On This Day in Music for May 18

Events in Music

  • 1887 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le Roi Malgré Luis" premieres in Paris
  • 1889 Jules Massenet's opera "Esclarmonde" premieres in Paris
  • 1897 Irish Music Festival 1st held (Dublin)
  • 1948 "Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • 1950 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1959 "Castin' My Spell" by Johnny Otis Show hits #52
  • 1959 "Judy" by David Seville hits #86
  • 1959 "Russian Band Stand" by Spencer & Spencer hits #91
  • 1961 "Donnybrook!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 1963 "Beast in Me" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1963 "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1
  • 1969 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • 1970 Beatles' last released LP, "Let It Be", released in US
  • 1974 "Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • 1985 "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head hits #3
  • 1986 "Singin' in the Rain" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 367 performances
  • 1996 41st Eurovision Song Contest: Eimear Quinn for Ireland wins singing "The Voice" in Oslo
  • 1997 "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

2008 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win

  • 2013 58th Eurovision Song Contest: Emmelie de Forest for Denmark wins singing "Only Teardrops" in Malmo

Birthdays in Music

  • 1744 Joseph Beer, Bohemia clarinetist/composer (5th clarinet flap)
  • 1759 Charles Duquesnoy, composer
  • 1819 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1885)
  • 1830 Karl Goldmark, Keszthely Hungary, composer (Sakuhtala)
  • 1836 Isidor Vorobchievici, composer
  • 1854 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (To my Fatherland)
  • 1875 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, born in Padua (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Georgi Atanasov, composer
  • 1882 Eduardo Fabini, composer
  • 1886 Ole Windingstad, composer
  • 1901 Harry Robert Wilson, composer
  • 1901 Henri-Pierre Sauguet, Bordeaux France, composer (La Chotte)
  • 1902 [Robert] Meredith Willson, Mason City Iowa, composer (Music Man)
  • 1905 Eric Zeisl, Austrian American composer, born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • 1907 Clifford Curzon, pianist (MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England
  • 1911 Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)
  • 1912 Perry Como, [Pierino], Canonsburg Pa, singer/TV (Perry Como Show)
  • 1913 Charles Trenet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1922 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1983)
  • 1929 Roger Matton, composer
  • 1939 Gary S. Paxton, Musician and songwriter (Monster Mash), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Rodney Dillard, rocker (Glittergrass)
  • 1944 Albert Hammond, rocker (It Never Rains In Southern California ), born in London
  • 1948 Joe Bonsall, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Bill Wallace, rocker/actor (Fear, Avenging Force, Desperate)
  • 1949 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • 1949 William Wallace, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1952 George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • 1953 [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)
  • 1954 Wreckless Eric, rocker (Waxworks, Be Stiff)
  • 1954 Reinhold Heil, German composer
  • 1957 Michael Cretu, rocker (Enigma)
  • 1958 Toyah Wilcox, rocker (I Want to Be Free), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer
  • 1962 Sandra Cretu, German singer
  • 1965 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (d. 1995)
  • 1966 Michael Tait, American musician (dc Talk, Tait)
  • 1967 Rob Base, American rapper
  • 1969 Martika, [Marta Marrero], Cuba, singer (Toy Soldiers)
  • 1975 Jack Johnson, American musician
  • 1980 Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model
  • 1982 Eric West, American singer and actor

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1964 Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (19) weds Margrit Volkmar

HeartWedding of Interest

2007 Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (23) weds former video production assistant Blake Fielder-Civil (25) in Miami, Florida


Deaths in Music

  • 1733 Georg Bohm, German organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1767 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, composer, dies at 28
  • 1829 Bernardo Bittoni, composer, dies at 72
  • 1832 Bonafacio Asioli, composer, dies at 62
  • 1910 Flor van Duyse, composer, dies at 66
  • 1911 Gustav Mahler, Austr composer (Children's Death Songs), dies at 50
  • 1913 Otto Reubke, German composer and brother of Julius Reubke, dies at 70
  • 1918 Toivo Kuula, Finnish composer, dies after being shot in a quarrel at 34
  • 1930 Joao Marcellino Arroyo, composer, dies at 68
  • 1936 Alick Maclean, composer, dies at 63
  • 1952 Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer, dies at 86
  • 1972 Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer, dies at 53
  • 1975 Leroy Anderson, American composer, dies at 66
  • 1980 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • 1986 John Bubbles Sublett, tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • 1995 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • 1995 Gordon Reynolds, musician, dies at 74
  • 1999 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 1999 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • 2000 Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician and arranger (b. 1946)
  • 2004 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer and movie actor (b. 1932)
  • 2009 Dolla American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)
  • 2012 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone, dies at 86
  • 2014 Jerry Vale, American singer, dies at 83