On This Day in Music for August 15

Events in Music

  • 1795 Austrian composer Joseph Haydn leaves England forever after calling the time spent there "the happiest of his life"
  • 1969 Woodstock Festival opens in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm; performers include Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez
  • 1983 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone beaten in fight, and undergoes brain surgery
  • 1988 Revival of musical revue "Ain't Misbehavin'", highlighting songs of Fats Waller, opens at Ambassador Theater, NYC; runs for 176 performances
  • 1991 750,000 attend Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park, NYC
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Weddings in Music

  • 1958 American rock singer-songwriter Buddy Holly (21) weds Puerto Rican-American record company receptionist María Santiago (25) at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas

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Musicians Who Died on Aug 15

  • 1576 (Valentin) Bálint Bakfark, Hungarian lutenist, and composer, dies of the plague at about 70
  • 1600 Johann Baptista Serranus, German singer, and composer, dies at 60
  • 1728 Marin Marais, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1798 Felice Alessandri, Italian organist, harpsichordist, pianist, and opera composer, dies at 50
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