On This Day in Music for May 24

Events in Music

  • 1873 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premieres in Paris
  • 1948 Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres in Cambridge
  • 1956 1st Eurovision Song Contest: Lys Assia for Switzerland wins singing "Refrain" in Lugano
  • 1958 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances
  • 1964 Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
  • 1966 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances
  • 1969 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1980 "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
  • 1984 "Wiz" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 13 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1989 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1994 Poison singer Bret Michaels gets into a car crash
  • 2003 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga
  • 2008 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade

Birthdays in Music

  • 1610 Giovanni Battista Chinelli, composer
  • 1677 Alexandre de Villenueve, composer
  • 1736 Juan de Sesse y Balaguer, composer
  • 1754 Giacomo Conti, composer
  • 1767 Joseph Ignaz Schnabel, composer
  • 1781 Louis-Francois Dauprat, composer/horn player
  • 1831 Richard Hoffman, composer
  • 1841 Tito Mattei, pianist/composer
  • 1881 Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky, composer
  • 1886 Paul Paray, French conductor and composer (d. 1979)
  • 1903 Hilding Hallnas, composer
  • 1905 Zdenek Blazek, composer
  • 1908 Kresimir Fribec, composer
  • 1910 Margers Zarins, composer
  • 1910 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, composer
  • 1912 Joan Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Hans-Martin Linde, composer
  • 1932 Elaine Malbin, opera singer
  • 1934 Barry Rose, English choir-trainer and organist
  • 1936 Harold Budd, American avant-garde composer, born in Los Angeles

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1941 Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter (Blowin' in Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin') and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 1941 Brian Dennis, composer
  • 1941 Konrad Boehmer, composer
  • 1941 Tony Valentino, rocker (Standells-Dirty Water)
  • 1942 Derek Quinn, guitarist (Freddie & Dreamers-I'm Telling You Now)
  • 1944 Patti LaBelle, [Holt], singer (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Steve Upton, rock drummer (Wishbone Ash-There's the Rub, Locked In)
  • 1947 Mike Reid, Altoona Penn, country singer (Walk on Faith)
  • 1949 John Illsley, rocker (Dire Straits)
  • 1951 Rob Baker, rock drummer (Red Rider)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955 Rosanne Cash, country singer (Seven Year Ache, I Wonder), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash
  • 1956 Helen Terry, rocker (Now You're Mine)
  • 1963 Gene Anthony Ray, dancer/actor (Leroy-Fame), born in Harlem, New York
  • 1963 Kathy Leander, Swiss singer
  • 1967 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rapper, born in Mandeville, Middlesex (d. 2011)
  • 1967 Steve McDonald, rocker (Redd Kross)
  • 1969 Rich Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker)
  • 1970 Tommy Page, Glenridge, New Jersey, American singer (I'll Be Your Everything)
  • 1973 Ruslana, Ukrainian singer
  • 1975 Maria Lawson, British Singer
  • 1976 Alessandro Cortini, Italian musician
  • 1980 Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1986 Mark Ballas, professional dancer
  • 1987 Dominika Kasprzycka, Polish singer
  • 1988 Billy Gilman, American singer
  • 1991 Erika Umeda, Japanese singer
  • 1997 Exzavier Whitley, American folk singer (Finally Happy), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1986 Country singer Garth Brooks marries songwriter Sandy Mahl

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

HeartWedding of Interest

2014 Rapper and record producer Kanye West (36) weds model Kim Kardashian (33) at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West

Deaths in Music

  • 1762 Joseph Umstatt, Austrian composer, dies at 51
  • 1773 Jan Zach, composer, dies at 73
  • 1826 Friedrich Fesca, composer, dies at 37
  • 1831 Benjamin Carr, composer, dies at 62
  • 1871 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer, dies at 40
  • 1894 William Joseph Westbrook, composer, dies at 63
  • 1918 Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor
  • 1948 Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78
  • 1963 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • 1968 Bernard Rogers, composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974 Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1987 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • 1991 Gene Clark, folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49
  • 1994 Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
  • 1995 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist, dies at 54
  • 1996 Jacob Druckman, American composer, dies at 67
  • 2009 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • 2010 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Petr Muk, Czech composer, musician, performer, and singer (b. 1965)
  • 2010 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (b. 1972)