On This Day in Music for May 14

Events in Music

  • 1927 "Ain't She Sweet?" hits #1 on the singles chart by Ben Bernie
  • 1949 "Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances
  • 1951 Sammy Fain/EY Harburg's musical "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 1957 "New Girl in Town" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 432 performances
  • 1957 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1960 "At the Drop of a Hat" closes at John Golden NYC after 216 performances
  • 1966 A Lover's Concerto by Mrs Miller hits #95
  • 1968 Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp
  • 1972 14th Grammy Awards: It's Too Late, Carly Simon wins
  • 1978 "Working" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 1980 "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • 1983 "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5
  • 1984 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Fricke win
  • 1988 "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1995 "My Thing of Love" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 2011 56th Eurovision Song Contest: Ell & Nikki for Azerbaijan wins singing "Running Scared" in Dusseldorf
  • 2016 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1652 Johann Philipp Fortsch, composer
  • 1707 Antonio Teixeira, composer
  • 1805 Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer
  • 1816 Gualtiero Sanelli, composer
  • 1864 Eleanor Everest Freer, composer
  • 1870 Zygmunt Denis Antoni Stojowski, composer
  • 1885 Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • 1891 Egon Kornauth, composer
  • 1892 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer
  • 1892 Felix Petyrek, composer
  • 1893 Ivan Alexandrovich Vishnegradsky, composer
  • 1895 Renato Lunelli, composer
  • 1897 Sidney Bechet, US, jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/band leader
  • 1898 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, composer
  • 1898 Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer
  • 1900 Leo Smit, Dutch composer who died in a Nazi extermination camp, born in Amsterdam (d. 1943)
  • 1911 Hans Vogt, German composer, born in Danzig (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Harry Joseph Chick Daugherty, trombonist (Spike Jones & City Slickers)
  • 1916 Lance Dossor, British-born concert pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Lou Harrison, American composer (Rapunzel), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1924 Joly Braga Santos, composer
  • 1925 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1925 Tristram Ogilvie Cary, composer
  • 1925 Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
  • 1926 Cestmir Gregor, composer
  • 1928 Will "Dub Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Alvin Augustus Lucier Jr, composer
  • 1933 Frank Harte, Irish singer and song collector
  • 1934 Frederik von Pallandt, singer
  • 1936 Bobby Darin, [Walden Waldo Cassotto], singer (Mack the Knife), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937 Peter Frederic Williams, composer
  • 1940 Troy Shondell, American singer
  • 1942 Gerald Mark Shapiro, composer
  • 1943 Dereck "Lek" Leckenby, guitarist
  • 1943 Jack Bruce, Lanarkshire Scotland, bassist (Cream-White Room)
  • 1944 Gene Cornish, rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1946 Alan David Marks, pianist/composer
  • 1946 Derek Lek Leckenby, rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits-Kinda Hush)
  • 1947 Al Ciner, rock guitarist (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Jay Beckenstein, saxophonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1952 David Byrne, Dumbarton Scotland, rock guitarist/singer (Talking Heads-Burning Down the House)
  • 1953 Tom Cochrane, rock vocalist/guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959 Patrick Bruel, Algerian/French actor/rock vocalist (Coup of Sirocco)
  • 1960 Anne Clark, English singer
  • 1962 C C Deville, rocker (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me)
  • 1962 Ian Astbury, Merseyside, rock vocalist (Cult-Fire Woman)
  • 1966 Fab Morvan, French singer-songwriter (Milli Vanilli with Rob Pilatus)
  • 1966 Mike Inez, US rock bassist (Alice in Chains-Facelift)
  • 1966 Raphael Saadiq, American musician (Tony! Toni! Toné!)
  • 1969 David William Wood, rocker (New Kids-Lovin' You Forever), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Raphael Wiggins, rapper (Lifelines), born in Oakland, California
  • 1973 Shanice, [Wilson], vocalist (Discovery, Loving You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Natalie Appleton, Canadian-born singer
  • 1976 Hunter Burgan, American musician (AFI)
  • 1981 Sarbel, Greek-born singer
  • 1983 Anahí, Mexican actress and singer (RBD)
  • 1983 Tom Welham, British musician (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1990 Emily Samuelson, American ice dancer
  • 1993 Miranda Cosgrove, American actress and singer

Weddings in Music

  • 2011 Country singer Blake Shelton (34) weds singer Miranda Lambert (27) at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas

Deaths in Music

  • 1801 Johann Ernst Altenburg, composer, dies at 66
  • 1820 Paul Friedrich Struck, composer, dies at 43
  • 1833 Johann Wilhelm Cornelius von Konigslow, composer, dies at 88
  • 1847 Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn Hensel, composer, dies at 41
  • 1863 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer, dies at 46
  • 1870 Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer, dies at 69
  • 1877 John Roberts, composer, dies at 54
  • 1904 Richard Hol, Dutch composer/organist/conductor, dies at 78
  • 1959 Sidney Bechet, US jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 62
  • 1976 Keith Relf, rock vocalist (Yardbirds), electrocuted at 33
  • 1980 Wilhelm Weismann, composer, dies at 79
  • 1984 Larry Stock, songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies
  • 1990 Andre Ameller, composer, dies at 78
  • 1997 Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1998 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 2006 Lew Anderson, American actor and bandleader (b. 1922)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2015 B.B. King, American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King