On This Day

September 1934 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Sep 17 RCA Victor releases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording - Beethoven's Fifth Symphony performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Leopold Stokowski at the Philadelphia Academy of Music

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 2 Michael Sahl, composer
  • Sep 3 Xavier Darasse, French organist and composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1992)
  • Sep 3 Freddie King, American blues singer ("Hideaway"; "Have You Ever Loved A Woman"), born in Gilmer, Texas (d. 1976)
  • Sep 5 Carol Lawrence, American actress (West Side Story), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • Sep 7 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist ("We're Gonna Make It"; "Grits Ain't Groceries"), born in Inverness, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • Sep 8 Peter Maxwell Davies, British composer (Prolation, Taverner), born in Manchester, England (d. 2016)
  • Sep 10 Larry Sitsky, Australian composer, born in Tianjin. China
  • Sep 10 Vassil Kazandjiev, Bulgarian composer, born in Rousse
  • Sep 11 Oliver Jones, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Little Burgundy, Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 12 Edward Wistenberg, Dutch concert harpist and pedagogue, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Sep 16 George Chakiris, American actor (West Side Story), born in Norwood, Ohio
  • Sep 16 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), born in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland (d. 2008)

Brian Epstein

Sep 19 Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1967)

Leonard Cohen

Sep 21 Leonard Cohen, Canadian poet and singer-songwriter ("Hallelujah"; Death of Ladies Man), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

  • Sep 26 Dick Heckstall-Smith, British jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire, England (d. 2004)
  • Sep 30 Udo Jürgens [Bockelmann], Austrian-Swiss pop singer-songwriter (Eurovision Song Contest, 1966), born in Klagenfurt, Federal State of Austria (now Austria) (d. 2014)

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 2 (Ruggiero) "Russ" Columbo, American baritone, violinist, actor ("You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love"), and songwriter ("Prisoner of Love") is accidentally shot to death at 26
  • Sep 2 Alcide Nunez, American musician (b. 1884)
  • Sep 10 George Henschel, German-British baritone, pianist, conductor, and composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 15 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 17 Edmund van der Straeten, German composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Edwin H. Lemare, British organist and composer (Andantino in D-flat, also known as "Moonlight and Roses"), dies at 69