On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 24

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1787 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his violin and piano sonata in A, K526

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1914 Jerome Kern & Michael E Rourles musical premieres in NYC

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

Film release premierFilm Release

1979 Musical film "Rock 'n' Roll High School" directed by Allan Arkush featuring the Ramones is released in NYC (released throughout the US 20 days later)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone
  • 1979 Cars play concert in NY Central Park

MurderMurder of Interest

1981 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for John Lennon's murder

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 2009 "Love Like Crazy" single released by Lee Brice (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler sends cease-and-desist letter to President Trump demanding he stop using the band's songs at rallies

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in Music

  • 1531 Ercole Bottrigari, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1612)
  • 1579 John Amner, English composer, born in Ely, Cambridgeshire (d. 1641)
  • 1683 Meinrad Spiess, German composer, born in Honsolgen (d. 1761)
  • 1725 Johann Balthasar Kehl, German composer, born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1778)
  • 1733 David Traugott Nicolai, German composer, born in Görlitz, Germany (d. 1799)
  • 1820 Jacopo Tomadini, Italian composer, born in Cividale del Friuli, Italy (d. 1883)
  • 1821 Emanuele Muzio, Italian composer, born in Zibello, Italy (d. 1890)
  • 1837 Theodore Dubois, French composer, born in Rosnay, Marne, France (d. 1924)
  • 1839 Eduard Napravnik, Czech conductor and composer, born in Býšť, Czech Republic (d. 1916)
  • 1854 Nikolay Vladimirovich Scherbachov, Russian pianist and composer, born in St. Petersburg; (d. 1922)
  • 1856 Felix Mottl, Austrian conductor and composer (Agnes Bernauer), born in Unter-St.-Veit, Austria (d. 1911)
  • 1879 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1903)
  • 1890 Franz Philipp, German composer, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1891 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1969)
  • 1897 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (Nashville's Acuff-Rose Music), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1954)
  • 1905 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), born in Forest, Mississippi (d. 1974)
  • 1910 Bernhard Heiden [Levi], German-American composer, born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1916 Léo Ferré, French composer and singer, born in Monaco (d. 1993)
  • 1919 "Drs P" [Heinz H Polzer], Swiss-Dutch songwriter and singer, born in Thun, Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • 1919 Niels Viggo Bentzon, Danish pianist and composer (The Tempered Piano), born in Copenhagen (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Louis Teicher, American pianist (Ferante & Teicher-Exodus), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1929 Willie Winfield, American doo-woop singer (Harptones - "Life Is But A Dream"), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1932 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer (Three Miró Pieces; Voss), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Roger Donald Dickerson, American composer (New Orleans Concerto), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938 David Freiberg, American rock bassist (Quicksilver Messenger, Jefferson Airplane/Starship - "Jane"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1938 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer ("Classical Gas", Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1938 Charles Calello, American composer, conductor, arranger (The Four Seasons; Sinatra; Streisand; Springsteen), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1940 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Ernest Wright Jr, American rock vocalist (Imperials-So Much)
  • 1942 Joe Chambers, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 John Cipollina, American rock guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1945 Ken Hensley, English songwriter and rock keyboardist (Blackfoot, Uriah Heep), born in Plumstead, England (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Molly Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band), born in Montrose, Scotland
  • 1948 Jean-Michel Jarre, French musician (Oxygène), born in Lyon
  • 1949 Stephen Harrison Paulus, American composer, born in Summit, New Jersey
  • 1949 Stephen Paulus, American composer (To Be Certain of the Dawn) and co-founder of the American Composer's Forum, born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1951 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1951 Mona Lyn Reese, American contemporary classical, opera and choral music composer (The Three Fat Women of Antibes; Prince), born in Morris, Minnesota
  • 1953 Ron Holloway, American tenor saxophonist, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957 Jeffrey Daniel, American dancer and singer (Shalamar), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Colin Angus, Scottish pop musician (Shamen, Ebeneezer Goode)
  • 1961 Mark "Bedders" Bedford, English rock bassist (Madness), born in Islington, London
  • 1963 John Bush, American heavy metal singer (Armored Saint, Anthrax), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Pebbles, American rock vocalist (Girlfriend), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Andreas Kisser, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist (Sepultura), born in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
  • 1974 Orla Fallon, Irish Vocalist for Celtic Woman, born in Knockananna, County Wicklow, Ireland
  • 1979 Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer, born in Zhongli, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • 1979 (Katherine) "Kaki" King, American guitarist, lap steel guitar player and composer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 Jiro Wang Dong Cheng, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1988 Kelly Lee Owens, Welsh electronic musician and composer (Inner Song) , born in Rhuddlan, Flintshire, Wales

Deaths in Music

  • 1712 Thomas Bullis, Jr. English composer, dies at 54
  • 1724 Andreas Kneller, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1840 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, composer, dies at 89
  • 1841 Karl Friedrich Curschmann, German composer, dies at 36
  • 1932 Gheorghe Cucu, Romanian composer, dies at 50
  • 1957 Albert Edward Sammons, composer, dies at 71
  • 1958 Kenneth Leighton, British pianist and composer, dies at 28
  • 1958 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, dies at 87
  • 1962 Henry George Ley, composer, dies at 74
  • 1964 Maurice Schoemaker, composer, dies at 73
  • 1972 Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1973 Slava Vorlova, composer, dies at 79
  • 1976 Michael Dewar Head, composer, dies at 76
  • 1978 Louis Prima, American jazz and pop singer, trumpeter, and bandleader ("That Old Black Magic"; "Oh, Marie"), dies at 67
  • 1980 Frederick A. Fox, American classical composer (Nightscenes; Shaking The Pumpkin),and educator (Indiana University, 1974-94), dies at 80
  • 1985 Paul Creston [Giuseppe Guttoveggio], Italian-American composer (Zanoni), educator, and music theorist (Creative Harmony), dies at 78
  • 1992 Larrie Londin, jazz drummer, dies at 48
  • 1992 Larrie Londin [Ralph Gallant], American session drummer (Motown and Nashville), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 1995 Gary Crosby, singer/actor (Operation Bikini, Mardi Gras), dies at 61
  • 1997 Vincente "Tete" Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, dies at 64
  • 1998 Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • 1999 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist and composer, dies at 70
  • 2001 Raymond Wilding-White, American composer, dies at 78
  • 2005 Kaleth Morales, Colombian vallenato folk music singer and songwriter ("Vivo en el Limbo" - I Live in the Limbo), dies in a vehicle crash at 22
  • 2006 Léopold Simoneau, French-Canadian tenor, dies at 90
  • 2006 James Carl Tenney, American composer, dies at 72
  • 2020 Tony Colton [Chalk], British singer-songwriter, and record producer (Head, Hands, and Feet), dies of kidney failure at 68