On This Day in Music for May 12

Events in Music

  • 1832 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'elisir d'amore" premieres in Milan
  • 1894 Ludwig Englander's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1926 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad

Music release#1 in the Charts

1934 "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1950 Darius Milhauds opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris
  • 1958 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 "Nervous Set" opens at Henry Miller's Theater NYC for 23 performances

Author Henry Miller
Author
Henry Miller

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Bob Dylan walks out of the "Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Music releaseAlbum Release

1967 "Are You Experienced" debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience is released

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1973 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92

Music concertMusic Concert

1977 1st quadrophonic concert by Pink Floyd in London

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 1981 "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" opens at Nederlander NYC for 333 performances
  • 1984 White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
  • 1988 "Carrie" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Nora Dunn & Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay's hosting

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1996 "Inherit the Wind" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1996 "Night of the Iguana" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1997 "It's Your Love" single released by Time McGraw and Faith Hill

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 2001 46th Eurovision Song Contest: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL for Estonia wins singing "Everybody" in Copenhagen
  • 2007 52nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marija Serifovic wins singing "Molitva" in Helsinki

Music releaseAlbum Release

2017 Former One Direction singer Harry Styles releases his self-titled debut solo album

Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles

Birthdays in Music

  • 1679 Giovanni Antonio Ricieri, composer
  • 1739 Johann Baptist (Jan Krtitel) Vanhal, composer
  • 1751 Gaetano Manna, composer
  • 1754 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer
  • 1776 Juan Bros y Bertomel, composer
  • 1797 Johann Hermann Kufferath, composer
  • 1829 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (d. 1896)
  • 1842 Jules Emile Fred Massenet, Montaud France, composer (Manon, Le Cid)
  • 1845 Gabriel Urbain Faure, Pamiers France, composer (Requiem, Ballade)
  • 1863 Charles Bordes, composer
  • 1886 Hermann Grabner, composer
  • 1887 Nandor Zsolt, composer
  • 1901 Hyam Greenbaum, composer
  • 1903 Lennox R F Berkeley, British composer (Castaway)
  • 1910 Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1912 Marshall Royal, jazz sax/clarinet
  • 1916 Ellis Bonoff Kohs, composer
  • 1917 Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
  • 1921 Edvard Mikcaeli Mirzoyan, composer
  • 1921 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • 1928 Burt Bacharach, composer (I'll Never Fall in Love Again), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1928 Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1936 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin
  • 1940 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), born in New York City
  • 1941 Anthony Newman, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
  • 1941 Ruud de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • 1942 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
  • 1942 Billy Swan, Cape Giradeau La, rocker (I Can Help)
  • 1943 David Walker, rock keyboardist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-Diamond Ring)
  • 1944 James Purify, US singer (I'm Your Puppet)
  • 1945 Jayotis Washington, rocker
  • 1945 Ian McLagan, English rocker (Faces), born in Hounslow, Middlesex, (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Steve Winwood, England, musician (A Higher Love, Roll with it)
  • 1950 Billy Squier, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don't Say No)
  • 1950 Jocko Marcellino, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • 1955 Kix Brooks, singer (Brooks & Dunn-Brand New Man), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958 Eric Singer, American drummer
  • 1961 Billy Duffy, rocker (Cult-Hell's Kitchen)
  • 1962 Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter and record producer (Bad Religion) (Epitaph)
  • 1963 Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
  • 1966 Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian singer
  • 1978 Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Acadian singer
  • 1978 Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume)
  • 1981 Kentaro Sato, Japanese composer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1971 Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger (27) weds actress and model Bianca PĂ©rez-Mora Macias (31) at St Tropez Town Hall, France

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

HeartWedding of Interest

1990 Singer Patti Page (62) weds Jerry Filiciotto

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • 2005 "La Femme Nikita" actress Anne Parillaud (45) weds musician Jean-Michel Jarre (56) in Paris
  • 2011 Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge (25) weds Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill (29) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California
  • 2012 McFly guitarist Tom Fletcher (27) weds actress Giovanna Falcone (27) at One Marylebone in London

Deaths in Music

  • 1811 Louis-Charles-Joseph Rey, French classical cellist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1825 Elias Mann, American composer, dies at 75
  • 1825 Stanislao Mattei, composer, dies at 75
  • 1843 Johann Georg Lickl, composer, dies at 74
  • 1861 Christian Heinrich Hohmann, composer, dies at 50
  • 1871 Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer, dies at 89
  • 1884 Bedrich Friedrich Smetana, Czech composer (2 Widows), dies at 60
  • 1896 Juan Morel Campos, composer, dies at 38
  • 1908 Melesio Morales, composer, dies at 69
  • 1924 Charles Henri Marechal, composer, dies at 82
  • 1925 Artur Napoleao dos Santos, composer, dies at 82
  • 1931 Eugene Ysaye, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 72
  • 1943 Albert Stoessel, American composer, dies at 48
  • 1948 Isidor Achron, composer, dies at 55
  • 1956 Vladimir Ambros, composer, dies at 65
  • 1960 Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies at 70
  • 1963 Stanislaw Wiechowicz, composer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Julius Kalas, composer, dies at 64
  • 1987 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist/drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • 1989 Marcelle de Manziarly, composer, dies at 89
  • 2001 Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1937)
  • 2009 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2016 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), dies at 86