On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 23

Events in Music

  • 1921 Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's musical "Shuffle Along" premieres on Broadway at Daly's 63rd Street Theatre, New York City [1]
  • 1922 "Abie's Irish Rose" 1st of over 2,500 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad

  • 1959 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 44 performances
  • 1960 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1960 "Got A Girl" by The Four Preps hits #24
  • 1966 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
  • 1968 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • 1969 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • 1970 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US (England)
  • 1971 Rock group Iron Butterfly disbands
  • 1979 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1997 "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC

Music releaseAlbum Release

2000 Eminem releases 3rd studio album "The Marshall Mathers LP", is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album 2001)

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter

Music awardsMusic Awards

2006 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Keith Urban win

Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban

Music releaseMusic Premiere

2014 "Pauline" a chamber opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes premieres at the York Theatre in Vancouver

  • 2015 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing "Heroes" in Vienna

Birthdays in Music

  • 1644 Thomas Eisenhut, German composer, born in Aursburg, Germany (d. 1702)
  • 1696 Johann Caspar Vogler, German composer and organist, born in Hausen, Schwarzburg-Arnstadt (d. 1763)
  • 1737 Louis François Chambray, French composer, born in Château de Chambray, Evreux, France (d. 1807)
  • 1741 Andrea Lucchesi, Italian composer, born in Motta di Livenza, Italy (d. 1801)
  • 1756 Nicolas-Joseph Hüllmandel, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)
  • 1759 António da Silva Leite, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1833)
  • 1794 Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles, Bohemian composer, born in Prague (d. 1870)
  • 1799 Thomas Hood, English poet and composer (The Song of the Shirt), born in London (d. 1845)
  • 1837 Józef Wieniawski, Polish pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, born in Lublin, Poland (d. 1912)
  • 1851 Antoni Stolpe, Polish pianist and composer, born in Pulawy, Poland (d. 1872)
  • 1871 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, born in Drammen (d. 1904)
  • 1889 José Padilla, Almería, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge)
  • 1901 Edmund Rubbra, English composer (Morning Watch), born in Northampton, England
  • 1902 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), born in Berlin (d. 1985)
  • 1906 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer
  • 1910 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1910 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • 1911 Boris Kremenliev, composer
  • 1914 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher
  • 1916 M Jean Francaix, composer
  • 1918 Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, band leader and record producer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)
  • 1919 Elizabeth "Betty" Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Ruth Fernandez, Ponce, Puerto Rico, singer (When you Return), politician, (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Helen O'Connell, Lima Ohio, singer (Green Eyes, Anapola)
  • 1921 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), born in Bromley (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, born in Crimora, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1928 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Jeannie Carson [Shufflebottom], British-born comedian, actress, singer and dancer (As Long as They're Happy, An Alligator Named Daisy), born in Yorkshire, England
  • 1928 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (d. 1998)
  • 1933 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2003)
  • 1933 Gary Burden, American artist and one of the pioneers for the concept of album cover art (designed covers for Neil Young, Nash, The Doors), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Robert Moog, American engineer (Moog synthesizer, Moog Music), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1936 Ingeborg Hallstein, German opera singer
  • 1939 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Jackson Hill, American composer and educator (Voices of Autumn), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1941 General George Norman Johnson, American singer (Down at the Beach Club)
  • 1944 Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood, US drummer (Funkadelic, Knee Deep)
  • 1945 Misty Morgan, American country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard - "Tennessee Bird Walk"), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1946 Danny Klein, American rock bassist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Judy Rodman, country singer (Girls Ride Horses Too), born in Riverside, California
  • 1952 James Mankey, rocker (Concrete Blonde)
  • 1952 Anne-Marie David, French singer
  • 1955 Dean Friedman, American singer-songwriter (Ariel), born in Paramus, New Jersey
  • 1955 Luka Bloom [Kevin Moore], Irish contemporary folk singer-songwriter and guitarist ("I Need Love"), born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  • 1957 Thereza Bazar, British-Canadian singer (Dollar-Love's Gotta Hold on Me), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 Jimmy McShane, Irish singer (Baltimora-Tarzan Boy), born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1958 Shelly West, country singer (Red Hot, West by West), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1958 François Feldman, French singer
  • 1967 Philip Selway, British alternative-rock singer-songwriter and drummer for Radiohead, born in Oxfordshire, England
  • 1967 Freddie "Junior" Waite, British reggae-rock drummer (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England

Person of interestJewel Kilcher

1974 Jewel Kilcher, American singer-songwriter (Pieces of You), born in Payson, Utah

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Jewel Kilcher
  • 1974 Mónica Naranjo, Spanish singer, born in Figueres, Spain
  • 1974 Charlie Yeung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Seven Swords), born in Hong Kong
  • 1978 Scott Raynor, American drummer (formerly of blink-182)
  • 1981 Gwenno Saunders, Former Welsh dancer, now singer with The Pipettes
  • 1982 Malene Mortensen, Danish singer
  • 1982 Tristan Prettyman, American musician
  • 1983 Cristiano Bilanzola, Canadian musician and filmmaker
  • 1983 Heidi Range, English singer (Sugababes)
  • 1991 Sarah Jarosz, American singer-songwriter (World on the Ground), born in Austin, Texas

Weddings in Music

  • 2004 Singer-guitarist Michelle Branch (21) weds musician Teddy Landau at Isla Pardito, Mexico
  • 2012 Grammy-winning Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz (43) weds longtime girlfriend Raquel Perera (37) in Barcelona

Deaths in Music

  • 1304 Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer
  • 1834 Charles Wesley, English organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1875 Johann Wilhelm Mangold, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1887 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, Norwegian composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1891 Ignace Leybach, French pianist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1926 Hans Koessler, composer, dies at 73
  • 1941 Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer, dies at 45
  • 1952 Georg Alfred Schumann, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1967 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), dies at 47
  • 1968 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • 1969 Jimmy McHugh, American composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74
  • 1974 Kathleen Cannell, American fashion and dance writer, dies at 82
  • 1987 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • 1989 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, dies at 49
  • 1991 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • 1991 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), dies at 95
  • 1992 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine singer, composer, and guitarist, dies at 84
  • 1994 Joe Pass [Passalaqua], American jazz guitarist ("The Trio" with Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald) and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • 1995 Keith Humble, Australian composer, dies at 67
  • 1997 Lovie Lee [Edward Lee Watson], American electric blues pianist, singer, and songwriter, dies at 88
  • 2003 Csaba Szabo. Hungarian composer, dies at 67
  • 2010 Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of Rolling Stone"), dies at 68