On This Day in Music for May 23

Events in Music

  • 1921 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
  • 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)
  • 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 Eminem
  • 2006 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Keith Urban win

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 Francois Chambray, composer
  • 1741 Andrea Lucchesi, composer
  • 1753 Giovanni Battista Viotti, violonist/composer
  • 1756 Nicolas-Joseph Hullmandel, composer
  • 1759 Antoinio da Silva Leite, composer
  • 1794 Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles, Bohemian composer, born in Prague (d. 1870)
  • 1799 Thomas Hood, English poet/composer (Song of the Shirt)
  • 1843 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, composer
  • 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, Northampton England, composer (Morning Watch) [or 3/23]
  • 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, Copenhagen Denmark, pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica)
  • 1924 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), born in Bromley (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Mac Wiseman, American musician
  • 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)
  • 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, composer
  • 1941 General George Norman Johnson, US singer (Down at the Beach Club)
  • 1944 Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood, US drummer (Funkadelic, Knee Deep)
  • 1945 Misty Morgan, country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard)
  • 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
  • 1957 Thereza Bazar, British-Canadian singer (Dollar-Love's Gotta Hold on Me), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 Jimmy McShane, 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

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)

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, composer, dies at 78
  • 1887 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, composer, dies at 74
  • 1891 Ignace Leybach, French pianist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1926 Hans Koessler, composer, dies at 73
  • 1941 Slavko Osterc, composer, dies at 45
  • 1952 Georg Alfred Schumann, German composer, dies at 85
  • 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
  • 1991 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • 1991 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895)
  • 1992 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine singer, composer, and guitarist, dies at 84
  • 1994 Joe Pass [Joseph Passalaqua], American virtuoso jazz guitarist (The Trio) and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • 1995 Keith Humble, Australian composer, dies at 67
  • 2003 Csaba Szabo. Hungarian composer, dies at 67