On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 7

Events in Music

  • 1952 "3 Wishes after Jamie" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 94 performances
  • 1963 1st Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) & release 1st single, "Come on"
  • 1964 Beatles travel canals of Amsterdam

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1969 "Johnny Cash Show" debuts on ABC-TV

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash combine on a Grand Ole Opry TV special

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 1969 Tommy James and the Shondells release "Crystal Blue Persuasion"

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1969 Supergroup Blind Faith's debut performance in Hyde Park, London, featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Steve Baler and Rick Grech

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • 1970 The Who's "Tommy" is performed at NY's Lincoln Center
  • 1972 Musical "Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

1975 "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver hits #1

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

1977 During the Queen's Jubilee, the Sex Pistols attempt to perform on a boat on the River Thames, but are forced to stop by the police
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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
  • 1979 Rock n' roll musician Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion
  • 1980 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" closes at Morosco NYC after 12 performances
  • 1980 "Cars" by Gary Numan hits #9
  • 1982 16th Music City News Country Awards: Barbara Mandrell

Music release#1 in the Charts

1986 Madonna's single "Live to Tell" goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 1987 41st Tony Awards: Fences & Les Miserables win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Michael Jackson hospitalized for chest pains

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1992 "Small Family Business" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1993 27th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Vince Gill
  • 1993 Cleveland breaks ground for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1993 Singer Prince celebrates his birthday by changing his name to a symbol
  • 2004 "Live Like You Were Dying" single released by Tim McGraw (Grammy Award Best Country Song 2004, Billboard Song of the Year 2004)
  • 2009 63rd Tony Awards: "Billy Elliot the Musical" and "God of Carnage" win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1730 Georg von Pasterwiz, Austrian composer, born in Passau, Germany (d. 1803)
  • 1736 Karl Frieberth, Austrian composer, born in Wullersdorf, Austria (d. 1816)
  • 1833 Alexander Ritter, German composer, born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1896)
  • 1845 Leopold von Auer, Hungarian-American violinist, born in Veszprém, Hungary (d. 1930)
  • 1846 Władysław Górski, Polish violinist, composer and teacher, born in Warsaw, Poland(d. 1915)
  • 1867 Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1944)
  • 1873 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), born in Kensington, London (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Theodor Streicher, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1940)
  • 1885 Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • 1891 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1951)
  • 1897 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1970)
  • 1911 Franz Reizenstein, German-British composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1911 Silas Roy Crain, American singer, Founder of Soul Stirrers Gospel Quartet, born in Augustine, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, born in Groenrivier, Malmesbury (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Dick Williams, American singer and choral director (Andy Williams Show), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Charles Strouse, American composer (Bye Bye Birdie, Annie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932 Tina Brooks, American blues and funk saxophonist (True Blue), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1974)
  • 1934 Philippe Entremont, French pianist and conductor (Vienna Chamber Orchestra), born in Reims, France
  • 1934 Samuel Lipman, American pianist and music critic, born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1994)
  • 1937 Neeme Järvi, Estonian-American conductor (Gothenburg Symphony 1982-2004, Detroit Symphony 1990-2005), born in Tallinn, Estonia

Person of interestTom Jones

1940 Tom Jones [Thomas John Woodward], Welsh singer (What's New Pussycat), born in Pontypridd, Wales

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • 1941 Jaime Laredo, violinist (Qn Elisabeth of Belgium prize 1959), born in Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • 1944 Clarence White, American guitarist (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1973)
  • 1946 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), born in Merthyr Tydfil (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Jack Ryland, rock vocalist (Three Dog Night)
  • 1953 Johnny Clegg, South African musician "The White Zulu", born in Bacup, Lancashire (d. 2019)
  • 1955 Joey Scarbury, American singer (Greatest American Hero), born in Ontario, California
  • 1957 Juan Luis Guerra, Dominican musician

Person of interestPrince Rogers Nelson

1958 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)

  • 1961 Dave Catching, American musician
  • 1962 Paddy McAloon, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • 1962 Michael Cartellone, American rock drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Solon, Ohio
  • 1963 Roberto Alagna, Italian-French operatic tenor, born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • 1963 Gordon Gano, American musician (Violent Femmes), born in Connecticut
  • 1976 Necro [Ron Braunstein], Jewish American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1978 Tony An, Korean singer (H.O.T)
  • 1985 Charlie Simpson, British rocker (Busted; Fightstar), born in Ipswich, Suffolk

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1974 Actor Richard Harris (43) weds actress Ann Turkel (27)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • 1986 Air Supply guitarist Graham Russell weds Jodi Varble
  • 1991 Singer Jimmy Osmond weds Michelle Larson

Divorces in Music

  • 2016 Model Amber Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa divorce after 2 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1571 Francesco Corteccia, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1676 Paul Gerhardt, German hymnist (b. 1606)
  • 1723 Miguel Lopez, Spanish composer and organist, dies at 64
  • 1778 Johann Georg Zechner, Austrian composer, dies at 62
  • 1784 Jean-Baptiste Canavas, composer, dies at 71
  • 1789 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 81
  • 1863 Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist and composer (Silent Night), dies at 75
  • 1893 Johann Schrammel, Austrian composer, dies at 43
  • 1896 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (Isabella d'Aspeno), dies at 67
  • 1915 Benjamin Lambord, American composer, dies at 35
  • 1926 Henry Charles Tonking, British organist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1932 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor, dies at 76
  • 1945 Rubén M. Campos, Mexican novelist (Claudio Oranos) and musicologist (El folklore y la musica mexicana), dies at 69
  • 1948 Georges Hüe, French composer, dies at 90
  • 1965 Pierre Cardevielle, Fren composer/conductor (L'ile Rouge), dies at 59
  • 1976 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), dies at 61
  • 1983 Daniele Amfiteatrov, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1990 Barbara Baxley, American actress and singer (Norma Rae, Countdown), dies at 67 of a heart attack
  • 1995 Sheikh Imam, Egyptian singer and composer, dies at 76
  • 2001 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • 2008 Bill Coday, American musician and singer (You’re Gonna Want Me), dies of a stroke at 66
  • 2009 Kenny Rankin, American singer (b. 1940)
  • 2009 Hugh Hopper, British musician (b. 1945)
  • 2010 Stuart Cable, Welsh musician (b. 1970)
  • 2011 Nataraja Ramakrishna, Indian classical dancer and composer. (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 2012 Bob Welch, American musician (Fleetwood Mac), commits suicide by gunshot at 66