On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 13

Events in Music

  • 1854 Anthony Faas, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, patents the 1st US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound (Patent No. 11,062)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1855 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Les vêpres sicilenne" (The Sicilian Vespers) premieres at the Paris Opéra

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1956 "Shangri-La" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 1960 "Alley-Oop" by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59
  • 1961 Billy Barnes' musical revue "Billy Barnes People", starting Ken Berry, Dave Ketchum, and Jo Anne Worley, opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 7 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band and joins The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 1970 "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry hits #1 in UK
  • 1970 Beatles' "Let It Be" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks
  • 1970 Beatles' "Long & Winding Road" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Bob Marley performs at Jaap Edenhal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1979 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at 22 Steps NYC for 86 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Paul McCartney releases "Waterfall"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music releaseMusic Single

1988 George Harrison releases single "This Is Love"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • 1990 "Les Miserables" opens at S Alberta Jubilee Centre, Calgary
  • 1993 "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" closes at Booth NYC after 232 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1995 Björk releases her 2nd art pop solo album "Post"

Singer Björk

Music releaseAlbum Release

1995 "Jagged Little Pill", 3rd studio album by Alanis Morissette is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, 1996)

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

Music awardsMusic Awards

2001 35th TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards: George Strait, Faith Hill & Alan Jackson win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music releaseMusic Single

2008 "Viva la Vida" single released by Coldplay, - their 1st US No. 1, (Grammy Song of the Year)

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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1592 Tobias Michael, German composer, born in Dresden (d. 1657)
  • 1627 Fidel Molitor, Swiss composer, born in Wil (d. 1685)
  • 1701 Angelo Antonio Caroli, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1778)
  • 1757 Christian Ludwig Dieter, German composer, born in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1822)
  • 1761 Antonín Vranický, Czech violinist and composer, born in Nová Říše, Czech Republic (d. 1820)
  • 1765 Anton Eberl, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1807)
  • 1775 Antoni Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian politician, cellist, and composer, born in Vilnius, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (now Lithuania) (d. 1833)
  • 1824 Julius Eichberg, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1893)
  • 1829 Antonio Zamara, Austrian harpist, teacher, and composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1901)
  • 1863 Josef Venantius von Woss, Austrian composer, born in Kotor, Montenegro (d. 1943)
  • 1869 Ede Poldini, Hungarian composer (La poupée valsante), born in Pest (d. 1957)
  • 1875 Max d'Ollone, French composer and writer (Le Ménestrel), born in Besançon, France (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Richard M. Jones, American jazz pianist, accompanist, songwriter ("Troube In Mind"), record producer (Louis Armstrong), and label manager (Okeh; Decca;Mercuty), born in New Orleans (d. 1945)
  • 1899 Carlos Chávez, Mexican conductor and composer (Sinfonía india), born in Mexico City (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Filip Kutev, Bulgarian composer (State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance), born in Aytos, Burgas (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Clarence Hutchenrider, American jazz clarinetist (Casa Loma Orchestra), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Simon "Si" Zentner, American jazz, session, and pop trombonist and big-band leader, born in New York City (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • 1918 "Wild Bill" Moore, American R&B and jazz tenor saxophone player ("We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll": Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • 1919 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, born in Copenhagen (d. 2001)
  • 1927 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, born in Buvika (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, born in Kempsey, New South Wales (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Attila Zoller, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist, educator (Vermont Jazz Center, 1974-98), and inventor (bi-directional pickup), born in Visegrád, Hungary (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Alan Civil, British horn player (played horn solo in Beatles "For No One"), born in Northamptonshire, England (d. 1989)
  • 1931 Georges Arvanitas, French jazz pianist and organist, born in Marseilles, France (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Uriel Jones, American jazz and session drummer (Motown's Funk Brothers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1938 Gwynne Howell, Welsh operatic bass, born in Gorseinon, Wales
  • 1940 Bobby Freeman, American rock, soul and R&B singer ("Do You Want to Dance"), born in Northern California (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Esther Ofarim, Israeli pop singer ("T'en vas pas"; "Cinderella Rockerfella"), born in Safed, British Palestine
  • 1941 Marv Tarplin American guitarist and songwriter (The Miracles , 1958-1973 - "The Tracks of My Tears"), Atlanta, Georgia, (d. 2011)
  • 1942 James Carr, American singer ("To Love Somebody"), born in Como, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1946 Paul Buckmaster, British Grammy Award-winning artist, arranger, conductor and composer, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Harold Danko, American jazz pianist (Woody Herman's Thundering Herd), and educator (Eastman School), born in Ohio
  • 1949 Dennis Locorriere, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Dr. Hook - "The Cover of 'Rolling Stone'"), born in Union City, New Jersey
  • 1951 Liz Phillips, American composer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1951 Howard Leese, American guitarist, record producer, and musical director (Heart), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1952 Russell Javors, American rock guitarist (Billy Joel's band, 1976 to 1989), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 (Robert) "Bo" Donaldson, American rock vocalist (The Heywoods - "Billy Don't Be a Hero"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1954 (Guillermo) "Jorge" Santana, Mexican rock guitarist (Malo - "Suavecito"), born in Autlán de Navarro (d. 2020)
  • 1954 Rita Cadillac, Brazilian dancer and singer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1963 Paul De Lisle, Canadian rock bassist (Smash Mouth - "All Star"; "I'm A Believer"), born in Exeter, Ontario
  • 1964 Christian Wilhelm Berger, Romanian composer and organist, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1965 Lukas Ligeti, Austrian composer and drummer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1968 [Denise] Deniece Pearson, English singer-songwriter (Five Star), born in Islington, London
  • 1968 David Gray, British singer-songwriter, and guitarist (White Ladder), born in Sale, Cheshire
  • 1969 Jamie Walters, American actor (The Heights; Beverly Hills 90210), and singer ("How Do You Talk To An Angel?"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Søren Rasted, Danish musician (Aqua), born in Blovstrød, Denmark
  • 1970 Rivers Cuomo, American musician (Weezer - "Buddy Holly"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Natalie MacMaster, Canadian Cape Breton-style fiddler, born in Troy, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1973 Ville Laihiala, Finnish heavy metal singer (Sentenced, Poisonblack), born in Oulu, Finland
  • 1973 Kasia Kowalska, Polish pop rock singer and actress, born in Sulejówek, Poland
  • 1974 Selma Bjornsdottir, Icelandic singer (All Out of Luck), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1976 Kym Marsh, British pop singer (HearSay), actress (Coronation Street), and BBC TV presenter (Morning Live), born in Whiston, Merseyside, England
  • 1976 (Jason) "J" Brown, British singer and rapper (Five), born in Aldershot, England
  • 1980 Sarah Connor [Lewe], German singer ("From Sarah With Love"; ""Skin On Skin"), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1985 Raz-B [De'Mario Thornton], American R&B actor and singer (B2K), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1989 Lisa Tucker, American singer and actress (American Idol), born in Anaheim, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1550 Johann Spangenberg, German theologist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1839 Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, French musician and composer, dies at 66
  • 1873 Angelo Mariani, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • 1928 Dámaso Ledesma, Spanish organist, composer, musicologist, and priest, dies at 60
  • 1954 Nikolai Obukhov, Russian composer, dies at 62
  • 1956 Reginald Goss-Custard, British organist, arranger and composer (Chelsea Fayre), dies at 79
  • 1962 Eugene Goossens, British conductor and composer (Perseus), dies at 69
  • 1969 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • 1972 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters, 1953-55 - "Honey Love"; solo - "Treasure My Love"), dies at 39
  • 1973 Alvin Derold Etler, American oboist, and composer, dies at 60
  • 1973 Frantisek Suchy, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
  • 1984 Marinus de Jong, Dutch composer, dies at 92
  • 1984 António Variações [António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro], Portuguese singer-songwriter (Dar & Receber), dies at 39 of AIDS-related pneumonia complications

Person of interestBenny Goodman

1986 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • 1994 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1995 David Parry, British-Canadian folk musician (Friends of Fiddler's Green), storyteller (Canadian Museum of Civilization), actor, stage director, and teacher (University of Toronto), dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 2001 Siegfried Naumann, Swedish conductor (Musica Nova Ensemble, 1962-77), teacher, and composer (Risposte), dies at 81
  • 2002 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy, Rituals), dies at 81
  • 2003 Harold Ashby, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Willie Dixon; Duke Ellington, 1968-75), dies at 78
  • 2005 David Diamond, American composer (Paderewski Prize-1943), dies at 89
  • 2007 Oskar Morawetz, Czech-Canadian composer (From the Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 90
  • 2010 Jimmy Dean, American country and rockabilly singer ("Big Bad John"), television host, actor ( Diamonds are Forever), and businessman, dies at 81
  • 2012 Graeme Bell, Australian pianist and composer, dies at 97
  • 2015 MC Supreme [Dewayne Lawrence Coleman], rapper (Black in America), dies in a car accident at 47
  • 2015 "Big Time" Sarah [Streeter], American blues singer, dies of heart disease at 62
  • 2016 Oleg Karavaichuk, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 2016 Ofelya Hambardzumyan, Armenian folk singer, dies at 91
  • 2017 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, dies of complications of hepatitis C. at 75
  • 2018 (Dominic Joseph) "D. J." Fontana, American rock and roll drummer (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • 2019 Charles M. Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), dies at 88