On This Day

June 1946 in Music History

Events in Music

Musical Finale

Jun 8 Raymond Scott and Bernard Hanighen's musical "Lute Song", starring Mary Martin, Yul Brenner, and Nancy Davis, and directed by John Houseman, closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 142 performances

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan

Music Recording

Jun 14 Nat King Cole records "The Christmas Song" for the first time

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Jun 29 "Are You with It?" closes at Century Theater NYC after 264 performances
  • Jun 29 "Billion Dollar Baby" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 219 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • Jun 3 Eddie Holman, American singer ("Hey There Lonely Girl"; "You Make My Life Complete"), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jun 4 S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Telegu playback singer (The Jewel of Shiva), born in Nellore, Madras Presidency, British India (d. 2020)
  • Jun 5 Frederick "Freddie" Stone, American rock guitarist (Sly & The Family Stone - "Dance To The Music"), born in Vallejo, California
  • Jun 6 Tony Levin, American bassist and Chapman Stick player (King Crimson; Peter Gabriel; Paul Simon; Asia), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 7 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), born in Merthyr Tydfil (d. 2010)
  • Jun 9 Stuart Edwards, British guitarist (Edison Lighthouse - "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes"), born in England (d. 2016)
  • Jun 12 Eelco Gelling, Dutch blues guitarist (Cuby + Blizzards), born in Zwartsluis, Netherlands
  • Jun 13 Paul Buckmaster, British Grammy Award-winning artist, arranger, conductor and composer, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • Jun 15 Janet Lennon, American pop vocalist (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 15 (Neville) "Noddy" Holder, British rock vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist (Slade - "Cum On Feel The Noize"), born in Walsall, England
  • Jun 15 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 2015)
  • Jun 15 Duris Maxwell [Ted Lewis], Canadian session and touring drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers; Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Jun 16 Tom Harrell. American jazz musician (Time's Mirror), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • Jun 17 B. J. Cole, British session and touring pedal steel guitarist and dobro player (Cochise; Humble Pie; k.d. lang; John Cale; Sting), born in Enfield, England
  • Jun 20 André Watts, American-Hungarian concert pianist, and educator, born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • Jun 21 Brenda Holloway, American singer and songwriter ("When I'm Gone"), born in Atascadero, California
  • Jun 22 Eliades Ochoa, Cuban guitarist and singer (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Loma de la Avispa, Cuba
  • Jun 25 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2013)
  • Jun 25 Ian McDonald, English rock musician (saxophone, keyboards, guitar) (King Crimson, 1968-69; Foreigner, 1976-80), born in Osterly, Middlesex
  • Jun 27 Daria Semegen, German-American electro-acoustic and classical composer, and educator, born in Bamberg, West Germany [1]
  • Jun 27 Janice Giteck, American composer (Thunder; Like a White Bear Dancing), born in New York
  • Jun 28 Robert Xavier Rodriguez, American classical composer, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jun 30 Billy Brown, American rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 1 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jun 16 Miloje Milojević, Serbian composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 21 Heinrich Kaminski, German composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 30 Michael Zadora, American composer and pianist, dies at 64