On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 6

Events in Music

  • 1946 "St Louis Woman" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 113 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1957 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1964 The Beatles' film "Hard Day's Night" premieres in London
  • 1965 Rock group "Jefferson Airplane" forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Filming begins on "Ned Kelly" starring Mick Jagger

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Sonate for alto opus 147

Film release premierFilm Premier

1990 "Jetsons the Movie" by Hanna-Barbera with Tiffany Darwish, premieres

Animator Joseph Barbera
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
William Hanna
Pop and Rock Singer Tiffany Darwish
Pop and Rock Singer
Tiffany Darwish
  • 1997 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" closes at Royale NYC after 109 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2010 Brandon Boyd announces the release of his debut solo album, "The Wild Trapeze"

Musician Brandon Boyd
Brandon Boyd

Birthdays in Music

  • 1580 Johann Stobäus, North German composer, born in Graudenz, Poland (d. 1646)
  • 1632 Albert Schop, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1667)
  • 1632 Pietro Reggio, Italian composer and musician, born in Genoa (d. 1685)
  • 1678 Nicola Francesco Haym, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1729)
  • 1702 Franz Anton Maichelbeck, German composer, born in Reichenau, Germany (d. 1750)
  • 1739 Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, German violinist and composer, born in Wörlitz, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1796)
  • 1747 Coelestin Jungbauer, German composer, born in Grattersdorf, Bavaria (d. 1823)
  • 1773 Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, Czech composer, born in Choceň, Czech Republic (d. 1830)
  • 1837 Władysław Żeleński, Polish organist and composer, born in Grodkowice (d. 1921)
  • 1852 John Albert Delany, Australian composer, born in Ratcliff, London (d. 1907)
  • 1864 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer and conductor (Artemis), born in Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil (d. 1920)
  • 1865 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician, composer, and pedagogue (Dalcroze Eurythmics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1950)
  • 1877 David Stanley Smith, American composer (Merrymount), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1949)
  • 1898 Hanns Eisler, Austrian composer (East German National Anthem), born in Leipzig, German Empire (d. 1962)
  • 1904 Robert Whitney, American conductor (Sospiro do Roma), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Elisabeth Lutyens, English composer, born in London (d. 1983)
  • 1908 Léonce Grass, Flemish singer and conductor, born in Borgerhout, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Dorothy Kirsten, American operatic soprano (Time to Sing, Chevy Show), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Laverne Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), born in Mound, Minnesota (d. 1967)
  • 1915 Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist and composer (Vague et Sillon), born in Binche, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1917 Hugo Cole, composer and music critic, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Eugene List, American concert pianist and teacher (Eastman School of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922 Francisco Moncion, American dancer, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), born in Burgin, Kentucky (d. 1965)
  • 1924 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), born in Rock Falls, Illinois (d. 2009)

Person of interestBill Haley

1925 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981)

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 1927 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • 1927 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, born in Tarija, Bolivia (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Gerd Zacher, German composer, born in Meppen (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Danny White, American singer and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1932 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Gene Chandler [Eugene Dixon], American rocker (Duke of Earl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937 Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russian pianist and conductor (Tchaikovsky-1962), born in Gorky, Russia
  • 1938 Franco Luambo, Congolese composer, guitarist and bandleader (Masumbuku), born in Sona Bata, Belgian Congo (d. 1989)
  • 1939 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1940 Jeannie Seely, American country music singer (Don't Touch Me), born in Titusville, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Michael Shrieve, American drummer, percussionist, and composer (Santana), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1950 Phyllis Hyman, American jazz singer (Prime of My Life), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1952 Jesse Harms, American musician and songwriter (The Waboritas), born in Massachusetts
  • 1952 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, born in Elkhart, Indiana (d. 2009)
  • 1953 Nanci Griffith, American singer and songwriter (Poet in My Window), born in Seguin, Texas
  • 1956 John Jorgenson, American singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1959 John Keeble, English rock drummer (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • 1967 Heather Nova, Bermudian singer and songwriter (Oyster), born in Bermuda
  • 1969 Michael Grant, British reggae-rock keyboardist and singer (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1970 Inspectah Deck [Jason Hunter], American rapper and producer (Wu-Tang Clan, Czarface), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Frank Salvato II, Italian-American sound Engineer and composer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1970 Martin Smith, English singer (Delirious?), born in London, England
  • 1972 Isabelle Boulay, French-Canadian singer (Parle-moi), born in Sainte-Félicité, Quebec, Canada
  • 1972 Mark Gasser, British concert pianist, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • 1975 50 Cent [Curtis James Jackson III], American rapper and businessman, born in Queens, New York
  • 1979 Nic Cester, Australian musician (Jet), born in Dingley, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1982 Tay Zonday, American singer and keyboardist
  • 1984 Lauren Harris, British rock singer, born in Essex, England
  • 1987 Kate Nash, English singer songwriter and actress, born in London, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1877 Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (37) weds Antonina Miliukova (29) at the Church of Saint George in Moscow, Russia

LoveWedding of Interest

1953 "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City

LoveWedding of Interest

1968 US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf (33) weds Brenda Halsinger

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf

LoveWedding of Interest

1971 ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus (26) weds fellow singer Agnetha Faltskog (21)

LoveWedding of Interest

1978 American country singer Tammy Wynette (36) weds record producer George Richey (42) in Florida

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

LoveWedding of Interest

1991 Folk singer Mary Travers (54) weds restaurateur Ethan Robbins

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers

LoveWedding of Interest

2016 NFL quarterback Russell Wilson (27) weds singer-songwriter Ciara (30) at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England

Singer Ciara

Deaths in Music

  • 1480 Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer and organist, dies at 64
  • 1734 Nicolas Bernier, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1765 Ferdinand Zellbell the elder, Swedish composer, dies at 76
  • 1768 Conrad Beissel, German born American religious leader and composer (founded Ephrata community), dies at 78
  • 1795 Georg Gottfried Petri, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1816 Philipp Meissner, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1858 Jan Emmanuel Doležálek, Bohemian organist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1860 Alexandre Goria, French composer, dies at 37
  • 1868 Samuel Lover, Irish composer, dies at 71
  • 1879 Henry Smart, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1896 Alexander Sergeyevich Famintsin, Russian composer, dies at 54
  • 1902 Leopoldo Miguez, Brazilian composer, dies at 51
  • 1933 Robert Kajanus, Finnish conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • 1950 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, dies from poor health following long-term heroin addiction, tuberculosis, and a weight problem, at 26
  • 1951 Josef Hüttel, Czech composer, dies at 57
  • 1955 Paolo Gallico, Italian-American pianist and composer (The Apocalypse), dies at 87
  • 1961 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), dies in a car accident at 25

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

1971 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly; What A Wonderful World), dies of a heart attack at 69

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1973 Otto Klemperer, German/US conductor, dies at 88
  • 1974 Carlos Isamitt, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • 1977 Oedoen Partos, Hungarian-Israeli violist (Israel Philharmonic, 1938-56), composer, and teacher dies at 69
  • 1979 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 1995 Ivor Keys, musician/teacher, dies at 76
  • 1999 Joaquín Rodrigo, Spanish composer, dies at 97
  • 2000 Ľudovít Rajter, Slovak composer and conductor, dies at 93
  • 2000 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and classical composer, dies at 88
  • 2000 Akira Miyazawa, Japanese jazz saxophonist, dies at 72
  • 2002 István Sárközy, Hungarian composer, dies at 81
  • 2003 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), dies at 69
  • 2004 Syreeta Wright, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Richard Verreau, Canadian tenor (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • 2009 Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Harvey Fuqua, American rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely), dies at 80
  • 2014 Kathy Stobart, British jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and teacher, dies of a stroke at 89
  • 2019 João Gilberto, Brazilian singer, guitarist and 'father of bossa nova' (Getz/Gilberto, Grammy Award for Album of the Year 1965) dies at 88
  • 2019 Martin Charnin, American Broadway stage singer, dancer (West Side Story), director, and lyricist (Annie), dies after a heart attack at 84
  • 2020 Ennio Morricone, Italian composer and musician (film soundtracks for The Mission and The Hateful Eight), dies at 91 [1]
  • 2020 Charlie Daniels, American singer (Devil Went Down to Georgia), dies at 83