On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 7

Events in Music

  • 1943 Weill, Perelman and Nash' musical "One Touch of Venus" premieres in NYC
  • 1946 Charles Ives' 2nd string quartet premieres
  • 1959 "Happy Town" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 5 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

1959 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
Actor Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson
  • 1961 "Bye Bye Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 The Rolling Stones record the Lennon-McCartney song "I Wanna Be Your Man" at Kingsway Sound Studio in London

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 1964 The Beatles appear on episode of "Shindig" (ABC-TV) in the US
  • 1967 Beatles turn down $1 million NY concert offer by Sid Berstein

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 US decides John Lennon won't be deported due to UK pot conviction

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1977 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis
  • 1979 "1940s Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • 1979 Musical review "Eubie!", based on the songs of composer Eubie Blake, closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
  • 1982 Musical "Cats" opens at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway NYC and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.
  • 1993 "Les Miserables" opens at Meralco Theatre, Philippines
  • 1993 "She Loves Me" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 294 performances
  • 2008 Music, podcast, and video streaming service Spotify is launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon
  • 2017 Rapper Nelly arrested for rape in Auburn, Washington

Birthdays in Music

  • 1698 Henri Madin, French composer, born in Verdun (d. 1748)
  • 1746 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1758 Paul Anton Wineberger, composer
  • 1774 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer
  • 1798 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas)
  • 1801 Adolf Muller, composer
  • 1802 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, German violinist and composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1869)
  • 1835 Felix Draeseke, German composer (Christus. Mysterium in a Prelude and Three Oratorios), born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1913)
  • 1870 "Uncle" Dave Macon, American vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, born in Smartt Station, Tennessee (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Joe Hill, Jevla Sweden, organizer (IWW)/songwriter (Union Scab)/martyr
  • 1879 Joseph Bovet, composer
  • 1880 Jaime Pahissa, composer
  • 1898 Alfred Wallenstein, conductor (Chic Symph 1922-29), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1901 Ralph Rainger, composer
  • 1902 Willemina J H "Mascha" ter Weene, dancer/ballerina
  • 1909 Shura Cherkassky, pianist
  • 1911 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • 1911 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1911 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer
  • 1914 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915 Roman Padlewski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1922 Martha Stewart [Haworth], American singer and actress (Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face), born in Bardwell, Kentucky
  • 1926 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, born in Prague (d. 1978)
  • 1926 Marcello Abbado, pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1927 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American singer and actor (Here in My Heart, The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Amiri Baraka, American writer (Black Music), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Charles Dutoit, Swiss conductor, born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1939 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1941 Martin Murray, English rocker (Honeycombs), born in London, England
  • 1941 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • 1941 Enrique Antonio "Tony" Silvester, Panamanian-American R&B singer-songwriter (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), born in Panama (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Judee Sill, American singer-songwriter (Crayon Angels: Jesus Was A Cross Maker), born in Studio City, California (d. 1979) [1]
  • 1945 Kevin Godley, English rock drummer, vocalist, and producer (10cc - "I'm Not On Love"), born in Manchester, England
  • 1946 Bernard Lavilliers, French singer, born in Saint-Étienne, France
  • 1947 Philip Malcolm "Pip" Williams, British record producer and arranger (Status Quo; Moody Blues), born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England
  • 1949 Dave Hope, American rock bassist and retired priest (Kansas - "Dust In The Wind"), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1949 Kieran Kane, American singer (O'Kanes-Daddies Need to Grow Up Too), born in Queens, New York
  • 1949 Gabriel Yared, Lebanese-French film score composer (Betty Blue; The English Patient), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1951 Táta Vega [Carmen Rosa Vega], American vocalist (Color Purple soundtrack), born in Queens, Long Island
  • 1951 John "Cougar" Mellencamp, American musician (Jack & Diane) & actor (Falling From Grace), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • 1953 Tico Torres, American rock drummer (Bon Jovi-Always), born in New York
  • 1954 Kenneth Atchley, American composer
  • 1955 Yo-Yo Ma, Chinese-American cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Paris, France
  • 1956 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer (Paper Airplane), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1960 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer, born in Takasaki, Japan
  • 1960 Viktor Lazlo, Belgian singer, born in Lorient, France
  • 1961 Brian Mannix, Australian rock singer (Uncanny X-men - "How Do You Get Your Kicks?"), and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1964 Sam Brown, English singer & songwriter (Stop!), born in Stratford, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer (3:10 To Yuma; The Hurt Locker; Logan), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1967 Toni Braxton, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Un-Break My Heart"), born in Severn, Maryland
  • 1967 Luke Haines, English musician (The Auteurs; Black Box Recorder), born in Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead (Creep; Paranoid Android), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  • 1969 Javier Álvarez, Spanish singer-songwriter, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1971 Daniel Boucher, Québécois musician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974 Charlotte Nilsson, Swedish singer, born in Hovmantorp, Sweden
  • 1975 Damian Kulash, American musician (OK Go), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 Tim Minchin, Australian comedian and musician, born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Taylor Hicks, American musician, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1978 Alesha Dixon, British pop singer (Mis-Teeq), born in Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Li Yundi, Chinese classical pianist, born in Chongqing, China
  • 1984 Ikuta Toma, Japanese singer & actor, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1988 Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley), born in The Woodlands, Texas
  • 1996 Lewis Capaldi, Scottish singer-songwriter (Someone You Loved), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1978 Country singer Merle Haggard (41) weds his backup singer Leona Williams (35); divorce in 1983

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

Deaths in Music

  • 1553 Cristóbal de Morales, Spanish composer, dies at about 53
  • 1766 Andre Cheron, French composer organist and harpsichordist, dies at 71
  • 1887 George James Webb, English-American composer, dies at 84
  • 1890 John Hill Hewitt, American songwriter (A Minstrel's Return from the War), dies at 89
  • 1915 Samuel Prowse Warren, Canadian composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1918 Hubert Parry, English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), dies at 70
  • 1925 Hubert Main, American hymn composer, dies at 86
  • 1959 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), dies of a heart attack at 38
  • 1966 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], British rock singer-songwriter (Johnny Kidd & Pirates - "Shakin' All Over"), dies in a car crash at 26
  • 1966 Smiley Lewis [Overton Amos Lemons], American singer (The Bells Are Ringing; I Hear You Knocking), dies of stomach cancer at 46
  • 1976 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Estonian-American composer (Variazioni Concertanti), dies at 73
  • 1981 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • 1984 Hermann Schroeder, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1985 Cemal Reşit Rey, Turkish composer, dies at 81
  • 1988 Billy Daniels, African-American jazz singer ("That Old Black Magic") and television pioneer (The Billy Daniels Show), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1992 Ed Blackwell, US jazz drummer (Quartet), dies
  • 1993 Agnes de Mille, American dancer and choreographer (Oklahoma!, Rodeo), dies at 88
  • 1997 Friedrich Zipp, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1998 Arnold Jacobs, American tuba player a.k.a. Song and Wind (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Jimmie Lloydd [Logdon], American country and rockabilly singer, dies at 79
  • 2003 Arthur Berger, American composer (b. 1912)
  • 2010 T Lavitz, American musician (b. 1956)
  • 2012 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer (New York Art Quartet), dies at 76
  • 2013 Patrice Chéreau, French opera director and actor (Danton), dies from lung cancer at 68