On This Day in Music for August 31

Events in Music

  • 1916 Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow" premieres in London
  • 1928 Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weil's play with music "The Threepenny Opera" premieres at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin
  • 1968 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on the cover
  • 1971 Beatle John Lennon leaves England for the final time, moving to New York City
  • 1997 "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • 1999 "Fly" 5th studio album by Dixie Chicks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album 2000, Billboard Album of the Year 2000)
  • 2006 23rd MTV Video Music Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt win
  • 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"
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Weddings in Music

  • 1952 American operatic soprano Leontyne Price (25) weds American concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32); divorce in 1973
  • 1991 American "Jan & Dean" surf-pop vocalist Jan Berry (50) weds Gertie Filip on stage at the Stardust Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; Dean Torrence serves as best man
  • 2014 American model and TV host Jenny McCarthy (41) weds American singer and actor Donnie Wahlberg (45) at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois

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Musicians Who Died on Aug 31

  • 1604 Giovanale Ancina, Italian priest and composer, dies of purported poisoning at 58
  • 1616 Gemignano Capilupi, Italian choral composer, dies at 43
  • 1631 Nicolaus Erich, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1638 John Ward, British madrigal and religious music composer, dies at 67
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