On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 10

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1787 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his chamber piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (A Little Serenade)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1895 1st Queen's Hall Promenade Concerto (Wagner's "Rienzi")
  • 1920 Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds record “Crazy Blues” for Okeh Records, first significant Blues hit by African American artist

Film release premierFilm Premier

1950 "Sunset Boulevard", American film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

Music ConcertJim Morrison's Trial

1970 Jim Morrison's trial for "lewd and lascivious behavior" begins in Miami

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Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Dade County Courthouse
Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Dade County Courthouse
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Paul & Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden on drug possession

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • 1979 Wings release "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1979 "Off the Wall" 5th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1980)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1985 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle song) for $47 million
  • 1986 "Me & My Girl" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 1420 performances
  • 1991 "A Little Night Music" closes at New York State NYC after 7 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Taylor Swift testifies that DJ David Mueller groped her in court in Denver, Colorado

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Birthdays in Music

  • 1556 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutheran pastor, poet, composer and hymnodist, born in Mengeringhausen, Hesse, Germany (d. 1607)
  • 1560 Hieronymus Praetorius, composer
  • 1567 Girolamo Giacobbi, composer
  • 1589 Pietro Antonio Tamburini, composer
  • 1699 Christoph Gottlieb Schroter, composer
  • 1720 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer and organist, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1789)
  • 1740 Samuel Arnold, composer
  • 1750 Daniel Gottlob Türk, German organist and composer, born in Claußnitz, Saxony (d. 1813)
  • 1762 Santiago Ferrer, composer
  • 1793 Heinrich August Neithardt, composer
  • 1808 Carl Friedrich Weitzmann, composer
  • 1813 William Henry Fry, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1814 Jacob Edvard Gille, composer
  • 1835 Gyula Beliczay, composer
  • 1836 Jose Teodor Vilar, composer
  • 1845 Abai Qunanbaiuli, Kazakh poet, composer and philosopher (d. 1904)
  • 1856 Paul Geisler, composer
  • 1860 Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musician (d. 1936)
  • 1865 Alexander K Glazunov, composer (Chopiniana), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1874 Bill Johnson, American musician (d. 1972)
  • 1880 Clarence Cameron White, American composer, born in Clarksville, Tennessee
  • 1882 Max Kowalski, German pianist, singer, and composer (Pierrot Lunaire), born in Kowal, Russian Empire/Poland (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Carlos Lavin, composer
  • 1889 Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, born in Great Baddow, Essex (d. 1960)
  • 1893 Douglas Stuart Moore, Cutchogue NY, composer (Good Night Harvard)
  • 1909 Brian Easdale, composer
  • 1909 Claude Thornhill, composer
  • 1909 Leo Fender, inventor (Fender guitars including the Stratocaster), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Herman Strategier, Dutch organist/composer/conductor
  • 1923 Rhonda Fleming [Marilyn Louis], American actress and singer nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor" (Spellbound), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1926 Edwin James Nairn Carr, composer
  • 1926 Marie-Claire Alain, French organist/composer
  • 1928 Eddie Fisher, American singer (Oh My Papa, Lady of Spain), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Jimmy Dean, American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman (Jimmy Dean Show, Diamonds are Forever), born in Plainview, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1929 John Alldis, composer/conductor
  • 1932 Alexander Goehr, composer
  • 1934 James Carl Tenney, American composer, born in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli, Georgian composer (NightPrayers), born in Tblisi, Georgia
  • 1940 Bobby Hatfield, American rocker (Righteous Bros-Unchained Melody), born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1941 George Bellamy, English rocker (The Tornados), born in Sunderland, England
  • 1943 Ronnie Spector [Veronica Bennett], American singer (Be My Little Baby), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Michael Mantler, American trumpeter and composer
  • 1947 Ian Anderson, Scottish-born musician, singer, and songwriter (Jethro Tull), born in Fife, Scotland
  • 1948 Patti Austin, soul singer/actress (Real Me)
  • 1949 Gene Johnson, Sugar Grove Pa, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)
  • 1952 Ashley Putnam, American soprano (NY City Opera 1978), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Florent Vollant, Innu-Canadian musician (Kashtin)
  • 1961 Jon Farriss, Australian rock vocalist/drummer (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)
  • 1962 Dan Donovan, English musician (Big Audio Dynamite)
  • 1964 Aaron Hall, American songwriter
  • 1966 Hansi Kürsch, German singer
  • 1967 Lorraine Pearson, Romford Essex, rock vocalist (5 Star-Silk & Steel)
  • 1967 Mart Sander, Estonian singer and actor
  • 1968 Michael Bivins, rock vocalist (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Jeff Mangum, American musician
  • 1971 Stephan Groth, Norwegian musician
  • 1972 Christofer Johnsson, Swedish musician
  • 1977 Aaron Kamin, American musician (The Calling)
  • 1981 Natsumi Abe, Japanese singer
  • 1984 Cyrille Aimée, French jazz singer (Let's Get Lost), born in Samois-sur-Seine, Fontainebleau

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1946 Playwright Moss Hart (41) weds singer and actress Kitty Carlisle (35)

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart

LoveWedding of Interest

2000 Lead vocalist Dave Matthews (33) weds Jennifer Ashley Harper

Musician Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews

LoveWedding of Interest

2002 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) weds "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
Actor Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
  • 2013 Rapper Kevin Federline (35) weds Victoria Price at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in Music

  • 1730 Sebastien de Brossard, French composer and music theorist, dies at 74
  • 1806 Michael Haydn, Austrian composer, dies at 68
  • 1821 Salvatore Vigano, composer, dies at 52
  • 1841 Hippolyte Monpou, composer, dies at 37
  • 1886 Eduard Grell, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1911 Carl Lumbye, Danish composer, dies at 70
  • 1938 Joseph Moorat, composer, dies at 73
  • 1948 Lucille Bogan, American blues singer and songwriter ("Sweet Petunia"; "Black Angel Blues"), dies from coronary sclerosis at 51
  • 1967 John Francis Larchet, composer, dies at 83
  • 1970 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers Requiem), commits suicide at 52
  • 1974 Ilona Massey, actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies at 64
  • 1993 Øystein Aarseth, Norwegian musician (Mayhem) (b. 1968)
  • 1994 Bill Baker, singer, dies at 58
  • 1995 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, dies at 81
  • 1997 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (Soundings 4), dies at 84

Person of interestMichael Houser

2002 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), dies of pancreatic cancer at 40

Guitarist Michael Houser
Michael Houser
  • 2003 Carmita Jiménez, Puerto Rican singer
  • 2007 Tony Wilson, British music personality and broadcaster (b. 1950)
  • 2008 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), dies at 65
  • 2013 Eydie Gorme, American singer, dies at 84