On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 5

Events in Music

  • 1762 Opera "Orfeo Ed Euridice" by Christoph Willibald Gluck is first produced in Vienna in front of Empress Maria Theresa.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1823 Carl Maria von Weber visits Ludwig van Beethoven

  • 1944 Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's musical "Bloomer Girl" premieres in NYC
  • 1946 "Yours Is My Heart" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1950 "Pardon Our French" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • 1962 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Little Richard joins Everly Brothers Tour

Singer Phil Everly
Phil Everly
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard

Music releaseAlbum Release

1973 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" 7th studio album by Elton John is released

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1977 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 43 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1994 28th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill & Pam Tillis wins

Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • 1995 "Company" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1590 Johann Schop, German composer and violinist, born in Niedersachsen, Germany (d. 1667) (dates disputed)
  • 1684 Johann Jacob de Neufville, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1712)
  • 1722 Gregorio Sciroli, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1781)
  • 1743 Giuseppe Gazzaniga, Italian composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1818)
  • 1758 Thomas Greatorex, English composer, born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (d. 1831)
  • 1817 Eduard Franck, German composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1893)
  • 1822 Hans Hampel, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1884)
  • 1840 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer and tenor, born in Cerknica (d. 1917)
  • 1875 Cyril Rootham, English organist, composer, and educator born in Redland, Bristol (d. 1938)
  • 1879 Halfdan Cleve [née Klewe], Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1951)
  • 1883 Charles Maduro, Antillean composer, born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Bolesław Woytowicz, Polish pianist and composer, born in Dunaivtsi, Ukraine (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Mrs. Miller [Elva Ruby Connes], American singer (A Lover's Concerto), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Glynis Johns, British actress and singer (Mary Poppins; A Little Night Music - "Send In The Clowns"; The Sundowners), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1925 Herbert Kretzmer, South African-British lyricist of Lithuanian heritage (Les Miserables), born in Kroonstad, Union of South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1926 Gottfried Michael Koenig, German-Dutch composer, born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1927 John W. Downey, American classical composer (A Dolphin), born in Chicago (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Arlene Saunders, American soprano, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Annerose Schmidt [Boeck], East German concert pianist, and educator, born in Wittenberg, Germany
  • 1938 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress, born in Soulac-sur-Mer, Gironde France
  • 1942 Richard Street, American R&B musician (The Temptations), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Steve Miller, American rocker (Abracadabra, Space Cowboy), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1945 Brian Connolly, Scottish singer (Sweet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1945 Geoff Leigh, British saxophonist and flute player (Henry Cow), born in Manchester, England
  • 1946 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), born in Wyoming (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Brian Johnson, English singer-songwriter (AC/DC), born in Dunston, Gateshead
  • 1948 Delroy Wilson, Jamaican singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1948 Lucius "Tawl" Ross, American pop guitarist (Funkadelic-One Nation Under a Groove), born in Wagram, North Carolina
  • 1948 Russell Mael, American singer, engineer and director (Sparks), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1949 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1950 Jeff Conaway, American actor and singer (Taxi - "Bobby"; Grease - "Kenickie"; Babylon 5 - "Zack"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1950 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), born in Twickenham, London (d. 2018)

Person of interestBob Geldof

1951 Bob Geldof, Irish singer (The Boomtown Rats) and activist (Live Aid), born in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • 1953 Sandra "Puma" Jones, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1955 Leo Barnes, Irish saxophonist (Hothouse Flowers - "I'm Sorry", "Don't Go")
  • 1957 Lee "Kix" Thompson, saxophonist (Madness - "Baggy Trousers", "Our House"), born in St Pancras, London, England
  • 1959 Troy Luccketta, American rock drummer (Tesla-Psychotic Supper), born in Lodi, California
  • 1961 Sharon Cheslow, American musician, composer and artist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Ken Noda, American pianist (Rivalry), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Audie Pitre, American bass guitarist (Acid Bath), born in Lousiana (d. 1997)
  • 1970 South Park Mexican [Carlos Coy], American rapper, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970 Tord Gustavsen, Norwegian jazz pianist and composer (Tord Gustavsen Trio), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1974 Heather Headley, Trinidadian singer, born in San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1974 Colin Meloy, American singer (The Decemberists), born in Helena, Montana
  • 1978 James Valentine, American musician (Maroon 5), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1980 Paul Thomas, American bassist (Good Charlotte), born in Waldorf, Maryland
  • 1981 Kelvin Tan Wei Lian, Singaporean singer, born in Singapore
  • 1985 Nicola Roberts, English singer (Girls Aloud), born in Stamford, United Kingdom
  • 1988 Bahar Kızıl, German singer (Monrose), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Weddings in Music

  • 2001 "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan

Deaths in Music

  • 1564 Pierre de Manchicourt, Flemish composer
  • 1707 Daniel Speer, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1813 Etienne Ozi, French composer, dies at 58
  • 1867 Thomas Taglichsbeck, composer, dies at 67
  • 1880 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffman), dies at 61
  • 1899 Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • 1911 Charles Malherbe, French violinist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1915 Jose Maria Usandizaga, composer, dies at 28
  • 1915 Otto Valdemar Malling, Danish organist and composer (Det hellige Land, opus 46), dies at 67
  • 1919 Jean Louis Nicode, composer, dies at 66
  • 1924 Joseph Vezina, composer, dies at 75
  • 1940 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer: Cuauhnahuac/Planos, dies at 40
  • 1943 Leon Roppolo, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1954 Flor Alpaerts, Flemish composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel, Pallieter), dies at 78
  • 1961 Don Barbour, American singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 34
  • 1965 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • 1981 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), dies in a plane crash at 48
  • 1985 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • 1986 Emanuel Sayles, American jazz banjo player (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), dies at 79
  • 1992 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1992 Paul Acket, organizer (Music Express, North Sea Jazz Festival), dies
  • 1995 Dick Henry Jurgen, bandleader, dies at 85
  • 2001 Aldo Jones [Albert Mansis], American rockabilly bassist and singer (Ben Vaughn Combo) dies of leukemia at 41
  • 2010 Steve Lee, Swiss musician and vocalist (Gotthard) (b. 1963)
  • 2011 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • 2012 Edvard Mirzoyan, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • 2014 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie, The Wiz), dies at 84
  • 2018 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), dies at 80
  • 2019 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), dies at 70
  • 2019 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), dies of a heart attack at 56