On This Day in Music for September 26

Events in Music

  • 1835 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" premieres in Naples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1892 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa's band (NJ)

  • 1898 Victor Herbert/Harry Smith's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1904 Charles Kleins "Music Master" premieres in NYC
  • 1927 St James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St NYC
  • 1957 Bernstein & Sondheim's musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC
  • 1961 "From the Second City" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 1965 Queen Elizabeth decorates the Beatles with Order of the British Empire
  • 1969 The Beatles release "Abbey Road" album
  • 1982 "Doll's Life" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1986 RUN-DMC is 1st rap group to hit top 10 (Raisin' Hell)

Film release premierFilm Premier

2006 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
Actor Matt Damon
Actor
Matt Damon
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio

Birthdays in Music

  • 1767 Wenzel Muller, composer
  • 1832 Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, composer
  • 1841 Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, composer
  • 1868 Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, American composer, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1928)
  • 1869 Komitas, Armenian composer (d. 1935)
  • 1873 Amilcare Zanella, composer
  • 1877 Alfred Cortot, French pianist
  • 1898 George Gershwin, [Jacob Gershvin], composer (Rhapsody in Blue), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1925 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), born in Glendale, Arizona (d. 1982)
  • 1926 Giuseppi Chiari, composer
  • 1926 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, born in Kocs (d. 1969)
  • 1930 Fritz Wunderlich, Kusel Germany, tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58)
  • 1931 George Chambers, American rock bassist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Carthage, Mississippi
  • 1932 Giuacomo Manzoni, composer
  • 1934 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Joe Bauer, rock drummer (Youngbloods), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1941 Salvatore Accardo, Italian violinist and conductor
  • 1945 Bryan Ferry, England, rocker (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)
  • 1945 Gal Costa, Brazilian singer
  • 1947 Lynn Anderson, American country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden), born in Grand Forks, North Dokota (d. 2015)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948 Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer and actress (Lets Get Physical), born in Cambridge, England

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1949 Martin Delray, Texarkana Ar, country singer (Get Rhythm))
  • 1951 Stuart Tosh, Scottish musician
  • 1953 Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer
  • 1954 Craig Chaquico, rock guitarist (Jefferson Starship)
  • 1955 Carlene Carter, country singer (I Fell in Love), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958 Darby Crash [Jan Paul Beahm], American punk rocker (Germs), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1980)
  • 1962 Tracey Thorn, rock vocalist (Everything But The Girl)
  • 1964 Nicki French, English singer
  • 1966 Christos Dantis, Greek composer and singer
  • 1967 Shannon Hoon, American singer (Blind Melon) (d. 1995)
  • 1969 Anthony Kavanagh, French-Canadian comedian, actor and singer
  • 1972 Shawn Stockman, [Slim], rapper (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Marty Casey, American singer (Lovehammers)
  • 1974 Boris Cepeda, German-Ecuadorian pianist and diplomat
  • 1975 Emma Härdelin, Swedish singer (Garmarna and Triakel)
  • 1981 Christina Milian, American actress and singer
  • 1983 Samantha Hammel, American record producer and actress
  • 1984 Keisha Buchanan, English singer (Sugababes)
  • 1985 Lenna Kuurmaa, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja)
  • 1987 Rosie Munter, Swedish singer (Play)
  • 1988 Mark Simpson, English clarinetist and composer

Weddings in Music

  • 1999 Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York
  • 2005 Country music singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver (66) weds Wanda Lynn Canady in Corsicana, Texas

Deaths in Music

  • 1614 Felice Anerio, Italian composer (pontifical royal chapel), dies
  • 1788 Francois Bainville, composer, dies at 63
  • 1800 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), dies at 53
  • 1808 Pavel Vranicky, composer, dies at 51
  • 1871 Philip Cipriani Hambly Potter, composer, dies at 78
  • 1937 Bessie Smith, singer, dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43
  • 1944 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist ad critic, dies at 64
  • 1945 Béla Bartok, Hungarian pianist and composer (Concerto for Orchestra), dies at 64
  • 1964 Ida Moore, actress (Mr Music, Johnny Belinda), dies at 82
  • 1979 Seymour Shifrin, composer, dies at 53
  • 1983 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor, dies at 76
  • 1989 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80
  • 1991 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1998 Betty Carter, American singer (b. 1930)
  • 2000 Baden Powell, Brazilian guitarist (b. 1937)
  • 2003 Robert Palmer, English singer (b. 1949)
  • 2003 Shawn Lane, American guitarist (b. 1963)
  • 2007 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)