On This Day in Music for August 31

Events in Music

  • 1829 Opera "Guillaume Tell" is produced (Paris)
  • 1916 Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow" premieres in London
  • 1928 Brecht & Weil's play " The Threepenny Opera " premieres

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1968 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1969 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising "My Sweet Lord"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1980 "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video premieres on CBS TV

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1997 "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2006 23rd MTV Video Music Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt win


Birthdays in Music

  • 1696 Johann Paul Kunzen, composer
  • 1741 Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, composer, born in Freystadt, Germany (d. 1816)
  • 1748 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, born in Paris (d. 1820)
  • 1755 Johann Ignaz Walter, German opera singer and composer, born in Perutz, Bohemia (d. 1822)
  • 1775 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, born in Perpignan, France (d. 1849)
  • 1821 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, composer
  • 1834 Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (I Lituani), born in Paderno Ponchielli, Italy (d. 1886)
  • 1855 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, born in Srem, Poland (d. 1919)
  • 1856 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, Armenian composer, born in Gyumri, Armenia (d. 1951)
  • 1864 Max Wilhelm Zach, composer
  • 1878 Albert Riemenschneider, American musician and composer, born in Berea, Ohio (d. 1950)
  • 1879 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, composer
  • 1879 Alma Mahler, Viennese composer and Wife of Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1964)
  • 1882 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer and bandmaster, born in Duntocher, near Glasgow, (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer
  • 1899 Walter Muller von Kulm, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1967)
  • 1908 Peter Conrad Baden, composer
  • 1912 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, born in Chill├ín, Chile (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, composer
  • 1924 Klaus Hashagen, composer
  • 1930 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Worthington Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Roy Castle, English dancer and television entertainer (Record Breakers), born in Scholes, Yorkshire (d. 1994)
  • 1939 Jerry Allison, Hillsboro Tx, rock drummer (Buddy Holly & Crickets)
  • 1941 Emanuel Nunes, composer
  • 1945 Bob Welch, rock vocalist/guitarist (Fleetwood Mac-Oh Well), (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Itzhak Perlman, Tel Aviv Israel, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys)
  • 1945 Van Morrison [George Ivan], Northern Irish singer (Them, Brown Eyed Girl), born in Bloomfield, Belfast,Bloomfield, Belfast
  • 1948 Rudolf Schenker, German rock guitarist (Scorpions-Virgin Killer), born in Hildesheim, Germany
  • 1949 Rick Roberts, rocker (Firefall)
  • 1952 Bruce Soboroff, Chic Il, rocker (Buckinghams)
  • 1957 Gina Schock, rocker (Gogos-Our Lips Are Sealed)
  • 1957 Glenn Tilbrook, rock vocalist/guitarist (Squeeze-Tempted), born in London, England
  • 1959 Tony DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • 1960 Chris Whitley, American musician (d. 2005)
  • 1961 David Chastain, heavy metal rocker (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland)
  • 1963 Reb Beach, heavy metal rocker (Winger-17)
  • 1970 Deborah (Debbie) Gibson, singer (Only in My Dreams), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1975 Daniel Harding, British conductor
  • 1975 James Black, Canadian singer-songwriter (Finger Eleven), born in Ontario, Canada
  • 1976 Vincent Delerm, French singer-songwriter, pianist and composer
  • 1977 Craig Nicholls, Australian musician (The Vines)
  • 1979 Simon Neil, Scottish musician (Biffy Clyro)
  • 1980 Joe Budden, American rapper
  • 1981 40 Cal, American rapper
  • 1982 Patrick Nuo, Swiss singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1952 Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1991 Musician Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) weds Gertie Filip
  • 2014 Model and TV host Jenny McCarthy (41) weds singer Donnie Wahlberg (45) at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois
  • 2014 Singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson (29) weds "Hunger Games" actor Evan Ross (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Deaths in Music

  • 1604 Giovanale Ancina, composer, dies at 58
  • 1616 Gemignano Capilupi, composer, dies at 43
  • 1631 Nicolaus Erich, composer, dies at 43
  • 1638 John Ward, composer, dies at 67
  • 1667 Johann von Rist, German composer and poet known for his hymns, dies at 60
  • 1730 Gottfried Finger, Czech composer (b. 1660?)
  • 1795 Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, composer, dies at 68
  • 1805 Joseph Marie Clement dall' Abaco, composer, dies at 95
  • 1832 Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer, composer, dies at 53
  • 1862 Ignaz Assmayer, composer, dies at 72
  • 1910 Emils Darzins, composer, dies at 34
  • 1940 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58
  • 1946 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1949 Paul Hoffer, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1964 Carole Coleman, singer (Make Mine Music), dies at 42
  • 1969 Ottmar Gerster, composer, dies at 72
  • 1994 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88
  • 1994 Norman "Doc" Jones, bassist, dies at 68
  • 1996 Milton "Tippy" Larkin, band leader, dies at 85
  • 2002 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player and actor, dies at 94
  • 2004 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61
  • 2008 Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2014 Jimi Jamison, rocker (Survivor), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 2016 Jacques Leduc, Belgian composer, dies at 84