On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 22

Events in Music

  • 1659 France, England & Netherlands sign "Hedges Concerto" treaty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1836 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "St Paul" premieres in Dusseldorf

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1900 Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player
  • 1926 "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1961 "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe hits #1
  • 1961 "Touchables In Brooklyn" by Dickie Goodman hits #42
  • 1965 "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" hits #66
  • 1965 Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" single goes #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Cher calls David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1996 "Tartuffe: Born Again" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2002 37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson win

Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride

Music awardsMusic Awards

2011 19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter

Music releaseAlbum Release

2015 Daniel Johns releases “Talk”, his debut album as a solo artist

Musician Daniel Johns
Daniel Johns

Music concertMusic Concert

2017 Suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, England, after Ariana Grande concert kills 22 and injures 59

Birthdays in Music

  • 1722 Johannes Schmidlin, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1772)
  • 1759 Gervais-François Couperin, French composer (d. 1826)
  • 1780 Jan Emmanuel Doležálek, Bohemian organist and composer, born in Chotěboř, Bohemia, Habsburg Monarchy (d. 1858)
  • 1783 Thomas Forbes Walmisley, English composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1866)

Person of interestRichard Wagner

1813 Richard Wagner, German composer (The Ring of the Nibelung, Flying Dutchman), born in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (d. 1883)

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • 1820 Alexander Fesca, German pianist and composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1849)
  • 1850 Johann Schrammel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1893)
  • 1852 Émile Sauret, French violinist and composer, born in Dun-le-Roi, France (d. 1920)
  • 1865 Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish musician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1942)
  • 1874 Francesco Paolo Neglia, Italian composer, born in Enna, Italy (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Eastwood Lane, American composer, born in Brewerton, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1879 Jean Cras, French composer, born in Brest, France (d. 1932)
  • 1884 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, born in Lugo di Romagna (d. 1969)
  • 1885 Julio Fonseca, Costa Rican composer, born in San José, Costa Rica (d. 1950)
  • 1891 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), born in Châlons-sur-Marne, France (d. 1985)
  • 1891 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 1892 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (From Office Stool to High C), born in Amsterdam (d. 1969)
  • 1898 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), born in Denmark (d. 1977)
  • 1914 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Gordon Binkerd, American composer, born in Lynch, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Georg Tintner, Austrian conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum), born in Paris, France (d. 2018)
  • 1924 Claude André François Ballif, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1925 James King, American tenor, born in Dodge City, Kansas (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Roscoe Robinson, American gospel singer, born in Dermott, Arkansas
  • 1929 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, born in Kávala, Greece (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in Crumpsall, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Peter Nero [Bernard Nierow], American conductor and pianist (A Sunday in NY, Philadelphia POPS), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Ian Underwood, American musician (Frank Zappa), born in New York City
  • 1939 Árni Egilsson, Icelandic classical and jazz bassist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1941 Sebastian Forbes, British conductor, composer and music professor (The Aeolian Singers), born in Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1942 Calvin Simon, American rock vocalist (Funkadelic-1 Nation Under a Groove), born in Beckley, West Virginia
  • 1942 Malika Sabirova, Soviet Tajik ballet dancer, born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (d. 1982)
  • 1948 Doug Gray, American musician (The Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1950 Bernie Taupin, British singer and lyricist (writes with Elton John), born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • 1954 Jerry Dammers, British keyboardist (The Specials), born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1954 Aaron Rapoport, American photographer (music album covers), born in San Mateo County, California
  • 1955 Iva Davies, Australian rock guitarist and vocalist (Icehouse), born in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1955 Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money, The Greg Kihn Band), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1956 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • 1959 [Steven] Morrissey, British rock vocalist (The Smiths), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire
  • 1961 Dana Williams, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1966 Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 John Vanderslice, American rock musician and producer, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1980 Rhett Fisher, American actor and musician, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1989 Christian Sands, American jazz pianist and composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1956 Actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Singer-songwriter and guitarist Alanis Morissette (38) weds rapper Mario Treadway (32) in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • 2011 R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio

Deaths in Music

  • 1781 Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, Anglo-Irish composer, dies at 45
  • 1801 Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, composer, dies at 58
  • 1825 Domenico Corri, Italian composer, dies at 80
  • 1878 Franz von Holstein, composer, dies at 52
  • 1949 Hans Pfitzner, German composer (Palestrina), dies at 80
  • 1953 Vaclav Klicka, Czech composer, dies at 70

Person of interestLangston Hughes

1967 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), dies at 65

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 1971 Frank Ottersen, Norwegian jazz violinist and saxophonist (Ding, Dong, Dang), dies at 50
  • 1977 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • 1978 Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian composer, dies at 83
  • 1987 Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65
  • 1989 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1993 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, dies at 100 (b. 1892)
  • 1998 Milton Banana [Antônio de Souza], Brazilian bossa nova jazz drummer (João Gilberto and Stan Getz), dies at 63
  • 2001 Lorez Alexandria, American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), dies at 71
  • 2005 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), dies from prostate cancer at 91
  • 2006 Jack Patrick Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, dies at 90
  • 2011 1918-11-27 - Ze'ev Wolfgang Steinberg, Israeli violist and composer, dies at 92
  • 2013 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), dies at 97
  • 2020 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), dies at 70