On This Day in Music for October 31

Events in Music

  • 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, Russia
  • 1949 Marc Blitzstein's musical "Regina", based on Lilian Hellman's novel "The Little Foxes" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 56 performances, winning 2 Tony Awards
  • 1957 Yip Harburg, Fred Saidy, and Harold Arlen's musical "Jamaica", starring Lena Horne, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 558 performances
  • 1969 George Harrison's "Something" is released by the Beatles as a single in UK, his first "A" side
  • 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
  • 1971 Revival of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical "On the Town" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 65 performances
  • 1975 Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats
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Weddings in Music

  • 1968 British "Monkees" singer Davy Jones (22) weds American actress Linda Haines (23); divorce in 1975
  • 1970 American "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds American "The Mamas & the Papas" singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico; divorce 8 days later
  • 1980 American Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds American back-up singer (to James Brown) Kathy Jordan; separate in 2004

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Musicians Who Died on Oct 31

  • 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
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