On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 15

Events in Music

  • 1858 Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden, London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1891 Jules Massenet's opera "Grisélidis" premieres in Paris

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet
  • 1914 Henri Rabaud's opera "Marouf, savetier de Caire" premieres in Paris
  • 1941 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th String quartet premieres in Leningrad

  • 1961 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1963 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1967 Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Film release premierFilm Premier

1968 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1968 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", to promote Apple Records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host
  • 1971 "70, Girls, 70" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • 1972 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • 1976 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
  • 1976 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
  • 1981 George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK
  • 1988 "Carrie" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1988 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 1989 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 1990 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1993 38th Eurovision Song Contest: Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland wins singing "In Your Eyes" in Millstreet

Music releaseMusic Single

2001 "Fiesta" single released by R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • 2004 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul

Film release premierFilm Premier

2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Music awardsMusic Awards

2007 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

Singer Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley
  • 2010 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (88,335): Chelsea beats Portsmouth,1-0; Didier Drogba scores 59' winner; Blues' 6th title

Birthdays in Music

  • 1567 Claudio Monteverdi, Italian composer and pioneer in development of opera (L'Orfeo, espro della Beata Vergine), baptised in Cremona, Italy (d. 1643)
  • 1754 Pierre Dutillieu, composer
  • 1759 Maria Theresia von Paradis, composer
  • 1764 Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, composer
  • 1795 Adolf B Marx, German music theorist
  • 1807 Luigi Ferdinando Casamorata, composer
  • 1808 Gottfried Herrmann, composer
  • 1808 Michael William Balfe, Irish violinist and composer (The Bohemian Girl), born in Dublin (d. 1870)
  • 1813 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, born in Pest (d.1888)
  • 1841 Giovanni Bolzoni, composer
  • 1873 Nikolay Tcherepnin, Russian composer of ballets, born in St Petersburg, Russia [OS: 03/05]
  • 1878 Francisco Pujol, composer
  • 1883 Stanley Marchant, English composer, born in London (d. 1949)
  • 1893 Michel Gusikoff, composer
  • 1907 Josef Alexander, composer
  • 1908 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, Akarp Sweden, composer (Linden)
  • 1909 Rodolfo Cornejo, composer
  • 1910 Constance Cummings, American soprano and actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2005)
  • 1912 Arthur Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), music critic, and educator, born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Pierre Froidebise, composer
  • 1915 Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
  • 1918 Eddy Arnold, American country music singer ("Make The World Go Away"; "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"), born in Henderson Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1923 John Lanchbery, English composer (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Andrey Yakoulevich Eshpay, composer
  • 1925 Emmanuel Ghent, Canadian American electronic music composer (Phosphones), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2003)
  • 1926 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), born in Saint-Georges, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1931 James Mitchell, American session baritone saxophone (The Memphis Horns; Stax Records), born in Memphis, Tennesee (d. 2000)
  • 1935 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "It's not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • 1936 Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italian-American singer/actress (Cinderfella), born in Pesaro, Italy
  • 1936 Jean Balissat, Swiss composer pedagogue and conductor (Kaleidoscope for trumpet and percussion), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Trini Lopez [Trinidad Lopez], American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Lenny Welch, American singer (Since I Fell for You), born in New York
  • 1941 K. T. Oslin, American country singer (80's Ladies), born in Crossett, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Lainie Kazan, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Richard Edward Wilson, composer
  • 1944 Ian "Tich" Amey, British rock musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury Wiltshire
  • 1945 Lasse Berghagen, Swedish pop singer-songwriter (Teddybjörnen Fredriksson), born in Enskede, Sweden
  • 1947 Graeham Goble, Australian rock guitarist (Little River Band - Reminiscing), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1948 Brian Eno, British rock and ambient musician (Roxy Music, David Bowie, U2, Coldplay), born in Woodbridge, Sussex
  • 1949 Eric J Beekes, actor/singer (Hunk)
  • 1951 Dennis Frederiksen, rocker (Toto-Roseanna, Africa), (d. 2014)
  • 1953 Mike Oldfield, British musician and composer (Tubular Bells), born in Reading, Berkshire
  • 1959 Andrew Eldritch, rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
  • 1961 Melle Mel [Melvin Glover], American rapper (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1968 Seth Putnam, American musician
  • 1969 Asalah Nasri, Syrian singer
  • 1970 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • 1970 Martin Rossiter, Welsh Musician
  • 1974 Ahmet Rodan Zappa, son of Frank/rocker (Z, 2 Hip 4 TV)
  • 1978 Zoltan Bathory, Hungarian-born American musician and martial artist (Five Finger Death Punch), born in Szentendre, Hungary
  • 1982 Jessica Sutta, American dancer, singer and actress (The Pussycat Dolls)
  • 1983 Devin Bronson, American guitarist (Avril Lavigne)
  • 1987 Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer
  • 1995 Ksenia Sitnik, Belarusian singer
  • 2002 Au/Ra [Jamie Lou Stenzel], Antiguan-German singer-songwriter (Concrete Jungle), born in Ibizia, Spain

Weddings in Music

  • 1948 Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)

LoveWedding of Interest

2015 Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (42) weds F1 racing team boss Christian Horner (41) in Bedfordshire, England

Singer Geri Horner
Geri Horner

Deaths in Music

  • 1609 Giovanni Croce, Italian composer (b. 1557)
  • 1746 Giovanni Antonio Ricieri, composer, dies at 67
  • 1785 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, dies at 29
  • 1821 John Wall Calcott, English composer, dies at 54
  • 1822 Christian Ludwig Dieter, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1823 Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky, composer, dies at 69
  • 1824 Alexander Campbell, composer, dies at 60
  • 1832 Carl Friedrich Zelter, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1872 Thomas Hastings, American composer, dies at 87
  • 1952 Italo Montemezzi, Italian composer (L'amore dei tre re), dies at 76
  • 1967 Jaromír Fiala, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • 1989 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, dies at 80
  • 1991 Lawrence "Bud" Freeman, American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and composer ("The Eel"; "Zen Is When"), dies of cancer at 84
  • 1992 Barbara Lee, American singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine), dies at 44
  • 1994 Frederik baron van Pallandt, Danish singer (Nina & F), murdered at 61
  • 1994 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, dies at 71
  • 1995 Johnny Van Derrick, British jazz violinist (Pink Panther Theme), dies at 68
  • 1995 Perry Lederman, folk singer, dies at 52
  • 1996 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57

Person of interestJune Carter Cash

2003 June Carter Cash, American musician and singer dies aged 73

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 2004 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • 2008 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, dies at 88
  • 2008 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • 2010 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, dies at 82
  • 2011 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • 2020 Phil May, English rocker (Pretty Things), dies at 75