On This Day in Music for May 8

Events in Music

  • 1823 "Home! Sweet Home!" by John Howard Payne is 1st sung in London
  • 1952 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 1952 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1962 "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 performances
  • 1970 Beatles release "Let it Be" album
  • 1971 "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 7 performances
  • 1985 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win
  • 1988 "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 46 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Music awardsMusic Awards

2001 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill

Birthdays in Music

  • 1527 Johann Walter, German composer, born in Kahla (d. 1570)
  • 1673 Johann Valentin Eckelt, German composer, born in Werningshausen, Germany (d. 1732)
  • 1703 Gottlob Harrer, German composer, born in Görlitz (d. 1755)
  • 1742 Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz, Czech composer, born in Budenice, Zlonice, Czech Republic (d. 1790)
  • 1745 Carl Philipp Stamitz, German composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1801)
  • 1750 Elias Mann, American composer, born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • 1778 Johann Baptist Gansbacher, Austrian composer, born in Sterzing, Tyrol, Italy (d. 1844)
  • 1806 Johann Friedrich Kittl, Czech composer, born in Orlík, Bohemia (d. 1868)
  • 1815 Jean-Delphin Alard, French violinist and composer, born in Bayonne, France (d. 1888)
  • 1829 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer, born in New Orleans (d. 1869)
  • 1839 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French-Canadian lyricist (O Canada), born in Saint-Placide, Quebec (d. 1920)
  • 1844 Hermann Gradener, German composer, born in Kiel, Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1846 Oscar Hammerstein, German opera and playwright (Kohinoor), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1919)
  • 1886 Jef van Hoof, Flemish composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Ezio Pinza, bass singer (South Pacific, RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1905 Inglis Gundry, Wimbledon, British composer
  • 1905 Red Nichols, American musician (d. 1965)
  • 1906 David Van Vactor, Plymouth Indiana, composer (Chaconne)
  • 1910 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist/composer (Zodiac Suite)

Person of interestRobert Johnson

1911 Robert Johnson, American blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1919 Sultan Ismail Hajibeyov, composer
  • 1928 William Jay Sydeman, composer
  • 1930 Gary Snyder, [Japhy Ryder], beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)
  • 1930 Heather Harper, soprano
  • 1931 Charles M Wilson, composer
  • 1940 Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
  • 1940 Cathryn "Toni" Tennille, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Captain & Tennille) and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1941 Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer
  • 1942 Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood [Euclid James Sherwood], American rock musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Paul Samwell-Smith, Richmond, Surrey, English bassist (The Yardbirds-For Your Love)
  • 1943 Daniel Ray "Danny" Whitten, American musician and songwriter (Crazy Horse, Rod Stewart- "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1972)
  • 1944 Bill Legend [William Fifield], British musician and rock drummer (T. Rex), born in Barking, Essex
  • 1945 Keith Jarrett, jazz musician/film composer (Nachtfahrer)
  • 1947 Felicity Lott, English soprano (We come to the river)
  • 1951 Chris Frantz, American rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • 1951 Philip Bailey, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • 1953 Billy Burnette, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953 Alex Van Halen, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Dutch drummer (Van Halen)
  • 1960 Eric Brittingham, American rock bassist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station), born in Salisbury, Maryland
  • 1964 Dave Rowntree, British musician (Blur)
  • 1966 Marta Sánchez, Spanish singer
  • 1971 Chris Wolf, actor/musician (Guys Next Door)

Person of interestEnrique Iglesias

1975 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop (Bailamos, Hero), born in Madrid, Spain

King of Latin Pop Enrique Iglesias
King of Latin Pop
Enrique Iglesias
  • 1976 Martha Wainwright, Canadian American musician and songwriter
  • 1976 Ian "H" Watkins, pop singer (Steps)
  • 1977 Joe Bonnamassa, American singer-songwriter (SeeSaw), born in New Hartford, New York
  • 1978 Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer
  • 1980 Michelle McManus, Scottish singer
  • 1981 Björn Dixgård, Swedish guitarist
  • 1983 Matt Willis, British singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1978 Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah
  • 2009 Westlife singer Kian Egan (29) weds actress Jodi Albert (25) in Barbados

Deaths in Music

  • 1684 Henri Dumont, composer, dies
  • 1818 Franz Ignaz Kaa, composer, dies at 78
  • 1829 Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani, composer, dies at 47
  • 1846 Giacomo Cordella, composer, dies at 59
  • 1885 Pavel Krizkovsky, composer, dies at 65
  • 1930 Lvar Henning Mankell, composer, dies at 61
  • 1941 Heinrich Zöllner, German composer, dies at 86
  • 1948 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • 1959 Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/pianist, suicide at 55
  • 1960 Hugo Alfven, Swedish composer (Midsommarvaka), dies at 88
  • 1967 Laverne Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 55
  • 1974 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • 1985 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor, dies at 87
  • 1991 Jean Langlais, composer, dies at 84
  • 1993 Kees Deenik, singer/conductor
  • 1995 Carroll Best, bluegrass banjo, dies at 63
  • 1995 Teresa Teng, singer, dies at 41
  • 1996 Jane Cowan, cello teacher, dies at 80
  • 2008 Eddy Arnold, Country music star (b. 1918)