June 1951 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 14 "Courtin' Time" opens at National Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Jun 17 "Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • Jun 21 "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances

Television Finale

Jun 30 "Victor Borge Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 2 Dave Flett, Scottish rock guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band; Thin Lizzy), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Jun 2 Steve Brookins, American rocker (.38 Special)
  • Jun 5 Ellen Foley, American pop singer (with Meatloaf - "Paradise By The Dashboard Light"), and actress (Night Court, 1984-85), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 6 Duke Bootee (Edward Fletcher), American hip-hop rapper and record producer ("The Message"), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2021)
  • Jun 6 Dwight Twilley, American power pop singer-songwriter ("I'm On Fire"; "Girls"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jun 8 Bonnie Tyler [Gaynor Hopkins], Welsh rocker ("Total Eclipse Of The Heart"), born in Skewen, Neath, Wales
  • Jun 8 Tony Rice, American bluegrass guitarist (J.D. Crowe and the New South), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2020) [1]
  • Jun 9 Benny Neyman, Dutch singer (I Don't Know How)
  • Jun 9 James Newton Howard, American film composer (The Hunger Games; M. Night Shyamalan films), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 9 Terry Uttley, British rock bassist (Smokie - "Living Next Door to Alice"), born in Birkenshaw, England
  • Jun 12 Brad Delp, American rock singer (Boston - "More Than A Feeling"; RTZ), born in Peabody, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • Jun 12 Bun E. Carlos [Brad Carlson], American rock drummer (Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me; Dream Police), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Jun 13 Howard Leese, American guitarist, record producer, and musical director (Heart), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jun 13 Liz Phillips, American composer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jun 15 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), born in Cortland, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jun 15 Joe Pizzulo, American session and touring vocalist (Alice Cooper; Sérgio Mendes - "Never Gonna Let You Go"), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Jun 15 Steve Walsh, American progressive rock singer (Kansas), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 20 Peter Gordon, American composer (Love of Life Orchestra), born in New York City
  • Jun 21 Nils Lofgren, American guitarist, singer-songwriter, accordionist (Neil Young; Grin; E Street Band, since 1984), and tap dancer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 26 Rindy Ross, American rock vocalist and saxophonist (Quarterflash), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jun 26 Tony Currenti, Italian-Australian drummer (AC/DC), born in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, Catania, Italy
  • Jun 27 Gilson Lavis, British session and touring rock drummer (Squeeze; Jools Holland), born in Bedford, England
  • Jun 28 David “Frankie” Toler, American drummer and percussionist (Allman Brothers), born in Connersville, Indiana, USA), (d. 2011)
  • Jun 30 Andre Hazes, Dutch barkeeper and singer (We Love Orange), born in Amsterdam (d. 2004)
  • Jun 30 Stanley Clarke, American Grammy Award-winning jazz-fusion bassist (Return To Forever - "No Mystery"; solo - "School Days"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 4 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), dies at 76
  • Jun 17 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 23 Armin Knab, German composer (Wunderhorn), dies at 70