Events in Music

  • 1933 Strauss & von Hofmannsthal’s opera “Arabella,” premieres in Dresden
  • 1950 “Lost in the Stars” closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 281 performances

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1956 Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1963 The Beatles record “She Loves You” & “I’ll Get You”
  • 1967 “Funny Girl” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 1348 performances
  • 1967 Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” goes #1 for 15 weeks

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1968 John Lennon‘s 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

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1970 Jimi Hendrix 1st recording session (NYC)

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1972 “Follies” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 524 performances
  • 1972 “Hair” closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 1750 performances
  • 1973 “Jesus Christ Superstar” closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 711 performances
  • 1978 “Act” closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 233 performances
  • 1982 ABC national music radio network scheduled premiere (never happened)
  • 1984 “Baby” closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • 1987 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN’s country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
  • 1995 “Kiss of the Spider Woman” closes at Broadhurst NYC after 906 performances
  • 1996 Placido Domingo becomes art director of Washington Opera

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2015 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland


Do You Know What Happened On This Day?


Sony introduces the Walkman.

The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.

Start of first Tour de France bicycle race.

The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.

The Nuclear non-proliferation treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., London and Moscow by sixty-two countries.

Birthdays in Music

  • 1586 Claudio Saracini, composer
  • 1663 Franz Xaver Murschhauser, composer
  • 1688 Johann Ludwig Steiner, composer
  • 1735 James Lyon, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1794)
  • 1764 Georg Christoph Grosheim, composer
  • 1899 Cavan O’Connor, singer
  • 1908 Peter Anders, German opera singer
  • 1911 Alvino Rey, orchestra leader (King Family), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1915 Willie Dixon, American blues musician (“Hoochie Coochie Man”), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, born in Sandviken (d. 1999)
  • 1928 Volker Wangenheim, composer
  • 1932 Bobby Day, [Robert Byrd], rock vocalist (Rockin’ Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1935 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Delaney Bramlett, Oklahoma, rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie)
  • 1941 John Gould, British composer/musical comic
  • 1941 Twyla Tharp, Portland Ind, choreographer (Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe)
  • 1942 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Jeff Wayne, American musician, born in new York City
  • 1945 Deborah Harry, singer (Blondie-Heart of Glass), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946 June Montiero, US, vocalist (Toys-A Lover’s Concerto)
  • 1947 Marc Benno, American musician (Rock ‘n’ Roll Me Again), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1949 John Farnham, Australian singer
  • 1951 Fred Schneider, Newark Ga, vocalist/guitarist (B-52’s-Rock Lobster)
  • 1951 Anne Feeney, American protest singer
  • 1951 Terrence Mann, American actor and dancer
  • 1952 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (d. 2006)
  • 1955 Keith Whitley, Sandy Hook Ky, country singer (Don’t Close Your Eyes)
  • 1960 Evelyn “Champagne” King, disco singer (Shame, I’m in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1963 Roddy Bottum, rock keyboardist (Faith No More-Real Thing), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Poi Burton, rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)
  • 1972 Alex Machacek, Austrian musician
  • 1975 Sufjan Stevens, American musician
  • 1977 Keigo Hayashi, Japanese music artist
  • 1977 Birgit Schuurman, Dutch musician
  • 1983 Marit Larsen, Norwegian musician (M2M)
  • 1983 Leeteuk, Korean singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1990 Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr (41) weds model Mary Jane Thomas at a Congregational church near his ranch in Missoula, Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 Eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer Barbra Streisand (57) weds actor James Brolin (58) in Malibu

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 2006 “Hi-5” actress and singer Jennifer Peterson-Hind (26) weds recording artist Tom Korbee in Madison, Wisconsin

HeartWedding of Interest

2011 English model Kate Moss (37) weds English guitarist Jamie Hince (42) at St. Peter’s Church, Southrop in Gloucestershire

Supermodel Kate Moss
Kate Moss

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne (28) weds Canadian singer Chad Kroeger (38) at the Château de La Napoule, a reconstructed medieval castle on the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France.

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne


Deaths in Music

  • 1592 Marc A Ingegneri, Italian violinist/composer (Responsoria), dies
  • 1662 Simon Ives, composer, dies at 61
  • 1691 Marc’Antonio Pasqualini, composer, dies at 77
  • 1742 Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, Czech monk/composer, dies at 58
  • 1784 Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, composer, son of J.S. Bach, dies at 73
  • 1805 Georg Ritschel, composer, dies at 60
  • 1883 Manuel Gregorio Tavarez, composer, dies at 39
  • 1910 Marius Petipa, Fren ballet dancer/choreographer (Casse-noisette), dies
  • 1925 Erik Satie, French composer (Dreamy Fish), dies at 59
  • 1947 Clarence Lucas, composer, dies at 80
  • 1950 Edward Faber Schneider, composer, dies at 77
  • 1950 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
  • 1958 Rudolf von Laban, Czech/Ger choreographer (modern dance), dies at 78
  • 1964 Pierre Monteux, French/US conductor (Concert Bldg Orch), dies at 89
  • 1965 Claude Thornhill, composer, dies at 55
  • 1973 Mario La Broca, composer, dies at 76
  • 1982 John Everett Watts, composer, dies at 51
  • 1987 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • 1988 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer, dies at 82
  • 1988 Lex van Delden, Dutch composer/writer, dies at 68
  • 1999 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), dies at 72
  • 2003 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (b. 1930)
  • 2004 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Luther Vandross, American singer, dies at 54
  • 2005 Obie Benson, American musician (b. 1936)
  • 2008 Mel Galley, English guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 2012 Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2015 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, dies at 88