On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 27

Events in Music

  • 1950 "Liar" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1959 "West Side Story" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances
  • 1964 "Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)" by Die Beatles peaks at #97
  • 1969 50,000 attend Denver Pop Festival

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1971 "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" closes at Golden NYC after 31 performances

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz
  • 1976 "Pacific Overtures" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 193 performances
  • 1982 "Dancin'" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1,774 performances

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1992 "57 Channels (and Nothin' on)" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at #68

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1993 "Falsettos" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 487 performances
  • 1994 "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1994 Aerosmith become first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet
  • 2005 "Bad Day" single is released by Daniel Powter, 1st song to sell 2 million digital copies in the US (Billboard Song of the Year 2006)
  • 2009 Fayette Pinkney, American pop-soul singer (The Three Degrees - "When Will I See You Again?") dies of acute respiratory failure at 61

Birthdays in Music

  • 1718 Wenzel Raimund Pirck, composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1763)
  • 1745 Johann Nepomuk Went, Bohemian composer, born in Vinařice, Czech Republic (d. 1801)
  • 1789 Philipp Friedrich Silcher, German composer, born in Weinstadt, Germany (d. 1860)
  • 1805 Stephen Elvey, English composer, born in Canterbury, Kent, England (d. 1860)
  • 1806 Napoléon Coste, French guitarist and composer, born in Besançon, France (d. 1883)
  • 1812 John Pike Hullah, English composer, born in Worcester (d. 1884)
  • 1819 Carl Albert Löschhorn, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1905)
  • 1821 August Conradi, German organist and composer, born in Berlin (d. 1873)
  • 1833 Władysław Zaremba, Ukrainian composer, born in Dunajowce, Ukraine (d. 1902)
  • 1850 Jacob Adolf Hägg, Swedish composer, born in Östergarn, Sweden (d. 1928)
  • 1859 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician (Happy Birthday To You), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1916)
  • 1862 May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer (Hot Time in the Old Town), born in Whitby, Ontario, Canada (d. 1938)
  • 1885 Artúr Harmat, Hungarian composer, born in Bojná, Hungary (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Tibor Harsányi, Hungarian composer, born in Magyarkanizsa, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1954)
  • 1908 Hans de Jong, musician and conductor (De Damrakkertjes) (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Karel Reiner, Czech composer, born in Žatec, Bohemia (d. 1979)
  • 1911 V. K. Narayana Menon, Indian classical dance scholar, born in Kerala, India (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Hendrik W van Leeuwen, Dutch musician (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Hallvard Olav Johnsen, Norwegian composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1922 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter (Save the Last Dance for Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1931 Alojz Srebotnjak, Slovenian composer, born in Postojna, Slovenia (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Ryszard Kwiatkowski, Polish composer (Polyphonic Music), born in Jaranów, Włocławek, Poland (d. 1993)
  • 1932 Hugh Wood, British composer, born in Parbold, Lancashire
  • 1932 Anna Moffo, American soprano (Adventurers), born in Wayne, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, born in Izmir, Turkey (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Tommy Cannon [Tommy Derbyshire], English comedian and singer (Cannon and Ball), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England
  • 1939 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1994)
  • 1942 Bruce Johnston [Benjamin Baldwin], American singer, songwriter, and record producer (The Beach Boys, I Write the Songs), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1942 Frank Mills, Canadian pianist, composer and arranger (Music Box Dancer), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1942 John Howard McGuire, American composer, born in Artesia, California
  • 1946 Daria Semegen, American composer, born in Bamberg, Germany
  • 1946 Janice Giteck, American composer (Thunder, Like a White Bear Dancing), born in New York
  • 1948 Camile Baudoin, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1958 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer and songwriter (The Gun Club), born in Montebello, California (d. 1996)
  • 1958 Magnus Lindberg, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1958 Lisa Germano, American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Geek the Girl), born in Mishawaka, Indiana
  • 1959 Lorrie Morgan, American country singer (Out of Your Shoes), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1959 Khadja Nin, Burundian singer (Sambolera), born in Burundi
  • 1978 Lolly [Anna Shantha Kumble], British singer (Viva la Radio), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England
  • 1979 John Warne, American musician (Relient K; Ace Troubleshooter), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1979 Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer (52 Tuesdays), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1983 Alsou, Russian singer (Solo), born in Bugulma, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1983 Evan Taubenfeld, American musician (Welcome to the Blacklist Club), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1985 Coby Linder, American Pop Punk Drummer (Say Anything), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1986 Drake Bell, American actor, voice actor, and musician, born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1990 Aselin Debison, Canadian singer (Bigger than me), born in Glace Bay, Canada

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1964 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) weds Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) in Beverly Hills, California

LoveWedding of Interest

1992 Singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli (34) weds Enrica Cenzatti

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 American actress Julia Roberts (25) weds American singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett (36) at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana; divorce in 1995

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Rocker Eddie Van Halen (54) weds publicist Janie Liszewski (39) at his seven-acre estate in the hills above Studio City, California

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

Divorces in Music

  • 2007 Former Playboy playmate and Baywatch actress Donna D'Errico (38) divorces Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1679 Pablo Bruna, Spanish blind composer, dies at 68
  • 1729 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris), dies at 74
  • 1814 Johann Friedrich Reichardt, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1829 Louis-Sébastien Lebrun, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1832 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisla, composer, dies at 72
  • 1889 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, dies at 48
  • 1889 Whitney Eugene Thayer, American composer, dies at 50
  • 1920 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French-Canadian lyricist (O Canada), dies at 81
  • 1934 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, dies in air crash at 56
  • 1944 Werner Wehrli, composer, dies at 52
  • 1948 George Templeton Strong, American composer, dies at 92
  • 1954 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, dies at 83
  • 1964 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, dies at 65
  • 1969 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer, dies at 42
  • 1974 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, dies at 80
  • 1980 Albany "Barney" Bigard, Creole-American jazz clarinetist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-42 - "Mood Indigo"), dies at 74
  • 1986 Joe Maphis, American country music guitarist dies aged 65
  • 1986 Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • 1986 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1992 Allan Jones, American actor and singer (A Day at the Races, Showboat), dies at 84
  • 1992 Stefanie Ann Sargent, guitarist (7 Year Bitch), dies of overdose at 24
  • 1995 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1995 Efrem Kurtz, Russian conductor (Houston Symph 1948-54), dies at 94
  • 1999 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), commits suicide at 57
  • 1999 Einar Englund, Finnish composer, dies at 83
  • 2000 Rudy Cafaro, American jazz guitarist, dies at 80
  • 2002 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who-Baba O'Riley), dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • 2002 Russ Freeman, American classically trained bebop and cool jazz pianist and composer (Art Pepper; Charlie Parker; Chet Baker; Clifford Brown; Shelly Manne), dies at 76
  • 2005 Frank Harte, Traditional Irish Singer and song collector
  • 2008 Leonard Pennario, American concert pianist (Rózsa's Piano Concerto with L.A. Philharmonic), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 83
  • 2009 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer ("I Hear You Knockin'"), and actress (My Little Margie; The gale Storm Show) dies at 87
  • 2009 Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
  • 2013 Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, dies at 73
  • 2014 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), dies at 70
  • 2015 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), dies of acute erythroid leukemia at 67
  • 2016 Mack Rice, American musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), dies at 82
  • 2017 Geri Allen, American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, and educator, dies of cancer at 60 [1]
  • 2020 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), dies at 94
  • 2020 (Lionel) Frederick "Freddy" Cole, American jazz singer and pianist, dies at 88 [1]
  • 2020 (Jesse) "Pete" Carr, American session guitarist (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), dies at 70