On This Day in Music for August 20

Events in Music

  • 1828 Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Le Comte Ory" premieres in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1882 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuts in Moscow

  • 1944 "Anna Lucasta" opens on Broadway
  • 1957 "Simply Heavenly" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • 1965 Rolling Stones release their single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (their 1st #1 US hit) in the UK
  • 1966 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit during Memphis concert
  • 1979 Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed
  • 1995 "The Play's the Thing" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 75 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

2013 "One Direction: This Is Us" 3D concert film of One Direction directed by Morgan Spurlock premieres in London

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik
Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles

Birthdays in Music

  • 1561 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", born in Rome (d. 1633)
  • 1666 Alphonse d'Ève, Flemish Baroque composer, born in Brussels (d. 1727)
  • 1720 Bernard de Bury, French musician and composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1785)
  • 1756 Bernardo Bittoni, Italian composer, born in Fabriano, Italy (d. 1829)
  • 1788 José Bernardo Alcedo, Peruvian composer, born in Lima, Peru (d. 1878)
  • 1820 Adolphe Fétis, Belgian-French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1873)
  • 1827 Josef Strauss, Austrian composer (Dorfschwalben aus Austria), born in Mariahilf, Austria (d. 1870)
  • 1873 William Henry Bell, English composer, born in St Albans, England (d. 1946)
  • 1888 George Sklavos, Greek composer, born in Brailov, Romania (d. 1976)
  • 1889 Witold Friemann, Polish composer, born in Konin, Poland (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1907 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1926 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • 1930 Mario Bernardi, Canadian conductor
  • 1934 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, South Blend, IN, country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Charles Shere, composer
  • 1935 J. J. Malone, US soul singer (It's a shame), born in Pete's Corner, Alabama (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Justin Tubb, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1936 Carla Fracci, ballerina, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1937 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1940 John Lantree, rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • 1941 Dave Brock, British musician and founder of Hawkwind
  • 1942 Isaac Hayes, composer (Shaft), born in Covington, Tennessee
  • 1944 John Povey, English musician, born in London
  • 1946 Ralf Hütter, German musician (Kraftwerk)

Person of interestRobert Plant

1948 Robert Plant, English rock vocalist (Led Zeppelin), born in West Bromwich, England

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
  • 1949 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1986)
  • 1949 Nikolas Asimos, Greek composer and singer (d. 1988)
  • 1952 John Hiatt, American singer-songwriter (Have a Little Faith in Me), born in Indianpolis, Indiana
  • 1952 Rudy Gatlin, Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)
  • 1955 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • 1956 Rick Olsen, rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • 1961 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • 1965 KRS-One [Lawrence Parker], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera), born in Arlington, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1968 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1970 Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit)
  • 1971 Brad Avery, American musician (former guitarist for Third Day)
  • 1974 Maxim Vengerov, Russian violinist
  • 1974 Amy Adams, American actress and singer (Arrival, Man of Steel, American Hustle), born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
  • 1974 Big Moe [Kenneth Doniell Moore], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1974 Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • 1992 Demi Lovato, American actress (Camp Rock) and singer/songwriter (Unbroken), born in Dallas, Texas

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1992 Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler at an 11th century chapel in Wiltshire, England

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Actor Maximilian Schell (82) weds opera singer Iva Mihanovic (35) in Carinthia, Austria


Deaths in Music

  • 1707 Nicolas Gigault, French organist and composer (b. 1627)
  • 1799 Johann Christian Gottlob Eidenbenz, composer, dies at 37
  • 1813 Jan Krtitel Vanhal, composer, dies at 74
  • 1825 Richard Wainwright, composer and church organist, dies at 68
  • 1856 Philipp Jakob Riotte, composer, dies at 80
  • 1908 Louis Varney, composer, dies at 64
  • 1910 Arthur Coquard, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1931 Waldemar von Baussnern, composer, dies at 64
  • 1932 Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer, dies at 87
  • 1932 Tadeusz Joteyko, composer, dies at 60
  • 1935 Otakar Ostrcil, composer, dies at 56
  • 1948 David John de Lloyd, composer, dies at 65
  • 1960 Rudolf Moser, composer, dies at 68
  • 1978 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • 1980 Joe Dassin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 1986 Thad Jones, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • 1991 Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • 1995 John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist, dies at 63
  • 1995 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), dies at 75
  • 1996 Rio Reiser, German rock singer (Ton Steine Scherben), dies at 46
  • 1998 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), dies at 82
  • 2005 Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish drummer (b. 1970)
  • 2006 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (b. 1932)
  • 2009 Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)
  • 2013 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), dies at 95
  • 2016 Irving Fields, American composer and pianist (Miami Beach Rhumba), dies at 101
  • 2017 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, dies at 89