On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 3

Events in Music

  • 1911 "Come Josephine in My Flying Machine" record by Fred Fisher and Alfred Bryan, sung by Ada Jones and Billy Murray hits #1
  • 1939 Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe
  • 1948 The musical "Sleepy Hollow" opens at St James Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1961 "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
  • 1964 Rolling Stones begin 1st US tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee)

Music release#1 in the Charts

1967 Aretha Franklin's "Respect" reaches #1

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1970 Ray Davies of The Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in "Lola," (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC commercial reference ban
  • 1972 "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • 1973 "Smith" closes at Eden Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 1976 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold
  • 1979 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens on Broadway
  • 1980 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 8 performances
  • 1984 "Wiz" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 13 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

2013 Lorde releases her debut single "Royals" (2014 Grammy Song of the Year)

Singer Lorde
  • 2019 Jay-Z named the world's first billionaire rapper by Forbes magazine

Birthdays in Music

  • 1657 Manuel de Egues, Spanish composer, born in San Martin del Rio, Spain (d. 1729)
  • 1660 Johannes Schenck, Dutch born composer, born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Baptism date)
  • 1738 Johann Christoph Oley, German composer, born in Bernburg, Saxony-Anhalt (baptism date) (d. 1789)
  • 1746 James Hook, English composer, born in Norwich (d. 1827)
  • 1750 Frédéric Thiéme, French composer, born in Reims, France (d. 1802)
  • 1773 Michael Gottard Fischer, German composer and organist, born in Alach (d. 1829)
  • 1801 František Jan Škroup, Czech composer (Kde domov můj? - Czech national anthem), born in Osice, Czech Republic (d. 1862)
  • 1819 Thomas Ball, American sculptor, painter and musician, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1828 Jose Inzenga y Castellanos, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1891)
  • 1829 Alfonse Charles Renaud de Vilback, French organist and composer, born in Montpelier, France (d. 1884)
  • 1832 Alexander Charles Lecocq, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1918)
  • 1841 Eduardo Caudella, Romanian composer, born in Iași, Moldavia (d. 1924)
  • 1844 Emile Paladilhe, French composer, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1926)
  • 1868 Henning Mankell, Swedish composer, born in Härnösand, Sweden (d. 1930)
  • 1887 Emil Axman, Czech composer, born in Rataje (d. 1949)
  • 1888 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1893 Asen Karastoyanov, Bulgarian composer, born in Samokov, Bulgaria (d. 1976)
  • 1897 Memphis Minnie, blues musician, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1904 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NY Metropolitan Opera, Bluebird of Happiness), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)

Person of interestJosephine Baker

1906 Josephine Baker, American dancer, Parisian night club owner (Folies-Bergere) born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • 1907 Antonio Emmanvilovich Spadavecchia, Russian composer, born in Odessa (d. 1988)
  • 1922 Ivan Patachich, composer
  • 1924 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), born in Ruleville, Mississippi (d. 1997)
  • 1926 Carlos Veerhoff, composer
  • 1926 Janez Maticic, composer
  • 1927 [Homer] Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (Yakety Sax), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer, born in Pittsburgh (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Françoise Arnoul, French actress and composer (French Cancan, Jacko & Lise), born in Constantine, France
  • 1935 Ted Curson [Theodore], Jazz Trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1939 David Frederick Stock, composer
  • 1939 Ian Hunter, English rock musician (Mott the Hoople), born in Oswestry, England
  • 1942 Anita Harris, singer/actress (Follow that Camel)
  • 1942 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and soul musician (Freddie's Dead, Superfly), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Mike Dennis, rocker (Dovells)
  • 1944 Michael Clarke, American rock drummer (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Eddie Holman, American singer (Hey There Lonely Girl), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1947 Mickey Finn, British guitarist and percussionist (T. Rex) (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Stephen Ruppenthal, composer
  • 1950 Suzi Quatro[cchio], singer (Stumblin')/actress (Happy Days), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Deniece Williams [Chandler], American singer (Love Won't Let Me Wait, Let's Hear it for the Boy,) born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1952 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1954 Daniel "Dan" Hill, Canadian pop singer and songwriter (Sometimes When We Touch, Can't We Try), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 Danny Wilde, rocker (Rembrandts)
  • 1964 Kerry King, American musician (Slayer)
  • 1964 Doro Pesch, German singer
  • 1965 Mike Gordon, American musician
  • 1965 Jeff Blumenkrantz, American composer and actor
  • 1968 Samantha Sprackling, Nigerian singer
  • 1969 Hiroyuki Takami, Japanese musician
  • 1970 Esther Hart, Dutch singer
  • 1970 Julie Masse, French Canadian singer
  • 1970 Peter Tägtgren, Swedish musician (Hypocrisy) and producer

Person of interestKelly Jones

1974 Kelly Jones, Welsh singer (Stereophonics), born in Cwmaman, Wales

Singer Kelly Jones
Kelly Jones
  • 1976 Yuri Ruley, American drummer
  • 1978 Lyfe Jennings, R&B singer and song-writer
  • 1987 Lalaine, American actress and singer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1869 Composer Georges Bizet (30) weds Genevieve Halevy

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • 1989 Country singer Rebe McEntire weds her manager Narvel Blackstone at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  • 1994 Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder (29) weds Beth Liebling (27) in the Eternal City

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • 2006 Pop band Hanson member Zac Hanson (20) weds Kate Tucker (22) at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2017 Actress, singer and Broadway star Bell Bundy (36) weds TBS executive Thom Hinkle at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1661 Gottfried Scheidt, German composer and organist, dies at 67
  • 1804 Jean-Engelbert Pauwels, Belgian composer, dies at 35
  • 1809 John "Christmas" Beckwith, composer, dies at 58
  • 1849 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1858 Julius Reubke, German composer, dies at 24
  • 1872 Heinrich Esser, German composer and conductor, dies at 53

Person of interestGeorges Bizet

1875 Georges Bizet, French composer (Carmen), dies at 36

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • 1877 Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian musicologist (b. 1800)
  • 1888 Cark Reidel, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1890 Henryk Oskar Kolberg, Polish folklorist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1898 Nikolai Afanisev, Russian composer, dies at 77
  • 1899 Johann Baptist Strauss Jr., Austrian composer (Waltz King), dies at 73
  • 1913 Josef Richard Rozkošný, Czech composer, dies at 79
  • 1953 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, dies at 66
  • 1959 Ole Windingstad, composer, dies at 73
  • 1986 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, dies at 89
  • 1990 Stiv Bators, American musician (The Dead Boys) (b. 1949)
  • 1994 Hub Matthijsen, violinist/bandmaster, dies at 52
  • 1998 Poul Bundgaard, Danish actor and singer (b. 1922)
  • 2004 Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (b. 1966)
  • 2004 Jonathan D Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), dies of leukaemia at 61
  • 2006 Johnny Grande, original accordion/piano/keyboard player for Bill Haley's Comets (b. 1932)
  • 2009 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • 2009 Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Andrew Gold, American rocker (Lonely Boy), dies of heart failure at 59
  • 2018 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), dies of complications of diabetes at 88