On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 12

Events in Music

  • 1856 Anthony Faas, of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, is granted a second patent for improvements to the accordion (Patent No. 15511A)
  • 1972 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 performances

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare FactsOh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

1972 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater in NYC after 1316 performances

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A brief cover-up by the cast of "Oh! Calcutta!"
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  • 1979 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1991 Heavy metal band Metallica release their 5th album "Metallica", debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted

Music releaseMusic Recording

1999 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

Singer Shakira

Birthdays in Music

  • 1626 Giovanni Legrenzi, composer
  • 1644 Georg Christoph Leuttner, composer
  • 1644 Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Bohemian-Austrian violinist and composer, baptized in Wartenberg (d. 1704)
  • 1696 Maurice Greene, English composer, born in London (d. 1755)
  • 1751 Johann Baptist Lasser, composer
  • 1825 Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley, composer
  • 1838 Joseph Barnby, conductor/academic principal
  • 1853 Jean Louis Nicode, composer
  • 1875 Ettore Panizza, composer
  • 1875 Mezio Agostini, Italian composer, born in Fano, Italy (d. 1944)
  • 1881 Vaclav Vackar, composer
  • 1885 Alexander Albrecht, Slovak composer, born in Arad, Hungarian Kingdom (d. 1958)
  • 1890 Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1897 Manuel Blancafort, composer
  • 1897 Ramon Gonzalez Barron, composer
  • 1900 Jose Ignacio Prieto Arrizubieta, composer
  • 1910 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Romeo & Juliet)
  • 1914 Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer (I'll Never Smile Again), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1981)
  • 1915 Michael Kidd, American choreographer and dancer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress and dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), born in Buhl, Idaho (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Sid Bernstein, music producer/promoter (Beatles, Rolling Stones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Sybil Michelow, South-African contralto and composer, born in Johannesburg (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Porter Wagoner, American country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come, "A Satisfied Mind"), born in West Plains, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Buck Owens [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1929 Joji Yuasa, Japanese composer, born in Kōriyama, Fukushima
  • 1932 Sergey Mikhaylovich Slonimsky, composer
  • 1936 Gerard Masson, composer
  • 1940 Alexander Yossifov, Bulgarian conductor and composer (Back To The Beginning ), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Rod Bernard, American "swamp pop" singer ("Allons Danser Colinda"), born in Opelousas, Louisiana. (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Craig Douglas [Terence Perkins], English singer (Only Sixteen), born in Newport
  • 1943 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter
  • 1944 Peter Hofmann, German tenor
  • 1945 Ron Mael, American songwriter, composer and record producer (Sparks), born in Culver City, California
  • 1949 Mark Knopfler, British musician (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1950 Kid Creole [August Darnell], musician and actor (Obsession A Taste of Fear), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1954 Pat Metheny, American jazz and fusion guitarist (As Wichita Falls, So Falls Whichita), born in Lee's Summit, Missouri
  • 1955 Heintje [Hendrik Simons], Dutch singer (Mama)
  • 1960 Morty Black, heavy metal rocker (TNT-7 Seas)
  • 1961 Roy Hay, guitarist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
  • 1961 Lawrence Hayward, English musician (Felt, Denim, Go Kart Mozart)
  • 1963 Sir Mix A Lot [Anthony Ray], American rapper (Baby Got Back), born in Auburn, Washington
  • 1967 Tom Holkenborg, drummer (Weekend at Waikiki)
  • 1967 Andy Hui, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1969 Tanita Tikaram, British pop-folk singer-songwriter ("Twist in My Sobriety"), born in Münster, West Germany
  • 1972 Del The Funky Homosapien [Teren Delvon Jones], American rapper (Mistadobalina), born in Oakland, California
  • 1976 Mikko Viljami "Linde" Lindström, Finnish guitarist
  • 1976 Wednesday 13 [Joseph Poole], American punk rock musician (Wednesday 13, Murderdolls), born in Lexington, North Carolina
  • 1977 Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor and singer
  • 1980 Matt Thiessen, Canadian-American musician (Relient K)
  • 1980 Jade Villalon, American singer/songwriter
  • 2001 Dixie D'Amelio, American singer (Be Happy) and TikTok star, born in Norwalk, Connecticut

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1988 Country singer John Denver (44) weds actress Cassandra Delaney

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 2011 Actress and model Brooke Burke (40) weds singer/actor David Charvet (39) in St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe
  • 2016 Singer-songwriter Ray J (35) weds Princess Love at the Vibiana in Los Angeles

Divorces in Music

  • 2011 Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin (41) after 18 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1588 Alfonso Ferrabosco, Italian composer who brought madrigal music to England, dies at 45
  • 1612 Giovanni Gabrieli, Italian composer (Madrigali), dies at about 60
  • 1633 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", dies at 71
  • 1797 Ignaz Franz Xaver Kurzinger, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1812 Jean-Joseph Rodolphe, Alsatian composer, dies at 81
  • 1830 Franz de Paula Roser, composer, dies at 50
  • 1928 Leoš Janáček, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • 1943 Georges Martin Witkowski, composer, dies at 76
  • 1982 Helvi Leiviskä, Finnish composer, dies at 80
  • 1985 Marcel Mihalovici, composer, dies at 86
  • 1985 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • 1988 Jean-Michel Basquiat, American musician/graffiti painter (Gray, SAMO), dies
  • 1990 Piotr Perkowski, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • 1991 Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • 1992 John Cage, American composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 1994 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, dies at 59
  • 1997 Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1997 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, dies at 83
  • 2000 Patrick Peter Sacco, American composer, dies at 71
  • 2008 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • 2008 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • 2010 Richie Hayward, American drummer (Little Feat), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • 2014 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89
  • 2015 Per Hjort Albertsen, Norwegian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 96