On This Day

June 1961 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 3 "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
  • Jun 13 Billy Barnes' musical revue "Billy Barnes People", starting Ken Berry, Dave Ketchum, and Jo Anne Worley, opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 7 performances
  • Jun 16 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris
  • Jun 17 Billy Barnes' musical revue "Billy Barnes People", starting Ken Berry, Dave Ketchum, and Jo Anne Worley, closes at Royale Theater, NYC, after 7 performances
  • Jun 19 "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by Coasters peaks at #23
  • Jun 22 Beatles record "Ain't She Sweet", "Cry for a Shadow", "When the Saints Go Marching In", "Why", "Nobody's Child" & "My Bonnie", in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jun 24 "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances

Music Recording

Jun 24 Tony Sheridan, backed by the Beatles, records "If You Love Me Baby" (aka "Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby") in Hamburg, Germany

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Peter Machajdík, Slovak contemporary classical composer (To the Rainbow So Close Again; Effugium), born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 2 John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
  • Jun 2 Dez Cadena, American punk musician (Black Flag), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jun 4 El Debarge, American pop-rock keyboardist, and singer-songwriter (Debarge - "Rhythm of the Night"), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Jun 4 Kym Ambrose, Australian jazz vibraphonist (The Brazilian Ensemble), born
  • Jun 6 Dee C. Lee [Diane Catherine Sealy], British rock musician (Wham!, Style Council), born in London, England
  • Jun 6 Tom Araya, Chilean-American heavy metal bass guitarist and lead singer (Slayer), born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • Jun 6 Nir Brand, Israeli conductor and musician, born in Beersheba, Israel
  • Jun 6 Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), born in Larne, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Jun 7 Dave Catching, American session and touring musician (Eagles of Death Metal; earthlings?), born in Memphis, Tennesee
  • Jun 8 Keti Garbi, Greek pop singer (To Kati), born in Athens, Greece
  • Jun 10 Maxi Priest [Max Elliott], Jamaican/English singer (Wild World)
  • Jun 10 Kim Deal, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and bass player (Pixies; The Breeders - "Cannonball"), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jun 10 Kelley Deal, American rock guitarist, and singer (The Breeders - "Cannonball"), born in Dayton, Ohio

Boy George

Jun 14 Boy George [O'Dowd], British singer-songwriter (Culture Club - "Karma Chameleon"), born in Bexley, Kent, England

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Singer-Songwriter
Boy George
  • Jun 15 Kai Eckhardt, Liberian-German jazz-fusion bassist (Garaj Mahal), born in Mainz, Germany
  • Jun 15 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese j-pop singer ("Touch"), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 18 [Genevieve] Alison Moyet, English rock vocalist (Yaz, Alf), born in Essex, England
  • Jun 21 Kip Winger, American rocker (Winger), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jun 21 Manu Chao, Spanish musician, born in Paris, France
  • Jun 21 Sascha Konietzko, German musician ( KMFDM), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jun 22 Bobby Gillespie, rocker (Primal Scream)
  • Jun 22 Jimmy Somerville, Scottish rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (Bronski Beat; Communards), born in Glasgow, Soctland
  • Jun 23 Mark Drillich, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • Jun 24 Curt Smith, British-American rock bassist/vocalist (Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"; "Shout"), born in Bath, Somerset, England
  • Jun 26 Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin - "Take My Breath Away"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 29 Greg Hetson, American punk-rock guitarist (Circle Jerks), born in Brooklyn, New York