On This Day

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1926 Dmitri Shostakovich'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
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
Bob Dylan
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Music concertMusic Concert

1967 1st quadraphonic concert by Pink Floyd at the Games for May concert 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

1967 "Are You Experienced" album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience first released - one of the most influential debut albums ever

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
  • 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 and Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew Dice Clay's hosting which was perceived as sexist; the show uses a time delay for the third time in its history

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
Actor Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman
  • 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
Harry Styles
  • 2018 63rd Eurovision song contest won by Netta from Israel in Lisbon, Portugal

Birthdays in Music

  • 1679 Giovanni Antonio Ricieri, Italian composer and castrato (d. 1746)
  • 1739 Johann Baptist Wanhal [Jan Krtitel], Czech composer (d. 1813)
  • 1751 Gaetano Manna, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1804)
  • 1753 Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violonist and composer, born in Fontanetto Po, Savoia, Kingdom of Sardinia (d. 1824)
  • 1754 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, German composer, born in Rottenburg am Neckar, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1812)
  • 1797 Johann Hermann Kufferath, German composer, born in Mülheim an der Ruhr (d. 1864)
  • 1829 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (Isabella d'Aspeno), born in Zakynthos (d. 1896)
  • 1842 Jules Massenet, French composer (Manon, Le Cid), born in Montaud, France (d. 1912)
  • 1845 Gabriel Urbain Fauré, French composer (Requiem, Ballade), born in Pamiers, France (d. 1924)
  • 1863 Charles Bordes, French composer, born in La Roche-Corbon, France (d. 1909)
  • 1886 Hermann Grabner, Austrian composer (Die Richterin), born in Graz, Austria (d. 1969)
  • 1887 Nandor Zsolt, Hungarian composer, born in Esztergom, Hungary (d. 1936)
  • 1901 Hyam Greenbaum, English composer and conductor of the 1st TV orchestra (d. 1942)
  • 1903 Lennox R. F. Berkeley, British composer and pedagogue (Castaway), born in Boars Hill, England (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), born in Webster Groves, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Ellis Kohs, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
  • 1921 Edvard Mirzoyan, Armenian composer, born in Gori, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 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, musician and producer for Motown (Tears of a Clown), born in Detroit, Michigan (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 (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Anthony Newman, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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, American singer (I'm Your Puppet)
  • 1945 "Little" Jayotis Washington, American cappella singer (The Persuasions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Ian McLagan, English rocker (Faces), born in Hounslow, Middlesex, (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Steve Winwood, English singer and musician (Higher Love, Roll With It), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1950 Billy Squier, American rocker (Don't Say No), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Jocko Marcellino, American rocker (Sha Na Na), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Phil Beer is an English multi-instrumentalist and composer (Show of Hands), born in Exminster, Devon
  • 1955 Kix Brooks, singer (Brooks & Dunn-Brand New Man), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958 Eric Singer [Mensinger], American hard rock drummer (Kiss), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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-American pop and bossa nova singer, born in New York City
  • 1978 Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Acadian singer
  • 1978 Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume)
  • 1981 Kentaro Sato, Japanese composerand conductor,born in Hamamatsu, Japan

Person of interestRami Malek

1981 Rami Malek, American actor (Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Los Angeles, California

Actor Rami Malek
Rami Malek
  • 1992 Malcolm David Kelley, American actor and rapper (Lost), born in Bellflower, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

LoveWedding of Interest

1990 Singer Patti Page (62) weds Jerry Filiciotto

Singer Patti Page
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, Austrian 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, Mexican composer, dies at 69
  • 1924 Charles Henri Marechal, composer, dies at 82
  • 1925 Arthur Napoleao dos Santos, Portugese 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 Vladimír Ambros, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • 1960 Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies at 70
  • 1963 Stanisław Wiechowicz, Polish composer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Julius Kalas, Czech composer, dies at 64
  • 1976 Rudolf Kempe, German conductor (Tonhalle Orch 1965-72), dies at 65
  • 1980 Lillian Roth [Rutstein], American singer and actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies at 69
  • 1987 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • 1989 Marcelle de Manziarly, French pianist and composer, dies at 89
  • 1995 Marcel Rubin, Austrian composer, dies at 89
  • 2001 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer (Catch A Falling Star) and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) dies at 89
  • 2004 John LaPorta, American Jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 84
  • 2005 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish singer and actress, dies at 67
  • 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
  • 2020 Astrid Kirchherr, German photographer, helped establish The Beatles image, dies at 81