On This Day in Music for May 22

Events in Music

  • 1926 "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1
  • 1961 "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe hits #1
  • 1961 "Touchables In Brooklyn" by Dickie Goodman hits #42
  • 1965 "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" hits #66
  • 1965 Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" single goes #1
  • 1996 "Tartuffe: Born Again" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • 2002 The remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
  • 2002 37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson win

Music awardsMusic Awards

2011 19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem

Birthdays in Music

  • 1722 Johannes Schmidlin, composer
  • 1759 Gervais-Francois Couperin, composer
  • 1780 Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek, composer
  • 1783 Thomas Forbes Walmisley, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1813 Richard Wagner, German composer (Ring, Flying Dutchman), born in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (d. 1883)

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • 1820 Alexander Ernst Fesca, composer
  • 1850 Johann Schrammel, composer
  • 1852 Emile Sauret, composer
  • 1865 Enrique Morera, composer
  • 1874 Francesco Paolo Neglia, composer
  • 1879 Eastwood Lane, composer
  • 1879 Jean Emile Paul Cras, composer
  • 1884 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, born in Lugo di Romagna (d. 1969)
  • 1885 Julio Fonseca, composer
  • 1891 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (d. 1963)
  • 1892 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (From Office Stool to High C)
  • 1898 RenĂ© de Vos, Dutch actor/composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1907 Laurence Olivier, English actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer), born in Dorking, Surrey (d. 1989)

  • 1914 Sun Ra, American musician (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Gordon Binkerd, American composer, born in Lynch, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer
  • 1924 Charles Aznavour, Armenia, French singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum)
  • 1924 Claude Andre Francois Ballif, composer
  • 1925 James King, American tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Roscoe Robinson, US gospel singer
  • 1929 Asher Ben-Yohanan, composer
  • 1930 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)
  • 1933 John Browning, pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1934 Peter Nero, American conductor/pianist (A Sunday in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Sebastian Forbes, composer
  • 1942 Calvin Simon, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-1 Nation Under a Groove)
  • 1942 Malika A Sabirova, Russian dancer
  • 1950 Bernie Taupin, lyricist (writes with Elton John)
  • 1954 Jerry Dammers, keyboardist (Specials-Special)
  • 1955 Iva Davies, rock guitarist/vocalist (Icehouse)
  • 1955 Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money, The Greg Kihn Band)
  • 1956 Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician
  • 1959 [Steven] Morrissey, British rock vocalist (The Smiths), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire
  • 1961 Dana Williams, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1966 Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative)
  • 1967 John Vanderslice, American musician
  • 1980 Rhett Fisher, actor/musician

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1956 Actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Singer-songwriter and guitarist Alanis Morissette (38) weds rapper Mario Treadway (32) in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • 2011 R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio

Deaths in Music

  • 1781 Garret Wesley Mornington, composer, dies at 45
  • 1801 Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, composer, dies at 58
  • 1825 Domenico Corri, composer, dies at 80
  • 1878 Franz von Holstein, composer, dies at 52
  • 1949 Hans Erich Pfitzner, Russian/German composer, dies at 80
  • 1953 Vaclav Klicka, composer, dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1967 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), dies at 65

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 1977 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • 1978 Bjarne Brustad, composer, dies at 83
  • 1987 Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65
  • 1988 Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71
  • 1989 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1990 Rocky Graziano, boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure
  • 1991 Lino Brocka, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • 1993 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish/US pianist (Carnegie Hall), dies at 100
  • 2005 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)