On This Day in Music for June 4

Events in Music

  • 1947 Monte Carlo and Alma Sanders' musical "Louisiana Lady" closes at Century Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • 1963 1st broadcast of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
  • 1967 American guitarist Jimi Hendrix covers new Beatles song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at Saville Theatre (London), just days after its release, with George Harrison and Paul McCartney in the audience
  • 1969 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" ((recorded by just John and Paul), backed with George Harrison's song, "Old Brown Shoe" in the US
  • 1978 "Working" closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 25 performances
  • 1984 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers win
  • 1984 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 7th studio album "Born in the USA", his biggest commercial success topped the charts in 11 countries and sold over 30 million copies, worldwide
  • 1988 42nd Tony Awards: "M Butterfly" and "Phantom of the Opera" win
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Musicians Born on Jun 4

  • 1770 James Hewitt, American composer and conductor, born in Dartmoor, England (d. 1827)
  • 1846 Josef Sittard, German musicologist and music critic, born in Vital, Aachen, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1865 Guido Gasperini, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1942)
  • 1891 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1945)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1958 American blues musician B.B. King (32) weds his second wife Sue Hall; divorce in 1966
  • 1986 Legendary singer Bob Dylan (45) weds his backup singer Carolyn Dennis (32) ; divorce in 1992
  • 2006 "KISS" guitarist Tommy Thayer (45) weds Amber Peek at Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, California

Divorces in Music

  • 2012 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (37) divorces composer Mike Verta (36) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

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Musicians Who Died on Jun 4

  • 1872 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish conductor, composer (Straszny dwór - The Haunted Manor), and teacher, dies at 53
  • 1905 Carl Albert Löschhorn, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1907 Agathe Backer Grøndahl, Norwegian pianist, composer, and teacher, dies at 59
  • 1915 William Denis Browne, British composer, dies at 26
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