On This Day in Music for May 15

Events in Music

  • 1858 Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden London
  • 1891 Jules Massenet's opera "Griselde" premieres in Paris
  • 1914 Henri Rabaud's opera "Marouf, Savetier de Caire" premieres in Paris
  • 1961 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19

Music awardsMusic Awards

1963 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1967 Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Film release premierFilm Premier

1968 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1968 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host
  • 1971 "70, Girls, 70" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • 1972 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • 1976 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
  • 1981 George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK
  • 1988 "Carrie" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1988 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 1989 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 1990 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1993 38th Eurovision Song Contest: Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland wins singing "In Your Eyes" in Millstreet
  • 2004 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul

Music awardsMusic Awards

2007 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win


Birthdays in Music

  • 1567 Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi, Italian composer (L'Orfeo), born in Cremona, Duchy of Milan (d. 1643) baptism date
  • 1754 Pierre Dutillieu, composer
  • 1759 Maria Theresia von Paradis, composer
  • 1764 Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, composer
  • 1795 Adolf B Marx, German music theorist
  • 1807 Luigi Ferdinando Casamorata, composer
  • 1808 Gottfried Herrmann, composer
  • 1808 Michael William Balfe, composer
  • 1813 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, born in Pest (d.1888)
  • 1841 Giovanni Bolzoni, composer
  • 1873 Nikolay N Tcherepnin, St Petersburg, composer of ballets, songs [NS]
  • 1878 Francisco Pujol, composer
  • 1883 Stanley Marchant, English composer, born in London (d. 1949)
  • 1893 Michel Gusikoff, composer
  • 1907 Josef Alexander, composer
  • 1908 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, Akarp Sweden, composer (Linden)
  • 1909 Rodolfo Cornejo, composer
  • 1912 Arthur Victor Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Pierre Froidebise, composer
  • 1918 Eddy Arnold, Henderson TN, country singer (Cattle Call, Anytime)
  • 1923 John Lanchbery, English composer (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Andrey Yakoulevich Eshpay, composer
  • 1925 Emmanuel Ghent, composer
  • 1926 Clermont Pepin, composer
  • 1935 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "Its not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • 1936 Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italy, singer/actress (Cinderfella)
  • 1936 Jean Balissat, composer
  • 1937 Trini Lopez [Tinidad Lopez], American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1941 K T Oslin, Crossett Ar, country singer (80's Ladies)
  • 1941 Lainie Kazan, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Richard Edward Wilson, composer
  • 1944 Ian "Tich" Amey, British rock musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury Wiltshire
  • 1945 Lasse Berghagen, Swedish singer
  • 1947 Graham Goble, Adelaide, Australia, rock guitarist (Little River Band)
  • 1948 Brian Eno, Woodbridge England, rock keyboardist/singer (On Land)
  • 1949 Eric J Beekes, actor/singer (Hunk)
  • 1951 Dennis Frederiksen, rocker (Toto-Roseanna, Africa), (d. 2014)
  • 1953 Mike Oldfield, England, composer (Tubular Bells)
  • 1959 Andrew Eldritch, rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
  • 1961 Melle Mel, American musician
  • 1968 Seth Putnam, American musician
  • 1969 Asalah Nasri, Syrian singer
  • 1970 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • 1970 Martin Rossiter, Welsh Musician
  • 1974 Ahmet Rodan Zappa, son of Frank/rocker (Z, 2 Hip 4 TV)
  • 1982 Jessica Sutta, American dancer, singer and actress (The Pussycat Dolls)
  • 1983 Devin Bronson, American guitarist (Avril Lavigne)
  • 1987 Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer
  • 1995 Ksenia Sitnik, Belarusian singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1948 Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)
  • 2015 Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (42) weds F1 racing team boss Christian Horner (41) in Bedfordshire, England

Deaths in Music

  • 1609 Giovanni Croce, Italian composer (b. 1557)
  • 1746 Giovanni Antonio Ricieri, composer, dies at 67
  • 1785 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, dies at 29
  • 1821 John Wall Calcott, composer, dies at 54
  • 1822 Christian Ludwig Dieter, composer, dies at 64
  • 1823 Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky, composer, dies at 69
  • 1824 Alexander Campbell, composer, dies at 60
  • 1832 Carl Friedrich Zelter, composer, dies at 73
  • 1872 Thomas Hastings, composer, dies at 87
  • 1952 Italo Montemezzi, composer, dies at 76
  • 1967 Jaromir Fiala, composer, dies at 74
  • 1989 John Waldo Green, composer, dies at 80
  • 1989 Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1991 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), dies of cancer at 84
  • 1994 Frederik baron van Pallandt, Danish singer (Nina & F), murdered at 61
  • 1994 Ronnie Potsdammer, singer/song/text writer/programmer, dies at 71
  • 1995 Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist, dies at 68
  • 1995 Perry Lederman, folk singer, dies at 52
  • 1996 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2003 June Carter Cash, American musician and singer dies aged 73

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 2004 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • 2008 Alexander Courage, composer of original Star Trek theme (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84