On This Day in Music for October 8

Events in Music

  • 1897 Emperor Franz Joseph I names Gustav Mahler Director of the Vienna Court Opera
  • 1928 Cole Porter and E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" premieres in NYC
  • 1928 Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.

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1944 Samuel Barber's "Capricorn Concerto" premieres

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • 1951 "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1959 "At the Drop of a Hat" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances

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1971 John Lennon releases his megahit "Imagine"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1972 "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances

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1976 Sex Pistols sign with EMI

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • 1979 J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1979 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

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1980 After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1984 18th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • 1985 Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzner's "Les Miserables" premieres in London
  • 1990 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins
  • 2014 The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is awarded the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize

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2015 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez

Birthdays in Music

  • 1585 Heinrich Schutz, German composer, born in Köstritz, Germany (d. 1672)
  • 1690 Jaime de Casellas, Spanish composer, born in Valls, Spain (d. 1764)
  • 1692 Antonio Palella, Italian composer and harpsichordist, born in San Giovanni a Teduccio, Naples, Italy (d. 1761)
  • 1740 Michel-Julien Mathieu, French composer, born in Fontainebleau, France (d. 1777)
  • 1747 Johann Wilhelm Stadler, German composer (d. 1819)
  • 1748 Franz Seydelmann, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1806)
  • 1790 Waldemar Thrane, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1828)
  • 1813 Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, German composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1889)
  • 1834 Walter Kittredge, American musician during American Civil War, born in Merrimack, New Hampshire (d. 1905)
  • 1837 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1931)
  • 1860 Felix Woyrsch, German composer, born in Opava, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • 1870 Louis Vierne, French organist and composer, born in Poitiers, France (d. 1937)
  • 1883 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), born in Monticello, Kentucky (d. 1977)
  • 1885 Will Vodery, African-American composer, born in Philadelphia (d. 1951)
  • 1898 Clarence Williams, American composer, born in Plaquemine, Louisiana (d. 1965)
  • 1900 Zeno Vancea, Romanian composer, born in Bocsa, Romania (d. 1990)
  • 1901 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Eidsborg, Norway (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Paul Van Buskirk Yoder, American composer, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and composer (Rhenish), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1917 Hans Poser, German composer, born in Tannenbergsthal (d. 1970)
  • 1922 Svend Westergaard, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1988)
  • 1927 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Gigi Durston, American singer (Sonny Kendis Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1930 Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (Ki No Kyoko), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1932 Pete Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • 1936 Carman Moore, American composer, born in Lorain, Ohio
  • 1939 Armando Gentilucci, Italian composer, born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1989)
  • 1940 Fred Cash, American rocker (Impressions), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1943 James E. Sellars, American composer, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Susan Raye, American country music singer (L.A. International Airport), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1945 Ray Royer, English rock guitarist (Procol Harum), born in The Pinewoods, Essex
  • 1947 Tony Wilson, rock vocalist (Hot Chocolate), born in Trinidad

Person of interestJohnny Ramone

1948 Johnny Ramone [Cummings], American rock guitarist (Ramones), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2004)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • 1949 Hamish Stuart, Scottish guitarist and singer (Average White Band), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1950 Robert "Kool" Bell, American rocker (Kool & the Gang-Joanna), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1952 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Ricky Lee Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Paragould, Arkansas
  • 1955 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician, born in Lexington, Mississipi (d. 1998)
  • 1956 Larry Crane, American rocker (John Mellencamp band), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • 1959 Gavin Friday [Fionán Martin Hanvey], Irish singer (Virgin Prunes), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1961 Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist, born in San Jose, California
  • 1964 CeCe Winans [Priscilla Marie Winans Love], American gospel singer (won 12 Grammy Awards), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1965 C. J. Ramone [Christopher Ward], American musician (The Ramones), born in Queens, New York
  • 1974 DJ Q-Ball, American musician (Bloodhound Gang), born in Limerick, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Erna Siikavirta, Finnish musician (Deathlike Silence), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1978 Mike Moreno, American jazz musician (First in Mind), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1979 [Gregori] Chad Petree, American rocker (Shiny Toy Guns), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma

Person of interestNick Cannon

1980 Nick Cannon, American actor and rapper (Love Don't Cost a Thing), born in San Diego, California

Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • 1981 Ruby [Rania Hussein Muhammad Tawfiq], Egyptian singer (Do You Know Why) and actress (The BabyDoll Night), born in Cairo, Egypt

Person of interestBruno Mars

1985 Bruno Mars [Peter Gene Hernandez], American singer ("Just the Way You Are", "Grenade"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Singer Bruno Mars
Singer
Bruno Mars
  • 1987 Aya Hirano, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Divorces in Music

  • 2010 Musician Ben Harper (40) divorces actress Laura Dern (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1683 Philipp Friedrich Boddecker, composer, dies at 76
  • 1728 Anne Danican Philidor, French composer (Concert Spirituel), dies at 47
  • 1772 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, composer, dies at 60
  • 1834 Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, composer, dies at 58
  • 1842 Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse, composer, dies at 68
  • 1865 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer, dies at 51
  • 1895 Charles Oberthur, composer, dies at 76
  • 1897 Martin Pluddemann, composer, dies at 43
  • 1912 Wilhelm Kuhe, composer, dies at 88
  • 1953 Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
  • 1962 Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer
  • 1971 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, composer, dies at 79
  • 1975 Alberto Hemsi, composer, dies at 78
  • 1977 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, dies at 75
  • 1978 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violist/composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • 1988 Ernst Hermann Meyer, composer, dies at 82
  • 1990 B.J. Wilson, English musician (Procol Harum) (b. 1947)
  • 1993 Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], singer (Aunt Saar), dies at 73
  • 1995 Christopher Keene, musician, dies at 48
  • 1996 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, dies at 85
  • 2013 Philip Chevron, Irish musician, dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • 2015 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64