On This Day in Music for June 23

Events in Music

  • 1962 "Subways Are after Sleeping" closes at St James NYC after 205 performances
  • 1970 Rocker Chubby Checker arrested for marijuana possession
  • 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
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • 1981 "This Was Burlesque" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1991 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music"
  • 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
Singer-Songwriter
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)
  • 1824 Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke, composer
  • 1837 Ernest Guiraud, composer
  • 1852 Stephane Raoul Pugno, composer
  • 1855 Maude Valerie White, composer
  • 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 (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Paul Des Marais, composer
  • 1922 Francis Thorne, American composer (Burlesque Overture), born in Bay Shore, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Amada Galvez Santos Ocampo, composer
  • 1926 Lars Johan Werle, composer
  • 1929 Dave King, Twickenham England, comedian (Kraft Music Hall)
  • 1929 Henri Pousseur, Malmö dy Belgium, composer (Homo Habitis)

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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
  • 1940 Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
  • 1940 Stuart Sutcliffe, rocker (Beatles), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1940 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1941 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead)
  • 1943 James Levine, American conductor, (director of the Metropolitan Opera), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1944 Rosetta Hightower, American singer (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, composer
  • 1955 Glenn Danzig, American musician (The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • 1957 Lee John, [John L Mcgregor], English singer/actor (Body Talk)
  • 1960 Donald Harrison, American musician
  • 1960 Tatsuya Uemura, Japanese musician and programmer
  • 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)
  • 1966 Richie Ren, Taiwanese actor (Breaking News, Life Without Principle), born in Changhua, Taiwan
  • 1970 Yann Tiersen, French musician
  • 1973 Marie N, Latvian singer
  • 1976 Joe Becker, American musician
  • 1977 Jason Mraz, American singer and songwriter
  • 1978 Frédéric Leclercq, French bassist (DragonForce)
  • 1978 Memphis Bleek, American rapper

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

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

Weddings in Music

  • 1967 John Entwistle 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, composer, dies at 38
  • 1801 Bendix Friedrich Zinck, composer, dies at 58
  • 1817 Otto Carl Erdmann Kospoth, composer, dies at 63
  • 1833 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, composer, dies at 73
  • 1888 Emil Naumann, 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, 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, composer, dies at 76
  • 1972 Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
  • 1981 Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • 1991 Bill Buysman, Dutch guitarist/singer (Kilima Hawaiians), dies
  • 1994 Alan Frank, music publisher, dies at 83
  • 2002 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • 2010 Peter 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