On This Day in Music for August 18

Events in Music

  • 1949 Ralph Flanagan & his orchestra records "You're Breaking My Heart"

Music release#1 in the Charts

1956 Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1960 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg
  • 1964 Beatles arrive in SF, 2nd US visit
  • 1967 Rolling Stones release "We Love You"

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as the final act

  • 1972 Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden cannabis possession
  • 1973 Gene Krupa, drummer, plays for final time with Benny Goodman Quartet
  • 1981 "My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • 1992 "Real Inspector Hound" opens at Criterion NYC for 61 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1745 Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1750 Antonio Salieri, Italian composer (Tarare), born in Legnago, Republic of Venice (d. 1825)

Composer Antonio Salieri
Composer
Antonio Salieri
  • 1769 Alexandre Stievenard, composer
  • 1849 Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, composer
  • 1856 Charles Hutchison Gabriel, composer
  • 1856 Jan Karol Gali, composer
  • 1873 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), born in Mährisch-Schönberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1873 Otto Harbach, American songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1878 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, born in Lucerne (d. 1959)
  • 1881 Hermann Karl Josef Zilcher, composer
  • 1882 Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer
  • 1893 Ernest MacMillan, composer
  • 1900 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1902 Julius Kalas, composer
  • 1903 Ake Olof Sebastian Udden, composer
  • 1903 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), born in Paris (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Peter Paul Kreuder, composer
  • 1907 Enoch Light, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1907 Howard Swanson, composer
  • 1907 Otto Mortensen, composer
  • 1908 Milan Ristic, composer
  • 1910 Herman Berlinski, composer
  • 1916 Moura Lympany, Saltash England, pianist (OBE-1979)
  • 1925 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1981)
  • 1929 Hugues Aufray, French singer
  • 1934 Ronnie Carroll, British singer (Walk Hand in Hand), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Lajos Papp, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen
  • 1939 Johnny Preston, singer (Running Bear), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1944 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2004)
  • 1945 Sarah Dash, rock vocalist (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1945 Barbara Harris, US singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto)
  • 1949 Nigel Griggs, rocker (Split Enz)
  • 1950 Dennis Elliott, rock drummer (Foreigner), born in London, England
  • 1952 Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1956 John Debney, American composer
  • 1956 Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, American musician
  • 1957 Ron Strykert, Australia, rock guitarist (Men At Work-Who Can it Be)
  • 1964 Edith Frost, American singer/songwriter
  • 1965 Koji Kikkawa, Japanese singer
  • 1967 Blas Elias Gomez, Kennedy TX, rock drummer (Slaughter-Stick it Live)
  • 1967 Tracy Tracy, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
  • 1967 Dan Peters, American musician
  • 1967 Daler Mehndi, Indian bhangra/pop singer
  • 1969 Masta Killa, American rapper
  • 1969 Everlast, American musician
  • 1971 Richard D. James, Irish-born musician (Aphex Twin)
  • 1972 Keiko Yamada, Japanese singer (Globe), born in Oita, Japan
  • 1972 Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer
  • 1977 Régine Chassagne, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1981 Jon Schneck, American musician (Relient K), born in Eustis, Florida
  • 1983 Mica Penniman (Mika), Lebanese-born musician (Dodgy Holiday), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1983 Daniel Keith Swain (Danny!), American record producer/hip-hop artist
  • 1988 G-Dragon [Kwon Ji-Yong], Korean rapper (Big Bang), born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Music

  • 1918 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (45) weds socialite Dorothy Benjamin (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

1932 Actress Bette Davis (24) weds musician Harmon Nelson (25)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 1979 Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter
  • 1984 Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes (22) weds Des Moines department store heiress Julie Anne Friedman (25) at London registrar's office
  • 2012 "Melrose Place" actor Grant Show (50) weds "The Campaign" actress and former ballet dancer Katherine LaNasa (45) at The Oak Grove at Ribbit Tree & Plant Nursery in Topanga, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1613 Giovanni Artusi, Italian composer
  • 1811 Johann Heinrich Zang, composer, dies at 78
  • 1853 Peter Lichtenthal, composer, dies at 73
  • 1894 William Charles Levey, composer, dies at 57
  • 1896 Frederick Nichols Crouch, composer, dies at 88
  • 1901 Richard Kleinmichel, composer, dies at 54
  • 1942 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech Russian composer and pianist, dies at 48
  • 1949 Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49
  • 1957 Wawrzyniec Zulawski, Polish composer, dies at 41
  • 1968 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), dies at 52
  • 1969 Laci Boldemann, composer, dies at 48
  • 1980 Norman Cazden, composer, dies at 65
  • 1990 Grethe Ingmann, Danish singer (b. 1938)
  • 1991 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), dies in a motorcycle accident on his Harley at 47
  • 1994 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, dies at 88
  • 2003 Tony Jackson, English musician (The Searchers) (b. 1938)
  • 2004 Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • 2012 Scott McKenzie, American singer, dies at 73
  • 2015 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, dies at 72