On This Day

June 2018 in Music History

Events in Music

Film Premiere

Jun 4 "Ocean's 8" film premieres, directed by Gary Ross starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna

  • Jun 11 72nd Tony Awards: "The Band's Visit" best musical; "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" best play

FIFA World Cup

Jun 14 21st FIFA World Cup opens at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia with British singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performing

Album Release

Jun 16 Beyoncé and Jay-Z release their joint album "Everything is Love"

Album Release

Jun 29 Drake releases his fifth studio album "Scorpion", a double album with 25 tracks


Deaths in Music

  • Jun 1 Eddy Clearwater [Edward Harrington], American blues musician (West Side Strut), dies of heart failure at 83
  • Jun 3 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), dies of complications of diabetes at 88
  • Jun 8 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross"), dies at 68
  • Jun 9 Lorraine Gordon [Stein], American jazz music advocate and owner of Village Vanguard jazz club, dies at 95
  • Jun 12 Jon Hiseman, English drummer (Colosseum), dies at 73
  • Jun 13 (Dominic Joseph) "D. J." Fontana, American rock and roll drummer (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • Jun 15 Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), dies at 88
  • Jun 16 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1951-61; USSR State Radio, 1961-74; USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, 1983-91), dies at 87

XXXTentacion

Jun 18 XXXTentacion [Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy], American rapper and singer-songwriter, is shot to death during a robbery at 20

  • Jun 18 Barry McDaniel, American lyric baritone (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1962-99), dies at 87
  • Jun 19 Lenore Engdahl, American classical pianist, and educator (Boston University School of Music, 1972–83), dies at 100
  • Jun 22 Vinnie Paul [Abbott], American heavy metal drummer (Pantera), dies of a heart condition at 54
  • Jun 25 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel), dies at 81
  • Jun 26 Edward Simons, American classical violinist and conductor (Rockland Symphony, 1962-2017), dies at 101
  • Jun 29 Liliane Montevecchi, French-Italian actress, dancer, and singer (Nine, Grand Hotel), dies of colon cancer at 85