On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 27

Events in Music

  • 1796 James S McLean patents his piano
  • 1906 1st outlining of Gustav Mahler's 6th symphony, in Essen
  • 1950 "Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • 1957 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format
  • 1967 "Sherry!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 1972 "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • 1972 Jimmy Castor Bunch's "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" hits #6

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1975 Paul McCartney releases "Venus & Mars"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1976 "Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 61 performances

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1977 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
Rocker Steve Jones
Steve Jones
  • 1982 "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." opens at Alvin NYC for 5 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

1994 "The Flintstones" live action movie, starring John Goodman and Rick Moranis, opens

Actor John Goodman
John Goodman
Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis

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2018 South Korean boy band BTS are the first K-pop group to top the US Billboard 200 with their album "Love Yourself: Tear"

K-Pop Star Jimin
K-Pop Star

Birthdays in Music

  • 1738 Bonaventura Furlanetto, Italian composer, born in Venice (d. 1817)
  • 1799 Fromental Halévy, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1862)
  • 1806 Charles-Joseph Tolbecque, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1835)
  • 1822 Henry Wylde, English composer and conductor, born in Bushey, Hertfordshire (d. 1890)
  • 1822 Joachim Raff, German-Swiss composer, born in Lachen, Switzerland (d. 1882)
  • 1849 "Blind" Tom Wiggins, African-American pianist and composer, born in Harris County, Georgia (d. 1908) [1]
  • 1884 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer and biographer of Kafka, born in Prague (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1891 Claude Champagne, Canadian composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, born in Trieste (d. 1956)
  • 1902 Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, born in Glenwood, Minnesota (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader and pianist, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Harold Rome, American composer (Fanny, Pins & Needles), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian pianist and composer (New Guinea Fantasy), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, born in Thunder Bay, Canada (d. 1977)
  • 1920 Gwyneth George, Welsh cellist and teacher, born on the Mumbles, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Clifford “Bud” Shank, American jazz saxophonist and flute player, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Thea Musgrave, Scottish composer (Mary Queen of Scots, Pontalba), born in Barnton, Edinburgh
  • 1930 Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer (Joanna tentata), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Kenny Price, American country singer (Walking on New Grass, Happy Tracks), born in Florence, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • 1931 Veroslav Neumann, composer
  • 1935 Elias Gistelinck, Flemish composer
  • 1935 Ramsey Lewis, American jazz-pop pianist (Hang On Sloopy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935 Mal Evans [Malcolm Frederick Evans], British Beatles roadie and assistant, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1976)
  • 1939 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Rene Koering, composer
  • 1942 Priscilla Anne McLean, composer
  • 1943 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], pop singer and TV personality (Blind Date), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Bruce Cockburn, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1946 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish musician (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Liana Alexandra, Romanian pianist and composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2011)
  • 1948 Pete Sears, bassist (Jefferson Starship)
  • 1957 Eddie Harsch [Edward Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog, The Black Crowes), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1958 Neil Finn, New Zealand musician (Split Enz, Crowded House), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1963 Calliope Tsoupaki, Greek classical pianist and composer (Sappho's Tears), born in Piraeus, Greece
  • 1963 Gonzalo Rubalcabo [González], Cuban jazz pianist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1966 Sean Kinney, US rock drummer (Alice in Chains-We Die Young)
  • 1971 Left Eye [Lisa Lopes], American singer (TLC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1972 Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian singer
  • 1975 ZP Theart, British heavy metal rock singer and musician (DragonForce; Skid Row), born in Clanwilliam, South Africa
  • 1975 André 3000 [Benjamin], American rapper and actor (OutKast), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1975 Jadakiss [Jason Phillips], American rapper (The Lox), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1981 Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor

Weddings in Music

  • 1996 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida

Deaths in Music

  • 1638 Nicolas Formé, French composer, dies at 71
  • 1652 Jacques Huyn, French baroque composer, dies at 39
  • 1690 Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • 1708 Jacques Danican Philidor, French composer, dies at 51
  • 1840 Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violin virtuoso (Princess Lucca), dies at 57
  • 1878 Carlo Marsili, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • 1962 Egon Petri, Dutch classical pianist, dies at 81
  • 1968 Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30
  • 1983 (Arnoldus) Arnold van Wyk, South African concert pianist and composer (Nagmusiek - Night Music), dies at 67
  • 1988 Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • 1991 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • 1992 Glen White, dancer/actor (Graft, Camille), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1994 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), dies from lung cancer at 66
  • 1995 C W Stubblefield, music promoter, dies at 64
  • 1995 Ulysses Simpson Kay, American composer (Of New Horizons: Overture), dies at 78
  • 1995 László Kalmár, Hungarian composer (Triangles), dies at 63
  • 1996 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 1996 Ivan Sutton, British concert promoter (City Music Society), dies at 82
  • 2003 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (Chemins), dies at 77
  • 2004 Denis ApIvor, British composer, dies at 88
  • 2006 Dieter Acker, German composer and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • 2007 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (b. 1967)
  • 2007 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer and animal rights activist (Silk Stockings), dies at 75
  • 2011 Jeff Conaway, American actor and singer (Taxi - "Bobby"; Grease - "Kenickie"; Babylon 5 - "Zack"), dies of pneumonia and sepsis at 51
  • 2011 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer (Whitey on the Moon), dies at 62
  • 2017 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2018 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff, Call Me Madam, Dorothy), dies at 98