On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 28

Events in Music

  • 1906 Shields/Cobbs musical "His honor, the Mayor" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1938 Paul Hindemith's opera "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Zurich

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1940 Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1959 Johnson & Bart's musical "Lock up your daughters" premieres in London
  • 1960 "Greenwillow" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 95 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 9th String quartet

Music releaseAlbum Release

1971 Paul McCartney releases his 2nd solo album "Ram"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1974 "Magic Show" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 1859 performances
  • 1974 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Magic Show" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 "Ricky" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1991 "Forever My Lady" debut studio album by Jodeci is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1992)
  • 1995 "An Inspector Calls" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 454 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Music releaseMusic Single

2010 "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" single released by Alicia Keys (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

Birthdays in Music

  • 1765 Jean Baptiste Cartier, French musician and composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1841)
  • 1777 Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, Flemish composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1858)
  • 1778 Friedrich Westenholz, German composer, born in Ludwigslust, Germany (d. 1840)
  • 1779 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)
  • 1780 Franz Joseph Fröhlich, German composer, born in Würzburg, Bavaria (d. 1862)
  • 1798 Josef Dessauer, Austrian composer, born in Prague (d. 1876)
  • 1830 Carl Filtsch, Transylvanian composer and pianist child prodigy, born in Mühlbach (Sebeș), Romania (d. 1845)
  • 1841 Giovanni Sgambati, Italian pianist and composer, born in Rome (d. 1914)
  • 1844 Léon Vasseur, French composer, born in Bapaume, France (d. 1917)
  • 1883 George Dyson, English musician and composer, born in Halifax, Yorkshire (d. 1964)
  • 1883 Luigi Perrachio, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1966)
  • 1886 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American conductor (Seattle Symphony), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1965)
  • 1896 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1898 Andy Kirk, American jazz musician (I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)), born in Newport, Kentucky (d. 1992)
  • 1900 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz musician, born in Mandeville, Louisiana (d. 1939)
  • 1904 Shalva Mikhailovich Mshvelidze, Russian composer, born in Tiflis (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Phil Regan, American actor and singer (My Wild Irish Rose), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

1910 T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1915 Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Austrian violinist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Papa John Creach, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Gyorgy Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), born in Transylvania, Romania (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), born in Zehlendorf, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Bernhard Lewkovitch, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen
  • 1930 Julian Slade, English popular composer (Salad Days), born in London (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Peter Talbot Westergaard, American composer and educator, born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Henning Christiansen, composer
  • 1934 Rob du Bois, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • 1938 Prince Buster [Cecil Bustamente Campbell], Jamaican-born reggae musician and producer (Madness), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • 1943 Dennis Riley, American composer (Masques (for wind quintet)), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Tony Mansfield [Anthony Bookbinder], British rock drummer (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1943 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano, born in Athens (d. 2004)
  • 1944 Billy Vera, musician (& Beaters-At This Moment, Into the Night)
  • 1944 Gladys Knight, American singer known as the Empress of Soul (The Pips, Midnight Train to Georgia), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), born in Jenkins, Kentucky (d. 2003)
  • 1944 Patricia Quinn, Lady Stephens, Northern-Irish actress, voice artist and singer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1945 John Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1947 Leland Sklar, American bass guitarist and session musician (James Taylor; Crosby, Stills & Nash), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1948 Ray Laidlaw, British rock drummer (Jack the Lad)
  • 1949 Wendy O. Williams, American musician (The Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
  • 1953 Arto Lindsay, American musician and producer (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1954 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
  • 1959 Leon "The Bop" Klaasse, rock drummer/singer (The Pilgrims-Red)
  • 1959 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, born in Newbridge, Caerphily (d. 2015)
  • 1961 Roland Gift, UK, rocker (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • 1963 Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1964 Phil Vassar, American country music singer-songwriter (Just Another Day In Paradise), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1965 Chris Ballew, American musician

Person of interestKylie Minogue

1968 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop star and singer (Locomotion), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • 1977 Ashley Ryan Ruiz Offord, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1980 Mark Feehily, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • 1981 Adam Green, American singer and songwriter
  • 1985 Colbie Caillat, American folk singer-songwriter (Breakthrough, Bubbly, Realize), born in Malibu, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1998 "Xena: The Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless (30) weds executive producer Rob Tapert (43) at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless

Deaths in Music

  • 1650 Gilles Hayne, Flemish composer, dies at 59
  • 1787 Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, dies at 67
  • 1791 Joseph Schmitt, German Dutch composer, dies at 57
  • 1805 Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer/cellist (Minuet), dies at 62
  • 1833 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, composer, dies at 74
  • 1836 Anton Reicha, Czech French composer, dies at 66
  • 1838 Thomas Busby, English composer, dies at 82
  • 1883 August Freyer, Polish musician and composer, dies at 79
  • 1890 Viktor Nessler, Alsatian composer, dies at 49
  • 1914 Adolf Sonnenfeld, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1922 Carl Teike, German military composer, dies at 58
  • 1940 Theodor Streicher, Austrian composer, dies at 65
  • 1952 Joseph Lauber, Swiss concert pianist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1954 Achille Longo, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1958 Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Slovak composer, dies at 77
  • 1963 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, dies at 60
  • 1964 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), dies at 76
  • 1973 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • 1977 Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
  • 1981 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), dies at 71
  • 1988 Melvin "Sy" Oliver, American jazz arranger, songwriter (Tommy Dorsey - "Yes, Indeed!") dies at 77 [1]
  • 1993 Charles "Doctor" Ross, American blues singer and guitarist (Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss), dies at 67
  • 1995 Henning Kronstam, Danish dancer, dies at 60
  • 1996 Jimmy Rowles [Hunter], American jazz pianist and composer (The Peacocks), dies of cardiac arrest at 77
  • 2002 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • 2003 Janet Collins, American ballerina, choreographer, and teacher, dies at 86
  • 2008 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 80
  • 2014 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84
  • 2018 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, dies at 93
  • 2020 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90