On This Day in Music for August 23

Events in Music

  • 1958 Marie Ashton completes playing piano a female record 133 hours
  • 1963 Beatles release single "She Loves You" in the UK
  • 1968 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement (temporarily).
  • 1975 Free guitarist Paul Kossoff revived from dead after heart attack
  • 1979 Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC
  • 1986 "Rags" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1994 Jeff Buckley releases his album "Grace", featuring his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen

Birthdays in Music

  • 1727 Friedrich Hartmann Graf, composer
  • 1854 Moritz Moszkowski, composer
  • 1879 Alfreds Kalnins, composer
  • 1886 Gottfried Rudinger, composer
  • 1893 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), born in Sydney (d. 1944)
  • 1900 Ernst Krenek, composer (Johnny Spielt Auf), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1900 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer and songwriter (Morningtown Ride), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1978)
  • 1903 William Primrose, violist (Method for Violin & Viola), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1905 Leonard Constant Lambert, composer (King Pest), born in London, England
  • 1911 Carl Dolmetsch, French music director (Haslemere Festival), born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1997)
  • 1912 Gene Kelly, American dancer and actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Bob Crosby, Bing's brother, orchestra leader (Bob Crosby Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1913 Luis-Felipe Ramon y Rivera, composer
  • 1917 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, born in Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Aart Verstegen, ballet dancers/choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke)
  • 1923 Richard Adler, composer/songwriter (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game)
  • 1924 Edvard Fliflet Braein, composer
  • 1925 Sulkhan Fyodorovich Tsintsadze, composer
  • 1925 Wlodzimierz Kotonski, composer
  • 1927 Martial Solal, composer
  • 1928 Gerd Natschinski, composer
  • 1932 Mark Russell, political satirist/pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1934 Lojze Lebic, Slovenian composer, born in Prevalje
  • 1935 Loren Rush, American composer, born in Richmond, California
  • 1936 Rudy Lewis, rocker (Drifters)
  • 1938 Roger Greenaway, composer
  • 1938 Ronny Cox, actor/singer (Robocop, Dr John Gideon-St Elsewhere)
  • 1942 Patricia McBride, Teaneck, NJ, ballerina (NYC Ballet Co)

Person of interestKeith Moon

1946 Keith Moon, English rock drummer (Who-I'm A Boy), born in London, England (d. 1978)

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1947 Rex Allen Jr, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Terje Rypdal, composer
  • 1947 Willy Russell, English playwright and composer (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita), born in Whiston, England
  • 1948 Ernst Jansz, Dutch keyboardist/singer (Doe Maar)
  • 1949 John Bauldie, music journalist/dylanologist
  • 1949 Woody Paul, [Paul Chrisman], singer (Riders in the Sky), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1949 Katiana Balanika, Greek actress and singer
  • 1951 Jimi Jamison, rocker (Survivor), born in Durant, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1952 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)
  • 1952 Vicky Leandros, Greek singer and politician
  • 1953 Bobby Gubby, rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
  • 1961 Dean DeLeo, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots)
  • 1961 Alexandre Desplat, French film composer (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Paris, France
  • 1970 Brad Mehldau, American pianist
  • 1974 Shifty, American musician (Crazy Town)
  • 1975 Eliza Carthy, English singer and fiddler
  • 1978 Julian Casablancas, American musician
  • 1979 Ritchie Neville, British musician
  • 1982 YTCracker, American musician
  • 1986 Neil Cicierega, American cartoonist and musician
  • 1987 Nikki Gil, Filipina actress, host and singer
  • 1988 Alice glass [Margaret Osborn], Canadian singer and songwriter (Crystal Castles), born in Toronto, Ontario

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1962 Musician and member of the Beatles, John Lennon weds Cynthia Powell

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1989 "The Cars" lead singer and guitarist Ric Ocasek (40) weds model Paulina Porizkova (24)
  • 2010 Spanish singer Julio Iglesias (66) weds Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger (44) at Virgen del Carmen Church in Marbella, Spain

Deaths in Music

  • 1723 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer, organist and singer, dies at 64
  • 1777 Giuseppe Sellitto, composer, dies at 77
  • 1802 Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter, composer, dies at 51
  • 1825 Amos Bull, composer, dies at 81
  • 1839 Charles Philippe Lafont, composer, dies at 57
  • 1878 Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, composer, dies at 77
  • 1898 Joseph Robinson, composer, dies at 82
  • 1937 Albert Charles Paul Marie Roussel, composer, dies at 68
  • 1937 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), dies at 68
  • 1943 Johann Zilcher, German composer, dies at 88
  • 1944 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, composer, dies at 63
  • 1960 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers, dies at 65
  • 1962 Irving Fine, composer (Toccata), dies at 47
  • 1963 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • 1970 Nel Rose, dancer, dies at 55
  • 1971 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer, dies at 58
  • 1972 Balis Dvarionas, composer, dies at 68
  • 1987 Siegfried Borris, composer, dies at 80
  • 1989 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer, dies
  • 1990 David Rose, composer (Holiday for Strings, Stripper), dies at 80
  • 1995 Dwayne Rudolph Goettel, musician, dies at 31
  • 2005 Brock Peters [George Fisher], American actor and singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 78
  • 2005 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), dies in a road accident at 71
  • 2006 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78
  • 2013 David Garrick [Philip Darryl Core], British singer (Dear Mrs Applebee), dies at 67