On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 5

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1945 Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" premieres in London

  • 1948 "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" single released by Stan Jones
  • 1964 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee) debuts in San Bernadino, California

Music releaseMusic Single

1964 Davie Jones & King Bees release debut single "I Can't Help Thinking About Me"; group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1965 "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham & Pharaohs hits #2
  • 1976 "Bigfoot" by Bro Smith hits #57

Music releaseAlbum Release

1981 George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England", his ninth studio album, includes John Lennon tribute "All Those Years Ago"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1982 "Murphy's Law" by Cheri hits #39
  • 1983 37th Tony Awards: "Torch Song Trilogy" and "Cats" win

Music awardsMusic City News Awards

1989 23rd Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton & Randy Travis win

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

Music releaseAlbum Release

1989 Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt", his eighth solo studio album, featuring the Elvis Costello collaboration "My Brave Face"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1993 "Livin' On The Edge" by Aerosmith hits #18

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Spalding Gray's one-man show "Gray's Anatomy" opens an encore run at Beaumont Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

Music awardsMusic City News Awards

1995 29th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Reba McEntire win

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • 2007 Paul McCartney releases "Memory Almost Full", in US; his fourteenth solo studio album was the first release on Starbucks' Hear Music label

Music awardsMusic Awards

2013 47th Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton win

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert
Singer Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert
  • 2019 53rd CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, and Kane Brown win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1665 Nicolas Bernier, French composer, born in Mantes-sur-Seine (d. 1734)
  • 1686 Cristoph Raupach, Danish composer, born in Tønder, Denmark (d. 1758)
  • 1759 Theodor Zwetler, Austrian composer, born in Weitra, Austria (d. 1826)
  • 1798 Alexei Fyodorovich Lvov, Russian composer, born in Reval, Russian Empire (now Tallinn, Estonia) (d. 1870)
  • 1813 Prosper Sainton, French violin teacher, and conductor (The Queen's Band, 1848-55), born in Toulouse, France (d. 1890)
  • 1826 Ivar Hallström, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1901)
  • 1863 Arthur Somervell, English composer, born in Windermere, Westmorland (d. 1937)
  • 1879 Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer, born in Långserud, Värmland, Sweden (d. 1950)
  • 1884 Ralph Benatzky, Czech composer, born in Moravské Budějovice, Czech Republic (d. 1957)
  • 1895 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Coriolanus), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1909 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Friedrich Wildgans, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1965)
  • 1914 Rose Hill, British stage and screen actress ('Allo 'Allo!; Nicholas Nickleby; Shot in the Dark), and lyric soprano (The Beggar's Opera), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Stan Jones, American songwriter ("Ghost Riders in the Sky"), and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), born in Douglas, Arizona (d. 1963)
  • 1918 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), born in Zagreb (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Akeo Watanabe, Japanese conductor (Japan Philharmonic, 1956-68 & 1978-83), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Kurt Edelhagen, German jazz pianist and big band leader, born in Herne, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1922 Gordon "Specs" Powell, American jazz and studio drummer and percussionist (CBS Orchestra, 1943-72), born in New York City (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Dorothy Claire [Marietta Wright], American big band singer (Bobby Byrne; Winchell & Mahoney Show), born in Laporte, Indiana (d. 1982)
  • 1930 Nikolay Nikolayevich Sidel'nikov, Russian composer, born in Tver, Soviet Union (d. 1992)
  • 1932 Pete Jolly [Ceragioli], American session and West Coast jazz pianist, and accordionist (Shorty Rogers; Pete Jolly Trio), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Peter Schat, Dutch opera composer (Labyrint, Houdine, Symposion), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"), born in San Diego, California (d. 1990)
  • 1940 Moira Anderson, Scottish singer ("Loch Lomond"), born in Kirkintilloch, Scotland
  • 1941 Martha Argerich, Argentine-Swiss classical piano prodigy (concert debut at age 8; Chopin Competition winner, 1964), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1942 Charles Dodge, American electronic music composer, born in Ames, Iowa
  • 1943 Bill Hopkins, English composer, born in Prestbury, England (d. 1981)
  • 1943 Michael Davis, American bass guitarist, and songwriter (MC5 -"Kick Out The Jams"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Colm Wilkinson, Irish singer (Les Misérables), born in Drimnagh, Ireland
  • 1945 Don Reid, American country singer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), born in Staunton, Virginia
  • 1946 Frederick "Freddie" Stone, American rock guitarist (Sly & The Family Stone - "Dance To The Music"), born in Vallejo, California
  • 1947 Tom Evans, British rock guitarist, bass player, and singer-songwriter (Badfinger -"Without You": "Maybe Tomorrow"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1947 Laurie Anderson, American violinist, composer, and avant-garde artist ("O Superman"; "Let X=X"), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 1948 Gail Davies, American country singer and producer ("I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)"; "Blue Heartache"), born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma
  • 1950 Ronnie Dyson, American stage actor (Hair - "Aquarius"; Salvation), and soul singer ("(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?"; "I Don't Wanna Cry"), born in Washington, DC (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • 1952 Daniel Katzen, American French horn player (Boston Symphony, 1979-2008), and teacher (University of Arizona, 2008-), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1952 Monnette Sudler, American jazz guitarist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Peter Erskine, American jazz drummer (Weather Report, 1978-82; Jaco Pastorious, 1982-87; Bob Mintzer; Elaine Elias), born in Somers Point, New Jersey
  • 1954 Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden - "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter"), born in London, England
  • 1955 Hugh Marsh, Canadian session, touring, and jazz electric violinist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1956 Kenny G [Gorelick], American smooth jazz saxophonist (Duotones; Breathless), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1956 Richard Butler, English rock singer (Psychedelic Furs - "Pretty In Pink"), born in Kingston-upon-Thames, England
  • 1957 John Fumo, American session and touring trumpet and flugelhorn player, composer, and educator, born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 1959 Michael Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Magz [Maggie Dunne], English musician (Fuzzbox), born in Solihull, England
  • 1964 Karl Sanders, American heavy metal guitarist and singer (Nile), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1965 Stefan Schönfeldt, Swedish guitarist (The Wannadies - "You & Me Song"), born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • 1969 Brian McKnight, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1970 Claus Norreen, Danish songwriter and record producer (Aqua - "Barbie Girl"), born in Charlottenlund, Denmark

Person of interestMark Wahlberg

1971 Mark Wahlberg, American singer (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and actor (Boogie Nights, The Departed), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
  • 1972 Pavel Kotla, Polish conductor, born in Szczecin, Poland
  • 1973 Daniel Gildenlöw, Swedish progressive rock songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist (Pain of Salvation; The Flower Kings), born in Eskilstuna, Sweden
  • 1977 Christian Martucci, American musician (Stone Sour), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Nourhanne, Armenian-Lebanese pop singer ("Habibi ya Einy")
  • 1979 Pete Wentz, American musician (Fall Out Boy), born in Wilmette, Illinois
  • 1979 David Bisbal, Spanish singer, born in Almería, Spain
  • 1981 Sebastien Lefebvre, Canadian rock guitarist (Simple Plan - "Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)"), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1984 Cécilia Cara, French singer and actress, born in Cannes, France
  • 1995 Troye Sivan [Mellet], South African–born Australian pop singer-songwriter (Bloom), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1998 Dave [David Omoregie], English rapper, singer-songwriter, actor (Psychodrama), born in London, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1979 American blues musician Muddy Waters (64) weds Marva Jean Brooks (25) in Chicago

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 American pop singer Mariah Carey (24) weds Sony Music CEO Tommy Mottola (43), at St. Patrick's cathedral in New York City; divorced 1998

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 British "Oasis" guitarist Noel Gallagher (30) weds Meg Mathews at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada; divorce in 2001

Musician Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
  • 1999 Baritone belter Frankie Laine (86) weds retired real estate agent Marcia Kline (61) near San Diego

LoveWedding of Interest

2004 Actress Jennifer Lopez (43) weds salsa artist Marc Anthony (42) in Beverly Hills, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

Divorces in Music

  • 2012 NBC musical drama series "Smash" actress Debra Messing (43) divorces actor and producer Daniel Zelman (44) by their mutual decision after 10 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1625 Orlando Gibbons, English organist and composer (Silver Swan), dies at 41
  • 1722 Johann Kuhnau, Bohemian organist, choirmaster, and composer (Biblical Sonatas), dies at 62
  • 1785 Gottfried August Homilius, German organist and composer (Weihnachtsoratorium), dies at 71
  • 1816 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Serva Padrona), dies at 76
  • 1826 Carl Maria von Weber, German romantic composer (Der Freischutz), dies at 39
  • 1852 Tomasz Napoleon Nidecki, Polish composer, dies at 45
  • 1861 Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, Spanish composer, dies at 55
  • 1868 Anselm Hüttenbrenner, Austrian composer, dies at 73
  • 1885 Julius Benedict, German opera composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80
  • 1894 Immanuel Faisst, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1908 Luca Fumagalli, Italian pianist and composer (Luigi XI), dies at 71
  • 1927 Paul Lacombe, French composer, dies at 89
  • 1944 Riccardo Zandonai, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1969 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), dies at 75
  • 1977 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • 1990 Jim Hodder, American drummer, and singer (Steely Dan, 1972-74), drowns in his home swimming pool at 42
  • 1993 Conway Twitty [Harold Jenkins], American country and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Linda On My Mind"; "Honky Tonk Heroes"), dies in surgery at 59
  • 1994 Ish Kabbible [Merwyn A Bogue], cornetist (Kay Kyser), dies at 86
  • 1995 Bettina Vernon-Warren, Austrian 'Bodenwieser' dancer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Jan Decadt Flemish composer, dies at 81
  • 1999 Mel Tormé, American singer (The Velvet Fog) and composer (The Christmas Song), dies at 73
  • 2002 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • 2002 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), dies at 72
  • 2003 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor, dies at 98
  • 2004 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor, dies of cancer at 63
  • 2009 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director, dies at 97
  • 2009 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • 2016 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94