On This Day in Music for May 26

Events in Music

  • 1946 Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
  • 1955 "7th Heaven" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • 1962 "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • 1964 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances

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1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1973 Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970" album goes #1
  • 1973 Funky Worm by Ohio Players hits #15
  • 1973 Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Ernest hits #31
  • 1979 Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45
  • 1996 "Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 66 performances
  • 2004 39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win
  • 2012 57th Eurovision Song Contest: Loreen for Sweden wins singing "Euphoria" in Baku

Birthdays in Music

  • 1591 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, composer
  • 1773 Hans Georg Nageli, composer
  • 1782 Joseph Drechsler, composer
  • 1825 Felipe Gutierrez y Espinoza, composer
  • 1846 Arthur Coquard, composer
  • 1853 Monroe A Althouse, composer
  • 1856 George Templeton Strong, composer
  • 1877 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)
  • 1883 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), born in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1950)
  • 1893 Eugene Goossens, conductor/composer (Perseus), born in London, England
  • 1898 Ernst Bacon, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1898 Gerard Bertouille, composer
  • 1904 George Formby, [William Booth], British singer/comic (Let George Do It)
  • 1904 Vlado Perlemuter, Polish pianist (d. 2002)
  • 1905 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, born in Vienna (d. 1991)
  • 1916 Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Peggy Lee, American singer (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Maria de Lourdes Martins, composer

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1926 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1937 Yehuda Yannay, composer
  • 1938 Jackie Liebesit, rocker (Can)
  • 1938 Teresa Stratas, [Anastasia Stratakis], soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938 William Elden Bolcom, composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1940 Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Imants Kalnins, composer
  • 1944 Verden "Phally" Allen, keyboardist (Mott the Hoople)
  • 1945 Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1946 Mick Ronson, English musician (d. 1993)
  • 1948 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona

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1949 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1952 David Meece, Christian musician
  • 1957 Kristina Olsen, American musician
  • 1959 Wayne Hussey, rocker (Mission-Lover for Life)
  • 1959 Steve Hanley, English musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • 1962 Colin Vearncombe, singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2016)

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1964 Lenny Kravitz, American musician who holds the record for most Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1999-2002), born in Manhattan, New York

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz

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1975 Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
Lauryn Hill
  • 1976 Justin Pierre, American singer (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • 1977 Mark Hunter, American musician (Chimaira)
  • 1978 Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
  • 1981 Eda-Ines Etti, Estonian singer
  • 1981 Irini Merkouri, Greek singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1994 Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • 2013 Cobra Starship rocker Gabe Saporta (33) weds fashion designer Erin Fetherston at St Nicholas Abbey plantation in Barbados

Deaths in Music

  • 1703 Samuel Pepys, English marine expert (Diary)/composer, dies at 70
  • 1832 Francois-Louis Perne, composer, dies at 59
  • 1871 Aime Maillart, composer, dies at 54
  • 1873 August Conradi, composer, dies at 51
  • 1891 Frederick Bowen Jewson, composer, dies at 67
  • 1912 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61
  • 1924 Johann Heinrich Beck, composer, dies at 67
  • 1924 Victor Herbert, Irish/US cellist/composer/conductor, dies at 65

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1933 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, dies of a pulmonary hemorrhage at 35

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1950 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies
  • 1968 William E "Little Willie" John, US R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30)
  • 1977 Jim Boles, actor (Kraft Music Hall, One Man's Family), dies at 63
  • 1977 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • 1982 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, dies at 97
  • 1993 Cor de Great, pianist/conductor/composer (Vernissage), dies at 78
  • 1994 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz Guitarist, dies at 53
  • 1995 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist, dies at 61
  • 1996 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, musician, dies at 45
  • 1999 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (b. 1906)
  • 2007 J Edward Oliver, cartoonist and composer (b. 1942)