On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 25

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1910 Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Firebird" premieres at the Opéra de Paris, Paris

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky

Music release#1 in the Charts

1938 "A Tisket A Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1955 "Can Can" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 892 performances
  • 1964 WMCA (NYC) plays Beatles' Hard Days Night Album (10 days prior to its scheduled release date), they decide to release it June 26th
  • 1966 Beatles' "Paperback Writer" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1966 Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad

  • 1967 First global satellite television programme "Our World" broadcast featuring 19 acts representing 19 nations including The Beatles singing "All You Need is Love"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 Stevie Wonder releases "Where I'm Coming From"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love Babe" is released

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White
  • 1979 "Got Tu Go Disco" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1980 "Fearless Frank" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1983 "Evita" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 1568 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1984 Prince releases his "Purple Rain" album

  • 1988 "Chess" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • 1992 "Les Miserables" opens at Vinorhady Theatre, Prague

Music releaseAlbum Release

1996 Jay-Z releases his debut studio album "Beyond Reasonable Doubt" with Roc-A-Fella Records and Priority Records

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z
  • 1997 Jamaica issues a warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 American country music band "The Dixie Chicks" change their name to "The Chicks" to remove connotations of Confederate history, two weeks after band "Antebellum" changed their name to "Lady A"

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines

Birthdays in Music

  • 1709 Francesco Araja, Italian composer, born in Naples, Kingdom of Sicily (d. 1770)
  • 1735 Benvenuto Robbio San Raffaele, Italian composer, born in Chieri, Turin, Italy (d. 1797)
  • 1796 Ferdinando Giorgetti, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1867)
  • 1860 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), born in Dieuze, France (d. 1956)
  • 1862 Vasily Georgiyevich Wrangell, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1901)
  • 1878 Jean Gallon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1959)
  • 1889 Ethel Glenn Hier, American composer, born in Madisonville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1899 Arthur Tracy, American radio personality (The Street Singer), born in Kamenetz-Podolsky, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1901 Adolf Brunner, Swiss composer (Markus-Passion), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Peter Wishart, English composer, born in Crowborough, England (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1925 Clifton Chenier, American blues singer (Bayou Blues), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • 1925 Ziggy Talent, American singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1997)
  • 1928 William Joseph Russo, American trombonist, jazz, classical and theater composer (Titans Symphony) and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus; Windows), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1935 Eddie Floyd, American singer and composer (California Girl, Falcons), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1935 Kurt Schwertsik, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1939 Harold Melvin, American soul and R&B singer (The Blue Notes - "If You Don't Know Me By Now") , born in Philadelphia (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2004)
  • 1940 Mary Beth Peil, American actress and singer (Mirrors, Dawson's Creek, The Stepford Wives), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1942 Joe Chambers, American jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and composer, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Chris Huston, British-born recording engineer and guitarist, born in North Wales
  • 1944 Robert Charlebois, Canadian singer and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1945 Carly Simon, American singer (Anticipation, You're So Vain), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Ian McDonald, English rock musician (saxophone, keyboards, guitar) (King Crimson, Foreigner), born in Osterly, Middlesex
  • 1952 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1992)
  • 1952 Tim Finn, New Zealand rocker (Split Enz, Crowded House, Puberty Blues), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1952 Radka Toneff, Norwegian jazz singer (It Don't Come Easy), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1982)
  • 1954 David Paich, American rock keyboardist (Toto-Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Zorica Kondža, Croatian pop singer (Stijene), born in Split, Yugoslavia

Person of interestGeorge Michael

1963 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham!, I Want Your Sex), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • 1964 John McCrea, American singer and musician (Cake), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1970 Roope Latvala, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1972 Mike Kroeger, Canadian musician (Nickelback), born in Hanna, Canada
  • 1974 Jim LaMarca, American bass guitarist (Chimaira), born in Strongsville, Ohio
  • 1974 Mario Calire, American drummer (Wallflowers; Ozomatli), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1975 Chenoa [María Laura Corradini Falomir], Argentine-Spanish singer (Atrévete), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • 1978 Layla El, English dancer, model and 2006 WWE Diva Search winner, born in London
  • 1982 Rain [Jung Ji-hoon], Korean singer and actor (Full House), born in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
  • 1986 Aya Matsuura, Japanese singer, born in Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan

Weddings in Music

  • 2005 British pop sensation Sophie Ellis Bextor (26) weds "The Feeling" bassist Richard Jones at Palazzo Terranova in Umbria

LoveWedding of Interest

2006 Actress Nicole Kidman (39) weds country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban (38) at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia

Actress Nicole Kidman
Actress
Nicole Kidman
Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban
  • 2016 Singer-songwriter Jill Scott (44) weds longtime boyfriend Mike Dobson in a private ceremony

Deaths in Music

  • 1522 Franchinus Gaffurius, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • 1743 Václav Matyáš Gurecký, Bohemian composer dies at 37
  • 1767 Georg Philipp Telemann, German late baroque composer, dies at 86
  • 1785 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, dies at 63
  • 1822 Ernst T. Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer, judge and composer, dies at 46
  • 1876 John Patton, American trumpeter, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn at 24 or 25
  • 1884 Hans Rott, Austrian composer, dies at 25
  • 1944 Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (b. 1906)

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

1976 Johnny Mercer, American songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1977 Endre Szervanszky, Hungarian composer, dies at 65
  • 1977 Petko Staynov, Bulgarian composer and pianist, dies at 80
  • 1983 Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), dies at 67
  • 1985 Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton, American R&B and blues guitarist and singer ("Do Unto Others"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1987 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), dies at 67
  • 1988 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
  • 1990 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), dies at 77
  • 1993 Miroslav Klega, Czech composer (Pantomime Suite), dies at 67
  • 1996 Nicholas John, English National Opera's dramaturge, dies at 43
  • 1997 Ziggy Talent, American singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 85
  • 1998 Lounès Matoub, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist,, assassinated by the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) at 42
  • 2006 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records, Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2007 Mahasti, Persian singer (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), dies at 86
  • 2007 Hank Medress, American doo-wop vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), dies of lung cancer at 78

Person of interestMichael Jackson

2009 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 2009 Sky Saxon [Richard Marsh], American rocker (The Seeds - "Pushin' To Hard"), dies from heart and renal failure at 71
  • 2011 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer and arranger
  • 2018 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel), dies at 81
  • 2020 Marga Richter, American classical pianist and composer (Landscapes of the Mind; Out of Shadows and Solitude), dies at 93