June 2019 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Jun 3 Jay-Z named the world's first billionaire rapper by Forbes magazine

Tony Awards

Jun 9 73rd Tony Awards: "Hadestown" best musical, "The Ferryman" best play, Bryan Cranston and Elaine May win

  • Jun 9 Ali Stroker becomes the first actress in a wheelchair to win a Tony award for musical "Oklahoma!"

Music History

Jun 11 "The New York Times" reveals an estimated 500,000 song titles, including masters of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, lost in 2008 warehouse fire on Universal backlot in Los Angeles

Album Release

Jun 14 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 19th studio album "Western Stars"

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 26 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: American rock band The Killers headline; Kylie Minogue plays the Pyramid stage 14 years after cancer forced her to cancel; other performers include Bastille, Hozier, and Mavis Staples


Deaths in Music

  • Jun 3 Ruma Guha Thakurta, Indian singer, actress, and founder of Calcutta Youth Choir, dies at 84
  • Jun 6 Dr. John [Malcolm John Rebennack], American singer and piano player ("Right Place, Wrong Time"), dies at 77
  • Jun 8 Arthur Frackenpohl, American composer, arranger, and pedagogue (Natural Superiority of Music), dies at 95
  • Jun 10 Chuck Glaser, American country singer (Tompall & the Glaser Brothers), dies at 83
  • Jun 10 Ib Nørholm, Danish organist, composer (Aspects of Sand and Simplicity), choral conductor, and educator, dies at 88 [1]
  • Jun 10 Sven-David Sandström, Swedish composer (Jeppe: The Cruel Comedy), dies of cancer at 76
  • Jun 13 Charles M. Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), dies at 88
  • Jun 15 Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director (Romeo & Juliet), dies at 96
  • Jun 19 Anthony Hedges, British light music and orchestral composer (Humberside Cantata), dies at 88
  • Jun 21 Elliot Roberts [Rabinowitz] American music manager (Joni Mitchell; Neil Young), and label executive (Asylum Records), dies at 76
  • Jun 23 Dave Bartholomew, American R&B, rock, and jazz musician, composer, producer, and songwriter ("I Hear You Knocking"; "Ain't That A Shame"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), dies at 100
  • Jun 26 Eugene Alcalay, Romanian concert pianist, composer, and educator, dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Jun 29 Gary Duncan [Grubb], American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies of cardiac arrest at 72