On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 30

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 "Victor Borge Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • 1956 "Pipe Dream" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • 1956 "Shangri-La" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • 1958 "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24
  • 1966 The Beatles land in Tokyo for a concert tour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Marvel Comics publish "Kiss book" tributing rock group Kiss

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • 1979 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1979 johnny rotten and Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's "Juke Box Jury"

Musician John Lydon
John Lydon
  • 1979 "Good Times" single released by Chic (Billboard Song of the Year 1979)
  • 1982 "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" closes at Nederlander NYC after 333 performances
  • 1985 "The King & I" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 191 performances
  • 1989 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Muzyczyny, Gdynia
  • 1992 "End of the Road" single released by Boyz II Men (Grammy Award Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song 1993, Billboard Song of the Year 1992)
  • 1993 "Les Miserables" opens at Point Theatre, Dublin
  • 1996 "Buried Child" closes at Brook Atkinson Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 1996 "Moon Over Buffalo" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1996 "State Fair" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • 2004 British rock guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) suffers a debilitating stroke, at 57; he recovers in 2006 to resume his music career

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland

Birthdays in Music

  • 1669 Mauritius Vogt, German composer, born in Königshofen, Bavaria (d. 1730)
  • 1685 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), born in Barnstaple, England (d. 1732)
  • 1722 Jiří Antonín Benda, Czech composer and violinist, born in Benátky nad Jizerou, Bohemia (d. 1795)
  • 1723 Christian Ernst Graf, Dutch composer, born in Rudolstadt, Germany (d. 1804)
  • 1743 Niels Schiørring, Danish musician and composer, born in Favrskov Municipality, Denmark (d. 1798)
  • 1818 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1901)
  • 1846 Ricardo Drigo, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1930)
  • 1892 László Lajtha, Hungarian composer, ethno-musicologist and conductor, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1963)
  • 1908 Lucino Tinio Sacramento, Filipino composer, born in Licab, Nueva Ecija, Philippines (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Tibor de Machula, Hungarian-Dutch cellist, born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Natko Devčić, Croatian composer, born in Glina, Croatia (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Lena Horne, American actress and singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1918 Stuart Foster, American singer (Galen Drake Show), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1921 Gordon Reynolds, English organist and master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, born in Hull, England (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Will Gay Bottje, American composer, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Peter Alexander [Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer], Austrian actor and singer (Who Wants to Sleep?), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Alexander Kelly, British pianist and composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), born in Perkins, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1930 June Valli, American singer (Your Hit Parade), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1931 James Loughran, British conductor, born in Glasgow
  • 1932 Martin Mailman, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1936 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1936 Pauls Dambis, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1938 Chris Hinze, Dutch flutist (Vivat Vivaldi), born in Hilversum, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 1938 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (first Greek artist to record or re-record the authentic, "prohibited" rebetika songs in the early 1970s with their original lyrics), born in Drama, Greece(d. 1999)
  • 1939 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, born in Livramento de Nossa Senhora, State of Bahia, Brazil (d. 1989)
  • 1940 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Larry Hall, American rocker (Sandy), born in Hamlet, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1941 Micki Grant, American singer, composer and actress, 1st African American woman to direct on Broadway, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941 Mike Leander, English songwriter and record producer, born in Walthamstow, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1943 Florence Ballard, American R&B singer (The Supremes), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • 1944 Glenn Shorrock, Australian rock vocalist (Little River Band), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1946 Billy Brown, American rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1947 Jasper van 't Hof, Dutch jazz pianist (Live in Montreux), born in Enschede, Overijssel, Netherlands
  • 1949 Andrew "Andy" Scott, Welsh musician and songwriter (Sweet), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • 1950 Leonard Whiting, English actor and singer (Romeo and Juliet), born in London, England
  • 1951 Andre Hazes, Dutch barkeeper and singer (We Love Orange), born in Amsterdam (d. 2004)
  • 1951 Stanley Clarke, American jazz/fusion bassist (Return To Forever - No Mystery), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Hal Lindes, American-English rocker (Dire Straits), born in Monterey, California
  • 1954 Bryn Burrows, British rock drummer (Fabulous Poodles)
  • 1956 [Philip] Adrian Wright, British composer and keyboard player (Human League-Only Human), born in Wakefield, England
  • 1956 Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1958 Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish orchestral conductor (Giro), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1960 Murray Cook, Australian children's singer (The Wiggles), born in Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1960 Brenden O'Brien, American record producer (Pearl Jam; Stone Temple Pilots; Bruce Springsteen), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1962 Julianne Regan, English-Irish rocker (All About Eve-All About Scarlet), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England
  • 1963 Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Swedish guitarist and songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Philip Anselmo, American heavy metal musician (Pantera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1979 Matisyahu [Matthew Miller], Hasidic Jewish Reggae singer and rapper ("One Day"), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1982 Dan Jacobs, American guitarist (Atreyu)
  • 1982 Andy Knowles, British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1983 Brendon James, British drummer (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1983 Patrick Wolf, British musician, born in London, England
  • 1983 Cheryl [Tweedy], British singer (Girls Aloud), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1984 Fantasia Barrino, American singer
  • 1985 Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1949 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (43) weds former singer Audrey Young

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder

LoveWedding of Interest

1975 American singer and actress Cher (28), marries American musician Gregg Allman (27), 4 days after divorce from Sonny Bono is finalized

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop

LoveWedding of Interest

2008 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces 98 Degrees boy band singer Nick Lachey (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Deaths in Music

  • 1666 Adam Krieger, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1792 Francesco Antonio Rosetti, Bohemian composer, dies
  • 1819 Ernst Ludwig Gerber, German organist, composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • 1889 Eugenio Terziani, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • 1890 Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American composer, dies at 71
  • 1923 Claude Antoine Terrasse, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1946 Michael Zadora, American composer and pianist, dies at 64
  • 1953 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, dies at 32
  • 1959 Lazare Saminsky, Russian-American composer, dies at 76
  • 1960 Clarence Cameron White, American composer and violinist, dies at 79
  • 1969 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, Czech composer (Meluzina), dies at 76
  • 1983 Bo Gentry, American songwriter/producer, dies at 41
  • 1987 Federico Mompou, Spanish composer, dies at 94
  • 1990 Dudu Pukwana [Mtutuzel], South African saxophonist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1992 Jim Alaimo, vocalist, dies after heart surgery at 53
  • 1995 Phyllis Hyman, American jazz singer (Prime of My Life), committed suicide at 45
  • 1996 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 91
  • 2001 Chet Atkins, American guitarist (Me & My Guitar), dies at 77
  • 2001 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 2009 Pina Bausch, German choreographer and dancer, dies at 68
  • 2010 Park Yong-ha, Korean actor and singer (b. 1977)