On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 4

Events in Music

  • 1881 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1918 Musical "Sometime" with Mae West premieres in NYC

Actress Mae West
Mae West
  • 1952 "Top Banana" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 356 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1959 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad

  • 1965 "Pickwick" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 56 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1974 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1990 "Stand Up Tragedy" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 1992 "Anna Karenina" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 1992 "Real Inspector Hound" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from Sting

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
  • 1995 29th Country Music Association Award: Krauss Jackson win

Music releaseMusic Single

1999 "Breathe" single released by Faith Hill (Billboard Song of the Year 2000)

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 2000 34th Country Music Association Award: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins
  • 2005 "All the Right Reasons", fifth studio album by Nickelback, is released
  • 2013 German singer Helene Fischer releases "Farbenspiel", most successful album ever by a German female artist, over 2.4 million sold
  • 2017 Chinese pianist Lang Lang plays Carneige Hall one-handed due to injury with 14 year-old Maxim Lando playing his left hand for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1744 Domenico Corri, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1825)
  • 1749 Jean-Louis Duport, French cellist and composer, born in France (d. 1819)
  • 1762 Tommaso Sogner, Italian composer, born in Villa S Pedro Pescador, Gerona (d. 1821)
  • 1772 François-Louis Perne, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1832)
  • 1840 Charles Lenepveu, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1910)
  • 1841 Stephen Albert Emery, American composer and pianist, born in Paris, Maine (d. 1891)
  • 1857 Henry Schoenfeld, American composer, born in Milwaukee (d. 1936)
  • 1861 João Marcellino Arroyo, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1930)
  • 1905 Leon Orthel, Dutch composer, born in Roosendaal (d. 1985)
  • 1905 René Defossez, Belgian composer, born in Spa, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, born in Thorigny-sur-Marne, France (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Alfonso Letelier-Llonas, composer
  • 1917 Albert de Klerk, Dutch composer/conductor
  • 1928 Torben Ulrich, Danish tennis player, musician, writer, filmmaker and father of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1929 Leroy Van Dyke, Spring Fork Mo, country singer (Walk on By)
  • 1930 József Soproni, Hungarian composer and educator, born in Sopron
  • 1944 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Clifton Davis, actor/singer (That's My Mama, Amen), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Julien Clerc, French singer
  • 1952 Jody Stephens, rock drummer (Big Star)
  • 1953 Gil "The Bird" Moore, Canadian rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 Russell Simmons, American Music magnate (Def Jam), born in Queens, New York
  • 1958 Barbara MacDonald, rocker (Timbuk 3)
  • 1959 Chris Lowe, English rock keyboardist (One Under The Eight, Pet Shop Boys), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1960 Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1961 John Secada, Cuban American singer-songwriter, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1962 Aldo Sprenger, Dutch pop guitarist (Kong-Phlegm)
  • 1965 Skip Heller, American musician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1971 Friderika Bayer, Hungarian singer
  • 1981 Juka, Japanese singer
  • 1984 Lena Katina, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)
  • 1986 Yuridia, Mexican singer
  • 1988 Melissa Benoist, American actress and singer (Glee, Supergirl), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • 1989 Lil Mama [Niatia Jessica Kirkland], American rapper (VYP: Voice of the Young People), born in NYC, New York

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2016 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale divorce after 13 years of marriage

Singer Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani

Deaths in Music

  • 1713 Valentin Molitor, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • 1838 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1848 Louis Massonneau, composer, dies at 82
  • 1907 Alfredo Keil, Portuguese composer, dies at 57
  • 1915 George Edwardes, British composer (Gaiety Girl), dies at 59
  • 1935 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1949 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, dies at 75
  • 1962 John Lowry, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 79
  • 1969 Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)
  • 1970 George Frederick McKay, American composer, dies at 71

Person of interestJanis Joplin

1970 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • 1979 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • 1982 Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist (sued Steinway Piano), dies at 50
  • 1992 Laurie Anders, singer, dies of cancer
  • 1994 Bill Challis, arranger/Pianist, dies at 90
  • 1994 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), commits suicide at 48
  • 1999 Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • 1999 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2005 Michael "Mike" Gibbins, Welsh musician (Badfinger), dies from a brain aneurysm at 56
  • 2009 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (exponent of nueva canción), dies at 74
  • 2014 Paul Revere, American musician, dies from cancer at 76
  • 2014 Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer, dies at 73