On This Day in Music for August 31

Events in Music

  • 1829 Opera "Guillaume Tell" is produced (Paris)
  • 1916 Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow" premieres in London
  • 1928 Brecht & Weil's play " The Threepenny Opera " premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1969 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising "My Sweet Lord"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1980 "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances
  • 1997 "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2006 23rd MTV Video Music Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt win


Birthdays in Music

  • 1696 Johann Paul Kunzen, composer
  • 1741 Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, composer
  • 1748 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, composer
  • 1755 Johann Ignaz Walter, composer
  • 1775 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, composer
  • 1821 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, composer
  • 1834 Amilcare Ponchielli, Paderno Italy, composer (I Lituani)
  • 1855 Stefan Surzynski, composer
  • 1856 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, composer
  • 1864 Max Wilhelm Zach, composer
  • 1878 Albert Riemenschneider, composer
  • 1879 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, composer
  • 1882 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer and bandmaster, born in Duntocher, near Glasgow, (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer
  • 1899 Walter Muller von Kulm, composer
  • 1908 Peter Conrad Baden, composer
  • 1912 Ramon Vinay, operatic tenor/baritone
  • 1918 Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist composer (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady)
  • 1918 Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, composer
  • 1924 Klaus Hashagen, composer
  • 1930 Tiny Little Jr, Worthington Minn, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • 1932 Roy Castle, English dancer and television entertainer (Record Breakers), born in Scholes, Yorkshire (d. 1994)
  • 1939 Jerry Allison, Hillsboro Tx, rock drummer (Buddy Holly & Crickets)
  • 1941 Emanuel Nunes, composer
  • 1945 Bob Welch, rock vocalist/guitarist (Fleetwood Mac-Oh Well), (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Itzhak Perlman, Tel Aviv Israel, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys)
  • 1945 [George I] Van Morrison, Belfast, singer (Here Comes the Night)
  • 1945 Van Morrison, Northern Irish musician
  • 1948 Rudolf Schenker, German guitarist (Scorpions)
  • 1949 Rick Roberts, rocker (Firefall)
  • 1952 Bruce Soboroff, Chic Il, rocker (Buckinghams)
  • 1952 Rudolf Schenker, German rock guitarist (Scorpions-Virgin Killer)
  • 1957 Gina Schock, rocker (Gogos-Our Lips Are Sealed)
  • 1957 Glenn Tilbrook, rock vocalist/guitarist (Squeeze-Tempted), born in London, England
  • 1959 Tony DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • 1960 Chris Whitley, American musician (d. 2005)
  • 1961 David Chastain, heavy metal rocker (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland)
  • 1963 Reb Beach, heavy metal rocker (Winger-17)
  • 1970 Deborah (Debbie) Gibson, singer (Only in My Dreams), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1975 Daniel Harding, British conductor
  • 1976 Vincent Delerm, French singer-songwriter, pianist and composer
  • 1977 Craig Nicholls, Australian musician (The Vines)
  • 1979 Simon Neil, Scottish musician (Biffy Clyro)
  • 1980 Joe Budden, American rapper
  • 1981 40 Cal, American rapper
  • 1982 Patrick Nuo, Swiss singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1952 Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1991 Musician Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) weds Gertie Filip
  • 2014 Model and TV host Jenny McCarthy (41) weds singer Donnie Wahlberg (45) at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois
  • 2014 Singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson (29) weds "Hunger Games" actor Evan Ross (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Deaths in Music

  • 1604 Giovanale Ancina, composer, dies at 58
  • 1616 Gemignano Capilupi, composer, dies at 43
  • 1631 Nicolaus Erich, composer, dies at 43
  • 1638 John Ward, composer, dies at 67
  • 1667 Johann von Rist, German composer and poet known for his hymns, dies at 60
  • 1730 Gottfried Finger, Czech composer (b. 1660?)
  • 1795 Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, composer, dies at 68
  • 1805 Joseph Marie Clement dall' Abaco, composer, dies at 95
  • 1832 Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer, composer, dies at 53
  • 1862 Ignaz Assmayer, composer, dies at 72
  • 1910 Emils Darzins, composer, dies at 34
  • 1940 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58
  • 1946 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1949 Paul Hoffer, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1964 Carole Coleman, singer (Make Mine Music), dies at 42
  • 1969 Ottmar Gerster, composer, dies at 72
  • 1994 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88
  • 1994 Norman "Doc" Jones, bassist, dies at 68
  • 1996 Milton "Tippy" Larkin, band leader, dies at 85
  • 2004 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61
  • 2008 Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2014 Jimi Jamison, rocker (Survivor), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 2016 Jacques Leduc, Belgian composer, dies at 84