On This Day in Music for September 4

Events in Music

  • 1948 "Angel in the Wings" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1962 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI
  • 1965 Beatles' single "Help!" goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

Music releaseMusic Single

1970 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1977 "Godspell" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • 1983 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Royale NYC after 747 performances
  • 1984 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years
  • 1991 "Most Happy Fella" opens at NY State Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 1996 13th MTV Video Music Awards: Alanis Morrisett & Smashing Pumpkins win
  • 1997 14th MTV Video Music Awards: Jamiroquai, Jewel & Beck win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1622 Jacob Hintze, German composer, born in Bernau (d. 1702)
  • 1761 Friedrich Ludwig Emilius Kunzen, composer
  • 1815 Mihaly Mosonyi, composer
  • 1816 Francois-Emmanuel-Joseph Bazin, composer
  • 1824 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", born in Ansfelden, Austria (d. 1896)
  • 1843 Jan Levoslav Bella, composer
  • 1859 Edoardo Mascheroni, composer
  • 1892 Darius Milhaud, Aix-en-Provence France, composer (Maximilien)
  • 1896 Antonin Artaud, Marseilles France, songwriter/dir (Theatre Seraphin)
  • 1906 Alexander Moyzes, composer
  • 1906 Antanas Raciunas, composer
  • 1909 Karel Horky, Czech composer, born in Stemechy (d. 1988)
  • 1915 Rudolf Schock, German opera/operette singer
  • 1918 Gerald Wilson, Shelby Miss, orchestra leader (Redd Foxx)
  • 1920 Teddy Johnson, British singer
  • 1930 Jerry Ragavoy, US songwriter/producer (Wonderful Dream)
  • 1931 Mitzi Gaynor, American actress/singer/dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942 Merald "Bubba" Knight, singer (Gladys Knights & Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944 Gene Parsons, rock drummer (Byrds, Gene Clark Group)
  • 1945 Daniel Wood Gatton, guitarist
  • 1946 David Liebman, American saxophonist and flautist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Gary Duncan, [Grubb], rock guitarist (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946 Greg Elmore, rock drummer (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948 Samuel Hui, Hong Kong singer
  • 1949 [Adolf] Dado Topić, Croatian musician (Time, Dragonfly), born in Siverić)
  • 1951 Martin Chambers, rock drummer (Pretenders)
  • 1956 Blackie Lawless, American musician, lead singer in W.A.S.P.
  • 1958 George Hurley, American drummer (Minutemen)
  • 1960 Kim Thayil, American guitarist (Soundgarden, Probot)
  • 1963 Sam Yaffa, Finnish musician (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls)
  • 1966 Bireli Lagrene, French jazz guitarist, born in Alsace
  • 1969 Alexander Coe, Welsh DJ and record producer
  • 1970 Igor Cavalera, Brazilian pop drummer (Sepultura)
  • 1974 Nona Gaye, daughter of Marvin Gaye/singer
  • 1974 Carmit Bachar, American musician (Pussycat Dolls)
  • 1976 Katreeya English, Thai singer, actress, model
  • 1977 Lucie Silvas, English musician
  • 1979 Pedro Camacho, Portuguese composer
  • 1980 Hitomi Shimatani, Japanese singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981 Beyoncé Knowles, singer (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1981 Lacey Sturm, American singer (Flyleaf), born in Homestead, Florida
  • 1984 Camila Bordonaba, Argentine actress, singer and composer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Tennis star Bjorn Borg (33) weds rock singer Loredana Berte (39) in a civil wedding

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1996 Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • 2004 Rap singer Juvenile (29) weds Shadonna Jones at The Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana
  • 2009 Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in Music

  • 1759 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, dies at 80
  • 1853 Jonathan Blewitt, composer, dies at 71
  • 1903 Herman Zumpe, composer, dies at 53
  • 1907 Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (Peer Gynt Suite), dies at 64
  • 1937 Giovanni Salviucci, composer, dies at 29
  • 1946 Paul Lincke, German composer/conductor (Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • 1977 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek musician (b. 1899)
  • 1991 Charlie Barnet, saxophonist (Cherokee), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 1991 Dottie West, country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car
  • 1991 Margaret Ramsay, vocalist, dies
  • 1994 Louis Myers, blues guitarist /harmonica player, dies at 64
  • 1995 Chuck Greenberg, new age musician (Shadowfax), dies at 45
  • 1997 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, dies at 91
  • 2002 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian pianist (b. 1904)
  • 2003 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and conductor (b. 1921)
  • 2003 Lola Bobesco, Romanian-born violinist (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Astrid Varnay, Swedish-born soprano (b. 1918)
  • 2015 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), dies at 80
  • 2016 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana), dies at 53