Category Archive for "This Day In Music History"


This Day In Music History: 1899 – Francis Poulenc is Born

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions are essentially diatonic. His works include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Among the best-known are the piano suite Trois mouvements…

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This Day In Music History: 1838 – Max Bruch is Born

Bruch was born in Cologne, the son of Wilhelmine, a singer, and August Carl Friedrich Bruch, a lawyer who became vice president of the Cologne police. He received his early musical training under the composer and pianist Ferdinand Hiller, to whom Robert Schumann dedicated…

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This Day In Music History: 1983 – Rebel Yell is Released

William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English rock musician, songwriter and actor. Born in Stanmore, Middlesex, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member…

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This Day In Music History: 1941 – Art Garfunkel is Born

Arthur Ira “Art” Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American singer, poet and actor. He partnered in his earlier years with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. Highlights of his solo music career include a…

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This Day In Music History: 1993 – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Hits US Theaters

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a 1993 American stop motion dark fantasy musical film directed by Henry Selick, and produced and conceived by Tim Burton.Danny Elfman wrote the film score and provided the singing voice of Jack, as well as some minor characters. The remaining principal voice…

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This Day in Music History: 1982: Prince Releases “1999”

Prince Roger Nelson (born June 7, 1958), known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor, a major figure in popular music for over three decades. Prince is renowned as an innovator and is widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant…

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This Day in Music History: 1940 – John Lennon is Born

John Winston Ono Lennon MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular…

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This Day in Music History: 1996 – “That Thing You Do” (Song) is released

The song was written by Adam Schlesinger, the bassist of the alternative rock group Fountains of Wayne. Performers include Mike Viola on vocals with Schlesinger on backup vocals. The song was released as a single, it peaking at #41 on…

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This Day in Music History: 1949, Bruce Springsteen is Born

Springsteen had been inspired to take up music at the age of seven after seeing Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 and growing up hearing fellow New Jersey singer, Frank Sinatra, on the radio. Sinatra also inspired…

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Antonín Dvořák

This Day in Music History: Antonín Dvořák is born.

Composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák was born on September 8, 1841 in Nelahozeves, Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) to František Dvořák and his wife Anna. The first of fourteen children, Antonín learned to play violin from an early age,…

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