On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 26

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

1946 Darius Milhaud's 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague

Composer Darius Milhaud
Darius Milhaud
  • 1955 "7th Heaven" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • 1962 "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • 1964 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances

Album Release Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

1967 EMI releases "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" a few days early in the UK; it would go to number one for 15 weeks in the US and 22 weeks in the UK

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One of the most famous album covers in music history, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
One of the most famous album covers in music history, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1973 Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970" album goes #1
  • 1973 Funky Worm by Ohio Players hits #15
  • 1973 Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Ernest hits #31
  • 1973 Tippett's 3rd Piano sonata premieres
  • 1974 During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14-year old is trampled

Music releaseMusic Single

1975 "Rhinestone Cowboy" single released by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year 1975)

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 1979 Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45
  • 1996 "Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 66 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2002 Eminem releases his 4th studio album “The Eminem Show” (2002 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2003)

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter

Music awardsMusic Awards

2004 39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride
Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith
  • 2012 57th Eurovision Song Contest: Loreen for Sweden wins singing "Euphoria" in Baku

Birthdays in Music

  • 1591 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1652) baptism date
  • 1773 Hans Georg Nägeli, Swiss composer, born in Wetzikon, Switzerland (d. 1836)
  • 1782 Joseph Drechsler, Czech composer, born in Vlachovo Březí, Czech Republic (d. 1852)
  • 1825 Felipe Gutiérrez Y Espinosa, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1899)
  • 1846 Arthur Coquard, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • 1853 Monroe Althouse, American composer, born in Centre Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • 1856 George Templeton Strong, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)

Person of interestIsadora Duncan

1877 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)

  • 1883 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), born in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1950)
  • 1893 Eugene Goossens, British conductor and composer (Perseus), born in London, England (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Ernst Bacon, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1898 Gérard Bertouille, Belgian composer, born in Tournai, Belgium (d. 1981)
  • 1904 George Formby, British singer and comedian, born in Wigan, Lancashire, England (d. 1961)
  • 1904 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, born in Kaunas, Lithuania (d. 2002)
  • 1905 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, born in Vienna (d. 1991)
  • 1916 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet, born in Marysville, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer (Is That All There Is), born in Jamestown, North Dakota (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2009)

Person of interestMiles Davis

1926 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1937 Yehuda Yannay, Romanian composer, born in Timișoara, Romania
  • 1938 Jaki Liebesit, German rocker (Can), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Teresa Stratas [Anastasia Stratakis], Canadian operatic soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938 William Bolcom, American composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1940 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - Up On Cripple Creek), born in Elaine, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Imants Kalniņš, Latvian classical, choral and rock composer (Hey, You There!), born in Riga, Latvian SSR
  • 1942 Ray Ennis, British rock guitarist (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good), born in Huyton, England
  • 1944 (Terence) Verden Allen, Welsh rock keyboardist (Mott the Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), born in Crynant, Neath, Wales
  • 1945 Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1946 Mick Ronson, English rock guitarist and producer (Mott the Hoople; The Spiders From Mars), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1993)
  • 1948 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Person of interestHank Williams Jr

1949 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1952 David Meece, Christian musician
  • 1957 Kristina Olsen, American musician
  • 1959 Wayne Hussey, English musician (Mission-Lover for Life), born in Bristol, England
  • 1959 Steve Hanley, English musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • 1962 Colin Vearncombe, singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2016)

Person of interestLenny Kravitz

1964 Lenny Kravitz, American musician who holds the record for most Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1999-2002), born in Manhattan, New York

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz

Person of interestLauryn Hill

1975 Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
  • 1976 Justin Pierre, American singer (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • 1977 Mark Hunter, American musician (Chimaira)
  • 1978 Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
  • 1981 Eda-Ines Etti, Estonian singer
  • 1981 Irini Merkouri, Greek singer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1994 Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • 2013 Cobra Starship rocker Gabe Saporta (33) weds fashion designer Erin Fetherston at St Nicholas Abbey plantation in Barbados

Deaths in Music

  • 1832 François-Louis Perne, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1871 Aimé Maillart, French opera composer (Les Dragons de Villars), dies at 54
  • 1873 August Conradi, German organist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1880 John Curwen, English Congregationalist minister and founder of Tonic sol-fa music system, dies at 63
  • 1891 Frederick Bowen Jewson, Scottish composer, dies at 67
  • 1912 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61
  • 1924 Johann Heinrich Beck, American composer, dies at 67
  • 1924 Victor Herbert, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Babes in Toyland; Eileen), dies of a heart attack at 65

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

1933 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, dies of a pulmonary hemorrhage at 35

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1950 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies
  • 1953 Albert Spalding, American violinist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1968 William E "Little Willie" John, US R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30)
  • 1977 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • 1982 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, dies at 97
  • 1988 José Muñoz Molleda, Spanish composer and politician, dies at 83
  • 1993 Cor de Great, pianist/conductor/composer (Vernissage), dies at 78
  • 1994 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit) dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1995 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist, dies at 61
  • 1996 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, musician, dies at 45
  • 1997 Jack Jersey, Indonesian-Dutch singer and producer, dies at 55
  • 1999 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor and entrepreneur, dies at 93
  • 2007 J Edward Oliver, cartoonist and composer (b. 1942)