On This Day in Music for May 31

Events in Music

  • 1958 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
  • 1969 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances

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1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance"

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

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1969 Stevie Wonder releases "My Cherie Amore"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • 1975 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • 1977 "Beatlemania" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances
  • 1979 "I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 1979 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens
  • 1982 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • 1989 1st International Rock Awards
  • 1989 1st presentation of rock 'n' roll Elvis awards
  • 1997 "Once Upon a Matress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 perf

Birthdays in Music

  • 1656 Marin Marais, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1728)
  • 1674 Friedrich Erhard Niedt, composer
  • 1701 Alexander Cruden, compiler of a concordance to King James Bible
  • 1802 Cesare Pugni, composer
  • 1804 Jeanne-Louise Farrenc, composer
  • 1817 Edouard Deldevez, composer
  • 1866 Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, composer
  • 1875 Italo Montemezzi, composer
  • 1879 Mark Hambourg, composer
  • 1892 Louis Fourestier, composer
  • 1892 Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
  • 1898 Johan Brouwer, Dutch pianist/writer/resistance fighter
  • 1901 Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1902 Billy Mayerl, composer
  • 1902 Henk Schaer, [Hendricus JM Schaareman], actor/conductor
  • 1902 Ralph Walter Wood, composer
  • 1912 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
  • 1914 Akira Ifukube, composer
  • 1919 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer
  • 1919 Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician
  • 1923 Wolfgang Lesser, composer
  • 1927 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Jacob Lateiner, pianist/professor (Juiliard), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1929 Aladar Zoltan, composer
  • 1931 Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931 Huby Heard, singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Karl-Erik Welin, composer
  • 1939 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Augie Mayer, rocker (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • 1941 Johnny Paycheck, Greenfield OH, singer (Take This Job & Shove It)
  • 1941 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist/professor (Barnard, Bkln), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Wayne Carson, country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Debbie Moore, founder/CEO (Pineapple Dance Studios)
  • 1948 John Bonham, drummer (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in Redditch, England
  • 1948 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada ], musician (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Nancy Shade, American soprano
  • 1952 Karl Bartos, German musician (Kraftwerk, Electronic)
  • 1954 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)
  • 1955 Tommy Emmanuel, Australian Guitarist CGP
  • 1956 Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist/guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • 1956 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)
  • 1962 Corey Hart, vocalist (I Wear My Sunglasses at Night), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Wendy Smith, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • 1963 Wesley Willis, American musician (d. 2003)
  • 1964 Darryl "DMC" Matthews McDaniels, Hip Hop musician (Run-DMC), born in New York City
  • 1964 Scotti Hill, rock guitarist (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Manhasset, New York
  • 1964 Darryl McDaniels, American musician (Run-D.M.C.)
  • 1977 Scott Klopfenstein, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • 1980 Andy Hurley, American musician (Fall Out Boy)
  • 1983 David Hernandez, American singer
  • 1986 Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musical artist
  • 1988 Hope Partlow, American Singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1889 Pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (38) weds baroness Helena Maria Rosen

Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch (33) weds daughter of prominent Tibetan activists Dechen Wangdu in New York

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 2014 Rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge (53) weds tv actress Linda Wallem (53) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1949 Actress Doris Day (27) divorces saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Deaths in Music

  • 1696 Heinrich Schwemmer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1809 Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (Jahreszeiten), dies at 77
  • 1854 Vatroslav Lisinski, composer, dies at 34
  • 1947 Henri Casadesus, French violist/composer (viola d'amour), dies at 67
  • 1948 Jose Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
  • 1955 Raoul Gunsbourg, composer, dies at 95
  • 1962 Eduardo Toldra, composer, dies at 67
  • 1967 Billy Strayhorn, American composer, pianist and arranger (b. 1915)
  • 1994 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1994 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85
  • 1995 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, dies at 87
  • 1996 Elsbeary Hobbs, singer, dies at 59
  • 2000 Tito Puente, American musician (b. 1923)
  • 2000 Johnnie Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 2004 Robert Quine, American guitarist, dies at 61
  • 2004 √Čtienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Benjamin Lees, American composer (b. 1924)