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 released on Apple label in UK is The Beatles single "Hey Jude"
  • 1969 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival

Music concertMusic Concert

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit shows (matinee and evening) for children at Madison Square Garden, New York, his final full concert performance

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 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 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German pianist, composer and publisher, 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 jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1964)
  • 1915 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer (It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels), 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 Singers; Stand Up And 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)
  • 1936 Edward Pałłasz, Polish classical, theater, and film composer, born in Starogard Gdański, Poland (d. 2019)
  • 1941 John McNally, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Searchers - "Needles And Pins"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1943 David Henry Maslanka, American composer (Angel Of Mercy; Sea Dreams), and educator, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 2017)

Person of interestRobert Crumb

1943 Robert Crumb, American cartoonist (Father Time, Fritz Cat) and album cover artist (Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cartoonist Robert Crumb
Robert Crumb
  • 1944 Charles Colbert, American rocker (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 John Surman, English jazz musician, born in Tavistock, Devon, England
  • 1944 William "Smitty" Smith, American rock keyboardist and session musician (Motherlode - "When I Die"), born in Belleville, Virginia (d. 1997)
  • 1945 David Schiff, American composer, born in New York City
  • 1945 Fred Tackett, American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Little Feat, 1988-2012), 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 classical pianist, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1970 Michael Wong, Chinese Malaysian singer, born in Ipoh, Malaysia
  • 1971 Lars Frederiksen, American guitarist (Rancid and UK Subs), born in Campbell, California
  • 1974 Aaron Barrett, American Lead singer/guitarist of Reel Big Fish
  • 1974 Rich Cronin, American singer songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1977 Jens Ludwig, German heavy metal guitarist (Edguy), born in Fulda, Germany
  • 1979 Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1983 Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Toshima, Tokyo
  • 1983 Jonne Aaron, Finnish vocalist of the band Negative, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1986 Ryan Ross, American guitarist and lyricist (Panic at the Disco), born in Las Vegas,Nevada
  • 1989 Bebe Rexha, American singer-songwriter (Meant To Be), born in New York City
  • 1996 Trevor Jackson, American actor, singer-songwriter (Grown-ish), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

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 Anita Donostia [Jose Antonio de Donostia], Spanish composer, musicologist and priest, dies at 70
  • 1963 Axel Stordahl, American arranger & orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies of cancer at 50

Person of interestVera-Ellen

1981 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (White Christmas; 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, Danish composer and musicologist, 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