On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 24

Events in Music

  • 1873 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premieres in Paris

FireworksNotable Fireworks

1873 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes premieres in Moscow

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1964 Beatles' 3rd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
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  • 1966 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1969 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1969 "Sugar, Sugar" single released by The Archies (Billboard Song of the Year 1969)
  • 1970 Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 "The Dean Martin Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • 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 is involved in 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, Italian composer, born in Moletolo, Parma, Italy (d. 1677)
  • 1677 Alexandre de Villeneuve, French composer, born in Hyères, France (d. 1756)
  • 1736 Juan de Sesé y Balaguer, Aragonese composer, born in Calanda, Aragon, Spain (d. 1801)
  • 1754 Giacomo Conti, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1805)
  • 1767 Josef Schnabel, German composer, born in Naumburg am Queis, Silesia (d. 1831)
  • 1767 Ferdinand Franzl, German composer, born in Schwetzingen (d. 1833)
  • 1781 Louis François Dauprat, French composer and horn player, born in Paris (d. 1868)
  • 1831 Richard Hoffman, English-American composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1909)
  • 1841 Tito Mattei, Italian pianist and composer, born in Campobasso, Italy (d. 1914)
  • 1881 Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Slovak composer, born in Trnava, Slovakia (d. 1958)
  • 1886 Paul Paray, French organist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1951-62), and composer, born in Le Tréport, France (d. 1979)
  • 1903 Hilding Hallnäs, Swedish composer (Kärlekens ringdans), born in Halmstad, Sweden (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Zdeněk Blažek, Czech composer and music theorist (Verchovina), born in Žarošice, Moravia (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Krešimir Fribec, Croatian composer, born in Daruvar, Croatia (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Marģeris Zariņš, Latvian composer and writer, born in Jaunpiebalga, Russian Empire (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Finnish composer (Angoscia, Trittico sinfonico), born in Raisio, Finland (d. 1961)
  • 1912 Dame Joan Hood 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, German composer, born in Iserlohn, Germany
  • 1932 Elaine Malbin, American opera singer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Barry Rose, English choir-trainer and organist, born in Chingford, England
  • 1935 Valerie Capers, American jazz pianist, composer (Sing About Love; Sojourner), and educator, born in New York City
  • 1936 Harold Budd, American avant-garde ambient pianist and composer (The Pavilion of Dreams), born in Los Angeles (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1939 Clint Miller, American rockabilly singer ("Bertha Lou"), and politician (Virginia House of Representatives, 1972-96), born in Ferguson, North Carolina

Person of interestBob Dylan

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
Bob Dylan
  • 1941 Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer, born in Berlin (2014)
  • 1941 Tony Valentino, rocker (Standells-Dirty Water)
  • 1942 Derek Quinn, English guitarist (Freddie & Dreamers-I'm Telling You Now), born in Manchester, England
  • 1944 Patti LaBelle, American singer (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Terry Callier, American soul, folk and jazz guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("What Color Is Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Steve Upton, British-Welsh rock drummer (Wishbone Ash-There's the Rub, Locked In), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • 1947 Mike Reid, American country singer (Walk on Faith), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Albert Bouchard, American musician, singer and songwriter (Blue Öyster Cult), born in Watertown, New York
  • 1947 Robert "Waddy" Wachtel, American session musician, composer and record producer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Ernst Jansz, Dutch keyboardist and singer (Doe Maar), born in Amsterdam
  • 1951 Rob Baker, Canadian rock drummer (Red Rider)
  • 1953 Mark Rivera, American saxophonist, musical director and corporate entertainment provider (Billy Joel), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestRosanne Cash

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

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash
  • 1956 Helen Terry, British rocker (Now You're Mine), born in England
  • 1959 Mario Igrec, Croatian jazz guitarist, composer and music professor (Cubismo), born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1960 Guy Fletcher, British musician and keyboardist (Dire Straights), born in Maidstone, Kent
  • 1963 Gene Anthony Ray, American dancer and actor (Leroy-Fame), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1963 Kathy Leander, Swiss singer, born in Alle, Switzerland
  • 1967 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rapper, born in Mandeville, Middlesex (d. 2011)
  • 1967 Steve McDonald, American rocker (Redd Kross), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1969 Rich Robinson, American rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970 Tommy Page, Glenridge, New Jersey, American singer (I'll Be Your Everything)
  • 1973 Ruslana [Lyzhychko], Ukrainian singer and songwriter, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 1975 Maria Lawson, English singer (Ti.Pi.Cal.), born in London
  • 1976 Alessandro Cortini, Italian musician (Nine Inch Nails), born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1980 Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong-Australian actress and singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1986 Mark Ballas, American professional dancer (Dancing with the Stars), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1987 Dominika Kasprzycka, Polish singer, born in Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland
  • 1988 Billy Gilman, American singer (One Voice), born in Westerly, Rhode Island
  • 1989 G-Eazy [Gerald Earl Gillum], American rapper (Me, Myself & I, No Limit), born in Oakland, California
  • 1991 Erika Umeda, Japanese singer (ZYX), born in Minami-ku, Yokohama, Japan
  • 1997 Exzavier Whitley, American folk singer (Finally Happy), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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
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, dies at 50
  • 1948 Alfred Kastner, Austrian-American harpist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1963 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • 1968 Bernard Rogers, American composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75

Person of interestDuke Ellington

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

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1991 (Harold Eugene) Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds - "Eight Miles High"), dies from natural causes brought on by bleeding ulcer at 46
  • 1994 Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
  • 1995 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist, dies at 54
  • 1996 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus; Windows), 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)
  • 2020 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), dies of lung cancer at 91