On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 6

Events in Music

  • 1939 1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"
  • 1948 "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1950 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" in the US

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1974 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • 1977 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • 1981 "Inacent Black" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 1989 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1997 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Singer Barry Gibb
Bee Gees Singer
Barry Gibb
  • 2002 "The Good Stuff" single released by Kenny Chesney (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1790 Wilhelm Würfel, Bohemian pianist and composer, born in Plaňány, Kolín (d. 1832)
  • 1797 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader (Shakers) and composer (Simple Gifts), born in Cumberland, Maine (d. 1882)
  • 1800 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, born in Florence (d. 1871)
  • 1809 William Walker, American composer (The Southern Harmony), born in Martin's Mills, Cross Keys, South Carolina (d. 1875)
  • 1838 Alfred Pease, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • 1858 Georges Hüe, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1948)
  • 1868 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), born in Paris (d. 1927)
  • 1871 August Reusner, German composer, born in Löwenberg, Silesia (d. 1935)
  • 1879 Tobias Norlind, Swedish musicologist, born in Vellinge, Sweden (d. 1947)
  • 1882 Georgi Atanasov, Bulgarian composer (Gergana), born in Plovdiv (d. 1931)
  • 1894 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, born in Craiova (d. 1936)
  • 1898 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Billy Cotton, British bandleader and entertainer, born in Smith Square, London (d. 1969)
  • 1908 Necil Kazım Akses, Turkish classical composer, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen, Diamond Horseshoe), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1913 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, born in Budapest (d. 1977)
  • 1915 George Perle, American composer (12 Tone Tonality), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Kal Mann, American lyricist (Let's Twist Again), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Godfrey Ridout, Canadian composer, born in Toronto (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • 1924 Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist, born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • 1926 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1932 Günther Hauk, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1939 Herbie Cox, American rocker (Cleftones), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1940 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1941 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, born in Pleven, Kingdom of Bulgaria (d. 2005)
  • 1945 Bob Seger, American singer and songwriter (Old Time Rock and Roll, Hollywood Nights), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Victoria Bond, American conductor and composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Robbie McIntosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band), born in Dundee (d. 1974)
  • 1951 Davey Johnstone, Scottish guitarist (Elton John's guitarist),born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1958 Lolita Flores, Spanish singer and actress
  • 1960 Bart de Boer, Dutch guitarist (Ivy Green)
  • 1960 Larry Steinbachek, British rock synthesizer (Bronski Beat) (d. 2017)
  • 1960 John Flansburgh, American musician (They Might Be Giants), born in Lincoln, Massachusetts
  • 1960 Phyllis Treigle, American soprano
  • 1962 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • 1963 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1968 Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab), born in Vincennes, France
  • 1971 Chris Shiflett, Guitarist for Foo Fighters
  • 1980 Taebin, Korean singer (1TYM)
  • 1981 Matthew Leone, bassist of Madina Lake
  • 1981 Nathan Leone, lead singer of Madina Lake
  • 1981 Mark O'Connell, American drummer (Taking Back Sunday)
  • 1986 Cindy Daniel, Québécois singer, born in Montreal, Quebec

Weddings in Music

  • 2001 Actress-singer Billie Piper (18) weds media mogul Chris Evans (35) at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas
  • 2006 "Scooter" techno rocker lead singer H.P. Baxxter (40) weds model Simone Mustert at Tremsbuttel Castle near Hamburg
  • 2007 Evanescence singer Amy Lee (25) weds Josh Hartzler (29) in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 2017 Country music singer Josh Gracin (36) weds partner Katie Weir in Nashville, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1596 Giaches de Wert, Flemish composer (b. 1535)
  • 1666 Paul Siefert, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1678 Joseph Chabanceau de La Barre, French composer, dies at 44
  • 1776 James Kent, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1794 Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1814 George Joseph Vogler, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1836 Christian Ignatius Latrobe, English clergyman and composer (Selection of Sacred Music), dies at 78
  • 1841 John Thomson, Scottish composer, dies at 35
  • 1852 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • 1890 Hubert Leonard, composer, dies at 71
  • 1892 Ernest Guiraud, composer, dies at 54
  • 1916 Earl Ross Drake, American composer, dies at 50
  • 1936 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1952 Alberto Savinio [Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico], Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), dies at 60
  • 1960 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii), dies at 67
  • 1964 Harold Morris, American pianist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1973 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1983 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • 1985 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, dies at 16

Person of interestMarlene Dietrich

1992 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), dies in Paris at 90

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • 1994 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1995 Leanoard "Red" Truss, R&B singer, dies at 47
  • 1999 Dennis Riley, American composer (Masques (for wind quintet)), dies at 55
  • 2000 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer
  • 2002 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2004 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 80
  • 2007 Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2015 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71
  • 2020 Millie Small, Jamaican singer (My Boy Lollipop), dies of a stroke at 72