On This Day in Music for June 30

Events in Music

  • 1956 "Pipe Dream" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • 1956 "Shangri-La" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • 1966 Beatles land in Tokyo for a concert tour
  • 1977 Marvel Comics publish "Kiss book" tributing rock group Kiss
  • 1979 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 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

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, composer, born in K√∂nigshofen, Bavaria (d. 1730)
  • 1685 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera) (d. 1732)
  • 1722 Jiri Antonin Benda, composer
  • 1723 Christian Ernst Graf, composer
  • 1743 Niels Schiorring, composer
  • 1818 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1901)
  • 1846 Ricardo Drigo, composer
  • 1892 Laszlo Lajtha, composer
  • 1896 Wilfred Pelletier, conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1908 Lucino Tinio Sacramento, composer
  • 1912 [J] Tibor de Machula, Hungarian/Dutch cellist
  • 1914 Natko Devcic, composer
  • 1917 Lena Horne, American actress, singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1918 Stuart Foster, Binghamton NY, singer (Galen Drake Show)
  • 1921 Gordon Reynolds, musician
  • 1925 Will Gay Bottje, composer
  • 1929 Alexander Kelly, pianist/teacher
  • 1930 June Valli, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1930 Nikolai Karetnikov, composer
  • 1931 James Loughran, British conductor
  • 1932 Martin Mailman, composer
  • 1936 Dave Van Ronk, rocker/actor (Caffe Lena)
  • 1936 Pauls Dambis, composer
  • 1938 Chris Hinze, Dutch flutist (Vivat Vivaldi)
  • 1938 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (d. 1999)
  • 1939 Lindembergue Cardoso, composer
  • 1940 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Larry Hall, rocker (Tape Heads)
  • 1941 Micki Grant, American singer, composer and actress, 1st African Amerian woman to direct on Broadway, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941 Mike Leander Farr, record producer
  • 1943 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944 Glenn Shorrock, Australian rock vocalist (Little River Band), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1946 Billy Brown, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown)
  • 1947 Jasper van 't Hof, Dutch jazz pianist (Live in Montreux)
  • 1949 Andrew Scott, Wales, rock guitarist (Sweet)
  • 1949 Andrew "Andy" Scott, Welsh musician and songwriter (Sweet), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • 1951 Andre Hazes, Dutch barkeeper/singer (We Love Orange)
  • 1951 Stanley Clarke, rock bassist (New Barbarians-Find Out Hideaway), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Hal Lindes, Monterey CA, rocker (Dire Straits)
  • 1954 Bryn B Burrows, rock drummer (Fabulous Poodles)
  • 1956 [Philip] Adrian Wright, British composer and keyboard player (Human League-Only Human), born in Wakefield, England
  • 1956 Ronald Winans, gospel singer (Winans)
  • 1958 Esa-Pekka Salonen, Helsinki Finland, conductor (Giro)
  • 1960 Murray Cook, Australian children's singer (The Wiggles)
  • 1962 Julianne Regan, rocker (All About Eve-All About Scarlet)
  • 1963 Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Swedish guitarist
  • 1968 Philip Anselmo, American musician
  • 1979 Matisyahu, Hasidic Jewish Reggae singer
  • 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
  • 1983 Cheryl Cole, British singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 1984 Fantasia Barrino, American singer
  • 1985 Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder

HeartWedding 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, composer, dies
  • 1819 Ernst Ludwig Gerber, composer, dies at 72
  • 1889 Eugenio Terziani, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • 1890 Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, composer, dies at 71
  • 1923 Claude Antoine Terrasse, composer, dies at 56
  • 1946 Michael Zadora, composer, dies at 64
  • 1953 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, dies at 32
  • 1959 Lazare Saminsky, composer, dies at 76
  • 1960 Clarence Cameron White, composer, dies at 79
  • 1969 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, composer, dies at 76
  • 1983 Bo Gentry, songwriter/producer, dies
  • 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, R&B/Jazz singer (Prime of My Life), suicides at 45
  • 1996 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 91
  • 2001 Chet Atkins, American country guitar player and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2001 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 2010 Park Yong-ha, Korean actor and singer (b. 1977)