On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 31

Events in Music

  • 1958 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, opens

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 1969 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances
  • 1969 "Gitarzan" by Ray Stevens peaks at #8

Music releaseMusic Recording

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Music releaseMusic Single

1969 Stevie Wonder releases the single "My Cherie Amour" which goes on to become a soul classic

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1975 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • 1975 "Fight the Power" single released by The Isley Brothers (Billboard Song of the Year 1975)
  • 1976 The Who set the record for the loudest concert of all time, 120 decibels at 50 metres, at The Valley in Charlton
  • 1977 "Beatlemania" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances
  • 1979 "I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 1979 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens
  • 1980 "Love Stinks" by J. Geils Band peaks at #38
  • 1982 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • 1989 1st presentation of rock 'n' roll Elvis awards
  • 1997 "Once Upon a Matress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2007 Rihanna releases her breakthrough album "Good Girl Gone Bad"

Singer Rihanna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Psy's "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube

K-Pop Star Psy
K-Pop Star

Birthdays in Music

  • 1656 Marin Marais, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1728)
  • 1674 Friedrich Erhard Niedt, German composer, born in Jena, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1708)
  • 1802 Cesare Pugni, Italian composer, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1870)
  • 1804 Louise Farrenc, French pianist, composer and only female professor at the Paris Conservatory during the 19th century, born in Paris (d. 1875)
  • 1817 Édouard Deldevez, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1897)
  • 1866 Vladimir Rebikov, Russian pianist and composer, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1875 Italo Montemezzi, Italian composer (L'amore dei tre re), born in Vigasio, Italy (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Mark Hambourg, Russian-British composer, born in Boguchar, Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1892 Louis Fourestier, composer
  • 1892 Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
  • 1898 Johan Brouwer, Dutch pianist/writer/resistance fighter
  • 1901 Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1902 Billy Mayerl, composer
  • 1902 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), born in Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Ralph Walter Wood, composer
  • 1906 Hans Schaeuble, Swiss composer, born in Arosa, Switzerland (d. 1988)
  • 1912 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
  • 1913 Albert Delvaux, Belgian composer (Symphonia Burlesca), born in Louvain, Belgium (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, born in Kushiro Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer
  • 1919 Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician
  • 1927 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Jacob Lateiner, pianist/professor (Juiliard), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1929 Zoltán Aladár, Transylvanian composer, music critic and teacher (The Goat and the Three Goons), born in Homorodszentmárton, Romania (d. 1978)
  • 1931 Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931 Huby Heard, singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Karl-Erik Welin, composer
  • 1938 Peter Yarrow, American singer-songwriter (Peter, Paul & Mary), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Johnny Paycheck [Donald Lytle], American country singer (Take This Job and Shove It), born in Greenfield, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1939 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1940 August "Augie" Meyers, American singer-songwriter, producer, and record label owner (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1941 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist/professor (Barnard, Bkln), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Wayne Carson, country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Debbie Moore, founder/CEO (Pineapple Dance Studios)
  • 1947 Junior [William] Campbell, Scottish singer and guitarist (Marmalade), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestJohn Bonham

1948 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), born in Redditch, England (d. 1980)

Drummer John Bonham
John Bonham
  • 1948 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada], musician (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1948 Paulinho da Costa, Brazilian percussionist (Thriller, Saturday Night Fever), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1952 Karl Bartos, German musician (Kraftwerk, Electronic)
  • 1954 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)
  • 1954 Anders Hilborg, Swedish contemporary classical composer (Eleven Gates; Cold Heat) born in Sollentuna, Sweden
  • 1955 Tommy Emmanuel, Australian-American acoustic guitarist (Stevie's Blues), born in Muswellbrook, New South Wales
  • 1956 Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist/guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • 1956 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)
  • 1962 Corey Hart, Canadian vocalist (Sunglasses at Night), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Wendy Smith, English rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good), born in Middlesborough, England
  • 1963 Wesley Willis, American musician (d. 2003)
  • 1964 Darryl "DMC" Matthews McDaniels, American Hip Hop musician (Run-DMC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Scotti Hill, rock guitarist (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Manhasset, New York
  • 1972 Christian McBride, American jazz bassist, composer, broadcaster (Jazz Night in America), and artistic director (Newport Jazz Festival), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Scott Klopfenstein, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • 1980 Andy Hurley, American musician (Fall Out Boy)
  • 1983 David Hernandez, American singer
  • 1986 Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musical artist
  • 1988 Hope Partlow, American Singer
  • 1996 Normani [Hamilton], American singer and dancer (Dancing with a Stranger), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1889 Pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (38) weds baroness Helena Maria Rosen

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

LoveWedding of Interest

1998 Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch (33) weds daughter of prominent Tibetan activists Dechen Wangdu in New York

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch
  • 2014 Rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge (53) weds tv actress Linda Wallem (53) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1949 Actress Doris Day (27) divorces saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 Actress Billie Piper and radio DJ Chris Evans divorce after 6 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper

Deaths in Music

  • 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, composer, dies at 34
  • 1947 Henri Casadesus, French violist and composer (Preludes for Viola d'amour), dies at 67
  • 1948 José Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
  • 1955 Raoul Gunsbourg, composer, dies at 95
  • 1962 Eduardo Toldrà, Spanish Catalan composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1967 Billy [William Thomas] Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (Take The 'A' Train), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1994 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1994 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85
  • 1995 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, dies at 87
  • 1996 Elsbeary Hobbs, American rocker (Drifters), dies at 59
  • 1996 Ton de Leeuw, Dutch composer, dies at 69
  • 1998 Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor of classical music, dies at 76
  • 1998 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), dies at 77
  • 2000 Tito Puente, American bandleader (Dance Mania), dies at 77
  • 2000 Johnnie Taylor, American R&B and multi-genre singer (Disco Lady, I Believe in You), dies at 66
  • 2004 Robert Quine, American guitarist, dies at 61
  • 2004 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, dies at 62
  • 2006 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Benjamin Lees, American composer (b. 1924)
  • 2013 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer (La Divina Infiel, The Shadow of the Bat), dies at 85
  • 2016 Corry Brokken, Dutch pop singer (1957 Eurovision), dies at 83
  • 2019 [Roger Kynard] Roky Erickson, American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators), dies at 71