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 Yips Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC
  • 1965 The Beatles spend an evening with Elvis Presley
  • 1977 "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)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1562 Hans Leo Hassler, composer
  • 1583 Simon Besler, German composer, born in Brieg (d. 1633)
  • 1650 Johann Samuel Welter, composer
  • 1739 Michel Delalande, composer
  • 1826 Hermann Kipper, music teacher/critic/composer
  • 1837 Heinrich Urban, composer
  • 1867 Umberto Giordano, composer
  • 1878 Joseph John Richards, composer
  • 1882 Jaroslav Kricka, composer
  • 1886 Eric Coates, Hucknall Nottinghamshire England, viola player/composer
  • 1886 Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, born in Harrow, England (d. 1979)
  • 1896 Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor [o.s. 15-08]
  • 1900 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, composer
  • 1902 Herbert Menges, composer
  • 1909 Lester W "Pres" Young, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1925 Tony Crombie, drummer/bandleader
  • 1928 Peter Richard Tahourdin, composer
  • 1932 Francois Glorieux, composer
  • 1937 Alice Coltrane, jazz musician
  • 1937 Phil Shulman, Welsh rocker (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1937 Tommy Sands, singer/actor (Teenage Rock, Dream With Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist
  • 1941 Cesária Évora "the Barefoot Diva", Cape Verdean morna singer, born in Mindelo (d. 2011)
  • 1942 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1944 Barry Conyngham, composer
  • 1944 Tim Bogert, American rocker (Vanilla Fudge), born in New York City
  • 1948 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek musician (d. 1990)
  • 1949 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist
  • 1949 Jeff Cook, Fort Payne Ala, country guitar/vocalist (Alabama-Mt Music)
  • 1953 Alex Lifeson, rock guitarist (Rush), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1955 Laura Fygi, Dutch singer
  • 1956 Glen Matlock, rock bassist (Sex Pistols)
  • 1967 Bob Nastanovich, American musician (Pavement, Silver Jews)
  • 1970 Tony Kanal, English-born musician (No Doubt)
  • 1971 Julian Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1977 Mase, American rapper
  • 1979 Sarah Neufeld, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • 1980 Stephanie Michelle Steele, country singer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1986 Mario, American R&B singer

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 Xaver von Seyfried, 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, composer, dies at 36
  • 1865 Jozef Nowakowski, composer, dies at 64
  • 1868 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, 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 Fernandez, composer, dies at 50
  • 1953 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer, dies at 53
  • 1962 Carlos Lavin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1964 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer, dies at 59
  • 1965 Otto Reinhold, composer, dies at 66
  • 1967 Brian Epstein, rock manager (Beatles), dies of drug overdose at 32
  • 1976 Mukesh, Indian playback singer (b. 1923)
  • 1979 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • 1981 Joan Edwards, singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood), 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 Martin Louis "Marty" Paich, jazz arranger, dies at 70
  • 2006 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-born guitarist (Napalm Death) (b. 1969)