On This Day in Music for May 23

Events in Music

  • 1921 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
  • 1922 "Abie's Irish Rose" 1st of over 2,500 performances
  • 1953 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8
  • 1959 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 44 performances
  • 1960 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1960 "Got A Girl" by The Four Preps hits #24
  • 1966 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
  • 1968 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • 1969 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • 1970 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US (England)
  • 1979 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1997 "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC

Music releaseAlbum Release

2000 Eminem releases 3rd studio album 'The Marshall Mathers LP', is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album 2001)

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
  • 2006 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans & Keith Urban win

Music releaseMusic Premiere

2014 "Pauline" a chamber opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes premieres at the York Theatre in Vancouver

  • 2015 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing "Heroes" in Vienna

Birthdays in Music

  • 1644 Thomas Eisenhut, composer
  • 1696 Johann Caspar Vogler, composer
  • 1737 Louis Francois Chambray, composer
  • 1741 Andrea Lucchesi, composer
  • 1753 Giovanni Battista Viotti, violonist/composer
  • 1756 Nicolas-Joseph Hullmandel, composer
  • 1759 Antoinio da Silva Leite, composer
  • 1794 Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles, Bohemian composer, born in Prague (d. 1870)
  • 1799 Thomas Hood, English poet/composer (Song of the Shirt)
  • 1843 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, composer
  • 1851 Antoni Stolpe, composer
  • 1871 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, born in Drammen (d. 1904)
  • 1889 José Padilla, Almería, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge)
  • 1901 Edmund Rubbra, Northampton England, composer (Morning Watch) [or 3/23]
  • 1902 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), born in Berlin (d. 1985)
  • 1906 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer
  • 1910 Artie Shaw, [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader (Come'on my House), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911 Boris Kremenliev, composer
  • 1914 Leo Lerman, actor/manager/critic (Dance Magazine)
  • 1914 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher
  • 1916 M Jean Francaix, composer
  • 1918 Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, band leader and record producer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)
  • 1919 Ruth Fernandez, Ponce, Puerto Rico, singer (When you Return), politician, (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Helen O'Connell, Lima Ohio, singer (Green Eyes, Anapola)
  • 1921 Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician/actor (It's Great to Be Young)
  • 1923 Alicia de Larrocha, Copenhagen Denmark, pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica)
  • 1925 Mac Wiseman, American musician
  • 1928 Rosemary Clooney, Kentucky, singer/paper towels spokeswoman (Coronet)
  • 1928 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Ingeborg Hallstein, German opera singer
  • 1939 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Jackson Hill, composer
  • 1941 General George Norman Johnson, US singer (Down at the Beach Club)
  • 1944 Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood, US drummer (Funkadelic, Knee Deep)
  • 1945 Misty Morgan, country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard)
  • 1946 Danny Klein, American rock bassist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Judy Rodman, Riverside California, country singer (Girls Ride Horses Too)
  • 1952 James Mankey, rocker (Concrete Blonde)
  • 1952 Anne-Marie David, French singer
  • 1955 Dean Friedman, American singer-songwriter (Ariel), born in Paramus, New Jersey
  • 1957 Jimmy McShane, singer (Baltimora-Tarzan Boy), born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1958 Shelly West, country singer (Red Hot, West by West), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1958 François Feldman, French singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974 Jewel Kilcher, American singer-songwriter (Pieces of You), born in Payson, Utah

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Singer-Songwriter
Jewel Kilcher
  • 1974 Mónica Naranjo, Spanish singer
  • 1978 Scott Raynor, American drummer (formerly of blink-182)
  • 1981 Gwenno Saunders, Former Welsh dancer, now singer with The Pipettes
  • 1982 Malene Mortensen, Danish singer
  • 1982 Tristan Prettyman, American musician
  • 1983 Cristiano Bilanzola, Canadian musician and filmmaker
  • 1983 Heidi Range, English singer (Sugababes)

Weddings in Music

  • 2004 Singer-guitarist Michelle Branch (21) weds musician Teddy Landau at Isla Pardito, Mexico
  • 2012 Grammy-winning Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz (43) weds longtime girlfriend Raquel Perera (37) in Barcelona

Deaths in Music

  • 1304 Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer
  • 1834 Charles Wesley, composer, dies at 76
  • 1875 Johann Wilhelm Mangold, composer, dies at 78
  • 1887 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, composer, dies at 74
  • 1891 Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach, composer, dies at 73
  • 1926 Hans Koessler, composer, dies at 73
  • 1941 Slavko Osterc, composer, dies at 45
  • 1952 Georg Alfred Schumann, composer, dies at 85
  • 1968 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • 1969 Jimmy McHugh, composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74
  • 1987 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • 1991 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • 1991 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895)
  • 1992 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine singer, composer, and guitarist, dies at 84
  • 1994 Joe Pass, US jazz guitarist (The Trio), dies at 65
  • 2003 Csaba Szabo. Hungarian composer, dies at 67