On This Day in Music for September 21

Birthdays in Music

  • 1527 Matthaus Ludecus, composer
  • 1706 Jacob Wilhelm Lustig, composer
  • 1728 Louis Emmanuel Eadin, composer

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1737 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer, (designed the first American flag), born in Philadelphia, British America (d. 1791)

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson
Designer of the American Flag
Francis Hopkinson
  • 1760 Gaetano Valeri, composer
  • 1817 Charles Balmer, composer
  • 1832 Friedrich Wilhelm Langhans, composer
  • 1833 Josef Richard Rozkosny, composer
  • 1843 David Emlyn Evans, composer
  • 1869 Henryk Melcer-Szczawinski, composer
  • 1873 Papa Jack Laine, American musician (d. 1966)
  • 1874 Gustav Theodore Holst, Cheltenham, England, composer (Planets)
  • 1882 Alf Thorbald Hurum, composer
  • 1885 Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer
  • 1887 Lodewijk de Vocht, composer
  • 1893 Moses Pergament, composer
  • 1912 György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist
  • 1926 Noor Jehan, Pakistani singer and actress (d. 2000)
  • 1932 Don Preston, rock musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Flint, Michigan

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1934 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter (Death of Ladies Man), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 1936 Dickey Lee, American singer and songwriter
  • 1938 Atli Heimir Sveinsson, composer
  • 1938 Yuji Takahashi, composer
  • 1941 Tony Moon, American rock songwriter (Dante & the Evergreens), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1951 Henk Hofstede, Dutch singer/guitarist/keyboardist (Nits)
  • 1954 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motorhead), born in Hasland, Chesterfield (d. 2015)
  • 1959 Corrinne Drewery, rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out)
  • 1964 Jorge Drexler, Uruguayan singer and composer

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1967 Faith Hill [Audrey Faith Perry], American country pop singer (Breathe, Cry), born in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 1967 Tyler Stewart, Canadian drummer (Barenaked Ladies)
  • 1968 Trugoy, rocker (De La Soul)
  • 1968 Jon Brookes, English drummer (The Charlatans), born in Burntwood, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
  • 1971 Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor/pianist (Alfonso-Silver Spoons), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Liam Gallagher, English singer (Oasis)
  • 1972 David Silveria, American drummer (KoЯn)
  • 1974 Taral Hicks, American musician
  • 1976 Jonas Bjerre, Danish singer and guitarist (Mew)
  • 1986 Faris Rotter, English vocalist (The Horrors)

Weddings in Music

  • 2013 Golden Globe-winning actor Andy Samberg (35) weds singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom (31) at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1590 Ascanio Trombeti, composer, dies at 45
  • 1809 Alexander Reinagle, composer, dies at 53
  • 1812 Emmanuel Johann Joseph Schikaneder, composer, dies at 61
  • 1836 John Stafford Smith, composer, dies at 86
  • 1839 Jacob Gottfried Weber, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1953 Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • 1956 Robert Mills Delaney, composer, dies at 53
  • 1961 Maurice Delage, composer, dies at 81
  • 1980 Ernest White, composer, dies at 80
  • 1981 Tony Aubin, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1987 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • 1995 Vernell Townsend, blues/gospel singer, dies at 64
  • 2006 Boz Burrell, English rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2013 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, dies at 93
  • 2016 Ben Cauley, musician (The Bar-Kays) and plane crash survivor, dies at 67
  • 2016 John D. Loudermilk, American country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), dies at 82