On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 26

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1846 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" premieres at the Birmingham Festival in England

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

Film release premierFilm Premier

1951 Film "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture, 1952)

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Beatles, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

  • 1968 "Hey Jude" single released by the Beatles in US (Billboard Song of the Year 1968, Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013)
  • 1980 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • 1992 "Anna Karenina" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 David Gilmour performs with his band and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra before a crowd of 50,000 at Gdańsk Shipyard in Poland.

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 2018 Moroccan pop singer Saad Lamjarred arrested in Saint-Tropez, France on a rape allegation

Birthdays in Music

  • 1627 Thomas Bullis, English composer (baptized) (d. 1708)
  • 1687 Willem de Fesch, Dutch violinist and composer (Joseph), born in Alkmaar, North Holland, The Netherlands (d. 1761)
  • 1726 Karl Kohaut, Austrian composer and lutenist, born in Vienna (d. 1784)
  • 1745 François Guichard, French guitarist and composer, born in Le Mans, France (d. 1807)
  • 1749 Johann Ernst Rembt, German organist and composer, born in Suhl, Germany (d. 1810)
  • 1788 Aloys Schmitt, German pianist, composer and music theorist (Preparatory Exercises, Op. 16), born in Erlenbach am Main, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1866)
  • 1823 Wilhelm Troszel, Polish operatic bass, composer and voice teacher, born in Warsaw (d. 1887)
  • 1828 Erik Anthon Valdemar Siboni, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1892)
  • 1843 Georg August Lumbye, Danish composer and conductor (Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra), born in Copenhagen (d. 1922)
  • 1887 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, Nicaraguan pianist and composer (Inca Symphony), born in Managua (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Richard Pindle Hammond, American composer, born in Kent, England (d. 1980)
  • 1901 Jimmy Rushing, American blues pianist and singer, known as"Mr. Five By Five", born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • 1911 Lester Lanin, orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits)
  • 1915 Humphrey Searle, British composer and musicologist (Twentieth Century Counterpoint; The Music of Franz Liszt), born in Oxford, England (d. 1982)
  • 1915 William Bardwell, composer
  • 1918 Louis Stotijn, Dutch bassoonist, and conductor (Residence Orchestra)
  • 1919 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Lazar Nikolov, composer
  • 1923 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor (Vienna Symphony, 1960-70; Philadelphia Orchestra, 1993-2003), and pianist, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, born in Cleethorpes England (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Dane Skerl, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana
  • 1938 Jet Black, English drummer, one of the founding members of The Stranglers
  • 1939 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Chris Curtis [Crummey], British rock drummer, songwriter and vocalist (The Searchers - "Needles And Pins"), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2005)
  • 1942 Vic Dana [Samuel Mendola], American singer and dancer (Red Roses For A Blue Lady), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1946 Valerie Simpson, American singer, songwriter and producer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946 Mark Snow [Martin Fulterman], American television and film composer (The X-Files theme), born in New York City
  • 1946 Chantal Renaud, Québécoise yé-yé singer, songwriter, actress and writer, born in Quebec, Canada
  • 1946 Ladislav Kubík, Czech-American composer (Aulos; Subterranean River) and educator (Florida State University, 1990-2017), born in Prague (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2019)
  • 1952 Billy Rush, American guitarist (Asbury Jukes; Serge Gainesbourg), born in Deal, New Jersey
  • 1954 Michael Chetwood, British keyboard player (T'Pau)
  • 1954 Wally Murphy, American pedal steel guitarist (Asleep At The Wheel, 1981-85; STEEL)
  • 1957 "Dr." Alban [Nwaba], Nigerian-Swedish hip-hop reggae singer, born in Oguta, Imo, Federation of Nigeria
  • 1960 Branford Marsalis, American jazz, classical and funk saxophonist (Sting; Tonight Show, 1992-95), born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • 1960 Nancy Martinez, French-Canadian pop-dance singer (Move Out), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1960 Ola Ray, American model, Playboy playmate (Jun, 1980) and actress (girlfriend in Thriller music video), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1961 Jimmy Olander, American country guitarist and banjo player (Diamond Rio - "Meet in Middle"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966 Shirley Manson, Scottish rock singer (Garbage), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

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1971 Thalia Sodi, Mexican actress and singer known as the "Queen of Latin Pop", born in Mexico City, Mexico

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
  • 1974 Huang Bo, Chinese actor (Cow) and singer, born in Qingdao, China
  • 1976 Amaia Montero, Spanish singer (La Oreja de Van Gogh - Guapa), born in Irun, Spain
  • 1976 Zemfira [Ramazanova], Russian rock singer (Forgive Me My Love), born in Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia, Soviet Union
  • 1978 Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer and songwriter, born in Isleworth, Hounslow, England
  • 1982 David Long, New Zealand composer, worked on Peter Jackson's films
  • 1985 Brian Kelley, American country musician (Florida Georgia Line), born in Ormond Beach, Florida
  • 1986 Cassie [Ventura], American singer (Me & U) and actress, born in New London, Connecticut
  • 1990 Lil' Chris [Hardman], British rock singer (Checkin' It Out), born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England (d. 2015)

Weddings in Music

  • 2006 2004 X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein (37) weds jazz musician Eileen Hunter at King's College Chapel in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2012 "The Campaign" actress Kate Lang Johnson (28) weds musician Justin Miner at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1661 Louis Couperin, composer, dies
  • 1683 Christoph Schultze, composer, dies at 76
  • 1712 Sebastian Anton Scherer, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1813 Daniel Gottlob Turk, composer, dies at 63
  • 1849 Jacques-Fereol Mazas, composer, dies at 66
  • 1860 Philipp Friedrich Silcher, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1873 Carl Wilhelm, composer, dies at 57
  • 1948 Oscar L Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • 1958 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (Hugh the Drover), dies at 85
  • 1960 Mark Hambourg, Russian-British composer, dies at 81
  • 1967 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, dies at 67
  • 1971 Francesco Santoliquido, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • 1975 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, dies at 85
  • 1976 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, More than singing), dies at 88
  • 1977 Heinz Rottger, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1978 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American composer, pianist and lecturer (Tre Ritratti Characteristici), dies at 86
  • 1980 Jimmy Forrest, American jazz saxophonist (Night Train), dies at 60
  • 1981 Lee Hays, American singer-songwriter (The Weavers), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1981 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies from cancer at 74
  • 1988 Carlos Paião, Portuguese singer, dies at 30
  • 1993 Rockin Dopsie Sr [Alton Jay Rubin], American Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1995 Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), dies of leukaemia at 57
  • 2000 [Douglas] Allen Woody, American bassist (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), dies at 44
  • 2002 Miguel Querol Gavalda, Spanish musicologist and composer, dies at 90
  • 2003 Wilma Burgess, American country-pop singer, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 2003 Wayne Andre, American jazz and session trombonist, dies at 72
  • 2004 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 52 [1]
  • 2005 Denis D'Amour, Canadian guitarist (Voivod) (b. 1960)
  • 2006 Josef Hadar, Israeli violinist and composer (Evening of Roses), dies at 79
  • 2009 Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter (Da Doo Ron Ron, Leader of the Pack), dies at 68