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On This Day in Music for June 24

Events in Music

The Fatal Dance Manias of Medieval EuropeThe Fatal Dance Manias of Medieval Europe

1374 Sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion

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A depiction of dancing mania, on the pilgrimage of epileptics to the church at Molenbeek. A painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger.
A depiction of dancing mania, on the pilgrimage of epileptics to the church at Molenbeek. A painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger.
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  • 1880 First performance of "O Canada," the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français
  • 1954 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 "Steve Allen Show" returns on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Music releaseAlbum Release

1958 Nina Simone releases her debut jazz album "Little Girl Blue"

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 1961 "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances
  • 1961 Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby"

Film release premierFilm Release

1971 "McCabe and Mrs Miller" film by Robert Altman, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with songs by Leonard Cohen is released

Actress Julie Christie
Julie Christie
Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 1972 "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School at 43

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Birthdays in Music

  • 1746 Jean-Baptiste Rochefort, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1819)
  • 1747 Johann Melchior Dreyer, German composer, born in Röttingen, Württemberg (d. 1824)
  • 1762 Johann Paul Wessely, Czech composer, born in Frauenberg, Germany (d. 1810)
  • 1803 George James Webb, English-American composer, born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England (d. 1887)
  • 1808 Anna Caroline Oury, German pianist and composer, born in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1880)
  • 1840 Louis Brassin, Belgian composer and pianist, born in Aix-la-Chapelle (d. 1884)
  • 1847 Gaston Salvayre, French composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1916)
  • 1873 Thomas Carl Whitmer, American composer, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1879 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1901 Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), born in Oakland, California (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), born in Linton, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Pierre Fournier, violon cellist (Paris Conservatoire), born in Paris, France
  • 1907 Jose de Lima Siquiera, composer
  • 1908 Hugo Distler, German organist, choral conductor and composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1942)
  • 1908 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, born in Champakulam, Kuttanad (now Kerala), British India (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Milton Katims, American conductor/violist (WOR-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, born in Ranfurly, South Island (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Max van Praag, Dutch singer
  • 1920 Bernhard Krol, German hornist and composer (Figaro Metamorphoses), born in Berlin, Gemany (d. 2013) [1]
  • 1922 Roy Elihu Travis, American composer (Passion of Dedipus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1935 Terry Riley, American minimalist composer (In C, A Rainbow In Curved Air), born in Colfax, California
  • 1935 Jiří Teml, Czech composer (People and Sources Symphony), born in Vimperk, Czechoslovakia
  • 1938 Lowell Cross, American electronic music composer, instrument maker and laser light show inventor, born in Kingsville, Texas
  • 1942 Michele Lee, American stage and screen actress, and singer (Knots Landing - "Karen; Seesaw; The Love Bug), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Arthur Brown, British rock singer and songwriter (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire"), born in Whitby, Yorkshire
  • 1944 Charlie Whitney, English rock guitarist (Family), born in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England
  • 1944 Jeff Beck, British rock guitarist (Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group), born in Wallington, Surrey

Person of interestMick Fleetwood

1947 Mick Fleetwood, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way), born in London, England

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
  • 1947 Marianne Delgorge, Dutch singer and actress (Ice Cream Soda), born in Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
  • 1948 Patrick Moraz, Swiss progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, The Moody Blues), born in Morges, Switzerland
  • 1949 John Illsley, English rock bassist (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • 1950 Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1957 Astro [Terrence Wilson], England, rock vocalist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1959 Andy McClusky, rocker (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark-Electricity)
  • 1961 Curt Smith, British-American rock bassist/vocalist (Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The Word), born in Bath, Somerset, England
  • 1967 Jeff Cease, guitarist (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1967 Richard Kruspe-Bernstein, German musician (Rammstein)
  • 1969 Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian pop/operatic soprano singer, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1970 Glenn Medeiros, American pop singer (Someday Love), born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • 1978 Ariel Pink, American musician
  • 1978 Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen, Finnish guitarist (Nightwish)
  • 1986 Solange Knowles, American singer (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2000 "Dixie Chicks" lead vocalist Natalie Maines (25) weds "Profit" actor Adrian Pasdar (35) at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines

Deaths in Music

  • 1724 Johann Theile, German composer (Adam und Eva), dies at 77
  • 1882 Joseph Joachim Raff, German opera composer (Cavatine), dies at 60
  • 1891 Ann Mounsey, English composer, dies at 80
  • 1913 Frank Lynes, American composer, dies at 55
  • 1933 Sissieretta Joyner Jones, "Black Patti", American singer, dies at about 64

Person of interestCarlos Gardel

1935 Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer and the most prominent figure in the history of tango, dies in a plane crash at 44

  • 1936 Nandor Zsolt, composer, dies at 49
  • 1944 Rio Gebhardt, German composer, dies at 36
  • 1952 Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, dies at 84
  • 1987 (John Herbert) "Jackie" Gleason, American comedian, (The Jackie Gleason Show; The Honeymooners), actor (Requiem For A Heavyweight; The Hustler), composer, and conductor (Music for Lovers Only), , dies of colon cancer at 71
  • 1988 Hibari Misora [Kazue Katō], Japanese pop singer ("Kawa no nagare no yō ni" - Like the Flow of the River), dies of heart failure at 52
  • 1992 Tom Alexander, model/actor (Kurt-Forbidden Dance), dies of AIDs
  • 1992 Tony LeMans, singer/songwriter, dies in a car crash at 29
  • 2004 Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2004 Jimmy Rowser, American jazz double-bassist (Dinah Washington; Ray Bryant; Les McCann), and teacher, dies at 78
  • 2007 Natasja Saad, Danish hip hop and reggae artist, dies at 32
  • 2013 Alan Myers, American rock drummer (Devo), dies of cancer at 58
  • 2016 Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), dies at 72