On This Day

On This Day in Music for June 8

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1787 "Tarare" an opera by Antonio Salieri premieres at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris

Composer Antonio Salieri
Antonio Salieri

Music releaseMusic Recording

1942 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night"

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1946 "Lute Song" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 142 performances
  • 1948 "Sally" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1963 "Mr President" closes at St James Theater NYC after 265 performances
  • 1964 "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)", recorded by 1960s American pop singers, Jan and Dean, is released
  • 1968 Gary Puckett and Union Gap release "Lady Will Power"
  • 1968 Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 1969 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones
  • 1974 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes"
  • 1979 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • 1980 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 8 performances
  • 1981 15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters

Film release premierFilm Release

1984 "Ghostbusters", American supernatural comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murrary and Dan Aykroyd is released

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Comedian
Dan Aykroyd
  • 1986 "Big Deal" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 70 performances
  • 1987 21st Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis
  • 1991 "Our Country's Good" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 48 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 26th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Garth Brooks

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Music releaseAlbum Release

1993 Drag queen RuPaul releases his debut album "Supermodel of the World"

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen
  • 1995 "Buttons on Broadway" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 1997 "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

2007 Jazz legend Oscar Peterson is forced to cancel his appearance at the Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honour), owing to illness

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson

Music awardsMusic Awards

2011 45th CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Audra McDonald wins a Tony for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar And Grill"

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald
Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Birthdays in Music

  • 1671 Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (Adagio in G-minor), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1751)
  • 1722 Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht, German composer, born in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1794)
  • 1740 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, composer, born in Quinzano d'Oglio, Italy (d. 1809)
  • 1753 Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac, French composer, born in Muret, Haute-Garonne, France (d. 1809)
  • 1783 Joseph Lincke, German cellist and composer, born in Trachenberg, Silesia (d. 1837)
  • 1805 Luigi Ricci, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1859)
  • 1810 Robert Schumann, German composer (Neue Zeitschrift fuer Musik), born in Zwickau, Kingdom of Saxony (d. 1856)
  • 1812 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Moravian violinist and composer, born in Brno (d. 1865)
  • 1812 Spyridon Xyndas, Greek composer, born in Corfu, Greece (d. 1896)
  • 1834 George Garrett, English composer, born in Winchester, England (d. 1897)
  • 1837 Jan Kleczyński Sr., Polish painist and composer, born in Janiewicze, Russian Empire (d. 1895)
  • 1856 Natalia Janotha, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1932)
  • 1858 Harry Rowe Shelley, American composer (known for his hymn music), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1947)
  • 1858 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, born in Barcelona (d. 1933)
  • 1881 Prospero Bisquertt, Chilean composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1959)
  • 1888 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1949)
  • 1894 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech-Russian composer and pianist (Ogelala) who died in a German concentration camp, born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
  • 1913 Jagamas János, Hungarian composer, born in Dés, Romania (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Alexis Smith, Canadian actress and singer (The Age of Innocence, Follies), born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • 1923 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish composer (Summer Games), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • 1924 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Anatol Vieru, Romanian-Jewish composer, born in Iasi, Romania (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Yannis Ioannidis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1932 Hans G. Helms, German writer and composer, born in Teterow, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1939 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Nancy Sinatra, American singer (Boots are Made for Walkin') and daughter of Frank Sinatra, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1940 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1941 Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, American pop singer (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), born in Elkins, West Virginia
  • 1942 Chuck Negron, American singer-songwriter (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1944 Boz Scaggs [William Royce], American rocker (Steve Miller Band), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1947 Joan La Barbara, American vocalist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Mick Box, English rock guitarist (Uriah Heep), born in Walthamstow, East London
  • 1947 Annie Haslam, English singer-songwriter (Renaissance) and painter, born in Bolton
  • 1949 Emanuel Ax, Polish American classical pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 1949 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, born in North Canton, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • 1950 Elmar Oliveira, American violinist (Naumburg 1978), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1951 Bonnie Tyler [Gaynor Hopkins], Welsh rocker (Total Eclipse of the Heart), born in Skewen, Neath, Wales
  • 1951 Tony Rice, American acoustic guitarist
  • 1955 James Jonathan Sylvers, rocker
  • 1955 Greg Ginn, American guitarist (Black Flag)
  • 1960 Mick Hucknall, English singer-songwriter (Simply Red), born in Manchester, England
  • 1961 Keti Garbi, Greek pop singer (To Kati), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1962 Nick Rhodes, [Bates], keyboardist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
  • 1962 Kristine W [Weitz], American musician ranked by Billboard as the 8th Greatest Dance Artist of all-time (The Advocate), born in Pasco, Washington
  • 1965 Rob Pilatus, German model and dancer (Milli Vanilli, Girl You Know It's True), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1966 Doris Pearson, English singer (5 Star), born in London, England
  • 1967 Neil Mitchell, Scottish musician (Wet, Wet, Wet), born in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire.

Person of interestKanye West

1977 Kanye West, American rapper and record producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West
  • 1979 Derek Trucks, American guitarist and founder of Grammy Award-winning The Derek Trucks Band (Tedeschi Truck Band), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1981 Alex Band, American singer (The Calling)
  • 1983 Lee Harding, Australian punk-rock singer
  • 1989 Gary Wilson, Scottish Musician

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1931 Songwriter Johnny Mercer (21) weds chorus girl Ginger Meehan in New York City

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
  • 1996 Lyricist and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (52) weds former chairman of Warner Bros. Robert Daly (60) in Bel Air, California
  • 2002 Teen rock star Taylor Hanson (19) weds Natalie Bryant (18) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Divorces in Music

  • 2004 "TLC" singer Tionne Watkins (34) divorces rapper Mack 10 (32) due to adultery after nearly 4 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1384 Kan'ami [Yūsaki Kiyotsugu], Japanese actor, playwright, musician and co-founder of Noh drama, dies at 51
  • 1612 Hans Leo Hassler, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1742 Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 62
  • 1790 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, composer, dies at 75
  • 1796 Felice Giardini, Italian composer, dies at 80
  • 1814 Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, German composer, dies at 48
  • 1870 Johann Gottlob Topfer, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1884 Henry Clay Work, American composer, dies at 51
  • 1906 C. F. E. Horneman, Danish composer, dies at 65
  • 1908 Johan Lindegren, composer, dies at 66
  • 1919 Jacob Christian Fabricius, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • 1940 Frederick Converse, American composer (The Pipe of Desire), dies at 69
  • 1948 Franz Carl Bornschein, composer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Elliot Griffis, American composer, dies at 74
  • 1972 Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
  • 1973 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer, dies at 76
  • 1979 Louis Salvador Palange, composer, dies at 61
  • 1980 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
  • 1984 Gordon Jacob, British composer, dies at 88
  • 1987 Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33
  • 1992 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • 1994 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), dies at 76
  • 2008 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
  • 2011 Alan Rubin, American musician (Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", dies of cancer at 68
  • 2018 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac- "Albatross"), dies at 68
  • 2020 Bonnie Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters-Jump, I'm So Excited), dies at 69