On This Day in Music for June 26

Events in Music

  • 1870 Wagner's opera "Valkyrie" premieres in Munich
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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, 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 & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & 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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Actress Bonnie Wright
Actress
Bonnie Wright

Birthdays in Music

  • 1582 Johannes Schultz, composer
  • 1747 Leopold Jan Antonin Kozeluh, composer
  • 1749 Louis Joseph Claude Saint-Amans, composer
  • 1823 Frederick Bowen Jewson, composer
  • 1824 Moritz Furstenau, composer
  • 1874 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer
  • 1875 Camille Zeckwer, composer
  • 1878 Albert Siklos, composer
  • 1891 Heinrich Lemacher, composer
  • 1893 "Big Bill" Broonzy, Miss, blues singer/guitarist (Blues by Broonzy)
  • 1894 Bill Wirges, orchestra leader (Growing Paynes), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1901 William Busch, composer
  • 1902 Antonia Brico, Rotterdam Holland, conductor/pianist (Antonia)
  • 1902 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss Tenor
  • 1909 Col. Tom Parker [Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk], Dutch-born talent manager (Elvis Presley), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1914 Richard Maltby, orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show)
  • 1914 Wolfgang Windgassen, Annemasse France, tenor (Stuttgart Opera)
  • 1924 Syd Lawrence, bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra)
  • 1930 Willem G Statius Muller, Netherlands Antilles, conductor/pianist/composer
  • 1931 Lucien Goethals, composer
  • 1933 Claudio Abbado, composer/conductor (London Symph-1982), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1934 Luis Felipe Pires, composer
  • 1940 Billy Davis Jr, singer (5th Dimension-One Less Bell), 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
  • 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 John Allen Strang, composer
  • 1945 Barry Schrader, American composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Rindy Ross, rock vocalist/saxophonist (Quarterflash), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1953 Ralph Ezell, Union Miss, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • 1953 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • 1955 Mick Jones, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Singer Chris Isaak
Singer
Chris Isaak
  • 1957 Patty Smyth, American rock vocalist (Scandal-Warrior), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist
  • 1961 Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin-Take My Breath Away), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Harriet Wheeler, English pop singer/composer (The Sundays)
  • 1970 Irv Gotti, American record producer
  • 1972 Garou, Canadian singer
  • 1973 Gretchen Wilson, American singer
  • 1973 Jussi Sydänmaa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1974 Jeff Frankenstein, American musician (Newsboys)
  • 1974 Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer
  • 1978 Alexandra, French singer, L5's singer
  • 1979 Nathan Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1980 Sinik, French singer and rapper
  • 1986 Casey Desmond, American singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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


Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford

Deaths in Music

  • 1657 Tobias Michael, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1661 Lazaro Valvasensi, composer, dies at 76
  • 1778 Angelo Antonio Caroli, composer, dies at 77
  • 1798 Eugene Godecharle, composer, dies at 56
  • 1819 Johann Wilhelm Stadler, composer, dies at 71
  • 1836 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, author/composer (Marseillaise), dies
  • 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, US jazz trumpeter (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, rock vocalist/producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies at 43
  • 1981 Peter Kreuder, German composer, dies
  • 1982 Andre Tchaikowsy, pianist/composer, dies
  • 1983 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 82
  • 1994 Thomas henry Wait Armstrong, organist, dies at 96
  • 1997 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian musician, entertainer and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate, dies at 38
  • 2004 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Sergio Vega, Mexican Banda singer (b.1969)