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" by Will Glahe hits #1 on the pop singles chart

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1948 Musical "Sleepy Hollow", based on Washington Irving's novel, opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances

  • 1961 "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

1967 Aretha Franklin's cover of the Otis Redding song "Respect" reaches #1

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • 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 theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances
  • 1983 Prolific studio drummer Jim Gordon murders his mother, Osa Marie Gordon in North Hollywood, California. [1]
  • 1984 Revival of the musical "The Wiz" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 13 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Singer Lorde
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, baptized in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. c. 1712)
  • 1738 Johann Christoph Oley, German composer, baptized in Bernburg, Saxony-Anhalt (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 (Ivar) Henning Mankell, Swedish pianist and 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 [Lizzie Douglas], American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Bumble Bee"; "Me and My Chauffeur Blues"), born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1904 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)

Person of interestJosephine Baker

1906 Josephine Baker, American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, 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 session saxophonist ("Yakety Sax"), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer ("Where Flamingos Fly"; "Sex Is A Misdemeanor") , born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Françoise Arnoul, French actress and composer (French Cancan; Jacko & Lise), born in Constantine, France
  • 1935 Ted Curson, American jazz tumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Eddie Willis, American guitar and sitar player (The Funk Brothers), born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Ian Hunter, English rock singer (Mott the Hoople - "All The Young Dudes"; "Roll Away The Stone"), born in Oswestry, England
  • 1939 David Stock, American composer (Rosewood Reflections), and conductor (Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, 1976-99), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Anita Harris, British actress (Follow that Camel), and singer ("Just Loving You"), born in Somerset, England
  • 1942 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and soul musician ("Freddie's Dead"; "Superfly"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Mike Dennis [Freda], American pop-rock vocalist (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; "You Can't Sit Down"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Michael Clarke, American rock drummer (The Byrds, 1964-67 - "Turn! Turn! Turn!"; Flying Burrito Brothers, 1969-71; Firefall, 1974-80), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1946 Eddie Holman, American singer ("Hey There Lonely Girl"; "You Make My Life Complete"), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1947 Mickey Finn, British rock percussionist (T. Rex), born in Thornton Heath, Surrey, England (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Stephen Ruppenthal, American trumpet player and composer (Kakao-Poetic Lippudenies of the Ungumptious), born
  • 1950 Suzi Quatro, American pop singer (Stumblin'), and actress (Happy Days - "Leather Tuscadero"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Deniece Williams [Chandler], American pop 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 Dan Hill, Canadian pop singer and songwriter ("Sometimes When We Touch"; "Can't We Try"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 Danny Wilde [Thomas], American rock singer-songwriter (The Rembrandts - "I’ll Be There For You"), born in Houlton, Maine
  • 1964 Kerry King, American heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Slayer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Dorothee "Doro" Pesch, German heavy metal singer and songwriter (Warlock), known as the 'Metal Queen', born in Düsseldorf, West German
  • 1965 Mike Gordon, American rock bassist, banjo player (Phish), and filmmaker, born in Sudbury, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Jeff Blumenkrantz, American composer and actor
  • 1966 Bill Janovitz, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist (Buffalo Tom), music writer, and real estate agent, born in Queens, New York City
  • 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
Singer
Kelly Jones
  • 1976 Yuri Ruley, American drummer
  • 1978 Lyfe Jennings, R&B singer-songwriter
  • 1987 Lalaine [Vergara-Paras], American stage and screen actress and singer (Les Misérables; Lizzie McGuire), born in Burbank, California
  • 2000 beabadoobee [Beatrice Laus], Filipino-British singer-songwriter (Fake It Flowers), born in Iloilo City, Philippines

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1869 French "Carmen" composer Georges Bizet (30) weds Genevieve Halevy (20)

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

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 American writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) in a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House, Merion Station, 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, British organist and composer (The First Verse of Every Psalm of David with an Ancient or Modern Chant), dies of a stroke at 49
  • 1849 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1858 Julius Reubke, German organist, pianist, and composer (Sonata on the 94th Psalm in c), dies of tuberculosis at 24
  • 1872 Heinrich Esser, German composer and conductor, dies at 53

Person of interestGeorges Bizet

1875 Georges Bizet, French composer (Carmen), dies of a heart attack at 36

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet
  • 1877 Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian musicologist (Köchel catalogue of Mozart's works), dies of cancer at 77
  • 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, Norwegian conductor (Brooklyn's Scandinavian Symphony Orchestra, 1913-39), pianist and composer, dies after a heart attack at 73
  • 1986 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, dies at 89
  • 1989 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti),dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 38
  • 1990 Stiv Bators [Steven Bator], American punk rock singer and guitarist (The Dead Boys; The Lords of the New Church), dies from brain injury after being struck by a car in Paris, at 40
  • 1994 Hub Matthijsen, Dutch violinist and bandmaster, dies at 52
  • 1998 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), dies at 75
  • 2004 Quorthon [Thomas Forsberg], Swedish heavy and Viking metal musician, and record producer (Bathory), dies of a congenital heart issue at 38
  • 2004 Jonathan D Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), dies of leukaemia at 61
  • 2006 Johnny Grande, American accordion and piano player (The Saddlemen; Bill Haley's Comets), and songwriter ("Birth of the Boogie"), dies of cancer at 76
  • 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 big band and R&B saxophonist, songwriter, and singer (Louis Prima and the Witnesses), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 2011 Andrew Gold, American rocker ("Lonely Boy"), dies in his sleep of heart failure at 59
  • 2014 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2016 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler, and songwriter (Fairport Convention; Martin Carthy), dies pneumonia at 75
  • 2018 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), dies of complications of diabetes at 88