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
  • 1997 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois

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

Music concertMusic Concert

2015 American rock band Van Halen's final public performance takes place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • 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

  • 1528 Francisco Guerrero, Spanish composer, born in Seville [exact day of birth unconfirmed] (d. 1599)
  • 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 pianist and composer, born in Roosendaal, Netherlands (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 (-Llona), Chilean composer and educator (El Hombre ante la Ciencia - (Man Before Science)), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Albert de Klerk, Dutch organist, composer, and conductor, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Walter Bishop, Jr, American bebop jazz pianist, music theorist, and educator, born in New York City (d. 1998)
  • 1928 Torben Ulrich, Danish tennis player, musician, writer, filmmaker and father of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1929 Leroy Van Dyke, American country singer (Walk on By), born in Mora, Missouri
  • 1930 József Soproni, Hungarian composer and educator, born in Sopron
  • 1944 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Marlena Davis, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"; "South Street"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1945 Clifton Davis, American actor (That's My Mama; Amen) and singer-songwriter ("Never Can Say Goodbye"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Julien Clerc, French singer
  • 1947 Frank "Skip" Konte, American rock keyboardist (Blues Image - "Ride Captain Ride"; Three Dog Night, 1973-76), born in Canon City, Oklahoma
  • 1947 Jim Fielder, American bassist, (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1952 Jody Stephens, American rock drummer (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennesee
  • 1953 Gil "The Bird" Moore, Canadian rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953 Andreas Vollenweider, Swiss new-age harpist (Down to the Moon), born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1957 Russell Simmons, American hip-hop music magnate (Def Jam), and entrepreneur, born in Queens, New York
  • 1958 Barbara K [Kooyman-MacDonald], American singer-songwriter (Timbuk 3 - "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1959 Chris Lowe, English rock keyboardist (One Under The Eight, Pet Shop Boys), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1960 Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, American country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1960 Malcolm Burn, Canadian musician and record producer (Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl), born in Cornwall, Ontario
  • 1961 John Secada, Cuban American singer-songwriter, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1962 Aldo Sprenger, Dutch pop guitarist (Kong-Phlegm)
  • 1965 [Fred] "Skip" Heller, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer, 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, mostly of operettas (Bruder Straubinger; The Golden Mistress), dies from injuries from falling off of a stage 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
  • 1977 Del Porter, American jazz singer (Foursome - "Walkin' My Baby Back Home"; Spike Jones and His City Slickers - "Der Fuehrer's Face"), dies at 75
  • 1979 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • 1982 Glenn Gould, Canadian classical pianist (Bach's Goldberg Variations) and broadcaster (Solitude Trilogy), dies after suffering a stroke 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
  • 2000 Benjamin Orr [Orzechowski], American rock bassist and singer (The Cars - "Just What I Needed", "Drive") dies of pancreatic cancer at 53
  • 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
  • 2016 Donald H. White, American composer (Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Winds; Tuba Sonata) and educator, dies at 95
  • 2018 John Tyrrell, British musicologist (Leoš Janáček; The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), dies at 76