On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 9

Events in Music

  • 1868 Anton Bruckner's 1st Symphony in C, premieres
  • 1944 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes Governor of Louisiana
  • 1950 Norman Dello Joio's opera, The Triumph of St. Joan, premieres in Bronxville, New York
  • 1962 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • 1964 Peter & Gordon release "World Without Love"
  • 1965 The Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert
  • 1976 "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1978 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances
  • 1982 Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine" premieres in NYC
  • 1983 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win
  • 1987 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels
  • 1989 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • 1992 37th Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin for Ireland wins singing "Why Me" in Malmo
  • 1993 "Ain't Broadway Grand" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • 1993 "Song of Jacob Zulu" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • 1994 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Geddy Lee is made an Officer of the Order of Canada

Singer-Songwriter Geddy Lee
Singer-Songwriter
Geddy Lee
  • 1998 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham

Birthdays in Music

  • 1740 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville), born in Roccaforzata, Taranto, Italy (d. 1816)
  • 1814 Adolf von Henselt, German composer, born in Schwabach, Bavaria (d. 1889)
  • 1829 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist and composer, born in Sinalunga, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1888)
  • 1833 Boleslaw Dembinski, Polish organist and composer, born in Poznań (d. 1914)
  • 1846 Nicolai Soloviev, Russian music critic and composer, born in Petrozavodsk, Russia (d. 1916)
  • 1855 Julius Röntgen, German-Dutch composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1865 August de Boeck, Flemish composer, born in Merchtem, Belgium (d. 1937)
  • 1892 Eric Westberg, Swedish composer, born in Hudiksvall, Sweden (d. 1944)
  • 1909 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
  • 1914 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor,born in Barletta, Italy (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Frank Chacksfield, English pianist, arranger and orchestra leader,m born in Battle, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, born in Sawbridgeworth, England (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Douglas Guest, British organist (For the Fallen), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Connie Russell, American singer (Club Embassy, Garroway at Large), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1928 Páll Pampichier Pálsson, Austrian-Icelandic composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1966)
  • 1935 Nole "Nokie" Edwards, American surf-rock guitarist (The Ventures) and actor (Deadwood), born in Lahoma, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • 1937 Dave Prater, American singer and musician (Sam & Dave), born in Ocilla, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • 1937 Sonny Curtis, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (the Crickets, I fought the Law), born in Meadow, Texas
  • 1939 Bruce Mather, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1940 Dick Morrissey, saxophonist
  • 1941 Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 1942 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Bromborough, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • 1942 Tommy Roe, rocker (Hooray for Hazel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1942 Val Garay, American record producer and engineer (Bette Davis Eyes), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943 Bruce Milner, American musician (Every Mother's Son)
  • 1943 John Hugen Tobler, British rock music journalist and record company executive (ZigZag Magazine co-founder), born in England
  • 1944 Richard Furay, Ohio, rock vocalist (Buffalo Springfield, Poco)
  • 1945 Steve Katz, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestBilly Joel

1949 Billy Joel, American rock vocalist (Piano Man, Just the Way You Are), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • 1950 Tom Petersson, rock bassist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1951 Joy Harjo, American poet and musician (first Native American US Poet Laureate 2019-), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1955 Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
  • 1962 Dave Gahan, Essex, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)
  • 1962 John Corbett, actor/singer (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1962 Paul Heaton, rocker (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • 1963 Sanja Doležal, Croatian singer (Novi fosili)
  • 1964 Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and disc jockey
  • 1965 Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, English musician and actor (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Distance), born in London, England
  • 1969 Amber [Marie-Claire Cremers], Dutch-born German singer-songwriter, born in Ubbergen, the Netherlands
  • 1971 Paul McGuigan, English bassist (Oasis)
  • 1975 Tamia, Canadian singer
  • 1979 Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • 1979 Andrew W.K., American musician
  • 1995 Andrea Motis, Spanish jazz singer and trumpeter (Emotional Dance), born in Barcelona, Spain

Weddings in Music

  • 2000 Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres (25) weds singer-songwriter Marc Anthony (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

2005 Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

  • 2014 Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland (33) weds manager Tim Witherspoon in Costa Rica

Deaths in Music

  • 1707 Dietrich Buxtehude, German organist & composer, dies at about 69
  • 1745 Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian composer & violinist, dies at 82
  • 1785 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, German composer, dies at 44

Person of interestFrancis Hopkinson

1791 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer (designed the first American flag), dies from an apoplectic seizure at 53

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson
Designer of the American Flag
Francis Hopkinson
  • 1799 Claude-Benigne Balbastre, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1822 Charles Duquesnoy, French composer, dies at 62
  • 1853 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1880 Johann Hermann Berens, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1905 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer & pianist, dies at 78
  • 1928 Constantin Dimitrescu, Romanian composer (Dans ţănănesc), dies at 81
  • 1944 Ethel Smyth, English composer, dies at 86
  • 1957 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific, NY Met Opera), dies at 64
  • 1966 Alfred Mendelsohn, Romanian composer, dies at 56
  • 1967 Philippa Schuyler, African-American child prodigy & composer, dies at 35
  • 1970 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • 1974 Lyubomir Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 69
  • 1976 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Valentino Bucchi, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1977 Walter Kraft, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • 1979 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, dies at 73
  • 1985 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • 1989 Keith Whitley, American country music singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies of alcohol poisoning at 33
  • 1991 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian-American pianist (Marlboro Sch of Music), dies at 88
  • 1995 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 82
  • 1998 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress & singer (Hello Frisco, Hello; Fallen Angel; Stowaway), dies of stomach cancer at 83
  • 2001 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) & producer, dies at 81
  • 2002 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • 2005 Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer, dies at 36
  • 2007 Jacob Gilboa, Israeli composer, dies at 87
  • 2010 Lena Horne, American singer & actress (Cabin in the Sky), dies at 92
  • 2019 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76
  • 2020 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], American singer-songwriter and rock 'n' roll pioneer (Tutti Frutti), dies at 87