On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 14

Events in Music

  • 1881 Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  • 1923 Recording of 1st country music hit (Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane)

Music releaseMusic Recording

1946 Nat King Cole records "The Christmas Song" for the first time

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
  • 1951 "Courtin' Time" opens at National Theater NYC for 37 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Elvis Presley graduates from L. C. Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1956 "New Faces of 1956" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • 1965 Beatles release album "Beatles VI"

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1965 John Lennon's second book "A Spaniard in the Works" is published

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1967 "Steve Allen Show" premieres on CBS-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1979 Rock group "Little Feat" disbands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Theme From NY, NY by Frank Sinatra hits #32

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1981 No Nukes concert at Hollywood Bowl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Woman sues Chuck Berry for $5,000,000, alleges he hit her

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 1988 "Guy" debut album by Guy is released
  • 1989 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Music awardsMusic Awards

2000 34th Country Weekly Presents the TNN Music Awards: George Strait & Faith Hill wins

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill

Sport awardFIFA World Cup

2018 21st FIFA World Cup opens at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia with British singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performing

Birthdays in Music

  • 1691 Jan Francisci, Slovak composer, born in Banská (d. 1758)
  • 1730 Antonio Sacchini, Italian opera composer, born in Florence (d. 1786)
  • 1760 Candido Jose Ruano, Spanish composer, born in El Viso, Spain (d. 1803)
  • 1763 Johann "Giovanni" Simon Mayr, German composer and music director (Cathedral of Bergamo, 1802-45), born in Mendorf, Bavaria (d. 1845)
  • 1769 Dominique Della-Maria, French Italian composer (The Prisoner), born in Marseilles France (d. 1800)
  • 1835 Nikolay Rubinstein, Russian composer and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1881) (O.S. 2 June)
  • 1854 Frederik Rung, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1914)
  • 1865 Auguste Serieyx, French composer and pedagogue, born in Amiens, France (d. 1949)
  • 1877 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano, born in Paris (d. 1970)
  • 1882 Michael Zadora, American pianist and composer, born in New York City (d. 1946)
  • 1884 John McCormack, Irish-American tenor (Irish folksongs), born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland (d. 1945)
  • 1893 Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1895 Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", American singer (54th Street Revue, When You Wish Upon a Star), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Benno Ammann, Swiss composer, born in Gersau, Sweden (d. 1986)
  • 1908 John Scott Trotter, American orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Burl Ives, American folk singer and actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Hunt City, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Rudolf Kempe, German conductor (Tonhalle Orch 1965-72), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1916 Karl-Rudi Griesbach, German composer, born in Breckerfeld, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1918 Carter Harman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo, Karelian composer, born in Zlatoust, Ural (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Theodore Bloomfield, American conductor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Cy Coleman [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, American pianist, arranger, jazz and classical composer (For Bird, With Love), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1936 Renaldo "Obie" Benson, American singer (The Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Julie Felix, American-born British-based folk-rock singer-songwriter, and BBC presenter (The Frost Report; Once More With Felix), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Dary John Mizelle, American composer, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1943 Harold Wheeler, American composer and orchestrator, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1943 [Dewey Lindon] Spooner Oldham, American songwriter and session musician (Muscle Shoals), born in Center Star, Alabama
  • 1945 Rod Argent, English rock musician (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; Argent - "Hold Your Head Up"), born in St Albans, Hertfordshire
  • 1947 Barry Melton, American guitarist (Country Joe and the Fish), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 Stephen John Hunter, American guitarist, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1949 Alan White, English rock drummer (Yes, Ramshackled), born in Pelton, County Durham, England
  • 1949 Jim Lea, British musician (Slade), born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
  • 1949 Papa Wemba [Wembadio Kikumba], Congolese singer, known as the "King of Rumba Rock", born in the Kasai region, Belgian Congo (d. 2016)
  • 1950 Bart van Lier, Dutch trombonist, born in Haarlem
  • 1953 David Thomas, American singer and songwriter (Pere Ubu), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1956 King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Danish heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate, King Diamond), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1958 Brian David Willis, American rock drummer (Quarterflash - "Harden My Heart"), born in Portland, Oregon

Person of interestBoy George

1961 Boy George [O'Dowd], British singer-songwriter (Culture Club), born in Bexley, Kent, England

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Boy George
  • 1963 Chris DeGarmo, American guitarist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • 1965 Trina Shoemaker, American mixer, record producer, and sound engineer (Queens of the Stone Age, Sheryl Crow), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1973 Ceca Raznatovic, Serbian singer
  • 1975 Bob Nanna, American musician (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film)
  • 1978 The-Dream [Terius Nash], American R&B singer, born in Rockingham, North Carolina
  • 1982 Lang Lang, Chinese concert pianist (The Painted Veil, Berlin Philharmonic), born in Shenyang, China
  • 1984 Siobhán Donaghy, British singer (ex-Sugababes)
  • 1988 Kevin Michael McHale, American singer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1904 Ragtime composer Scott Joplin (35) weds Freddie Alexander (19) in Arkansas

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1936 Singer and cowboy actor Roy Rogers (24) weds Arlene Wilkins in Roswell, New Mexico

LoveWedding of Interest

1966 Musician Louis Jordan (58) weds singer and dancer Martha Weaver

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan

LoveWedding of Interest

1999 Rapper Eminem marries Kimberly Anne Scott for the 1st time

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
  • 2008 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2014 Grammy Award-winning rapper Eve (35) weds entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper at Cala Jondal Beach in Ibiza, Spain

Deaths in Music

  • 1548 Carpentras, French composer
  • 1594 Orlandus Lassus, composer (Prophet sybillarum), dies at about 61
  • 1709 Gottfried Wegner, composer, dies at 65
  • 1744 Andre Campra, French composer, dies at 83
  • 1750 Franz Anton Maichelbeck, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1789 Johann Wilhelm Hertel, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1891 Nicolo Gabrielli, composer, dies at 77
  • 1908 "Blind" Tom Wiggins, African-American pianist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1911 Johan Svendsen, Norwegian composer, dies at 70
  • 1933 Albert Ross Parsons, American composer, dies at 85
  • 1948 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • 1948 John Blackwood McEwen, Scottish classical composer, dies at 80
  • 1952 John Kirby [Kirk], American jazz double-bassist and tuba player (Benny Goodman; "Undecided"), dies at 43
  • 1960 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Russian composer, dies at 57
  • 1962 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, Ukrainian composer, dies at 65
  • 1965 Guido Guerrini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1968 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish composer (Facettes; Aniara), dies at 51
  • 1969 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • 1974 Knud Christian Jeppesen, Danish composer, dies at 81
  • 1976 Géza Anda, Hungarian-Swiss pianist (Mozart/Bartok), dies at 54
  • 1978 Theodore Karyotakis, composer, dies at 74
  • 1982 Marie Rambert [Cyviam Ramberg], Polish/British ballerina, dies at 94
  • 1986 Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady), dies at 67
  • 1989 Pete de Freitas, British drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies in a motorcycle accident at 27
  • 1990 Erna Berger, German soprano (b. 1900)

Person of interestHenry Mancini

1994 Henry Mancini, American composer and conductor (Pink Panther, Moon River), dies at 70

Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
  • 1994 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, dies at 52
  • 1995 Rory Gallagher, Irish rock guitarist (See Here), dies at 47
  • 1995 Els Aarne, Estonian composer, dies at 78
  • 1996 Thomas Edward Montgomery, drummer, dies at 73
  • 2000 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, dies at 62
  • 2004 Eamonn McGirr, Irish-born singer and entertainer
  • 2005 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor, dies at 91
  • 2008 Jamelão, Brazilian samba singer (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • 2009 Ivan Della Mea, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2012 Dumitru Capoianu, Romanian conductor and classical and film composer (The Little Man), dies at 82
  • 2016 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), dies at 72