On This Day

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
  • 1964 Beatles 1st (and only) "World Tour" begins with two ten-song shows at 4,400 seat KB Halle in Copenhagen, Denmark; Jimmy Nicol replaces Ringo (recovering from tonsillitis) for the first five dates
  • 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
  • 1978 "Working" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • 1984 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers win

Music releaseAlbum Release

1984 Columbia Records releases "Born in the USA", the 7th studio album by Bruce Springsteen; His biggest commercial success topped the charts in 11 countries and sold over 30 million copies, worldwide

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1988 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "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: Ricky Van Shelton & Patty Loveless win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 "Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect" closes at Golden theater, NYC, after 347 performances

Comedian Jackie Mason
Jackie Mason

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 (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Britt Woodman, American jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington; Charles Mingus; Lionel Hampton), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 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)
  • 1926 Chuck Thompson, American jazz be-bop drummer (Erroll Garner; Hampton Hawes), born in New York City
  • 1928 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), born in Thilbodaux, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1929 Andor Kovács, Hungarian classical guitarist, and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1930 Morgana King [Messina], American jazz singer ("Dindi"; "It's A Quiet Thing"), 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 electro-acoustic and experimental 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)
  • 1936 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England (d. 1986)
  • 1937 Freddy Fender [Baldemar Huerta], American rock, country and Tejano singer ("Wasted Days And Wasted Nights"; "Before The Next Teardrop Falls"; Texas Tornados - "A Man Can Cry"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1938 Simeon Coxe, American songwriter, singer and psychedelic synthesizer player (Silver Apples), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Dorothy Rudd Moore, African-American composer (Songs from the Dark Tower; Dirge and Deliverance), born in New Castle, Delaware
  • 1941 George Jinda, Hungarian-American smooth jazz and world music percussionist (Special EFX), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2002)
  • 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)
  • 1946 S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Telegu playback singer (The Jewel of Shiva), born in Nellore, Madras Presidency, British India (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Toni Wine , American session singer (The Archies; Dawn), and songwriter ("A Groovy Kind of Love"; "Candida"), born in New York City
  • 1948 Paquito D'Rivera, Cuban-American Grammy award winning clarinetist, saxophonist, and jazz and classical composer, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950 Dagmar Krause, German singer (Slapp Happy; Henry Cow; Art Bears), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1953 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Thunderclap Newman; Wings), born in Dumbarton, Scotland (d. 1979)
  • 1953 Paul Samson [Sansom] British heavy metal and blues guitarist (Samson), born in Norwich, England (d. 2002)
  • 1954 Scott Earl Holman, American jazz pianist, and composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer, ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), born in. Port Antonio, Jamaica (d. 2008)
  • 1954 Raphael Ravenscroft, British session saxophone player (Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"; Maxine Nightingale; Roger Waters), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1956 Reeves Gabrels, American rock guitarist, songwriter and producer (Tin Machine/David Bowie;, 1987-99; The Cure, 2012-), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1957 Tinsley Ellis, American electric blues guitarist, and singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1959 Paul Taylor, American rock keyboardist (Winger - "Seventeen; "Can't Get Enuff"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1959 John Bickerton, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer, born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1961 El Debarge, American pop-rock keyboardist, and singer-songwriter (Debarge - "Rhythm of the Night"), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1961 Kym Ambrose, Australian jazz vibraphonist (The Brazilian Ensemble), born
  • 1962 John P. Kee, American gospel singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1962 (Hiram) Winard Harper, American jazz drummer (Betty Carter; The Harper Brothers; Fathead Newman), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 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 - "Nite And Day"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Richie Hawtin, British-Canadian electronic musician (Plastikman), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • 1970 David Pybus, British extreme heavy metal bassist (Cradle Of Death), born in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1971 Shoji Meguro, Japanese guitarist and video game music composer (Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972 [Domenica] Nikka Costa, American pop and soul singer-songwriter, and musician, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1974 Stefan Lessard, American bassist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1976 Kasey Chambers, Australian country singer-songwriter and musician ("Not Pretty Enough"), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia
  • 1977 Roman Miroshnichenko, Russian jazz-fusion, rock, and world music guitarist, and composer, born in Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • 1979 Daniel Lucca Parenti, American jazz bassist, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1981 William Barton, Australian didgeridoo player, and composer (Kalkadunga) born in Mount Isa, North-West Queensland, Australia
  • 1982 MC Jin [Au-Yeung], Chinese-American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1984 Rainie Yang, Taiwanese mando-pop singer, actress, and television personality, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1990 Zach Farro, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Paramore - "Misery Business"; "Brick By Boring Brick"), born in Voorhees Township, New Jersey
  • 1992 Dino Jelusić, Croatian singer, born in Požega, Croatia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1958 American 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 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
  • 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 trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 1951 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), dies at 76
  • 1956 Max Kowalski, German singer, composer, singing teacher, and concentration camp survivor, dies at 73
  • 1972 Godfried Devreese, Belgian violinist, composer (Gothic Symphony), and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1980 Charles Miller, American rock-funk flutist, saxophonist, and singer (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), stabbed to death during a mugging in Los Angeles at 41
  • 1989 Václav Kašlík, Czech opera composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1989 Andor Kovács, Hungarian classical guitarist, and composer, dies at 60
  • 1994 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 48
  • 1994 Earle Warren, American jazz 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, British bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 1997 Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2001 John Hartford [Harford], American folk and bluegrass fiddler, banjo player, and songwrite ("Gentle On My Mind"), dies at 63
  • 2004 Steve Lacy [Lackritz], American jazz soprano saxophonist (Thelonious Monk), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • 2007 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter ("Cry To Me"), dies at 74
  • 2011 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer, dies at 58
  • 2011 David “Frankie” Toler, American drummer and percussionist (Allman Brothers), dies at 59 [1]
  • 2012 Herb Reed, American pop singer (The Platters - "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), dies from multiple medical complications at 83
  • 2012 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer (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 - "Ballroom Blitz"), dies at 72
  • 2020 Marcello Abbado, Italian pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher, dies at 93