On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 17

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1876 Richard Wagner's opera "Götterdämmerung" premieres in Bayreuth

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • 1883 The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional.

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

1939 "The Wizard of Oz" opens at Loews Capitol Theatre in NY
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Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
  • 1946 Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique" premieres
  • 1980 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • 2004 The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.

Birthdays in Music

  • 1686 Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
  • 1775 Philippe Libon, composer
  • 1779 Franz de Paula Roser, composer
  • 1828 George William Warren, composer
  • 1834 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
  • 1839 Hubert Platt Main, composer
  • 1880 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, born in Vienna (d. 1942)

Person of interestMae West

1893 Mae West, American actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1903 Abram Chasins, composer
  • 1904 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer
  • 1908 Kurt Hessenberg, composer
  • 1909 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Eric Aaltonen, composer
  • 1918 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1921 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 1924 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist
  • 1926 George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
  • 1928 T.J. [Thomas Jefferson] Anderson, American composer, born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 Mark Dinning, American singer (d. 1986)
  • 1936 Ivan Parik, Czech composer, born in Bratislava
  • 1936 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician-actor (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)
  • 1943 Edward Cowie, composer
  • 1943 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American musician (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Katri Helena, Finnish singer
  • 1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • 1947 Gary Talley, rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1948 Rod MacDonald, American musician
  • 1949 Sib Hashian, rock drummer (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
  • 1954 Eric Johnson, American guitarist
  • 1955 Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC)
  • 1955 Kevin Welch, California, country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love)
  • 1958 Belinda Carlisle, (GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1960 Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer
  • 1962 Gilby Clarke, US pop guitarist (Guns n' Roses-Civil War)
  • 1964 Colin James, Canadian musician
  • 1965 Glen Goldsmith, rocker (What You See is What You Get)
  • 1965 Steve Gorman, Hopkinsville Ky, rock drummer (Black Crowes)
  • 1966 Maysa Leak, American Jazz Singer
  • 1967 Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk)
  • 1969 Donald E Wahlberg Jr, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1974 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)
  • 1977 Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer
  • 1978 Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
  • 1980 Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer
  • 1982 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)

Person of interestLil Pump

2000 Lil Pump [Gazzy Garcia], American rapper (Gucci Gang), born in Miami, Florida

Rapper Lil Pump
Rapper
Lil Pump

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Metallica lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield

LoveWedding of Interest

2015 Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating (38) weds model Storm Uechtritz in East Lothian, Scotland


Divorces in Music

  • 2008 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1730 Mauritius Vogt, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1731 Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer, dies at 57
  • 1777 Giuseppe Scarlatti, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1792 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • 1865 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, composer, dies at 82
  • 1880 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)
  • 1887 Franz Commer, composer, dies at 74
  • 1889 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor, dies at 42
  • 1898 Carl Johann Adam Zeller, Austrian composer, dies at 56
  • 1901 Edmond Audran, French composer, dies at 61
  • 1909 Richard Hoffman, English-American composer, dies at 78
  • 1936 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Surgery & Foules), dies at 36
  • 1945 Gino Marinuzzi, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 61
  • 1954 Billy Murray, American singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • 1958 Florent Schmitt, French composer/critic (Jardin Secret), dies at 87
  • 1961 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer, dies at 76
  • 1973 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), commits suicide at 32
  • 1973 Jean Barraqué, French composer, dies at 44 (b. 1928)
  • 1977 Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), dies at 86
  • 1981 Robert Russell Bennett, American composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • 1983 Ira Gershwin, American lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm), dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • 1987 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62
  • 1990 Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (Hello Dolly), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1995 William Strethan "Wild Bill" Davis, musician, dies at 76
  • 2004 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, dies at 85
  • 2004 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), dies of complications of lymphoma at 44