On This Day

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

Music concertMusic Concert

1969 200,000 attend Newport '69', then largest-ever pop concert in Northridge, California. Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear.

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Film "Blues Brothers" with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi opens in 594 theaters

Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Comedian
Dan Aykroyd
  • 1981 Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats

Birthdays in Music

  • 1585 Lazaro Valvasensi, Italian organist and composer, born in Valvasone, Italy (d. 1661)
  • 1615 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, born in Arenella, Italy (d. 1673)
  • 1730 Nonnosus Madlseder, German composer, born in Merano (d. 1797)
  • 1743 Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and writer of hymns (Life! I Know Not What Thou Art), born in Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, England (d. 1825)
  • 1756 Joseph Martin Kraus, German composer, born in Miltenberg am Main, Bavaria (d. 1792)
  • 1819 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffmann), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1880)
  • 1861 Arthur Battelle Whiting, American composer and teacher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1936)
  • 1883 Giannotto Bastianelli, Italian musician and composer, born in Fiesole, Italy (d. 1927)
  • 1896 Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), born in Peckelsheim, Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)
  • 1906 Bob Howard, American singer and pianist (Sing it Again), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Friedrich Zipp, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Chet Atkins, American guitarist (Me & My Guitar), born in Luttrell, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1927 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania [1]
  • 1928 Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)
  • 1929 Ingrid Haebler, Austrian pianist (Haydn/Mozart/Schubert), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1931 Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)
  • 1934 Cornel Țăranu, Romanian composer (Garlands), born in Cluj. Romania
  • 1934 Alain Bancquart, French contemporary classical composer, born in Dieppe, France
  • 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, Canadian popsinger (Snow Bird; You Needed Me), born in Springhill, Nova Scotia Canada,
  • 1946 André Watts, American-Hungarian concert pianist and educator, born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • 1947 Dolores Brooks, American singer (the Crystals)
  • 1948 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Bob Andrews, English rock keyboardist and producer (Brinsley Schwarz; The Rumour), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England

Person of interestLionel Richie

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

  • 1951 Peter Gordon, composer
  • 1954 Michael Anthony [Sobolewski], American rock bassist/singer (Van Halen-Pretty Woman), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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)
  • 1967 [Matthew] Murphy Karges, American bassist (Sugar Ray - "Every Morning"), born in Orange County, California
  • 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


LoveWedding 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, Austrian violinist, composer and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), 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, German 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
  • 1965 Ira Louvin, country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
  • 1975 Daniel Ayala Perez, composer, dies at 68
  • 1980 Allan Pettersson, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • 1984 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, dies at 73
  • 1991 Malcolm Frager, American concert pianist, dies at 56
  • 1995 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician, dies at 84
  • 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
  • 2011 [Anna] Ottilie Patterson, Irish blues and jazz singer (Chris Barber Jazz Band), dies at 79
  • 2016 Bill Ham [Billy Mack Ham], American music impresario and manager (ZZ Top), dies at 79
  • 2017 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), dies at 42