On This Day in Music for June 12

Events in Music

  • 1903 The Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is founded at the University of Michigan School of Music
  • 1909 "Shine On, Harvest Moon" by Ada Jones & Billy Murray hits #1
  • 1948 "Hold It!" closes at National Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 1948 The musical "Sleepy Hollow" closes at St James Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1948 "William Tell" French opera by Gioachino Rossini premieres in Salle Le Peletier, Paris
  • 1954 "Girl in Pink Tights" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" is originally released

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 1965 "Bajour" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 232 performances
  • 1965 "I Had a BaIl" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • 1965 "What Makes Sammy Run?" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 540 performances
  • 1965 The Beatles are awarded a MBE

Music concertMusic Concert

1970 Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 John Lennon's political "Sometime in NYC" released including "Woman is the Nigger of the World" "Attica State" & "Luck of the Irish"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 "Yes, Yes, Yes" by Bill Cosby hits #46

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • 1977 "Pippin" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1944 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1990 "Mariah Carey" debut album by Mariah Carey is released

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • 1993 "Three Little Pigs" by Green Jelly hits #17
  • 2002 36th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win

Music releaseAlbum Release

2008 Coldplay release their 4th studio album " Viva la Vida or Death" (winner of 3 Grammys)

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin

Birthdays in Music

  • 1468 Juan del Encina, Spanish author and composer, born in Encinas, Spain (d. 1529)
  • 1842 Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d.1866)
  • 1857 Achille Simonetti, Italian violinist and composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1928)
  • 1874 Willem Landré, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1948)
  • 1876 Narciso Garay, Panamanian composer, born in Panama (d. 1953)
  • 1885 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1892 John Donald Robb, American composer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • 1897 Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1986)
  • 1900 Amadeo Roldán, Cuban composer and violinist, born in Paris (d. 1939)
  • 1903 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1925)
  • 1904 Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, born in Vyborg (d. 1955)
  • 1907 Giorgio Nataletti, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Marina Semyonova, Russian ballerina, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 2010)
  • 1909 Archie Bleyer, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey), born in Queens, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, born in Tylorstown, Rhondda, Wales (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, born in Burton Joyce, Nottingham (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Bill Kenny, American singer (The Bill Kenny Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, born in Holstebro, Denmark (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Richard Sherman, American composer and lyricist (The Sherman Brothers - Mary Poppins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer (On the Street Where You Live), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Jim Nabors, American actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), born in Sylacauga, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Armando "Chick" Corea, American jazz-fusion pianist and composer (Return To Forever, Delhpi I, Toy Dance), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1941 Reg Presley [Reginald Maurice Ball], English rock vocalist (Troggs-Wild Thing) and songwriter, born in Andover, Hampshire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Roy Harper, English musician (Folkjokeopus), born in Rusholme, Manchester
  • 1942 Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], American rocker (1-2-3-Dovells), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Maurice Jackson, American singer (The Independents - "Leaving Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Eelco Gelling, Dutch blues guitarist (Cuby + Blizzards), born in Zwartsluis, Netherlands
  • 1948 Lyn Collins [Gloria Lavern Collins], American soul singer (Think About It), born in Dime Box, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1949 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), born in Willington (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Bun E. Carlos [Brad Carlson], American rock drummer (Cheap Trick-Dream Police), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1951 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), born in Peabody, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Dale Krantz, American singer (Rossington-Collins Band)
  • 1952 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2018)

Person of interestPete Farndon

1952 Pete Farndon, English musician (The Pretenders), born in Hereford, England (d. 1983)

Musician Pete Farndon
Musician
Pete Farndon
  • 1953 Jonathan "Rocky" Burnette, American rock and roll vocalist ("Tired of Toein' the Line"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1958 Rebecca Holden, American actress and singer (Knight Rider), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1959 John Linnell, American musician (They Might Be Giants), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Paul Clark, English musician (The Bolshoi), born in Leeds, England
  • 1965 Cindy Lee Berryhill, American singer and songwriter (Baby), born in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Filip Topol, Czech musician and writer
  • 1968 Bobby Sheehan, American musician (Blues Traveler) (d. 1999)
  • 1969 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian guitarist (Omen, Bikini) (d. 2007)
  • 1977 Kenny Wayne Shepherd [Brobst], American blues-rock guitarist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1981 John Gourley, American musician, singer, and songwriter (Portugal. The Man), born in Wasilla, Alaska
  • 1982 Ben Blackwell, American musician
  • 1983 Josh Dies, American author and musician (Showbread)
  • 1985 Tasha-Ray Evin, Canadian musician (Lillix)
  • 1985 Chris Young, American musician
  • 1992 Allie DiMeco American musician and actress (The Naked Brothers Band)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1970 Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood (22) weds Jenny Boyd (23)

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg (25) weds high school sweetheart Shante Taylor at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper
Snoop Dogg
  • 2014 The Band Perry singer Kimberly Perry weds Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia (28) in Greeneville, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1616 Cornelis F Schuyt, Dutch organist/composer (Madrigalen), dies
  • 1761 Meinrad Spiess, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1858 William Horsley, composer, dies at 83
  • 1887 Gustav Weber, composer, dies at 41
  • 1917 Maria Teresa Carreno, composer, dies at 63
  • 1942 Walter Leigh, composer, dies at 36
  • 1947 Jazeps Medins, composer, dies at 70
  • 1957 James F "Jimmy" Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53
  • 1962 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • 1966 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), dies at 74
  • 1966 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • 1968 Fidelio Friedrich Finke, Bohemian German composer, dies at 76
  • 1988 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, dies at 87
  • 1989 Peter Conrad Baden, composer, dies at 80
  • 1989 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), dies at 72
  • 1995 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, pianist, dies at 75
  • 1997 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
  • 1998 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz, That's My Mama), dies of skin cancer at 75
  • 2006 György Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), dies at 83 (b. 1923)
  • 2015 Ernest Tomlinson, English composer (Light music), dies at 90
  • 2015 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • 2018 Jon Hiseman, English drummer (Colosseum), dies at 73