On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 21

Events in Music

  • 1868 Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nuernberg" premieres in Munich
  • 1951 "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Johnny Cash debuts Top 10 country song "Cry! Cry! Cry!"

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1969 Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • 1969 Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"
  • 1971 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert, McCrea Louisiana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Elton John, The Eagles and The Beach Boys play Wembley Stadium

Singer Elton John
Elton John

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple, forms Rainbow

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1978 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Evita" premieres in London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Tim Rice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Donald Fagen and Walter Becker disband their rock group Steely Dan

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker
Singer Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Paul McCartney releases "Take it Away"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1986 "Living on Video" by Trans-X peaks at #61
  • 1986 "Vienna Calling" by Falco peaks at #18

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Little Richard gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard
  • 1993 "Camelot" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1997 "Defending the Caveman" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances
  • 1998 "Don't Be Cruel" 2nd studio album by Bobby Brown is released (Grammy Award Best Male R&B Vocal Performance 1990)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2005 Billy Corgan releases "TheFutureEmbrace", his first solo album

Musician Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain

Birthdays in Music

  • 1577 Giovanni Del Turco, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1647)
  • 1668 Cajetan Kolberer, composer, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1732)
  • 1732 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, composer and 5th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1795)
  • 1790 Wilhelm Speyer, German violinist and composer, born in Offenbach, Hesse, Germany (d. 1878)
  • 1805 Karl Friedrich Curschmann, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1841)
  • 1818 Ernst II, duke of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha (1844-93) and composer, born in Ehrenburg Palace, Coburg, Germany (d. 1893)
  • 1862 Henry Holden Huss, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1953)
  • 1865 Herbert Brewer, English composer, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1928)
  • 1891 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1893 Alois Hába, Czech composer, born in Vizovice, Zlín Region, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer killed during the Holocaust, born in Brno, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • 1900 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer and musician, born in Asarum Blekinge (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Wilhelm Maler, German composer, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1903 Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, born in Cherkasy, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Helene Costello, American dancer and actress (Love Toy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)
  • 1906 Lluís Maria Millet, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Harold Spina, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Kurt Schwaen, German composer, born in Katowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • 1910 Bela Tardos, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1966)
  • 1910 Charles Jones, composer, born in Tamworth, Ontario, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Jan Decadt, Flemish composer, born in Ypres (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Frank Scott, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Wally Fawkes, British-Canadian cartoonist and jazz clarinetist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1928 Judith Raskin, American soprano (Susanna-Le Nozze di Figaro), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1929 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist and composer, born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1999)
  • 1932 Lalo [Boris] Schifrin, Argentine-American jazz pianist and composer (Mission Impossible), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1932 O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), born in Mansfield, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1937 Raphaël Sommer, Czech cellist, and educator, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2001)
  • 1939 Charles Boone, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1943 Salomé [Maria Rosa Marco Poquet], Spanish singer, born in Barcelona
  • 1944 Jon Hiseman, English drummer (Colosseum), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Ray Davies, British singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"; "Lola"), born in Muswell Hill, North London, England
  • 1946 Brenda Holloway, American singer and songwriter (When I'm Gone), born in Atascadero, California
  • 1947 Joseph "Joey" Molland, British rock guitarist (Badfinger-Come & Get It), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1950 Joey Kramer, American hard rock drummer (Aerosmith-Toys in the Attic), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Nils Lofgren, American guitarist, singer and songwriter (E Street Band), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Marcella Detroit [Levy], American soprano vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter (Lay Down Sally), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), born in St. Andrew, Jamaica (d. 1999)
  • 1957 Mark Brzezicki, English rock drummer (Big Country-Wonderland), born in Slough, Berkshire, England
  • 1959 Kathy Mattea, American country and bluegrass singer (Love at the Five & Dime), born in South Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1961 Kip Winger, rocker (Winger-17)
  • 1961 Manu Chao, Spanish musician
  • 1961 Sascha Konietzko, German musician
  • 1962 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician
  • 1967 Tim Simenson, rocker (Bomb the Bass)
  • 1968 Sonique [Sonia Marina Clarke], British musician and DJ, born in London
  • 1970 Pete Rock, American rapper/producer, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1971 Anette Olzon, Swedish singer
  • 1974 Neely Jenkins, American indie rocker (Tilley and the Wall), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1976 Mike Einziger, American rock musician (Incubus), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Brandon Flowers, American singer and keyboardist (The Killers), born in Henderson, Nevada
  • 1982 Jussie Smollett, American actor and singer (Empire), born in Santa Rosa, California

Person of interestLana Del Rey

1985 Lana Del Rey, American singer-songwriter (Born to Die, Ultraviolence), and model (H&M), born in NYC, New York

Singer-Songwriter and Model Lana Del Rey
Singer-Songwriter and Model
Lana Del Rey
  • 1987 Kim Ryeowook, Korean pop singer
  • 1991 Tyler Childers, American country, bluegrass and folk singer- songwriter (Purgatory; Long Violent History), born in Lawrence County, Kentucky

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1970 "The Doors" lead singer Jim Morrison (26) "marries" author Patricia Kennealy (24) in a celtic pagan hand fasting ceremony, but the marriage is not legally binding

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

LoveWedding of Interest

1976 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire

LoveWedding of Interest

1986 The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • 1992 Actress Marina Sirtis (Star Trek NG) marries rocker Michael Lamper

Deaths in Music

  • 1621 Kryštof Harant, Polish soldier, writer, and composer (b. 1564)
  • 1887 Adolf Schimon, Austrian German composer, dies at 67
  • 1900 Polibo Fumagalli, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • 1908 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (Sheherazade), dies at 64 (OS 8 Jun)
  • 1914 Glauco Velasquez, composer, dies at 30
  • 1946 Heinrich Kaminski, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1972 Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (Six Pieces for Organ), dies at 90
  • 1975 Heinz Lau, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1979 Angus Maclise, American mystic, shaman, musician, and composer (b. 1938)
  • 1980 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1981 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer, dies on his 81st birthday
  • 1986 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author, dies at 63
  • 1990 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), dies at 64
  • 1992 Thomas Whitfield, American gospel vocalist, dies of heart attack at 38
  • 1993 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor, dies at 64
  • 1997 Arthur Prysock, American jazz and R&B singer (I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night), dies at 68 or 73
  • 1997 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), dies at 65
  • 1999 Kami, Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer) (b. 1973)
  • 2000 Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo), dies at 89
  • 2001 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen), dies at 83
  • 2002 Matt Dennis, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), dies at 88
  • 2012 Richard Adler, American composer and songwriter (Pajama Game; Damn Yankees)), dies at 90
  • 2015 Gunther Schuller, American hornist and jazz composer (1994 Pulitzer Prize), dies at 89
  • 2016 Wayne Lamar Jackson, American soul and R&B trumpeter ( Mar-Keys, The Memphis Horns), dies of congestive heart failure at 74
  • 2017 Ludger Rémy, German harpsichordist, conductor (Les Amis de Philippe), and musicologist, dies at 68