On This Day in Music for May 16

Events in Music

  • 1868 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres in Prague
  • 1941 1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 1946 Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC

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1947 Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1952 "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances
  • 1963 "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1964 89th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8
  • 1965 "Roar of the Greasepaint" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances

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1969 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1969 The Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault

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1970 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • 1971 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London
  • 1972 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
  • 1975 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • 1980 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis

Music releaseAlbum Release

1980 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music release#1 in the Charts

1981 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 1982 "Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances
  • 1982 "Is There Life after High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 performances
  • 1987 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 performances

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1987 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1992 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35
  • 1993 "3 Men on a Horse" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1993 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 30 performances
  • 2009 54th Eurovision Song Contest: Alexander Rybak for Norway wins singing "Fairytale" in Moscow

Birthdays in Music

  • 1822 Eduard Hille, Dutch composer/conductor
  • 1850 Arthur Henry Mann, organist/composer
  • 1857 Juan Morel Campos, composer
  • 1858 Frank Lynes, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1913)
  • 1858 Hanus Trnecek, composer
  • 1892 Richard Tauber, [Ernst Seiffert], Austria/British, tenor/conductor
  • 1893 Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer
  • 1897 Walther Geiser, composer
  • 1902 Jan Kiepura, Sosnowiec Poland, vocalist/actor (Her Wonderful Lie)
  • 1913 Woody Herman, jazz clarinetist/bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds)
  • 1917 Geraint Jones, conductor/organist

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1919 Liberace [Wladziu Valentino], American pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • 1926 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, born in Ružomberok, North Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer
  • 1930 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist/composer (Hangman's Songs)
  • 1931 Donald James Martino, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1932 Isaac "Redd" Holt, US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd)
  • 1941 Maurice Henry Weddington, composer
  • 1944 Billy Cobham, Panama, jazz artist (Same Ole Love)
  • 1945 Nicky Chinn, English songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
  • 1946 Robert Fripp, guitarist (King Crimson)
  • 1947 Barbara Lee, US singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine)
  • 1950 Jock Bartley, rocker (Firefall)
  • 1950 Ray Condo, Canadian rockabilly musician
  • 1951 Jonathan Richman, rocker (Modern Lovers-New England, Egyptian Reggae)
  • 1953 Richard Page, rocker (Mr Mister), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Hazel O'Connor, Coventry England, singer/actress (Breaking Glass)
  • 1958 Glenn Gregory, rock vocalist (Heeaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • 1964 Boyd Tinsley, American violinist (Dave Matthews Band)
  • 1965 Krist Novoselic, American bassist (Nirvana)

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1966 Janet Jackson, singer, Michael's sister (Control), born in Gary, Indiana

  • 1968 Ralph Tresvant, singer (New Editon), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Rachel Goswell, English singer and songwriter (Slowdive, Mojave 3)
  • 1974 Laura Pausini, Italian pop singer
  • 1974 Sonny Sandoval, American singer (P.O.D.)
  • 1975 Tony Kakko, Finnish singer (Sonata Arctica)
  • 1975 Tonéx, American singer
  • 1977 Dolcenera, Italian singer
  • 1978 David Ford, English singer/songwriter
  • 1983 Mince Fratelli, Scottish Drummer (The Fratellis)
  • 1983 Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1987 Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in LA
  • 2006 "Korn" bassist Fieldy (36) weds Deena Beber at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California
  • 2015 Glee singer/actress Heather Morris (28) weds high school sweetheart Taylor Hubbell at Old Canyon Ranch in Topanga, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1754 Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari, composer, dies at 76
  • 1762 Ernst Chreistian Hesse, composer, dies at 86
  • 1847 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1880 Karl August Krebs, composer, dies at 76
  • 1903 Eduard Rappoldi, composer, dies at 72
  • 1929 Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies
  • 1944 Leone Sinigaglia, composer, dies at 75
  • 1953 Django Reinhardt, Belgian musician (b. 1910)
  • 1954 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • 1972 Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1978 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), dies at 78
  • 1981 Ernie Freeman, American pianist and arranger (b. 1922)
  • 1983 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, dies at 52
  • 1990 Sammy Davis Jr, singer/actor (Golden Boy), dies at 64
  • 1992 Chalino Sanchez, Mexican musician (b, 1960)
  • 1993 Marv Johnson, US soul singer (You Got What it Takes), dies at 54
  • 1995 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • 2001 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • 2010 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter, and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • 2010 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist (b. 1918)