On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 30

Events in Music

  • 1866 Opera "Die Verkaufte Braut" premieres (Prague)
  • 1917 Jazz standard "Dark Town Strutters Ball" by Shelton Brooks recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1923 Howard Hanson's 1st Symphony "Nordic" premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1938 Walter Piston's dance work, The Incredible Flutist, written for the Boston Pops Orchestra, which premieres it, Arthur Fiedler conducting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite" premieres

Composer Darius Milhaud
Darius Milhaud
  • 1959 "First Impressions" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 84 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 "Nervous Set" closes at Henry Miller's Theater NYC after 23 performances

Author Henry Miller
Henry Miller

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" premieres

  • 1964 "Beyond the Fringe" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 673 performances
  • 1964 Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia
  • 1964 The Beatles' "Love Me Do" single goes #1 in the United States
  • 1968 Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"
  • 1970 "Minnie's Boys" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • 1971 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice
  • 1975 Wings release "Venus & Mars" album
  • 1982 "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." closes at Alvin NYC after 5 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2000 35th Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw win

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John reveals her breast cancer has returned after 25 years

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Singer R. Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse in Chicago

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Birthdays in Music

  • 1578 Valentin Dretzel, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1658)
  • 1797 Johann Christian Lobe, German composer, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1881)
  • 1808 Joaquim Casimiro Jr., Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon (d. 1862)
  • 1844 Louis Varney, French composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1908)
  • 1853 Karl Valentin, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1918)
  • 1883 Riccardo Zandonai, Italian composer, born in Borgo Sacco, Rovereto, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1887 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1954)

Person of interestBenny Goodman

1909 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • 1913 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1983)
  • 1914 Bobby Sherwood, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • 1920 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • 1920 John Heawood, Canadian actor, singer and choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), born in Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Claude Prey, French composer, born in Fleury sur Andelle (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1928 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, born in 's-Graveland, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1930 David Evatt Tunley, Australian composer, born in Australia
  • 1932 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, born in Oulu, Finland (d. 1981)
  • 1945 Steve Smith, American singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1945 Gladys Horton, American pop singer (The Marvelettes - "Please Mr. Postman"; "Too Many Fish In The Sea"), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2011) [or 1944]
  • 1951 Zdravko Čolić, Yugoslav-Bosnian singer, born in Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia
  • 1952 Zoltán Kocsis, Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer, born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Nicky "Topper" Headon, English drummer (Clash-Complete Control)
  • 1957 Chris Van Jaarsveld, guitarist (Sleeze Beez)
  • 1958 Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer (Roxette - Must Have Been Love), born in Össjö, Sweden (d. 2019)
  • 1960 Stephen "Tea Tower" Duffy, rocker (Lilac Time-Paradise Song)
  • 1964 Wynonna Judd [Christina Ciminella], American country singer (The Judds), born in Ashland, Kentucky

Person of interestTom Morello

1964 Tom Morello, American guitarist (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in NYC, New York

Guitarist Tom Morello
Tom Morello
  • 1966 Stephen Malkmus, American songwriter, singer and guitarist (Pavement), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1968 Tim Burgess, English rock vocalist (Charlatans - "Only One I Know"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England

Person of interestIdina Menzel

1971 Idina Menzel, American actress and singer, born in Queens, New York

Actress and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 1974 Cee-Lo Green [Thomas Callaway], American Grammy winning singer-songwriter (Crazy, F*** You), reality TV judge (The Voice), record producer, and actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1974 Big L [Lamont Coleman], American rapper (Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1981 Devendra Banhart, Venezulan-American singer-songwriter (Cripple Crow), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1989 Kevin Covais, American singer (American Idol) and actor, born in Levittown, New York

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1966 American country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton (20) weds Carl Dean (23) in Ringgold, Georgia

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton
  • 1992 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (50) weds American rock singer-songwriter Edie Brickell (26)

Deaths in Music

  • 1746 Giovanni Antonio Pollarolo, composer, dies at 69
  • 1791 Ildephons Haas, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1797 Carl Ludwig Junker, German composer, dies at 48
  • 1833 Josef Slavik, Czech composer, dies at 27
  • 1870 Gustave Vogt, French composer, dies at 89
  • 1906 William Yeates Hurlstone, composer, dies at 30
  • 1923 Camille Chevillard, French composer, dies at 63
  • 1935 Lothar Windsperger, composer, dies at 49
  • 1947 Sidney Nicholson, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1953 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67
  • 1959 Thomas Carl Whitmer, American composer, dies at 85
  • 1969 Gaston Brenta, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1969 John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45
  • 1971 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, dies at 85
  • 1972 Margaret Ruthven Lang, composer, dies at 104
  • 1973 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
  • 1977 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1977 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • 1980 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), dies of a kidney infection at 37
  • 1986 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
  • 1987 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • 1989 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1992 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1993 Sun Ra [Herman Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), dies at 79
  • 1996 Bob Stroup, trombonist, dies at 57
  • 1996 John Kahn, bassist, dies at 47
  • 1997 West Arkeen, American musician, best known for co-writing several Guns N' Roses songs (It's So Easy, The Garden), dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • 2000 Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)
  • 2001 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2003 Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)
  • 2011 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), dies at 88
  • 2013 Elliot del Borgo, American music educator (SUNY/Crane School of Music, 1966-95) and composer (1980 Winter Olympics), dies at 74
  • 2019 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), dies at 69