On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 30

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1751 George Frideric Handel completes oratorio "Jephtha"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 9th Symphony

  • 1968 1st record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)

Music concertMusic Concert

1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit for children at Madison Square Garden, New York

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1969 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • 1969 25,000 attend 2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival, Tenino Wash
  • 1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden
  • 1984 Sotheby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla
  • 1992 "2 Trains Running" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 160 performances
  • 1992 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 229 performances

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

2015 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West
  • 2018 Ugandan pop star MP Bobi Wine re-arrested attempting to leave the country

Birthdays in Music

  • 1687 Francesco Maria Vallara, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1740)
  • 1693 Jacobus Nozeman, Dutch composer and organist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1745)
  • 1767 Christian Frederich Gottlieb Schwencke, German composer, born in Wachenhausen (d. 1822)
  • 1769 Bonifacio Asioli, Italian composer and music writer, born in Correggio, Italy (d. 1832)
  • 1809 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1863)
  • 1820 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1842 Victor Alphonse Duvernoy, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1907)
  • 1902 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, born in Hanušovice, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Willie Bryant, American singer (Sugar Hill Times), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1964)
  • 1915 Robert Strassburg, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Kitty Wells, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Regina Resnik, American mezzo-soprano (Sieglinde-Bayreuth), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Gerhard Wimberger, Austria composer (Glove), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, born in Fairfield, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1926 Oļģerts Grāvītis, Latvian-Soviet composer, born in Alūksne, Latvia (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Stand Up & Cheer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2004)
  • 1933 Arne Mellnäs, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 2002)
  • 1935 John Phillips, American singer and guitarist (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming), born in Parris Island, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1941 John McNally, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Searchers), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1943 David Henry Maslanka, American composer, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Charles Colbert, American rocker (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 John Surman, English jazz musician, born in Tavistock, Devon, England
  • 1945 David Schiff, American composer, born in New York City
  • 1945 Fred Tackett, American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Little Feat), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1949 Peter Maffay, Romanian-German musician, born in Brașov, Romania
  • 1950 Micky Moody, English guitarist (Whitesnake, Juicy Lucy), born in Middleborough, England
  • 1951 Dana Rosemary Scallon, Irish singer and actress (Flight of the Doves), born in Islington, London, England
  • 1955 Martin Jackson, British rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out), born in Manchester, England
  • 1960 Chalino Sánchez, Mexican musician, born in Alturas Del Sur Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico (d. 1992)
  • 1963 Paul Oakenfold, British record producer and DJ, born in Mile End, London
  • 1969 Dimitris Sgouros, Greek pianist
  • 1970 Michael Wong Guang Liang, Chinese Malaysian singer
  • 1971 Lars Frederiksen, American guitarist (Rancid and UK Subs)
  • 1974 Matt Bongiovi, heavy metal rocker (cousin of Jon Bon Jovi)
  • 1974 Aaron Barrett, Lead singer/guitarist of Reel Big Fish
  • 1974 Rich Cronin, American singer songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1977 Jens Ludwig, German guitarist
  • 1978 Swizz Beatz, American rapper/producer
  • 1979 Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1983 Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor
  • 1983 Jonne Aaron, Vocalist of the Finnish Band Negative
  • 1986 Ryan Ross, American guitarist and lyricist (Panic at the Disco)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1994 R&B singer R. Kelly (25) weds Aaliyah (15) illegally in Rosemont, Illinois (later annulled)

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Singer Davy Jones (63) weds Jessica Pacheco

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1988 Julianne Philips files for divorce from Bruce Springsteen

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Deaths in Music

  • 1529 Juan del Encina, Spanish author and composer, dies at 61
  • 1745 Jean-Baptiste-Maurice Quinault, French composer, dies at 57
  • 1808 Joseph Anton Bauer, composer, dies at 83
  • 1826 Theodor Zwetler, Austrian composer, dies at 67
  • 1904 Kate Fanny Loder, English composer and pianist, dies at 79
  • 1953 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, dies at 51
  • 1956 Jose Antonio de Donostia, composer, dies at 70
  • 1963 Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50

Person of interestVera-Ellen

1981 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
  • 1982 Leo Pappenheim, Dutch conductor, dies at 86
  • 1985 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1986 Otto Mortensen, composer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Sterling Morrison, American musician (Velvet Underground), dies at 53
  • 2005 Andor Kovach, Romanian composer (Médée), dies at 90
  • 2012 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), dies of a gunshot wound at 44