On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 27

Events in Music

  • 1892 NYC Metropolitan Opera House catches fire
  • 1900 Gabriel Fauré's opera/cantata "Prométhée" premieres in Beziers
  • 1934 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC

Film release premierFilm Premier

1964 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke premieres in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews
Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Actor Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
  • 1965 The Beatles spend an evening with Elvis Presley

Music releaseMusic Recording

1970 Jimi Hendrix creates his last studio recording at Electric Lady Studios in New York, an instrumental called "Slow Blues"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1977 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 947 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1990 "No Fences" 2nd studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1994 "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at R Rodgers NYC after 320 performances
  • 1995 "Arcadia" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • 2012 "Thrift Shop" single is released by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year 2013, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song 2014)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Former Spice Girl Mel B announces she is entering rehab for alcohol and sex addiction following her acrimonious divorce

Birthdays in Music

  • 1562 Hans Leo Hassler, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1612)
  • 1583 Simon Besler, German composer, born in Brieg (d. 1633)
  • 1650 Johann Samuel Welter, German composer, born in Obersontheim, Germany (d. 1720)
  • 1739 Michel-Richard Delalande, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1812)
  • 1826 Hermann Kipper, German music teacher and composer, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1910)
  • 1837 Heinrich Urban, German violinist and composer, born in Berlin (d. 1901)
  • 1867 Umberto Giordano, Italian composer, born in Foggia, Apulia, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1878 Joseph John Richards, American composer, born in Cwmafan, Wales (d. 1956)
  • 1882 Jaroslav Křička, Czech composer, born in Kelč, Czech Republic (d. 1969)
  • 1886 Eric Coates, English viola player and composer, born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire (d. 1957)
  • 1886 Rebecca Clarke, British-American violist and classical composer (Morpheus), born in Harrow, England (d. 1979)
  • 1896 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instruments inventor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1900 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, Russian composer, born in Kvemo-Khviti, Georgia (d. 1965)
  • 1902 Herbert Menges, English composer, born in Hove, East Sussex, England (d. 1972)
  • 1909 Lester Young, American jazz saxophonist, born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • 1925 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Bishopsgate, London (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, born in Vittel, France (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Peter Richard Tahourdin, English-Australian composer, born in Bramdean, Hampshire (d. 2009)
  • 1932 François Glorieux, Flemish pianist and composer, born in Courtrai, Belgium
  • 1937 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Phil Shulman, Scottish rock horn player (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1937 Tommy Sands, American singer/actor (Teenage Rock, Dream With Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1940 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit), born on Ossining, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1941 Cesária Évora "the Barefoot Diva", Cape Verdean morna singer, born in Mindelo (d. 2011)
  • 1942 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together"), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2019)
  • 1944 Tim Bogert, American rock bassist (Vanilla Fudge; Jeff Beck), born in NYC, New York [1]
  • 1944 Barry Conyngham, Australian composer (Gardener Of Time; Kangaroo Island), born in Sydney
  • 1949 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist and educator, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • 1949 Jeff Cook, American country guitarist, singer and fiddler (Alabama - Mountain Music), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • 1953 Alex Lifeson [Živojinović], Serbian-Canadian rock guitarist (Rush - "Limelight"), born in n Fernie, British Columbia
  • 1955 Laura Fygi, Dutch jazz-pop singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1956 Glen Matlock, British rock bassist (Sex Pistols; The Philistines), born in Paddington, London
  • 1967 Bob Nastanovich, American percussionist (Pavement, Silver Jews), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1970 Tony Kanal, Indian-American bassist and songwriter (No Doubt), born in Kingsbury, London, England
  • 1971 Julian Cheung Chi-Lam, singer (A Modern Love Story) and actor (Return Of The Cuckoo), born in North Point, British Hong Kong
  • 1977 Mase [Mason Durell Betha], American rapper (Harlem World), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1979 Sarah Neufeld, Canadian violinist (Arcade Fire), born in British Columbia
  • 1980 Stephanie Michelle Steele, American country singer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1986 Mario [Barrett], American R&B singer (Closer), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Weddings in Music

  • 1977 "Coral Reefer Band" singer Jimmy Buffett (30) weds Jane Slagsvol
  • 2011 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

Deaths in Music

  • 1521 Josquin Des Prez, composer, dies
  • 1572 Claude Goudimel, French composer
  • 1611 Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer/singer/organist, dies
  • 1746 Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, composer, dies
  • 1841 Ignaz von Seyfried, Austrian composer, dies at 65
  • 1846 Franciszek Ścigalski, Polish composer, dies at 64
  • 1846 Gottfied Wilhelm Fink, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1855 Francisco Eduardo da Costa, Portuguese composer, dies at 36
  • 1865 Józef Nowakowski, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1868 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Swiss composer, dies at 82
  • 1883 August Friedrich Pott, composer, dies at 76
  • 1887 Wilhelm Volkmar, composer, dies at 74
  • 1922 Carl Fuchs, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1948 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), dies at 74
  • 1948 Oscar Lorenzo Fernández, Brazilian conductor and composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • 1953 Nicolai Berezowsky, Russian-American composer, dies at 53
  • 1962 Carlos Lavin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1964 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer, dies at 59
  • 1965 Otto Reinhold, German composer, dies at 66

Person of interestBrian Epstein

1967 Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), dies of drug overdose at 32

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein
  • 1976 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1979 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1981 Joan Edwards, american singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - Let's Dance), dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 1991 Vince Taylor [Brian Holden], British singer (Brand new Cadillac), dies
  • 1994 Roberto Goyeneche [El Polaco], Argentine tango singer (Maria), dies
  • 1995 Marty Paich, American jazz pianist, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), dies of colon cancer at 70
  • 2005 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey, Vic Damone), dies at 92
  • 2006 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-American guitarist (Napalm Death) (b. 1969)
  • 2007 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2014 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), dies of natural causes at 92