On This Day in Music for August 17

Events in Music

  • 1876 Wagner's opera "Götterdämmerung" premieres in Bayreuth
  • 1939 "The Wizard of Oz" opens at Loews Capitol Theatre in NY
  • 1946 Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique" premieres
  • 1980 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1686 Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
  • 1775 Philippe Libon, composer
  • 1779 Franz de Paula Roser, composer
  • 1828 George William Warren, composer
  • 1834 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
  • 1839 Hubert Platt Main, composer
  • 1880 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, born in Vienna (d. 1942)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1893 Mae West, American actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1903 Abram Chasins, composer
  • 1904 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer
  • 1908 Kurt Hessenberg, composer
  • 1909 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Eric Aaltonen, composer
  • 1918 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1920 Georgia Gibbs, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1921 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orch)
  • 1924 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist
  • 1926 George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Thomas Jefferson Anderson, composer
  • 1933 Mark Dinning, American singer (d. 1986)
  • 1936 Ivan Parik, Czech composer, born in Bratislava
  • 1936 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician-actor (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)
  • 1943 Edward Cowie, composer
  • 1943 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American musician (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Katri Helena, Finnish singer
  • 1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • 1947 Gary Talley, rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1948 Rod MacDonald, American musician
  • 1949 Sib Hashian, rock drummer (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
  • 1954 Eric Johnson, American guitarist
  • 1955 Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC)
  • 1955 Kevin Welch, California, country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love)
  • 1958 Belinda Carlisle, (GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1960 Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer
  • 1962 Gilby Clarke, US pop guitarist (Guns n' Roses-Civil War)
  • 1964 Colin James, Canadian musician
  • 1965 Glen Goldsmith, rocker (What You See is What You Get)
  • 1965 Steve Gorman, Hopkinsville Ky, rock drummer (Black Crowes)
  • 1966 Maysa Leak, American Jazz Singer
  • 1967 Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk)
  • 1969 Donald E Wahlberg Jr, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1974 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)
  • 1977 Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer
  • 1978 Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
  • 1980 Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • 2015 Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating (38) weds model Storm Uechtritz in East Lothian, Scotland

Divorces in Music

  • 2008 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1730 Mauritius Vogt, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1731 Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer, dies at 57
  • 1777 Giuseppe Scarlotti, composer, dies at 54

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1786 Frederick II (the Great), King of Prussia (1740-86)/composer, dies at 74

King of Prussia Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Frederick the Great
  • 1792 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • 1865 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, composer, dies at 82
  • 1880 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)
  • 1887 Franz Commer, composer, dies at 74
  • 1889 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor, dies at 42
  • 1898 Carl Johann Adam Zeller, composer, dies at 56
  • 1901 Edmond Audran, composer, dies at 61
  • 1909 Richard Hoffman, composer, dies at 78
  • 1936 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Surgery & Foules), dies at 36
  • 1945 Gino Marinuzzi, composer, dies at 61
  • 1954 Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • 1958 Florent Schmitt, French composer/critic (Jardin Secret), dies at 87
  • 1961 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer, dies at 76
  • 1973 Paul Williams, American musician (The Temptations), commits suicide at 32
  • 1973 Jean Barraqué, French composer (b. 1928)
  • 1977 Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), dies at 86
  • 1981 Robert Russell Bennett, US composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • 1983 Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • 1987 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62
  • 1990 Pearl Bailey, actress (Landlord)/singer, dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1995 William Strethan "Wild Bill" Davis, musician, dies at 76
  • 2004 Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b. 1918)