On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 28

Events in Music

  • 1846 Saxophone is patented by Antoine-Joseph "Adolfe" Sax

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928 Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1947 "Temptation" (Tim-Tayshun) by Red Ingle with Jo Stafford hits #1
  • 1950 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 278 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 George Harrison is fined £6 for speeding

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1978 UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as ambassadors of goodwill
  • 1981 "Piaf" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • 1987 "Dreamgirls" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 177 performances
  • 1992 "Chinese Coffee" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • 1997 "Master Class" closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • 1997 "Steel Peer" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 76 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1547 Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian composer, born in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1599)
  • 1586 Paul Siefert, German composer and organist, born in Danzig (d. 1666)
  • 1734 Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier, French composer, born in Abbeville, Hauts-de-France, France (d. 1794)
  • 1831 Joseph Joachim, German violinist (Hungarian Concerto), born in Köpcsény, Moson County, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1907)
  • 1847 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), born in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland (d. 1927)
  • 1852 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, born in Eppenberg-Wöschnau (d. 1921)
  • 1853 Edwin Arthur Jones, American composer (Song of our Saviour), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1874 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), born in Canal Winchester, Ohio (d. 1948)
  • 1879 Sigurd von Koch, Swedish composer, born in Ägnö, Stockholm archipelago, Sweden (d. 1919)
  • 1885 Giuseppe Mulè, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1951)
  • 1887 Boleslav Vomáček, Czech composer, born in Mladá Boleslav Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Luciano Gallet, Brazilian composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1931)
  • 1893 Nils Björkander, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Kazimierz Sikorski, Polish composer, born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1986)

Person of interestRichard Rodgers

1902 Richard Rodgers, American composer (Rodgers & Hammerstein), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
  • 1904 Włodzimierz Poźniak, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1906 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1912 Sergiu Celibidache, Romanian conductor, composer, educator (Munich Philharmonic 1979-1996), born in Roman, Moldavia, Romania (d. 1996)
  • 1913 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England (d. 1998)
  • 1915 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1917 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1926 Robert Shelton [Shapiro], music and film critic, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Andrew Gordon Speedie-Pask, English cybernetician stage producer and lyricist, born in Derby (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Helena van Heerden, South African pianist
  • 1930 Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1994)
  • 1933 Gunnar Reynir Sveinsson, composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1936 Peter Hall, British folklorist and musician, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1945 Dave Knights, British rock bassist (Procol Harum-Conquistador), born in London, England
  • 1946 Robert Xavier Rodriguez, American classical composer, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1951 David “Frankie” Toler, American drummer and percussionist (Allman Brothers), born in Connersville, Indiana, USA), (d. 2011)
  • 1952 Alan Pasqua, American jazz and rock pianist, composer and educator (Standards; Twin Bill), born in New Jersey
  • 1954 Ava Barber, American country singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1955 Thomas Hampson, American lyric baritone, born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1968 Chayanne [Elmer Figueroa Arce], Puerto Rican singer, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1975 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (Dissection), born in Strömstad, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1977 Harun Tekin, Turkish musician (Mor ve Ötesi), born in Ankara, Turkey
  • 1977 Mark Stoermer, American bass player (The Killers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1981 Michael Crafter, Australian musician (I Killed The Prom Queen), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1986 Kellie Pickler, American country music singer (Best Days of Your Life), born in Albemarle, North Carolina
  • 1988 Lacey Schwimmer, American dancer (So You Think You Can Dance), born in Redland, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1965 American country singer Merle Haggard (28) weds singer Bonnie Owens (35); divorce in 1978

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

Deaths in Music

  • 1742 Jan Josef Ignác Brentner, Bohemian composer, dies at 52
  • 1788 Johann Christoph Vogel, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1798 Pierre Dutillieu, composer, dies at 44
  • 1806 Johann Friedrich Ludwig Sievers, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1855 Giovanni Agostino Perotti, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • 1857 Joseph Fischhof, Czech-Austrian pianist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1872 Karl Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1876 August W Ambros, Austria musicologist, dies at 59
  • 1890 Edouard Gregoir, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1891 Jose Inzenga y Castellanos, composer, dies at 63
  • 1910 Gustave Leon Huberti, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1950 Henry Balfour Gardiner, English composer and musician, dies at 72
  • 1957 Ede Poldini, Hungarian composer (La poupée valsante), dies at 88
  • 1965 Red Nichols, American jazz cornettist, composer and jazz bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1979 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Never Trust a Woman), dies at 84
  • 1980 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, dies at 58
  • 1980 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor, dies at 84
  • 1981 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, dies at 75
  • 1982 Harry Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers), dies at 70
  • 1993 GG [Jesus Christ] Allin, American punk rock singer, dies of accidental heroin overdose at 36
  • 1996 Willard F. McMurry, musician, dies at 89
  • 2010 Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager (b. 1943)
  • 2012 Éric Gaudibert, Swiss composer, pianist, and teacher, dies at 75
  • 2014 Seymour Barab, American cellist (Philip Glass Ensemble), and composer of fairy tale operas (Little Red Riding Hood), dies at 93
  • 2016 Scotty Moore, American guitarist (for Elvis), dies at 84
  • 2016 Sergei Cortez, Chilean-Belarusian composer (Jubilee and The Bear; Giordano Bruno), dies at 81