On This Day in Music for May 17

Events in Music

  • 1890 Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi
  • 1947 "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 148 performances
  • 1969 "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92
  • 1971 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" premieres off-Broadway
  • 1973 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances

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1973 Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • 1975 "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79
  • 1980 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Saturday Night Live"
  • 1981 "Inacent Black" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 1987 "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances
  • 2005 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win

Music awardsMusic Awards

2015 24th Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist & 7 other awards

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Birthdays in Music

  • 1568 Christoph Thomas Walliser, composer
  • 1732 Francesco Pasquale Ricci, composer
  • 1800 Carl Friedrich Zollner, composer
  • 1808 Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel, French composer (Les trois couleurs), (d.1892)
  • 1819 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, composer
  • 1823 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, Englidh contralto and composer, born in London (d. 1885)
  • 1850 Antonio Scontrino, composer
  • 1866 Erik Satie, French composer (Gymnopédies), born in Honfleur, Normandy (d. 1925)
  • 1890 Philip James, composer
  • 1896 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer
  • 1900 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer
  • 1901 Werner Egk, Auchsesheim Germany, composer (Die Zaubergeige)
  • 1902 John Vincent, composer
  • 1906 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Sigismund Toduta, composer
  • 1912 Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher conductor
  • 1914 Guido Masanetz, composer
  • 1918 Birgit Nilsson, Karup Sweden, operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome)
  • 1919 Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Peter Mennin[i], Erie Pennsylvania, composer (Moby Dick)
  • 1924 Frantisek Kovaricek, composer
  • 1931 Dewey Redman, jazz musician
  • 1936 Philippe Boesmans, composer
  • 1938 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • 1941 David Howell Cope, composer
  • 1941 Malcolm Hale, musician (Spanky and Our Gang), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1968)
  • 1942 Taj Mahal, American singer/songwriter (Real Thing), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (d. 2005)
  • 1944 Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Paul Crossley, concert pianist
  • 1946 Udo Lindenberg, German musician
  • 1949 Bill Bruford, English drummer (Yes, King Crimson-Red, Genesis)
  • 1949 Andrew Latimer, English musician (Camel), born in Guilford
  • 1950 Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
  • 1952 Jody Pijper, Dutch (background) singer
  • 1953 George Johnson, rocker (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Vincent Henar, Surinam, bassist (Fra Fra Sound)
  • 1959 Paul Di'anno, rocker (Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist

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1961 Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Enya
Singer-Songwriter
Enya
  • 1962 Tracey Bryn, rocker (Voice of Beehive-Let it Bee)
  • 1963 Page McConnell, American songwriter and keyboardist (Phish), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1965 Trent Reznor, American musician (9 Inch Nails) and film score composer, born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • 1969 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea)
  • 1970 Jordan Nathaniel M Knight, Mass, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough)
  • 1973 Josh Homme, American musician and songwriter
  • 1973 Steve Barakatt, Canadian composer
  • 1975 Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
  • 1976 Lee-Hom Wang, American-born Taiwanese musician and composer
  • 1980 Dallas Taylor, American singer (Underoath)
  • 1981 Shiri Maimon, Israeli singer
  • 1985 Derek Hough, American dancer and singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1923 Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (21) weds assistant director Rudolf Sieber (26) in Berlin, Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • 2008 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) in Encino, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1050 Guido van Arezzo, Italian music theorist, dies
  • 1626 Juan Pujol, Catalan composer (b. 1570)

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1694 Johann Michael Bach, German composer, dies at 46

  • 1796 Jacob Wilhelm Lustig, composer, dies at 89
  • 1866 Adolf Bernhard Marx, composer, dies at 70
  • 1872 Fryderyk Edward Sobolewski, composer, dies at 63
  • 1884 Louis Brassin, composer, dies at 43
  • 1916 Gervais Bernard Gaston Salvayre, composer, dies at 68
  • 1919 Bohumil Pazdirek, composer, dies at 80
  • 1926 Lucien Herr, French leader (Correspondance entre Schiller), dies
  • 1935 Paul Dukas, French composer (b. 1865)
  • 1950 Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67
  • 1951 Karl Heinrich David, composer, dies at 66
  • 1953 Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73
  • 1955 Francesco Balilla Pratella, composer, dies at 75
  • 1957 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • 1961 Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65
  • 1981 Hugo Freidhofer, composer, dies at 80
  • 1985 Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910)
  • 1992 Lawrence Welk, conductor/accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • 1992 Leonardo del Ferro, [Keyser], US epic tenor, dies
  • 1994 Donald Keith Falkner, singer, dies at 94
  • 1995 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer, dies at 72
  • 1996 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61
  • 1996 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  • 1999 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949)
  • 2001 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), dies at 77
  • 2002 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940)

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2012 Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby), dies from lung cancer at 63

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 2013 Alan O'Day, American rocker, dies from brain cancer at 72
  • 2015 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • 2016 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), dies at 74