On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 19

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1825 Gioachino Rossini's "Il viaggio a Reims" premieres

  • 1932 1st concert given in San Francisco's Stern Grove

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin

Music releaseMusic Recording

1960 Loretta Lynn records "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl"

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn
  • 1961 "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by Coasters peaks at #23

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Bob Dylan completes UK tour

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Paul McCartney admits on TV that he took LSD

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1978 "Best Little Whorehouse..." opens at 46th St NYC for 1577 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Weird Al Yankovic gives free live performance at Del Mar Fair

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1994 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • 1994 "She Loves Me" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 294 performances
  • 1994 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" closes at Cort NYC after 72 performances
  • 1997 "Forever Tango!" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC

Film release premierFilm Premier

2014 "Transformers: Age of Extinction" directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg premieres in Hong Kong. Highest grossing film of 2014 ($1.104 billion)

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg

Birthdays in Music

  • 1613 Christiaan de Placker, Flemish poet and composer, born in Poperinge (d. 1691)
  • 1708 Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, German Baroque composer, born in Schweidnitz, Silesia (d. 1763)
  • 1766 Edmund Weber, German composer, born in Hildesheim, Germany (d. 1828)
  • 1782 John Bray, English-born American actor and composer (The Indian Princess) (d. 1822)
  • 1810 Ferdinand David, German violinist and composer (Hohe Schule des Violinspiels), born in Hamburg (d. 1873)
  • 1815 John William Glover, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1899)
  • 1842 Carl Johann Adam Zeller, Austrian composer, born in Sankt Peter in der Au, Austria (d. 1898)
  • 1843 Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1917)
  • 1854 Alfredo Catalani, Italian operatic composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1893)
  • 1868 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, born in Wisniowczyki, Austrian Galicia (d. 1935)
  • 1885 Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1958)
  • 1886 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer and writer (Hiawatha's Song), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Paul Muller-Zurich, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1993)
  • 1902 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Balys Dvarionas, Lithuanian pianist, composer and educator, born in Liepāja, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Taneli Kuusisto, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Edwin Gerschefski, American pianist, composer and teacher (Saugauck Suite), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Lester Raymond Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - Ballad of Jed Clampett; Foggy Mountain Breakdown), born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1927 Karel Kupka, Czech composer, born in Rychvald
  • 1930 Jul Levi, Bulgarian composer and conductor, born in Salonica, Greece
  • 1932 Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican guitarist (Studio One, Jimmy Cliff), born in Manchester, Jamaica
  • 1935 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry"), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Shirley Goodman, US R&B singers (Shirley & Lee-Feels so Good)
  • 1936 Marisa Galvany, American soprano
  • 1939 Al Wilson, American singer (Show and Tell, The Snake), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1942 Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, rocker (Spanky & Our Gang-Lazy Day)
  • 1944 Chico Buarque, Brazilian musician
  • 1945 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Robert Franklin Palmer Jr., American writer, musicologist, and musician (Deep Blues), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1947 Paula Koivuniemi, Finnish singer
  • 1948 Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (Back to Fruit Tree), born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1974)
  • 1948 Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Ann Wilson, American musician (Heart-What About Love), born in San Diego, California
  • 1953 Larry Dunn [Dunhill], US keyboardist (Earth Wind & Fire)
  • 1956 Doug Stone, American singer
  • 1959 Mark DeBarge, American rock vocalist (DeBarge-Who's Johnny), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1960 Simon Wright, heavy metal drummer (AC/DC)
  • 1960 Luke Morley, British rock guitarist (Thunder), born in Chamberwell, London

Person of interestPaula Abdul

1962 Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, choreographer (Straight Up) and TV personality (American Idol), born in San Fernando, California

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 1966 Brian Vander Ark, American singer-songwriter (The Verve Pipe), born in Holland, Michigan
  • 1966 Silje Nergaard, Norwegian jazz singer (Tell Me Where You're Going), born in Steinkjer, Norway
  • 1970 Brian Welch, American guitarist
  • 1970 Antonis Remos, Greek singer
  • 1972 Dennis Lyxzén, Swedish musician
  • 1993 KSI [Olajide Olatunji] British YouTuber, comedian and rapper, born in London, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1953 Singer James Brown (20) weds Velma Warren at Trinity CME Church in Toccoa, Georgia

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 1988 Danny Spitz, heavy metal artist (Anthrax), weds Valerie
  • 2006 "Savage Garden" pop singer Darren Hayes (34) weds animator Richard Cullen in London

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010 Backup dancer Dean Sheremet (29) divorces Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes (27) after nearly eight years of marriage

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes

Deaths in Music

  • 1341 Juliana van Falconieri, Italian saint/Swedish tenor, dies
  • 1747 Alessandro Marcello, composer, dies at 74
  • 1759 Charles-Joseph-Balthazar Sohier, composer, dies at 31
  • 1762 Johann Ernst Eberlin, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1822 John Bray, English-born American actor and composer (The Indian Princess), dies on his 40th birthday
  • 1915 Sergei Taneyev, Russian pianist and composer (Oresteia), dies at 58
  • 1940 Maurice Jaubert, French composer and soldier, dies a few hours after being fatally wounded in action at 40
  • 1952 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (b. 1888)
  • 1966 Marjan Kozina, Slovene composer, dies at 59
  • 1984 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer, dies at 88
  • 1988 Zdeněk Blažek, Czech composer and music theorist (Verchovina), dies at 83
  • 1990 Antonio Martinez, Spanish rock guitarist (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black", dies in a motorcycle accident at 44
  • 1995 Murray Dickie, Scottish opera singer and director, dies at 71
  • 1996 Ande Anderson, English opera director, dies at 78
  • 1996 Vivian Ellis, English composer, dies at 91
  • 1997 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63
  • 2003 Michael "Peanuts" Hucko, American big band jazz and session clarinetist (Glenn Miller's Army-Air Force Band; Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 85
  • 2006 Duane Roland, American southern-rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster), dies at 53
  • 2007 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor, dies at 69
  • 2007 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • 2009 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 87
  • 2013 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), dies from heart failure at 90
  • 2013 Filip Topol, Czech singer-songwriter (Psí vojáci - Dog Soldiers), dies at 48
  • 2013 Bojidar Dimov, Bulgarian pianist and composer (Die Hochzeit von Susa), dies at 61
  • 2014 Gerry Goffin, American Hall of Fame lyricist, dies at 75