On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 26

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1870 Richard Wagner's opera "Valkyrie", second in his Ring Cycle premieres in Munich, featuring "Ride of the Valkyries"

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • 1912 Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna
  • 1924 Ziegfeld Follies opens on Broadway
  • 1966 "Time for Singing" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 1971 "Man of La Mancha" closes at ANTA Wash Sq Theater NYC after 2329 performances
  • 1973 London production of musical "Grease" premieres

Music concertMusic Concert

1977 Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1979 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, accidentally crashes & kills a driver
  • 1983 "Show Boat" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 73 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1984 Barbra Streisand records "Here We Are at Last"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1991 "Getting Married" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 70 performances
  • 1994 "Broken Glass" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • 1994 "Medea" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 82 performances

Music releaseTheater Premiere

2013 Peter Ustinov's "The Moment of Truth" opens at Southwark Playhouse in London starring Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)

Actress Bonnie Wright
Bonnie Wright

Birthdays in Music

  • 1582 Johannes Schultz, German composer, born in Lüneburg, Germany (d. 1653)
  • 1747 Leopold Koželuch, Czech composer, born in Velvary, Czech Republic (d. 1818)
  • 1749 Louis Joseph Claude Saint-Amans, French composer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1820)
  • 1823 Frederick Bowen Jewson, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1891)
  • 1824 Moritz Fürstenau, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1889)
  • 1875 Camille Zeckwer, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • 1878 Albert Siklós, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1942)
  • 1891 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, born in Solingen, Dusseldorf, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1893 Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), born in Scott, Mississippi (d. 1958)
  • 1894 Bill Wirges, American orchestra leader (Growing Paynes), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1901 William Busch, British composer, born in London (d. 1945)
  • 1902 Antonia Brico, Dutch-American conductor and pianist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss tenor and musical educator, born in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Switzerland (d. 2010)
  • 1914 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1914 Wolfgang Windgassen, tenor (Stuttgart Opera), born in Annemasse, France (d. 1974)
  • 1920 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • 1922 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Syd Lawrence, British bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England (d. 1998)
  • 1931 Lucien Goethals, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (La Scala, 1969-86; London Symphony, 1979-87; Berlin Philharmonic, 1989-2002), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Luís Filipe Pires, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist and composer specializing in film scores (The Milagro Beanfield War), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • 1938 Billy Davis Jr, American pop singer (5th Dimension-Up, Up And Away), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1942 Larry "The Mole" Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat-On the Road Again), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Gilberto Gil, Brazilian singer and Minister of Culture, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1943 Georgie Fame [Clive Powell], English R&B and jazz singer and keyboard player (Get Away, Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde), born in Lancashire, England
  • 1943 Allen Strange, American composer (Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques, and Controls), born in Calexico, California
  • 1945 Barry Schrader, American electronic muscic composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Rindy Ross, American rock vocalist and saxophonist (Quarterflash), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1951 Tony Currenti, Italian-Australian drummer (AC/DC), born in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, Catania, Italy
  • 1953 Ralph Ezell, American singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Union, Mississippi
  • 1953 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • 1955 Mick Jones, English rock vocalist and guitarist (The Clash-Havana 3 AM), born in London, England

Person of interestChris Isaak

1956 Chris Isaak, American rock singer-songwriter (Wicked Game), born in Stockton, California

Singer Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak
  • 1957 Patty Smyth, American rock vocalist (Scandal-Warrior), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist, born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1961 Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin-Take My Breath Away), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Harriet Wheeler, English pop singer and composer (The Sundays)
  • 1969 Colin Greenwood, English musician (Radiohead), born in Oxford, England
  • 1970 Irv Gotti [Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr.], American record producer, born in Queens, New York
  • 1972 Garou [Pierre Garand], Canadian singer (La Rivière de notre enfance), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
  • 1973 Gretchen Wilson, American country music singer (Redneck Woman), born in Pocahontas, Illinois
  • 1973 Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor and band leader (Cochise), born in Szczecinek, Poland
  • 1973 Amen [Jussi Antero Sydänmaa], Finnish musician (Lordi), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1974 Jeff Frankenstein, American musician (Newsboys), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer (The 4 Cats), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1978 Alex Dana, French singer (L5's singer), born in Marseille, France
  • 1979 Nathan Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1980 Sinik [Thomas Idir], French singer and rapper (Six o Nine (6-0-9)), born in Paris
  • 1986 Casey Desmond, American pop singer, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestAriana Grande

1993 Ariana Grande, American singer (Problem, The Way), born in Boca Raton, Florida

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1937 Actress Mary Pickford (45) weds actor and band leader Charles Rogers (32)

Actress Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
  • 1984 American singer Tiny Tim (52) marries Miss Jan Alweiss (23); divorce in 1995
  • 2010 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (31) weds concert producer Simone Sestito (25) at Santo Stefano degli Abissini in Vatican City, Italy

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1975 American singer and actress Cher (28) divorces singer-songwriter Sonny Bono (40)

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop

Deaths in Music

  • 1657 Tobias Michael, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1661 Lazaro Valvasensi, Italian organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1778 Angelo Antonio Caroli, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1798 Eugene Godecharle, composer, dies at 56
  • 1819 Johann Wilhelm Stadler, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1836 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French author and composer (Marseillaise), dies at 76
  • 1906 Alexander Muir, Canadian composer (The Maple Leaf Forever), dies at 76
  • 1945 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 54
  • 1945 Nikolay Nikolayevich Tcherepnin, composer, dies at 72
  • 1956 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
  • 1971 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer, dies at 91
  • 1971 Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies
  • 1971 Juan Manen, composer, dies at 88
  • 1973 Arnold Richardson, composer, dies at 59
  • 1977 Lou Reizner, American rock vocalist AND producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1981 Peter Kreuder, German composer, dies
  • 1982 Andre Tchaikowsy, pianist/composer, dies
  • 1983 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter, radio and TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies of congestive heart failure at 82
  • 1987 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), dies at 80
  • 1994 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist (Christ College, Oxford), dies at 96
  • 1997 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian singer, songwriter ("Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"), and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate, dies from respiratory failure at 38
  • 2002 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman' Kismet), dies at 78
  • 2004 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer-songwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2004 Eskil Hemberg, Swedish composer, conductor (Stockholm University Chorus, 1959-84), and artistic director (Royal Swedish Opera, 1987-96), dies at 66
  • 2010 Sergio Vega, Mexican Banda singer (b.1969)
  • 2018 Edward Simons, American classical violinist and conductor (Rockland Symphony, 1962-2017), dies at 101