On This Day

June 1996 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 10 30th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson wins
  • Jun 23 "Tartuffe: Born Again" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 29 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 25 Jay-Z releases his debut studio album "Beyond Reasonable Doubt" with Roc-A-Fella Records and Priority Records

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • Jun 30 "Buried Child" closes at Brook Atkinson Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jun 30 "Moon Over Buffalo" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jun 30 "State Fair" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 118 performances

Weddings in Music

  • Jun 8 Lyricist and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (52) weds former chairman of Warner Bros. Robert Daly (60) in Bel Air, California
  • Jun 16 Soap opera actress-singer Kassie Wesley (35) weds James De Paiva (39) in Morganfield, Kentucky

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 1 Don Grolnick, American jazz pianist, composer and session musician (Brecker Brothers; Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor), dies of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 48
  • Jun 1 Alan Blakley, British guitarist and record producer (The Tremeloes - "Here Comes My Baby"; "Silence Is Golden"), dies of cancer at 54
  • Jun 2 Pilar Lorengar [Lorenza Pilar García], Aragones soprano, dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 9 Walter Pardon, British folk singer and carpenter, dies at 81
  • Jun 11 Ulysses Dove, American dancer (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), and choreographer (Red Angels), dies of AIDS-related illness at 49
  • Jun 14 Thomas Edward Montgomery, drummer, dies at 73

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

Jun 15 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), dies from a stroke at 78

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jun 15 Helen Sinclair Glatz, English composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 15 Clare Grundman, American composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 18 Miriam Gideon, American composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 19 Ande Anderson, English opera director, dies at 78
  • Jun 19 Vivian Ellis, English composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 22 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • Jun 22 George Barati, Hungarian-American cellist, composer, and conductor (Honolulu Symphony, 1950-67), dies at 83
  • Jun 25 Nicholas John, English National Opera's dramaturge, dies at 43
  • Jun 28 Willard F. McMurry, musician, dies at 89
  • Jun 30 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 91