On This Day in Music for August 11

Events in Music


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1956 Elvis Presley releases "Don't Be Cruel"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1957 Paul Hindemith's opera "Harmonie der Welt" premieres in Munich
  • 1962 Beach Boys release "Surfin' Safari"
  • 1964 Beatles' "A Hard Days Night" opens in NYC
  • 1965 Beatles movie "Help" opens in NYC
  • 1966 Last Beatle concert tour of US begins
  • 1968 Beatles launch "Apple Records" label

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1976 Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses & is hospitalized in Miami

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1985 "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
  • 1996 "Thousand Clowns," closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1600 Paul Hallmann, German composer, born in Friedland (d. 1650)
  • 1613 Cristoph Kaldenbach, composer
  • 1720 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and abbot, born in Horb am Neckar (d. 1793)
  • 1744 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, composer
  • 1748 Joseph Schuster, composer
  • 1862 Carrie Jacobs Bond, Janesville Wisc, songwriter (I Love You Truly)
  • 1863 Arpad Szendy, composer
  • 1867 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields)
  • 1873 John Rosamond Johnson, Fla, co-composer (Lift Every Voice & Sing)
  • 1880 Frederick Jerome Work, composer
  • 1894 Wilhelm Grosz, composer
  • 1900 Alexander Mosolov, composer (Zavod) [NS], born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1904 Jess Stacy, jazz pianist, born in Bird's Point, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Gaston Gilbert Litaize, composer
  • 1915 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (d. 1949)
  • 1920 William Masselos, pianist/prof (Juilliard 1976), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1925 Robert Linn, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist
  • 1927 Raymond Leppard, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orch), born in London, England
  • 1929 Alun Hoddinott, Bargoed Wales, composer (Floriture)
  • 1929 Cora de Man-Canne Meyer, mezzo-soprano (Figaro, Carmen)
  • 1930 Heinz Werner Zimmermann, composer
  • 1933 Justin Connolly, composer
  • 1933 Tamas Vasary, pianist/conductor
  • 1938 Rainer Boesch, composer
  • 1939 Attila Bozay, composer
  • 1942 Mike Huggs, rock drummer (Manfred Mann) [or 3/11/40]
  • 1943 James Kale, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1943 Kenny Gamble, US songwriter (Me & Mrs Jones)
  • 1943 Krzysztof Meyer, composer
  • 1946 John Conlee, Versailles Ky, country singer (Common Man)
  • 1947 Catherine Collard, French pianist (Schumann/Brahms)
  • 1949 Eric Carmen, rocker (All by Myself), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1950 Erik Brann, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Bob Mothersbaugh, AKA Bob 1, American Musician (DEVO)
  • 1954 David Ian "Joe" Jackson, English singer, pianist, composer (Steppin' Out), born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • 1954 Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer
  • 1957 Richie Ramone, [Richie Beau], rock drummer (Ramones-Pet Semtary)
  • 1959 Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian musician (Soda Stereo)
  • 1964 Hamish, rocker (The Pasedenas-Riding on the Train)
  • 1967 Enrique Bunbury, Spanish singer
  • 1968 Charlie Sexton, rocker (Arc Angels)
  • 1968 Veda Hille, Canadian singer
  • 1969 Eddie Garcia, LA, actor/musician (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • 1969 Jonah Matranga, American singer
  • 1970 Andy Bell, English musician (Ride, Hurricane #1, Oasis)
  • 1974 Hadiqa Kiyani, Pakistani pop star
  • 1975 Chris Kelly, [Mack Daddy], Teaneck NJ, rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up)
  • 1975 Davey von Bohlen, American musician, (The Promise Ring, Maritime)
  • 1975 Ronald Clarke, American musician and founder of aliennetwork Records
  • 1976 Ben Gibbard, American musician (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service)
  • 1977 Gemma Hayes, Irish born singer
  • 1981 Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1981 Sandi Thom, Scottish born singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1563 Bartolom√© de Escobedo, Spanish composer (b. circa 1500)
  • 1729 Nicola Francesco Haym, composer, dies at 51
  • 1757 Jose Pradas Gallen, composer, dies at 67
  • 1794 Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht, composer, dies at 72
  • 1820 Janos Lavotta, composer, dies at 56
  • 1868 Halfdan Kierulf, composer, dies at 52
  • 1872 Lowell Mason, US organist/composer (Zebulo), dies at 80
  • 1942 Richard Heinrich Stein, composer, dies at 60
  • 1949 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, dies at 68
  • 1951 Ebbe Hamerik, composer, dies at 52
  • 1952 Riccardo Martin, composer, dies at 77
  • 1974 Vicente Emilio Sojo, composer, dies at 86
  • 1984 Percy Mayfield, US singer (Hit the Road Jack), dies at 63
  • 1988 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
  • 1995 Herbert Whitton John Sumsion, organist/composer, dies at 96
  • 1995 Phil Harris, American actor/singer, dies of heart failure at 91
  • 1996 Mel Taylor, drummer, dies at 63
  • 1996 Rafael Jeronym Kubelik, conductor, dies at 82
  • 2000 Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (b. 1925)
  • 2011 Jani Lane, American heavy metal musician (Warrant) dies of alcohol poisoning aged 47