Events in Music

  • 1374 Sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion
  • 1954 “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” closes at Imperial NYC after 229 performances

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1956Steve Allen Show” returns on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1961 “Happiest Girl in the World” closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances
  • 1961 Beatles record “If You Love Me Baby”

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1992 Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School at 43

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel


Birthdays in Music

  • 1746 Jean Baptiste Rochefort, composer
  • 1747 Johann Melchior Dreyer, composer
  • 1762 Johann Paul Wessely, composer
  • 1803 George James Webb, composer
  • 1808 Anna Caroline Oury, composer
  • 1840 Louis Brassin, composer
  • 1847 Gervais Bernard Gaston Salvayre, composer
  • 1873 Thomas Carl Whitmer, composer
  • 1879 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1901 Harry Partch, composer (Oedipus), born in Oakland, California
  • 1904 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], Linton, Indiana, American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood)
  • 1906 Pierre Fournier, violon cellist (Paris Conservatoire), born in Paris, France
  • 1907 Jose de Lima Siquiera, composer
  • 1908 Hugo Distler, composer
  • 1908 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (d 1987)
  • 1909 Milton Katims, American conductor/violist (WOR-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910 Denis Dowling, baritone
  • 1913 Max van Praag, Dutch singer
  • 1920 Bernhard Krol, composer
  • 1922 Roy Elihu Travis, American composer (Passion of Dedipus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1935 Terry Riley, Colfax California, composer (Spectra)
  • 1938 Lowell Cross, composer
  • 1942 Michele Lee, actress/singer (Karen-Knots Landing, Love Bug), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Arthur Brown, England, rocker (Fire) [or May 24]
  • 1944 Jeff Beck, Surrey England, singer/guitarist (Jeff Beck Group)

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1947 Mick Fleetwood, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way), born in London, England

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
  • 1947 Marianne Delgorge, singer/actress (Ice Cream Soda)
  • 1948 Patrick Moraz, Morges, Switzerland, progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, The Moody Blues)
  • 1949 John Illsley, Leicester England, rock bassist (Dire Straits)
  • 1950 Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1957 Astro, [Terrence Wilson], England, rock vocalist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1959 Andy McClusky, rocker (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark-Electricity)
  • 1961 Curt Smith, Bath England, rock bassist/vocalist (Tears For Fears)
  • 1967 Jeff Cease, guitarist (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1967 Richard Kruspe-Bernstein, German musician (Rammstein)
  • 1969 Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian singer
  • 1970 Glenn Medeiros, singer (Someday Love)
  • 1978 Ariel Pink, American musician
  • 1978 Erno “Emppu” Vuorinen, Finnish guitarist (Nightwish)
  • 1986 Solange Knowles, American singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

2000 “Dixie Chicks” lead vocalist Natalie Maines(25) weds “Profit” actor Adrian Pasdar (35) at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer-songwriter Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines


Deaths in Music

  • 1724 Johann Theile, German composer (Adam und Eva), dies at 77
  • 1882 Joseph Joachim Raff, German opera composer (Cavatine), dies at 60
  • 1891 Ann Sheppard Mounsey, composer, dies at 80
  • 1913 Frank Lynes, American composer, dies at 55
  • 1933 Sissieretta Joyner Jones, “Black Patti”, US singer, dies at about 64

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1935 Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer and the most prominent figure in the history of tango, dies in a plane crash at 44

Singer Carlos Gardel
Carlos Gardel
  • 1936 Nandor Zsolt, composer, dies at 49
  • 1944 Rio Gebhardt, German composer, dies at 36
  • 1952 Lodewijk Mortelmans, composer, dies at 84
  • 1992 Tom Alexander, model/actor (Kurt-Forbidden Dance), dies of AIDs
  • 1992 Tony LeMans, singer/songwriter, dies in a car crash at 29
  • 2004 Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2007 Natasja Saad, Danish reggae and dancehall artist (b. 1974)
  • 2013 Alan Myers, American rock drummer (Devo), dies of cancer at 58
  • 2016 Bernie Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), dies at 72