On This Day in Music for June 20

Events in Music

  • 1955 "Almost Crazy" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1963 Beatles form "Beatles Ltd" to handle their income

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 150,000 attend Newport '69, Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1980 "Blues Brothers" with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi opens in 594 theaters
  • 1981 Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats

Birthdays in Music

  • 1585 Lazaro Valvasensi, composer
  • 1615 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, born in Arenella, Italy (d. 1673)
  • 1730 Nonnosus Madlseder, composer
  • 1756 Joseph Martin Kraus, German composer, born in born in Miltenberg am Main, Bavaria (d. 1792)
  • 1819 Jacques Offenbach, French composer (Tales of Hoffmann), born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1861 Arthur Battelle Whiting, composer
  • 1883 Giannotto Bastianelli, composer
  • 1899 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist/composer
  • 1900 Ernest White, composer
  • 1906 Bob Howard, singer/pianist (Sing it Again), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1907 Jimmy Driftwood, American songwriter and musician (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Friedrich Zipp, composer
  • 1924 Chet Atkins, Luttrell Tenn, guitarist (Me & My Guitar)
  • 1927 John M Dengler, jazz bass sax/trumpet/trombone
  • 1928 Robert Satanowski, composer
  • 1928 Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)
  • 1929 Ingrid Haebler, Austrian pianist (Haydn/Mozart/Schubert)
  • 1931 Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)
  • 1934 Cornel Taranu, composer
  • 1936 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters-Young Blood), born in Itasca, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Jerry Keller, rocker/actor (If Ever I See You Again)
  • 1938 Nikolay Avksentevich Martinov, composer

Person of interestBrian Wilson

1942 Brian Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer (Beach Boys), born in Inglewood, California

Singer-Songwriter Brian Wilson
Singer-Songwriter
Brian Wilson
  • 1945 [Morna] Anne Murray, Springhill Nova Scotia Canada, singer (Snow Bird)
  • 1946 Andre Watts, Nuremberg Germany, concert pianist (Oberon)
  • 1947 Dolores Brooks, American singer (the Crystals)
  • 1949 Bob Andrews, England, rock keyboardist/vocalist

Person of interestLionel Richie

1949 Lionel Richie, American singer (Commodores, Hello, Penny Lover), born in Tuskegee, Alabama

  • 1951 Peter Gordon, composer
  • 1953 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1954 Michael Anthony, rock bassist/singer (Van Halen-Pretty Woman)
  • 1958 Kelly Johnson [Bernadette], Edmonton, London, guitarist (Girlschool), (d. 2007)
  • 1960 John Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran), born in Solihull, Warwickshire
  • 1963 Amir Derakh, American musician (Orgy)
  • 1967 Joseph William Cathcart, rock guitarist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • 1971 Jeordie White, American musician (Marilyn Manson)
  • 1973 Chino Moreno, American musician (Deftones)
  • 1976 Jerome Fontamillas, Filipino American musician (Switchfoot)
  • 1979 Charlotte Hatherley, English guitarist (Ash)
  • 1980 Tony Lovato [Anthony John Lovato], American singer and guitarist (Mest), born in Blue Island, Illinois

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1962 Singer Jane Froman (54) weds college friend Rowland Smith

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • 2004 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey

Deaths in Music

  • 1787 Carl Friedrich Abel, German/British viola player/composer, dies at 63
  • 1833 Philip Knapton, composer, dies at 44
  • 1837 Giovanni Furno, composer, dies at 89
  • 1842 Michael Umlauf, composer, dies at 60
  • 1888 Cesare Dominiceti, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1890 Theodore Lajarte, French writer on music and composer, dies at 63
  • 1922 Vittorio Monti, composer, dies at 54
  • 1923 Joseph Leopold Rockel, composer, dies at 85
  • 1925 Wilhelm Posse, composer, dies at 72
  • 1940 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • 1948 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, dies at 61
  • 1964 Edgar Barrier, American actor (Phantom of the Opera, Macbeth, Rocky, Cornered), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • 1965 Ira Louvin, country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
  • 1975 Daniel Ayala Perez, composer, dies at 68
  • 1980 Gustaf Allan Pettersson, composer, dies at 68
  • 1984 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, dies at 73
  • 1995 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician, dies at 84
  • 1996 Jim Ellison, American musician (Material Issue), commits suicide at 32
  • 1997 Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59
  • 2006 Claydes Charles Smith, American musician (Kool & The Gang), dies at 57
  • 2011 Jerome Rosen, American composer, dies at 89
  • 2017 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), dies at 42
  • 2018 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), dies at 70