On This Day in Music for June 25

Events in Music

  • 1870 Opera "Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)" is produced (Munich)

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
  • 1952 "Wish You Were Here" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • 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
  • 1966 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 13th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
  • 1967 400 million watch Beatles "Our World" TV special

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer Barry White
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
  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1709 Francesco Araja, composer
  • 1735 Benvenuto Robbio San Rafaele, composer
  • 1796 Ferdinando Giorgetti, composer
  • 1860 Gustave Charpentier, French composer (opera Louise)
  • 1862 Vasily Georgiyevich Wrangell, composer
  • 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 (d. 1956)
  • 1899 Arthur Tracy, Kamenets-Podolsky Russia, street singer (Vincent Lopez Show, Limelight)
  • 1901 Adolf Brunner, composer
  • 1915 Peter Lind Hayes, comedian/singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1921 Peter Charles Arthur Wishart, composer
  • 1921 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer (d. 2007)
  • 1925 Clifton Chenier, blues singer (Bayou Blues), born in Opelousas, Louisiana
  • 1925 Ziggy Talent, singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1928 William Joseph Russo, composer
  • 1928 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus I Auerole), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Mary Beth Peil, American singer
  • 1935 Eddie Floyd, singer/composer (California Girl, Falcons), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1935 Kurt Schwertsik, composer
  • 1939 Harold Melvin, American singer (Blue Notes), born in Philadelphia (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (2004)
  • 1944 Robert Charlebois, Canadian singer
  • 1945 Carly Simon, American singer (Anticipation, You're So Vain), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Allen Lanier, rock keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Ian McDonald, rock guitarist (Foreigner, King Crimson), born in London, England
  • 1951 Michael Francis, rocker
  • 1952 Brian MacLeod, rock guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist (Chilliwack)
  • 1952 Tim Finn, rocker (Split Enz, Crowded House, Puberty Blues)
  • 1954 David Paich, rock keyboardist (Toto-Africa)

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
  • 1970 Roope Latvala, Finnish musician
  • 1972 Mike Kroeger, Canadian musician (Nickelback)
  • 1974 Jim LaMarca, American bass guitarist (Chimaira)
  • 1975 Chenoa, Spanish singer
  • 1982 Rain, Korean singer (Rain, Jeong Ji-Hoon)
  • 1986 Aya Matsuura, Japanese singer

Weddings in Music

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

HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Actress Nicole Kidman (45) weds country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban (44) at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia

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

Deaths in Music

  • 1522 Franchinus Gaffurius, composer, dies at 71
  • 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/composer, dies at 46
  • 1876 John Patton, trumpeter, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1884 Hans Rott, Austrian composer, dies at 25
  • 1944 Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (b. 1906)

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

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

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
  • 1977 Endre Szervanszky, composer, dies at 65
  • 1977 Petko Staynov, composer, dies at 80
  • 1983 Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), dies at 67
  • 1987 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), dies at 67
  • 1988 Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
  • 1990 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), dies at 77
  • 1998 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Mahasti, Persian singer (b. 1946)

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
  • 2011 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer/arranger