On This Day

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" reach #1 in the charts

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Mick Jagger accidentally shot while filming "Ned Kelly"

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Music ConcertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

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

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Swami Satchidananda addressing the opening ceremony at Woodstock
Swami Satchidananda addressing the opening ceremony at Woodstock
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden cannabis possession

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Drummer Gene Krupa plays for the final time with the Benny Goodman Quartet

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • 1981 "My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • 1992 "Real Inspector Hound" opens at Criterion NYC for 61 performances

Wedding of InterestPriyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas

2018 Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas confirm their engagement with an engagement party in Mumbai, India

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The wedding in Jodhpur, India
The wedding in Jodhpur, India
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Birthdays in Music

  • 1745 Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, Bohemian composer, born in Litoměřice (d. 1807)

Person of interestAntonio Salieri

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

Composer Antonio Salieri
Antonio Salieri
  • 1769 Alexandre Stievenard, French composer and musician, born in Cambrai, France (d. 1855)
  • 1849 Benjamin Godard, French composer and violinist, born in Paris, France (d. 1895)
  • 1856 Charles H. Gabriel, American Gospel composer, born in Wilton, Iowa (d. 1932)
  • 1856 Jan Karol Gall, Polish conductor an composer of mostly vocal pieces (Mizerna, cicha), born in Warsaw (d. 1912)
  • 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 Zilcher, German pianist and composer (Dr Eisenbart, Die Liebesmesse), born in Frankfurt am Main (d. 1948)
  • 1882 Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), born in Paris (d. 1955)
  • 1893 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian organist, conductor and composer, born in Etobicoke, Ontario (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter, radio and TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1983)
  • 1902 Julius Kalaš, Czech composer (Nepokořenĺ -The Proud Ones), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1903 Åke Olof Sebastian Uddén, Swedish violist, composer and educator (Royal College Of Music, 1934-70), born in Lossa (d. 1987)
  • 1903 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), born in Paris (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1907 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Howard Swanson, American composer known for his settings of poems of Langston Hughes, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Otto Mortensen, Danish composer and musicologist, born in Copenhagen (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Milan Ristić, Serbian composer, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Herman Berlinski, Polish-American organist, composer and choral conductor (The Tetragrammaton), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2001) [1]
  • 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, Hungary
  • 1939 Johnny Preston, American 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, American rock vocalist (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1945 Barbara Harris, American singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Nigel Griggs, English musician (Split Enz), born in Hatfield, United Kingdom
  • 1950 Dennis Elliott, English rock drummer (Foreigner), born in London, England
  • 1952 Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1956 John Debney, American composer, born in Glendale, California
  • 1956 Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Ron Strykert, Australian rock guitarist (Men At Work-Who Can it Be), born in Korumburra, Victoria
  • 1964 Edith Frost, American singer and songwriter, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1965 Koji Kikkawa, Japanese singer, born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1967 Blas Elias Gomez, American rock drummer (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Kennedy, Texas
  • 1967 Tracy Tracy [Cattell], Australian musician (The Primitives - "Crash"), born in Australia
  • 1967 Dan Peters, American drummer (Mudhoney), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Daler Mehndi, Indian singer, born in Patna, India
  • 1969 Masta Killa [Elgin Turner], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Everlast [Erik Francis Schrody], American musician (House Of Pain), born in Valley Stream, New York
  • 1971 Richard D. James, Irish-born musician (Aphex Twin), born in Limerick, Ireland
  • 1972 Keiko Yamada, Japanese singer (Globe), born in Oita, Japan
  • 1972 Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer, born in British Hong Kong
  • 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 and hip-hop artist, born in Killeen, Texas
  • 1988 G-Dragon [Kwon Ji-Yong], Korean rapper (Big Bang), born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress Bette Davis
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, German composer and organist, dies at 78
  • 1853 Peter Lichtenthal, composer, dies at 73
  • 1894 William Charles Levey, Irish conductor and 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 (Ogelala), dies of tuberculosis at 48 in a German concentration camp in Wülzburg, Bavaria
  • 1949 Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49
  • 1957 Wawrzyniec Żuławski, Polish composer, dies during an alpine rescue mission on Mont Blanc, in the Alps, at 41
  • 1968 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1969 Laci Boldemann, Swedish 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
  • 1991 Clarence Hutchenrider, American jazz clarinetist (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 83
  • 1994 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, dies at 88
  • 2003 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers), dies at 63
  • 2004 Elmer Bernstein, American film music composer (The Magnificent Seven; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Age Of Innocence; Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 82
  • 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
  • 2020 Hal Singer, American jazz and R&B saxophonist ("Corn Bread"), dies at 100 [1]