September 1973 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 3 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis, Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title
  • Sep 5 "Desert Song" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Sep 16 "Desert Song" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • Sep 22 "A Little Night Music" opens at Majestic Theater on Broadway

Music Single

Sep 27 “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year, 1974)

  • Sep 29 "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" by Looking Glass peaks at #33
  • Sep 29 "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk peaks at #1

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 1 J. D. Fortune [Jason Bennison], Canadian rock singer (INXS, 2005-11), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Sep 3 Norihiko Hibino, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 5 Paddy Considine, English actor and musician, born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Sep 14 Nas [Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones] American rapper (It Was Written; "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 18 Ami Onuki, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 19 Jeremy Jordan, American singer and actor, born in Hammond, Indiana
  • Sep 23 Ingrid Fliter, Argentinian concert pianist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Sep 26 Marty Casey, American singer (Lovehammers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 27 Chris Demakes, American singer and guitarist (Less Than Jake), born in Florida
  • Sep 28 Jori Hulkkonen, Finnish electronic musician
  • Sep 29 Scout Niblett, British singer-songwriter, born in Stone, England

Weddings in Music

  • Sep 17 American "The Osmonds" lead singer and bassist Merrill Osmond (20) weds American homemaker Mary Carlson

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 6 William Henry Harris, English composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 12 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 15 Victor Jara, Chilean folk singer-songwriter, and political activist, killed by Augusto Pinochet's military interrogators at 40
  • Sep 17 Hugo Winterhalter, American composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 19 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Sep 20 Ben Webster, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 64
  • Sep 20 Jack Marshall, American jazz and session guitarist, film and television composer, arranger, and record producer (Capitol Records), dies at 51

Jim CroceJim Croce (1943-1973)

Sep 20 American singer-songwriter ("Time in a Bottle"; "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"), dies in a plane crash at 30

  • Sep 20 Maurice T. "Maury" Muehleisen, American musician and songwriter (Jim Croce), dies in a plane crash at 24
  • Sep 21 William Plomer, South African-British libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69
  • Sep 23 Manuel Borguñó, Spanish pianist, composer, choral director, and pedagogue, dies at 89