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
  • 1967 50,000 attend first day of the Monterey International Pop Festival - beginning of the Summer of Love
  • 1967 The first Montreux Jazz Festival is held in Switzerland, created by Claude Nobs [1]
  • 1972 RCA releases David Bowie's fifth studio album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"; it is considered his artistic breakthrough
  • 1977 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway
  • 1979 Single "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6
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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
  • 2007 British singer Rod Stewart (62) weds model Penny Lancaster (36) in a cloistered medieval abbey at La Cervara

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Musicians Who Died on Jun 16

  • 1651 Marsilio Casentini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1804 Johann Adam Hiller, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1808 Georg Wenzel Ritter, German bassoonist, composer and friend of Mozart, dies at 60
  • 1831 Josef Schnabel, German composer, dies at 64
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