On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 1

Events in Music

  • 1893 Opera "Falstaff" is produced (Berlin)
  • 1960 "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1963 "El Watusi" by Ray Barreto hits #17

Music concertMusic Concert

1966 George Harrison is impressed by sitarist Ravi Shankar's concert in London

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
Musician Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
  • 1968 Simon & Garfunkel's single "Mrs Robinson" from "The Graduate" hits #1 (first rock song to win Grammy for Record of the Year)
  • 1970 "Everything Is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" opens at Golden NYC for 31 performances

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1972 Dmitri Shostakovich's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Live & Let Die"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1974 "My Girl Bill" by Jim Stafford hits #12
  • 1975 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 947 performances
  • 1975 Ronnie Wood replaces Mick Taylor as Rolling Stone guitarist
  • 1979 Wings release "Old Siam, Sir"

Music concertMusic Concert

1980 Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in California

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" by David Lee Roth hits #12

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth

Music releaseAlbum Release

1985 Weird Al Yankovic released his Dare To Be Stupid LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • 1990 "Cemetery Club" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 56 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1999 British singer Dido's debut album, "No Angel", is released in the United States

Singer Dido

Birthdays in Music

  • 1549 Allesandre Spontone, composer
  • 1611 Felician Schwab, composer
  • 1653 Georg Muffat, baroque composer, born in Megève, Duchy of Savoy (d. 1704)
  • 1755 Frederico Fiorillo, Italian violist/composer
  • 1763 Christian Gottlob Saupe, composer
  • 1765 Friedrich Ludwig Seidel, German composer, born in Treuenbrietzen (d. 1831)
  • 1769 Joseph Antoni Frantiszek Elsner, composer
  • 1771 Ferdinando Paer, composer
  • 1776 John George Schetky, American violoncellist, music teacher and composer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1831)
  • 1804 Mikhail Glinka, Novosspaskoye Russia, composer ("Jota Aragonesa", "Ruslan and Ludmilla") [OS=May 20]
  • 1826 Carl Bechstein, German piano inventor
  • 1826 Hermann Zopff, composer
  • 1848 Otto Valdemar Malling, Danish organist and composer (Det hellige Land, opus 46), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1915)
  • 1886 Ernst Kurth, Austrian/Swiss musicologist
  • 1892 Samuel L M Barlow II, American composer (Mon Ami Pierrot), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1898 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1964)
  • 1899 Werner Janssen, American conductor/composer (New Years Eve in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, born in Chatham (d. 1946)
  • 1905 Dinora de Carvalho, composer
  • 1909 Szymon Goldberg, Polish/US violinist/conductor (Neth Chamber Orchestra)
  • 1915 Bart Howard [Howard Joseph Gustafson], American songwriter (Fly Me to the Moon), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Boris Lazarevich Klyuzner, composer
  • 1921 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award-winning bandleader, conductor and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), born in Oradell, New Jersey (d. 1985)
  • 1924 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Yehudi Wyner, composer
  • 1930 Edward Woodward, British singer and actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Charles "Pat" Boone, American singer, actor (April Love, Cross & Switchblade, No More Mr. Nice Guy) and TV personality (The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1936 Gerald Scarfe, British illustrator (Pink Floyd's The Wall), born in London, England
  • 1941 Edo de Waart, Amsterdam Holland, conductor (Houston Opera-1976)
  • 1943 Ely van Tongeren, Dutch guitarist/singer (Buffoons)
  • 1943 Richard Goode, concert pianist (1980 Avery Fisher Award), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1945 Linda Scott [Sampson], American pop singer (I've Told Every Little Star), born in Queens, New York
  • 1946 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Ronnie Wood, English rock guitarist (Faces, Jeff Beck Group, The Rolling Stones), born in Hillingdon, England
  • 1949 Mike Levine, Canadian rock keyboardist, bassist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1950 Charlene [D'Angelo], singer (I've Never Been To Me)
  • 1955 Ralph Morse, British actor, singer and writer of historical dramas
  • 1956 Lisa Hartman Black, American singer and actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958 Michael Landau, American session musician, engineer, and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Alan "Wild"er, English rock vocalist/music (Depeche Mode-Wild!)
  • 1960 Simon Gallup, British rock bassist (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in Duxhurst, Surrey, England
  • 1962 Jesse Johnson, rocker (Time)
  • 1963 Mike Joyce, rock drummer (Smiths-Ask, Panic, London)
  • 1968 Jason Donovan, rocker/actor (Neighbors)
  • 1970 Rene Liu "Milk Tea", Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actress, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1971 Roldán González, Cuban singer (Orishas)

Person of interestAlanis Morissette

1974 Alanis Morissette, Canadian-America vocalist (Jagged Little Pill), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • 1981 Brandi Carlile, American singer and songwriter
  • 1987 Mike Protich, American rock musician (Red Sun Rising),
  • 1988 Nami Tamaki, Japanese pop singer
  • 1988 Christine and the Queens [Héloïse Letissier], French singer-songwriter (Chaleur humaine), born in Nantes, France

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 Country singer Merle Haggard (48) weds fourth wife Debbie Parret; divorce in 1991

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Grammy Award-winning singer Kenny Rogers (59) weds Wanda Miller (31) at his ranch in Athens, Georgia

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 2005 "The White Stripes" guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist Jack White (29) weds British model Karen Elson (26) in Manaus, Brazil
  • 2006 Korean "My Sassy Girl" actor-singer Cha Tae-Hyun (30) weds pop lyricist Choi Suk-eun at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul City

LoveWedding of Interest

2007 Legendary crooner Tony Bennett (80) weds his longtime girlfriend Susan Crow (47) in New York City

Singer Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 Singer Diana DeGarmo (26) weds singer Ace Young (33) at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel in Los Angeles

  • 2013 Napster founder Sean Parker (33) weds singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas at the Ventana Inn in Big Sur, California

Divorces in Music

  • 1994 Guns n Roses drummer Matthew Sorum files to divorce Kai

Deaths in Music

  • 1639 Melchior Franck, German composer
  • 1699 Jean Rousseau, French composer and viol player, dies at 54
  • 1763 Johann Caspar Vogler, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1810 Johann Paul Wessely, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • 1909 Giuseppe Martucci, composer, dies at 53
  • 1918 Friedrich Richard Faltin, composer, dies at 83
  • 1918 Jaroslav Novotny, Czech composer, dies at 32
  • 1926 Vasily Mikhaylovich Metallov, composer, dies at 64
  • 1935 Alberto Cametti, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • 1942 Ernest Pingoud, Finnish composer, dies at 53
  • 1946 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1948 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • 1955 F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • 1964 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer, dies at 66
  • 1966 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, dies at 92
  • 1984 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You), dies at 52
  • 1985 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • 1991 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations (My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), dies of drug overdose at 50
  • 1995 Prudence Hyman, dancer, dies at 80
  • 1996 Don Grolnick, American jazz pianist, composer and session musician (Brecker Brothers; Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor), dies of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 48
  • 1996 Alan Blakley, British guitarist and record producer (The Tremeloes - "Here Comes My Baby"; "Silence Is Golden"), dies of cancer at 54
  • 2006 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress, dies at 59
  • 2007 Tony Thompson, American singer-songwriter in R&B group Hi-Five, dies at 31
  • 2015 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, dies at 92
  • 2018 Eddy Clearwater [Edward Harrington], American blues musician (West Side Strut), dies of heart failure at 83