On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 17

Events in Music

  • 1951 "Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1957 "So Rare" by Jimmy Dorsey Orch peaks at #2
  • 1961 "Billy Barnes People" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1967 "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane peaks at #5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park performed

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1970 Led Zeppelin begin their last European tour
  • 1971 Carole King's album "Tapestry" goes to No. 1 on US album charts and stays there for 15 weeks
  • 1972 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38

Music releaseMusic Recording

1973 Dolly Parton records her song "I Will Always Love You" (later huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton
Singer Whitney Houston
Singer
Whitney Houston
  • 1978 "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32
  • 1979 "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • 1990 "Some Americans Abroad" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 62 performances
  • 1990 "Zoya's Apartment" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1995 "Who's Tommy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 899 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2009 43rd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Brad Paisley wins

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Birthdays in Music

  • 1725 Joseph Anton Bauer, composer (d. 1808)
  • 1750 Michel Woldemar, French violinist and composer, born in Orléans, France (d. 1815)
  • 1818 Charles Gounod, French opera composer (Faust), born in Paris, France (d. 1893)
  • 1855 Fritz Steinbach, German conductor and composer, born in Grünsfeld, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1861 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), born in Islington, London (d. 1946)

Person of interestIgor Stravinsky

1882 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Rite of Spring), born in Oranienbaum, Russia (d. 1971) [OS 5th June]

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • 1883 Alexandre Eugène Cellier, French organist and composer, born in Molières-sur-Cèze, France (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1953)
  • 1895 Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer, born in Veržej, Slovenia (d. 1941)
  • 1900 Hermann Reuter, German composer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1908 John Verrall, American composer, born in Britt, Iowa (d. 2001)
  • 1910 H. Owen Reed, American composer, born in Odessa, Missouri (d. 2014)
  • 1910 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Blue Lick, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1915 Stringbean [David Akeman], American banjoist and comedian (Hee Haw), born in Annville, Kentucky (d. 1973)
  • 1916 Einar Englund, Finnish composer, born in Gotland, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Kelsey Jones, Canadian composer, born in South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1926 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, born in Berlin (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Romuald Twardowski, Polish composer, born in Wilno/ Vilnius, Poland
  • 1933 Christian Ferras, French violinist and conductor, born in Le Touquet, France (d. 1982)
  • 1939 James Gadson, American drummer and session musician, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1942 Norman Kuhlice, English rocker (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
  • 1943 Christopher Brown, English composer, born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

Person of interestBarry Manilow

1943 Barry Manilow [Barry Alan Pincus], American singer/pianist (Mandy, I Write the Songs), born in New York City

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • 1947 George S. Clinton, American composer and musician, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1947 Paul Young, English singer and percussionist (Mike + The Mechanics), born in Manchester (d. 2000)
  • 1957 Philip Chevron, Irish musician (Pogues-Peace & Love), born in Dublin (d. 2013)
  • 1957 Martin Dillon, American operatic tenor and teacher, born in Portsmouth, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1958 Jello Biafra [Eric Reed Boucher], American musician and activist (Dead Kennedys), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1958 Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor, born in West Point, New York
  • 1962 Michael Monroe, Finnish singer (Hanoi Rocks), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1965 David Longdon, English progressive rock musician (Big Big Train), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1967 Eric Stefani, American musician (No Doubt), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1969 Kevin Thornton, American vocalist (Color Me Badd-Want to Sex You Up)
  • 1971 Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer, model and businesswoman (La Chica Dorada), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1980 Kimeru, Japanese singer and actor (The Prince of Tennis), born in Kumamoto-ken
  • 1983 Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor (Arashi, Letters from Iwo Jima), born in Tokyo
  • 1983 Lee Ryan, English singer (Blue), born in Chatham, Kent

Person of interestKendrick Lamar

1987 Kendrick Lamar, American hip hop singer-songwriter (Damn), born in Compton, California

Singer-songwriter, Music Producer Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter, Music Producer
Kendrick Lamar

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1983 Singer and actor Glenn Frey (34) weds Janie Beggs

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • 2000 Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson (28) weds Kristin Willits (29) at Lee County's Cathedral Domain in Kentucky

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1988 Bruce Springsteen separates from Julianne Phillips

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen

Deaths in Music

  • 1672 Orazio Benevoli, Franco-Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1941 Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 78
  • 1951 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, dies at 77
  • 1952 Alberto Williams, Argentine composer (Etrerno Reposo), dies at 89
  • 1953 Walter Niemann, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1979 Lou Frizzell, American actor and music director (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 59
  • 1983 Peter Mennin[i], American composer (Moby Dick) and educator (Juilliard), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1986 Kate Smith, American singer (God Bless America), dies at 78
  • 1992 Dewey Balfa, American Cajun fiddler and singer, dies at 65
  • 2002 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, dies at 89
  • 2005 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum), dies at 42
  • 2005 Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), dies at 48
  • 2006 Julian Slade, English popular composer (Salad Days), dies at 76
  • 2007 Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • 2016 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), dies from diabetes complications at 46