On This Day in Music for August 15

Events in Music

  • 1965 Beatles play to 55,000 at Shea Stadium

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm

  • 1983 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone, beaten in fight-undergoes brain surgery
  • 1988 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • 1993 "Goodbye Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 188 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1725 Ferdinando Bertoni, composer
  • 1727 Johann Georg Holzbogen, composer
  • 1736 Johann Christoph Kellner, composer
  • 1741 Thomas Norris, composer
  • 1776 Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried, composer
  • 1787 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer, born in Tobolsk, Siberia (d. 1851)
  • 1822 Wilhelm Rust, composer
  • 1829 Eduard de Hartog, composer
  • 1839 Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer
  • 1872 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer
  • 1872 Rubin Goldmark, composer
  • 1875 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1885 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer
  • 1888 Albert Spalding, composer
  • 1890 Jacques Ibert, composer (Escales), born in Paris, France
  • 1892 Knud Christian Jeppesen, composer
  • 1893 Alexander Vasil'yevich Gauk, composer
  • 1897 Marion Eugene Bauer, composer
  • 1901 Byron Arnold, composer
  • 1901 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, born in Peräseinäjoki, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1906 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, born in Fuglebjerg, Næstved (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Hugo Winterhalter, composer
  • 1918 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, composer
  • 1922 Lukas Foss, [Fuchs], composer (Prairie), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1925 Billy Pinkney, American rock bassist and vocalist (Drifters), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1925 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 1926 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, composer
  • 1931 Mario Kuri-Aldana, composer
  • 1933 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1933 Floyd Ashton, American singer (The Tams)
  • 1934 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1939 Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer (Daddy don't run so fast), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Don Rich, American guitarist and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Olympia, Washington (d. 1974)
  • 1942 Peter York, rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1944 Frederick Knight, American singer and songwriter (I've been lonely so long), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944 Sylvie Vartan, French pop singer (Twiste et Chante), born in Iskretz, Bulgaria
  • 1945 Charlemagne Palestine, composer
  • 1946 Jimmy Webb, American songwriter and singer (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away), born in Elk City, Oklahoma
  • 1947 Geraldo Velez, Puerto Rican musician and jazz congas player (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in Puerto Rico
  • 1948 Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer (It'll All Come Around), born in Campbellton, Canada
  • 1948 Charles Thomas "Tom" Johnston, American guitarist and vocalist (The Doobie Brothers), born in Visalia, California
  • 1949 Kate Taylor, American singer-songwriter (It's in His Kiss), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Thomas Aldrich, country drummer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • 1950 Billy Griffin [William], US singer (Miracles-Love Machine)
  • 1951 Bobby Caldwell, American rocker, born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Ger Hoeymakers, Dutch rock guitarist (Franc Boeijen Group)
  • 1956 Vinny Denunzio, rocker
  • 1956 Lorraine Desmarais, French-Canadian jazz pianist and composer
  • 1960 Tommy Aldridge, heavy metal rocker (Ozzy-Diary of a Mad Man)
  • 1961 Matt Johnson, rocker (The The-Infected Soul Mining)
  • 1966 Shirley Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1972 Mikey Graham, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1978 Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot)
  • 1989 Belinda [Belinda Peregrín Schüll], Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1989 Tiffanie Anderson, American singer, dancer
  • 1989 Joe Jonas, American singer (Jonas Brothers)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1958 Singer Buddy Holly weds receptionist Maria Santiago

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly

Deaths in Music

  • 1576 Baliny Valentin Bakfark, composer, dies
  • 1600 Johann Baptista Serranus, composer, dies at 60
  • 1728 Marin Marais, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1798 Felice Alessandri, composer, dies at 50
  • 1848 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer, dies at 88
  • 1853 Giovanni Battista Polledro, composer, dies at 72
  • 1907 Joseph Joachim, German violinist/composer, dies at 76
  • 1914 Anatol K Liadov, Russian composer (Baba yaga), dies at 59 [NS=Aug 28]
  • 1918 Heinrich Köselitz [Peter Gast], German composer, dies at 64
  • 1935 Gerard Brucken Fock, composer, dies at 75
  • 1936 Stanislaw Niewiadomski, composer, dies at 76
  • 1951 Artur Schnabel, Austria/US pianist (Reflections on Music), dies at 69
  • 1958 William L C "Big Bill" Broonzy, US blues singer/guitarist, dies at 65
  • 1959 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (b. 1901)
  • 1963 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • 1968 Edward Kilenyi, composer, dies at 84
  • 1970 Karl August Andersen, composer, dies at 66
  • 1972 Alf Thorbald Hurum, composer, dies at 89
  • 1978 Harrison Kerr, American composer, dies at 80
  • 1985 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Creator Spirit), dies at 68
  • 1990 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (b. 1962)
  • 1992 Jackie Edwards, Jamaican songwriter (Keep On Running), dies at 53 or 54
  • 1995 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 2003 Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (b. 1957)
  • 2004 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • 2007 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
  • 2012 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), commits suicide at 56
  • 2014 Licia Albanese, Italian-born American operatic soprano, dies at 105
  • 2015 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), dies at 71