On This Day in Music for June 30

Events in Music

  • 1956 HArry WArren and JAmes Hilton's musical "Shangri-La", based on Hilton's novel "Lost Horizon, and featuring Jack Cassidy and Alice Ghostley, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 21 performances
  • 1956 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Pipe Dream", based on John Steinbeck's novel "Sweet Thursday", closes at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 245 performances, and a Tony Award for costume design
  • 1958 "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24
  • 1966 The Beatles land in Tokyo, Japan for what becomes their final concert tour there - they perform 5 shows at the Budokan Hall over 3 days, and collaborate on a painting while there
  • 1977 Marvel Comics publish "Kiss book" tributing rock group Kiss
  • 1979 "Good Times" single released by Chic (Billboard Song of the Year 1979)
  • 1979 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1985 Revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King & I" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 191 performances
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Musicians Born on Jun 30

  • 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)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1949 Austrian-American filmmaker Billy Wilder (43) weds American actress and singer Audrey Young (27)
  • 1975 American singer and actress Cher (28), weds American blues-rcoker Gregg Allman (27), 4 days after her divorce from Sonny Bono is finalized; divorce 1979
  • 2008 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

Divorces in Music

  • 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

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Musicians Who Died on Jun 30

  • 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
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