On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 23

Events in Music

  • 1947 US President Truman's daughter, Margaret's 1st public singing concert
  • 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).

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in NYC

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Tenor Plácido Domingo sings his 150th opera role in Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” at the Salzburg Festival, Austria

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet

Birthdays in Music

  • 1727 Friedrich Hartmann Graf, German composer, born in Rudolstadt, Germany (d. 1795)
  • 1854 Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German composer, born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1925)
  • 1879 Alfrēds Kalniņš, Latvian composer, born in Cēsis, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1886 Gottfried Rudinger, German composer, born in Lindau, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1893 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), born in Sydney (d. 1944)
  • 1900 Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American composer (Johnny Spielt Auf), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1991)
  • 1900 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer and songwriter (Morningtown Ride), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1978)
  • 1903 William Primrose, Scottish violist (Method for Violin & Viola), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Leonard Constant Lambert, English composer (King Pest), born in Fulham, London (d. 1951)
  • 1911 Carl Dolmetsch, French music director (Haslemere Festival), born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1997)

Person of interestGene Kelly

1912 Gene Kelly, American actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way) and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 1913 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, born in San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, born in Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Edvard Fliflet Braein, Norwegian composer (Ut mot havet (Out To Sea); Anne Pedersdotter), born in Kristiansund, Norway (d. 1976)
  • 1925 Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Georgian composer, born in Gori, Soviet Union (d. 1991)
  • 1925 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1928 Gerd Natschinski, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Mark Russell, American political satirist and pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1934 Lojze Lebic, Slovenian composer, born in Prevalje, Slovenia
  • 1935 Loren Rush, American composer, born in Richmond, California
  • 1936 Rudy Lewis, American pop vocalist (The Drifters - "Up On The Roof"; "On Broadway), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1938 Roger Greenaway, English composer and record producer (I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing), born in Fishponds, England
  • 1942 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d. 2019)

Person of interestKeith Moon

1946 Keith Moon, British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), born in London, England (d. 1978)

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon
  • 1947 Rex Allen Jr, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Terje Rypdal, Norwegian jazz guitarist and composer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1947 Willy Russell, English playwright and composer (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita), born in Whiston, England
  • 1949 Rick Springfield [Springthorpe], Australian singer ("Speak to the Sky"; "Jessie's Girl") and actor (General Hospital), born in Balmain, New South Wales
  • 1949 John Bauldie, British music journalist, born in Bolton, England (d. 1996)
  • 1949 Woody Paul [Paul Chrisman], American singer (Riders in the Sky), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1951 Jimi Jamison, American rock singer (Survivor - "High On You"), born in Durant, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1952 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1952 Vicky Leandros, Greek singer and politician, born in Palaiokastritsa, Corfu, Greece
  • 1953 Bobby Gubby, English rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Epsom, Surrey, England
  • 1956 Kile Smith, American contemporary orchestral and choral composer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1961 Dean DeLeo, American guitarist (Stone Temple Pilots), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1961 Alexandre Desplat, French film composer (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Paris, France
  • 1970 Brad Mehldau, American jazz pianist, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1974 Shifty Shellshock [Seth Binzer], American musician (Crazy Town), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Eliza Carthy, English singer and fiddler, born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Julian Casablancas, American musician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1979 Ritchie Neville, British musician, born in Solihull, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Neil Cicierega, American cartoonist and musician, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1987 Nikki Gil, Filipina actress, host and singer, born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1988 Alice Glass [Margaret Osborn], Canadian singer and songwriter (Crystal Castles), born in Toronto, Ontario

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1962 John Lennon, musician and member of the Beatles, 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, Swedish lieder and classical composer, dies at 77
  • 1898 Joseph Robinson, Irish singer, organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 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, American composer (Toccata), dies of heart disease at 47
  • 1963 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • 1970 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher, dies at 55
  • 1971 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer, dies at 58
  • 1972 Balys Dvarionas, Lithuanian pianist, composer and educator, dies at 68
  • 1981 (Thaman) "Pete" Daily, American swing and dixieland jazz cornetist and valve trombonist (The Chicagoans), dies at 70
  • 1987 Siegfried Borris, German 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
  • 1995 Dwayne Goettel, Canadian keyboardist and industrial-electronic music composer (Skinny Puppy), dies of a heroin overdose at 31
  • 2001 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), dies at 65
  • 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 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), dies at 84
  • 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
  • 2015 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, dies at 86
  • 2018 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), dies at 96
  • 2019 Mario Davidovsky, Argentine-American electro-acoustic composer (Synchronisms), dies at 85