On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 15

Events in Music

  • 1965 Beatles play to 55,000 at Shea Stadium

Music ConcertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm

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Swami Satchidananda addressing the opening ceremony at Woodstock
Swami Satchidananda addressing the opening ceremony at Woodstock
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  • 1983 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone beaten in fight-undergoes brain surgery
  • 1988 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • 1991 750,000 attend Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park, NYC
  • 1993 "Goodbye Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 188 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1725 Ferdinando Bertoni, Italian composer, born in Salò, Lombardy (d. 1813)
  • 1727 Johann Georg Holzbogen, German violinist and composer, born in Schwandorf, Bavaria (d. 1775)
  • 1736 Johann Christoph Kellner, German organist and composer, born in Gräfenroda, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1803)
  • 1741 Thomas Norris, English singer and composer, baptized in Mere, Wiltshire (d. 1790)
  • 1776 Ignaz von Seyfried, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1841)
  • 1787 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer remembered as one of the fathers of Russian art song, born in Tobolsk, Siberia (d. 1851)
  • 1822 Wilhelm Rust, German musicologist and composer, born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1892)
  • 1829 Eduard de Hartog, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1909)
  • 1839 Hugh Archibald Clarke, Canadian organist, composer, and educator (The Music of The Spheres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1927)
  • 1872 Harold Fraser-Simson, English composer, born in London (d. 1944)
  • 1872 Rubin Goldmark, American composer and teacher, born in New York (d. 1936)
  • 1875 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1885 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, Russian composer (A Symphonic Mystery, for Theremin and Orchestra), born in Rostov-on-Don (d. 1972)
  • 1888 Albert Spalding, American violinist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1953)
  • 1890 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), born in Paris, France (d. 1962)
  • 1892 Knud Christian Jeppesen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1974)
  • 1893 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Marion Eugene Bauer, American composer, born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 1955)
  • 1901 Byron Arnold, American composer, born in Vancouver, Washington (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, born in Peräseinäjoki, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1906 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, born in Fuglebjerg, Næstved (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Hugo Winterhalter, American composer, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1918 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, born in Saigon, Vietnam (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Lukas Foss [Fuchs], German-American pianist, conductor and composer (Prairie), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Billy Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)

Person of interestOscar Peterson

1925 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 1926 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, Russian composer, born in Tashkent (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Mario Kuri-Aldana, Mexican composer, born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1933 Floyd Ashton, American singer (The Tams), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1934 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Jim Dale, English actor, director and singer (Barnum; My One & Only), born in Rothwell, England
  • 1938 Nesbert "Stix" Hooper, American jazz drummer (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1939 Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer (Daddy Don't Run So Fast), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Don Rich, American guitarist and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Olympia, Washington (d. 1974)
  • 1942 Peter York, British rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group), born in Redcar, Yorkshire
  • 1944 Frederick Knight, American singer and songwriter (I've Been Lonely So Long), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944 Sylvie Vartan, French pop singer (Twiste et Chante), born in Iskretz, Bulgaria
  • 1944 Pamela Polland, American singer-songwriter (Hawaiianized Pop Classics), born in California
  • 1946 Jimmy Webb, American singer and songwriter (MacArthur Park; Up Up & Away), born in Elk City, Oklahoma
  • 1947 Geraldo "Jerry" Velez, American drummer and percussionist (Jimi Hendrix; Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1948 Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer (It'll All Come Around), born in Campbellton, New Brunswick
  • 1948 Charles Thomas "Tom" Johnston, American guitarist and vocalist (The Doobie Brothers), born in Visalia, California
  • 1949 Kate Taylor, American singer and songwriter (It's In His Kiss), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Billy Griffin, American singer (Miracles - "Love Machine"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1950 Tommy Aldridge, American heavy metal and hard rock drummer (Black Oak Arkansas; Ozzy Osbourne; Whitesnake), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • 1951 Bobby Caldwell, American singer ("What You Won't Do for Love"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Ger Hoeymakers, Dutch rock guitarist (Franc Boeijen Group), born in Sevenum, Netherlands
  • 1956 Vinny Denunzio, American drummer (The Feelies), born in New Jersey
  • 1956 Lorraine Desmarais, French-Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1956 Peter-John Vettese, Scottish keyboardist (Jethro Tull, 1982-89), songwriter, arranger, and producer born in Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Matt Johnson, English singer-songwriter (The The), born in London, England
  • 1966 Shirley Kwan [Kwan Suk Yee] Chinese Canto-pop singer ("Happy Are Those In Love"), born in Hong Kong
  • 1972 Mikey Graham, Irish pop singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1978 Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot - The Beautiful Letdown), born in Lake Arrowhead, California
  • 1984 Edward "Ted" Dwane, British folk-rock double bassist (Mumford & Sons), born in London
  • 1985 Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1989 Belinda [Belinda Peregrín Schüll], Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1989 Tiffanie Anderson, American singer, dancer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1989 Joe Jonas, American pop singer (Jonas Brothers), born in Casa Grande, Arizona

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1958 Singer Buddy Holly weds receptionist Maria Santiago

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly

Deaths in Music

  • 1576 Baliny Valentin Bakfark, composer, dies
  • 1600 Johann Baptista Serranus, composer, dies at 60
  • 1728 Marin Marais, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1798 Felice Alessandri, composer, dies at 50
  • 1848 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer, dies at 88
  • 1853 Giovanni Battista Polledro, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1907 Joseph Joachim, German violinist (Hungarian Concerto), dies at 76
  • 1914 Anatoly Liadov, Russian composer (Baba yaga), dies at 59
  • 1918 Heinrich Köselitz [Peter Gast], German composer, dies at 64
  • 1935 Gerard Brucken Fock, Dutch composer and painter, dies at 75
  • 1936 Stanisław Niewiadomski, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • 1936 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), dies at 71
  • 1951 Artur Schnabel, Austrian pianist (Reflections on Music), dies at 69
  • 1959 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1961 Granville "Sticks" McGhee, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter("Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), dies of lung cancer
  • 1963 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • 1966 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1968 Edward Kilenyi, Sr. [Ede Kilényi], composer and teacher (Clipped Wings, Outside the Law), dies at 84
  • 1970 Karl August Andersen, composer, dies at 66
  • 1972 Alf Hurum, Norwegian composer, dies at 89
  • 1978 Harrison Kerr, American composer, dies at 80
  • 1985 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Creator Spirit), dies at 68
  • 1986 Richard E. Holz, American composer for brass band (Salvation Army), dies at 74
  • 1990 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (Kino), dies in a car accident at 28
  • 1990 Lew DeWitt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), dies of Crohn's disease complications at 52
  • 1992 Jackie Edwards, Jamaican songwriter (Keep On Running), dies at 53 or 54
  • 1995 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 2003 Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (b. 1957)
  • 2004 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • 2007 Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, dies at 80
  • 2007 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), dies from congestive heart failure at 91
  • 2009 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), dies at 67
  • 2012 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), commits suicide at 56
  • 2014 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), dies at 105
  • 2015 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), dies at 71
  • 2016 Bobby Hutcherson, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player ("Little B's Poem"; SFJAZZ Collective), dies of emphysema at 75