On This Day in Music for June 16

Events in Music

  • 1961 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris
  • 1967 50,000 attend Monterey International Pop Festival
  • 1977 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway
  • 1980 "Blues Brothers" premieres in Chicago
  • 1991 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • 1997 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes

Birthdays in Music

  • 1591 Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (d. 1655)
  • 1633 Nathaniel Schnittelbach, composer
  • 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
  • 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 Ake Hermanson, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 1938 Mickie Finn, Hugo Oklahoma, TV hostess/banjo player (Mickie Finn's)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1946 Tom Harrell. American jazz musician (Time's Mirror), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 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)
  • 1958 Jóhannes Helgason, Icelandic guitarist (Þeyr)
  • 1962 Femi Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat Musician

Person of interestTupac Shakur

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

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
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

  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

Deaths in Music

  • 1651 Marsilio Casentini, composer, dies at 74
  • 1804 Johann Adam Hiller, composer, dies at 75
  • 1808 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer, dies at 60
  • 1831 Joseph Ignaz Schnabel, composer, dies at 64
  • 1837 Valentino Fioravanti, composer, dies at 72
  • 1910 Wendelin Weissheimer, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 Emmett Hardy, American musician (b. 1903)
  • 1939 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • 1940 Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
  • 1946 Miloje Milojevic, composer, dies at 61
  • 1958 Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia, composer, dies at 45
  • 1969 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53
  • 1970 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, dies at 83
  • 1975 Don Robey, US gospel/impresario/producer, dies at 71
  • 1979 Ben Weber, US composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • 1982 James Honeyman-Scott, guitarist (Pretenders), overdoses on drugs
  • 1986 Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist (b. 1902)
  • 1990 Eva Turner, British soprano, dies
  • 1991 Vicky Brown, US singer (Power of Love), dies
  • 1994 Kristen Pfaff, US bass guitarist (Hole-Live through this), dies at 24
  • 1994 Boris Alexandrov, conductor (Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble, dies at 88
  • 1999 David Edward Sutch, British musician (b. 1940)
  • 2015 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72