On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 13

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1876 The Bayreuth Festspielhaus opens with the first complete performance of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner

Music releaseMusic Single

1956 Elvis Presley releases music single "Don't Be Cruel"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 Paul & Linda McCartney release "Back Seat of My Car"

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney

Music releaseAlbum Release

2013 "Crash My Party" 4th studio album by Luke Bryan is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2014)

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
  • 2018 Ugandan politician and pop singer Bobi Wine arrested by the Ugandan army at a campaign rally in Arua and later allegedly tortured

Birthdays in Music

  • 1655 Johann Christoph Denner, German musician and inventor (clarinet), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1707)
  • 1692 Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, German organist and composer, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1746)
  • 1704 Lorenzo Fago, Italian composer and teacher, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1793)
  • 1717 Christoph Nichelmann, German composer and harpsichordist, born in Treuenbrietzen, Germany (d. 1762)
  • 1721 Francis Hutcheson, Irish composer, born in Dublin (d. 1784)
  • 1747 Adrien-Joseph van Helmont, Flemish composer, born in Brussels (d. 1830)
  • 1817 Károly Thern, Hungarian composer, born in Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia (d. 1886)
  • 1826 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (d. 1897)
  • 1831 Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist and composer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1902)
  • 1851 John Lincoln Clem, American general and drummer boy (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1937)
  • 1867 Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter and writer (Legenden Der Zeit), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1938)
  • 1878 Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolayev, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1942)
  • 1879 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Mai-Dun), born in Bowdon, Cheshire, England (d. 1962)
  • 1894 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, Russian composer, born in Kurgan, Russia (d. 1949)
  • 1896 Leo Pappenheim, Dutch conductor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1982)
  • 1901 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), born in Dunfermline, Scotland (d. 1960)
  • 1904 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American musician and actor (An Innocent Affair, Wings), born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, born in Vitebsk, Belarus (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, born in San Sebastián, Basque Autonomous Community, Spain (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Port Royal, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • 1914 Luis Mariano, Basque operetta singer, born in Irun, Spain (d. 1970)
  • 1919 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, born in Grudziądz (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Don Ho, Hawaiian-American pop and Hawaiian music singer ("Tiny Bubbles"; "Ain't No Big Thing!"), born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Heino Jurisalu, Estonian composer (Kvintett puhkpillidele), born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 1991)
  • 1934 Leifur Thórarinsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1998)
  • 1938 Dave "Baby" Cortez [Clowney], American pop keyboardist (The Happy Organ), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942 Sheila Armstrong, English soprano, born in Ashington, Northumberland
  • 1944 David Mahler, American pianist and composer, born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1948 Cliff Fish, English bassist (Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died), born in Ripley, Derbyshire
  • 1948 Kathleen Battle, American operatic soprano (Shephard-Tannhäuser), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1948 Tony Santini [Scott Powell], American rocker (Sha Na Na), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1949 Sheralee, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1951 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Hughie Thomasson, American musician and singer (Outlaws), born in Buchanan, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Lee Hyla, American contemporary classical composer (Mythic Birds of Saugerties; Pre-Pulse Suspended), and music professor (New England Conservatory; Northwestern University), born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1954 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • 1958 Feargal Sharkey, Irish rocker (The Undertones), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1959 Mark Nevin, British rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love), born in Ebbw Vale, Wales
  • 1960 Koji Kondo, Japanese composer and music director for Nintendo, born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 1961 Stuart Maconie, English music writer and broadcaster, born in Whiston, Lancashire, England
  • 1963 Tigg Ketler, American drummer (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals), born in Chula Vista, California
  • 1964 Ian Haugland, heavy metal rocker (Europe-The Final Countdown), born in Storslett, Nordreisa, Norway
  • 1965 Hayato Matsuo, Japanese video game and anime composer, born in Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
  • 1984 Baby Blue [Rachel Prager], American rapper (Pretty Ricky), born in London

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1988 British rock musician Robert Smith (29) weds Mary Poole (29) in UK

Musician Robert Smith
Robert Smith

Deaths in Music

  • 1808 Henri Hardouin, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1841 Bernhard Romberg, German cellist, composer and royal chaplain bandmaster, dies at 73
  • 1886 Adolf von Doss, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1908 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67

Person of interestJules Massenet

1912 Jules Massenet, French opera composer (Werther, Manon), dies at 70

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet
  • 1916 Fritz Steinbach, German conductor and composer, dies at 61
  • 1924 Julian Aguirre, composer, dies at 56
  • 1928 Fernand de La Tombelle, French organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1933 Paul Joseph Guillaume Hillemacher, composer, dies at 80
  • 1946 Valery Viktorovich Zhelobinsky, composer, dies at 33
  • 1947 Tobias Norlind, Swedish musicologist, dies at 68
  • 1953 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer, dies at 80
  • 1954 Hermann W S Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1959 Henri Garat, French actor and singer (Les dieux s'amusent, Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • 1970 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer, dies at 75
  • 1971 King Curtis [Curtis Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), murdered at 37
  • 1974 Tina Brooks, American blues and funk saxophonist (True Blue), dies of liver failure at 42
  • 1982 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), dies at 49
  • 1986 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, dies at 88
  • 1987 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), dies at 72
  • 1994 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84
  • 1996 David Tudor, composer, dies at 70
  • 1996 Louise Talma, American composer (Summer Sounds), dies at 89
  • 1998 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), dies at 63
  • 2000 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist known as "Queen of Pop" in South Asia, dies of lung cancer at 35
  • 2003 Ed Townsend, American songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Tony Jay, British-American actor, voice artist, and singer (Frollo- The Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 73
  • 2007 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, dies at 85
  • 2009 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • 2010 Esteban "Steve" Jordan, American conjunto, Tejano, rock and jazz accordion player, dies of liver cancer at 71
  • 2011 Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish musician (b. 1952)
  • 2013 Tompall Glaser, American country singer, dies at 79
  • 2013 Jon Brookes, English drummer (The Charlatans), dies of cancer at 44
  • 2014 Frans Brüggen, Dutch flautist, recorder player, and conductor (Orchestra of the 18th Century), dies at 79