On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 31

Events in Music

  • 1916 Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow" premieres in London
  • 1928 Brecht & Weil's play " The Threepenny Opera " premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1969 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival
  • 1980 "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

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 releaseAlbum Release

1999 "Fly" 5th studio album by Dixie Chicks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album 2000, Billboard Album of the Year 2000)

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

2018 "A Star is Born" film remake directed by and starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Actor Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
  • 2020 Singer Akon lays first stone for Akon city, futuristic solar-powered city to be built in Senegal, saying will be real-life version of Wakanda in "Black Panther"

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, Bohemian clarinetist, band leader, and composer, born in Polepy, Austrian Empire (now Czech Republic) (d. 1899)
  • 1834 Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (I Lituani, La Giaconda), 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, Polish-American violinist and conductor (Boston Symphony 1896-1907; St. Louis Symphony, 1907-21), born in Lemberg, Galicia (now L’vov, Ukraine) (d. 1921)
  • 1878 Albert Riemenschneider, American pianist, educator, musicologist, and founder of America'a oldest Bach Festival, born in Berea, Ohio (d. 1950)
  • 1879 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, composer
  • 1879 Alma Schindler 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)
  • 1893 Lily Laskine, French harpist, born in Paris (d. 1988)
  • 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 Chillán, 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)
  • 1936 Igor Zhukov, Russian pianist, conductor (Moscow Chamber Orchestra), and sound engineer, born in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), Russia (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Jerry Allison, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Buddy Holly & Crickets - "That'll Be The Day"), born in Hillsboro, Texas
  • 1939 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Paul Winter, American new age music saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (The Paul Winter Consort), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Emanuel Nunes, composer
  • 1944 Roger Dean, British artist and designer (Yes; Osibia; Asia album art), born in Ashford, Kent, England
  • 1945 Bob Welch, American rock vocalist, guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Itzhak Perlman, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1945 [George Ivan] "Van" Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter (Astral Weeks, Moondance), born in Bloomfield, Belfast
  • 1948 Rudolf Schenker, German rock guitarist (Scorpions-Virgin Killer), born in Hildesheim, Germany
  • 1949 Rick Roberts, American singer-songwriter (Flying Burrito brothers; Firefall - "You Are The Woman"), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1950 Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1952 Bruce Soboroff, American rock keyboard player (Buckinghams, 1986-present), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Gina Schock, American rock drummer (The Go-Go's - "Our Lips Are Sealed"; "Vacation"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1957 Glenn Tilbrook, British rock singer, guitarist, songwriter (Squeeze - "Black Coffee In Bed"), born in London, England
  • 1959 Tony DeFranco, Canadian pop singer (The DeFranco Family - "Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat"), born in Port Colborne, Ontario
  • 1960 Chris Whitley, American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1961 David Chastain, American heavy metal guitarist (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963 Richard "Reb" Beach, American heavy metal guitarist (Winger; Whitesnake), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Deborah (Debbie) Gibson, singer (Only in My Dreams), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1975 Daniel Harding, British conductor (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, 2007 to present), born in Oxford, England
  • 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), born in Sydney
  • 1979 Simon Neil, Scottish rock musician (Biffy Clyro), born in Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland, S
  • 1980 Joe Budden, American rapper (Pump It Up), born in New York, New York
  • 1982 Patrick Nuo, Swiss pop singer, born in Lucerne

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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
  • 2019 Singer Ellie Goulding (32) marries art dealer Caspar Jopling (27) at York Minister in York, England

Deaths in Music

  • 1604 Giovanale Ancina, Italian priest and composer, dies of purported poisoning 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 François-André Danican Philidor, French composer and chess champion, dies at 68
  • 1805 Joseph Abaco, Italian composer, dies at 95
  • 1832 Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer, French violinist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1862 Ignaz Assmayer, composer, dies at 72
  • 1910 Emīls Dārziņš, Latvian 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, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), dies at 72
  • 1994 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88
  • 1994 Norman "Doc" Jones, bassist, dies at 68
  • 1996 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, dies at 85
  • 2002 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player, pianist, drummer, and actor, dies from congestive heart failure at 94
  • 2003 Jaap Geraedts, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • 2004 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61
  • 2008 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71
  • 2009 Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • 2014 Jimi Jamison, American rocker (Survivor), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 2016 Jacques Leduc, Belgian composer, dies at 84
  • 2019 Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoa conductor, pianist, and composer, dies at 89