On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 9

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1949 Benjamin Britten's Jump Symphony premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops the billboards chart, one of the best-selling singles ever

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 1st tour of Paul McCartney & Wings (France)

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1978 "Hello, Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 152 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Jessye Norman begins recording Bizet's "Carmen"

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • 1991 "A Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1995 "Play's the Thing" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 75 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1996 "Blue" debut album by LeAnn Rimes is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1997)

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes

Birthdays in Music

  • 1791 Nicolás Ledesma, Spanish organist and composer, born in Grisel, Spain (d. 1883)
  • 1805 Henry John Gauntlett, English organist and composer, born in Wellington, Shropshire (d. 1876)
  • 1839 Carl Baermann, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1913)
  • 1841 Carl Lumbye, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1911)
  • 1855 Johann Zilcher, German composer (d. 1943)
  • 1879 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (Pines of Rome), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1936)
  • 1881 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Marcel Delannoy, French composer, born in La Ferté-Alais, Essonne, France (d. 1962)
  • 1900 Robert Oboussier, Swiss composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1957)
  • 1910 Harold Fox, American fashion designer and musician (d. 1996)
  • 1915 David Leo Diamond, American composer (Paderewski Prize-1943), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2005) [1]
  • 1916 Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), born in Seminole, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer, born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1984)
  • 1917 Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1985)
  • 1918 Herbert Brün, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Leonard Pennario, American concert pianist (Rózsa's Piano Concerto with L.A. Philharmonic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Pierre Cochereau, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1984)
  • 1925 Alan Dale, American singer (Alan Dale Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Ed Ames [Edmund Dantes Urick], American popular singer and actor (Ames Brothers, My Cup Runneth Over), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1928 Vince Edwards, American actor, director, and singer (Ben Casey, The Devil's Brigade, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer and songwriter (Summer Wine, These Boots Are Made For Walkin'), born in Mannford, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Jesse McReynolds, American singer and mandolinist (Grand Ole Opry), born in Coeburn, Virginia
  • 1930 Buddy Bregman, American orchestra leader and arranger (Eddie Fisher Show; Ella Fitzgerald's Cole Porter Songbook), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Nodar Gabunia, Georgian composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • 1935 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (exponent of nueva canción), born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina (d. 2009)
  • 1936 David Joel Zinman, American composer and conductor (Baltimore Symphony, 1985-98), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Liisa Pohjola, Finnish concert pianist and music professor, born in Seinäjoki, Finland
  • 1938 Paul Seiko Chihara, American-Japanese composer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1941 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient), born in Indianapolis (d. 1971)
  • 1946 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), born in Forfar, Scotland (d. 1980)
  • 1947 Mitch Mitchell, English drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience), born in Ealing, Middlesex (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Jerney Kaagman, Dutch singer (Earth & Fire), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1947 Haruomi Hosono, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra), born in Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1950 Gwen Guthrie, American singer ("Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent"), born in Okemah, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • 1952 John Tesh, American pianist and TV host (ET), born in Garden City, New York
  • 1953 Margie Gillis, Canadian dancer and choreographer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1954 Debbie Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Fred Norris, American comedy writer and singer (Howard Stern Show), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • 1957 Marc Almond, English vocalist (Soft Cell), born in Southport, Lancashire, England
  • 1959 Jim Kerr, Scottish rock vocalist (Simple Minds), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestCourtney Love

1964 Courtney Love, American muscian (Hole) and actress (People vs Larry Flynt), born in San Francisco, California

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
  • 1965 Frank Bello, American heavy metal musician (Anthrax)
  • 1971 Bobby Leslie, American TV rocker (Guys Next Door-"I've Been Waiting for You"), born in New York
  • 1971 Kevin Grant, British reggae-rock guitarist (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1974 Nikola Šarčević, Swedish rock bassist and singer (Millencolin), born in Örebro, Sweden
  • 1975 Jack White [Gillis], American musician (The White Stripes; Racontuers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1977 Isaac Brock, American musician and songwriter (Modest mouse), born in Helena, Montana
  • 1978 Mark Medlock, German pop singer (Now Or Never), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1979 Ella Koon [Yun-na], Hong Kong Canto-pop singer and actress of Hakka heritage, born in Tahita, French Polynesia
  • 1983 Lucia Micarelli, American violinist (Josh Groban) and actress (Treme), born in Queens, New York
  • 1984 Jacob Hoggard, Canadian singer (Hedley), born in Surrey, British Columbia
  • 1986 Kiely Williams, American singer and actress (Cheetah Girls), born in Alexandria, Virgina
  • 1991 Spencer Elden, Baby and model on Nirvana (band)'s Nevermind album

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1952 Country singer June Carter Cash (23) weds singer Carl Smith (25)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 2016 Fashion designer Christian Siriano (29) weds singer-songwriter Brad Walsh in Danbury, Connecticut

Deaths in Music

  • 1716 Joseph Sauveur, French mathematician, physicist and sound engineer who coined the name acoustics for the study of sound from the ancient Greek word ακουστός, meaning "able to be heard", dies at 63
  • 1747 Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian opera-composer, dies at 76
  • 1755 Gottlob Harrer, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1821 Tommaso Sogner, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • 1883 Adrien Louis Boieldieu, French composer, dies at 67
  • 1934 Otakar Zich, Czech composer, dies at 55
  • 1949 Fritz Bennicke Hart, composer, dies at 75
  • 1951 Jorgen Bentzon, Danish composer, dies at 54
  • 1954 Henri Dillon, French composer (Arlequin), dies in combat in Indo-China at 41
  • 1957 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, composer, dies at 80
  • 1960 Edward Burlingame Hill, American composer and educator, dies at 86
  • 1969 Pierre Cardevielle, French conductor, composer (Élégie de Duino), music critic (Monde musicale), and teacher, dies at 63
  • 1969 Pierre Capdevielle, composer, dies at 63
  • 1972 Robert Weede, American baritone (b. 1903)
  • 1978 Zoltán Aladár, Transylvanian composer, music critic and teacher (The Goat and the Three Goons), dies at 49
  • 1980 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist (b. 1913)
  • 1981 Oscar van Hemel, Belgian-Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 88
  • 1982 Joseph "Wingy" Manone American jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader ("Tar Paper Stomp"; "Downright Disgusted Blues"), dies at 82
  • 1984 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), dies at 85
  • 1992 Kelvin Coe, Australian ballerina (A'sch Ballet/Bolshoi Ballet), dies
  • 1994 Cornelius Boyson, American blues bassist, dies at 57
  • 1994 Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, dies at 79
  • 1999 Talib Dawud [Alfonso Rainey], Antiguan-American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band), dies at 76
  • 2006 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady), dies at 58
  • 2011 Facundo Cabral, Argentine musician (b. 1937)
  • 2011 Würzel [Michael Burston], British musician (Motörhead), dies of ventricular fibrillation at 61