On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 21

Events in Music

  • 1868 Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nuernberg" premieres in Munich
  • 1948 Columbia Records unveil the 33-1/3 rpm LP phonograph record invented by Peter Carl Goldmark, allowing up to 20 minutes per side (available in 10 and 12 inch diameters), at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NYC; over the next decade the popularity and profitability of the LP pushed the 78 rpm out of production [1]
  • 1951 "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • 1955 Johnny Cash debuts Top 10 country song "Cry! Cry! Cry!"
  • 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 in McCrea, Louisiana; performers included Chuck Berry; Stephen Stills; WAR; John Sebastian; and Delaney and Bonnie
  • 1975 Elton John, The Eagles and The Beach Boys play to 72,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London
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Weddings in Music

  • 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
  • 1976 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles (31); divorce in 1987
  • 1986 The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas

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Musicians Who Died on Jun 21

  • 1621 Kry┼ítof Harant, Czech nobleman, soldier, writer, and composer, dies at about 57
  • 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)
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