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
  • 1949 "Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances
  • 1951 Sammy Fain and EY 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, composer
  • 1707 Antonio Teixeira, composer
  • 1805 Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer
  • 1816 Gualtiero Sanelli, composer
  • 1864 Eleanor Everest Freer, composer
  • 1870 Zygmunt Denis Antoni Stojowski, composer
  • 1885 Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • 1891 Egon Kornauth, composer
  • 1892 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer
  • 1892 Felix Petyrek, composer
  • 1893 Ivan Alexandrovich Vishnegradsky, composer
  • 1895 Renato Lunelli, composer
  • 1897 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/band leader
  • 1898 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, composer
  • 1898 Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer
  • 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 Cestmir Gregor, composer
  • 1928 Will "Dub Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Alvin Augustus Lucier Jr, composer
  • 1932 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), 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), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1937 Peter Frederic Williams, composer
  • 1940 Troy Shondell, American singer
  • 1942 Gerald Mark Shapiro, composer
  • 1943 [Derek] Lek Leckenby, English guitarist (Herman's Hermits), born in Leeds, England (d. 1994)
  • 1943 Jack Bruce, Lanarkshire Scotland, bassist (Cream-White Room)
  • 1944 Gene Cornish, rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1946 Alan David Marks, pianist/composer
  • 1946 Derek Lek Leckenby, rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits-Kinda Hush)
  • 1947 Al Ciner, rock guitarist (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Jay Beckenstein, saxophonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1952 David Byrne, Dumbarton Scotland, rock guitarist/singer (Talking Heads-Burning Down the House)
  • 1953 Tom Cochrane, Canadian rock vocalist/guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959 Patrick Bruel, Algerian/French actor/rock vocalist (Coup of Sirocco)
  • 1960 Anne Clark, English singer
  • 1962 C. C. DeVille, American rocker (Poison - Talk Dirty to Me), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962 Ian Astbury, Merseyside, rock vocalist (Cult-Fire Woman)
  • 1966 Fab Morvan, French singer-songwriter and dancer (Milli Vanilli with Rob Pilatus), born in Paris, France
  • 1966 Mike Inez, US rock bassist (Alice in Chains-Facelift)
  • 1966 Raphael Saadiq, American musician (Tony! Toni! Toné!)
  • 1969 Danny Wood, American musician (New Kids), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Raphael Wiggins, rapper (Lifelines), born in Oakland, California
  • 1973 Shanice, [Wilson], vocalist (Discovery, Loving You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Natalie Appleton, Canadian-born singer
  • 1976 Hunter Burgan, American musician (AFI)
  • 1981 Sarbel, Greek-born singer
  • 1983 Anahí, Mexican actress and singer (RBD)
  • 1983 Tom Welham, British musician (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1993 Miranda Cosgrove, American actress and singer

Weddings in Music

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

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, US jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 62
  • 1976 Keith Relf, British musician and vocalist (the Yardbirds-For Your Love, Renaissance), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • 1980 Wilhelm Weismann, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1984 Larry Stock, songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies
  • 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

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