On This Day

September 1936 in Music History

Events in Music

Film Release

Sep 4 RKO Radio Pictures releases "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 2 David Leonard Blake, British composer, and educator, born in London, England
  • Sep 5 Cornelius Boyson, American blues bassist, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Sep 7 Joe Simon, American R&B singer ("Power of Love"), born in Simmesport, Louisiana (d. 2021)

Buddy Holly

Sep 7 Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], American rock and roll musician and songwriter ("Peggy Sue"; "That'll Be the Day"; "Words Of Love"), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 1959)

  • Sep 7 Romualds Kalsons, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • Sep 9 Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Austrian organist and composer, born in Hargelsberg, Austria (d. 2003)
  • Sep 19 Gene Dinwiddie, American blues saxophonist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • Sep 21 (Royden) Dickey Lee [Lipscomb], American pop-country singer-songwriter ("Patches"; "Laurie"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Sep 21 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • Sep 25 Juliet Prowse, actress and dancer (Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1996)
  • Sep 25 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, born in Longwood, Washington County, Mississippi (d. 1996)

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 14 Ossip Gabrilovich Russian-American pianist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1918-36), and composer, dies of stomach cancer at 58
  • Sep 19 Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musicologist, dies at 76