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)
  • 1966 Last Beatle concert tour of North America begins with two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 The Beatles hold press conference at the Astor Tower Hotel, in Chicago, Illinois; John Lennon apologizes for his "more popular than Jesus" remark
  • 1972 "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 156 performances
  • 1972 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater in NYC after 1316 performances
  • 1979 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • 1991 Heavy metal band Metallica release their 5th album "Metallica"; debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart
  • 2015 US Postal Service issues a second postage stamp featuring rock singer Elvis Presley, as part of its Music Icon series; design is a black & white photograph taken by William Speer in 1955
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Musicians Born on Aug 12

  • 1626 Giovanni Legrenzi, Venetian Baroque organist and composer, born in Clusone, Republic of Venice (now Italy), (d. 1690)
  • 1644 Georg Christoph Leuttner, German ecclesiastical composer, born in Tölz, Bavaria (d. undoubtedly)
  • 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)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1976 American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson (35) weds (for third, and final time) Ireland's Una O'Keeffe (22) at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California; Ringo Starr serves as best man
  • 1988 American singer-songwriter John Denver (44) weds Australian actress Cassandra Delaney (26); divorce in 1993
  • 2011 Actress and model Brooke Burke (40) weds singer/actor David Charvet (39) in St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe

Divorces in Music

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

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Musicians Who Died on Aug 12

  • 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
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