On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 11

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

1943 Richard Strauss' 2nd Horn Concert, premieres

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1957 Paul Hindemith's opera "Harmonie der Welt" premieres in Munich

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith
  • 1964 "A Hard Days Night" a musical comedy film featuring the Beatles released in the US
  • 1965 "Help" a musical comedy film featuring the Beatles released in the US
  • 1966 Last Beatle concert tour of US begins
  • 1968 Beatles launch "Apple Records" label

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 "The Who" drummer Keith Moon collapses and is hospitalized in Miami

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon
  • 1978 "C'est Chic" 2nd studio album by Chic is released featuring single "Le Freak" (Billboard Album of the Year 1979)
  • 1985 "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
  • 1996 "Thousand Clowns," closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • 2009 "Need You Now" album released by Lady Antebellum (Billboard Album of the Year 2010)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1600 Paul Hallmann, German composer, born in Friedland (d. 1650)
  • 1613 Cristoph Kaldenbach, Prussian poet and composer, born in Świebodzin, Poland (d. 1698)
  • 1720 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and abbot, born in Horb am Neckar (d. 1793)
  • 1744 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, German bassonist, born in Breitenau, Saxony
  • 1748 Joseph Schuster, composer
  • 1862 Carrie Jacobs Bond, Janesville Wisc, songwriter (I Love You Truly)
  • 1863 Arpad Szendy, composer
  • 1867 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields)
  • 1873 John Rosamond Johnson, Fla, co-composer (Lift Every Voice & Sing)
  • 1880 Frederick Jerome Work, composer
  • 1893 J. Rosamund Johnson, American composer ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1954)
  • 1894 Wilhelm Grosz, composer
  • 1900 Alexander Mosolov, composer (Zavod) [NS], born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1904 Jess Stacy, jazz pianist, born in Bird's Point, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Gaston Gilbert Litaize, composer
  • 1915 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (d. 1949)
  • 1919 June Hutton [Cowan], American pop vocalist (The Pied Pipers: Afterglow), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1925 Robert Linn, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Johnny Van Derrick, British jazz violinist (Pink Panther Theme), born in Ealing, England (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Raymond Leppard, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orchestra), born in London, England
  • 1928 Stan Kesler, American session musician, songwriter and, record producer and songwriter (Sun Studio), born in Abbeville, Mississippi (d. 2020)
  • 1929 Alun Hoddinott, Bargoed Wales, composer (Floriture)
  • 1929 Cora de Man-Canne Meyer, Dutch mezzo-soprano (Figaro, Carmen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1930 Heinz Werner Zimmermann, composer
  • 1931 Manabendra Mukhopadhyay, Bengali singer and composer (Ei Ganga ei Padda), born in Kolkata (d. 1992)
  • 1933 Justin Connolly, composer
  • 1933 Tamas Vasary, pianist/conductor
  • 1937 Allegra Kent, American ballet dancer and actress (The Addams Family), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1938 Rainer Boesch, composer
  • 1939 Attila Bozay, composer
  • 1939 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly guitarist (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1998), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2003) [1]
  • 1941 John Simon, American record producer (The Band), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1942 Mike Huggs, rock drummer (Manfred Mann) [or 3/11/40]
  • 1943 Denis Payton, English rock musician (Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over), born in London (d. 2006)
  • 1943 James Kale, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1943 Kenny Gamble, US songwriter, "Philadelphia Soul" producer (Me & Mrs Jones), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Krzysztof Meyer, Polish pianist, composer, and music scholar, born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1946 John Conlee, Versailles Ky, country singer (Common Man)
  • 1946 Michael Fonfara, Canadian rock and blues keyboard player (The Electric Flag; Lou Reed), born in Stevensville, Ontario
  • 1947 Catherine Collard, French concert pianist (Schumann; Brahms), and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • 1949 Eric Carmen, rocker (All by Myself), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1950 Erik Brann, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Bob Mothersbaugh, AKA Bob 1, American Musician (DEVO)
  • 1954 David Ian "Joe" Jackson, English singer, pianist, composer (Steppin' Out), born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • 1954 Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer
  • 1954 Sinan Savaskan, Turkish-British contemporary classical music composer and educator (The Age of Analysis; Octandre Ensemble), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1957 Richie Ramone [Richard Reinhardt], American rock drummer (Ramones), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1959 Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian musician (Soda Stereo)
  • 1963 Thornetta Davis, American blues singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Hamish, rocker (The Pasedenas-Riding on the Train)
  • 1967 Enrique Bunbury, Spanish singer
  • 1968 Charlie Sexton, rocker (Arc Angels)
  • 1968 Veda Hille, Canadian singer
  • 1969 Eddie Garcia, LA, actor/musician (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • 1969 Jonah Matranga, American singer
  • 1970 Andy Bell, English musician (Ride, Hurricane #1, Oasis)
  • 1974 Hadiqa Kiyani, Pakistani pop star
  • 1975 Chris Kelly [Mack Daddy], rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • 1975 Davey von Bohlen, American musician, (The Promise Ring, Maritime)
  • 1975 Ronald Clarke, American musician and founder of aliennetwork Records
  • 1976 Ben Gibbard, American musician (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service)
  • 1976 Brendan Bayliss, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Umphrey's McGee), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1977 Gemma Hayes, Irish born singer
  • 1981 Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1981 Sandi Thom, Scottish born singer
  • 1993 Alyson Stoner, American actress and pop singer, born in Toledo, Ohio

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2019 Singer Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth announce their separation and intention to divorce

Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus
Actor Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth

Deaths in Music

  • 1563 Bartolomé de Escobedo, Spanish composer (b. circa 1500)
  • 1729 Nicola Francesco Haym, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • 1757 José Pradas Gallén, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • 1778 Augustus Montague Toplady, English hymn writer (Rock of Ages), dies at 37
  • 1794 Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1820 János Lavotta, Hungarian violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1868 Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian composer (Brudefaerden i Hardanger), dies at 52
  • 1872 Lowell Mason, US organist/composer (Zebulo), dies at 80
  • 1940 Alfred Zamara Austrian harpist, composer, and teacher, dies at 77
  • 1942 Richard Heinrich Stein, composer, dies at 60
  • 1949 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American pianist, composer, and educator, dies of bone marrow cancer at 68
  • 1951 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish composer, dies at 52
  • 1952 Riccardo Martin, American tenor and composer, dies at 77
  • 1974 Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, dies at 86
  • 1984 Percy Mayfield, American singer (Hit the Road Jack), dies at 63
  • 1988 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
  • 1991 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), dies at 83
  • 1995 Herbert Whitton John Sumsion, organist/composer, dies at 96
  • 1995 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 1996 Mel Taylor, drummer, dies at 63
  • 1996 Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (Cornelia Farooli), dies at 82
  • 1998 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, dies at 96
  • 2000 Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer (b. 1916)
  • 2008 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist and radio host, dies at 84
  • 2008 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys), dies at 81
  • 2011 Jani Lane [John Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), dies of acute alcohol poisoning at 47
  • 2020 Trinidad "Trini" Lopez, American singer and guitarist ("If I Had A Hammer"; "Lemon Tree"), and actor (The Dirty Dozen) dies of COVID-19 at 83