September 1976 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 5 "Rex" closes at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Sep 5 "Very Good Eddie" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 307 performances


Sep 6 Singer Frank Sinatra brings surprise guest Dean Martin to his appearance on Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon - the first time Martin and Lewis share a stage in 20 years

Music History

Sep 7 US courts find George Harrison guilty of 'subconsciously' plagiarizing "He's So Fine" for his song "My Sweet Lord"

Music History

Sep 17 British punk rock band The Sex Pistols play before a captive audience at Chelmsford Prison, Essex, England

Album Release

Sep 17 Polydor/Atlantic releases Ringo Starr' fifth studio album "Ringo's Rotogravure"

  • Sep 19 "Going Up" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Sep 19 New York concert promoter Sid Bernstein offers $230 million to charity for a Beatles reunion; they politely decline
  • Sep 20 "The Captain and Tennille" television musical-variety show debuts in US (ABC)

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Sep 24 "Oh! Calcutta!" revival opens at Edison Theater, NYC; runs for 5,959 performances, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue

Music History

Sep 25 Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik, and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which becomes U2

  • Sep 25 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 122 performances

Album Release

Sep 28 "Songs in the Key of Life" 18th studio album by Stevie Wonder is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1977)

  • Sep 28 A&M Records sues George Harrison who fails to meet deadline for LP completion

Music History

Sep 29 Boy George expelled from school

Music History

Sep 29 Rock piano playing-singer Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot soda bottles hits his bass player Norman Owens twice in the chest

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 2 Phil Lipscomb, American rock bassist (Taproot), born in the USA
  • Sep 4 Katreeya English, Thai singer and actress, born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Sep 6 Hyun Young, South Korean actress and pop singer, born in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Sep 6 N.O.R.E. [Victor Santiago, Jr.], American rapper, born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 8 Brendan Kelly, American punk rock bassist and singer (The Lawrence Arms), born in Missouri
  • Sep 9 Kristoffer Rygg, Norwegian heavy metal vocalist and musician (Ulver; Arcturus), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Sep 11 Elephant Man [Oneal Bryan], Jamaican musician ("Let's Get Physical"), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Sep 12 Bizzy Bone [Bryon Anthony McCane], American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sep 15 Ivette Sosa, American pop singer (Eden's Crush - "Get Over Yourself"), born in Edison, New Jersey
  • Sep 15 Paul Thomson, Scottish drummer (Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sep 16 (Andres} "Andy" Blázquez, Puerto Rican-American pop singer (Menudo, 1991-97 - "Besame En La Playa"), born in, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 16 Tina Barrett, British singer (S Club 7), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Sep 17 Maile Misajon, American pop singer (Eden's Crush - "Get Over Yourself"), born in Long Beach, California
  • Sep 19 Jim Ward, American musician (At the Drive-In; Sparta), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Sep 20 Yo Hitoto, Japanese pop singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 20 Yui Horie, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 21 Jonas Bjerre, Danish rock singer and guitarist (Mew; Apparatjik), and visual artist, born in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Sep 27 Dean Butterworth, British drummer and percussionist (Morrissey; Good Charlotte), born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 8 Asen Karastoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 8 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, Chilean-Spanish composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 11 Jan Kunc, Czech composer (Czech State Anthem), dies at 93
  • Sep 20 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • Sep 26 (Louis Charles) "L. C." Robinson, American blues singer, guitarist, fiddler, and electric steel guitar player, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Sep 27 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 30 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), dies at 84