On This Day in Music for August 16

Events in Music

  • 1876 Opera "Siegfried" premieres in Bayreuth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

1969 Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY

  • 1974 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)
  • 1975 "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • 1980 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath

Music release#1 in the Charts

1986 Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

Music releaseAlbum Release

1987 Bon Jovi release their 3rd album "Slippery When Wet" (Billboard's top selling album of 1987)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

Birthdays in Music

  • 1761 Yevstigney Fomin, Russian composer (d. 1800)
  • 1769 Jean Aime Vernier, composer
  • 1776 Philipp Jakob Riotte, composer
  • 1795 Heinrich August Marschner, composer
  • 1816 Joseph Robinson, composer
  • 1836 John Farmer, English composer, born in Nottingham (d. 1901)
  • 1868 Charles Sanford Skilton, composer
  • 1871 Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili, composer
  • 1877 Karl L Hoschna, composer
  • 1888 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1943)
  • 1895 Jacinto Guerrero, composer
  • 1897 Vicente Ascone, composer
  • 1902 Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski, composer
  • 1907 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Israeli composer
  • 1909 Paul Smith Callaway, composer
  • 1915 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), born in Tyro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Roque Cordero, Panama, composer (Sonata Breve)
  • 1928 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican/US blues guitarist (Have Mercy)
  • 1929 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist
  • 1932 Eydie Gorme [Edithe Gormezano], American singer (Bossa Nova), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Ketty Lester, [Revoyda Frierson], US singer/actress (Love Letters)
  • 1937 David Behrman, composer
  • 1945 Gary Loizzo, rock guitarist (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, Merseyside, rock drummer (Easybeats)
  • 1945 Kevin Ayers, England, progressive rocker (Joy of a Toy), (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Barry Hay, singer/fluitist/saxophonist/guitarist (Golden Earring)
  • 1949 Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, American rock guitarist (The Tubes), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949 Scott Asheton, American musician (The Stooges)
  • 1951 Eric Bibb, American blues singer-songwriter, born in New York City
  • 1952 Gianna Rolandi, American soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 James Taylor, SC, rocker (Kool & The Gang-Joanna)
  • 1957 Tim Farriss, Australian pop guitarist (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1958 Madonna [Ciccone], American singer and actress (Like a Virgin), born in Bay City, Michigan

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1968 Donovan Leitch Jr, actor/musician (I Shot Andy Warhol)
  • 1970 Killah Priest, American rapper
  • 1972 Emily Robison, American country singer, instrumentalist and songwriter (Dixie Chicks)
  • 1977 Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer/actor
  • 1980 Vanessa Carlton, American singer/songwriter
  • 1980 Robert "Bob" Hardy, English musician (Franz Ferdinand), born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Weddings in Music

  • 1846 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe Pélissier in Paris

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1983 Musician Paul Simon weds actress and writer Carrie Fisher

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

HeartWedding of Interest

1985 Singer Madonna weds actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1968 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Deaths in Music

  • 1518 Loyset Compère, French composer
  • 1748 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, composer, dies at 63
  • 1786 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer/bandmaster, dies at 80
  • 1799 Vincenzo Manfredini, composer, dies at 61
  • 1831 Eduard Brendler, composer, dies at 30
  • 1870 Ludvig Anton Edmund Passy, composer, dies at 80
  • 1910 Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu, composer, dies at 69
  • 1911 Karl Munzinger, composer, dies at 68
  • 1929 Frank Valentine Van der Stucken, composer, dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1938 Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1944 Roman Padlewski, composer, dies at 28
  • 1945 Nico Richter, composer, dies at 29
  • 1959 Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • 1959 Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist (b. 1879)
  • 1965 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer, dies at 64
  • 1968 Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1972 John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1977 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42. Official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1984 Gyorgy Kosa, Hungarian composer, dies at 87
  • 1986 John Hurley, song writer (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • 1988 Milton Adolphus, composer, dies at 75
  • 1992 Mark Heard, Christian musician, dies at 41 of a heart attack
  • 1995 Robert "Robby" Debarge, R&B Musician, dies at 36
  • 1997 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
  • 1999 Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2000 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), dies at 60
  • 2005 Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (b. 1975)
  • 2007 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2008 Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners & Solo Artist (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)