On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 6

Events in Music

  • 1931 "There Ought To Be A Moonlight Saving Time" by Guy Lombardo hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 "Steve Allen Show" last airs on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 The Beatles meet their producer George Martin for the first time and record "Besame Mucho" with Pete Best on drums

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 1964 The Beatles arrive in Netherlands
  • 1965 Rolling Stones release single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono unannounced appearance at Fillmore East in NYC

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

1972 David Bowie releases his breakthrough album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1977 Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert at Calabasas Park Country Club & Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to benefit the United Way
  • 1983 17th Music City News Country Awards: Marty Robbins & Roy Acuff win

Music releaseAlbum Release

1986 "Storms of Life" debut album by Randy Travis is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1987)

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
Singer Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert
  • 2017 Korean singer T.O.P is rushed to hospital after a suspected overdose while serving mandatory military service

Birthdays in Music

  • 1661 Giacomo Antonio Perti, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1756)
  • 1676 Georg Riedel, German composer, born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1738)
  • 1735 Anton Schweitzer, German composer, born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1804 Petter Conrad Boman, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1861)
  • 1807 Adrien-François Servais, Belgian composer, born in Halle, Belgium (d. 1866)
  • 1815 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, Portuguese violinist, hornist and composer (Adoração ao Sol), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1860)
  • 1819 William Howard Glover, English composer, born in London, England (d. 1875)
  • 1840 John Stainer, English organist, composer (The Crucifixion), musicologist, and educator, born in Southwark, London (d. 1901)
  • 1869 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, born in Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • 1890 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician ("Is Everybody Happy?"), born in Circleville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1891 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1893 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian composer, born in Galați, Romania (d. 1987)
  • 1894 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, born in Seliște, Romania (d. 1968)
  • 1898 Ninette de Valois [Edris Stannus], British ballerina (Royal Ballet), born in Blessington, Ireland (d. 2001)
  • 1902 Avraham Daus, Israeli composer, born in Berlin (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, born in Fulton, Mississippi (d. 1947)
  • 1903 Aram Khachaturian, Soviet composer (Gayane; Sabre Dance), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1905 John Gart, Russian orchestra leader (Paul Winchell Show), born in Russia (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Toshitsugu Ogiwara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1922 Ian Hamilton, Scottish composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), born in Harden, England (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Serge Nigg, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Count Basie Orchestra; Snap Your Fingers), born in Aldie, Virginia (d. 2000)
  • 1926 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), born in Merseburg, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1931 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist, The Liberace of the Harp, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, born in St. Louis (d. 1979)
  • 1936 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Gary U.S. Bonds [Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1939 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1939 Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, American R&B and soul pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Phillip Rhodes, American composer, born in Forest City, North Carolina
  • 1942 Howard "Howie" Kane [Kirshenbaum], American rock singer (Jay and the Americans - "Come a Little Bit Closer")
  • 1944 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Peter Albin, American rock bassist and guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946 Tony Levin, American bassist and Chapman Stick player (King Crimson; Peter Gabriel; Paul Simon; Asia), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1947 Terry Williams, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The First Edition - "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"),born in Hollywood, California
  • 1948 Richard Sinclair, British progressive rock bassist, singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Caravan -"In the Land of Grey and Pink"), born in Canterbury, England
  • 1948 Phil Jones, American session and touring drummer and percussionist (Tom Petty; Cracker; Pegi Young), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa
  • 1949 Edgar Warren Williams, American composer, born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1949 Holly Near, American folksinger, actress and activist, born in Ukiah, California
  • 1951 Dwight Twilley, American power pop singer-songwriter ("I'm On Fire"; "Girls"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1952 Yukihiro Takahashi, Japanese pop-rock drummer and singer (Yellow Magic Orchestra), born in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1957 Junior [Norman Giscombe], British R&B singer ("Mama Used to Say"), born in London, England
  • 1959 Jimmy Jam [James Harris], American songwriter and record producer (Janet Jackson), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960 Steve Vai, American rock guitarist, and composer (Frank Zappa; David Lee Roth Band; Whitesnake), born in Carle Place, New York
  • 1960 Pelle Alsing, Swedish drummer (Roxette - "Listen to Your Heart"), born in Vantörs Församling, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Dee C. Lee [Diane Catherine Sealy], British rock musician (Wham!, Style Council), born in London, England
  • 1961 Tom Araya, Chilean-American heavy metal bass guitarist and lead singer (Slayer), born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • 1961 Nir Brand, Israeli conductor and musician, born in Beersheba, Israel
  • 1961 Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), born in Larne, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1964 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1965 David White, British pop-rock guitarist (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep a Secret?"), born in Highbury, London, England
  • 1966 Sean Yseult [Shauna Reynolds], American rock bassist (White Zombie - "More Human Than Human"), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1968 Alan Licht, American avant garde and pop guitarist, composer, and journalist, born in New Jersey
  • 1969 Douglas Lee Mitchell, American heavy metal artist (Southgang), born in Miles, Michigan
  • 1970 James Shaffer, American rock guitarist (Korn - "Here To Stay"), born in Rosedale, California
  • 1972 Cristina Scabbia, Italian gothic metal singer-songwriter (Lacuna Coil), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1974 Uncle Kracker [Matthew Shafer], American singer and rapper ("Follow Me"; "Drift Away"), born in Mount Clemens, Michigan
  • 1975 Cheer Chen [Chi-Chen], Taiwanese folk-rock singer-songwriter (Sofa Sea), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1976 Akido [Kim Gaboury], Canadian musician (Dancing in Chains), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1978 Carl Barât, English rock singer (The Libertines; Dirty Pretty Things), born in Basingstoke, North Hampshire, England
  • 1978 Mariana Popova, Bulgarian pop singer ("Dream About Me"), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1978 Jeremy Gara, Canadian drummer (Arcade Fire), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1987 Kyle Falconer, Scottish musician
  • 1992 Pierce Fulton, American electronic dance music DJ and record producer ("Runaway"; "Better Places"), born in Vermont (d. 2021)
  • 2000 Haechan [Lee Dong-hyuck], South Korean k-pop singer and dancer (NCT), born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Music

  • 1960 American chanteuse and actress Eartha Kitt (33) weds real estate investor Bill McDonald; divorce in 1965

LoveWedding of Interest

1967 American pop singer John Denver (23) weds psychotherapist Annie Martell at the Christ Chapel in St. Peter, Minnesota; divorced in 1982

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1992 "The Montel Williams Show" talk show host Montel Williams (35) weds burlesque dancer Grace Morley
  • 2004 "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida

LoveWedding of Interest

2007 Spice Girl singer Melanie Brown (32) weds producer Stephen Belafonte in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in Music

  • 1735 Georg Osterreich, German Baroque composer, dies at 71
  • 1747 Jean Barriere, French composer and cellist, dies at 40
  • 1785 Johann Michael Demmler, German composer, dies at 36
  • 1852 Tommaso Marchesi, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1878 Gottfried Herrmann, German musician and composer, dies at 70
  • 1881 Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian violin prodigy, composer, and teacher (Brussels Conservatory), dies at 61
  • 1883 Ciprian Porumbescu, Romanian composer, dies at 29
  • 1917 Iacob Mureșianu, Romanian composer, dies at 59
  • 1922 Lillian Russell, American actress and operetta singer, dies at about 60
  • 1926 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, dies at 52
  • 1928 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1935 Jacques Urlus, Dutch dramatic tenor (Opera of Leipzig, 1900-14; Tristan und Isolde; Song of the Earth), dies at 68
  • 1958 Lily Strickland, American composer and artist, dies at 71
  • 1966 Claudette Orbison, wife of singer Roy, dies in a motorcyle crash at 27
  • 1971 Arnold Elston, American composer, and educator,, dies at 63
  • 1978 D. H. Th. Vollenhoven, Dutch composer and philosopher, dies at 85
  • 1991 Larry Kert, actor (Tony-West Side Story), dies of AIDS at 60
  • 1991 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • 1994 Johnny Downs, American stage and screen actor, dancer, singer, and TV host, (Our Gang; Swing, Sister, Swing!), dies of cancer at 80
  • 1994 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, dies at 93
  • 1998 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • 1998 Svend Simon Schultz, Danish composer, dies at 84
  • 2001 Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand composer (A Song Of Islands) and educator (Victoria University, 1949-80), dies at 85
  • 2002 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist and vocalist (Ratt - "Round & Round"), dies at 42
  • 2003 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals -"House of the Rising Sun"), dies at 62

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

2005 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress ( The Graduate; Miracle Worker), director, screenwriter and singer,, dies from uterine cancer at 73

Actress Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
  • 2006 Billy Preston, American soul organist, singer-songwriter, piano player ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), and '5th Beatle' ("Get Back"), dies following long-term health issues at 59
  • 2006 Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz pianist, dies from injuries sustained in a fall at 54
  • 2010 Marvin Isley, American rock bassist, and songwriter (The Isley Brothers - "Fight The Power"), dies from complications of diabetes at 56)
  • 2014 Lee Hyla, American contemporary classical composer (Mythic Birds of Saugerties; Pre-Pulse Suspended), and music professor (New England Conservatory; Northwestern University), dies of pneumonia at 61
  • 2015 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers - "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine"), dies at 88
  • 2017 Paul Zukofsky, American violinist and conductor (Cappricio), dies from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 73
  • 2019 Dr. John [Malcolm John Rebennack], American singer and piano player ("Right Place, Wrong Time"), dies at 77