On This Day

September 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 2 "I Remember Mama" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • Sep 6 "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances
  • Sep 7 5 day MUSE concert against nuclear energy opens at Madison Square Garden, New York
  • Sep 9 Sid Bernstein offers $½ billion for a Beatle reunion
  • Sep 14 The film "Quadrophenia", loosely based on The Who's 1973 rock opera of the same name is released.
  • Sep 18 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • Sep 18 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • Sep 19 No Nukes Concert at Madison Square Garden includes Springsteen & Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Sep 25 "Evita" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 Elton John, sick with flu, collapses in the Hollywood Universal Amphitheater

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Sep 29 "Ain't That A Shame" by Cheap Trick peaks at #35
  • Sep 29 "Bad Case Of Loving You" by Robert Palmer peaks at #14
  • Sep 29 "Boom Boom (Out Go Lights)" by Pat Travers peaks at #56
  • Sep 29 "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez peaks at #16
  • Sep 29 "Cruel To Be Kind" by Nick Lowe peaks at #12

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 "Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern peaks at #18

  • Sep 29 "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' the Tears peaks at #15
  • Sep 29 "Girls Talk" by Dave Edmunds peaks at #65
  • Sep 29 "Lonesome Loser" by Little River Band peaks at #6
  • Sep 29 "Message In A Bottle" by Police peaks at #1 in UK
  • Sep 29 "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" by Stephanie Mills peaks at #22

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 3 Tomo Miličević, Croatian-born American musician (30 Seconds to Mars), born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Sep 4 Pedro Camacho, Portuguese classical, religious, film and video game composer (Requiem to Inês de Castro), born in Funchal, Portugal
  • Sep 6 Foxy Brown [Inga Marchand], Trinidadian-American rapper (Ill Na Na, Broken Silence), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPink

Sep 8 Pink [Alecia Beth Moore], American singer (Get the Party Started; Try; Just Give Me A Reason), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania

Singer Pink
Singer
Pink
  • Sep 10 Jacob Young, American actor and singer (All My Children), born in Renton, Washington
  • Sep 13 Geike Arnaert, Belgian singer (Hooverphonic), born in Heuvelland, Belgium
  • Sep 17 Chuck Comeau, Canadian drummer (Simple Plan), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 22 Emilie Autumn {Liddell], American singer-songwriter, violinist, and harpsichordist (Fight Like A Girl), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 23 Red, rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 30 Clio-Danae Othoneou, Greek actress, musician and pianistn born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Sep 30 Vince Chong, Malaysian-Chinese singer-songwriter and actor, born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 9 Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) weds Fouzia Ali at Kensington Mosque

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 6 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), dies at 69
  • Sep 9 Solon Michaelides, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 10 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, composer, dies at 99
  • Sep 14 Raymond Loucheur, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • Sep 17 Miloslav Kabeláč, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • Sep 26 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), dies at 53
  • Sep 27 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Sep 27 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26