On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 15

Events in Music

  • 1957 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 123 performances
  • 1963 "Sound of Music" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 1443 performances
  • 1963 "Sukiyaki" sung by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hits #1

Music releaseMusic Recording

1965 Bob Dylan records single "Like a Rolling Stone" (#1 in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time")

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1968 "How Now, Dow Jones" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 220 performances
  • 1968 "I Do! I Do!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 561 performances
  • 1968 "New Faces of 1965" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 52 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant an acorn at Coventry Cathedral

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1968 "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by Ohio Express hits #4
  • 1974 "Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1 on UK pop chart

Music releaseAlbum Release

1974 "Back Home Again" 8th studio album by John Denver is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1975)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1980 "Fearless Frank" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 12 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1994 Disney's animated musical film "The Lion King" opens in theaters with $42 million

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
Actor Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
  • 1995 "Chronicles of a Death Foretold" opens at Plymouth NYC for 55 performances
  • 1997 "Little Foxes" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 32nd Music City News Country Awards: Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan & Billy Ray Cyrus wins

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus

Birthdays in Music

  • 1636 Johann David Mayer, German composer, born in Schwäbisch Hall (d. 1696)
  • 1728 Pietro Alessandro Pavona, Italian composer (d. 1786)
  • 1734 Johann Ernst Altenburg, German composer, organist and trumpeter, born in Weißenfels (d. 1801)
  • 1749 George Joseph Vogler, German composer, organist and teacher, born in Würzburg (d. 1814)
  • 1763 Franz Danzi, German composer and cellist, born in Schwetzingen (d. 1826)
  • 1821 Nikolay Zaremba, Russian composer and teacher of Tchaikovsky, born in Vitebsk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1879)
  • 1843 Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (Bewitched One), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1907)
  • 1864 Guy Ropartz [Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz], French composer, born in Guingamp, France (d. 1955)
  • 1865 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1942)
  • 1886 Charles Wood, Irish composer of church music, born in Armagh, United Kingdom (d. 1926)
  • 1894 Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and arranger (Oklahoma!), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1981)
  • 1898 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist and composer, born in Peterborough, England (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Otto Luening, German American conductor, composer and electronic music pioneer (Sonority Canon), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Paul J Mares, American jazz trumpetist/composer (Farewell blues)
  • 1910 Berend Giltay, Dutch composer, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • 1910 David Rose, orchestra leader (Red Skelton Show, Stripper), born in London, England
  • 1917 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek singer and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1922 John Veale, English composer, born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2006)

Person of interestErroll Garner

1923 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1926 Jan Carlstedt, Swedish composer, born in Orsa, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, Australian piano player, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1970)
  • 1929 Nigel Pickering, American guitarist (Spanky & Our Gang), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer (Marianne), born in Pola, Istria, Italy (now Croatia) (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], US R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1936 Alexandru Hrisanide, Romanian composer, born in Petrila, Romania (d. 2018)
  • 1937 Ray Coleman, British music journalist and biographer, born in Leicester (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Rolf Riehm, German composer, born in Saarbrücken
  • 1937 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1940 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer and pedagogue (Les Prédictions), born in Amersfoort, Utrecht, the Netherlands (d. 1983 )
  • 1941 Harry Nilsson, American singer-songwriter and rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin', One, Without You), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1943 [Mervyn] Muff Winwood, English songwriter and bassist (Spencer Davis Group, "Gimme Some Lovin"), born in Erdington, Birmingham
  • 1943 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Janet Lennon, vocalist (Lennon Sisters)
  • 1946 Noddy Holder, Walsall United Kingdom, rock vocalist/guitarist (Slade- Cum On Feel The Noize)
  • 1946 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Duris Maxwell [a.k.a. Ted Lewis], Canadian drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario, Canada
  • 1947 Paul Patterson, British classical composer (Spiders), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
  • 1949 Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1949 Michael Lutz, bassist (Brownsville Station)
  • 1951 Steve Walsh, American singer (Kansas), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1951 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), born in Cortland, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1954 Terri Gibbs, blind singer (Somebody's Knockin'), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1957 Brad Gillis, American rock guitarist/vocalist (Night Ranger), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1961 Kai Eckhardt, German musician (Garaj Mahal)
  • 1961 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress
  • 1962 Andrea Rost, Hungarian soprano
  • 1963 Scott Rockenfield, drummer (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • 1966 Idalis DeLeon, American actress/singer

Person of interestIce Cube

1969 Ice Cube [O'Shea Jackson], American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

Rapper Ice Cube
Ice Cube
  • 1970 Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano
  • 1971 Bif Naked [Beth Torbert], Canadian singer-songwriter (Spaceman) and actress, born in New Dehli, India
  • 1976 Gary Lightbody, Northern Irish musician (Snow Patrol)
  • 1978 RoRo, [Romell Chapman], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 William Dean Martin, American musician (Good Charlotte)
  • 1982 Haley Scarnato, American singer
  • 1983 Julia Fischer, German violinist and pianist, born in Munich, Germany
  • 1983 Laura Imbruglia, Australian singer-songwriter, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1985 Nadine Coyle, Northern Irish singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 1986 Stjepan Hauser, Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Pula, Croatia

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1989 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) divorces vocalist James Moreland only 4 months after getting married

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love

Deaths in Music

  • 1677 Giovanni Battista Chinelli, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1772 Louis-Claude Daquin [d'Acquin], French organist and composer (La Rose), dies at 77
  • 1828 Brizio Petrucci, Italian composer, dies at 91
  • 1839 Hans Skramstad, composer, dies at 41
  • 1865 Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, dies at 61
  • 1869 Albert Grisar, composer, dies at 60
  • 1875 Johan Peter Cronhamm, Swedish composer, dies at 72
  • 1893 Ferenc Erkel, Hungarian composer (Himnusz), dies at 82
  • 1895 Richard Genee, composer, dies at 72
  • 1920 Michel-Gaston Carraud, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1934 Alfred Bruneau, composer, dies at 77
  • 1962 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, dies at 84
  • 1968 John "Wes" Montgomery, American musician and composer, considered one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1982 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1984 Meredith Willson, American composer (Meredith Willson Show), dies at 82
  • 1990 Carlo Prosperi, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • 1994 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer (Never on Sunday), dies at 68

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

1996 Ella Fitzgerald, singer, dies at 78

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1996 Helen Sinclair Glatz, English composer, dies at 88
  • 1996 Clare Grundman, American composer, dies at 83
  • 2001 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 2001 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • 2007 Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band), dies of multiple myeloma at 61
  • 2015 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • 2017 Jacques Charpentier, French composer, dies at 83
  • 2018 Matt (Guitar) Murphy, American Blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), dies at 88
  • 2019 Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director (Romeo & Juliet), dies at 96