On This Day in Music for May 1

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1786 Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Wien (Vienna)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1931 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
  • 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

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1979 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

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

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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 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances
  • 1994 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances

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1994 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1995 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1996 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances

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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

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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
  • 1764 Gottfried Rieger, composer
  • 1771 George Guest, composer
  • 1775 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, composer
  • 1858 Anthony Johnson Showalter, American composer, born in Cherry Grove, Virginia (d. 1924)
  • 1859 Bohuslav Jeremias, Czech composer (d. 1918)
  • 1884 Felipe Boero, composer
  • 1892 Howard Barlow, Plain City Ohio, conductor (Voice of Firestone)
  • 1895 Leo Sowerby, composer (Pulitzer 1946), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1901 Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Kate Smith, American singer (d. 1986)
  • 1909 George Melachrino, composer
  • 1912 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano
  • 1912 Felipe Padilla de Leon, composer
  • 1913 Walter Susskind, Praha (Prague) Czechoslovakia, conductor
  • 1924 Earl George, composer (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Enrico Josif, composer
  • 1927 William Mitchell Byers, musician
  • 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)
  • 1939 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1941 Juraj Hatrick, composer
  • 1944 Rita Coolidge, singer (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1946 Nick Fortune, [Nicholas Fortuna], rock bassist (Buckinghams Chicago)
  • 1948 James Wise, US soul singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)
  • 1949 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1953 Felix Hanemann, rocker (Zebra)
  • 1953 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer
  • 1954 Ray Parker Jr, rock guitarist/vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1955 Nick Feldman, English musician
  • 1957 Steve Farris, rock guitarist (Mr Mister)
  • 1957 Ko Otani, Japanese composer
  • 1959 Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • 1966 Johnny Colt, Cherry Point NC, rock bassist (Black Crowes)
  • 1967 Tim McGraw, American musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana
  • 1968 Mark Scott, Paramus NJ, rock drummer (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • 1968 D'arcy Wretzky, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1977 Dan Regan, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • 1980 Zaz [Isabelle Geffroy], French singer-songwriter (Je veux), born in Tours, France
  • 1984 Keiichiro Koyama, Japanese musician (NEWS)

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

1917 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

HeartWedding 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

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 Vilem Blodek, composer, dies at 39
  • 1886 Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
  • 1903 Luigi Arditi, violist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1904 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavic Dancing), dies at 62
  • 1921 Louis Campbell-Tipton, US composer, dies at 43
  • 1934 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer, dies at 35
  • 1937 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 69
  • 1945 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1946 Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, composer, dies at 71
  • 1946 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, dies at 42
  • 1965 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • 1978 Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • 1984 Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
  • 1986 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • 1992 Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • 1996 William Mitchell Byers, musician, dies on 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)
  • 2012 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65