On This Day in Music for May 6

Events in Music

  • 1891 Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
  • 1948 "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1950 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • 1974 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • 1977 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • 1981 "Inacent Black" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 1989 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1997 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Birthdays in Music

  • 1790 Vaclav Vilem Wurfel, composer
  • 1797 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader and composer (d. 1882)
  • 1800 Ferdinand Marcucci, composer
  • 1809 William Walker, composer
  • 1814 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, violinist/composer
  • 1838 Alfred Humphreys Pease, composer
  • 1858 Georges Adolphe Hue, composer
  • 1871 August Reusner, composer
  • 1879 Johan H T Norlind, Swedish musicologist
  • 1894 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, born in Craiova (d. 1936)
  • 1898 Jascha Horenstein, Kiev Russian Empire, Russian-born American conductor
  • 1905 Norman De Tar, composer
  • 1908 Necil Kazim Akses, composer
  • 1913 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, born in Budapest (d. 1977)
  • 1915 George Perle, composer (12 Tone Tonality), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1917 Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Godfrey Ridout, composer
  • 1921 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Mimi Benzell, operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1924 Denny Wright, British guitarist (d. 1992)
  • 1926 Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters)
  • 1932 Gunther Hauk, composer
  • 1936 Sylvia Robinson, rocker (Mickey & Sylvia-Love is Strange)
  • 1939 Herbie Cox, rocker (Cleftones)
  • 1940 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1942 Colin Earl, British musician (Mungo Jerry)
  • 1945 Bob Seger, Dearborn Mich, rock & Roll artist (Silver Bullet Band-Shake Down)
  • 1945 Victoria Bond, composer
  • 1950 Robbie McIntosh, drummer (Avg White Band-Show your Hand)
  • 1958 Lolita Flores, Spanish singer and actress
  • 1960 Bart de Boer, Dutch guitarist (Ivy Green)
  • 1960 Larry Steinbachek, rock synthesizer (Bronski Beat-Smalltown Boy)
  • 1960 John Flansburgh, American musician
  • 1960 Phyllis Treigle, American soprano
  • 1962 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • 1968 Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab)
  • 1971 Chris Shiflett, Guitarist for Foo Fighters
  • 1980 Taebin, Korean singer (1TYM)
  • 1981 Matthew Leone, bassist of Madina Lake
  • 1981 Nathan Leone, lead singer of Madina Lake
  • 1981 Edyta Sliwinska, Polish professional dancer
  • 1981 Mark O'Connell, American drummer (Taking Back Sunday)
  • 1986 Cindy Daniel, Quebec singer

Weddings in Music

  • 2001 Actress-singer Billie Piper (18) weds media mogul Chris Evans (35) at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas
  • 2006 "Scooter" techno rocker lead singer H.P. Baxxter (40) weds model Simone Mustert at Tremsbuttel Castle near Hamburg
  • 2007 Evanescence singer Amy Lee (25) weds Josh Hartzler (29) in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 2017 Country music singer Josh Gracin (36) weds partner Katie Weir in Nashville, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1596 Giaches de Wert, Flemish composer (b. 1535)
  • 1666 Paul Siefert, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1678 Joseph de La Barre, composer, dies at 44
  • 1776 James Kent, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1794 Jean-Jacques Beauvarget-Charpentier, composer, dies at 59
  • 1814 George Joseph Vogler, composer, dies at 64
  • 1836 Christian Ignatius Latrobe, composer, dies at 78
  • 1841 John Thomson, composer, dies at 35
  • 1852 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, composer, dies at 75
  • 1890 Hubert Leonard, composer, dies at 71
  • 1892 Ernest Guiraud, composer, dies at 54
  • 1916 Earl Ross Drake, composer, dies at 50
  • 1936 Hans Jelmoli, composer, dies at 59
  • 1952 Alberto Savinio, Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), dies at 60
  • 1960 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii), dies at 67
  • 1964 Harold Morris, composer, dies at 74
  • 1973 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1983 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • 1985 Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (b. 1968)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1992 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), dies in Paris at 90

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • 1994 Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1995 Leanoard "Red" Truss, R&B singer, dies at 47
  • 2000 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer
  • 2002 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2004 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2015 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71