Famous Singers in History

Events in Music

  • 1516-04-06 A Willaert installed as singer of cardinal Ippolito I d'Este
  • 1868-06-21 Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nuernberg" premieres in Munich
  • 1871-10-06 Fisk Jubilee Singers begin 1st national tour
  • 1931-05-01 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
  • 1933-07-22 Caterina Jarboro sings "Aida" at the New York Hippodrome, becoming the 1st black female opera singer to perform in the US

MurderMurder of Interest

1936-04-14 French singer Édith Piaf questioned after nightclub owner and her patron Louis Leplée murdered in Paris

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf

Music releaseMusic Recording

1938-05-02 American singer Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb and His Orchestra

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1941-05-21 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp

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1943-02-06 Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

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1943-02-22 Plane crash in the Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal kills 23 with 15 survivors including singer Jane Froman

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • 1944-05-09 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes Governor of Louisiana

Music releaseMusic Recording

1945-04-24 Miles Davis makes recording debut with the Herbie Fields Orchestra, backing singer "Rubberlegs" Wilson, at Savoy Records Studio, Newark, New Jersey

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1953-08-02 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash

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1953-10-19 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey

Music releaseMusic Recording

1954-07-05 Singer Elvis Presley's 1st professional recording session (with guitarist Scotty Moore & bass player Bill Black) takes place at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. The trio record four songs including their historic cover of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's song "That's All Right (Mama)". [1]

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1956-04-11 Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident

  • 1957-12-29 Singers Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas
  • 1960-10-27 Singer Ben E. King records "Spanish Harlem" & "Stand By Me"

Music concertMusic Concert

1961-07-23 American opera singer Grace Bumbry becomes the first black singer to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, she earns 42 curtain calls

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1963-04-15 Steve Allen's musical "Sophie", based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1963-06-15 "Sukiyaki" sung by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hits #1
  • 1964-06-08 "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)", recorded by 1960s American pop singers, Jan and Dean, is released
  • 1964-12-18 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home

Music releaseAlbum Release

1967-03-10 "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You", American singer Aretha Franklin's tenth overall studio album, and first on Atlantic Records is released

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-12-25 Singer Paul McCartney & actress Jane Asher get engaged

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1969-09-18 American singer Tiny Tim (37) & Victoria "Miss Vicki" Budinger(17) get engaged

Music releaseMusic Recording

1970-03-10 Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" and "I Can Do It"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music concertMusic Concert

1970-06-12 Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin

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1970-06-23 Rocker and singer Chubby Checker arrested for marijuana possession

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker

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1975-08-04 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is seriously hurt in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

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1975-08-16 Singer Peter Gabriel announces his departure from the rock group Genesis

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • 1975-09-29 Soul singer Jackie Wilson suffers a heart attack while singing on stage at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; he survives, but never fully recovers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975-10-27 Covers of both Time & Newsweek picture rock singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1976-11-26 German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship
  • 1976-12-22 East Germany grants rock singer Nina Hagen her request to leave the country, after refusing her stepfather re-entry
  • 1979-05-23 American rock singer-songwriter Tom Petty files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

  • 1979-08-20 Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed
  • 1979-10-24 Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc as all-time best selling singer-songwriter
  • 1981-01-18 Punk singer Wendy O. Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity (later cleared)
  • 1982-03-18 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
  • 1984-08-07 Harmonica Frank [Floyd], American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player dies of lung cancer and diabetes complications at 75
  • 1984-09-04 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years [1]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984-09-12 Country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-05-22 American singer and actress calls David Letterman an a**hole on his "Late Night" TV program (NBC)

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-08-28 American rock singer Tina Turner's star unveiled at Hollywood's Walk of Fame; Hollywood, California

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner
  • 1989-06-14 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

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1990-03-20 Singer Gloria Estefan fractures her spine when a truck hits her tour bus near Scranton, Pennsylvania

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-06-11 UN appoints British-​Australian singer Olivia Newton-John as environmental ambassador

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John

Music releaseAlbum Release

1990-10-10 Mexican singer and actress Thalia releases her debut album "Thalía"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Thalía

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1990-10-17 Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of school to pursue a career in music

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1991-02-27 Singer James Brown is released from prison

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown

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1991-05-10 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving singer Madonna's apartment

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco

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1991-08-02 Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • 1991-11-02 Jermaine Jackson releases "Word to the Badd!!" anti Michael song

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1992-03-18 American pop singer Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 1992-04-29 Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery

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1992-05-05 American country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1992-05-20 American rapper Tung Twista raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds

Music releaseAlbum Release

1992-07-28 R&B singer Mary J. Blige releases her debut album "What's the 411?", with production by Puff Daddy

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy
  • 1992-09-04 Singer Harry Nilsson makes a rare (and final) concert appearance, joining Ringo and His All-Starr Band for a version of his "Without You" at Caesar’s Palace. Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1993-01-21 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder
  • 1993-03-08 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested again on suspicion of murder
  • 1993-06-07 Singer Prince celebrates his birthday by changing his name to a symbol
  • 1993-11-18 Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder arrested for public drunkiness
  • 1994-02-07 American actor and singer Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) undergoes a liver transplant
  • 1994-03-05 Singer Grace Slick arrested for pointing a gun at a cop
  • 1994-04-07 Singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-05-04 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • 1994-05-24 Poison singer Bret Michaels is involved in a car crash
  • 1994-09-12 American country singer-songwriter George Jones undergoes successful triple bypass surgery
  • 1994-12-28 American country singer Tammy Wynette admitted to the hospital with bile duct infection

Music releaseMusic Single

1995-03-20 Beatles song, "Baby It's You", with late John Lennon as lead singer, released, 1st Fab Four single in nearly 10 years

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1995-09-28 Singer Bobby Brown escapes injury in gun battle

KnightedKnighthood

1995-10-25 Singer Cliff Richard receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, - 1st rock star to be knighted

Singer Cliff Richard
Singer
Cliff Richard
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1996-09-08 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo
  • 1997-02-27 Singer Sade (Helen Folasade) arrested in Jamaica for disobeying a police officer

  • 1997-06-25 Jamaica issues a warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop
  • 1998-01-29 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Music releaseAlbum Release

1999-06-01 British singer Dido's debut album, "No Angel", is released in the United States

Singer Dido
Singer
Dido
  • 2001-08-25 Singer Aaliyah and 8 others killed in an air crash in the Bahamas

Music releaseAlbum Release

2002-06-04 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases debut album, "Let Go"

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-11-17 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • 2003-12-05 Mexican singer Thalia the "Queen of Latin Pop" is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005-05-17 Singer Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer at 36

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005-06-13 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 2005-12-21 Civil Partnership Act comes into force in the UK, with singer Elton John and David Furnish one of the first couples to form a same-sex civil union

Music releaseAlbum Release

2006-07-13 UK singer-songwriter Lily Allen releases her debut album "Alright, Still" (Grammy nominee Best Alternative Music Album)

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007-06-29 Irish singer and songwriter Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway

Singer-Songwriter Enya
Singer-Songwriter
Enya

Music releaseAlbum Release

2007-10-23 "Raising Sand" a collaborative album by rock singer Robert Plant and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss is released

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

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2008-03-11 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo

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2009-02-08 Singer Rihanna cancels appearance at the Grammys after being assaulted by boyfriend Chris Brown

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
  • 2009-06-27 Fayette Pinkney, American pop-soul singer (The Three Degrees - "When Will I See You Again?") dies of acute respiratory failure at 61
  • 2009-10-14 Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo is awarded the first $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize
  • 2009-11-23 Fela! based on music and lyrics by Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, opens on Broadway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010-05-01 Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

Singer Bryan Adams
Singer
Bryan Adams
  • 2011-01-02 Fela! based on music and lyrics by Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, closes on Broadway after 463 performances and 3 Tony awards [1]

Music releaseMusic Single

2011-09-20 "Call Me Maybe", single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012-02-06 Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Singer-songwriter
Gordon Lightfoot

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2013-07-17 U2 singer Bono is made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Rocker Bono
Rocker
Bono
  • 2013-10-04 German singer Helene Fischer releases "Farbenspiel", most successful album ever by a German female artist, over 2.4 million sold

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 5,186

  • 1513-02-14 Domenico Maria Ferrabosco, Italian composer & singer of the Renaissance, born in Bologna (d. 1574)
  • 1530-08-22 Bartolomeo Spontone, Italian composer and singer, born in Bologna (d. 1592)
  • 1561-08-20 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", born in Rome (d. 1633)
  • 1563-01-30 Franciscus Gomarus [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist and opera singer, born in Bruges, Habsburg Netherlands (d. 1641)
  • 1587-09-18 Francesca Caccini, Italian composer and singer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1641)
  • 1600-09-05 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, born in Spoleto (d. 1670) baptismal date
  • 1602-11-27 Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Italian Baroque music composer, singer and Benedictine nun, born in Milan, Habsburg Spain (now Italy) (d. ca. 1676–1678)
  • 1605-10-16 Charles Coypeau Dassoucy, French poet and singer, born in Paris (d. 1677)
  • 1610-12-09 Baldassare Ferri, Italian castrato singer, born in Perugia, Italy (d. 1680)
  • 1616-05-19 Johann Jakob Froberger, German singer/organist/composer
  • 1619-08-06 Barbara Strozzi, Italian singer and composer, baptised in Venice (d. 1677)
  • 1623-08-05 Antonio Cesti, Italian composer, singer and musician, born in Arezzo (d. 1669) baptismal date
  • 1655-03-17 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris), born in, Paris (d. 1729)
  • 1659-08-01 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer and organist and singer, born in Ostend (d. 1723)
  • 1670-07-19 Richard Leveridge, English bass singer and composer, born in St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (d. 1758)
  • 1717-02-10 Pierre de La Garde, French composer, singer, and guitarist, born in Crécy-la-Chapelle, France (d. c. 1792)
  • 1739-09-07 Joseph Legros, French singer and composer who was the most prominent haute-contres of his generation, born in Monampteuil, France (d. 1793)
  • 1741-08-15 Thomas Norris, English singer and composer, baptized in Mere, Wiltshire (d. 1790)
  • 1751-03-29 Supply Belcher, American composer and singer (The Harmony of Maine), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 1836)
  • 1755-08-31 Johann Ignaz Walter, German opera singer and composer, born in Perutz, Bohemia (d. 1822)
  • 1757-10-31 Ignaz Spangler, Austrian singer and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1811)
  • 1759-05-18 Charles Duquesnoy, South Netherlands composer and singer, born in Beuzet (d. 1822)
  • 1774-03-20 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, born in London (d. 1856)
  • 1775-08-28 Sophie Gail, French singer and composer, born in Paris (d. 1819)
  • 1779-04-21 William Knyvett, British singer and composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1856)
  • 1780-01-28 Giovanni Battista Velluti, Italian castrato singer 'the last great castrato', born in Pausula, Italy (d. 1861)
  • 1797-12-19 Josef Theodor Krov, Bohemian composer, singer and teacher, born in Nové Strašecí, Czechia (d. 1859)
  • 1801-12-07 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), born in Ratibor, Silesia (d. 1862)
  • 1808-03-24 Maria Malibran, Spanish-French singer (d. 1836)
  • 1816-08-16 Joseph Robinson, Irish singer, organist and composer, born in Dublin (d. 1898)
  • 1825-12-27 Reinhold Finsterbusch, German singer, organist, composer, and choral director ( Jesu Tod und Begräbnis), born in Mittweida, Saxony, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1834-02-06 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer, born in Ogulin, Croatia (d. 1889)
  • 1837-01-23 Amanda Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist, born in Long Green, Maryland (d. 1915)
  • 1840-08-28 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel hymns), born in Edinburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1908)
  • 1848-11-24 Lilli Lehmann, opera singer
  • 1853-12-22 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1917)
  • 1854-02-20 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • 1856-03-09 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1928)
  • 1861-05-19 Dame Nellie Melba [Helen Mitchell], Australian operatic soprano, and face of the Australian 100 dollar note, born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia (d. 1931)
  • 1861-12-04 Lillian Russell [Helen Leonard], American singer and actress (Great Mogul), born in Clinton, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • 1862-06-27 May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer (Hot Time in the Old Town), born in Whitby, Ontario, Canada (d. 1938)
  • 1864-02-07 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet)
  • 1865-01-03 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • 1867-01-20 Yvette Guilbert [Emma Laure Esther Guilbert], French singer and actress, born in Paris, France (d. 1944)
  • 1867-03-27 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, born in Hopewell, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1867-08-11 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields)
  • 1868-11-04 Carolina “La Belle” Otero, Spanish actress, singer and courtesan, born in Valga, Galicia, Spain (d. 1965)
  • 1869-09-10 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, born in California (d. 1937)
  • 1869-10-23 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, born in Kralingen, Holland (d. 1945)
  • 1870-02-12 Joe Howard, American vaudeville, Broadway, and television singer (Gay Nineties Revue), and songwriter ("Hello Ma Baby"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961) [1]
  • 1870-08-04 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), born in Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1950)
  • 1870-10-07 "Uncle" Dave Macon, American vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, born in Smartt Station, Tennessee (d. 1952)
  • 1871-04-03 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), born in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 1956)
  • 1871-04-24 Blanche Ring, American singer ("In The Good Old Summer Time"), and stage and screen actress, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1872-03-19 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), born in Warsaw (d. 1918)
  • 1872-04-04 Pauline de Haan-Manifarges, Dutch singer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1873-06-01 Ada Jane Jones, English-American popular singer, among the earliest Female singers to be recorded, born in Lancashire, England (d. 1922)
  • 1875-08-09 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1947)
  • 1875-08-16 Florrie Forde [Flannagan], Australian singer and British music hall performer, born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia (d. 1940)
  • 1877-05-25 Billy Murray, Irish-American vaudeville and early recording popular music tenor, known as the 'Denver Nightengale' ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)
  • 1880-02-14 Aida Overton Walker, African-American dancer & singer (In Dahomey, Salome), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1914)
  • 1881-05-13 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer
  • 1881-09-27 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, Dutch revue-artist, singer and actress, born (d. 1940)
  • 1882-02-28 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1882-08-10 Max Kowalski, German pianist, singer, and composer (Pierrot Lunaire), born in Kowal, Russian Empire/Poland (d. 1956)
  • 1882-10-25 Tony Jackson, American ragtime pianist and singer-songwriter (Pretty Baby), born in New Orleans (d. 1921)
  • 1883-05-26 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1884-01-13 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", born in Tulchyn, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1884-08-02 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, born in Hagby, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • 1884-08-06 Arthur Fields [Abraham Finkelstein], American singer-songwriter (Aba Daba Honeymoon), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • 1884-10-20 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1884-12-20 Max Blokzijl, Dutch singer, journalist, and Nazi collaborator, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1946)
  • 1885-10-22 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • 1886-04-26 Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett], American singer "Mother of the Blues", born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1939)
  • 1886-05-26 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), born in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1950)
  • 1887-10-06 Maria Jeritza [Jedlicka], Austrian singer (Vienna Opera)
  • 1888-01-10 Emile van Bosch, Belgian-Dutch opera singer (Fair Folks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1888-02-26 Ida Cox (nee Prather), American blues singer and vaudeville performer, born in Habersham County, Georgia (d. 1967) [birth year disputed, may be 1894 or 1896]
  • 1888-09-12 Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (Thank Heaven For Little Girls), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1889-09-28 D P "Dad" Carter, American gospel singer (Chuck Wagon Gang), born near Columbia, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • 1889-10-28 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, born in Nicolet, Quebec (d. 1975)

Person of interestCarlos Gardel

1890-12-11 Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer and the most prominent figure in the history of tango, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1935)

  • 1890-12-20 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • 1891-02-20 Ivan Harold Browning, American stage and screen actor and singer (Shuffle Along - "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), born in Brenham, Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1892-03-17 Sayed Darwish, Egyptian singer & songwriter, "father of Egyptian popular music" (Ana Haweet), born in Kôm el-Dikka, Alexandria (d. 1923)
  • 1892-05-18 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific; RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1957)
  • 1892-05-31 Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
  • 1893-02-10 Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1893-03-08 Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist, born in Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi (d. 1966)
  • 1893-06-14 Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1893-06-26 Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), born in Scott, Mississippi (d. 1958)

Person of interestMae West

1893-08-17 Mae West, American actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1893-09-24 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Coutchman, Texas (d. 1929)
  • 1894-01-16 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1985)
  • 1894-04-15 Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the "Empress of the Blues" (recorded over 200 songs), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1937)
  • 1894-11-29 Lucille Hegamin, American singer and entertainer (d. 1970)
  • 1895-01-13 Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer
  • 1895-01-20 Eva Jessye, American singer, actress, songwriter (Hallelujah) and 1st black woman to receive international distinction as a choral conductor, born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 1992)
  • 1895-03-31 Lizzie Miles [Elizabeth Landreaux], Creole American jazz, blues and gospel singer ("Man O'War"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 1895-04-01 Alberta Hunter, American blues singer, and composer ("Downhearted Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1984)

Weddings in Music

Weddings 1 - 100 of 416


LoveWedding of Interest

1822-03-16 Italian opera composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioachino Rossini weds 1st wife, opera singer Isabella Colbran, in Bologna

LoveWedding of Interest

1889-09-06 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen (27) weds mezzo-soprano singer Eva Nansen (30)

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • 1904-02-02 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey

LoveWedding of Interest

1917-05-01 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

LoveWedding of Interest

1923-05-17 Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (21) weds assistant director Rudolf Sieber (26) in Berlin, Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

LoveWedding of Interest

1924-01-11 Novelist Hermann Hesse (36) weds singer Ruth Wenger

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse

LoveWedding of Interest

1926-03-13 Country singer Maybelle Carter (17) weds Ezra Carter

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter

LoveWedding of Interest

1930-09-29 Singer and actor Bing Crosby (27) marries actress Dixie Lee (18)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

LoveWedding of Interest

1933-07-18 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (38) weds broadway singer Hannah Williams (22)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

LoveWedding of Interest

1935-08-19 French singer Édith Piaf (19) weds Andrew Johnseppe in Belleville, Paris

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • 1936-06-14 Singer and cowboy actor Roy Rogers (24) weds Arlene Wilkins in Roswell, New Mexico

LoveWedding of Interest

1939-02-04 Singer Frank Sinatra (23) marries 1st wife Nancy Barbato

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

LoveWedding of Interest

1940-11-30 "I Love Lucy" actress Lucille Ball (28) weds Cuban actor and singer Desi Arnaz (23) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz

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

1943-12-05 Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore

LoveWedding of Interest

1943-12-24 Actor and comedian Carl Reiner (21) weds singer Estelle Lebost (29)

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner

LoveWedding of Interest

1944-10-03 Comedian Jerry Lewis marries singer Patti Palmer

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • 1945-06-15 American singer and actress Judy Garland (23) weds American director Vincente Minnelli (42); divorce in 1951

LoveWedding of Interest

1946-08-10 Playwright Moss Hart (41) weds singer and actress Kitty Carlisle (35)

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart

LoveWedding of Interest

1948-03-28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • 1948-05-15 Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)

LoveWedding of Interest

1949-06-30 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (43) weds former singer Audrey Young

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder

LoveWedding of Interest

1951-04-03 Actress and singer Doris Day (29) marries producer Martin Melcher (35) in Burbank

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 1952-06-08 American singer and actress Judy Garland (29) weds American producer Sidney Luft (36) in Hollister, California; divorce in 1965

LoveWedding of Interest

1952-07-09 Country singer June Carter Cash (23) weds singer Carl Smith (25)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash

LoveWedding of Interest

1952-08-31 Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1952-10-18 Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico

LoveWedding of Interest

1953-06-18 Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

LoveWedding of Interest

1953-06-19 Singer James Brown (20) weds Velma Warren at Trinity CME Church in Toccoa, Georgia

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown

LoveWedding of Interest

1953-07-06 "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City

LoveWedding of Interest

1953-07-13 Academy award-winning actor José Ferrer (41) weds singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (25) in Durant, Oklahoma

  • 1953-07-13 American bandleader Louis Prima (42) marries American singer Keely Smith (25), in Virginia Beach, Virginia (his 4th, her 2nd); divorce in 1961
  • 1953-09-24 Singer Dick Haymes (35) weds Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth (34) at The Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas
  • 1955-09-18 American actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds American singer Eddie Fisher (27); divorce in 1959

LoveWedding of Interest

1956-05-22 Swedish actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy; divorce in 1959

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
  • 1956-08-05 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor Jack Cassidy (29)

LoveWedding of Interest

1956-12-28 Singer Patti Page (29) weds choreographer Charles O'Curran in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • 1957-10-24 Singer Bing Cosby marries second wife actress Kathryn Grant
  • 1957-11-11 Country singer June Carter Cash (28) weds former football player Edwin Nix
  • 1957-12-29 "Steve and Eydie" singer duo Steve Lawrence (22) weds Eydie Gorme (29) at the home of Beldon Katleman in Las Vegas

LoveWedding of Interest

1958-08-15 Singer Buddy Holly weds receptionist Maria Santiago

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • 1960-01-31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress and singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
  • 1960-06-06 American chanteuse and actress Eartha Kitt (33) weds real estate investor Bill McDonald; divorce in 1965

LoveWedding of Interest

1961-04-01 American televangelist Jim Bakker (21) marries Christian singer Tammy Faye (19)

Televangelist Jim Bakker
Televangelist
Jim Bakker

LoveWedding of Interest

1962-06-20 Singer Jane Froman (54) weds college friend Rowland Smith

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • 1962-10-09 French singer Édith Piaf (46) marries French Greek actor Théo Sarapo (26)

LoveWedding of Interest

1962-11-18 Singer Barry White (18) weds childhood sweetheart Betty Smith

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White

LoveWedding of Interest

1962-11-26 Singer Tina Turner (23) weds Ike Turner (31) in Tijuana, Mexico

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner

LoveWedding of Interest

1962-12-18 Pop singer Little Eva (19) weds James Harris

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva

LoveWedding of Interest

1963-01-12 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson

LoveWedding of Interest

1963-03-21 Singer and actress Barbra Streisand (20) marries actor Elliott Gould (24)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

LoveWedding of Interest

1963-10-15 Folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds photographer Barry Feinstein

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers

LoveWedding of Interest

1963-11-12 Singer and actor Robert Goulet (30) weds actress Carol Lawrence (31)

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

LoveWedding of Interest

1964-06-27 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) weds Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) in Beverly Hills, California

LoveWedding of Interest

1964-07-02 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (52) weds Sigmond Galloway

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson

LoveWedding of Interest

1964-10-27 American singers Sonny Bono (29) & Cher (18) wed, Cher wore bell-bottoms

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

LoveWedding of Interest

1965-06-18 Actress and singer Rita Moreno (33) weds cardiologist Leonard Gordon

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno

LoveWedding of Interest

1965-06-28 American country singer Merle Haggard (28) weds singer Bonnie Owens (35); divorce in 1978

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1965-10-16 Singer Leslie Uggams marries Grahame Pratt in NYC
  • 1965-11-14 American singer and actress Judy Garland (43) weds American actor Mark Herron (37); divorce in 1969

LoveWedding of Interest

1966-05-30 American country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton (20) weds Carl Dean (23) in Ringgold, Georgia

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton

LoveWedding of Interest

1966-06-14 Musician Louis Jordan (58) weds singer and dancer Martha Weaver

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan

LoveWedding of Interest

1966-08-07 Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo

LoveWedding of Interest

1967-06-06 American pop singer John Denver (23) weds psychotherapist Annie Martell at the Christ Chapel in St. Peter, Minnesota; divorced in 1982

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

LoveWedding of Interest

1968-03-01 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash

LoveWedding of Interest

1968-07-06 US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf (33) weds Brenda Halsinger

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf

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

1968-10-31 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones

LoveWedding of Interest

1968-11-09 Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant (19) weds Maureen Wilson (19)

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

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
  • 1969-03-15 American singer and actress Judy Garland (46) weds American nightclub manager Mickey Deans, at Chelsea Register Office, London, England
  • 1969-12-17 50m TV viewers watch singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicki, on "The Tonight Show"; divorce in 1977

LoveWedding of Interest

1970-03-20 Singer David Bowie (23) weds model Angie Barnett, (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London; (divorce in 1980)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

LoveWedding of Interest

1970-06-21 "The Doors" lead singer Jim Morrison (26) "marries" author Patricia Kennealy (24) in a celtic pagan hand fasting ceremony, but the marriage is not legally binding

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

LoveWedding of Interest

1970-09-01 "The Bee Gees" singer Barry Gibb (24) weds former Miss Edinburgh Linda Ann Gray

Bee Gees Singer Barry Gibb
Bee Gees Singer
Barry Gibb

LoveWedding of Interest

1970-09-14 Singer Stevie Wonder (20) marries Rita Wright [Syreeta] (24)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

LoveWedding of Interest

1970-10-02 Scottish singer Donovan (24) weds Linda Lawrence at Windsor Registry Office

LoveWedding of Interest

1970-10-31 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper

LoveWedding of Interest

1971-07-06 ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus (26) weds fellow singer Agnetha Faltskog (21)

  • 1971-07-19 "The Who" lead singer Roger Daltrey (27) weds model Heather Taylor

LoveWedding of Interest

1971-08-05 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer [nee Gaines] (22) weds actor Helmuth Sommer; divorce in 1976

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 1973-09-17 "The Osmonds" lead singer and bassist Merrill Osmond (20) weds Mary Carlson
  • 1974-07-04 Singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1974-07-16 "The Osmonds" singer Alan Osmond (25) weds Suzanne Pinegar at LDS Temple in Provo, Utah

LoveWedding of Interest

1974-09-14 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1975-06-30 American singer and actress Cher (28), marries American musician Gregg Allman (27), 4 days after divorce from Sonny Bono is finalized
  • 1976-04-14 American singer and actress Doris Day (54) weds restaurateur Barry Comden

LoveWedding of Interest

1976-06-21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire

LoveWedding of Interest

1976-07-11 Singer Andy Gibb (18) weds Kim Reeder in Australia

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb

LoveWedding of Interest

1976-07-31 Singer Natalie Cole marries songwriter Marvin Yancy

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 1977-08-27 "Coral Reefer Band" singer Jimmy Buffett (30) weds Jane Slagsvol

LoveWedding of Interest

1978-02-14 Country singer Roger Miller (42) weds Mary Arnold

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1978-05-08 Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah
  • 1978-07-06 American country singer Tammy Wynette (36) weds record producer George Richey (42) in Florida

LoveWedding of Interest

1978-08-02 Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds Pegi Morton

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1943-07-07 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (48) divorces broadway singer Hannah Williams (32) after 10 years of marriage

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1949-05-31 American singer and actress Doris Day (27) divorces American saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1951-10-29 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 1st wife Nancy (Barbato) divorce due to infidelity after 12 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1964-07-28 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1970-11-08 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) divorces singer Michelle Phillips (26) only 8 days after getting married

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1974-02-20 American singer and actress Cher (27) files for separation from husband singer-songwriter Sonny Bono (38)

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1974-09-13 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (28) divorces actress Ulla Andersson (41) after 5 years of marriage

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1975-03-21 American country singer Tammy Wynette (33) divorces American country singer-songwriter George Jones (43), after 6 years of marriage

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1975-06-26 American singer and actress Cher (28) divorces singer-songwriter Sonny Bono (40)
  • 1975-07-10 American singer and actress Cher (28) files for divorce from musician Gregg Allman (27), 10 days after their marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1976-11-24 Singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1980-02-08 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces singer David Bowie (33) after just under 10 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1981-01-10 Singer James Brown (47) divorces Deidre Jenkins after 10 years of marriage

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1985-01-07 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) divorces fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) only 4 months after getting married

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1989-06-15 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) divorces vocalist James Moreland only 4 months after getting married

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1990-01-03 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage

  • 1990-04-01 Guns & Roses' Duff McKagan divorces Mandy Brix, lead singer for Lame Flames

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1992-04-12 Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz, after 5 years of marriage

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1998-03-05 Singer Mariah Carey and music mogul Tommy Mottola divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1999-02-14 American singer Prince Rogers Nelson (40) divorces belly dancer Mayte Garcia (25) after 2 years of marriage

  • 2000-09-22 Actress Patsy Kensit (32) divorces Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (28) due to unreasonable behaviour after 3 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2003-09-27 Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
  • 2004-04-27 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry files for divorce from her second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, six months after the couple separated
  • 2004-06-08 "TLC" singer Tionne Watkins (34) divorces rapper Mack 10 (32) due to adultery after nearly 4 years of marriage
  • 2004-11-19 Singer Jermaine Jackson (49) divorces Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza (35) after 9 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2005-12-16 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2005-12-20 Actress Renée Zellweger (36) annuls her marriage to country-music singer Kenny Chesney (37) citing fraud, after 4 months of marriage

  • 2006-06-30 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces 98 Degrees boy band singer Nick Lachey (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006-07-26 Former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff (54) divorces actress and singer Pamela Bach (42) due to irreconcilable differences after 16 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006-11-27 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (39) divorces singer Kid Rock (36) due to irreconcilable differences only 4 months after getting married

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007-04-24 Recording artist and the most-awarded female act of all-time Whitney Houston (43) divorces R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008-12-15 Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2009-08-28 Blake Fielder-Civil (27) divorces Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (25) due to adultery after 2 years of marriage

  • 2009-09-08 90s pop sensation singer Peter Andre (36) divorces glamour model Katie Price (31) due to unreasonable behaviour after 3 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2009-11-04 R&B singer Usher (30) divorces hair stylist and wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster (38) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 2 years

Singer Usher
Singer
Usher

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010-05-29 Five-time Grammy Award singer Shania Twain (42) divorces music producer Robert John Lange (59) after 14 years of marriage

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010-06-19 Backup dancer Dean Sheremet (29) divorces Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes (27) after nearly eight years of marriage

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes
  • 2010-09-03 Pop singer Cheryl Cole (27) divorces England soccer player Ashley Cole (29) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 and a half years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010-10-29 Country singer Randy Travis (51) divorces manager Lib Hatcher due to state of incompatibility exists between the two parties after 19 long years of marriage. One of country music's longest-lasting couples

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010-11-16 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (25) divorces "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (29) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne
  • 2010-12-08 "Heart" rock singer Nancy Wilson (56) divorces "Almost Famous" and "Elizabethtown" director Cameron Crowe (53) due to irreconcilable differences after 24 years of marriage
  • 2010-12-28 Film and record company executive Justin Siegel (23) divorces actress-singer Emmy Rossum due to irreconcilable differences after a year-and-a-half of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011-04-15 Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

  • 2011-08-12 Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin (41) after 18 years of marriage
  • 2011-11-22 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (32) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011-12-27 "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel (31) divorces "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (35) due to irreconcilable differences

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012-04-06 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) divorces British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) due to irreconcilable differences after almost seven years of marriage

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Supermodel
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal
  • 2014-12-12 Actor and comedian Nick Cannon (37) files for divorce from singer Mariah Carey (48) after 6 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2015-07-20 County singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

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
  • 2016-06-23 Actress and singer Mandy Moore and singer-songwriter Ryan Adams divorce after 7 years

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2016-07-15 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin divorce after 12 years of marriage

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress
Gwyneth Paltrow
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2019-08-11 Singer Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth announce their separation and intention to divorce

Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus
Actor Liam Hemsworth
Actor
Liam Hemsworth

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2020-01-20 Actor Liam Hemsworth and singer Miley Cyrus divorce after a year of marriage

Actor Liam Hemsworth
Actor
Liam Hemsworth
Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 1,752

  • 1497-02-06 John Ockeghem, Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79
  • 1562-12-17 Adrian Willaert, Flemish singer/bandmaster/composer, dies at about 82
  • 1598-05-03 Anna Guarini, Italian singer (b. 1563)
  • 1611-08-27 Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer/singer/organist, dies
  • 1633-08-12 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", dies at 71
  • 1641-01-11 Franciscus Gomarus [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist and opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1652-02-17 Gregorio Allegri, Italian singer and composer (Miserere), dies at about 67
  • 1667-05-07 Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist/singer/composer, dies at 50
  • 1669-10-14 Antonio Cesti, Italian composer, singer and musician, dies at 46
  • 1670-04-23 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, dies at 69
  • 1677-10-29 Charles Coypeau Dassoucy, French poet and singer, dies at 72
  • 1677-11-11 Barbara Strozzi, Italian singer and composer, dies at 58
  • 1680-09-10 Baldassare Ferri, Italian castrato singer, dies at 69
  • 1723-08-23 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer, organist and singer, dies at 64
  • 1729-06-27 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris), dies at 74
  • 1758-03-22 Richard Leveridge, English bass singer and composer, dies at 87
  • 1782-07-15 Farinelli, Italian singer, dies at 77
  • 1790-09-05 Thomas Norris, English singer and composer, dies at 49
  • 1793-12-20 Joseph Legros, French singer and composer who was the most prominent haute-contres of his generation, dies at 54
  • 1819-07-24 Sophie Gail, French singer and composer, dies at 43
  • 1822-02-22 Johann Ignaz Walter, German opera singer and composer, dies at 66
  • 1827-03-09 Franz Xaver Gerl, Austrian bass singer and composer, dies at 62
  • 1836-06-09 Supply Belcher, American composer and singer (The Harmony of Maine), dies at 85
  • 1856-02-17 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, dies at 81
  • 1856-11-17 William Knyvett, British singer and composer, dies at 77
  • 1858-01-03 Rachel Félix [Elisabeth "Eliza/Élisa"], French singer and actress (Muse), dies at 36
  • 1859-03-01 Josef Theodor Krov, Bohemian composer, singer and teacher, dies at 61
  • 1861-01-22 Giovanni Battista Velluti, Italian castrato singer 'the last great castrato', dies at 80
  • 1862-05-25 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), dies at 60
  • 1889-01-14 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
  • 1898-08-23 Joseph Robinson, Irish singer, organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1902-09-14 Reinhold Finsterbusch, German singer, organist, composer, and choral director (Jesu Tod und Begräbnis), dies at 76
  • 1908-08-13 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67
  • 1912-03-15 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), dies at 58
  • 1915-02-24 Amanda Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist, dies at 78
  • 1921-04-20 Tony Jackson, American ragtime pianist and singer-songwriter ("Pretty Baby"), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 38
  • 1922-05-22 Ada Jane Jones, English-American popular singer, among the earliest Female singers to be recorded, dies of kidney failure at 48
  • 1922-06-06 Lillian Russell, American actress and operetta singer, dies at about 60
  • 1927-11-01 Florence Mills, dancer/singer, dies in NYC at 32
  • 1928-02-16 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), dies at 71
  • 1929-03-15 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies of a gunshot wound in a dance-hall fight at 24
  • 1929-12-19 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 36
  • 1933-03-04 Willie Walker, US jazz singer and guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

1933-05-26 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, dies of a pulmonary hemorrhage at 35

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1933-06-24 Sissieretta Joyner Jones, "Black Patti", American singer, dies at about 64
  • 1933-08-03 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet), dies at 69
  • 1935-04-29 Leroy Carr, American blues piano player and singer-songwriter ("How Long, How Long Blues"), dies of nephritis of the kidneys at 30

Person of interestCarlos Gardel

1935-06-24 Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer and the most prominent figure in the history of tango, dies in a plane crash at 44

  • 1936-01-23 Dame Clara Butt, alto singer (Country of Hope & Glory), dies at 62
  • 1936-03-30 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, dies at 40
  • 1936-08-15 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), dies at 71
  • 1937-09-23 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, dies at 68
  • 1937-09-26 Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the "Empress of the Blues" (recorded over 200 songs), dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43
Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1938-10-22 May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer (Hot Time in the Old Town), dies at 76
  • 1939-12-22 Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett], American singer "Mother of the Blues", dies at 53
  • 1940-04-18 Florrie Forde [Flannagan], Australian singer and British music hall performer, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • 1940-08-31 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58
  • 1941-02-20 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)
  • 1941-10-09 Helen Morgan, American singer, actress, dies of liver ailment at 41
  • 1941-12-21 Peetie Wheatstraw [William Bunch], American blues singer, songwriter, and piano player, dies on his 39th birthday when the car in which he was a passenger met a freight train
  • 1942-05-10 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields), dies at 74
  • 1943-02-14 Dora Gerson, German-Jewish actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (Caravan of Death), dies in Auschwitz concentration camp at 43

Person of interestFats Waller

1943-12-15 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin', Hot Chocolate), dies at 39

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1943-12-25 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer, dies at 62
  • 1944-02-04 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress, dies at 79
  • 1944-04-05 Willy Derby [Dieben], singer (Hello Bandoeng), dies
  • 1944-06-25 Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (b. 1906)
  • 1944-10-18 Orville "Hoppy" Jones, American bass singer and cellist (The Ink Spots - "If I Didn't Care"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 39
  • 1945-03-03 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, killed in bombing raid at 75
  • 1945-09-18 "Blind" Willie Johnson, American gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), dies of malarial fever, syphilis and blindness at 48
  • 1946-01-05 Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
  • 1946-02-15 Louis "Putney" Dandridge American jazz pianist and singer (Heatin' Up Harlem), dies at 44
  • 1946-09-16 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63
  • 1947-01-11 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born singer and entertainer (b. 1879)
  • 1947-01-28 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, dies at 72
  • 1948-02-07 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies at 48
  • 1948-08-10 Lucille Bogan, American blues singer and songwriter ("Sweet Petunia"; "Black Angel Blues"), dies from coronary sclerosis at 51
  • 1950-02-19 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • 1950-02-26 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), dies at about 75
  • 1950-05-07 Bertha "Chippie" Hill, American blues and vaudeville singer (King Oliver's Jazz Band), struck and killed by a car in New York City at 45
  • 1950-10-23 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64
  • 1951-12-12 Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
  • 1952-03-22 "Uncle" Dave Macon, American vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, dies at 81
  • 1952-04-23 Elisabeth Schumann, German soprano, dies at 63

Person of interestHank Williams

1953-01-01 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1953-03-29 Arthur Fields [Abraham Finkelstein], American singer-songwriter (Aba Daba Honeymoon) dies in a fire at his nursing home residence at 68 [1]
  • 1953-10-08 Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), dies at 41
  • 1953-12-05 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42
  • 1954-04-14 Lillian "Lil" Green, American blues singer and songwriter ("Romance In The Dark"), dies at 39 [or 57, or 48 - year of birth disputed]
  • 1954-05-02 Pauline Manifarges, Dutch contralto singer, dies at 82
  • 1954-08-17 Billy Murray, American singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • 1954-09-10 Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies at 46
  • 1954-12-25 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • 1955-08-05 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer and actress (Down Argentine Way), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1956-01-05 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 80
  • 1956-06-04 Max Kowalski, German singer, composer, singing teacher, and concentration camp survivor, dies at 73
  • 1956-11-07 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/singer, dies at 40
  • 1957-02-23 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • 1957-04-15 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor & singer, dies at 39

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