On This Day in Music for September 19

Events in Music

  • 1908 Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony premieres in Prague
  • 1953 "Hazel Flagg" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 190 performances
  • 1960 Chubby Checker's "Twist" hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • 1976 "Going Up" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 49 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 "Captain EO" with Michael Jackson premieres

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music releaseAlbum Release

1988 Bon Jovi release their 4th album "New Jersey" - most top ten hits of any rock/glam metal album (5)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

Music releaseAlbum Release

1989 "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" 4th studio album by Janet Jackson is released (Grammy Award Best Long Form Music Video 1990, Billboard Album of the Year 1990)

  • 1996 "Skylight" opens at Royale Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1705 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer/band master
  • 1824 Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, composer
  • 1837 Adolf Gustaw Sonnenfeld, composer
  • 1882 Paul-Marie Masson, composer
  • 1887 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Solomon Pimsleur, composer
  • 1906 Dalibor Cyril Vackar, composer
  • 1906 Massimo Freccia, composer
  • 1911 Gustaf Allan Pettersson, composer
  • 1911 Weldon Hart, American composer (d. 1957)
  • 1912 Kurt Sanderling, Arys Germany, conductor (E Berlin Symph 1960-77)
  • 1915 Germán Valdés, Mexican actor, singer and comedian (d. 1973)
  • 1919 Blanche Thebom, Monessen Penn, mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida)
  • 1920 Karen Khachiturian, composer
  • 1921 Billy Ward, US songwriter/singer/pianist/arranger (Dominoes)
  • 1924 Ernest Tomlinson, English composer (Light music), born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire (d.2015)
  • 1926 Arthur Wills, composer
  • 1930 Muhal Richard Abrams, composer
  • 1931 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time, Rainy Night in Georgia), born in Lugoff, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1934 Brian Epstein, rock manager (Beatles)
  • 1935 Nick Massi, rocker (4 Seasons-Sherry), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1938 Zygmunt Krauze, composer
  • 1940 Paul Williams, American singer, actor and composer (Rainy Days and Mondays, Evergreen), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1940 Sylvia Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Chatham, Ontario
  • 1941 "Mama" Cass Elliot, rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas), born in Baltimore Maryland,
  • 1942 Freda Payne, American singer and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 David Bromberg, musician (Demon in Disguise), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 John Coghlan, rock drummer (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • 1947 Lol Creme, [Lawrence Creme], England, rock vocalist/guitarist (10cc)
  • 1948 Mihai Timofti, Director, actor, musician from Moldova-Chisinau
  • 1951 Daniel Lanois, Canadian record producer
  • 1952 Nile Rodgers, rock guitarist (Honeydrippers), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1952 Rhys Chatham, composer
  • 1955 Rex Smith, American actor and singer (Pirates of Penzance, You Take My Breath Away), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1955 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician (d. 2006)
  • 1958 Lita Ford, vocalist (Kiss Me Deadly, Runaways), born in London, England
  • 1963 Jarvis Cocker, English musician (Pulp)
  • 1964 Trisha Yearwood, Monticello GA, country singer (Sweetest Gift)
  • 1965 Sabine Paturel, French singer
  • 1969 Candy Dulfer, Dutch saxophonist (Lily Was Here), born in Amsterdam, Holland
  • 1969 Alkinoos Ioannidis, Greek-Cypriot singer and composer
  • 1969 Tapio Wilska, Finnish singer
  • 1970 Takanori Nishikawa, Japanese pop/rock singer
  • 1973 Jeremy Jordan, American singer and actor, born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1976 Jim Ward, American musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)
  • 1977 Ryan Dusick, American drummer (Maroon 5)
  • 1980 Sara Quin, Canadian singer/songwriter (Tegan and Sara)
  • 1980 Tegan Quin, Canadian singer/songwriter (Tegan and Sara)
  • 1981 Scott Bradlee, American musician and arranger (Postmodern Jukebox), born on Long Island, New York
  • 1984 Eamon, American pop singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

2009 "500 Days of Summer" actress Zooey Deschanel (29) weds "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (33) in Seattle, Washington


Deaths in Music

  • 1756 Josef Antonin Sehling, composer, dies at 46
  • 1830 Stanislas Champein, composer, dies at 76
  • 1836 Carl Friedrich Ebers, composer, dies at 66
  • 1918 Liza Nina Mary Frederica Lehmann, composer, dies at 56
  • 1936 Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musician (b. 1860)
  • 1954 Tibor Harsanyi, composer, dies at 56
  • 1968 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 58
  • 1972 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (b. 1899)
  • 1973 Gram Parsons, rocker (Byrds), dies of OD at 26
  • 1982 Samuel L M Barlow, composer, dies at 90
  • 1984 June Preisser, dancer/actress (Babes in Arms), dies in car crash at 61
  • 1990 Werner Janssen, US composer (New Years Eve in NY), dies at 91
  • 1993 Bruce Ferden, US conductor (NY, Washington, Amsterdam), dies at 44
  • 1995 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues SInger, dies at 63
  • 1997 Rich Mullins, American singer (b. 1955)
  • 1999 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), dies at 61
  • 2003 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • 2004 Skeeter Davis, American singer (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, musician, and activist
  • 2006 Chuck Rio, American singer and saxophonist (The Champs) (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • 2008 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • 2011 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist (b. 1931)