On This Day in Music for May 20

Events in Music

  • 1896 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.
  • 1961 Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen
  • 1967 BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
  • 1970 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
  • 1972 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 1972 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1973 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances
  • 1979 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 1st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • 1980 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss
  • 1984 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • 1990 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • 1992 Rap singer raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds
  • 2006 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in Athens

Music awardsMusic Awards

2012 20th Billboard Music Awards: Adele, 21 win

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

Birthdays in Music

  • 1547 Melchior Bischoff, composer
  • 1554 Paolo Bellasio, Italian composer, born in Verona (d. 1594)
  • 1754 Hans Gram, Danish-born American composer (d. 1804)
  • 1812 Gustav Adolf Mankell, composer
  • 1850 Eaton Faning, composer
  • 1876 John Owen Jones, composer
  • 1889 Felix Arndt, American composer, born in New York City (d. 1918)
  • 1890 Beniamino Gigli, Italy, tenor (Enzo-La Gioconde)
  • 1903 Jerzy Fitelberg, composer
  • 1913 Ion Dumitrescu, composer
  • 1917 Enyss Djemil, composer
  • 1925 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Vic Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1927 David Frederick Barlow, composer
  • 1927 Walter Aschaffenburg, composer
  • 1937 Teddy Randazzo, song writer (I'm on the Outside Looking In)
  • 1938 Marinella, Greek singer and actress
  • 1940 Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge)
  • 1942 Paula, [Jill Jackson], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • 1943 Tison Street, composer
  • 1943 Al Bano, Italian singer
  • 1944 Boudouin de Groot, Dutch singer (Good night mister president)
  • 1944 Cipa Dichter, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, pianist/wife of Misha Dichter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1944 Joe Cocker, English rock vocalist (With a Little Help from My Friends), born in Sheffield England, (d. 2014)

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946 Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask), born in El Centro, California

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1952 Warren Cann, Victoria Canada, rock drummer (Ultravox)
  • 1954 James Henderson, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • 1954 Guy Hoffman, American musician (Violent Femmes)
  • 1955 Steve George, rock keyboardist (Mr Mister)
  • 1955 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
  • 1958 Jane Wiedlin, Wisc, singer, guitarist (GoGos, Fur, Rush Hour)
  • 1959 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, American singer (d. 1997)
  • 1960 Susan Cowsill, rock vocalist (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1961 Kit Clarke, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer)
  • 1973 Elsa Lunghini, French singer and actress
  • 1981 Calico Cooper, American actress and dancer
  • 1984 Kenny Vasoli, American singer
  • 1986 LaLa Brown, American singer (d. 2007)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1968 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England

  • 1995 "Eagles" singer Don Henley (47) weds model Sharon Summerall (33) in Malibu
  • 2011 Actor Doug Hutchison (51) weds country singer Courtney Stodden (16) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in Music

  • 1650 Francesco Sacrati, composer, dies at 44
  • 1751 Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, composer, dies at 38
  • 1782 Carlo Giovanni Testori, composer, dies at 68
  • 1782 Christoph Gottlieb Schroter, composer, dies at 82
  • 1896 Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer of the Romantic era, dies of a stroke at 76
  • 1900 Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, composer, dies at 80
  • 1909 Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)
  • 1910 Jean-Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin, composer, dies at 88
  • 1951 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • 1975 Jacques Stehman, composer, dies at 62
  • 1986 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, dies at 78
  • 1991 Julian Orbon De Soto, composer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • 2000 Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
  • 2001 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2012 Robin Gibb, British singer song-writer, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb