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Events in Music

Events 1 - 54 of 54

1516-04-06 - A Willaert installed as singer of cardinal Ippolito I d'Este
1851-08-12 - Isaac Singer patents sewing machine
1855-10-09 - Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor
1868-06-21 - Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nuernberg," premieres in Munich
1871-10-06 - Fisk Jubilee Singers begin 1st national tour
1927-10-06 - "Jazz Singer," 1st movie with a sound track, premieres (NYC)
1931-05-01 - Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
1941-05-21 - Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
1943-02-06 - Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"
1944-05-09 - Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana
1953-08-02 - Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
Singer/Actor Frank SinatraSinger/Actor Frank Sinatra
1953-10-19 - Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey
1955-01-07 - Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (NYC)
1956-04-11 - Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater by whites
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"
1969-04-07 - Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds
1970-03-10 - Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" & "I Can Do It"
1970-07-12 - Blues-Rock singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky
1970-07-20 - Dodgers Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks
1975-10-27 - Covers of both Time & Newsweek picture rock singer Bruce Springsteen
1976-11-26 - German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship
1976-12-22 - German DR banishes singer Nina Hagen
1978-10-05 - Isaac Bashevis Singer wins Nobel Prize for literature
1979-08-20 - Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed
1982-03-18 - Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra StreisandSinger-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
1984-09-04 - Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years
1984-09-12 - Country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident
1990-03-20 - Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident
1991-02-27 - Singer James Brown is released from prison
1991-08-02 - Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges
1992-04-29 - Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery
1992-05-05 - Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection
1992-05-20 - Rap singer raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds
1992-07-09 - Kim Basinger gets 1,959th star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
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
1993-05-24 - Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4M settlement
1993-06-26 - Actress Julia Roberts & country singer Lyle Lovett wed
1993-11-18 - Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder arrested for public drunkiness
1994-03-05 - Singer Grace Slick arrested for pointing a gun at a cop
Actress Julia RobertsActress Julia Roberts
1994-04-07 - Singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
1994-05-24 - Poison singer Bret Michaels gets into a car crash
1994-09-12 - Country singer George Jones undergoes triple bypass surgery
1995-03-20 - Beatles song, "Baby It's You", with late John Lennon as lead singer, is released, 1st Fab Four single in more than 30 years
1995-09-28 - Singer Bobby Brown escapes injury in gun battle
1996-04-07 - Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
1996-09-08 - Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo
1997-02-27 - Singer Sade (Helen Folasade), arrest in Jamaica for disobeying a cop
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
2002-12-22 - Joe Strummer, lead singer of the British punk band The Clash, dies at age 50
2003-09-27 - Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet
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.

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 3,660

1563-01-30 - Franciscus Gomarus, [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist/opera singer
1605-10-16 - Charles C Dassoucy, French writer/singer
1616-05-19 - Johann Jakob Froberger, German singer/organist/composer
1703-04-16 - Caffarelli, [Gaetano Majorano], Italian castra singer/duke
1808-03-24 - Maria Malibran, Spanish-French singer (d. 1836)
1810-07-18 - Peter Singer, composer
1811-10-27 - Issac Merrit Singer, inventor (1st practical home sewing machine)
1819-06-03 - Thomas Ball, US, sculptor/painter/singer
1834-02-06 - Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (d. 1889)
1840-08-28 - Ira D Sankey, US evangelist/composer/singer (Gospel hymns)
1848-11-24 - Lilli Lehmann, opera singer
1853-12-22 - Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor
1854-02-20 - Louis F M van Westerhoven, actor/singer/opera director (Youth)
1856-01-12 - John Singer Sargent, US, portrait painter (Wyndham Sisters)
1856-03-09 - Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (d. 1928)
1861-05-19 - Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
1861-12-04 - Lillian Russell, [Helen Leonard], US, singer/actress (Great Mogul)
1862-06-27 - May Irwin, US comedienne/singer (Hot Time in the Old Town)
1864-02-07 - Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet)
1865-01-03 - Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (d. 1936)
1867-01-20 - Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (d. 1944)
1867-03-27 - Edyth Walker, US singer
1867-08-11 - Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields)
1868-04-02 - Eduard Jacobs, singer/pianist (Dutch cabaret)
1868-07-05 - William H Singer, US painter/collector (Singer Museum, Laren)
1868-11-04 - Carolina Otero, a.k.a La Belle Otero, Spanish actress, singer and courtesan (d. 1965)
1868-12-25 - Eugenie Besserer, Watertown NY, actress (Jazz Singer)
1869-10-23 - Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch singer
1870-08-04 - Harry Lauder, Scotland, comedian/singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin)
1872-03-08 - Anna Held, Polish-born actress and singer (d. 1918)
1872-03-18 - Anna Held, Polish actress and singer (d. 1918)
1872-04-04 - Pauline de Haan-Manifarges, Dutch singer
1877-05-25 - Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale)
1878-07-03 - George M Cohan, actor/singer (Phantom Pres, Give My Regards to Bdwy)
1880-02-14 - Aida Overton Walker, US dancer/singer (In Dahomey, Salome)
1880-10-03 - Warner Oland, Umea Sweden, actor (Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan)
1881-05-13 - Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer
1881-09-27 - Johanna "Annie" Bakker, Dutch revue-artist/singer/actress
1882-02-28 - Geraldine Farrar, US soprano/actress (Story of American Singer)
1882-08-02 - Nanny I Larsen-Todsen, Swedish opera singer
1883-05-26 - Mamie Smith, American singer (d. 1946)
1884-01-13 - Sophie Tucker, [Kalish], Russia, singer/last of red hot mammas
1884-06-14 - John McCormack, Irish/US singer (Irish folksongs)
1885-10-22 - Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
1886-04-17 - Otto Lederer, Czechoslovakia, actor (Jazz Singer)
1886-05-26 - Al Jolson, [Asa Yoelson], jazz singer/silent actor (Mamie, Swanee)
1887-10-06 - Maria Jeritza, [Jedlicka], Austria, singer (Vienna Opera)
1890-12-11 - Carlos Gardel, tango singer (d. 1935)
1891-01-05 - Johan Boskamp, Dutch actor/singer (Potasch & Perlemoer) [or 1893]
1891-10-31 - Charlotte "Lotte" Bartschart, German/Dutch operetta singer
1892-05-08 - Ezio Pinza, Rome Italy, bass singer (South Pacific, RCA Victor Show)
1892-05-31 - Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
1893-06-14 - Siggie Nordstrom, Swedish singer (The Nordstrom Sisters) (d. 1980)
1893-06-26 - "Big Bill" Broonzy, Miss, blues singer/guitarist (Blues by Broonzy)
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 A Jessye, US singer/actress/songwriter (Hallelujah)
1895-03-05 - Fritz Usinger, German writer (Eternal Struggle)
1895-04-01 - Alberta Hunter, blues singer/composer (Downhearted Blues)
1895-06-14 - Cliff Edwards, "Ukulele Ike", Hannibal Missouri, singer (54th Street Revue, When You Wish Upon a Star)
1895-07-25 - Yvonne Printemps, Ermont France, singer/actress (Le Duel)
1895-10-27 - John Boles, Greenville TX, singer/actor (Babes in Baghdad)
1895-11-08 - Hermann Schey, German/Neth singer
1895-12-09 - Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer (d. 1936)
1896-08-02 - Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer (d. 1960)
1896-10-31 - Ethel Waters, Chester Pa, actress (Beulah)/singer (Stormy Weather)
1896-11-23 - Ruth Etting, US dancer/singer/actress (Roman scandals)
Country Singer Jimmie RodgersCountry Singer Jimmie Rodgers (1897-09-08)
1897-09-08 - [James Charles] Jimmie Rodgers, Mendoza Miss, country singer/singing brakeman
1898-01-07 - Al Bowlly, British jazz singer (d. 1941)
1898-04-09 - Julius Patzak, Austrian tenor singer
1898-04-09 - Paul Robeson, Philadelphia, singer (Old Man River)/actor/footballer
1898-04-15 - Nini de Boel, Flemish operette singer (White Horse)
1898-10-18 - Lotte Lenya [Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer], Austrian singer and actress (The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, From Russia with Love)
1899-03-23 - Dora Gerson, German actress and singer (d. 1943)
1899-06-25 - Arthur Tracy, Kamenets-Podolsky Russia, street singer (Vincent Lopez Show, Limelight)
1899-07-01 - Cavan O'Connor, singer
1899-09-11 - Jimmie Davis, Quitman, Louisiana, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine)
1900-03-01 - Donald Keith Falkner, singer
1900-05-02 - Helen Morgan, singer/actress (Applause, Frankie & Johnny)
1900-07-10 - Elsie Evelyn Laye, English singer/actress (Bitter Sweet, Merry Widow)
1900-08-02 - Helen Morgan [Riggins], Danville, Illinois, American singer/actress (Applause, Show Boat)
1900-08-23 - Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer/songwriter (d. 1978)
1901-05-05 - Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (d. 1959)
1901-06-22 - Jack Whiting, Phila Pa, actor/singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show)
1901-07-28 - Rudy Vallee, Vt, singer (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time)
1901-11-14 - Morton Downey, Wallingford Ct, singer (Star of the Family)
Singer/Actress Marlene DietrichSinger/Actress Marlene Dietrich (1901-12-27)
1901-12-27 - Marlene Dietrich [Maria Losch], Berlin Germany, singer/actress (Blue Angel), (d. 1992)
1902-08-03 - Judson Laire, NYC, actor/singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue)
1902-09-11 - Alice Tully, Corning, NY, singer/patroness (Carnegie Hall)
1902-12-31 - Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer (d. 1982)
1903-02-08 - Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress (d. 1977)
1903-04-29 - Frank Parker, NYC, singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party)
1903-05-03 - Bing Crosby, Tacoma Wash, actor and singer (White Christmas, Going My Way)
1903-06-18 - Jeanette MacDonald, Phila, American actress and singer (When I'm Calling You), (d. 1965)
1903-07-03 - Jean du Bela, [Simon Buytekant], singer/actor (Chaste Susanna)
1903-08-18 - Lucienne Boyer, French singer (d. 1983)
1903-08-26 - Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer
1903-11-01 - Don Robey, US gospel singer
1903-12-08 - Irene Eisinger, singer
1904-04-23 - Leslie French, actor/singer (More than a Miracle)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 1,006

1497-02-06 - John Ockeghem, Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79
1562-12-17 - Adrian Willaert, Flemish singer/bandmaster/composer, dies at about 82
1566-03-09 - David Rizzio, Italian secretary of Mary Queen of Scots, murdered by Protestant nobles
1598-05-03 - Anna Guarini, Italian singer (b. 1563)
1611-08-27 - Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer/singer/organist, dies
1652-02-17 - Gregorio Allegri, Italian singer/composer (Miserere), dies at about 67
1667-05-07 - Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist/singer/composer, dies at 50
1782-07-15 - Farinelli, Italian singer, dies at 77
1784-06-29 - Caesar Rodney, US judge/singer (Declar of Independence), dies at 55
1797-01-11 - Francis Lightfoot Lee, US farmer (singer Decl of Independ), dies at 62
1856-02-17 - John Braham, singer/composer, dies at 81
1858-01-03 - Rachel, [Elisabeth Rachel-Félix], Fr singer/actress (Muse), dies at 36
1875-07-23 - Isaac Merritt Singer, inventor (sewing machine), dies at 63
1882-01-25 - Peter Singer, composer, dies at 71
1889-01-14 - Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
1900-04-20 - Mebel Mercer, popular British singer, dies
1908-08-13 - Ira D Sankey, US evangelist/composer/singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67
1911-12-11 - Thomas Ball, US sculptor/painter/singer, dies at 92
1918-08-12 - Anna Held, Polish-born actress and singer (b. 1872)
1921-08-02 - Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48
1925-04-15 - John Singer Sargent, US portrait painter, dies at 69
1927-11-01 - Florence Mills, dancer/singer, dies in NYC at 32
1928-02-16 - Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (b. 1856)
1929-02-12 - Lillie Langtry, British singer and actress (b. 1853)
1932-11-27 - Evelyn Preer, American actress and singer (b. 1896)
1933-03-04 - Willie Walker, US jazz singer/guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
Country Singer Jimmie RodgersCountry Singer Jimmie Rodgers (1933-05-26)
1933-05-26 - Jimmie Rodgers, country singer, dies at 35
1933-06-24 - Sissieretta Joyner Jones, "Black Patti", US singer, dies at about 64
1933-08-03 - Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet), dies at 69
1934-09-02 - Ruggiero de Rudolpho "Russ" Columbo, US singer/violist, dies at 26
1935-06-24 - Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer (airplane crash) (b. 1890)
1936-01-23 - Dame Clara Butt, alto singer (Country of Hope & Glory), dies at 62
1936-03-30 - Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer (b. 1895)
1937-09-26 - Bessie Smith, singer, dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43
1938-08-06 - Warner Oland, actor (Werewolf of London, Jazz Singer), dies at 57
1938-08-16 - Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27
1939-12-22 - Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer/composer, dies at 53
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
1942-05-10 - Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields), dies at 74
Singer and guitarist Robert JohnsonSinger and guitarist Robert Johnson (1938-08-16)
1942-09-15 - Jack Singer, US war reporter (Wasp), dies
1943-02-14 - Dora Gerson, German actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (b. 1899)
1943-06-04 - Jean du Bela, singer/actor (Sobibor), dies at 39
1943-12-25 - Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer, dies at 62
1943-12-29 - William H Singer, US painter/collector (Singer Museum), dies at 75
1944-02-04 - Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
1944-04-05 - Willy Derby, [Dieben], singer (Hello Bandoeng), dies
1944-06-25 - Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (b. 1906)
1945-03-03 - Koos Speenhoff, Dutch singer, killed in bombing raid at 75
1945-09-16 - John McCormack, Irish singer (Irish national anthem/folk songs), dies
1946-01-05 - Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
1947-01-11 - Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born singer and entertainer (b. 1879)
1948-02-07 - "Red" McKenzie, blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies
1949-12-06 - Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, dies at 64
1950-02-19 - Edyth Walker, US singer, dies at 82
Blues Musician Lead BellyBlues Musician Lead Belly (1949-12-06)
1950-02-26 - Harry Lauder (Maclennan), Scottish comic/singer, dies at about 75
1950-10-23 - Al Jolson, [Asa Yoelson], singer/actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 64
1951-12-12 - Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
1952-04-23 - Elisabeth Schumann, singer, dies
1952-10-26 - Hattie McDaniel, American singer and actress (b. 1895)
1953-01-01 - Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29
1953-10-08 - Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
1953-12-05 - Jorge Negrete, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1911)
1954-05-02 - Pauline de Cock-Manifarges, singer, dies at 82
1954-08-17 - Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
1954-09-10 - Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies
1954-12-25 - Johnny Ace, Memphis rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
1955-08-05 - Carmen Miranda, singer/actress (Down Argentine Way), dies at 42
1956-01-05 - Mistinguett, French singer (b. 1875)
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 and singer (b. 1917)
1957-05-21 - Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
1957-07-20 - Phil Hanna, singer (Once Upon a Tune), dies at 46
1958-08-15 - William L C "Big Bill" Broonzy, US blues singer/guitarist, dies at 65
Jazz Musician Billie HolidayJazz Musician Billie Holiday (1959-07-17)
1959-07-17 - Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44
1959-08-15 - Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (b. 1901)
1959-10-07 - Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack
1960-02-03 - Fred Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor (b. 1921)
1960-11-05 - Johnny Horton, country singer, dies at 33
1961-01-11 - Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
1961-03-06 - George Formby, British singer/comedian, dies at 56
1961-04-29 - Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
1961-05-19 - Joe Howard, singer (Gay Nineties Revue), dies at 94
1961-09-02 - Greet Koeman, Dutch singer, dies at 54
1961-12-16 - Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano singer/primadonna, dies at 93
1962-10-08 - Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer
1962-12-13 - Harry Barris, American popular singer (b. 1905)
1963-03-05 - Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies at 41
1963-03-05 - Patsy Cline, country singer (Crazy), dies in a plane crash at 30
1963-03-05 - Cowboy Copas, American singer (b. 1913)
1963-06-22 - Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
Singer Edith PiafSinger Edith Piaf (1963-10-11)
1963-10-11 - Edith Piaf, French singer (No, I don't regret anything), dies at 47
1963-12-14 - Dinah Washington, singer, dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
1964-01-15 - Weldon John "Jack" Teagarden, US jazz trombonist/singer, dies at 58
1964-02-09 - Willie Bryant, singer (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 55
1964-07-31 - Jim Reeves, US country singer, dies in air crash at 39
1964-08-31 - Carole Coleman, singer (Make Mine Music), dies at 42
1964-11-03 - John Henry Barbee, American guitarist and singer (b. 1905)


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