On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 18

Events in Music

  • 1821 Opera "Der Freischutz" is produced (Berlin)
  • 1944 Farewell concert of Willem Mengelberg in Paris
  • 1949 "Along Fifth Avenue" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances
  • 1955 "3 for Tonight" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • 1960 "Destry Rides Again" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 472 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Closing day of the Monterey International Pop Festival, Southern California. First major US appearances of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The WHO and Otis Redding

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Sex Pistols johnny rotten & Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

Musician John Lydon
John Lydon
  • 1983 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 573 performances
  • 1989 "Starmites" closes at Criter Ctr SR Theater NYC after 60 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1991 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" single released by Bryan Adams (Billboard Song of the Year 1991)

Singer Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams

Music releaseAlbum Release

2010 "Recovery" 7th studio album by Eminem is released (best selling album worldwide 2010)

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter

Birthdays in Music

  • 1717 Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz, Czech composer, born in Německý Brod, Bohemia (d. 1757)
  • 1723 Giuseppe Scarlatti, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1777)
  • 1744 Georg Augustin Holler, German composer (d. 1814)
  • 1757 Ignaz Joseph Pleyel, Austrian-French composer and piano builder, born in Ruppersthal, Austria (d. 1831)
  • 1780 Michael Henkel, German composer and organist, born in Fulda, Germany (d. 1851)
  • 1820 Martin Andreas Udbye, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1889)
  • 1822 Henry David Leslie, English composer, born in London, England (d. 1896)
  • 1850 Richard Heuberger, Austrian composer, critic and teacher, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1914)
  • 1891 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • 1892 Edward Steuermann, Austrian-American pianist and composer, born in Sambor, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1896 George Thalben-Ball, Australian-English organist (Birmingham City Organist, 1949-83), and composer (Elegy), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1987)
  • 1903 Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer (When I'm Calling You), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1904 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer (Bootleggers), born in Paris, France (d. 2003)
  • 1905 Eduard Tubin, Estonian composer, born in Torila, Governorate of Livonia (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Kay Kyser, American bandleader and radio personality (Kay Kyser's Kollege), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1910 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Sammy Cahn [Cohen], American lyricist (Three Coins in a Fountain, High Hopes, Call Me Irresponsible), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Victor Legley, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Hazebrouck, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Akhmet Jevdet Ismail Hajiyev, Azerbaijani composer, born in Nukha, Azerbaijan (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Herman Krebbers, Dutch violist/concert master
  • 1925 Herman "Ace" Wallace, American blues guitarist and singer, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Simeon Pironkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2000)
  • 1933 Tommy [Charles] Hunt, American soul singer (Flamingos-"Lovers Never Say Goodbye"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 Colin Brumby, Australian composer, conductor, and educator (Fibonacci Variations), born in Melbourne (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson, Jamaican ska and reggae session keyboard player, and band leader ("The Liquidator"), born in Jones Town, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, American rock guitarist and electric violin pioneer (Don & Dewey; Frank Zappa), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1999)
  • 1942 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), born in Amsterdam (d. 2004)

Person of interestPaul McCartney

1942 Paul McCartney, English musician and member of The Beatles and Wings, born in Liverpool, England

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1942 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1980)
  • 1943 Raffaella Carrà [Pelloni], Italian singer and actress, born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1944 Paul Lansky, American electronic composer, born in New York City
  • 1944 Sandy Posey, American pop/country singer ("Single Girl"), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • 1944 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), born in Palos Verdes, California (d. 1991)
  • 1947 Douglas Young, British composer, born in London, England
  • 1948 Éva Marton, Hungarian operatic soprano
  • 1949 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • 1952 Rick Gazda, trumpet player (The Miami Horns)
  • 1953 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1954 William Beard, rock drummer (Face To Face)
  • 1960 West Arkeen, American musician, best known for co-writing several Guns N' Roses songs (It's So Easy, The Garden), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1997)
  • 1961 [Genevieve] Alison Moyet, English rock vocalist (Yaz, Alf), born in Essex, England
  • 1963 Darren "Dizzy" Reed, American musician (Guns n' Roses-Sweet Girl of Mine)
  • 1969 Pål Pot Pamparius, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • 1971 Nathan Morris [Alex Vanderpool], rapper (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Jemma Griffiths, Welsh singer-songwriter

Person of interestBlake Shelton

1976 Blake Shelton, American Country Singer (Doin' What She Likes), born in Ada, Oklahoma

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
  • 1980 Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer and songwriter
  • 1989 Renee Olstead, American singer and actress
  • 1994 Takeoff [Kirsnick Ball], American rapper (Migos), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1953 Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

LoveWedding of Interest

1965 Actress and singer Rita Moreno (33) weds cardiologist Leonard Gordon

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 2006 "Weezer" lead vocalist Rivers Cuomo (36) weds Kyoko Ito at a secluded beach on Paradise Cove in Malibu
  • 2012 R&B singer Bobby Brown (43) weds Alicia Etheridge in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2015 Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Lindsay Arnold (21) weds highschool sweetheart Samuel Lightner Cusick in Salt Lake City

Deaths in Music

  • 1686 Johann Quirsfeld, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1726 Michel-Richard Delalande, French baroque composer, dies at 68
  • 1799 Johann Andre, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1821 Charles Hague, English composer, dies at 52
  • 1850 Antoni Weinert, Polish flutist and composer, dies at 99
  • 1859 Joseph Hartmann Stuntz, Swiss composer, dies at 65
  • 1876 August Rockel, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1909 Learmont Drysdale, Scottish composer, dies at 42
  • 1911 Franjo Ksaver Kuhač, Croatian composer who collected and published 1,600 folk songs, dies at 76
  • 1934 Francisco Lacerda, Portuguese composer, dies at 65
  • 1935 August Reusner, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1939 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), dies at 73
  • 1942 Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, dies at 71
  • 1952 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone, dies at 63
  • 1955 Walter Rein, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1955 Willy Burkhard, Swiss composer, dies at 55
  • 1962 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor and composer (Bruckner), dies at 82
  • 1964 Alexander Shamil'yevich Melik-Pashayev, Georgian conductor and composer (Bol’shoy Theatre, 1931-62), dies at 58
  • 1965 George Melachrino, English composer, dies at 56
  • 1973 Fritz Mahler, Austrian composer, dies at 71
  • 1983 Luther Tucker, American blues guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1996 Miriam Gideon, American composer, dies at 89
  • 2007 Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (b. 1951)
  • 2011 Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist (b. 1942)
  • 2014 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Stand Up & Cheer), dies at 85

Person of interestXXXTentacion

2018 XXXTentacion [Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy], American rapper and singer-songwriter, is shot during a robbery at 20

Rapper XXXTentacion
  • 2020 Vera Lynn 'the Forces Sweetheart', English singer (We'll Meet Again), dies at 103