On This Day

Events in Music on October 4

  • 1881 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1918 Musical "Sometime" with Mae West premieres in NYC

Actress Mae West
Actress
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
Sting
  • 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
  • 1997 Farm Aid Farm Aid '97 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Steve Earle, and The Allman Brothers

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"