On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 19

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1918 Irving Berlin's musical "Yip Yip Yaphank" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 WINS radio, announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B (DJs must play Fats Domino's "Ain't It A Shame," not Pat Boone's)

Singer Fats Domino
Fats Domino
  • 1967 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 for 42 days)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2008 "The Fame", debut album by Lady Gaga, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Electronic/Dance Album 2009)

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

Birthdays in Music

  • 1686 Antonio Tonelli, Italian cellist and composer, born in Carpi, Italy (d. 1765)
  • 1737 Johann Georg Christoph Schetky, German cellist and composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1824)
  • 1780 Pierre-Jean de Béranger, French poet and songwriter, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • 1824 Georg Goltermann, German cellist and composer, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1898)
  • 1881 Georges Enesco, Romanian violinist and composer (Romanian Dances), born in Liveni, Dorohoi, Romania (d. 1955)
  • 1886 Robert Heger, composer
  • 1896 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer
  • 1896 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Jacques de Menasce, composer
  • 1907 Zygmunt Mycielsky, Polish composer and music critic, born in Przeworsk, Austrian Galicia (d. 1987) [1]
  • 1907 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, born in Písek, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), born in Sendai, Honshū, Japan (d. 1955)
  • 1918 Jimmy Rowles [Hunter], American jazz pianist and composer (The Peacocks), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • 1924 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1939 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Johnny Nash, American rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Milford Graves, American avant-garde andfree jazz drummer, percussionist (New York Art Quartet), and educator (Bennington College, Vermont, 1973-2012), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1943 Billy J Kramer, rock vocalist (The Dakotas-Bad to Me), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1943 Edwin Hawkins, American gospel musician, choir master and composer (Oh Happy Day), born in Oakland, California (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Eddy Raven [Futch], American country singer (Right Hand Man), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1945 Ian Gillan, English heavy metal and rock singer (Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Jesus Christ Superstar), born in London
  • 1946 Beat Raaflaub, Swiss conductor, born in Winterthur, Switzerland
  • 1947 Gerard Schwarz, American classical trumpeter and conductor (Seattle Symphony, 1985-2011), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • 1948 Susan Jacks [Pesklevits], Canadian singer and songwriter), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1951 John Deacon, British rock bassist (Queen - "Another One Bites The Dust"), born in Leicester, England
  • 1951 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine film composer (2005 Academy Award for "Brokeback Mountain"), born in El Palomar, Argentina
  • 1959 Steve Grimmett, British heavy metal singer (Grim Reaper), born in Swindon, England
  • 1962 Angelo Debarre, French gypsy jazz guitarist (Mémoires: Memories of Django), born in Saint-Denis, France
  • 1963 Joey Tempest [Rolf Larsson], Swedish rocker (Europe - "The Final Countdown'), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1966 Lee Ann Womack, American country singer ("I Hope You Dance"), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1967 Jason Starkey, occasional drummer and son of Beatle Ringo, born in London, England
  • 1968 Mark McGuinn, American country music artist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1969 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1969 Clay Walker, American country singer ("Dreaming With My Eyes Open"), born in Vidor, Texas
  • 1970 Fat Joe [Cartagena], American rapper ("Wat's Luv?"), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1972 Elizabeth Wolfgramm, American singer (The Jets), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1972 Sammi Cheng [Sau Man], Hong Kong singer and actress (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • 1972 Chihiro Yonekura, Japanese singer, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1979 Dave Douglas, American drummer (Relient K), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1980 Jun Jin, Korean rapper (Shinhwa), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1980 Darius Danesh, Scottish pop, opera and swing singer-songwriter and stage actor, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1980 Michael Todd, American rock bassist (Coheed and Cambria), born in Kingston, New York
  • 1983 [Melissa] Missy Higgins, Australian singer-songwriter (Scar; The Sound Of White), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1983 Tammin Sursok, Australian actress & singer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1985 Megan Rochell, American R&B singer, born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestChristina Perri

1986 Christina Perri, American singer-songwriter (So You Think You Can Dance), born in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Singer-Songwriter Christina Perri
Christina Perri
  • 1987 Anaïs Lameche, Swedish pop singer (Play), born in the French Alps
  • 1989 Romeo [Percy Romeo Miller], American rapper (Lil' Romeo) and actor, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1935 French singer Édith Piaf (19) weds Andrew Johnseppe in Belleville, Paris

Singer Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf

LoveWedding of Interest

1974 Oscar-winning lyricist Tim Rice (29) weds Jane McIntosh

Lyricist Tim Rice
Tim Rice
  • 2015 World-famous tenor Russell Watson (48) weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain

Deaths in Music

  • 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, composer, dies at 56
  • 1813 Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab, composer, dies at 54
  • 1813 Josef Blazej Smrcek, composer, dies at 61
  • 1822 Melchor Lopez Jimenez, composer, dies at 62
  • 1851 Gioseffo Catrufo, composer, dies at 80
  • 1872 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, French composer, dies at 63
  • 1881 Joseph Labitzky, Bohemian composer, dies at 79
  • 1892 František Zdeněk Skuherský, Czech composer, dies at 62
  • 1900 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1912 Alphonse Hasselmans, Belgian-French harpist, composer (La Source), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1884-1912), dies at 67
  • 1922 Felipe Pedrell, Spanish guitarist, composer (Excelsior; La Celestina), and musical scholar, dies at 81
  • 1929 Sergei P Diaghilev, Russian dance master (Imperial Ballet), dies at 57
  • 1936 Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet/composer, murdered at 37 or 38
  • 1944 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing, My Life of Music), dies following an illness at 75
  • 1963 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist (b. 1890)
  • 1975 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • 1976 Jeno Kenessey, composer, dies at 70
  • 1979 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • 1991 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 77
  • 1995 Pierre Schaeffer, French electronics engineer and composer, dies at 85
  • 1996 Jurriaan Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer (Berkshire Symphonies; Les Cloches des Clochards), dies at 70
  • 1997 Petr Novák, Czech musician (George and Beatovens, Flamengo), dies of apparent poisoning at 51
  • 2001 Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • 2008 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • 2010 Michael Been, American musician (The Call), dies at 60
  • 2013 Cedar Walton, American hard bop jazz pianist (Jazztet; Art Blakey), and composer ("Mosaic"),, dies at 79
  • 2017 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple; Heart and Soul), dies at 100