On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 1

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1786 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Vienna with Mozart himself directing

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1931 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
  • 1950 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein for musical "South Pacific"
  • 1966 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • 1968 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • 1971 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
  • 1972 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Elton John performs for 1st time in Israel, kicking off a mini-tour of 5 shows in six nights

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1980 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances
  • 1980 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win
  • 1983 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
  • 1988 "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • 1990 "Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • 1991 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green' s musical "Will Rogers Follies" premieres at The Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 981 performances
  • 1991 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances
  • 1994 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • 1994 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances
  • 1995 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1995 "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" single released by John Michael Montgomery (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)
  • 1996 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings for Pope John Paul II in Rome

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

Singer Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams

AgreementAgreement of Interest

2017 Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

Musician Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan

Birthdays in Music

  • 1582 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1643)
  • 1764 Gottfried Rieger, Czech composer, born in Opavice, Czech Replublic (d. 1855)
  • 1771 George Guest, English organist and composer, born in Broseley, England (d. 1831)
  • 1775 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, Flemish composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1836)
  • 1821 Charles Samvei Bovy-Lysberg, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1873)
  • 1853 Charles Lee Williams, English composer and organist, born in Winchester (d. 1935)
  • 1858 Anthony Johnson Showalter, American composer, born in Cherry Grove, Virginia (d. 1924)
  • 1859 Bohuslav Jeremiáš, Czech composer, born in Řestoky, Czechia (d. 1918)
  • 1884 Felipe Boero, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1958)
  • 1892 Howard Barlow, American conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Plain City, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Leo Sowerby, American organist and composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"), born in Greenville, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • 1909 George Melachrino, English composer, born in London (d. 1965)
  • 1912 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Felipe Padilla de León, Filipino composer, born in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, Philippine Islands (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor and pianist, born in Prague (d. 1980)
  • 1924 Earl George, American composer and pedagogue, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Enriko Josif, Serbian composer and pedagogue (Lyric Symphony), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Sonny James [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • 1937 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel), born in Skellefteå (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1941 Juraj Hatrick, composer
  • 1945 Rita Coolidge, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1946 Jerry Weiss, American jazz musician (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Nick Fortuna, American rock bassist (The Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 James Wise, US soul singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)
  • 1949 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1949 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), born in Canada (d. 2010)
  • 1953 Felix Hanemann, American rocker (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1953 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer (Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1954 Ray Parker Jr, rock guitarist/vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1955 Nick Feldman, English musician (Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight), born in London, England
  • 1957 Steve Farris, rock guitarist (Mr Mister)
  • 1957 Kow Otani, Japanese composer for anime, film and video games (Gamera), born in Toyko, Japan
  • 1959 Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • 1966 Johnny Colt [Charles Brandt], American rock bassist (Black Crowes), born in Cherry Point, North Carolina

Person of interestTim McGraw

1967 Tim McGraw, American country musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana

Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw
  • 1968 Mark Scott, Paramus NJ, rock drummer (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • 1968 D'arcy Wretzky, American rock bassist (The Smashing Pumpkins), born in South Haven, Michigan
  • 1977 Dan Regan, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • 1980 Zaz [Isabelle Geffroy], French singer-songwriter (Je veux), born in Tours, France
  • 1981 Daniel Letterle, American actor (Camp), and singer, born on Northfield, Ohio
  • 1984 Keiichiro Koyama, Japanese musician (NEWS)
  • 2004 Charli D'Amelio, American dancer considered TikTok's biggest star, born in Norwalk, Connecticut

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1917 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

LoveWedding of Interest

1967 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1999 "Dixie Chicks" singer Emily Erwin (26) weds singer-songwriter Charlie Robison (34) at Lone Star State in Texas
  • 2019 Actress Sophie Turner (23) and singer Joe Jonas (29) are married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1978 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Deaths in Music

  • 1679 Esaias Reusner, German lutenist and composer, dies at 43
  • 1731 Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (b. 1677)
  • 1874 Vilém Blodek, Czech pianist, flautist, and composer, dies at 39
  • 1886 Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
  • 1903 Luigi Arditi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1904 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavonic Dances; New World Symphony; Cello Concerto in b, Op. 104), dies at 62
  • 1921 Louis Campbell-Tipton, American composer, dies at 43
  • 1934 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, Soviet composer, dies at 35
  • 1945 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1946 Edward Bairstow, English composer, dies at 71
  • 1946 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, dies at 42
  • 1965 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • 1965 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), dies from emphysema at 53
  • 1978 Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • 1982 William Primrose, Scottish violist (Method for Violin & Viola), dies at 77
  • 1984 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 73
  • 1986 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer, dies at 69
  • 1992 Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • 1996 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, dies on his 79th birthday
  • 2006 Big Hawk, American rapper (b.1969)
  • 2006 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • 2010 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Antonio Mastrogiovanni, Uruguayan composer, dies at 73
  • 2012 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65
  • 2015 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), dies at 85
  • 2018 Max Berrú, Ecuadorian-Chilean musician, dies at 74
  • 2018 John "Jabo" Starks, American drummer (James Brown, The J.B.'s), dies at 79
  • 2018 Wanda Wiłkomirska, Polish violinist and teacher, dies at 89