On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 22

Events in Music

  • 1849 Stephen C Massett opens concert at San Francisco courthouse using only piano in California

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1942 European broadcast première of Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony in London conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood and the London Philharmonic Orchestra

  • 1959 "Along Came Jones" by Coasters peaks at #9

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 "Class" the first hit by Chubby Checker peaks at #38 in the US

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • 1961 Beatles record Aint She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, When the Saints Go Marching In, Why, Nobody's Child & My Bonnie, in Hamburg

Music releaseMusic Single

1963 "Little" Stevie Wonder aged 13 releases his first single "Fingertips" (first live non-studio recording to go to No. 1 on Billboard)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1968 "Here Come Da Judge" by The Buena Vistas peaks at #88

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1972 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 140 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 George Harrison releases "Living in the Material World"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1976 "Godspell" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 527 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1985 "Grind" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 79 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 "Smuggler's Blues" by Glenn Frey peaks at #12

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey

Music concertMusic Concert

1990 Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • 1991 "I Hate Hamlet" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 88 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Wilson Pickett plead guilty to auto assault due to drunk driving

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett

Birthdays in Music

  • 1611 Pablo Bruna, Spanish blind composer, born in Daroca, Spain (d. 1679)
  • 1613 Lambert Pietkin, Flemish baroque composer, born in Liege (d. 1696)
  • 1684 Francesco Onofrio Manfredini, composer
  • 1741 Luigi Tomasini, Italian composer (head of Prince Esterházy's court orchestra), born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1808)
  • 1742 Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, German composer, born in Schleiz (d. 1801)
  • 1824 Frédéric Louis Ritter, French composer and conductor, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1891)
  • 1830 Theodor Leschetizky, Polish pianist, composer, and teacher (Contes de Jeunesse), born in Łańcut, Austrian Poland (d. 1915)
  • 1859 Frank Damrosch, German-born American author and music teacher (founded NY Musical Institute of Musical Art later Julliard), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1937)
  • 1883 José Rolón, Mexican composer, born in Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco (d. 1945)
  • 1893 Osvald Chlubna, Czech composer, born in Brno (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano (Met Opera 1943-47), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1901 Jack Whiting, American actor and singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1905 Walter Leigh, British composer, born in Wimbledon, London, England (d. 1942)
  • 1909 Katherine Dunham, American dancer, choreographer (Casbah, Stormy Weather), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1910 Wilhelm Demian, Romanian composer and conductor, born in Braşov
  • 1910 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), born in Farnham, England (d. 1986)
  • 1911 Guus Jansen, Dutch jazz organist, pianist, composer (Net als Toen), born in Heiloo, the Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Vit Nejedly, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1945)
  • 1915 Randolph Hokanson, American concert pianist and teacher (University of Washington, 1949-84), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 2018)
  • 1919 Gower Champion, American stage dancer, choreographer and actor (42nd Street, Showboat), born in Geneva, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1926 Ruth Zechlin, German organist and composer, born in Grosshartmannsdorf (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Michael Horvit, American composer, born in New York City
  • 1933 Libor Pešek, Czech conductor (Czech Philharmonic; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1936 Kris Kristofferson, American singer and actor (Amerika, Millennium), born in Brownsville, Texas
  • 1936 Verne Allison, American singer (Dells-Open Up My Heart), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936 Hermeto Pascoal, Brazilian jazz musician and composer, born in Lagoa da Canoa, Alagoas, Brazil
  • 1937 Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell, English businessman and record producer (Island Records), born in Westminster, London, England
  • 1939 Bobby Harrison, English rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • 1942 Murphy Dunne, American actor and musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Ralph Molina, American drummer (Crazy Horse, Neil Young's backing band), born in Puerto Rico
  • 1944 Peter Asher, English singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), born in London, England
  • 1944 Steve Weber, American folk guitarist, (Rounders-Holy "Boobs" Modal), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1946 Eliades Ochoa, Cuban guitarist (Buena Vista Social Club)
  • 1947 Howard Kaylan, American rock and roll musician and writer (The Turtles), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Alan Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1949 Gary Moffet, rock guitarist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1953 Cyndi Lauper, American singer (Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Time After Time), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Bobby Valentino, rocker (Fabulous Poodles)
  • 1956 Derek Forbes, rocker (Simple Minds-Water Front)
  • 1956 Green [Gartside], rock vocalist (Scritti Politti-Flesh & Blood)
  • 1957 Garry Beers, Australian rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1957 John Ryder, rock bassist (Face To Face)
  • 1958 Ruby Turner, Jamacaian-British rock singer (No Where to Run), born in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 1959 Nicola Sirkis, French singer and lyricist (Indochine)
  • 1961 Bobby Gillespie, rocker (Primal Scream)
  • 1961 Jimmy Somerville, rocker (Bronski Beat, Communards), born in Glasgow, Soctland
  • 1963 Anne-Marie Ruddock, rocker (Amazulu-Excitable)
  • 1964 Kevin Sargeant, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymn)
  • 1964 Mike Edwards, British rock vocalist (Jesus Jones-Devil you Know)
  • 1964 Tommy Cunningham, rocker (Wet Wet Wet-Wishing I Was)
  • 1970 Steven Page, Canadian singer/songwriter (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Ontario

Person of interestVijay

1974 [C. Joseph] Vijay, Indian actor and singer (Poove Unakkaga), born in Madras (now Chennai), India

Actor and Singer Vijay
Actor and Singer
  • 1976 Gordon Moakes, English musician (Bloc Party)
  • 1981 Chris Urbanowicz, guitarist of British rock band Editors

Weddings in Music

  • 2008 Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba

Deaths in Music

  • 1735 Pirro Capacelli, Italian aristocrat and composer, dies at 71
  • 1741 Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Belgian composer, dies at 38
  • 1745 Hubert Renotte, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 41
  • 1754 Nicholas Siret, French baroque composer and organist, dies at 91
  • 1843 Gabriele Prota, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • 1885 Mahdi [Muhammad Ahmed], Sudanese music reviewer, dies
  • 1926 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • 1950 Julio Fonseca, Costa Rican composer, dies at 65
  • 1963 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
  • 1967 Adrian Grigor'yevich Shaposhnikov, composer, dies at 79

Person of interestJudy Garland

1969 Judy Garland, American singer and actress (The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at 47 of an overdose

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland
  • 1973 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, dies at 77

Person of interestDarius Milhaud

1974 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), dies at 81

Composer Darius Milhaud
Darius Milhaud
  • 1977 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu), dies at 24
  • 1986 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), dies at 64 

Person of interestFred Astaire

1987 Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), dies at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1988 Dennis Day [Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty], Irish-American tenor and comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies of ALS syndrome at 72
  • 1988 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • 1989 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, dies at 74
  • 1996 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • 1997 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (b. 1956)
  • 1999 Lubos Fiser, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • 2014 Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, dies from complications from emphysema at 68
  • 2015 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2015 Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony, 1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institutu, 1965-2015), dies at 95
  • 2017 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), dies at 92
  • 2018 Vinnie Paul [Vincent Abbott], American heavy metal drummer (Pantera), dies of a heart condition at 54