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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "The Sound of Music", closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 1443 performances

Composer Richard Rodgers
Composer
Richard Rodgers
  • 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
Singer-Songwriter
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 two acorns for peace, at Coventry Cathedral, Conventry, England

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

Music releaseMusic Single

1973 “Let’s Get It On” single released by Marvin Gaye (Billboard R&B Song of the Year, 1973; No. 4 overall)

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye

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 concertMusic Concert

1986 Amnesty International "Conspiracy of Hope" tour concludes with megaconcert at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey; participants include: U2; Sting; Bryan Adams; Peter Gabriel; Lou Reed; Neville Brothers; Joan Baez; Joan Armatrading; Joni Mitchell; The Police; Jackson Browne; Yoko Ono; Miles Davis; Peter, Paul & AMry; and The Hooters

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
Singer Bryan Adams
Singer
Bryan Adams
Singer Joni Mitchell
Singer
Joni Mitchell

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
Actor
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

Music awardsMusic City News Awards

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

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, Northern Ireland (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 trumpeter and composer ("Farewell Blues"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1949)
  • 1910 Berend Giltay, Dutch composer, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • 1910 David Rose, American Emmy Award winning composer ("The Stripper"; "Holiday For Strings"), and orchestra leader (The Red Skelton Show), born in London, England
  • 1912 Alix Combelle, French swing saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader (Quintette du Hot Club de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1978)
  • 1915 Patrick Piggott, British pianist, composer, and musicologist (The Life & Music of John Field; The Innocent Diversion - Music in the Life and Writings of Jane Austen), born in Dover, England (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1917 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer and composer, born in Agia Sofia, Piraeus, Greece (d. 2005)
  • 1922 John Veale, English composer, born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Jaki Byard, American jazz pianist (Charlie Mingus), saxophonist, drummer, composer, arranger, and educator, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)

Person of interestErroll Garner

1923 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist ("Misty"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1923 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1989)
  • 1926 Jan Carlstedt, Swedish composer, born in Orsa, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Joji "George" Kawaguchi Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Fukakusa, Kyoto, Japan (d. 2003)
  • 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 - "Sunday Will Never Be the Same"; "Lazy Day"), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Lotfollah "Lotfi" Mansouri, Persian opera director (Canadian Opera Company, 1976-88; introduced opera surtitles, 1983; San Francisco Opera, 1988-2001), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer ("Marianne"), born in Pola, Istria, Italy (now Croatia) (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], American pop and R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics - "Our Day Will Come"; "Hey There Lonely Boy"), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1936 Alexandru Hrisanide, Romanian composer, born in Petrila, Romania (d. 2018)
  • 1937 Ray Coleman, British author (biographies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Epstein, and Phil Collins), and music journalist (Melody Maker), born in Leicester, England (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Rolf Riehm, German composer (Sirenen, Bilder des Begehrens und des Vernichtens (Sirens, images of desire and destruction)), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 1937 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist ("I'm A Ramblin' Man" ), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1938 Tony Oxley, British free-jazz and avant-garde drummer, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1938 Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer and pedagogue (Les Prédictions), born in Amersfoort, Utrecht, the Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1941 Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("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, American pop vocalist (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 (Neville) "Noddy" Holder, British rock vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist (Slade - "Cum On Feel The Noize"), born in Walsall, England
  • 1946 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Duris Maxwell [Ted Lewis], Canadian session and touring drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers; Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 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, American bassist, singer, guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room"), and producer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1951 Steve Walsh, American progressive rock singer (Kansas), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1951 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), born in Cortland, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Raphael Wallfisch, British concert cellist, born in London, England
  • 1954 Terri Gibbs, American blind country music singer ("Somebody's Knockin'"), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1957 Brad Gillis, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Night Ranger), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1961 Kai Eckhardt, Liberian-German jazz-fusion bassist (Garaj Mahal), born in Mainz, Germany
  • 1961 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese j-pop singer ("Touch"), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1962 Andrea Rost, Hungarian lyric soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1963 Scott Rockenfield, American drummer (Queensryche - "Breaking the Silence"), born in Seattle, Washington

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
Rapper
Ice Cube
  • 1969 Idalis DeLeón, American singer (Seduction - "Two To Make It Right"), actress (Six Feet Under), and television host (MTV; Extra), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano, born in Marseille, France
  • 1971 Bif Naked [Beth Torbert], Canadian singer-songwriter ("Spaceman") and actress, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1971 Nasheet Waits, American jazz drummer, born in New York City
  • 1976 Gary Lightbody, Northern Irish musician (Snow Patrol - "Chasing Cars"), born in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • 1978 RoRo [Romell Chapman], American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 Billy Martin, American guitarist and songwriter (Good Charlotte - The Young and the Hopeless), born in Annapolis, Maryland,
  • 1982 Haley Scarnato, American pop singer (American Idol), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 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 pop singer (Girls Aloud - "Sound of the Underground"; "The Promise"), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1986 Stjepan Hauser, Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Pula, Croatia
  • 1990 Kaspar Uljas, Estonian jazz accordion and bandoneon player, born in Estonia

Weddings in Music


LovePerson of Interest

1945 American singer and actress Judy Garland (23) weds American director Vincente Minnelli (42); divorce in 1951

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland

LovePerson of Interest

1968 Actor Dudley Moore (33) weds actress Suzy Kendall; divorced in 1972

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

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
Singer-Songwriter
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, Norwegian pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1865 Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, dies at 61
  • 1869 Albert Grisar, Belgian comic opera composer, dies at 60
  • 1875 Johan Peter Cronhamm, Swedish composer, dies at 72
  • 1893 Ferenc Erkel, Hungarian composer (Himnusz), dies at 82
  • 1895 Richard Genée, Austrian playwright, librettist, and composer, dies at 72
  • 1920 Michel-Gaston Carraud, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1934 Alfred Bruneau, French composer (Léda), dies at 77
  • 1962 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, dies at 84
  • 1968 John "Wes" Montgomery, American influential jazz guitarist and Grammy Award winner, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1982 Art Pepper, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1984 Meredith Willson, American composer for stage (The Music Man), and screen (The Great Dictator; Little Foxes), dies at 82
  • 1990 Carlo Prosperi, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • 1994 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek conductor, and Academy Award winning composer ("Never On Sunday"), dies at 68

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

1996 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), dies from a stroke 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
  • 2015 Roger Lavern [Jackson], English rock keyboardist (Tornados), dies at 75
  • 2017 Jacques Charpentier, French organist and composer (72 études karnatiques), 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