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 "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 (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
  • 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 the Fesch, Dutch violinist/composer (Joseph)
  • 1726 Karl Kohaut, Austrian composer and lutenist, born in Vienna (d. 1784)
  • 1745 Francois Guichard, composer
  • 1749 Johann Ernst Rembt, composer
  • 1788 Aloys Schmitt, German music theory/composer/royal pianist
  • 1823 Wilhelm Troszel, composer
  • 1828 Erik Anthon Valdemar Siboni, composer
  • 1843 George August Lumbye, composer
  • 1887 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer
  • 1896 Richard Hammond, American composer, born in England (d. 1980)
  • 1903 Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer
  • 1911 Lester Lanin, orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits)
  • 1915 William Bardwell, composer
  • 1918 Louis W "Louis" Stotijn, bassoonist/conductor (Residence Orchestra)
  • 1919 Ronald "Ronny" Graham, American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922 Lazar Nikolov, composer
  • 1923 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor (Vienna Symphony 1960-70; Philadelphia Orchestra 1993-2003), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, born in Cleethorpes England (d. 2013)
  • 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, [Chris Crummy], rock drummer/vocalist (Deep Purple)
  • 1942 Vic Dana, singer/dancer (Talent Scouts), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1946 Valerie Simpson, singer, (Ashford & Simpson- "Like a Rock"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946 Mark Snow, American composer
  • 1946 Chantal Renaud, Quebec singer and actress
  • 1949 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2019)
  • 1952 Billy Rush, rocker (Asbury Jukes)
  • 1954 Michael Chetwood, rocker
  • 1954 Wally Murphy, American guitarist
  • 1957 Dr. Alban, Nigerian-Swedish singer
  • 1960 Branford Marsalis, jazz saxophonist (Bring on the Night, Tonight Show)
  • 1960 Nancy Martinez, rocker
  • 1961 Jimmy Olander, Palos Verdes Cal, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in Middle)
  • 1966 Shirley Manson, Scottish singer

Person of interestThalía

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
Thalía
  • 1974 Huang Bo, Chinese actor (Cow) and singer, born in Qingdao, China
  • 1976 Amaia Montero, Spanish singer (La Oreja de Van Gogh)
  • 1976 Zemfira, Russian singer
  • 1978 Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer
  • 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, American singer
  • 1990 Lil' Chris, British singer

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
  • 1981 Lee Hays, American singer-songwriter (The Weavers), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 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
  • 2004 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 47
  • 2005 Denis D'Amour, Canadian guitarist (Voivod) (b. 1960)
  • 2009 Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter (Da Doo Ron Ron, Leader of the Pack), dies at 68