Musicians in History

Events in Music

  • 1910-09-12 Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony ("Symphony of A Thousand") premieres in Munich with 1028 musicians

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1919-01-18 Composer and musician Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Polish Prime Minister

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 1922-08-14 1st "old time" musicians broadcasted on radio (Jenkins-WSB Atlanta)
  • 1923-03-23 Frank Silver & Irving Conn release "Yes, We Have No Bananas"

Music release#1 in the Charts

1940-07-20 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey

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1942-08-09 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, dedicated to city of Leningrad is performed in Leningrad during siege by Nazi forces. Performed by starving musicians and broadcast to German forces by loudspeaker.

  • 1945-03-15 Billboard publishes its 1st album chart (King Cole Trio is #1)
  • 1949-02-01 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)

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1954-07-30 Elvis Presley joins the Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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1959-02-03 "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake, Iowa

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly

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1959-07-31 Cliff Richard and the Shadows have their 1st British No. 1 single with "Living' Doll" (biggest British single of 1959)

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1961-03-09 The Supremes release "I Want A Guy" & "Never Again"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1962-05-25 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • 1963-01-11 Beatles release "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • 1963-02-11 Beatles record 10 tracks for their 1st album
  • 1963-02-25 Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"

  • 1963-03-03 American country blues musician "Mississippi" John Hurt 're-discovered' by musicologist Tom Hoskins in Avalon, Mississippi [1]
  • 1963-03-22 The Beatles release their 1st album, "Please Please Me"
  • 1963-06-07 1st Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) & release 1st single, "Come On"
  • 1963-08-08 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene
  • 1963-12-26 The Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" in the US
  • 1964-02-01 The Beatles' 1st #1 hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand," topped the Hot 100, stays #1 for 7 weeks before being replaced by "She Loves You", also by The Beatles
  • 1964-05-09 Peter & Gordon release "A World Without Love"
  • 1964-07-10 The Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night", their 3rd studio album

Music releaseMusic Recording

1964-09-10 Rod Stewart records his 1st single "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

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1965-07-24 Bob Dylan release "Like a Rolling Stone"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 1965-08-06 Beatles release "Help" album in UK
  • 1965-08-20 Rolling Stones release their single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (their 1st #1 US hit) in the UK
  • 1965-09-13 Beatles release "Yesterday"
  • 1965-10-06 The Supremes release "I Hear a Symphony"
  • 1965-10-25 Rolling Stones release "Get Off of My Cloud"

  • 1965-12-29 The Supremes release "My World is Empty Without You"

Music releaseMusic Single

1966-01-14 David Bowie releases his 1st single "Can't Help Thinking About Me"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Music releaseAlbum Release

1966-04-15 The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath", their fourth studio album in UK (6th in US)

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts

Music releaseMusic Single

1966-12-16 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1967-01-28 Rolling Stones release "Let's Spend the Night Together"
  • 1967-02-17 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"

Music releaseMusic Single

1967-03-11 Pink Floyd releases 1st single "Arnold Layne"

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters

Music releaseAlbum Release

1967-12-27 Leonard Cohen releases his debut album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" on Columbia Records

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 1968-03-13 Beatles release single "Lady Madonna" in the UK
  • 1968-05-25 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"

  • 1968-06-08 Gary Puckett and Union Gap release "Lady Will Power"
  • 1968-06-08 Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  • 1968-09-30 The Supremes release "Love Child"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-11-09 Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles song "With A Little Help From My Friends" becomes No. 1 single in the UK

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker

Music releaseAlbum Release

1968-11-29 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their 1st album "Two Virgins" in UK

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

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1969-10-11 American blues musician Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1969-11-11 Beatles with Billy Preston release "Get Back" in UK
  • 1970-02-26 Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album
  • 1970-03-06 Beatles release single "Let it Be" in UK

  • 1970-05-08 Beatles release 12th, and final, studio album, "Let It Be", in conjunction with the film of the same name
  • 1971-05-01 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"

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1971-08-13 Paul & Linda McCartney release "Back Seat of My Car"

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney

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1971-12-01 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1971-12-07 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
  • 1972-02-01 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK

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1972-05-12 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music release#1 in the Charts

1974-02-02 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1974-10-04 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"
  • 1974-10-18 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"
  • 1974-10-25 Wings release single "Junior's Farm"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1975-05-11 Natalie Cole releases her debut album "Inseparable" (wins 2 Grammys)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 1975-05-16 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • 1975-09-05 Wings release "Letting Go"
  • 1975-11-28 Wings release "Venus & Mars/Rock Show" medley
  • 1976-03-26 Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,135

  • 1509-12-03 Kanaka Dasa, Indian musician and composer of Carnatic music, born in Baada, Vijayanagara Empire (now Karnataka, India) (d. 1609)
  • 1615-06-20 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, born in Arenella, Italy (d. 1673)
  • 1618-09-09 Joan Cererols, Catalan musician, composer and monk, born in Martorell (d. 1680)
  • 1623-08-05 Antonio Cesti, Italian composer, singer and musician, born in Arezzo (d. 1669) baptismal date
  • 1632-07-06 Pietro Reggio, Italian composer and musician, born in Genoa (d. 1685)
  • 1633-02-01 Gabriel Schütz, German musician, composer, and teacher, born in The Free and Hanseatic City of Lübeck (now Lübeck, Germany) (d. 1710)
  • 1642-03-21 Georg Schmezer, German composer and musician, born in Augsburg (d. 1697)
  • 1645-08-03 August Kuhnel, German composer and musician, born in Delmenhorst, Germany (d. ca 1700)
  • 1655-08-13 Johann Christoph Denner, German musician and inventor (clarinet), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1707)
  • 1663-11-13 Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, German musician and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1712)
  • 1664-08-04 Louis Lully, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1734)
  • 1665-08-06 Jean-Baptiste Lully fils, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1743)
  • 1668-11-27 Pantaleon Hebenstreit, German musician, composer, and instrument inventor, born in Eisleben (d. 1750)
  • 1697-12-05 Carlo Arrigoni, Italian composer and musician, born in Florence (d. 1744)
  • 1709-10-25 Georg Gebel, German musician and composer, born in Brzeg, Silesia (d. 1753) [1]
  • 1713-10-10 Johann Ludwig Krebs, German organist and composer, born in Buttelstedt, Germany (d. 1780)
  • 1720-08-20 Bernard de Bury, French musician and composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1785)
  • 1724-09-14 Ignaz Vitzthumb, Austrian musician, composer, and conductor, born in Baden bei Wien, Austria (d. 1816)
  • 1731-03-07 Jean-Louis Laruette, French musician and composer of comic opera, born in Paris, France (d. 1792)
  • 1732-09-01 Thomas Erskine 6th Earl of Kellie, Scottish composer and musician, born in Kellie Castle, Scotland (d. 1781)
  • 1737-11-25 Christian Friedrich Penzel, German musician and composer, born in Oelsnitz, Germany (d. 1801)
  • 1743-06-30 Niels Schiørring, Danish musician and composer, born in Favrskov Municipality, Denmark (d. 1798)
  • 1751-01-14 Corona Schröter, German musician, born in Guben, Germany (d. 1802)
  • 1756-03-05 Thomas Linley the younger, English composer and musician "English Mozart" (d. 1778)
  • 1756-11-30 Ernst Chladni, German physicist and musician (Estimating the speed of sound Chladni's law), born in Wittenberg, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1827)
  • 1762-04-13 Charles Frederick Horn, English musician and composer, born in Nordhausen, Germany (d. 1830)
  • 1765-05-28 Jean Baptiste Cartier, French musician and composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1841)
  • 1769-08-18 Alexandre Stievenard, French composer and musician, born in Cambrai, France (d. 1855)
  • 1772-09-18 Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, French musician and composer, born in Dreux, France (d. 1839)
  • 1774-11-15 William Horsley, English musician and composer, born in London (d. 1858)
  • 1775-06-13 Antoni Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian politician, cellist, and composer, born in Vilnius, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (now Lithuania) (d. 1833)
  • 1777-09-07 Heinrich David Stölzel, German horn player who developed the first valve for brass instruments, born in Schneeberg, Saxony (d. 1844)
  • 1779-05-28 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)
  • 1781-07-27 Mauro Giuliani, Italian musician and composer, born in Bisceglie, Italy (d. 1829)
  • 1796-07-28 Ignaz Bösendorfer, Austrian musician (d. 1859)
  • 1797-08-05 Friedrich August Kummer, German composer and musician, born in Meiningen (d. 1879)
  • 1801-12-15 August Freyer, Polish musician and composer, born in Saxony (d. 1883)
  • 1802-02-06 Charles Wheatstone, English scientist & inventor, born in Barnwood, United Kingdom (d. 1875)
  • 1813-12-24 Henry Wellington Greatorex, English-American musician, born in Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom (d. 1853)
  • 1814-11-06 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), born in Dinant, Belgium (d. 1894)
  • 1819-06-03 Thomas Ball, American sculptor, painter and musician, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1822-12-15 Edward Stephen, Welsh musician and composer, born in Maentwrog, Merionethshire (d. 1885)
  • 1823-11-04 Karel Komzák I, Bohemian composer and musician, born in Netěchovice, Czech Republic (d. 1893)
  • 1832-09-21 Friedrich Wilhelm Langhans, German musician and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1892)
  • 1834-02-09 Franz Xaver Witt, German church musician, composer, and priest, born in Walderbach, Bavaria (d. 1888)
  • 1834-10-08 Walter Kittredge, American musician during American Civil War, born in Merrimack, New Hampshire (d. 1905)
  • 1837-10-08 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1931)
  • 1838-10-22 Carl Fuchs, German composer and musician, born in Potsdam (d. 1922)
  • 1839-01-14 Emil Bohn, German musician, born in Bielau, Germany (d. 1909)
  • 1841-05-21 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1903)
  • 1842-01-07 Johan Lindegren, Swedish composer, musician and teacher, born in Ullared, Sweden (d. 1908)
  • 1842-12-15 Henry Gadsby, English musician and composer, born in Hackney, England (d. 1907)
  • 1853-07-27 Vladimir Korolenko, Russian writer (The Blind Musician), born in Zhitomir, Volhynian Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1921)
  • 1853-12-13 Joseph Sickman Corsen, Curacao musician, composer and screenwriter, born in Curacao (d. 1911)
  • 1858-02-24 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, born in LeMans, France (d. 1940)
  • 1859-06-22 Frank Damrosch, German-born American author and music teacher (founded NY Musical Institute of Musical Art later Julliard), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1937)
  • 1859-06-27 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician (Happy Birthday To You), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1916)
  • 1859-11-19 Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer and musician (Armenian Rhapsody), born in Gatchina, Russia (d. 1935)
  • 1860-08-10 Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musician (d. 1936)
  • 1865-05-22 Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish musician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1942)
  • 1865-07-06 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician, composer, and pedagogue (Dalcroze Eurythmics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1950)
  • 1872-04-23 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (harpsichord and clavichord), born in Harley Street, St Marylebone, London (d. 1948)
  • 1873-03-15 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, born in Ystalyfera (d. 1934)
  • 1873-09-21 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)

Person of interestW. C. Handy

1873-11-16 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), born in Florence, Alabama (d. 1958)

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1874-08-10 Bill Johnson, American musician (d. 1972)
  • 1874-12-22 Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer & musician, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1939)
  • 1877-11-07 Henry Balfour Gardiner, English composer and musician, born in Kensington, England (d. 1950)
  • 1878-08-31 Albert Riemenschneider, American pianist, educator, musicologist, and founder of America'a oldest Bach Festival, born in Berea, Ohio (d. 1950)
  • 1879-07-03 Philippe Gaubert, French musician and composer, born in Cahors, France (d. 1941)
  • 1882-10-25 Tony Jackson, American ragtime pianist and singer-songwriter (Pretty Baby), born in New Orleans (d. 1921)
  • 1883-04-30 David John de Lloyd, Welsh musician and composer, born in Skewen, Wales (d. 1948)
  • 1883-05-28 George Dyson, British organist and composer ( The Canterbury Pilgrims), born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England (d. 1964)
  • 1883-06-20 Giannotto Bastianelli, Italian musician and composer, born in Fiesole, Italy (d. 1927)
  • 1883-10-08 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), born in Monticello, Kentucky (d. 1977)
  • 1885-05-11 [Joe] King Oliver, American jazz musician (Dippermouth Blues), born in Aben, Louisiana (birth date disputed - could be Dec. 19) (d. 1938)
  • 1886-04-03 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 1953)
  • 1886-12-25 Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)
  • 1887-03-28 Rudolf Frederik Willem Boskaljon, musician and composer, born in Curacao, Portugal (d. 1969)
  • 1888-10-31 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, born in Astoria, Oregon (d. 1951)
  • 1890-06-06 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician ("Is Everybody Happy?"), born in Circleville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1891-04-28 Charley Patton, American Delta blues musician ("Pony Blues"; "High Water Everywhere"), born in Hinds County, Mississippi [date disputed] (d. 1934)
  • 1891-12-15 A. P. Carter, American musician (Carter Family), born in Maces Spring, Virginia
  • 1892-03-16 James Petrillo, leader of the U.S. musicians union (d. 1984)
  • 1892-10-28 Dink Johnson, American musician, born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1954)
  • 1893-03-18 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1962)
  • 1894-01-31 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader ("Star Dust") and songwriter ("It Had To Be You", "I'll See You in My Dreams"), born in Coalton, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • 1894-04-23 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 1955)
  • 1894-04-27 Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-American, pianist, conductor, musicologist (Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians), and composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1895-01-05 Elizabeth Cotten, American folk and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Freight Train"), born in Carrboro, North Carolina (d. 1987)
  • 1895-04-09 (Beau De Glen) "Mance" Lipscomb, American blues singer and guitarist ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1895-08-16 Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, born in Ajofrín, Toledo (d. 1951)
  • 1895-09-01 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, Indian musician (d. 1974)
  • 1897-06-03 Memphis Minnie [Lizzie Douglas], American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Bumble Bee"; "Me and My Chauffeur Blues"), born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1898-02-07 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1898-05-28 Andy Kirk, American jazz musician ("I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)"), born in Newport, Kentucky (d. 1992)
  • 1898-07-21 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), born in Cooper Creek, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • 1899-01-25 "Sleepy" John Estes, American blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1899-05-25 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher, born in Asansol, Burdwan, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1976)
  • 1900-02-06 Roy Smeck, American musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1782-08-04 Musician Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (26) weds Constanze Weber in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LoveWedding of Interest

1918-03-19 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

LoveWedding of Interest

1932-08-18 Actress Bette Davis (24) weds musician Harmon Nelson (25)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

LoveWedding of Interest

1932-11-20 American blues musician Muddy Waters (19) weds Mabel Berry

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

LoveWedding of Interest

1937-01-27 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

LovePerson of Interest

1941-07-27 American singer and actress Judy Garland (19) weds British-American musician David Rose (31); divorce in 1944

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland

LoveWedding of Interest

1941-08-25 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (26) weds trombonist Jimmy Monroe; divorced 1947

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

LoveWedding of Interest

1941-12-26 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay; annulled 1943

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

LoveWedding of Interest

1944-11-11 Blues musician B.B. King (19) marries his first wife Martha Denton

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

LoveWedding of Interest

1946-12-11 "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock 'n' roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley

LoveWedding of Interest

1951-07-31 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

LoveWedding of Interest

1951-11-14 Musician Louis Jordan (43) weds dancer Vicky Hayes

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan

LoveWedding of Interest

1954-08-07 Musician Johnny Cash (22) marries 1st wife Vivian Liberto (20)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

LoveWedding of Interest

1956-03-19 Author Aldous Huxley (62) weds musician and author Laura Archera (45)

LoveWedding of Interest

1962-08-23 John Lennon, musician and member of the Beatles, weds Cynthia Powell

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

LoveWedding of Interest

1966-02-10 Reggae Musician Bob Marley (21) marries fellow musician Rita Anderson (19)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

LoveWedding of Interest

1968-09-30 Jazz musician Miles Davis (42) weds singer Betty Mabry (23)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

LoveWedding of Interest

1969-02-16 American country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds American country singer-songwriter George Jones (37), divorced 1975

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

LoveWedding of Interest

1975-06-30 American singer and actress Cher (28), marries American musician Gregg Allman (27), 4 days after divorce from Sonny Bono is finalized

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

LoveWedding of Interest

1975-07-07 Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour marries model and artist Virginia Hasenbein

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

LoveWedding of Interest

1978-09-02 British musician George Harrison (35) marries American record label marketer Olivia Arias (30) at the Henley-on-Thames Register Office in England

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

LoveWedding of Interest

1978-09-02 Singer Gloria Estefan (21) weds musician and producer Emilio Estefan (25) (Miami Sound Machine)

  • 1978-10-06 ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad (32) weds fellow ABBA musician Benny Andersson (31)
  • 1979-06-05 American blues musician Muddy Waters (64) weds Marva Jean Brooks (25) in Chicago

LoveWedding of Interest

1983-08-16 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (41) weds American actress and writer Carrie Fisher (26); divorce 1984

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

LoveWedding of Interest

1984-05-05 American rock singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde (32) weds Scottish 'Simple Minds' singer Jim Kerr (25), in a horse-drawn carriage in New York City; divorce in 1990

Singer-songwriter and Musician Chrissie Hynde
Singer-songwriter and Musician
Chrissie Hynde

LoveWedding of Interest

1985-03-23 American 'Piano Man' Billy Joel (34) weds American supermodel Christie Brinkley (31), on a yacht moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty; divorce in 1994

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

LoveWedding of Interest

1988-04-24 Musician Mick Fleetwood (40) weds model Sara Recor

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood

LoveWedding of Interest

1988-08-13 British rock musician Robert Smith (29) weds Mary Poole (29) in UK

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith

LoveWedding of Interest

1988-10-03 "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (20) weds musician Danny Keough (23) at the Church of Scientology

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • 1991-08-31 Musician Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) weds Gertie Filip

LoveWedding of Interest

1993-07-28 Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters (49) weds Pricilla Phillips

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 1994-07-29 Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour marries 2nd wife writer Polly Samson
  • 1995-07-26 Musician Mick Fleetwood (48) weds Lynn Frankel
  • 1996-09-04 Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • 1997-07-10 American rock musician Chrissie Hynde (45) marries Columbian artist Lucho Brieva; divorced in 2002

LoveWedding of Interest

1997-11-08 Bluegrass musician Alison Krauss marries Pat Bergeson

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss

LoveWedding of Interest

2002-06-11 Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland; divorce in 2008

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • 2003-01-11 "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia
  • 2003-07-19 "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini (33) weds actor/salsa musician Angelo Pagan (45) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas
  • 2004-05-23 Singer-guitarist Michelle Branch (21) weds musician Teddy Landau at Isla Pardito, Mexico
  • 2005-05-12 "La Femme Nikita" actress Anne Parillaud (45) weds musician Jean-Michel Jarre (56) in Paris
  • 2005-06-11 "Clueless" actress Alicia Silverstone (28) weds musician Christopher Jarecki in Lake Tahoe, California; divorce in 2018
  • 2005-10-02 Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter Evhenya Tymoshenko weds "Death Valley Screamers" musician Sean Carr at 11th century Vydubychi Monastery in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2005-10-09 Savage Garden musician Daniel Jones (32) weds "Hi-5" member Kathleen De Leon at Avica Weddings and Resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland

LoveWedding of Interest

2005-12-23 "Jurassic Park" actress Laura Dern (38) weds musician Ben Harper (36) in Los Angeles

Actress Laura Dern
Actress
Laura Dern
  • 2005-12-31 "One Tree Hill" actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24) weds "Enation" musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 2006-03-14 Comedian and actor Jack Black (36) weds musician and animator Tanya Haden (34) in Big Sur, California
  • 2006-03-25 Cowboy Crush singer Darla Perlozzi weds musician Timmy Lee Patterson at Southern Belle Wedding Chapel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • 2006-08-26 2004 X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein (37) weds jazz musician Eileen Hunter at King's College Chapel in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2007-06-09 "Ugly Betty" actress Ana Ortiz (36) weds musician Noah Lebenzon at the Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel in Rincon, Puerto Rico

LoveWedding of Interest

2009-10-17 Musician Trent Reznor (44) weds vocalist Mariqueen Maandig in Los Angeles

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • 2010-10-10 American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox (25) weds musician Brian Walker at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago
  • 2011-02-26 Musician Cisco Adler (32) weds model Barbara Stoyanoff (30) at Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes
  • 2011-09-03 English DJ and musician Mark Ronson (36) weds french actress Josephine De La Baume (27) in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 2011-10-09 Musician Paul McCartney (69) weds New Yorker Nancy Shevell (51) in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London
  • 2012-08-26 "The Campaign" actress Kate Lang Johnson (28) weds musician Justin Miner at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2013-05-04 British actress Keira Knightley (28) weds musician James Righton (29) in France

  • 2013-05-10 "Beverly Hills, 90210" actress Shenae Grimes (23) weds model and musician Josh Beech at the Boys Hall in Ashford, Kent
  • 2013-09-29 Actor and musician Jackson Rathbone (28) weds burlesque dancer Sheila Hafsadi in Malibu, California
  • 2014-09-13 Paper Crown fashion designer Lauren Conrad (28) weds musician William Tell (34) in California
  • 2015-12-23 Musician Richard Marx (53) weds TV host and model Daisy Fuentes (50) in Aspen, Colorado
  • 2016-11-11 Singer-songwriter Adrienne Bailon (33) weds musician Israel Houghton (45) at the Hotel Plaza Atheneel in Paris
  • 2017-04-13 "New Girl" actress Hannah Simone (36) weds musician Jesse Giddings in a secret ceremony
  • 2017-09-16 Welsh singer Charlotte Church (31) marries musician Jonny Powell (30) in Cardiff

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1923-12-18 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) divorces Daisy Parker after 5 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1948-03-22 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1953-08-28 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces bass player Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1975-07-10 American singer and actress Cher (28) files for divorce from musician Gregg Allman (27), 10 days after their marriage

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1994-04-14 Musician Billy Joel & supermodel Christie Brinkley announce plans to divorce

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008-03-17 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010-10-08 Musician Ben Harper (40) divorces actress Laura Dern (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Actress Laura Dern
Actress
Laura Dern
  • 2012-07-20 "Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey (38) divorces musician Peter Loughran due to irreconcilable differences

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2015-08-03 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale announce their intention to divorce after nearly 13 years of marriage

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani

Deaths in Music

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  • 1384-06-08 Kan'ami [Yūsaki Kiyotsugu], Japanese actor, playwright, musician and co-founder of Noh drama, dies at 51
  • 1472-04-25 Leon Battista degli Alberti, scupltor/musician (Dinner Pieces), dies
  • 1563-03-12 John Bull, English composer, musician and organ builder, credited with composing Britain's national anthem "God Save The King/Queen" (debated), dies at about 68
  • 1669-10-14 Antonio Cesti, Italian composer, singer and musician, dies at 46
  • 1673-03-15 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, dies at 57
  • 1678-08-05 Juan García de Zéspedes, Mexican musician and composer (b. 1619)
  • 1680-08-28 Joan Cererols, Catalan musician, composer and monk, dies at 57
  • 1685-07-23 Pietro Reggio, Italian composer and musician, dies at 53
  • 1707-04-20 Johann Christoph Denner, German musician and inventor (clarinet), dies at 51
  • 1732-02-17 Louis Marchand, French Baroque musician and composer, dies at 63
  • 1734-04-01 Louis Lully, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, dies at 69
  • 1743-03-09 Jean-Baptiste Lully fils, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, dies at 77
  • 1744-08-19 Carlo Arrigoni, Italian composer and musician, dies at 46
  • 1750-11-15 Pantaleon Hebenstreit, German musician, composer, and instrument inventor, dies at 81
  • 1753-09-24 Georg Gebel, German musician and composer, dies at 45 [1]
  • 1778-08-05 Thomas Linley the younger, English composer and musician "English Mozart", dies at 22
  • 1780-01-02 Johann Ludwig Krebs, German musician & composer, dies at 66
  • 1781-10-09 Thomas Erskine, 6th earl of Kellie, Scottish composer and musician, dies at 49
  • 1785-11-19 Bernard de Bury, French musician and composer, dies at 65
  • 1795-11-19 Thomas Linley the elder, English musician and tenor, dies at 62
  • 1798-02-06 Niels Schiørring, Danish musician and composer, dies at 54
  • 1801-03-14 Christian Friedrich Penzel, German musician and composer, dies at 63
  • 1816-03-23 Ignaz Vitzthumb, Austrian musician, composer, and conductor, dies at 91
  • 1824-02-01 Maria Theresia von Paradis, Austrian musician & composer, dies at 64
  • 1827-04-03 Ernst Chladni, German physicist and musician (Estimating the speed of sound Chladni's law), dies at 70
  • 1829-05-08 Mauro Giuliani, Italian musician and composer, dies at 47
  • 1830-08-03 Charles Frederick Horn, English musician and composer, dies at 68
  • 1839-06-13 Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, French musician and composer, dies at 66
  • 1852-02-25 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, dies at 72
  • 1857-02-26 Ole Andreas Lindeman, Norwegian composer and musician, dies at 88
  • 1858-06-12 William Horsley, English musician and composer, dies at 83
  • 1865-04-26 Charles J Sax, Belgium musician & father of Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone, dies at 74
  • 1878-06-06 Gottfried Herrmann, German musician and composer, dies at 70
  • 1883-05-28 August Freyer, Polish musician and composer, dies at 79
  • 1885-05-10 Edward Stephen, Welsh musician and composer, dies at 62
  • 1892-06-09 Friedrich Wilhelm Langhans, German musician and composer, dies at 59
  • 1893-03-19 Karel Komzák I, Bohemian composer and musician, dies at 69
  • 1894-02-04 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), dies at 79
  • 1903-02-17 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, dies at 61
  • 1905-07-08 Walter Kittredge, American musician during American Civil War, dies at 70
  • 1907-11-11 Henry Gadsby, English musician and composer, dies at 64
  • 1908-06-08 Johan Lindegren, Swedish composer, musician and teacher, dies at 66
  • 1909-05-20 Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)
  • 1911-12-11 Thomas Ball, American sculptor, painter and musician, dies at 92
  • 1916-06-04 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician ("Happy Birthday To You"), dies at 56
  • 1918-09-18 Ernest Farrar, English composer and musician, dies at 33
  • 1921-12-25 Vladimir Korolenko, Russian writer (The Blind Musician), dies at 68
  • 1925-06-16 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, dies at 22
  • 1926-11-22 Darvish Khan, Iranian musician (b. 1872)
  • 1927-09-22 Giannotto Bastianelli, Italian musician and composer, dies at 44
  • 1931-05-03 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, dies at 93
  • 1931-11-04 Buddy Bolden, African-American jazz musician, dies
  • 1933-07-15 Freddie Keppard, American jazz cornetist (Original Creole Orchestra), dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1933-11-05 Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)
  • 1934-04-28 Charley Patton, American Delta blues musician ("Pony Blues"; "High Water Everywhere"), dies of a mitral valve disorder between the ages of 37 and 43
  • 1934-09-02 Alcide Nunez, American musician (b. 1884)
  • 1934-09-15 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, dies at 61
  • 1935-01-28 Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer and musician (Armenian Rhapsody), dies at 75
  • 1936-09-19 Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musician (b. 1860)
  • 1939-06-04 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 1940-02-28 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian England-based musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, dies at 82
  • 1941-07-08 Philippe Gaubert, French musician and composer, dies at 62
  • 1942-03-12 Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish musician and composer, dies at 76
  • 1943-10-05 Leon Roppolo, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1945-05-13 Alfred "Tubby" Hall, American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Louis Armstrong), dies at 49
  • 1946-02-20 Hugh Allen, musician, dies
  • 1948-01-09 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (harpsichord and clavichord), dies at 75
  • 1948-06-01 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • 1948-08-20 David John de Lloyd, Welsh musician composer, dies at 65
  • 1949-07-07 Bunk Johnson, American musician (b. 1879 or 1889)
  • 1950-06-28 Henry Balfour Gardiner, English composer and musician, dies at 72
  • 1950-07-01 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
  • 1950-07-21 Albert Riemenschneider, American pianist, educator, musicologist, and founder of America'a oldest Bach Festiva, dies at 71
  • 1951-02-09 Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), dies of acute myelogenous leukemia at 41
  • 1951-04-12 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, dies at 62
  • 1951-09-15 Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, dies at 56
  • 1952-03-22 "Uncle" Dave Macon, American vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, dies at 81
  • 1952-12-28 Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

1953-05-16 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European jazz musician, dies at 43

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • 1953-05-30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67
  • 1954-11-29 Dink Johnson, American musician, dies at 62
  • 1955-12-03 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, dies of hardening of the arteries at 61
  • 1956-10-19 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader and songwriter (Star Dust, I'll See You in My Dreams), dies at 62
  • 1957-09-01 Dennis Brain, British classical horn player (Serenade), killed in a car wreck at 38
  • 1958-01-01 David Broekman, Dutch musician (Think Fast), dies at 55

Person of interestW. C. Handy

1958-03-28 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1959-02-03 The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, dies in plane crash at 28

Person of interestBuddy Holly

1959-02-03 Buddy Holly, American rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • 1959-03-15 Lester Young, American jazz musician, dies at 49
  • 1959-04-13 Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician & conductor, dies at 58
  • 1959-06-23 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
  • 1959-09-28 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), dies at 34
  • 1961-07-06 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), dies in a car accident at 25
  • 1962-03-24 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1963-08-23 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • 1964-01-07 Cyril Davies, American musician (b. 1932)
  • 1964-06-29 Eric Dolphy, American jazz musician (b. 1928)
  • 1964-09-28 George Dyson, English musician and composer, dies at 81
  • 1964-11-30 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 64
  • 1965-06-28 Red Nichols, American jazz cornettist, composer and jazz bandleader, dies at 60

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