On This Day in Music for August 18

Events in Music

  • 1949 Ralph Flanagan & his orchestra records "You're Breaking My Heart"

Music release#1 in the Charts

1956 Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1960 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg
  • 1964 Beatles arrive in San Francisco, 2nd US visit
  • 1967 Rolling Stones release "We Love You"

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as the final act

  • 1972 Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden cannabis possession
  • 1973 Drummer Gene Krupa plays for the final time with the Benny Goodman Quartet
  • 1981 "My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • 1992 "Real Inspector Hound" opens at Criterion NYC for 61 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1745 Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, composer

Person of interestAntonio Salieri

1750 Antonio Salieri, Italian composer (Tarare), born in Legnago, Republic of Venice (d. 1825)

Composer Antonio Salieri
Composer
Antonio Salieri
  • 1769 Alexandre Stievenard, composer
  • 1849 Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, composer
  • 1856 Charles Hutchison Gabriel, composer
  • 1856 Jan Karol Gali, composer
  • 1873 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), born in Mährisch-Schönberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1873 Otto Harbach, American songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1878 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, born in Lucerne (d. 1959)
  • 1881 Hermann Karl Josef Zilcher, composer
  • 1882 Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer
  • 1893 Ernest MacMillan, composer
  • 1900 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1902 Julius Kalas, composer
  • 1903 Ake Olof Sebastian Udden, composer
  • 1903 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), born in Paris (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Peter Paul Kreuder, composer
  • 1907 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Howard Swanson, composer
  • 1907 Otto Mortensen, composer
  • 1908 Milan Ristic, composer
  • 1910 Herman Berlinski, composer
  • 1916 Moura Lympany, Saltash England, pianist (OBE-1979)
  • 1925 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1981)
  • 1929 Hugues Aufray, French singer
  • 1934 Ronnie Carroll, British singer (Walk Hand in Hand), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Lajos Papp, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen
  • 1939 Johnny Preston, singer (Running Bear), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1944 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2004)
  • 1945 Sarah Dash, rock vocalist (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1945 Barbara Harris, US singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto)
  • 1949 Nigel Griggs, rocker (Split Enz)
  • 1950 Dennis Elliott, rock drummer (Foreigner), born in London, England
  • 1952 Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1956 John Debney, American composer
  • 1956 Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, American musician
  • 1957 Ron Strykert, Australia, rock guitarist (Men At Work-Who Can it Be)
  • 1964 Edith Frost, American singer/songwriter
  • 1965 Koji Kikkawa, Japanese singer
  • 1967 Blas Elias Gomez, Kennedy TX, rock drummer (Slaughter-Stick it Live)
  • 1967 Tracy Tracy [Tracy Cattell], musician (The Primitives), born in Australia
  • 1967 Dan Peters, American musician
  • 1967 Daler Mehndi, Indian bhangra/pop singer
  • 1969 Masta Killa, American rapper
  • 1969 Everlast, American musician
  • 1971 Richard D. James, Irish-born musician (Aphex Twin)
  • 1972 Keiko Yamada, Japanese singer (Globe), born in Oita, Japan
  • 1972 Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer
  • 1977 Régine Chassagne, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1981 Jon Schneck, American musician (Relient K), born in Eustis, Florida
  • 1983 Mica Penniman (Mika), Lebanese-born musician (Dodgy Holiday), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1983 Daniel Keith Swain (Danny!), American record producer/hip-hop artist
  • 1988 G-Dragon [Kwon Ji-Yong], Korean rapper (Big Bang), born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Music

  • 1918 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (45) weds socialite Dorothy Benjamin (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

1932 Actress Bette Davis (24) weds musician Harmon Nelson (25)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 1979 Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter
  • 1984 Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes (22) weds Des Moines department store heiress Julie Anne Friedman (25) at London registrar's office
  • 2012 "Melrose Place" actor Grant Show (50) weds "The Campaign" actress and former ballet dancer Katherine LaNasa (45) at The Oak Grove at Ribbit Tree & Plant Nursery in Topanga, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1613 Giovanni Artusi, Italian composer
  • 1811 Johann Heinrich Zang, composer, dies at 78
  • 1853 Peter Lichtenthal, composer, dies at 73
  • 1894 William Charles Levey, composer, dies at 57
  • 1896 Frederick Nichols Crouch, composer, dies at 88
  • 1901 Richard Kleinmichel, composer, dies at 54
  • 1942 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech Russian composer and pianist, dies at 48
  • 1949 Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49
  • 1957 Wawrzyniec Zulawski, Polish composer, dies at 41
  • 1968 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), dies at 52
  • 1969 Laci Boldemann, composer, dies at 48
  • 1980 Norman Cazden, composer, dies at 65
  • 1990 Grethe Ingmann, Danish singer (b. 1938)
  • 1991 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), dies in a motorcycle accident on his Harley at 47
  • 1994 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, dies at 88
  • 2003 Tony Jackson, English musician (The Searchers) (b. 1938)
  • 2004 Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • 2010 Kenneth "Kenny" Edwards, American musician and singer-songwriter (The Stone Poneys, Bryndle), dies of cancer and a blood disorder at 64
  • 2012 Scott McKenzie, American singer, dies at 73
  • 2015 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, dies at 72