On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 31

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1724 George Frideric Handel's opera "Tamerlano" premieres at the King's Theatre in London

  • 1887 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral work "Capriccio Espagnol" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1949 "Regina" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 86 performances
  • 1957 "Jamaica" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 558 performances

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1963 Ed Sullivan witnesses The Beatles & their fans at London Airport

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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
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Music release#1 in the Charts

1964 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music releaseMusic Single

1969 George Harrison's "Something" is released by the Beatles as a single in UK, his first "A" side

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Jim Morrison is sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine for indecent exposure and open profanity, though remains free on a $50,000 bond pending appeal

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1971 "On the Town" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 65 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • 1982 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." closes at St James NYC after 9 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1983 Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1984 Howard Goodall & Melvyn Bragg's musical "Hired Man" premieres in London
  • 1993 "Wonderful Tennessee" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 9 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Rapper Tupac Shakur charged with aggravated assault

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
  • 1994 "Creep" single released by TLC – their 1st US No.1 (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)
  • 1994 American jam band Phish performs The Beatles "White Album" as a musical costume during a show at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York.
  • 1995 American jam band Phish performs The Who's "Quadrophenia" as a musical costume during a show at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois
  • 1996 American jam band Phish performs The Talking Heads' "Remain In Light" as a musical costume during a show at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1998 American jam band Phish performs The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" as a musical costume during a show at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada in Paradise, Nevada
  • 2018 BLACKPINK become the first K-pop girl group to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 with multiple hits

Birthdays in Music

  • 1291 Philippe de Vitry, French composer and poet, born in Paris (d. 1361)
  • 1757 Ignaz Spangler, Austrian singer and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1811)
  • 1791 Ferdinand Huber, Swiss composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1863)
  • 1888 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, born in Astoria, Oregon (d. 1951)
  • 1892 Olof Thiel, Swedish film score composer, under the pseudonym of Jacques Armand, born in Stockholm (d. 1978)
  • 1896 Ethel Waters, American actress (Beulah), singer (Stormy Weather), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Louise Talma, American composer (Summer Sounds), born in Arcachon, France (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), born in Uvalde, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Erik Routley, English Congregational minister, composer and musicologist, born in England (d. 1982)
  • 1920 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, born in Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, born in Broussard, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1926 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Anita Kerr, American singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1930 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, born in Skegness, Lincolnshire (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), born in Denison, Texas (d. 1970)
  • 1931 David Lumsdaine, Australian composer ( Annotations of Auschwitz), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1934 Walter Steffens, German composer, born in Burtscheid, Aachen, Germany
  • 1937 Tom Paxton, American folk singer and songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, born in Timbuktu Region, Mali (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Rik Kenton, British musician (Roxy Music, Woody Kern), born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  • 1945 (Russell Glyn) "Russ" Ballard, British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Argent - "Liar"; "You Can Do Magic"), born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1945 John "Moon" Martin, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bad Case Of Loving You), born in Altus, Oklahoma (d. 2020) [1] [2]
  • 1949 Bob Siebenberg, American rock drummer (Supertramp - Crime Of The Century), born in Glendale, California
  • 1949 Odaline de la Martinez, Cuban-American composer, born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1952 Bernard Edwards, bassist (Chicago-Addicted to Love), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1957 Robert Pollard, American rock singer-songwriter (Guided by Voices), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1957 Brian Stokes Mitchell, American Broadway singer and actor, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1961 Larry Mullen, Jr, Irish rock drummer (U2 - "I Will Follow"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1961 Kate Campbell, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1963 Johnny Marr, British guitarist and songwriter (The Smiths - "This Charming Man"; "Ask"), born in Ardwick, Manchester, England
  • 1963 Mikkey Dee [Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou], Swedish rock musician and drummer [Motörhead, Scorpions], born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1964 Darryl Worley, American country singer (Hard Rain Don't Last), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1966 Annabella Lwin [Myant Myant Aye], Anglo-Burmese singer (Bow Wow Wow - "I Want Candy"), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • 1966 Ad-Rock [Adam Horovitz], American rocker (Beastie Boys), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestVanilla Ice

1967 Vanilla Ice [Robert Van Winkle], American rapper (Ice Ice Baby) and actor (Cool as Ice), born in Miami, Florida

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice
  • 1967 Adam Schlesinger, American rock musician (Fountains Of Wayne) and songwriter (That Thing You Do), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1970 Nicholas "Nicky" Wu, Taiwanese singer, actor and martial arts expert (Xiao Hu Dui/Little Tiger Team), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1970 Linn Berggren, Swedish pop singer (Ace of Base), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1970 Rogers Stevens, American guitarist (Blind Melon), born in West Point, Mississippi
  • 1970 Mitch Harris, American guitarist (Napalm Death, among others), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970 Johnny Moeller, American blues guitarist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1974 Natasja Saad, Danish hip hop and reggae artist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2007)
  • 1977 Séverine Ferrer, French pop singer, born in Montpellier, France
  • 1980 Alondra de la Parra, Mexican-American conductor (Queensland Symphony, 2015-present), and founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (2004-11), born in NYC, New York
  • 1981 Frank Iero, American musician (My Chemical Romance, Leathermouth, Pencey Prep; founder of Skeleton Crew), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • 1982 The Cheeky Girls [Gabriela and Monica Irimia], British-Romanian pop singers, born in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
  • 1990 Lil JJ [James Charles Lewis], American actor (Just Jordan) and singer ("Party Boi"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1990 Johanna Söderberg, Swedish pop-country-folk singer-songwriter (First Aid Kit - "Emmylou"), born in Enskede, Sweden
  • 2000 Willow Smith, American actress, singer ("Whip My Hair") and dancer, born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1968 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones

LoveWedding of Interest

1970 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper

LoveWedding of Interest

1980 Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds back up singer Kathy Jordan

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton

Deaths in Music

  • 1634 Erasmus Widmann, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1654 Francisco Correa de Arauxo, Spanish organ composer, dies at about 70
  • 1744 Leonardo Ortensio Salvatore de Leo, Italian opera composer, dies at 50
  • 1768 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1815 Daniel Belknap, American composer, dies at 44
  • 1870 Mihály Mosonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 55
  • 1887 George Alexander Macfarren, British composer and musicologist, dies at 74
  • 1902 Jean-Baptist Colyns, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1968 Malcolm Hale, American musician (Spanky and Our Gang), dies of monoxide poisoning at 27
  • 1969 Hugo Pfister, Swiss composer, dies at 55
  • 1975 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • 1989 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • 1991 Willem Pelemans, Flemish composer, and music critic, dies at 90
  • 1994 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer, dies at 76
  • 1995 Alan Bush, English composer pianist and teacher, dies at 94
  • 1995 Lavad "Dr Hepcat" Durst, vocal/piano, dies at 82
  • 1995 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), dies at 67
  • 1995 Louis Levy Jr, music publisher, dies at 84
  • 2000 Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)
  • 2003 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, dies at 95
  • 2005 John "Beatz" Holohan, American drummer (Bayside), dies in an auto accident at 31
  • 2009 Ron Gowans, Australian jazz saxophonist, dies of cancer at 83
  • 2011 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), dies of heart and lung disease at 81
  • 2020 Rance Allen, American gospel singer and musician (Rance Allen Group - Miracle Worker), dies at 71
  • 2020 MF Doom [Daniel Dumile], American rapper and hip hop artist, dies at 49 [1]