On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 9

Events in Music

  • 1862 Berlioz' opera "Beatrice et Benedict" premieres in Baden-Baden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, dedicated to city of Leningrad is performed in Leningrad during siege by Nazi forces. Performed by starving musicians and broadcast to German forces by loudspeaker.

  • 1964 1st Rolling Stones concert in Netherlands
  • 1966 The Beatles release their "Yellow Submarine" single and its album "Revolver" in the US
  • 1969 "Zorba" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 305 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit the Wings group founded by Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1986 "Honky Tonk Nights" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv
  • 1992 "Streetcar Named Desire" closes at Ethel Barrymore NYC after 137 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1997 "Just to See You Smile" single released by Tim McGraw (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)

Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw
  • 1999 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestJohann Michael Bach

1648 Johann Michael Bach, German composer (In Dulci Jubilo), born in Arnstadt, Germany (d. 1694)

  • 1690 Lorenzo Zavateri, Italian violinist and composer, born in Bologna (d. 1764)
  • 1718 Placidus Cajetan von Camerloher, German composer, born in Murnau, Bavaria (d. 1782)
  • 1781 Michael Umlauf, Austrian violinist, composer and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), born in Vienna (d. 1842)
  • 1789 Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, French harpist and composer, born in Montmédy, France (d. 1856)
  • 1834 Elias Álvares Lobo, Brazilian composer, born in Itu, Brazil (d. 1901)
  • 1861 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1875 Albert William Ketèlbey, British pianist and composer (In A Monastery Garden), born in Aston, Birmingham (d. 1959)
  • 1875 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1947)
  • 1890 César Cortinas, Uruguayan composer, born in San José de Mayo, Uruguay (d. 1918)
  • 1890 Sándor Jemnitz, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Max [Marcus] Tak, Dutch violinist and radio commentator, born in Amsterdam (d. 1967)
  • 1896 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (NY Phil-1939), born in Marseille, France (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Harry Mills, American baritone singer (Mills Brothers - Paper Doll), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian-Austrian conductor, born in Budapest (d. 1963)
  • 1915 Haim Alexander, Israeli composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Robert Heppener, Dutch composer (Hymns & Conversations for 28 Harps; Memento), born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz), born in Amsterdam (d. 1994)
  • 1935 George S. Leotsakos, Greek composer and musicologist, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1939 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1944 Viv Prince, British drummer (Pretty Things - "Honey I Need"), born in Loughborough, England
  • 1946 Marinus "Rinus ' Gerritsen, Dutch rock bassist/keyboardist (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
  • 1947 Barbara Mason, American R&B singer (Yes, I'm Ready), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Brie Howard-Darling, American musician, artist and cake designer (Boxing Gandhis, Fanny), born in Stockton, California
  • 1954 Pete Thomas, British drummer (Elvis Costello), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Englan Sheffiled
  • 1958 Greg Chaisson, Canadian heavy metal bassist (Badlands - "Dreams in the Dark"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959 Diane Williams, American country singer (Girls Next Door - "Slow Boat to China"), born at Hahn Air Force Base, near Kirchberg Germany
  • 1959 Kurtis Blow [Walker], American rapper (Krushgroove - "The Breaks"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Michael "Mick" Conroy, British bassist (Modern English - "I Melt With You")

Person of interestWhitney Houston

1963 Whitney Houston, American singer (I Will Always Love You; I Wanna Dance With Somebody), and actress (The Bodyguard), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)

  • 1965 Kyle Kyle [Keiderling], American rock bassist (Bang Tango), born in Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Sam Fogarino, American drummer (Interpol), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Arion Salazar, American rock bassist (Third Eye Blind - "Semi-Charmed Life"), born in Oakland, California
  • 1972 Juanes [Juan Esteban Aristizábal], Colombian singer and songwriter, winner of 24 Latin Grammy Awards, born in Carolina del Príncipe, Antioquia, Colombia
  • 1972 A-Mei [Kulilay Amit], Taiwanese Puyuma singer known as the "Queen of Mando-Pop", born in Beinan, Taitung, Taiwan
  • 1976 Leigh Kakaty, Canadian singer (Pop Evil), born in Kingston, Canada
  • 1977 Aldona Nawrocka, Polish pianist, composer and educator, born in Rzeszów, Poland
  • 1985 Anna Kendrick, American actress and singer (Pitch Perfect), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1987 Noonie Bao [Jonnali Mikaela Parmenius], Swedish pop songwriter and singer, born in Stockholm

Weddings in Music

  • 2003 Former "New Kids on the Block" singer Joey McIntyre (30) weds real estate agent Barrett Williams (25) in New York City's Plaza Hotel

Deaths in Music

  • 1613 Giovanni Righi, composer, dies at 36
  • 1672 Jose Ximenez, Spanish composer, dies at 70
  • 1710 Gabriel Schutz, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1727 Johann Philipp Treiber, composer, dies at 52
  • 1806 Louis Ferdinand, Prussian prince and a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, dies at 33
  • 1835 Claus Nielsen Schali, Danish violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1888 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 1919 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (I pagliacci/Zaza), dies at 62
  • 1955 Marion Eugene Bauer, American composer, dies at 57
  • 1958 Felipe Boero, Argentine composer, dies at 74
  • 1959 Emil František Burian, Czech author and composer, dies at 55
  • 1966 Gösta Nystroem, Swedish composer, dies at 75
  • 1972 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist, dies at 45
  • 1974 Bill Chase, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1934)
  • 1976 Max Vredenburg, Dutch composer and music critic, dies at 72
  • 1988 Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer and surrealist poet, dies at 83
  • 1991 Corrie Hartong, dance pioneer, dies
  • 1992 William Russell [Russell William Wagner], American violinist, modern composer (Fugue for Eight Percussion Instruments), and musicologist (Oh, Mister Jelly), dies at 87
  • 1994 Clarence Ford, American sax player, dies at 64

Person of interestJerry Garcia

1995 Jerry Garcia, American rock musician (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"), dies of a heart attack at 53

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • 1997 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, dies at 79
  • 2002 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson), dies at 49
  • 2003 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights, Taps), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • 2003 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (b. 1925)
  • 2004 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, dies at 86
  • 2004 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • 2020 Martin Birch, British sound engineer and record producer ( Whitesnake; Iron Maiden), dies at 71 [1]