On This Day in Music for May 13

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1767 Mozart's opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus" premieres in Salzburg

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1820 Opera "Die Jagarsbrautt" is completed
  • 1941 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • 1954 "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
  • 1959 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1965 Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction"
  • 1966 Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black"
  • 1970 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
  • 1973 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1975 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 1978 "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1978 Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados
  • 1984 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 1990 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1995 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin
  • 2000 45th Eurovision Song Contest: Olsen Brothers for Denmark wins singing "Fly on the Wings of Love" in Stockholm
  • 2017 62nd Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal's Salvador Sobral wins singing "Amar Pelos Dois"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1735 Horace Coignet, composer
  • 1746 Oliver Brownson, composer
  • 1756 Wojciech Zywny, composer
  • 1776 Charles Ots, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1845)
  • 1776 Rodrigo Ferreira da Costa, composer
  • 1842 Arthur Sullivan, English operatic composer (Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S Pinafore), born in London (d. 1900)
  • 1847 Johannes Haarklou, composer
  • 1854 Paul Klengel, composer
  • 1859 August Enna, Danish composer (The Witch), (d. 1939)
  • 1866 Ottokar Eugen Novacek, composer
  • 1868 Paolo Gallico, composer
  • 1874 Henry Clough-Leiter, composer
  • 1876 Raoul Laparra, composer
  • 1881 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer
  • 1886 Joseph Achron, Latvia/US violinist/composer (Golem suite)
  • 1911 Maxine Sullivan, [Marietta Williams], US singer/actress (Going Places)
  • 1912 Gil Evans, Canadian musician (d. 1988)
  • 1918 T. Balasaraswati, Bharatanatyam dancer (d. 1984)
  • 1922 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude, The Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1933 Alden Ashforth, composer
  • 1933 Stig Gustav Schonberg, composer
  • 1935 Nigel Butterley, composer
  • 1935 Yizhak Sadai, composer
  • 1935 Dominic Cossa, American baritone
  • 1937 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Richard Brooks, singer (Impressions)
  • 1941 Joe Brown, singer/guitarist
  • 1941 Ritchie Valens, singer (Donna, La Bamba)
  • 1942 Jim Douglas, jazz guitarist
  • 1943 Mary Wells, singer (My Guy), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944 Carolyn Franklin, US singer/songwriter (Baby Baby Baby, Angel)
  • 1947 Pete "Overend" Watts, English rock bassist (Mott The Hoople-All Young Dudes), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1947 Toy Caldwell, rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1949 Franklin Ajaye, American comedian and actor (Jazz Singer, Car Wash), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 Jane Glover, British conductor
  • 1950 Danny Kirwan, rocker (Fleetwood Mac), born in London, England
  • 1950 John "Jocko" Marcellino, rocker/actor (Tagget, Hot to Trot, Rain Man)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1950 Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Love), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • 1951 Paul Thompson, rock drummer (Roxy Music)
  • 1954 Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter
  • 1963 Julian Brookhouse, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Your Distance)
  • 1965 Tasmin Little, English violinist
  • 1965 Lari White, American country music singer
  • 1966 Darius Rucker, American singer (Hootie & the Blowfish), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1966 Alison Goldfrapp, English musician (Goldfrapp), born in London
  • 1967 Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death, Control Denied) (d. 2001)
  • 1967 Melanie Thornton, African American German pop singer, former member of La Bouche. (d. 2001)
  • 1968 PMD [Parrish J. Smith], American rapper (EPMD), from Brentwood, New York
  • 1969 Buckethead [Brain Carroll], American underground guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 AndrĂ© Schmechta, German musician (X Marks the Pedwalk)
  • 1974 Tim McMahon, American hardcore singer (Mouthpiece, Hands Tied, Triple Threat)
  • 1977 Ilse DeLange, Dutch singer
  • 1979 Michael Madden, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • 1980 Mau Marcelo, Filipino singer
  • 1983 Casey Donovan, Australian singer
  • 1983 GrĂ©gory Lemarchal, French singer, born in La Tronche, France (d. 2007)

Weddings in Music

  • 1932 Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitch marries Nina Varsar
  • 2017 Country music vocalist Dan Smyers (29) weds longtime love Abby Law in Nashville, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1732 Theodor Schwartzkopff, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1787 Johann Michael Malzat, composer, dies at 38
  • 1793 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and abbot, dies at 72
  • 1812 Johann Matthias Sperger, composer, dies at 62
  • 1873 Kaspar Masek, composer, dies at 79
  • 1892 Jean Alexander Ferdinand Poise, composer, dies at 63
  • 1931 Josif Marinkovic, composer, dies at 79
  • 1942 Hyam Greenbaum, composer, dies at 41
  • 1945 Tubby Hall, American musician (b. 1895)
  • 1971 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, dies 67
  • 1981 Carl Weinrich, composer, dies at 76
  • 1982 Kara Abulfazogli Karayev, composer, dies at 64
  • 1982 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1988 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
  • 1991 Jimmy McPartland, jazz cornetist, dies of cancer at 83
  • 1992 Floyd Arceneaux, trumpeter, dies at 58
  • 2005 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (b. 1949)
  • 2011 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (b. 1942)
  • 2012 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist, dies at 70