On This Day

September 1959 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Sep 11 Composer and band leader Duke Ellington wins NAACP's Springarn Medal for his musical achievements

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 2 Esther Oosterbeek, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Sep 6 David Tickle, British audio engineer and record producer (Split Enz; Four Non-Blondes), born in Guildford, Surrey, England
  • Sep 7 Jermaine Stewart, American R&B singer ("We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • Sep 8 Daler Nazarov, Tajik composer and actor, born in Stalinabad, Tajik SSR
  • Sep 8 [David] Sara Davis Buechner, American-Canadian concert pianist, music editor, and educator (Temple University), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sep 9 Éric Serra, French musician and composer, born in Saint-Mandé, France
  • Sep 12 Peter Anthony Togni, Canadian pianist, organist, composer (Responsio), and radio broadcaster, born in Pembroke, Ontario
  • Sep 14 Morten Harket, Norwegian rocker (Aha - "Take On Me"), born in Kongsberg, Norway
  • Sep 17 Will Gregory, British keyboardist, sax player, producer (Goldfrapp), and composer (Piccard in Space), born in Bristol, England
  • Sep 20 Al Goodah [Carlo Goedhart], Surinamese gospel, Caribbean, and pop vocalist, born in Paramiribo, Suriname
  • Sep 21 Corrinne Drewery, British singer-songwriter (Swing Out Sister - "Swing Out"), born in Nottingham, Engalnd
  • Sep 23 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), born in the US (d. 2004)
  • Sep 26 Virginia Astley, British experimental pop singer-songwriter, and keyboard player, born in Garston, England
  • Sep 28 Angela Groothuizen, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Sep 28 Billy Montana, American country western performer (No Yesterday, Angelia)
  • Sep 30 Basia [Barbara Stanisława Trzetrzelewska], Polish jazz and pop singer ('Time and Tide"), born in Jaworzno, Poland

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 9 Max d'Ollone, French composer and writer (Le Ménestrel), dies at 84
  • Sep 22 Josef Matthias Hauer, Austrian composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 25 Ennio Porrino, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 28 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), dies at 34