On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 14

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

1832 Felix Mendelssohn's concert overture "Hebrides" premieres in London

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1927 "Ain't She Sweet?" hits #1 on the singles chart by Ben Bernie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946 Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love" premieres

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith
  • 1949 "Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances
  • 1951 Sammy Fain and Yip Harburg's musical "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 1957 "New Girl in Town" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 432 performances
  • 1957 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1960 "At the Drop of a Hat" closes at John Golden NYC after 216 performances
  • 1966 A Lover's Concerto by Mrs Miller hits #95
  • 1968 Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp
  • 1972 14th Grammy Awards: It's Too Late, Carly Simon wins
  • 1978 "Working" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 1979 "Kids Are All Right" rockumentary film featuring The Who premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
  • 1980 "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • 1983 "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5
  • 1984 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Fricke win
  • 1988 "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1995 "My Thing of Love" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 2011 56th Eurovision Song Contest: Ell & Nikki for Azerbaijan wins singing "Running Scared" in Dusseldorf
  • 2016 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1652 Johann Philipp Fortsch, German composer, statesman and physician, born in Wertheim am Main (d. 1732)
  • 1707 Antonio Teixeira, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. after 1769)
  • 1805 Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer
  • 1812 Emilie Mayer, German composer of Romantic music, born in Friedland, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (d. 1883)
  • 1816 Gualtiero Sanelli, Italian composer, born in Parma (d. 1861)
  • 1864 Eleanor Everest Freer, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • 1870 Zygmunt Denis Antoni Stojowski, composer
  • 1885 Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • 1891 Egon Kornauth, Austrian composer, born in Olmütz, Moravia (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Arthur Vincent Lourie, Russian composer, born in Propoysk, Russia (d. 1966)
  • 1892 Felix Petyrek, Austrian composer, born in Brno, Austria (d. 1951)
  • 1893 Ivan Alexandrovich Vishnegradsky, composer
  • 1895 Renato Lunelli, composer
  • 1897 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and band leader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1898 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, composer
  • 1898 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), born in Bunkie, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 1899 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Tinos
  • 1900 Leo Smit, Dutch composer who died in a Nazi extermination camp, born in Amsterdam (d. 1943)
  • 1911 Hans Vogt, German composer, born in Danzig (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Lance Dossor, British-born concert pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Joly Braga Santos, composer
  • 1925 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1925 Tristram Ogilvie Cary, composer
  • 1925 Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
  • 1926 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, born in Brno (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Will "Dub" Jones, American bass singer (The Coasters - "Charlie Brown"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Alvin Augustus Lucier Jr, composer
  • 1931 Alvin Lucier, American composer of experimental music (I Am Sitting In A Room; Music On A Long Thin Wire), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1932 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Frank Harte, Irish singer and song collector
  • 1934 Frederik von Pallandt, singer
  • 1936 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer ("Mack the Knife"; "Splish-Splash"; "Beyond The Sea"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1937 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Troy Shondell, American singer ("This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)"), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Gerald Mark Shapiro, composer
  • 1943 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), born in Leeds, England (d. 1994)
  • 1943 (John) "Jack" Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love"; "White Room"), born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Tania León, Cuban-born American composer (Drummin'), conductor, and educator, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1944 Gene Cornish, Canadian rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals - "Good Lovin'"), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1945 Grigori Zhislin, Russian concert violinist, and viola player, born in Leningrad, USSR (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Alan David Marks, American concert pianist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1947 Al Ciner, American rock guitarist (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"; Three Dog Night - "Joy To The World"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Jay Beckenstein, American saxophonist (Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1952 David Byrne, Scottish-American rock singer-songwriter (Talking Heads - "Burning Down the House"; "Psycho Killer"), born in Dumbarton Scotland
  • 1953 Tom Cochrane, Canadian rock vocalist and guitarist (Red Rider - "Lunatic Fringe"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959 Patrick Bruel, Algerian/French actor/rock vocalist (Coup of Sirocco)
  • 1960 Anne Clark, British poet and avant garde recording artist, born in Croydon, Surrey, England
  • 1962 C. C. DeVille, American rocker (Poison - "Talk Dirty to Me"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962 Ian Astbury, British-Canadian rock singer and songwriter (The Cult - "Fire Woman"), born in Heswall, Cheshire, England
  • 1966 Fab Morvan, French singer-songwriter, dancer, and de-frocked Grammy Award winner (Milli Vanilli with Rob Pilatus), born in Paris, France
  • 1966 Mike Inez, American rock bassist (Alice in Chains - "Facelift"; Ozzy Osbourne), born in San Fernando, California
  • 1966 Raphael Saadiq, American musician (Tony! Toni! Toné!), born in Oakland California
  • 1969 Danny Wood, American singer, guitarist, and choreographer (New Kids On The Block), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Raphael Wiggins, rapper (Lifelines), born in Oakland, California
  • 1973 Shanice [Wilson], American R&B and soul vocalist ("I Love Your Smile"; "Saving Forever For You"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Natalie Appleton, Canadian pop singer (All Saints -"Never Ever"), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1976 Hunter Burgan, American musician (AFI)
  • 1981 Sarbel [Michael Maronitis], British-Cypriot pop singer ("Se Pira Sovara"), born in London, England
  • 1983 Anahí, Mexican actress and singer (RBD)
  • 1983 Tom Welham, British musician (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1993 Miranda Cosgrove, American actress and singer (iCarly), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1994 Veronica Swift, American jazz vocalist (This Bitter Earth; Lonely Woman), born in Charlottesville, Virginia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2011 Country singer Blake Shelton (34) weds singer Miranda Lambert (27) at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Deaths in Music

  • 1801 Johann Ernst Altenburg, composer, dies at 66
  • 1820 Paul Friedrich Struck, composer, dies at 43
  • 1833 Johann Wilhelm Cornelius von Konigslow, composer, dies at 88
  • 1847 Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn Hensel, German composer, dies at 41
  • 1863 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer, dies at 46
  • 1870 Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer, dies at 69
  • 1877 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, dies at 54
  • 1904 Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist and conductor, dies at 78
  • 1959 Sidney Bechet, Americanjazz clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader, dies at 62
  • 1976 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • 1980 Wilhelm Weismann, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1990 Andre Ameller, composer, dies at 78
  • 1997 Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

1998 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls"), dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 2006 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • 2012 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, dies at 86

Person of interestB.B. King

2015 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King