On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 10

Events in Music

  • 1849 Pack destroys Astor Place opera house in NYC (22 killed)
  • 1907 Paul Dukas' opera "Ariane et Barbe Bleue" premieres in Paris
  • 1932 Government declares "Wilhelmus" as the Netherlands' national anthem
  • 1947 "Chocolate Soldier" closes at Century Theater NYC after 69 performances
  • 1952 "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 4 performances

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1957 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

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1967 Rolling Stones Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1978 "Angel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1980 "Happy New Year" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 WABC NYC plays its last record (John Lennon's "Imagine")

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1986 "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • 1990 "Zoya's Apartment" opens at Circle in Square Theater NYC for 45 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving singer Madonna's apartment

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco
  • 1992 "Hamlet" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1994 "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Font, NYC; runs for 16 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1994 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years, at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Maryland (after "warm-up" shows in Las Vegas and London)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music awardsMusic Awards

1995 30th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire win

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Flavor Flav guest hosts the wrestling show WWE Raw

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Music releaseAlbum Release

2011 Christina Perri releases her debut studio album, "lovestrong"

Singer-Songwriter Christina Perri
Christina Perri

Music releaseAlbum Release

2013 Agnetha Faltskog releases a new album called "A"

  • 2014 59th Eurovision Song Contest: Conchita Wurst for Austria wins singing "Rise Like a Phoenix" in Copenhagen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 R. Kelly's songs removed from Spotify playlists after sexual abuse allegations

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

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2019 Rihanna announces her new upmarket fashion label Fenty with world's largest luxury group LVMH, their first black female designer

Singer Rihanna

Birthdays in Music

  • 1697 Jean Marie I'aine Leclair, French composer and violinist, born in Lyon, France (d. 1764)
  • 1705 Gallus Zeiler, German composer, born in Kempten (d. 1755)
  • 1741 Johann Michael Schmidt, composer
  • 1760 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French soldier, author and composer (La Marseillaise), born in Lons-le-Saunier, France (d. 1836)
  • 1776 George Thomas Smart, composer
  • 1780 Peter Lichtenthal, composer
  • 1783 Niccola Benvenuti, composer
  • 1800 Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov, composer
  • 1825 Rudolf Viole, composer
  • 1855 Anatoli Liadov, composer (Enchanted Lake) [NS], born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1858 Frederick Zech Jr, American composer and pianist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1877 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer
  • 1888 Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With the Wind), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), born in Kremenchuk, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Herbert Elwell, composer (Happy Hypocrite), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestFred Astaire

1899 Fred Astaire [Austerlitz], American stage and screen tap dancer, singer ("Night And Day"; "Cheek To Cheek"; "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"), and actor (Royal Wedding; Easter Parade; Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1905 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek rebetiko musician and songwriter (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Harilaos Perpessas, composer

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

1909 Maybelle Carter, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia (d. 1978)

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • 1912 Erik Jorgensen, composer
  • 1915 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1916 Milton Babbitt, American mathematician, composer of serial and electronic music (Correspondences), and teacher (Princeton; Juilliard), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Tibor Sarai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Yūzō Toyama, Japanese composer and conductor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1935 Henry Fambrough, American singer (Spinners)
  • 1935 Larry Williams, American musician (Dizzy, Miss Lizzie), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1937 Mike Melvoin, American jazz and studio pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Maxim Shostakovich, Russian conductor (Atlanta Symphony), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Soviet Union
  • 1938 Philip Gordon Winsor, American composer, Born in Morris, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Arthur Alexander, American singer-songwriter ("Lonely Just Like Me"), whose songs were covered by The Beatles ("Anna"), The Rolling Stones ("You Better Move On"), and Bob Dylan ("Sally Sue Brown"), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 1993) [1] [2]
  • 1941 Danny Rapp, rocker (Danny & Juniors - "At The Hop"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1942 Bill Coday, American musician and singer (You’re Gonna Want Me), born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1942 Ingram Douglass Marshall, American composer (Alcatraz; Fragility Cycles), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1944 Jackie Lomax, English singer-songwriter (Is This What You Want), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Graham Gouldman, English bassist and singer-songwriter (10cc), born in Manchester, England
  • 1946 Dave Mason, British guitarist and singer-songwriter ("We Just Disagree"), born in Worcester, England

Person of interestDonovan Philips Leitch

1946 Donovan [Philips Leitch], Scottish guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Sunshine Superman"; "Mellow Yellow"; "Season Of The Witch"), born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • 1947 Jay Ferguson, American rocker (Spirit - "Thunder Island";"I Got A Line on You") and composer (theme for The Office), born in Burbank, California
  • 1951 Ron Banks, American R&B singer and songwriter (Dramatics - "Whatcha See is Whatcha Get"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1952 Sly Dunbar, Jamaican reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1952 Kikki Danielsson, Swedish singer
  • 1952 Lee Brilleaux, British musician (Dr Feelgood), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1953 Steve Thomas, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • 1953 Alex Foster, American jazz and session saxophonist (SNL Band; Mingus Big Band), born in Oakland, California
  • 1956 Bakithi Kumalo, South African session and touring bassist, and composer (Paul Simon - "Graceland"; "Call Me Al"; Mickey Hart's Planet Drum; Harry Belafonte), born in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa

Person of interestSid Vicious

1957 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 1979)

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious

Person of interestBono

1960 Bono [Paul Hewson], Irish rock singer and lyricist (U2 - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"; "Desire"; "Beautiful Day"; "One"), born in Dublin, Ireland

Rocker Bono
  • 1961 Danny Carey, American drummer (Tool), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1962 Garry Daley, keyboard (China Crisis-Christian)
  • 1967 Young MC [Marvin Young], British American rapper (Bust a Move), born in London, England
  • 1970 Perry Blake, Irish singer/songwriter
  • 1970 Gabriela Montero, Venezuelan-American pianist, born in Caracas
  • 1970 Craig Mack, American rapper (Flava In Ya Ear), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1976 Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • 1976 Udo Mechels, Belgian singer
  • 1979 Lee Hyori, South Korean singer
  • 1991 Kenny Beats [Blume], American hip-hop record producer and songwriter, born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1993 Charice Pempengco, Filipino singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1976 "KISS" former lead guitarist Ace Frehley (25) weds Janette Trerotola

LoveWedding of Interest

1986 Tommy Lee drummer of Motley Crue marries Heather Locklear

Rock Star and Drummer Tommy Lee
Rock Star and Drummer
Tommy Lee
  • 2003 "Broadway" singer-actress Carol Channing (82) weds Harry Kullijian at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2005 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) weds British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) in Costa Careyes, Mexico

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
  • 2013 "Beverly Hills, 90210" actress Shenae Grimes (23) weds model and musician Josh Beech at the Boys Hall in Ashford, Kent

Deaths in Music

  • 1710 Georg Dietrich Leiding, composer, dies at 46
  • 1760 Johann Christoph Graupner, German harpsichordist and Baroque composer, dies at 77
  • 1770 Charles Avison, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1785 Etienne Joseph Floquet, French opera composer, dies at 36
  • 1789 Guillaume-Gommaire Kennis, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1820 Matthäus Stegmayer, Austrian composer, dies at 49
  • 1826 Giuseppe Sigismondo, Italian historian and composer, dies at 86
  • 1869 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, German composer and violonist, dies at 66
  • 1880 John Goss, English composer and organist (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), dies at 79
  • 1885 Edward Stephen, Welsh musician and composer, dies at 62
  • 1885 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 73
  • 1897 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1900 Richard Storrs Willis, American composer, mostly of hymns ("Carol"; "Fairest Lord Jesus"), dies at 81
  • 1942 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields), dies at 74
  • 1964 Carol Haney, dancer (Pantomime Quiz), dies at 35
  • 1964 Ignace Lilien, Dutch-Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • 1971 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, dies at 79
  • 1971 Shukichi Mitsukuri, Japanese composer (10 Haikai de Basho), dies at 75
  • 1984 Jean-Louis Viale, French jazz drummer, dies at 51
  • 1989 Woody Shaw, American jazz trumpeter (Rosewood), dies from complications after being stuck by a subway train at 44
  • 1992 Joan Merrill, American pop vocalist, dies of a stroke at 74
  • 1992 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz and cabaret singer and actress ("I Could Have Danced All Night"; South Pacific - "Bloody May"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1995 Jimmy Raney, American jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • 1999 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter ("A Boy Named Sue"; "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone"), dies at 68
  • 2000 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • 2005 David Wayne, American singer (Metal Church) (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (b. 1969)
  • 2008 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, dies of a stroke at 82
  • 2020 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter ("Clean Up Woman"), dies at 66