On This Day in Music for September 16

Events in Music

  • 1948 "Heaven on Earth" opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1948 "Mr Strauss Goes to Boston" closes at Century NYC after 12 performances
  • 1966 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York
  • 1973 "Desert Song" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 15 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1974 Bob Dylan records Blood on the Tracks

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 1978 Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1988 Fish leaves rock group Marillion
  • 1992 "Les Miserables" opens at Nuevo Apolo, Madrid

Birthdays in Music

  • 1098 Hildegard of Bingen, German magistra and the first composer whose biography is known (d. 1179)
  • 1557 Jacques Mauduit, composer
  • 1800 Jozef Nowakowski, composer
  • 1847 Albert Ross Parsons, composer
  • 1887 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1891 Czeslaw Josef Marek, composer
  • 1895 Karol Rathaus, composer
  • 1899 Hans Swarowsky, conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1903 Richard Hall, composer
  • 1906 Annie Hermes, Dutch singer
  • 1915 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1916 M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Andy Russell, singer (Andy & Della Russell Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1919 Milan Harasta, composer
  • 1921 Fritz Geissler, composer
  • 1921 John Hendricks, lyricist singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)

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1925 B.B. King, blues guitarist and singer (Thrill is Gone), born in Itta Bena Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 1925 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1931 Jan Johansson, composer
  • 1933 George Chakiris, Norwood Ohio, actor (West Side Story)
  • 1934 Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners and Solo Artist (d.2008)
  • 1941 Joe Butler, American rock vocalist/drummer (Lovin' Spoonful), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1942 Bernie Calvert, rock bassist (Hollies)
  • 1944 Betty Kelly, rocker (Martha Reeves & Vandellas), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946 Camilo Sesto, Spanish singer
  • 1948 Kenney Jones, English rock drummer/vocalist (Small Faces, The Who), born in London, England
  • 1948 Ron Blair, American rock bassist (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950 David Bellamy, singer (Bellamy Bros-Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • 1953 Earl Klugh, Jazz pianist/guitarist
  • 1953 Alan Barton, English musician (Black Lace, Smokie) (d. 1995)
  • 1954 Colin Newman, English musician (Wire)
  • 1954 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), (d. 2014)
  • 1955 Yolandita Monge, Puerto Rican singer
  • 1956 Charles Fearing, rock guitarist (Raydio)
  • 1956 Peter Zaremba, rocker (Fleshtones)
  • 1958 Terry McBride, singer (McBride & Ride-Can I Count on You), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1961 Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine)
  • 1963 Richard Marx, rock musician (Hold on to the Night), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 David Michael Sabo, Perth Amboy NJ, rocker (Skid Row-Psycho Love)
  • 1968 Marc Anthony [Marco Antonio Muñiz], American sala singer-songwriter, born in New York City
  • 1969 Kathi Wolfgram, rocker (Jets-You Got it All), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969 Justine Frischmann, English musician (Elastica)
  • 1970 Mark Schultz, American musician
  • 1976 Andres Javier Blazquez, PR, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • 1976 Tina Barrett, British singer (S Club)
  • 1978 Matthew Rogers, American singer
  • 1981 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer (My Fair Princess), born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • 1984 Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer
  • 1984 Katie Melua, Georgian-British singer
  • 1987 Travis Wall, American Dancer/Dance Instructor
  • 1988 Teddy Geiger, American singer
  • 1992 Nick Jonas, American singer, member of The Jonas Brothers

Weddings in Music


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1989 Singer Natalie Cole marries record producer Andre Fisher

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Country singer Willie Nelson (58) weds Annie D'Angelo in Nashville, Tennessee

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1993 Singer Karen Akers (48) weds businessman Kevin Powers (41)
  • 2006 Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd (29) weds Mel Gibson's daughter Hannah Gibson at the altar of The Holy Family Church in Malibu

Deaths in Music

  • 1652 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, Dutch composer, dies at 61
  • 1696 Lambert Pietkin, Flemish composer, dies at 83
  • 1798 Damasus Brosmann, composer, dies at 67
  • 1896 Carlos Gomez, composer, dies at 60
  • 1925 Leo Fall, Austria operetta composer (That Pink von Stambul), dies at 52
  • 1945 John McCormack, Irish singer (Irish national anthem/folk songs), dies
  • 1946 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63
  • 1965 Ahn Eak-tai, Korean musician, composer, and conductor (b. 1906)
  • 1977 Marc Bolan, rock vocalist/guitarist (T Rex), dies in a car crash at 29
  • 1990 Steve Condos, tap dancer, dies of heart attack at 71
  • 1994 Bernie Lazaroff Leighton, pianist, dies at 73
  • 1996 Gene Nelson, actor/dancer (SOB, Purple Hills, Starlift), dies at 76
  • 2003 Sheb Wooley, singer and actor (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Izora Rhodes Armstead, American singer (The Weather Girls), dies at 62
  • 2005 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, dies at 83
  • 2008 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), dies at 68

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2009 Mary Travers, American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary), dies of leukemia at 72

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • 2013 Jackie Lomax, English singer-songwriter (Is This What You Want), dies at 69