On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 25

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1878 W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" premieres in London, their first international success

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1887 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Béla Bartòk's "Enchanted Deer" premieres

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1957 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1962 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • 1963 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • 1965 Dave Davies of The Kinks stumbles and is knocked unconscious on stage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelically painted Rolls Royce

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1968 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • 1968 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 George Harrison releases "Give Me Love" in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1977 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released

Film release premierFilm Release

1977 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
Actress Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
  • 1980 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • 1983 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars Part VI), produced by George Lucas first released

Music releaseMusic Recording

1989 Weird Al Yankovic records "She Drives Like Crazy"

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1991 "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 53rd Cannes Film Festival: "Dancer in the Dark" directed by Lars von Trier and starring Björk (Best Actress) wins the Palme d'Or

Singer Björk
  • 2002 47th Eurovision Song Contest: Marie N for Latvia wins singing "I Wanna" in Tallinn

Music awardsMusic Awards

2011 46th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Brad Paisley win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Birthdays in Music

  • 1688 Christian August Jacobi, German composer, born in Grimma, Leipzig (d. 1725)
  • 1726 Giuseppi Paolucci, Italian composer, born in Siena, Italy (d. 1776)
  • 1767 Friedrich Johann Eck, German violinist and composer (Concertos pour violon), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1838)
  • 1821 Diederich Krug, German pianist and composer (Le petit Chevalier), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1880)
  • 1847 Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and musicologist (Histoire et Bibliographie de la Typographie Musicale dans les Pays-Bas), born in Antwerp, Belgian (d. 1922)
  • 1877 Billy Murray, American singer (Denver Nightengale), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

Person of interestBill Robinson

1878 Bill Robinson "Bojangles", American actor and tap dancer (Stormy Weather, The Little Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1949)

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
  • 1882 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), born in Pomona, California (d. 1959)
  • 1888 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of the Opera, Postman's Knock), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1969)
  • 1889 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), born in San Fernando, Argentina (d. 1963)
  • 1889 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Mischa Levitzki, Russian-born American pianist and composer (The Enchanted Nymph), born in Kremenchuk, Russian Empire (d. 1941)
  • 1899 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher, born in Asansol, Burdwan, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1976)
  • 1901 Milenko Živković, Yugoslavian composer, born in Beograd (d. 1964)
  • 1902 Helvi Leiviskä, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Kurt Thomas, German composer, born in Tönning, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1912 Eddie Maxwell [Cherkose], American lyricist (Breathless) and actor, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1914 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American actress and singer (Night and Day, Kay Kyser Band), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Gino Negri, Italian composer, born in Perledo (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Hal David, American lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Aldo Clementi, Italian composer, born in Catania, Sicily (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Tom T. Hall, American country singer and writer (Harper Valley PTA), born in Olive Hill, Kentucky
  • 1941 Bill Young, rocker, born in Daingerfield, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1942 Brian "Blinky" Davison, British rocker (The Nice), born in Leicester, England (d. 2008)
  • 1943 John "Poli" Palmer, British rocker (Family), born in Evesham, Worcestershire
  • 1943 Leslie Uggams, American singer and actress (Leslie Uggams Show, Roots), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Jessi Colter [Miriam Johnson], American country singer (I'm Not Lisa), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1946 Timothy "Tim" Hinkley, British singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Jody Grind), born in London
  • 1948 Klaus Meine, German musician (Scorpions), born in Hannover, Germany
  • 1950 Robert "Robby" Steinhardt, American rock violinist and singer (Kansas), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1951 Chuck Ruff, American rock drummer (Frankenstein), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Rich Alves, American singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in Pleasanton, California
  • 1956 Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott, Jamaican singer (The African Brothers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2010)
  • 1956 David P. Sartor, American music composer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958 Paul Weller, English guitarist (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • 1960 Wallace Roney, American post-bop jazz trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1965 Mark Knight, American rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals), born in California
  • 1965 Remco Prins, Dutch rock guitarist and vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash)
  • 1974 Frank Klepacki, American video game composer (Command & Conquer: Red Alert), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1976 Sandra Nasić, German singer (Guano Apes), born in Göttingen, Germany
  • 1978 Adam Gontier, Canadian singer (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • 1982 Rasheeda [Buckner-Frost], American hiphop singer, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1984 Marion Raven, Norwegian singer and songwriter (M2M), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • 1984 Kostas Martakis, Greek singer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1985 Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress (Floribella), born in Massarelos, Porto, Portugal

Weddings in Music

  • 1996 Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in Music

  • 1555 Gemma Frisius [Jemme Reinerszoon], Frisian physician, mathematician and instrument maker (created globe), dies at 46
  • 1765 Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, composer, dies at 53
  • 1826 Christian Friedrich Ruppe, Dutch-German composer, dies at 72
  • 1862 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), dies at 60
  • 1914 Paolo Giorza, Italian-Australian composer, dies at 81
  • 1917 Léon Vasseur, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1924 Theodore F. Morse, American composer, dies at 51
  • 1934 Gustav Holst, English composer (Ode to Death), dies at 59
  • 1936 Ján Levoslav Bella, Slovak composer, dies at 92
  • 1942 Emanuel Feuermann, cellist (Chicago Symph Orchestra), dies at 39
  • 1946 Patty Smith Hill, American composer, teacher and songwriter (Happy Birthday to You), dies at 78
  • 1955 Wardell Gray, American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 34
  • 1964 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, composer, dies at 92
  • 1965 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • 1966 Ricardo Castillo, Guatemalan composer, dies at 71
  • 1971 Mark Brunswick, composer, dies at 69
  • 1974 Pam Morrison, wife of Door's vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose
  • 1981 Rosa Ponselle[Ponzillo], American soprano opera diva ("Casta Diva"; La Forza del Destino - "Leonora"; Metropolitan Opera, 1918-37), dies at 84
  • 1981 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1984 Piet Ketting, Dutch pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • 1994 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • 1995 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63
  • 1996 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • 2003 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta) (b. 1976)
  • 2005 Ruth Laredo, American pianist (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), dies at 64
  • 2006 Otto Zykan, Austrian pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • 2008 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2010 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • 2013 Marshall Lytle, American Rock bassist, dies from lung cancer at 79
  • 2018 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 90