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September 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Sep 1 U2 releases 1st record, an EP titled 'U2-3', available only in Ireland

  • Sep 2 "I Remember Mama" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • Sep 6 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Sandy Duncan, 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 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

Music Concert

Sep 19 No Nukes Concert at Madison Square Garden includes Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; Bonnie Raitt; Crosby, Stills & Nash: Jackson Browne; and The Doobie Brothers

  • Sep 25 "Evita" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances

Music History

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

  • 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

Music History

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 4 Poo Bear [Jason Boyd], American songwriter and record producer (Justin Bieber; Lupe Fiasco; Mariah Carey; Zac Brown), born in New Haven Connecticut
  • Sep 6 Foxy Brown [Inga Marchand], Trinidadian-American rapper (Ill Na Na, Broken Silence), born in NYC, New York

Pink

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

  • Sep 10 Jacob Young, American actor (All My Children), and singer, 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 17 Flo Rida [Tramar Dillard], American rapper, born in Carol City, Florida
  • 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 pianist, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Sep 30 Vince Chong, Malaysian-Chinese singer-songwriter and actor, born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Weddings in Music

Cat Stevens

Sep 9 British singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) (31) weds Fouzia Ali at Kensington Mosque, in London

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 6 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), dies at 69
  • Sep 9 Solon Michaelides, Cypriot composer, and musicologist, dies at 73
  • Sep 9 Wilbur Ware, American jazz double bassist (Riverside Records; Thelonious Monk; Sonny Rollins), included in photographer Art Kane's photo "A Great Day In Harlem", dies of emphysema at 56
  • Sep 10 Stanyslav Lyudkevych, Ukranian composer, and musicologist, dies at 100
  • Sep 14 Raymond Loucheur, French composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti [Tomaso Lionetti], American singer ("Free"), songwriter ("My City of Sydney"), and actor (Gomer Pyle, USMC), dies of cancer 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