On This Day in Music for May 9

Events in Music

  • 1868 Anton Bruckner's 1st Symphony in C, premieres
  • 1944 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana
  • 1962 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • 1964 Peter & Gordon release "World Without Love"
  • 1965 The Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert
  • 1976 "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1978 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances
  • 1982 "9" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 739 performances
  • 1982 Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine" premieres in NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

1983 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1987 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels
  • 1989 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • 1992 37th Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin for Ireland wins singing "Why Me" in Malmo
  • 1993 "Ain't Broadway Grand" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • 1993 "Song of Jacob Zulu" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • 1994 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Geddy Lee is made an Officer of the Order of Canada

Singer-Songwriter Geddy Lee
Singer-Songwriter
Geddy Lee
  • 1998 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham

Birthdays in Music

  • 1740 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville)
  • 1814 Adolph von Henselt, composer
  • 1829 Ciro Pinsuti, pianist/composer
  • 1833 Boleslaw Dembinski, composer
  • 1846 Nikolay Feopemptovich Solov'yov, composer
  • 1855 Julius Rontgen, composer
  • 1865 August de Boeck, composer
  • 1892 Eric Westberg, composer
  • 1909 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
  • 1914 Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
  • 1914 Frank Chacksfield, arranger/orchestra leader
  • 1914 Hank Snow, Nova Scotia Canada, country singer (I Went to Your Wedding)
  • 1916 Bernard William George Rose, composer/organist
  • 1916 Douglas Guest, organist
  • 1924 Connie Russell, American singer (Club Embassy, Garroway at Large), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Pall Pampichier Palsson, composer
  • 1935 Nokie Edwards, Lahoma, Oklahoma, American guitarist (The Ventures)
  • 1937 Dave Prater, Ocilla Ga, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave)
  • 1937 Sonny Curtis, Texas, guitarist (Crickets)
  • 1939 Bruce Mather, composer
  • 1940 Dick Morrissey, saxophonist
  • 1941 Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 1942 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Bromborough, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • 1942 Tommy Roe, rocker (Hooray for Hazel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1943 Bruce Milner, rocker (Every Mother's Son)
  • 1944 Richard Furay, Ohio, rock vocalist (Buffalo Springfield, Poco)
  • 1945 Steve Katz, American rock guitarist/vocalist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1949 Billy Joel, rock vocalist (Pianoman, Capt Jack, Bridge), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • 1950 Tom Petersson, rock bassist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1955 Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
  • 1962 Dave Gahan, Essex, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)
  • 1962 John Corbett, actor/singer (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1962 Paul Heaton, rocker (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • 1963 Sanja Doležal, Croatian singer (Novi fosili)
  • 1964 Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and disc jockey
  • 1965 Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Distance)
  • 1969 Amber [Marie-Claire Cremers], Dutch-born German singer-songwriter, born in Ubbergen, the Netherlands
  • 1971 Paul McGuigan, English bassist (Oasis)
  • 1975 Tamia, Canadian singer
  • 1979 Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • 1979 Andrew W.K., American musician

Weddings in Music

  • 2000 Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres (25) weds singer-songwriter Marc Anthony (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2005 Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 2014 Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland (33) weds manager Tim Witherspoon in Costa Rica

Deaths in Music

  • 1707 Dietrich Buxtehude, German organist/composer, dies at about 69
  • 1745 Tomaso Antonio Vitali, composer, dies at 82
  • 1785 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, composer, dies at 44

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1791 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer, (designed the first American flag), dies from an apoplectic seizure at 53

Author and judge Francis Hopkinson
Author and judge
Francis Hopkinson
  • 1799 Claude-Benigne Balbastre, composer, dies at 72
  • 1822 Charles Duquesnoy, composer, dies at 62
  • 1853 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, composer, dies at 73
  • 1880 Johann Hermann Berens, composer, dies at 54
  • 1905 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, dies at 78
  • 1928 Constantin Dimitrescu, composer, dies at 81
  • 1944 Ethel Mary Smyth, composer, dies at 86
  • 1957 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • 1966 Alfred Mendelsohn, composer, dies at 56
  • 1967 Philippa Duke Schuyler, composer, dies at 35
  • 1970 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • 1974 Lyubomir Pipkov, composer, dies at 69
  • 1976 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Valentino Bucchi, composer, dies at 59
  • 1977 Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71
  • 1979 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, dies at 73
  • 1985 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • 1989 Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
  • 1990 Luigi Nono, Italian composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • 1991 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian/US pianist, dies
  • 1995 Marshall Royal, jazz Sax/Clarinet, dies at 82
  • 2001 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • 2005 Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer (b. 1969)
  • 2010 Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917)