On This Day in Music for August 27

Events in Music

  • 1892 NYC Metropolitan Opera House catches fire
  • 1900 Gabriel Fauré's opera/cantata "Prométhée" premieres in Beziers
  • 1934 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin & Yips Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC
  • 1965 The Beatles spend an evening with Elvis Presley
  • 1977 "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 947 performances
  • 1994 "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at R Rodgers NYC after 320 performances
  • 1995 "Arcadia" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 204 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1562 Hans Leo Hassler, composer
  • 1583 Simon Besler, German composer, born in Brieg (d. 1633)
  • 1650 Johann Samuel Welter, composer
  • 1739 Michel Delalande, composer
  • 1826 Hermann Kipper, music teacher/critic/composer
  • 1837 Heinrich Urban, composer
  • 1867 Umberto Giordano, composer
  • 1878 Joseph John Richards, composer
  • 1882 Jaroslav Kricka, composer
  • 1886 Eric Coates, Hucknall Nottinghamshire England, viola player/composer
  • 1886 Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, born in Harrow, England (d. 1979)
  • 1896 Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor [o.s. 15-08]
  • 1900 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, composer
  • 1902 Herbert Menges, composer
  • 1909 Lester W "Pres" Young, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1925 Tony Crombie, drummer/bandleader
  • 1928 Peter Richard Tahourdin, composer
  • 1932 Francois Glorieux, composer
  • 1937 Alice Coltrane, jazz musician
  • 1937 Phil Shulmon, rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • 1937 Tommy Sands, singer/actor (Teenage Rock, Dream With Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist
  • 1941 Cesária Évora "the Barefoot Diva", Cape Verdean morna singer, born in Mindelo (d. 2011)
  • 1942 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1944 Barry Conyngham, composer
  • 1944 Tim Bogert, American rocker (Vanilla Fudge), born in New York City
  • 1948 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek musician (d. 1990)
  • 1949 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist
  • 1949 Jeff Cook, Fort Payne Ala, country guitar/vocalist (Alabama-Mt Music)
  • 1953 Alex Lifeson, rock guitarist (Rush), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1955 Laura Fygi, Dutch singer
  • 1956 Glen Matlock, rock bassist (Sex Pistols)
  • 1967 Bob Nastanovich, American musician (Pavement, Silver Jews)
  • 1970 Tony Kanal, English-born musician (No Doubt)
  • 1971 Julian Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1977 Mase, American rapper
  • 1979 Sarah Neufeld, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • 1980 Stephanie Michelle Steele, country singer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1986 Mario, American R&B singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1977 "Coral Reefer Band" singer Jimmy Buffett (30) weds Jane Slagsvol
  • 2011 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

Deaths in Music

  • 1521 Josquin Des Prez, composer, dies
  • 1572 Claude Goudimel, French composer
  • 1611 Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer/singer/organist, dies
  • 1746 Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, composer, dies
  • 1841 Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried, composer, dies at 65
  • 1846 Franciszek Ścigalski, Polish composer, dies at 64
  • 1846 Gottfied Wilhelm Fink, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1855 Francisco Eduardo da Costa, composer, dies at 36
  • 1865 Jozef Nowakowski, composer, dies at 64
  • 1867 Karol Katski, composer, dies at 51
  • 1868 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, composer, dies at 82
  • 1883 August Friedrich Pott, composer, dies at 76
  • 1887 Wilhelm Volkmar, composer, dies at 74
  • 1922 Carl Fuchs, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1948 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), dies at 74
  • 1948 Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, composer, dies at 50
  • 1953 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer, dies at 53
  • 1962 Carlos Lavin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1964 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer, dies at 59
  • 1965 Otto Reinhold, composer, dies at 66
  • 1967 Brian Epstein, rock manager (Beatles), dies of drug overdose at 32
  • 1976 Mukesh, Indian playback singer (b. 1923)
  • 1979 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • 1981 Joan Edwards, singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist, dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 1991 Vince Taylor, [Brian Holden], British singer (Brand new Cadillac), dies
  • 1994 Roberto Goyeneche, [El Polaco], Argentine tango singer (Maria), dies
  • 1995 Martin Louis "Marty" Paich, jazz arranger, dies at 70
  • 2006 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-born guitarist (Napalm Death) (b. 1969)