On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 18

Events in Music

  • 1887 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le Roi Malgré Luis" premieres in Paris
  • 1889 Jules Massenet's opera "Esclarmonde" premieres in Paris
  • 1897 Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin
  • 1948 "Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • 1950 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1959 "Castin' My Spell" by Johnny Otis Show hits #52
  • 1959 "Judy" by David Seville hits #86
  • 1959 "Russian Band Stand" by Spencer & Spencer hits #91
  • 1961 "Donnybrook!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 1963 "Beast in Me" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1963 "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1969 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • 1970 Beatles' last released LP, "Let It Be", released in US
  • 1974 "Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • 1985 "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head hits #3
  • 1986 "Singin' in the Rain" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 367 performances
  • 1996 41st Eurovision Song Contest: Eimear Quinn for Ireland wins singing "The Voice" in Oslo
  • 1997 "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • 1999 "Millennium" 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released - one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold

Music awardsMusic Awards

2008 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win

  • 2013 58th Eurovision Song Contest: Emmelie de Forest for Denmark wins singing "Only Teardrops" in Malmo

Birthdays in Music

  • 1744 Joseph Beer, Bohemia clarinetist/composer (5th clarinet flap)
  • 1759 Charles Duquesnoy, South Netherlands composer and singer, born in Beuzet (d. 1822)
  • 1819 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1885)
  • 1830 Karl Goldmark, Austro-Hungarian composer (Sakuhtala), born in Keszthely, Hungary (d. 1915)
  • 1836 Isidor Vorobchievici, Urainian composer, born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine (d. 1903)
  • 1854 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (Gisbertus of Aemstel, To My Fatherland), born in Amsterdam (d. 1924)
  • 1875 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, born in Padua (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Eduardo Fabini, Uruguayan composer, born in Solís de Mataojo, Uruguay (d. 1950)
  • 1886 Ole Windingstad, Norwegian composer (The Tide), born in Sandefjord, Norway (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific, RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1957)
  • 1901 Harry Robert Wilson, American composer, born in Salina, Kansas (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Henri-Pierre Sauguet, composer (La Chotte), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1902 [Robert] Meredith Willson, American composer (Music Man), born in Mason City, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Eric Zeisl, Austrian-American composer (Requiem Ebraico), born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • 1907 Clifford Curzon, pianist (MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England
  • 1911 Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)
  • 1912 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer (Catch A Falling Star) and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1913 Charles Trenet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), born in Reigate, England (1991)
  • 1920 Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1922 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1983)
  • 1923 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Roger Matton, Canadian composer, born in Granby, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Robert Morse, American singer and actor (Mad Men, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1939 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Rodney Dillard, rocker (Glittergrass)
  • 1944 Albert Hammond, rocker (It Never Rains In Southern California ), born in London
  • 1948 Joe Bonsall, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • 1949 William Wallace, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1952 George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • 1953 [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)
  • 1954 Wreckless Eric, rocker (Waxworks, Be Stiff)
  • 1954 Reinhold Heil, German composer
  • 1957 Michael Cretu, rocker (Enigma)
  • 1958 Toyah Wilcox, rocker (I Want to Be Free), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer
  • 1962 Sandra Cretu, German singer
  • 1965 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (d. 1995)
  • 1966 Michael Tait, American musician (dc Talk, Tait)
  • 1967 Rob Base [Ginyard], American rapper (Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock - "It Takes Two"), born in Harlem, New York
  • 1969 Martika [Marta Marrero], Cuban-American singer (Toy Soldiers), born in Whittier, California
  • 1975 Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter (In Between Dreams), born in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 1975 Peter Iwers, Swedish bass player (In Flames)
  • 1980 Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model
  • 1982 Eric West, American singer and actor

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1964 Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (19) weds Margrit Volkmar

LoveWedding of Interest

2007 Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (23) weds former video production assistant Blake Fielder-Civil (25) in Miami, Florida


Deaths in Music

  • 1697 Guillaume Dumanoir, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1733 Georg Bohm, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • 1767 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, German composer, dies at 28
  • 1829 Bernardo Bittoni, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1832 Bonafacio Asioli, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • 1909 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist & composer (Suite española, Tango in D), dies from nephritis at 48
  • 1910 Flor van Duyse, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1910 Pauline Viardot, French mezzo-soprano & composer, dies at 88
  • 1911 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer & conductor (Children's Death Songs), dies of heart disease at 50
  • 1913 Otto Reubke, German composer & brother of Julius Reubke, dies at 70
  • 1918 Toivo Kuula, Finnish composer, dies after being shot in a quarrel at 34
  • 1930 João Marcellino Arroyo, Portuguese composer, dies at 68
  • 1936 Alick Maclean, English composer, dies at 63
  • 1952 Rossetter Gleason Cole, American composer, dies at 86
  • 1972 Eero Sipilä, Finnish composer, dies at 53
  • 1972 Daniel Ray "Danny" Whitten, American musician & songwriter (Crazy Horse, Rod Stewart- "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), dies of a methaqualone overdose at 29
  • 1975 Leroy Anderson, American composer (Syncopated Clock), dies at 66
  • 1980 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • 1986 John Bubbles Sublett, American tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • 1988 David Moule-Evans, English composer & conductor, dies at 82
  • 1995 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer & actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • 1995 Gordon Reynolds, English organist & master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, dies at 74
  • 1995 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist & composer, dies at 93
  • 1999 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), dies at 44
  • 1999 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • 2000 Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician & arranger, dies at 54
  • 2004 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 76
  • 2007 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer & movie actor, dies at 74
  • 2009 Dolla [Roderick Anthony Burton II], American rapper, dies at21
  • 2012 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), dies at 86
  • 2014 Jerry Vale, American singer, dies at 83
  • 2017 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), commits suicide at 52
  • 2017 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, dies of kidney disease at 51