On This Day in Music for September 18

Events in Music

  • 1809 Royal Opera House in London opens
  • 1897 Gustave Kecker/Hugh Martin's musical "Belle of New York City" premieres in NYC
  • 1948 "Hilarities (of 1949)" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 1979 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • 1979 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • 1980 'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
  • 1985 "Song & Dance" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 474 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1587 Francesca Caccini, Italian composer (d. circa 1640)
  • 1636 Pietro Sanmartini, composer
  • 1684 Johann Gottfried Walther, Erfurt Germany, composer and musicographer
  • 1752 Johann Anton Sulzer, composer
  • 1765 Oliver Holden, composer
  • 1772 Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, composer
  • 1860 Alberto Franchetti, composer
  • 1877 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest/songwriter (Under the Snow)
  • 1883 Lord Berners, [Gerald Tyrwhitt], England, composer (1st Childhood)
  • 1885 Abdul Muslim Mahomayev, composer
  • 1890 Vladimir Ambros, composer
  • 1893 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Jamaican Rumba), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1897 Pablo Sorozabal Marialcurrena, composer
  • 1910 Josef Tal, Israeli composer (Israeli art music), born in Pinne, German Poland (d. 2008)
  • 1910 Leon Stein, American composer, born in Chicago (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Alan Ande Anderson, opera director
  • 1922 Ray Steadman-Allen, English composer
  • 1928 Adam Walacinski, composer
  • 1929 Louis Myers, blues guitarist /harmonica player
  • 1933 Jimmie F. Rodgers [James Frederick], American singer and guitarist (Jimmie Rodgers Show, Honey Comb), born in Camas, Washington
  • 1933 Manfred Niehaus, composer
  • 1937 Norman Dinnerstein, composer
  • 1939 Naresh Kumar Sohal, composer
  • 1940 Frankie Avalon [Francis Avallone], American actor and singer (Beach Party, Venus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Haflidi Magnus Hallgrimmson, composer
  • 1943 Michael Vetter, composer
  • 1944 Michael Franks, rocker
  • 1944 RocĂ­o Jurado, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Hans Vermeulen, singer/guitarist (Sandy Coast)
  • 1949 Kerry Livgren, American rock guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1950 Mike Hossack, rock drummer (Doobie Brothers), born in Patterson, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Dee Dee Ramone [Douglas Colvin], rock bassist (Ramones), born in Fort Lee, Virginia (d. 2002)
  • 1962 Joanne Catherall, rock vocalist (Human League), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1966 Spike, guitarist (Ian Spice Breathe, Flash Cadillac) [or Feb 4]
  • 1967 Ricky Bell, rock vocalist (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Cappadonna [Darryl Hill], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1971 Anna Netrebko, Russian opera singer
  • 1973 Ami Onuki, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi)
  • 1974 Xzibit [Alvin Nathaniel Joiner], American rapper and actor (At the Speed of Life, Pimp My Ride), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1980 Charles Hedger - British musician (Cradle of Filth)

Weddings in Music

  • 1955 Actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds singer Eddie Fisher (27)

HeartWedding of Interest

2004 Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • 2006 Chinese movie actor Nicholas Tse (26) weds HK actress and cantopop singer Cecilia Cheung (26) at Palawan island in the Philippines
  • 2009 Grammy-winning rock-folk singer Lucinda Williams (56) weds manager Tom Overby at First Avenue in Minneapolis
  • 2010 Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder (45) weds model Jill McCormick (32) in Hawaii

Deaths in Music

  • 1831 Peter Hansel, composer, dies at 60
  • 1857 Karol Kazimierz Kurpinski, composer, dies at 72
  • 1903 Isidor Vorobchievici, composer, dies at 67
  • 1903 Theodore Furchtegott Kirchner, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1911 Russian Premier Peter Stolypin (1906-11), shot and murdered at the Kiev Opera House aged 49
  • 1918 Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer, dies at 33
  • 1929 Hermann Gradener, composer, dies at 85
  • 1945 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist (b. 1897)
  • 1966 Fernand Lamy, composer, dies at 85
  • 1966 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, dies at 57
  • 1969 Rudolph Wagner-Regeny, composer, dies at 66

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies from asphyxiation at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1997 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), dies at 77
  • 2007 Pepsi Tate Bassist from the glam-rock band, tigertailz (b. 1965)