead singer (Fleetwood Mac), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1950 Ronnie Laws, US saxophonist/guitarist (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • 1950 John Curulewski, American musician (Styx), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1951 Jack Grondin, rock drummer (.38 Special)
  • 1951 Keb' Mo'[Kevin Roosevelt Moore], American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Los Angeles

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

1954 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1990)

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 1955 [Douglas] Allen Woody, bassist (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1959 Jack Wagner, American singer and actor (General Hospital, Melrose Place), born in Washington, Missouri
  • 1962 Tommy Lee, American musician (Mötley Crüe)
  • 1966 Frank Hannon, rock guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)

Person of interestGwen Stefani

1969 Gwen Stefani, American singer-songwriter (No Doubt), born in Fullerton, California

Singer Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
  • 1969 Tetsu, Japanese bassist (L'Arc~en~Ciel)
  • 1971 Kevin Richardson, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • 1972 Denny Vaughn, orchestra leader (Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour)
  • 1972 Garrett Dutton, American musician (G. Love and Special Sauce), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Lajon Witherspoon, American singer (Sevendust)
  • 1975 India Arie [Simpson], American singer and actress (Voyage to India), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1975 Talib Kweli, American rapper
  • 1978 Jake Shears, singer (Scissor Sisters)
  • 1984 Ashlee Simpson, American singer, born in Waco, Texas
  • 1988 ASAP Rocky [Rakim Mayers], American rapper (Long. Live. A$AP), born in New York City

Weddings in Music

  • 1833 Composer Hector Berlioz (29) marries actress Harriet Smithson (30)

LoveWedding of Interest

1944 Comedian Jerry Lewis marries singer Patti Palmer

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis

LoveWedding of Interest

1988 "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (20) weds musician Danny Keough (23) at the Church of Scientology

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

  • 1646 Virgilio Mazzocchi, composer, dies at 49
  • 1685 Fidel Molitor, Swiss composer, dies at 58
  • 1750 Georg Matthias Monn, Austrian composer, dies at 33
  • 1820 Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith, composer, dies at 74
  • 1828 Josephus Andreas Fodor, Dutch Classical era violinist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1853 George Onslow, English-French composer (chamber music), dies at 69
  • 1889 Karel Miry, Belgian composer (De Vlaamse Leeuw), dies at 66
  • 1890 Andries Andre, Dutch actor and husband of Geertruida Meeuwissen (Trumpeter-Major), dies at 36
  • 1903 Benedetto Junck, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • 1907 Alfred Reisenauer, German pianist and composer, dies at 43
  • 1912 Guido Papini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1919 Daniel Brink Towner, American Hymn composer, dies at 69
  • 1931 Carl August Nielsen, composer, dies at 66
  • 1931 Carl Nielsen, Danish violinist and composer (Det Uudslukkelige), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1941 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austria composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84
  • 1953 Arnold Bax, English composer known for his orchestral music (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • 1967 [Woodrow Wilson] Woody Guthrie, American folk singer (This Land Is Your Land), dies of Huntington's disease at 55
  • 1967 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Last Night of Proms), dies at 72
  • 1967 Walter Muller von Kulm, Swiss composer, dies at 68
  • 1969 Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
  • 1971 Seán Ó Riada, Irish composer, dies at 40
  • 1989 Del Wool [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, dies at 69
  • 1990 Eleanor Steber, eminent American soprano dies in Langhorne, PA
  • 1994 Virginia Dale, American actress/dancer (Holiday Inn), dies at about 77
  • 2000 Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • 2015 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies at 77