On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 20

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1828 Gioachino 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
Zayn Malik
Singer Harry Styles
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 pianist and conductor, born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • 1934 "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Charles Shere, American composer, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1935 J. J. Malone, American soul singer (It's a shame), born in Pete's Corner, Alabama (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Carla Fracci, Italian ballerina, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1937 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Sky Saxon [Richard Marsh], American rocker (The Seeds - "Pushin' To Hard"), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2009)
  • 1940 John Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • 1941 Dave Brock, British singer, musician and founder of Hawkwind, born in Isleworth, Middlesex, England
  • 1942 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), born in Covington, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1944 John Povey, English musician (The Pretty Things; Electric Banana), born in London
  • 1946 Ralf Hütter, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Krefeld, Germany
  • 1947 James Pankow, American trombonist, arranger and composer (Chicago - "Make Me Smile"; "Colour My World"), born in St. Louis, Missouri

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 singer and bass player (Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back In Town"), born in West Bromwich, England. (d. 1986)
  • 1949 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1988)
  • 1949 Katiana Balanika [Aikaterini Athaniti], Greek actress (On Air) and singer
  • 1952 John Hiatt, American singer and songwriter (Have a Little Faith in Me), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1952 Rudy Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1952 Doug Fieger, American singer–songwriter (The Knack - "My Sharona"), born in Oak Park, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1954 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey and music video producer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2007)
  • 1955 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • 1956 Rick Olsen, American rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • 1961 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • 1964 Miljenko "Dino" Dvornik, Croatian singer known as "the Croatian king of funk", born in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia (d. 2008)
  • 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, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1970 Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1971 Brad Avery, American musician (former guitarist for Third Day)
  • 1974 Maxim Vengerov, Russian-Israeli violinist, born in Novosibirsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 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), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1979 Jamie Cullum, English singer-songwriter, pianist and radio presenter, born in Rochford, England
  • 1984 Golan Yosef, Dutch actor and dancer, born in Gouda, Netherlands

Person of interestDemi Lovato

1992 Demi Lovato, American actress (Camp Rock) and singer/songwriter (Unbroken), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Actress and Singer-Songwriter Demi Lovato
Actress and Singer-Songwriter
Demi Lovato

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor

LoveWedding 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, German 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, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1908 Louis Varney, French 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, Welsh musician 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, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), dies at 41
  • 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
  • 1995 Orville "Red" Rhodes, American session pedal steel guitarist, dies at 64
  • 1996 Rio Reiser, German rock singer (Ton Steine Scherben), dies at 46
  • 1998 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), dies at 82
  • 1999 Bobby Sheehan, American bassist (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • 2005 Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish drummer (b. 1970)
  • 2006 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor, dies at 74
  • 2009 Larry Knechtel, American session piano and bass player (Simon and Garfunkel; Johnny Rivers), dies of heart attack at 69
  • 2013 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), dies at 95
  • 2013 Richard Angas, British operatic bass singer (English National Opera, 1980-2000), dies at 71
  • 2016 Irving Fields [Yitzhak Schwartz], American lounge pianist and composer (Ilona Massey Show; Bagels & Bongos), dies at 101
  • 2016 Matt Roberts, American rock guitarist (3 Doors Down - "When I'm Gone") dies of prescription drug overdose at 38
  • 2017 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, dies at 89
  • 2017 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), dies at 95
  • 2018 Eddie Willis, American guitar and sitar player (The Funk Brothers), dies of polio complications at 82