On This Day

Miles Davis

Jazz Musician Miles Davis

Profession: Jazz Musician

United States of America

Biography: Kind of Blue (Quadruple Platinum)

Born: May 26, 1926
Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: September 28, 1991 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1968-09-30 American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (42) weds American singer Betty Mabry (23); divorce 1969
  • 1981-11-26 Legendary American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (55) weds American "Sounder" actress Cicely Tyson (47) at the home of actor Bill Cosby; divorced, 1989)

Historical Events

  • 1945-04-24 Miles Davis makes recording debut with the Herbie Fields Orchestra, backing singer "Rubberlegs" Wilson, at Savoy Records Studio, Newark, New Jersey
  • 1945-11-26 Charlie "Bird" Parker leads recording session for the Savoy label marketed as the "greatest Jazz session ever" with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis
  • 1957-11-22 Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall, NYC
  • 1970-03-30 Miles Davis's influential double album "Bitches Brew" released
  • 1970-08-06 "Festival for Peace" concert held at Shea Stadium, NYC to mark 25th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing; performers included Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Herbie Hancock, Dionne Warwick, John Sebastian, The Rascals, and the Broadway cast of "Hair"
  • 1986-06-15 Amnesty International "Conspiracy of Hope" tour concludes with megaconcert at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey; participants include: U2; Sting; Bryan Adams; Peter Gabriel; Lou Reed; Neville Brothers; Joan Baez; Joan Armatrading; Joni Mitchell; The Police; Jackson Browne; Yoko Ono; Miles Davis; Peter, Paul & Mary; and The Hooters
  • 2006-03-13 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Black Sabbath; Blondie; Miles Davis; Lynyrd Skynyrd; The Sex Pistols; Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss