On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 4

Events in Music

  • 1947 "Louisiana Lady" closes at Century Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1963 1st transmission of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
  • 1964 Beatles "World Tour" begins in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1966 Single "Batman & His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70
  • 1969 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" and "Old Brown Shoe" in the US
  • 1969 Nicky Hopkins quits rock & rolls, Jeff Beck Group
  • 1978 "Working" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • 1984 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers

Music releaseAlbum Release

1984 "Born in the USA" 7th studio album by Bruce Springsteen is released

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1988 "Cabaret" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 262 performances
  • 1988 42nd Tony Awards: "M Butterfly" and "Phantom of the Opera" win
  • 1990 24th Music City News Country Awards: R Van Shelton & Patty Loveless
  • 1995 "Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect" closes at Golden NYC at 347 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2002 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases debut album, "Let Go"

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

Music concertMusic Concert

2017 Ariana Grande headlines benefit concert for victims of her Manchester concert bombing, also featuring Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry

Singer Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber

Birthdays in Music

  • 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)
  • 1899 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, born in Moscow (d. 1965)
  • 1907 Marjan Kozina, Slovene composer, born in Novo mesto, Slovenia (d. 1966)
  • 1909 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), born in Gurzuf, Crimea, Ukrainian S.S.R. (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), born in Thilbodaux, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), born in Pleasantville, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Pentti Raitio, Finnish composer (‘Lemminkainen Gatecrashes at Pohjola’), born in Pieksämäki, Finland (d. 2014)
  • 1931 César Bolaños, Peruvian musician and composer, born in Lima, Peru (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1937 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1940 Dorothy Rudd Moore, African-American composer, born in New Castle, Delaware
  • 1944 Michelle Phillips, American singer and actress (Mamas & Papas), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1944 Roger Ball, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band), born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland
  • 1945 Anthony Braxton, American jazz musician and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Gordon Waller, Scottish singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), born in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • 1950 Dagmar Krause, German singer (Slapp Happy, Henry Cow, Art Bears), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1953 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), born in Dumbarton (d. 1979)
  • 1953 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)
  • 1959 Paul Taylor, American rocker (Winger-17), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1961 El Debarge, American rocker (Debarge-All this Love), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1962 John P. Kee, American Gospel singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1964 Chris Kavanagh, British rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111), born in Woolwich, London, England
  • 1966 Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1968 Al B. Sure! [Albert Joseph Brown III], American R&B singer-songwriter (In Effect Mode), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Richie Hawtin, British-Canadian electronic musician (Plastikman), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • 1970 David Pybus, British musician
  • 1971 Shoji Meguro, Japanese guitarist and video game music composer (Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972 [Domenica] Nikka Costa, American singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1974 Stefan Lessard, American bassist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1982 MC Jin [Au-Yeung], Chinese-American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1984 Rainie Yang, Taiwanese singer and actress
  • 1992 Dino Jelusić, Croatian singer, born in Požega, Croatia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1958 Blues musician B.B. King (32) weds his second wife Sue Hall

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

LoveWedding of Interest

1986 Legendary singer Bob Dylan (45) weds his backup singer Carolyn Dennis (32)

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 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

Deaths in Music

  • 1872 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish composer, dies at 53
  • 1905 Carl Albert Löschhorn, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1907 Agathe Grondahl, composer, dies at 59
  • 1915 William Denis Browne, British composer, dies at 26
  • 1916 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 56
  • 1925 Gheorghe Dima, Romanian composer, dies at 77
  • 1939 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz musician, dies at 39
  • 1951 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony), dies at 76
  • 1956 Max Kowalski, composer, dies at 73
  • 1972 Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79
  • 1989 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • 1994 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 48
  • 1994 Earle Warren, American alto sax player, dies at 79
  • 1995 Ernest Borneman, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), dies at 80
  • 1997 Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 1997 [John Robert] Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2001 John Hartford, American musician (b. 1937)
  • 2004 Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter (Cry to Me), dies at 74
  • 2011 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)
  • 2012 Herb [Herbert] Reed, American musician (The Platters), dies at 83
  • 2012 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked with Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 2020 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (The Sweet), dies at 72