On This Day in Music for May 21

Events in Music

  • 1892 Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan
  • 1941 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
  • 1955 "House of Flowers" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • 1959 "Gypsy" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances
  • 1966 "Downtown" by Mrs Miller hits #82
  • 1966 "Time for Singing" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1966 Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97
  • 1967 "Sing, Israel Sing" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 14 performances
  • 1972 "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • 1977 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances

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1981 Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1983 "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63

Music release#1 in the Charts

1983 David Bowie's "Let's "Dance" single goes #1

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1988 "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35

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1988 "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1994 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 16 performances
  • 2003 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • 2005 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing "My Number One" in Kiev

Birthdays in Music

  • 1633 Joseph de La Barre, composer
  • 1671 Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, composer
  • 1680 Frederich Karl Erbach, composer
  • 1720 Antonio Corbisiero, composer
  • 1722 Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, composer
  • 1841 Joseph Parry, composer
  • 1867 Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer
  • 1880 Pablo Luna y Carne, composer
  • 1888 May Aufderheide, composer
  • 1890 Albert van Raalte, conductor (AVRO-orchestra)
  • 1898 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, born in Vizovice, Moravia (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Horace Heidt, Alameda California, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon)

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1904 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin'), born in New York City (d. 1943)

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1905 Edward Lockspeiser, composer
  • 1913 Gina Bachauer, Greek pianist (d. 1976)
  • 1917 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • 1921 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1923 Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter
  • 1924 Robert Parris, composer (Book of Imaginery Beings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1926 Joseph Horovitz, composer
  • 1929 Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)
  • 1932 Robert Sherlaw Johnson, composer
  • 1933 Maurice AndrĂ©, French trumpeter, (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Terry Lightfoot, clarinetist/bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen)
  • 1939 Heinz Holliger, composer, oboist, & conductor

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1940 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1941 Ronald Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1941 Martin Carthy, English musician
  • 1943 Hilton Valentine, rock guitarist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1944 Marcie Blane, American singer, born in New York City
  • 1948 Leo Sayer, [Gerard], England, singer (When I Need Love)
  • 1949 Arno Hintjens, Belgian singer (T C Matic)
  • 1949 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)
  • 1954 Marc Ribot, American musician
  • 1955 John Glavin, rock keyboardist (Molly Hatchet
  • 1955 Stan Lynch, rock drummer (Tommy Petty & Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1963 Kevin Shields, Musician (My Bloody Valentine)
  • 1968 Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (d. 1985)
  • 1972 Adriano Cintra, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • 1972 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper (Life After Death), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1974 Havoc, American rapper (Mobb Deep)
  • 1975 Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist
  • 1976 Deron Miller, American rock musician
  • 1976 Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper
  • 1979 Gaspard AugĂ©, French musician
  • 1981 Maximilian [Max] Mutzke, German singer
  • 1985 Kano [Robinson], English rapper and actor, born in London
  • 1985 Mutya Buena, English singer (ex-Sugababes)
  • 1985 Marco Carta, Italian singer
  • 1986 Myra, Mexican-American singer
  • 1992 Olivia Olson, American singer and actress

Weddings in Music

  • 1994 Country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds Robert Reynolds (32)

Deaths in Music

  • 1812 Joseph Wolfl, composer, dies at 38
  • 1815 Roman Hoffstetter, composer, dies at 73
  • 1817 Johann Friedrich Christmann, composer, dies at 64
  • 1844 Guiseppi Baini, composer, dies at 68
  • 1860 Johannes Frederick Frohlich, composer, dies at 53
  • 1885 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer, dies at 73
  • 1895 Franz von Suppe, Austrian composer (Poet und Bauer), dies at 76
  • 1897 Karol Mikuli, composer, dies at 77
  • 1926 Georgy L'vovich Catoire, composer, dies at 65
  • 1954 Janos Hammerschlag, composer, dies at 68
  • 1957 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • 1973 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • 1976 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer, dies at 77
  • 1983 Finn Einar Mortensen, composer, dies at 61
  • 1996 Peter Fletcher, music teacher, dies at 60
  • 1999 Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12) (b. 1979)
  • 2006 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  • 2006 Billy Walker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • 2015 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60