On This Day

Events in Music on April 15

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1729 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" premieres in Leipzig

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1738 Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel

  • 1960 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • 1961 Meredith Willson's musical "The Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC. after 1375 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1963 Steve Allen's musical "Sophie", based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Music releaseAlbum Release

1966 The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath", their fourth studio album in UK (6th in US)

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1967 "Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 performances
  • 1970 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1971 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1972 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1984 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

2012 Hologram of late rapper Tupac features on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella music festival

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper
Snoop Dogg
Rapper and Record Producer Dr. Dre
Rapper and Record Producer
Dr. Dre

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Aretha Franklin posthumously receives the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor, first individual woman to win it since 1930

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin