On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 16

Events in Music

  • 1876 Opera "Siegfried" premieres in Bayreuth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer, first official concert two days later

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best

Music concertMusic Concert

1974 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone
  • 1975 "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Peter Gabriel quits Genesis

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • 1975 Singer Peter Gabriel announces his departure from the rock group Genesis
  • 1980 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • 1980 British rock musician Jools Holland quits band Squeeze
  • 1986 "Papa Don't Preach" goes #1 for 2 weeks

Music release#1 in the Charts

1986 Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Music releaseAlbum Release

1987 Bon Jovi release their 3rd album "Slippery When Wet" (Billboard's top selling album of 1987)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • 2000 "Hanging by a Moment" single released by Lifehouse (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1761 Yevstigney Fomin, Russian opera composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1800)
  • 1769 Jean Aimé Vernier, French harpist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1838)
  • 1776 Philipp Jakob Riotte, German composer, born in St. Wendel, Saarland (d. 1856)
  • 1795 Heinrich August Marschner, German opera composer, born in Zittau, Saxony (d. 1861)
  • 1816 Joseph Robinson, Irish singer, organist and composer, born in Dublin (d. 1898)
  • 1836 John Farmer, English composer, born in Nottingham (d. 1901)
  • 1868 Charles Sanford Skilton, American composer (Suite Primeval), born in Northhampton, Massachusetts (d. 1941)
  • 1871 Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili, Georgian composer (Abesalom and Eteri), born in Kutaisi (d. 1933)
  • 1875 Florrie Forde [Flannagan], Australian singer and British music hall performer, born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia (d. 1940)
  • 1877 Karl Hoschna, Tin Pan Alley-era composer (Every Little Movement), born in Kuschwarda, Bohemia (d. 1911)
  • 1888 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1943)
  • 1895 Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, born in Ajofrín, Toledo (d. 1951)
  • 1897 Vicente Ascone, Italian composer, born in Siderno, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski, Polish composer (Double Bass Concerto), born in Wloclawek (d. 1967)
  • 1907 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • 1909 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), born in Tyro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Roque Cordero, Panamanian composer (Sonata Breve), born in Panama City (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Gido Kokars, Latvian choral conductor, born in Gulbene, Latvia (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Ernie Freeman, American musician (Raunchy), pianist and arranger, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1927 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Surrey, England (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Ann Blyth, American actress and singer (Kismet, Mildred Pierce), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1928 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican-American blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player (Have Mercy On Me), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Bill Evans, American jazz pianist (Peace Piece; Waltz For Debbie), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1932 Eydie Gorme [Edithe Gormezano], American singer (Bossa Nova), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Ketty Lester [Revoyda Frierson], American singer/actress (Love Letters), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1937 David Behrman, American composer (On The Other Ocean), born in Salzburg, Austria
  • 1939 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), born in New York (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Alix Dobkin, American folk and feminist singer-songwriter (Lavender Jane Loves Women), born in New York City (d. 2021)
  • 1944 Russ Titelman, American record producer and songwriter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, British rock drummer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1945 Kevin Ayers, British progressive rocker (Soft Machine; Joy of a Toy), born in Herne Bay, Kent, England (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Suzanne Farrell, American ballerina (Don Quioxote), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1948 Barry Hay, Dutch singer, guitarist, flute and saxophone player (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in Faizabad, India
  • 1949 Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, American rock guitarist (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1951 Eric Bibb, American blues singer-songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Gianna Rolandi, American soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 James "J.T." Taylor, American R&B singer (Kool & The Gang - "Ladies' Night"; "Celebration"; "Joanna"), born in Laurens, South Carolina
  • 1957 Tim Farriss, Australian rock guitarist (INXS - "Kiss The Dirt"), born in Perth, Australia

Person of interestMadonna

1958 Madonna [Ciccone], American singer and actress (Like a Virgin), born in Bay City, Michigan

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 1960 Flood [Marc Ellis], British record producer and audio engineer, born in London, England
  • 1968 Donovan Leitch Jr., American actor (I Shot Andy Warhol) and musician (Camp Freddy), born in London, England
  • 1972 Emily Strayer (formerly Robison), American country singer, instrumentalist and songwriter (The Chicks, formerly known as Dixie Chicks), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Killah Priest [Walter Reed], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1976 Dave Ockun, American concert producer, born in Syosset, New York
  • 1977 Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1980 Vanessa Carlton, American singer-songwriter, born in Milford, Pennsylvania
  • 1980 Robert "Bob" Hardy, English musician (Franz Ferdinand), born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1846 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioachino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe Pélissier in Paris

LoveWedding of Interest

1946 Famous ballet choreographer George Balanchine (42) weds ballerina Maria Tallchief (21)

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief

LoveWedding of Interest

1983 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (41) weds American actress and writer Carrie Fisher (26); divorce 1984

Actress Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 Singer Madonna weds actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1968 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Deaths in Music

  • 1518 Loyset Compère, French composer
  • 1748 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • 1786 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer and violinist, dies at 80
  • 1799 Vincenzo Manfredini, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1831 Eduard Brendler, Swedish composer, dies at 30
  • 1870 Edmund Passy, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • 1910 Charles Lenepveu, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1911 Karl Munzinger, composer, dies at 68
  • 1929 Frank Valentine der Stucken, American-Belgian composer, dies at 70
Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1944 Roman Padlewski, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 28
  • 1945 Nico Richter, Dutch composer, dies at 29
  • 1959 Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • 1959 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), dies at 80
  • 1965 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer, dies at 64
  • 1968 Luis Gianneo, Argentine pianist, organist, conductor, composer, and teacher, dies at 71
  • 1972 John Barnes Chance, American composer, dies at 39

Person of interestElvis Presley

1977 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42, with the official cause of death being cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1984 György Kósa, Hungarian composer, dies at 87
  • 1986 John Hurley, songwriter (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • 1988 Milton Adolphus, composer, dies at 75
  • 1992 Mark Heard, Christian musician, dies at 41 of a heart attack
  • 1995 Robert "Robby" Debarge, R&B Musician, dies at 36
  • 1997 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
  • 2000 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), dies at 60
  • 2005 Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (Dissection), dies at 31
  • 2007 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2008 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), dies at 73
  • 2008 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)

Person of interestAretha Franklin

2018 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" (Respect) and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin