On This Day in Music for May 21

Events in Music

  • 1892 Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan
  • 1941 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
  • 1955 "House of Flowers" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • 1959 "Gypsy" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances
  • 1966 "Downtown" by Mrs Miller hits #82
  • 1966 "Time for Singing" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1966 Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97
  • 1967 "Sing, Israel Sing" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 14 performances
  • 1972 "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • 1977 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams

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1981 Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1983 "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63

Music release#1 in the Charts

1983 David Bowie's "Let's Dance" single goes #1

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1988 "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35

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1988 "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1994 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 16 performances
  • 1996 "You're Makin' Me High" single released by Toni Braxton (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 1997)
  • 2003 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • 2005 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing "My Number One" in Kiev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Flavor Flav is arrested near Las Vegas on charges including speeding and driving under the influence

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
  • 2017 BTS wins the Top Social Artist at the Billboard Awards, becoming the first Kpop group to win any Billboard Award

Birthdays in Music

  • 1633 Joseph de La Barre, composer
  • 1671 Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, composer
  • 1680 Frederich Karl Erbach, composer
  • 1720 Antonio Corbisiero, composer
  • 1722 Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, composer
  • 1841 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1903)
  • 1867 Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer
  • 1880 Pablo Luna y Carne, composer
  • 1888 May Aufderheide, composer
  • 1890 Albert van Raalte, conductor (AVRO-orchestra)
  • 1898 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, born in Vizovice, Moravia (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Horace Heidt, Alameda California, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon)

Person of interestFats Waller

1904 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin'), born in NYC, New York (d. 1943)

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1905 Edward Lockspeiser, composer
  • 1913 Gina Bachauer, Greek pianist (d. 1976)
  • 1917 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • 1920 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1923 Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter
  • 1924 Robert Parris, composer (Book of Imaginery Beings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1926 Joseph Horovitz, composer
  • 1929 Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)
  • 1932 Robert Sherlaw Johnson, composer
  • 1933 Maurice André, French trumpeter, (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Terry Lightfoot, clarinetist/bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen)
  • 1939 Heinz Holliger, composer, oboist, & conductor

Person of interestTony Sheridan

1940 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with The Beatles, born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1941 Ronald Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1941 Martin Carthy, English musician
  • 1943 Hilton Valentine, rock guitarist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1944 Marcie Blane, American singer, born in New York City
  • 1947 William "Bill" Champlin, American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and producer (Chicago, Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California
  • 1948 Leo Sayer, British singer (You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need Love), born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
  • 1949 Arno Hintjens, Belgian singer (T C Matic)
  • 1949 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)
  • 1954 Marc Ribot, American guitarist (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1955 John Glavin, rock keyboardist (Molly Hatchet
  • 1955 Stan Lynch, rock drummer (Tommy Petty & Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1961 Tim Lever, keyboard/sax (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)
  • 1963 Kevin Shields, American born Irish musician (My Bloody Valentine), born in Queens, New York
  • 1968 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, born in Quezon City, Philippines (d. 1985)
  • 1972 Adriano Cintra, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • 1972 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper (Life After Death), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1974 Havoc [Kejuan Muchita], American rapper (Mobb Deep), born in Queensbridge, Queens, New York
  • 1975 Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist
  • 1976 Deron Miller, American rock musician
  • 1976 Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper
  • 1979 Gaspard Augé, French musician
  • 1981 Maximilian [Max] Mutzke, German singer
  • 1985 Kano [Robinson], English rapper and actor, born in London
  • 1985 Mutya Buena, English singer (ex-Sugababes)
  • 1985 Marco Carta, Italian singer
  • 1986 Myra, Mexican-American singer
  • 1992 Olivia Olson, American singer and actress

Weddings in Music

  • 1994 Country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds Robert Reynolds (32)

Deaths in Music

  • 1812 Joseph Wolfl, composer, dies at 38
  • 1815 Roman Hoffstetter, German classical composer, dies at 73
  • 1817 Johann Friedrich Christmann, composer, dies at 64
  • 1844 Guiseppi Baini, composer, dies at 68
  • 1860 Johannes Frederik Fröhlich, Danish composer, dies at 53
  • 1885 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer, dies at 73
  • 1895 Franz von Suppe, Austrian composer (Poet und Bauer), dies at 76
  • 1897 Karol Mikuli, composer, dies at 77
  • 1926 Georgy Catoire, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • 1954 Janos Hammerschlag, composer, dies at 68
  • 1957 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • 1973 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • 1976 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer, dies at 77
  • 1976 Harold Blair, Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist, dies at 51
  • 1979 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1983 Finn Einar Mortensen, composer, dies at 61
  • 1996 Peter Fletcher, music teacher, dies at 60
  • 1999 Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12) (b. 1979)
  • 2006 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  • 2006 Billy Walker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • 2013 Trevor Bolder, British rock musician and record producer (Uriah Heep, The Spiders from Mars), dies from cancer at 62
  • 2013 Frank Comstock, American orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show), dies at 90
  • 2014 Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian composer, dies at 87
  • 2015 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • 2016 Nick Menza, American musician and drummer (Megadeth), dies at 51