On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 6

Events in Music

  • 1948 Revival of Jerome Kerns and Clifford Grey's rags-to-riches musical "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs 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)
  • 1903 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), born in Taylorsville, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 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; Pulitzer Prize, 1986), 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, conductor, educator, and musicologist, born in Toronto, Ontario (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 - "Young Blood"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1931 Hasaan Ibn Ali [William Henry Langford, Jr], American jazz pianist and composer (Max Roach Trio), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1932 Günther Hauk, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1932 Konrad Ragossnig, Austrian classical guitarist and lutenist, born in Klagenfurt, Austria. (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Herbie Cox, American pop vocalist (Cleftones - "Heart And Soul"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1940 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony, 1973-77), and arranger (Defiant Requiem), 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"; "Against The Wind"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Victoria Bond, American conductor and composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Mary MacGregor, American pop singer ("Torn Between Two Lovers"), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1948 Jacques Israelievitch, French-Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director ( Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), born in Cannes, France (d. 2015) Born in Cannes, Fra
  • 1948 Shaun Murphy, American session and touring rock, blues, and R&B singer (Little Feat, 1993-2009; Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1950 Robbie McIntosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band - "Pick Up The Pieces"), born in Dundee (d. 1974)
  • 1951 Davey Johnstone, Scottish guitarist, and musical director (Elton John's band, 1971–1977, 1982–present), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1956 Brad Felt, American jazz tuba and euphonium player, composer, and bandleader, born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1958 (María) "Lolita" Flores, Spanish-Gypsy singer ("Sarandonga"). and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960 Bart de Boer, Dutch guitarist (Ivy Green)
  • 1960 John Flansburgh, American alt-rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (They Might Be Giants - "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"; "Birdhouse Of Your Soul"), born in Lincoln, Massachusetts
  • 1960 Phyllis Treigle, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962 Stan Cullimore, British guitarist (Housemartins, "Happy Hour"; "Caravan Of Love"), journalist, and music educator, born in Kingston upon Hull, Englan
  • 1962 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • 1963 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1965 Nathalie Stutzmann (née Dupuy), French concert contralto and conductor (Orfeo 55, 2009-19), born in Suresnes, France
  • 1967 Mark Bryan, American songwriter, and lead guitarist (Hootie & the Blowfish - "Only Wanna Be With You", born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1968 Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab), born in Vincennes, France
  • 1971 Chris Shiflett, American guitarist (Foo Fighters), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 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
  • 1987 Meek Mill [Rihmeek Williams], American rapper, singer, and songwriter ("Amen";" All Eyes On You"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

2001 Actress-singer Billie Piper (18) weds media mogul Chris Evans (35) at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper
  • 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, Franco-Flemish composer of madrigals, dies at approximately 60
  • 1666 Paul Siefert, German organist and 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 Léonard, Belgian violinist, and pedagogue (Brussels Conservatoire, 1848-67), dies at 71
  • 1892 Ernest Guiraud, French opera composer (Piccolino; Sylvie), arranger (Bizet), and teacher, dies at 54
  • 1916 Earl Ross Drake, American composer, dies at 50
  • 1936 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1949 Kunihiko Hashimoto, Japanese composer, violinist, conductor, and musical educator, dies of gastric cancer at 44
  • 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 organist, conductor and composer, 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
  • 1988 Paul Wilson, American baritone doo-wop singer (Flamingos, 1952-64 - "Lovers Never Say Goodbye") dies at 53

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 Leonard "Red" Truss, American R&B singer (The Steelers - "Get It From The Bottom"), dies at 47
  • 1995 Clarence Paul [Pauling], American songwriter, and record producer (Motown; Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips"), dies at 67
  • 1999 Dennis Riley, American composer (Masques (for wind quintet)), dies at 55
  • 2000 Leonard Salzedo, British composer, mostly for ballet (The Witch Boy), dies at 78
  • 2002 Otis Blackwell, American songwriter ("Fever"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; All Shook Up"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2002 Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor (Saskatoon Symphony), and teacher (University of Saskatchewan), dies at 96
  • 2004 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 80
  • 2007 Đorđe Novković, Croatian pop singer-songwriter (Pro Arte), and television personality (Hrvatski Idol), dies at 63
  • 2015 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), dies at 71
  • 2020 Millie Small, Jamaican ska singer, and songwriter ("My Boy Lollipop"), dies of a stroke at 72
  • 2020 Brian Howe, British rock singer (Bad Company, 1986-93 - "This Love"; "Holy Water"), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2021 Pervis Staples, American gospel vocalist (The Staple Singers -"Uncloudy Day"), dies at 85