On This Day

Events in Music on June 3

  • 1911 "Come Josephine in My Flying Machine" record by Fred Fisher and Alfred Bryan, sung by Ada Jones and Billy Murray hits #1
  • 1939 "Beer Barrel Polka" by Will Glahe hits #1 on the pop singles chart

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1948 Musical "Sleepy Hollow", based on Washington Irving's novel, opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances

  • 1961 "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

1967 Aretha Franklin's cover of the Otis Redding song "Respect" reaches #1

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • 1970 Ray Davies of The Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in "Lola," (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC commercial reference ban
  • 1972 "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • 1973 "Smith" closes at Eden Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 1976 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold
  • 1979 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens on Broadway
  • 1980 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances
  • 1983 Prolific studio drummer Jim Gordon murders his mother, Osa Marie Gordon in North Hollywood, California. [1]
  • 1984 Revival of the musical "The Wiz" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 13 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

2013 Lorde releases her debut single "Royals" (Grammy Song of the Year, 2014)

Singer Lorde
  • 2019 Jay-Z named the world's first billionaire rapper by Forbes magazine