On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 16

Events in Music

  • 1902 "The Wizard of Oz" musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #46
  • 1961 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Rowan & Martin host "The Dean Martin Show" Summer Series, on NBC-TV

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • 1967 50,000 attend first day of the Monterey International Pop Festival - beginning of the Summer of Love
  • 1977 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway

Film release premierFilm Release

1978 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

Actor John Travolta
John Travolta
Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1979 "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6

Film release premierFilm Premier

1980 Musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers" starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and directed by John Landis, premieres in Chicago

Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Comedian
Dan Aykroyd
  • 1989 "Ghostbusters II" directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd premieres
  • 1990 "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer peaks at #8
  • 1991 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 241 performances

Music awardsMusic City News Awards

1997 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes win

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes
  • 2012 A collapse of a stage at a Toronto Radiohead concert kills one person

Music releaseAlbum Release

2018 Beyoncé and Jay-Z release their joint album "Everything is Love"

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer

Birthdays in Music

  • 1591 Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (d. 1655)
  • 1633 Nathaniel Schnittelbach, German composer and violinist, born in Gdansk (d. 1667)
  • 1637 Giovanni Paulo Colonna, composer
  • 1752 Meingosus Gaelle, composer
  • 1843 David Popper, composer
  • 1843 Jan Malat, Czech composer (d. 1915)
  • 1853 Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, composer
  • 1863 Paul Antonin Vidal, composer
  • 1874 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1936)
  • 1894 Norman Kerry, American actor (Phantom of the Opera), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1956)
  • 1899 Helen Traubel, American soprano, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, born in Lohn, Schaffhausen (d. 1989)
  • 1903 Huldreich Georg Fruh, composer
  • 1909 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert)
  • 1910 Ilona Massey, actress and singer (Ilona Massey Show), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1974)
  • 1916 Francis Lopez, composer
  • 1923 Åke Hermanson, Swedish composer, born in Mollösund, Sweden (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, born in Grudziądz (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Sergiu Comissiona, Buch Romania, conductor (Haifa Symph 1959-64)
  • 1929 James K. Randall, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Ivo Petric, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana
  • 1934 Carl (Little Caesar) Burnett, vocalist (Little Caesar & the Romans)
  • 1934 Lucia Dlugoszewski, Polish-American composer (Fire Fragile Flight), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2000)
  • 1938 Mickie Finn, Hugo Oklahoma, TV hostess/banjo player (Mickie Finn's)
  • 1938 Robert Gutter, American conductor and teacher (founded International Institute for Conductors, 1996), born in New York City (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer (Boom Boom Baby, Rub It In), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1941 Lamont Dozier, songwriter (Dozier-Holland-Dozier), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist, born in Fiume, Italy (d. 1974)
  • 1942 Eddie Levert, vocalist (O'Jays-For the Love of Money), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1942 John Rostill, English rocker (The Shadows), born in Birmingham (d. 1973)
  • 1942 David Parry, British-Canadian folk musician (Friends of Fiddler's Green), storyteller (Canadian Museum of Civilization), actor, stage director, and teacher (University of Toronto), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1945 John Dawson [a.k.a. Marmaduke], American musician, singer, and songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1946 Tom Harrell. American jazz musician (Time's Mirror), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 1947 Tom "Bones" Malone, American jazz musician, arranger, and producer (SNL; Blues Brothers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1949 Peppy Castro [Emil Thielhelm], American rock vocalist (Balance), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 James Smith, American singer (Stylistics), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Gino Vannelli, Canadian singer (Living Inside Myself), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1952 Rob Kloet, pop drummer/singer (Nits-In the Dutch Mountains)
  • 1953 Ian Mosley, Paddington London, drummer (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • 1954 Gary Roberts, rocker (Boomtown Rats)
  • 1954 Doane Perry, American musician, composer, and author (Jethro Tull), born in Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, New York
  • 1958 Jóhannes Helgason, Icelandic guitarist (Þeyr)
  • 1962 Femi Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat Musician
  • 1969 MC Ren [Lorenzo Jerald Patterson], American rapper, born in Compton, California

Person of interestTupac Shakur

1971 Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), born in East Harlem, New York (d. 1996)

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
  • 1978 Jasmine "Fish" Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer (Courage), born in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • 1980 Joey Yung, Hong Kong singer
  • 1981 Ben Kweller, American singer/songwriter
  • 1982 Matt Costa, American singer/songwriter

Person of interestDiana DeGarmo

1987 Diana DeGarmo, American singer (American Idol) and actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1987 Ali Stroker, American actress and singer, first actress to appear in a wheelchair on Broadway and win a Tony award, born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1988 Keshia Chante, Canadian singer
  • 1988 Leeland Dayton Mooring, American musician (Leeland)

Weddings in Music

  • 1996 Soap opera actress-singer Kassie Wesley (35) weds James De Paiva (39) in Morganfield, Kentucky
  • 2005 "American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama

LoveWedding of Interest

2007 Rock singer Rod Stewart (62) weds model Penny Lancaster (36) in a cloistered medieval abbey at La Cervara

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Deaths in Music

  • 1651 Marsilio Casentini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1804 Johann Adam Hiller, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1808 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer, dies at 60
  • 1831 Josef Schnabel, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1837 Valentino Fioravanti, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1910 Wendelin Weißheimer, German composer and conductor, dies at 72
  • 1925 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, dies at 22
  • 1939 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (introduced Ella Fitzgerald), dies of Pott's disease (tuberculosis of the spine), at 34
  • 1940 Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
  • 1946 Miloje Milojević, Serbian composer, dies at 61
  • 1958 José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican composer (Huapango), dies at 45
  • 1969 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53
  • 1970 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, dies at 83
  • 1975 Don Robey, American record label executive and record producer, dies at 71
  • 1979 Ben Weber, American composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • 1982 James Honeyman-Scott, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Pretenders), overdoses on drugs at 25
  • 1984 Harmonica Slim [Travis Blaylock], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter ("You Better Believe It"), dies at 49
  • 1986 Maurice Duruflé, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), dies at 84
  • 1990 Eva Turner, British operatic soprano, dies at 98
  • 1991 Vicky Brown, American singer (Power of Love), dies
  • 1994 Kristen Pfaff, American rock bassist (Hole, 1993-94), dies of heroin overdose at 27
  • 1994 Boris Alexandrov, Russian conductor (Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble), dies at 88
  • 1997 John Wolters, American drummer (Dr. Hook -"When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman"), dies at 52
  • 1999 Screaming Lord [David Edward] Sutch, English rocker and politician (founder of Official Monster Raving Loony Party), committed suicide at 58
  • 2000 Richard Dufallo, American clarinetist & conductor, dies at 67
  • 2007 Pattie D'Arcy, American musical theater, session and touring vocalist (Cher), dies at 54
  • 2010 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Resurrection Symphony), dies at 79
  • 2014 Pierre D'Archambeau, American concert violinist, dies at 87
  • 2018 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1951-61; USSR State Radio, 1961-74; USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, 1983-91), dies at 87