On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 23

Events in Music

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1902 Monument to composer Gioachino Rossini unveiled in Santa Croce, Florence

  • 1956 "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvous peaks at #8
  • 1962 Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Subways Are For Sleeping" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 205 performances

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1970 Rocker and singer Chubby Checker arrested for marijuana possession

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • 1973 "Cyrano" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1973 "Sugar" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 506 performances

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1975 Rocker Alice Cooper falls off stage in Vancouver, breaks 6 ribs

Rocker Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
  • 1979 "My Sharona" single released by The Knack
  • 1981 "This Was Burlesque" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances

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1990 Police find marijuana at Chuck Berry's home

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry

Music releaseMusic Recording

1991 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music"

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1996 "Tartuffe: Born Again" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 29 performances

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2004 Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctorate of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 2016 Led Zeppelin cleared of stealing riff from "Stairway to Heaven" from band Spirit in a Los Angeles court

Birthdays in Music

  • 1540 Johann Baptista Serranus, composer
  • 1749 Konrad Back, German monastic composer, born in Haigerloch (d. 1810)
  • 1810 Franziska"Fanny" Elssler, Austrian ballerina
  • 1824 Carl Reinecke, German pianist, composer and teacher (Undine Sonata), born in Altona, Holstein (d. 1910)
  • 1837 Ernest Guiraud, French opera composer (Piccolino; Sylvie), arranger (Bizet), and teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1892)
  • 1852 Stephane Raoul Pugno, composer
  • 1855 Maude Valérie White, French-born English composer, born near Dieppe, Normandy (d. 1937)
  • 1875 (Sidney Edward) "Eddie" Pola [Pollacsek], American radio and TV producer, and lyricist ("The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"; "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1877 Blair Fairchild, composer
  • 1877 Hermann Stephani, composer
  • 1887 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1892 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1993)
  • 1899 Alexander Moiseyevich Veprik, Russian composer, born in Balta, Ukraine (d. 1958)
  • 1904 Willie Mae "Mother" Smith, gospel singer/evangelist folk artist
  • 1910 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Helen Humes, American jazz and blues singer (Harry James; Count Basie; "Million Dollar Secret"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1981)
  • 1915 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag)
  • 1917 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, born in Exmouth, Devon, England (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Paul Des Marais, American composer, born in Menominee, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1923 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1925 Amada Galvez Santos Ocampo, composer
  • 1926 Lars Johan Werle, composer
  • 1929 Henri Pousseur, Henri Pousseur, Belgian composer (Votre Faust), born in Malmedy, Liège, Belgium (d. 2009)

Person of interestJune Carter Cash

1929 June Carter Cash, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Maces Spring, Virginia (d. 2003)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 1937 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets), born in South Gate, California (d. 2004)
  • 1940 Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
  • 1940 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1962)
  • 1940 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1941 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), born in Arroyo Grande, California (d. 2019)
  • 1943 James Levine, American conductor (director of the Metropolitan Opera, 1976-2017), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1944 Rosetta Hightower, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Paul Goddard, Georgia, rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • 1948 Myles Goodwyn, rock guitarist/vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1948 Nigel Osborne, British composer, teacher and music therapist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1955 Glenn Danzig, American musician (The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • 1956 Randy Jackson, American bassist, singer, and record producer (American Idol judge), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1957 Lee John [John L Mcgregor], English singer/actor (Body Talk)
  • 1960 Donald Harrison, American jazz saxophonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1960 Tatsuya Uemura, Japanese arcade game musician and programmer, born in Japan
  • 1961 Mark Drillich, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • 1962 Chuck Billy, American vocalist (Testament)
  • 1963 Steve Shelley, American musician (Crucifucks and Sonic Youth)
  • 1964 Joey Allen, Ft Wayne Indiana, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1965 Paul Arthurs, British guitarist (Oasis)
  • 1966 Chico DeBarge, American musician (DeBarge)
  • 1969 Noa [Achinoam Nini], Israeli singer (There Must Be Another Way), born in Bat Yam, Israel
  • 1970 Yann Tiersen, French musician
  • 1973 Marie N, Latvian singer
  • 1976 Joe Becker, American musician
  • 1977 Jason Mraz, American singer-songwriter ("I'm Yours"; "Have It All"), born in Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • 1978 Frédéric Leclercq, French bassist (DragonForce)
  • 1978 Memphis Bleek, American rapper

Person of interestDuffy

1984 [Amie Ann] Duffy, Welsh Singer (Mercy), born in Gwynedd, Wales

Singer Duffy
  • 1988 Isabella Leong Lok-Sze, Hong Kong singer, actress and model

Weddings in Music

  • 1967 British bassist John Entwistle (22) of rock group Who weds Alison Wise

Divorces in Music

  • 2016 Actress and singer Mandy Moore and singer-songwriter Ryan Adams divorce after 7 years

Deaths in Music

  • 1771 Jean-Claude Trial, French composer, dies at 38
  • 1801 Bendix Friedrich Zinck, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1817 Otto Carl Erdmann Kospoth, Prussian composer, dies at 63
  • 1833 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, composer, dies at 73
  • 1888 Emil Naumann, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1891 Francis Henry Brown, composer, dies at 73
  • 1895 Joseph Paul Skelly, composer, dies at 44
  • 1901 Charles Kensington Salaman, composer, dies at 87
  • 1924 Cecil Sharp, British collector of English folk music and dance, dies at 64
  • 1928 Thomas H. Rollinson, American composer, dies at 84
  • 1951 Armin Knab, German composer (Wunderhorn), dies at 70
  • 1956 Reinhold Glière, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 81
  • 1958 Edvard Armas Jarnefeldt, composer, dies at 88
  • 1959 Jean Gallon, French composer, dies at 80
  • 1959 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
  • 1971 Walter Schulthess, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • 1972 Elton Britt, American country singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Saturday Night Jamboree), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1981 Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • 1991 Bill Buysman, Dutch guitarist/singer (Kilima Hawaiians), dies
  • 1994 Alan Frank, English composer and music publisher, dies at 83
  • 1995 Jack Schroer, British saxophonist & pianist (The Caledonia Soul Orchestra), dies at 51
  • 2010 Pete Quaife, English bass guitarist (The Kinks), dies at 66
  • 2013 Bobby Bland, American blues and soul singer, dies at 83
  • 2015 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, dies at 83
  • 2016 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, dies at 89
  • 2019 Dave Bartholomew, American jazz artist & songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies at 100
  • 2020 Ryan Anthony, American trumpet player (Canadian Brass, 2000-03; Dallas Symphony, 2006-20), dies of cancer at 51