On This Day in Music for August 19

Events in Music

  • 1918 Irving Berlin's musical "Yip Yip Yaphank" premieres in NYC
  • 1955 WINS radio (New York City), announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B records (DJ's play Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame," not Pat Boone's)
  • 1966 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit and firecrackers during concert at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee; Ku Klux Klan demonstrated outside the show and burned records
  • 1967 The Beatles' "All You Need is Love" single goes #1
  • 1973 Pirate World Music Radio (Holland) closes down after 10 years
  • 1979 "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1, stays at top for 6 weeks
  • 2008 "The Fame", debut album by Lady Gaga, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Electronic/Dance Album 2009)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1935 French singer Édith Piaf (19) weds Andrew Johnseppe in Belleville, Paris
  • 1973 American singer and actor Kris Kristofferson (37) weds fellow singer Rita Coolidge (28); divorce in 1980
  • 1974 British EGOT (Emmy; Grammy; Oscar; and Tony Awards winner) lyricist Tim Rice (29) weds Jane McIntosh

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Musicians Who Died on Aug 19

  • 1744 Carlo Arrigoni, Italian composer and musician, dies at 46
  • 1780 Bernhard Haltenberger, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1795 Friedrich Hartmann Graf, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1812 Vincenzo Righini, Italian composer and singer, dies at 56
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