On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 19

Events in Music

  • 1886 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C premieres

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1911 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres in Paris

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • 1958 "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • 1962 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • 1962 "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
  • 1973 "Daisy A Day" by Jud Strunk hits #14
  • 1973 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1979 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
  • 1980 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1991 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert NYC after 225 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1992 "Some Gave All" debut album by Billy Ray Cyrus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus

Film release premierFilm Release

1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson is released in cinemas

Actress Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
Actor Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • 2007 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,826): Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1 – 0 (a.e.t.); Didier Drogba scores 116' winner for Blues' 4th title

Music awardsMusic Awards

2013 21st Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Red win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
  • 2019 64th Eurovision Song Contest won by Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands
  • 2020 WHO member states agree to set up an inquiry into the global response to the pandemic, including looking at the WHO itself

Birthdays in Music

  • 1616 Johann Jakob Froberger, German singer/organist/composer
  • 1740 Joseph Franz Weigl, German cellist and early proponent of the 'thumb technique', born in Bavaria (d. 1820)
  • 1746 Johann Friedrich Peter, composer
  • 1755 Gabriele Prota, composer
  • 1770 Antoine-Charles Glachant, composer
  • 1839 Alice Mary Smith, British composer, born in London (d. 1884)
  • 1861 Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
  • 1873 Federico Gerdes, composer
  • 1878 Adam von Ahn Carse, composer
  • 1884 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer (Adriaan Brouwer) (or 5/10)
  • 1895 Albert Hay Malotte, composer
  • 1895 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic (d. 1959)
  • 1901 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, born in Corumbá, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Schlomo Joffe, composer
  • 1924 Sandy Galbraith Wilson, composer
  • 1926 Paul Cooper, American composer, born in Victoria, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Michael Adamis, composer
  • 1930 Hans Kox, Dutch composer (Dorian Gray), born in Arnhem
  • 1931 Ruben Radica, composer
  • 1931 Eric Tappy, Swiss tenor
  • 1932 Alma Cogan, English singer (d. 1966)
  • 1932 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor, born in Joliette, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Jan Wijn, Dutch pianist
  • 1938 [Brian Keith] Herbie Flowers, English bassist and session musician (Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson, T-Rex), born in Isleworth, England
  • 1939 Richard Lowe Teitelbaum, American composer, born in New York City
  • 1939 Tomasz Sikorski, Polish minimalist composer (Solitude of Sounds), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1988)
  • 1939 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Mickey Newbury, rocker
  • 1941 Marc-Antonio Consoli, composer

Person of interestPete Townshend

1945 Peter Townshend, English rock guitarist, vocalist and composer (The Who-Tommy), born in London, England

  • 1947 Jerry Hyman, rock singer/trombonist (Blood Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Steve Currie, British rock bassist (T. Rex; Marc Bolan), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1981)
  • 1948 Grace Jones, Jamacian singer/actress (Vamp, A View to a Kill), born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine
  • 1948 Tom Scott, American saxophonist and composer (L.A. Express, The Blues Brothers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Joseph "Dusty" Hill, American rock bassist, songwriter (ZZ Top - "Cheap Sunglasses; "Legs"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1951 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], lead singer of the punk rock band The Ramones (Baby I Love You)
  • 1952 Barbara Loomis, rocker (BT Express)
  • 1954 Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock 'n Roll Damnation), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1956 Martyn Ware, rocker (Heaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • 1960 Yazz [Yasmin Evans], singer (Fine Time), born in London, England
  • 1961 Ronan Hardiman, Irish composer (Michael Flatley soundtracks), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1962 Iain Harvie, Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens)
  • 1972 Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)
  • 1981 Nate Cole, American singer
  • 1991 Jordan Pruitt, American singer (The Voice), born in Loganville, Georgia
  • 1991 Moses Sumney, American singer-songwriter (Græ), born in San Bernadino, California
  • 1992 Sam Smith, English singer-songwriter (Stay with Me), born in London, England
  • 2003 JoJo Siwa, American dancer, singer and YouTube personality, born in Omaha, Nebraska

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1979 British guitarist Eric Clapton (34) marries Model and George Harrison's ex-wife Patti Boyd (35); divorce in 1989

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

Deaths in Music

  • 1601 Costanzo Porta, Italian composer
  • 1786 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1928 Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, American composer, dies at 59
  • 1935 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1954 Charles Ives, American composer (Unanswered Question), dies at 79
  • 1958 Bruno Stürmer, German conductor, composer and educator dies at 65
  • 1961 Joe Howard, American vaudeville, Broadway, and television singer (Gay Nineties Revue), and songwriter ("Hello Ma Baby"), dies at 91
  • 1969 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, dies at 64
  • 1971 Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch-American composer (3 Songs for Chinese), dies at 76
  • 1986 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • 1992 Hans Vogt, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1998 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, dies of cancer at 76
  • 1999 James Blades, English percussionist (b. 1901)
  • 2001 Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Freddie Garrity, English lead singer from the band Freddie and the Dreamers (b. 1940)
  • 2009 Nicholas Maw, British composer, dies at 73
  • 2019 Alfred Janson, Norwegian jazz and classical pianist and composer (Passacaglia Vendetta; Variations over Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune), dies at 82