On This Day in Music for May 28

Events in Music

  • 1906 Shields/Cobbs musical "His honor, the Mayor" premieres in NYC
  • 1938 Hindemiths opera "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Zurich

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1940 Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1959 Johnson & Bart's musical "Lock up your daughters" premieres in London
  • 1960 "Greenwillow" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • 1966 "Ballad Of Irving" by Frank Gallop hits #34

Music releaseAlbum Release

1971 Paul McCartney releases his 2nd solo album "Ram"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1974 "Magic Show" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 1859 performances
  • 1974 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Magic Show" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 "Ricky" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1995 "An Inspector Calls" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 454 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Music releaseMusic Single

2010 "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" single released by Alicia Keys (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys

Birthdays in Music

  • 1765 Jean Baptiste Cartier, composer
  • 1777 Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, composer
  • 1778 Friedrich Westenholz, composer
  • 1780 Joseph Frohlich, composer
  • 1798 Josef Dessauer, composer
  • 1830 Carl Filtsch, Transylvanian Saxon composer and pianist
  • 1831 Eliza Ann Gardner, underground railway conductor
  • 1841 Giovanni Sgambati, composer
  • 1844 Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur, composer
  • 1883 George Dyson, composer
  • 1883 Luigi Perrachio, composer
  • 1886 Nicolai Sokoloff, near conductor (Seattle Symph), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1896 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer
  • 1898 Andy Kirk, jazz musician
  • 1900 Tommy Ladnier, American musician (d. 1939)
  • 1904 Shalva Mikhaylovich Mshvelidze, composer
  • 1906 Phil Regan, singer (My Wild Irish Rose)
  • 1907 Henry Ritz, comedian/dancer (Ritz Brothers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1910 T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1915 Wolfgang Schneiderhan, violinist
  • 1917 Papa John Creach, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
  • 1923 Gyorgy Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), born in Transylvania, Romania (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Zehlendorf Germany, baritone (Doktor Faust), (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Bernhard Lewkovitch, composer
  • 1930 Julian Penkivil Slade, composer
  • 1931 Ervin Junger, composer
  • 1931 Peter Talbot Westergaard, composer
  • 1932 Henning Christiansen, composer
  • 1934 Julian Slade, composer
  • 1934 Rob du Bois, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • 1938 Prince Buster, Jamaican reggae musician and producer (Madness), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • 1943 Dennis Riley, composer
  • 1943 Tony Mansfield [Anthony Bookbinder], British rock drummer (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1943 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (d. 2004)
  • 1944 Billy Vera, musician (& Beaters-At This Moment, Into the Night)
  • 1944 Gladys Knight, singer, leader of Pips (Last Train), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), born in Jenkins, Kentucky (d. 2003)
  • 1945 John Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1947 Leland Sklar, musician and bass guitarist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1948 Ray Laidlaw, British rock drummer (Jack the Lad)
  • 1949 Wendy O. Williams, American musician (The Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
  • 1953 Arto Lindsay, rocker/actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan)
  • 1954 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
  • 1959 Leon "The Bop" Klaasse, rock drummer/singer (The Pilgrims-Red)
  • 1959 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, born in Newbridge, Caerphily (d. 2015)
  • 1961 Roland Gift, UK, rocker (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • 1963 Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1964 Phil Vassar, American country music singer
  • 1965 Chris Ballew, American musician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1968 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop star and singer (Locomotion), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • 1977 Ashley Ryan Ruiz Offord, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1980 Mark Feehily, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • 1981 Adam Green, American singer and songwriter
  • 1985 Colbie Caillat, American folk singer-songwriter

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1998 "Xena: The Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless (30) weds executive producer Rob Tapert (43) at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless

Deaths in Music

  • 1650 Gilles Hayne, Flemish composer, dies at 59
  • 1787 Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, dies at 67
  • 1791 Joseph Schmitt, composer, dies at 57
  • 1805 Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer/cellist (Minuet), dies at 62
  • 1833 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, composer, dies at 74
  • 1836 Anton Reicha, composer, dies at 66
  • 1838 Thomas Busby, composer, dies
  • 1883 August Freyer, composer, dies at 79
  • 1890 Viktor Ernst Nessler, composer, dies at 49
  • 1914 Adolf Gustaw Sonnenfeld, composer, dies at 76
  • 1922 Carl Teike, German military composer, dies at 58
  • 1940 Theodor Streicher, composer, dies at 65
  • 1954 Achille Longo, composer, dies at 54
  • 1958 Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky, composer, dies at 77
  • 1963 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, composer, dies at 60
  • 1964 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), dies at 76
  • 1973 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Germ composer/conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • 1977 Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
  • 1981 Mary Lou Williams, African American musician, dies at 71 in Durham NC
  • 1995 Henning Kronstam, dancer, dies at 60
  • 2002 Jean Berger [Arthur Schlo├čberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • 2014 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84