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September 1968 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Recording

Sep 6 Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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Sep 14 Dmitri Shostakovich' 12th string quartet, premieres in Moscow

  • Sep 14 While on tour in England, a fire at singer Roy Orbison's Henderson, Tennessee home kills the two eldest of his three sons

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Sep 15 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" premieres on CBS TV

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Sep 18 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif
  • Sep 24 "That's Life" premieres-A Broadway musical type TV show
  • Sep 28 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances

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Sep 28 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Sep 28 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks

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Sep 28 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin

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Sep 30 The Supremes release "Love Child"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 5 Brad Wilk, American drummer (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 7 Kyle Stevens, American rock guitarist (Bang Tango, 1988-1993; 2019-present - "Dancin' on Coals")
  • Sep 10 Big Daddy Kane [Antonio Hardy], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 11 Kay Hanley, American singer-songwriter (Letters to Cleo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 12 [Reid Laurence] Larry LaLonde, American guitarist (Primus - "Frizzle Fry"), born in Richmond, California
  • Sep 14 Vincent Ghadimi, Belgian pianist and composer, born in Rocourt, Liège, Belgium
  • Sep 16 Marc Anthony [Marco Antonio Muñiz], American sala singer-songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 17 Lord Jamar [Lorenzo Dechalus], American rapper (Brand Nubian), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Sep 17 Anastacia [Newkirk], American pop singer ("Left Outside Alone"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 18 Cappadonna [Darryl Hill], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Sep 20 Tim Rogers, Australian singer and songwriter (You Am I), born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia,
  • Sep 21 Trugoy [David Jolicoeur], American rapper and producer (De La Soul), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 21 Jon Brookes, English drummer (The Charlatans), born in Burntwood, Staffordshire (d. 2013)

Person of interestWill Smith

Sep 25 Will Smith, American rapper ("Parents Just Don't Understand") and actor (Men in Black, Independence Day, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith
  • Sep 28 Bess Singh [Lennart Bes], Dutch pop drummer (Burma Shop-Hippies)
  • Sep 29 Alexander Skolnick, American heavy metal and jazz guitarist (Testament; Trans-Siberia Orchestra), born in Berkeley, California
  • Sep 29 Luke Goss, rocker (Bros-I Owe You Nothing)
  • Sep 29 Matt Goss, rocker (Bros-I Owe You Nothing)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 30 Jazz musician Miles Davis (42) weds singer Betty Mabry (23)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 1 Granville English, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 5 Juan Jose Castro, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 6 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 69
  • Sep 19 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 58
  • Sep 20 Frank Pelleg [Pollack], Czech-Israeli harpsichordist, pianist, conductor and educator, dies at 57
  • Sep 24 Harry Robert Wilson, American composer, dies at 67