On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 31

Events in Music

  • 1942 Avant-garde radio play "The City Wears A Slouch Hat" with music by John Cage and script by Kenneth Patchen broadcast in Chicago
  • 1958 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
  • 1961 Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, Missouri opens
  • 1969 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances
  • 1969 "Gitarzan" by Ray Stevens peaks at #8
  • 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance" in a Montreal hotel, during their second 'bed-in' for peace
  • 1969 Stevie Wonder releases the single "My Cherie Amour" which goes on to become a soul classic
  • 1975 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
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Weddings in Music

  • 1889 Polish pianist, and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski (38) weds Polish baroness, social activist, and humanitaran Helena Maria von Rosen (32) in Warsaw
  • 1998 American "Beastie Boys" rapper Adam Yauch (33) weds daughter of prominent Tibetan activists Dechen Wangdu in New York
  • 2014 American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge (53) weds American TV actress Linda Wallem (53) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Divorces in Music

  • 1949 American singer and actress Doris Day (27) divorces American saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage
  • 2007 Actress Billie Piper and radio DJ Chris Evans divorce after 6 years of marriage

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Musicians Who Died on May 31

  • 1696 Heinrich Schwemmer, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1809 Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer of the classical period (The Creation; Trumpet Concerto), dies at 77
  • 1854 Vatroslav Lisinski [Ignatius Fuchs], Croatian composer (Love and Malice), dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • 1947 Henri Casadesus, French violist and composer (Preludes for Viola d'amour), dies at 67
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