On This Day in Music for August 21

Events in Music

  • 1944 Grieg, Wright and Forrest's musical "Song of Norway" premieres in NYC
  • 1983 "La Cage aux Folles" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 1761 performances
  • 1986 "Rags" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1996 "Hughie" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • 2001 "How You Remind Me" single released by Nickelback (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1642 Johann Friedrich Treiber, German historian and composer, born in Osthausen, Arnstadt, Germany (d. 1719)
  • 1689 José Pradas Gallén, Spanish composer, born in Villahermosa del Río, Spain (d. 1757)
  • 1751 Johann Georg Witthauer, German composer, born in Neustadt near Coburg (d. 1802)
  • 1806 Johannes Frederik Fröhlich, Danish composer (d. 1860)
  • 1825 Kate Fanny Loder, English composer and pianist, born in Bathwick Street, Bathwick, England (d. 1904)
  • 1829 Otto Goldschmidt, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1907)
  • 1852 Benedetto Junck, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1903)
  • 1893 Lili [Marie-Juliette Olga] Boulanger, French composer (first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize), born in Paris (d. 1918)
  • 1896 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1902 Renato Fasano, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1903 Kostas Giannidis [Yannis Constantinidis], Greek composer and pianist, born in Smyrna (d. 1984)
  • 1904 [William] Count Basie, jazz musician and band leader ( "One O'Clock Jump"), born in Red Bank, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Joachim Homs, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 2003)
  • 1909 John William Haussermann Jr., American composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Bruce Trent [William Butters], British singer and actor (The Passing Show, Band Waggon), born in St. Helier, Channel Islands (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), born in Copenhagen (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Zdeněk Lukáš, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), born in Council Buffs, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • 1931 Gregg Smith, choral conductor and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Janet Baker, English mezzo-soprano (Owen Wingrave), born in Hatfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 1934 Paul Panhuysen, Dutch composer, visual and sound artist

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1938 Kenny Rogers, singer (Through the Years), born in Houston, Texas

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  • 1939 Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter (Runaround Sue, Wanderer), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Harold W Reid, Augusta County Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57)
  • 1939 James Burton, American guitarist, born in Dubberly, Louisiana
  • 1944 Jackie DeShannon, American singer (What the World Needs Now), born in Hazel, Kentucky
  • 1944 Doug Young, American national and world powerlifting champion, born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1945 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Carl Giammarese, rock guitarist (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1950 Patrick Juvet, Swiss singer, born in Montreux, Switzerland
  • 1952 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), born in Ankara, Turkey (d. 2002)
  • 1952 Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple), born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England
  • 1954 Steve Smith, rock drummer (Journey), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Budgie [Peter Edward Clarke], English rock drummer (Slits, Siouxsie & the Banshees-Wild Thing), born in St Helens, Lancashire, England
  • 1957 Kim Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Serj Tankian, Armenian-born singer (System of a Down), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1971 Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy), born in Braintree, Essex, England
  • 1971 Matthew Noonan, American Concert Organist
  • 1979 Kelis Rogers-Jones, American singer (Milkshake), born in NYC, New York
  • 1981 Collie Buddz [Colin Patrick Harper], American Reggae & Dancehall artist (Come Around), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1984 Alizée Jacotey, French singer (Moi... Lolita), born in Ajaccio, France
  • 1985 Jacob (Jake) Pitts, American rock guitarist (Black Veil Brides), born in Idaho
  • 1987 Kim Kibum, South Korean actor and singer, one of the member of Korean boy band Super Junior, born in Seoul
  • 1988 Louise Setara, English singer and songwriter, born in Reading, England
  • 1988 Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1992 Brad Kavanagh, English songwriter and actor (House of Anubis-Fabian Rutter), born in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England
  • 1996 Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1982 U2 lead singer Bono (22) weds activist and businesswoman Ali Hewson (21)

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  • 1993 Lyricist Bernie Taupin weds Strephanie Haymes

Deaths in Music

  • 1627 Jacques Mauduit, composer, dies at 69
  • 1772 Alessandro Felici, composer, dies at 29
  • 1772 Johann Andreas Joseph Giulini, composer, dies at 48
  • 1812 Silverius Muller, composer, dies at 67
  • 1824 Santiago Ferrer, composer, dies at 62
  • 1856 Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner, composer, dies at 64
  • 1898 Nicola van Westerhout, composer, dies at 40
  • 1932 Frederick Corder, composer, dies at 80
  • 1935 Josef Cyril Sychra, composer, dies at 76
  • 1940 Paul Juon, Russian-Swiss violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1949 Gerhard von Keussler, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1951 Leonard Constant Lambert, English composer (Rio Grande), dies at 45
  • 1958 Stevan Hristic, composer, dies at 73
  • 1958 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and composer (Rhenish), dies at 44
  • 1970 Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer, dies at 79
  • 1981 Hermann Schey, German Netherlands singer, dies at 85
  • 1989 Raul Seixas, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • 1995 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, dies at 88
  • 1995 James Truitte, dancer, dies at 72
  • 2003 Wesley Willis, American musician (b. 1963)
  • 2005 Robert Moog, American engineer (Moog synthesizer, Moog Music), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • 2005 Martin Dillon, tenor, American opera singer (b. 1957)
  • 2006 Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (b. 1916)
  • 2008 Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • 2008 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • 2009 Johnny Carter, US singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), dies at 75
  • 2009 Dean Turner, Australian musician (b. 1972)
  • 2013 Sid Bernstein, American music producer/promoter, dies at 95