On This Day

September 1946 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 5 "Yours Is My Heart" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Sep 17 "Gypsy Lady" opens at Century Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • Sep 17 "If the Shoe Fits" opens at Century Theater NYC for 20 performances

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestBarry Gibb

Sep 1 Barry Gibb, English singer-songwriter (The Bee Gees), born in Douglas, Isle of Man

Bee Gees Singer Barry Gibb
Bee Gees Singer
Barry Gibb
  • Sep 1 Greg Errico, American drummer (Sly & Family Stone-Stand!), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 2 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Sep 4 David Liebman, American saxophonist and flautist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 4 Gary Duncan [Grubb], American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in San Diego, California (d. 2019)
  • Sep 4 Greg Elmore, American rock drummer (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Coronado Naval Air Station, California

Person of interestFreddie Mercury

Sep 5 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), born in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (d. 1991)

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Singer-Songwriter
Freddie Mercury
  • Sep 5 Loudon Wainwright III, American vocalist (April Fool's Day Morn), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Sep 5 Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese), Scottish singer-songwriter (Marmalade), born in Coatbridge, Scotland (d. 2018) [1]
  • Sep 6 Buizen Beernd [Bennie Jolink], Dutch singer and musician (Normal), born in Hummelo, Netherlands
  • Sep 7 Alfa Anderson, American R&B vocalist (Chic - "Le Freak"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 8 Dean Daughtry, American rock keyboardist (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Kinston, Alabama
  • Sep 9 Christopher Francis Palmer, British composer, orchestrator, and musicologist, born in Norfolk, England (d. 1995)
  • Sep 9 Doug Ingle, American rock vocalist and keyboard player (Iron Butterfly - "In A Gadda Da Vida"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 9 Bruce Palmer, Canadian bassist (Buffalo Springfield), born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia (d. 2004)
  • Sep 11 Dennis Tufano, American rock guitarist and vocalist (The Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 12 Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy, American rock guitarist (Redbone), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2009)
  • Sep 14 Pete Agnew, Scottich rock bassist (Nazareth -"Love Hurts"), born in Dunfermline, Scotland
  • Sep 15 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • Sep 16 Camilo Sesto, Spanish singer, born in Alcoy, Spain
  • Sep 19 John Coghlan, English rock drummer (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • Sep 20 Mick Rogers [Michael Oldroyd], British rock guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band), born in Dovercourt, Essex, England
  • Sep 22 King Sunny Ade, Nigerian singer
  • Sep 23 Aubrey "Po" Powell, British co-founder of album cover design company "Hipgnosis" (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Yes), born in Sussex, England
  • Sep 24 Carson Van Osten, American musician and comic strip writer (Disney), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Sep 24 Jerry Donahue, American guitarist and producer (Fairport Convention, The Hellecasters), born in Manhattan, NYC
  • Sep 24 Marc Neikrug, American pianist, conductor and composer (Los Alamos), born in New York City
  • Sep 28 Helen Shapiro, British pop and jazz vocalist ("You Don't Know"), born in Bethnal Green, London
  • Sep 29 Nick Taylor, singer/guitarist (Bloodrock)
  • Sep 29 Ian Wallace, English drummer (King Crimson), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2007)
  • Sep 30 Sylvia Peterson, American pop vocalist (Chiffons - "He's So Fine"), born on The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 30 Héctor Lavoe [Pérez], Puerto Rican salsa singer, born in Machuelo Abajo, Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1993)

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 3 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • Sep 16 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63